Contents: Overview - Backplot - Questions - Analysis - Notes - JMS
Lochley and Garibaldi discover they have some shared history. A confrontation with Lyta leads to a startling revelation. Denise Gentile as Lise.
P5 Rating: 8.58 Production number: 520 Original air date: November 4, 1998 (US) Written by J. Michael Straczynski Directed by Janet Greek
One question is how much of Sheridan's seeming immunity is due to his contact with Kosh as opposed to his contact with Lorien. He's carrying part of Lorien now, the part Lorien gave up to keep him alive after the battle with Kosh ("Falling Toward Apotheosis"). It's likely that Lorien is resistant or immune to Vorlon telepathic influence.
If Sheridan really is immune to telepathic scans for whatever reason, it'd explain his seemingly odd behavior in "Falling Toward Apotheosis," in which he kept his plan secret from Garibaldi and others for fear Kosh would read it from them, but was apparently unconcerned that he himself would be scanned.
He didn't learn about her enhanced abilities until after Garibaldi's kidnapping, though, and it's possible that planting an additional mental block would have required more extensive contact than he had with Garibaldi after Garibaldi's return.
You do me wrong to take me out o' the grave:
Thou art a soul in bliss; but I am bound
Upon a wheel of fire, that mine own tears
Do scald like molten lead.
The quote is from King Lear as he lies sick on his bed, his response to attempts to save his life. That might apply to Garibaldi's situation in this episode.
Another possible reference is to Greek mythology (and in fact, the Shakespeare quote might itself be a reference to the myth.) Ixion, son of the god Ares, tried to seduce Zeus's wife Hera. As punishment, Zeus bound Ixion on a fiery wheel, which rolled unceasingly through the air.
Finally, in Tolkein's "The Lord of the Rings" (specifically "The Return of the King") the One Ring is likened to a wheel of fire. If that's the source of the title, the reference might be to Lyta's powers.
It's also a Shakespeare quote, "I am bound upon a wheel of fire, that mine own tears do scald like molten lead." Which tends to describe Londo's situation as well. (King Lear)
For starters, Sheridan was only in the future briefly; he was being beaten and was confused and not sure how much of it was real; he doesn't know if his going to Z'ha'dum *changed* any of that future...the events he did see were 20 years down the road, and there's no way for him to know (as we know, the audience) what connects to what...he sees only destruction, and that could have happened two weeks before (there's no rule that says a capital city can be bombed only once)...no way to know if the keeper may have been implanted days or months before. To try and impose a quick understanding of events 20 years down the road on things happening right now, without knowing the context, would be madness...you don't need a keeper to start a war, or half our own leaders here would have had keepers on them.
As for Delenn...yes, he heard her talk about their son, but at the same time, again, that's 20 years down the road. Their son could be any age, so the news that she's pregnant will still be a shock whenever it comes; you may know that you're planning to have kids, that the doctor says its possible, but when you actually hear the news, it's a stunner every time.
His question is a natural one...he doesn't know if the kid in the future had to be taken out of utero to be sustained until it came full term, doesn't know if extreme measures had to be taken...his question is a sensible and justifiable one.
People are assuming that what *they* know as the audience, Sheridan knows, which he does not...and assuming that he knows everything that is to come, or what it means, or how it happens, or in what context, which he does not.
His memory is not faulty.