Babylon 5: Season 3, Episode 4

Passing Through Gethsemane (27 Nov. 1995)

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Kosh's ship arrives at the station bearing a surprise visitor, Lyta Alexander returns after visiting the Vorlon home world. Brother Edward, a monk with Brother Theo visits with Delenn to discuss religion. Soon he begins to hear voices. They discover that Edward is experiencing repressed memories, someone is forcing him to relive past moments. Why would someone make a monk relive such horrors? Written by Jesse Sanchez

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Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: You realize this is an extremely dangerous situation.
Brother Edward: He's been through much worse.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: I think he's doomed.
Brother Edward: Not a chance.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Care to put money on that?
Brother Edward: Gambling is one of the lesser sins. I've always thought if you're gonna sin you may as well go for one of the really big ones.
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Total lack of subtlety

Probably the most frustrating thing about Babylon 5 thus far is the highly compelling main story, which is carried out sluggishly, drawn out over the seasons, with tons and tons of filler episodes in between.

This is one of those filler episodes. It involves a concept previously remarked upon; the use of telepaths to "destroy" personalities of murderers and essentially creating entirely new people who will be "good" and help society.

With a level of subtlety I've not seen since the first two seasons of "Enterprise", the entire concept mentioned above is re-introduced via a newscast, and then explained again immediately afterwards, in case you didn't get it.

Then we start to have this guy, played by Brad Douriff, a Catholic priest/monk having bloody memories suddenly striking him. From there, depending on how clever and/or intelligent you are, you should immediately figure out that he was once a murderer and had his personality destroyed, and then made into a monk called Brother Edward. But even the most oblivious of viewers would figure it out immediately once Edward goes to the computer and has a search done on all the things he's seeing in his visions among criminal records/databases, etcetera.

So it turns out that Edward is being intentionally pursued and tortured to remember his murders by a group of people, made up entirely of family members of the deceased, because that's just the most on-the-nose choice. So obviously, they kill him, but just slowly enough for him to say he forgives them, and have the abbot guy pray with him and forgive him as he dies.

Then the guy who actually committed the murder freely confesses, and by the end of the episode, he's become a monk, too, after having his personality destroyed.

Maybe there's some thoughtfulness to be had in this. Maybe some debate or discussion. I was bored, save for the steady performance of Brad Douriff, who despite the lame, monotonous tone of his voice here, manages to speak volumes and avoid expected cliché's, such as going on a killing spree, or screaming and crying and lashing out, or committing suicide out of grief.


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