Babylon 5: Season 1, Episode 10

Believers (27 Apr. 1994)

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An alien family refuses surgery to save their dying child.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael O'Hare ...
Richard Biggs ...
Talia Winters (credit only)
Vir Cotto (credit only)
Lennier (credit only)
Na'Toth (as Caitlin Brown) (credit only)
Peter Jurasik ...
Tricia O'Neil ...
Shon (as Jonathan Charles Kaplan)
Silvana Gallardo ...
Maya Hernandez


An alien family refuses surgery to save their dying child.

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[first lines]
Shon: Am I going to die?
M'Ola: If it is written in the streams of time, Shon, it will be so.
Dr. Stephen Franklin: I'll tell you what is written in the streams of time. Very soon you will breathe much easier. And then you will grow up to be strong and wise, and bring much honor to your mother and your father.
M'Ola: Please don't speak that way. No one knows what is written in the stream until the waters surround him.
Dr. Stephen Franklin: I am never wrong about these things.
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kind of heart-wrenching at times, but still just a filler episode
2 January 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

For much of the first season of Babylon 5, the series still hadn't established any sort of over-arching plot to connect the episodes like it would have in seasons 2 through 5. In some ways, it was as if the genius behind the series, Michael Staczynski was still trying to feel for a sense of direction. Because of this, so many of the season one episodes are self-contained in that they don't connect well with previous or later episodes. This is pretty much the way of sci-fi shows like Star Trek, but for B-5, this makes these earlier episodes less satisfying.

While this episode does raise an interesting moral dilemma and it relates to some current religious practices that forbid medical interventions, it is still is at heart a filler episode because it contributed nothing to the underlying themes of the show. While at times heart-wrenching, this lack of context compared to most other episodes dooms it to the category of "skip-able".

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