Babylon 5: Season 1, Episode 17

Legacies (20 Jul. 1994)

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A Minbari military leader's dead body disappears on the station.

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Michael Garibaldi: I still don't understand why we have to lay out the welcome mat for these guys.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: When the greatest warrior leader the Minbari ever had dies suddenly while on a diplomatic tour, it's natural they want to honour him on his journey home.
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Babylon 5--Legacies
5 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

John Vickery's hotheaded Minbari, Neroon, is an interesting character in that his behavior, forceful, blunt, and aggressive (it seems that the warrior caste of the Minbari are a bit more assertive, fierce, and willing to fight if necessary; hair-trigger is apt in describing Neroon when he first arrives, particularly when his revered leader's body wound up missing), is quite opposite of Mira Furlan's more cerebral, mannered, and diplomatic (well spoken, with better hindsight and seeing the bigger picture while wholly loyal and adherent to the beliefs and customs of her people; her association with the religious caste explains her approach to the fragile peace that currently exists between humans and the Minbari) . His ship exits the jump gate with guns open (although they are not in operation) as a tribute to the Minbari leader who has passed on. The Babylon 5 station will function as a place for the ceremonial "funeral" of the leader but there were specific instructions left to Delenn that has her harboring dissatisfaction with how Neroon wants to "send off" Branmar. I think "Legacies" is mostly about the obvious tension and still-existing unease that exists between humans and Minbari. From the beginning, Commander Sinclair's often up against the wounds that have healed but often bleed just a little when memories of the Earth-Minbari war revive in mind, and reminders like "great warrior" Branmar (who "splashed" Sinclair's line of defense against the Minbari "on the line") only rekindle the hurt/harm once caused. Neroon insists, prior to the ceremony, that no humans are allowed near the chamber or the body of Branmar, but when the corpse is found stolen, it is all Sinclair's fault (why, I'm not sure) it seems. I think this is part of the problem of the episode. Neroon has no reason whatsoever to threaten or be cross with Sinclair when he himself posted Minbari to guard the ceremonial chamber. Yet Neroon goes around pushing buttons and even engaging in fisticuffs with Sinclair at one point (Neroon was searching Sinclair's quarters looking for the body!), definitely on the receiving end of a beating. Sinclair, despite Neroon's hissy fit, does have Garibaldi and his security search the entire station for the body of Branmar.

The alternate subplot involves a young woman, surviving in near poverty on the grittier, edgier part of the station through petty theft, hitting puberty with a level high in psychic power. Lt. Commander Ivanova wants her to avoid Psi Corps while Talia wants her to go. Once again, we see Ivanova and Talia clash because of their differing views on Psi Corps, primary due to Ivanova's mother's tragic fate. Ivanova wants the loss of her mother to resonate with Grace Una's Alisa because she believes Psi Corps is evil while Talia is completely dedicated to the group, believing the horror stories are often exaggerated. So you have Alisa trying to decide where she wants to take her talents, with Psi Corps, the Narn regime, and Delenn's Minbari all with potential offers for her services. If she decides not to join Psi Corps and were to return to Earth, she would have to take drugs to defuse her telepathic talents. The ending is neat and tidy, of course, but Alisa did see something in Delenn's mind (chrysalis) that leaves Sinclair inquisitive.

Not an episode that works as a great (or even good) example of the show provided to prospective viewers with an interest in Babylon 5, "Legacies" does further the story involving the heavy past and difficult peaceful relations between humans and Minbari. Incorporate the terrorist, Anti-Minbari group, Homeworld into the mix during the show, seeing Neroon and Sinclair actually communicating and shaking hands in a respective manner does elicit hope that relations between the two species can be made in time.


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