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 ... See full summary »

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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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Infuriating and Moralising
25 August 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've recently been watching Babylon 5 for the first time, going through the episodes in order. After having now watched the first 3 seasons I've come to the firm conviction that episodes which don't contribute towards the overarching story arc of the Shadows tend to be by far the weakest of the bunch.

This, in part, is because it was not until the first hints at a lengthy, epic story arc were made that I began to finally appreciate Babylon 5 (and for this reason the first season is largely a dud to me). The overarching story arc of the Shadows and all that they entail (most notably, thus far, instigating the war between the Centauri and the Narn) is compelling in its breadth and potential.

Passing Through Gethsemane, as other reviewers have noted here, is a filler episode. It does nothing to push forwards the major story arc and does little to add to it either. Not necessarily a negative thing, if the self-contained story were interesting. It isn't.

The monk-like religious order which came onto the station a few episodes back takes centre stage, which in itself is the first negative. Their patronising nature is annoying at the best of times and they frankly make for bland character studies.

Enter 'Brother Edward', a serial killer whose mind and personality has been wiped as punishment for his crimes. The Edward we see here is one who does not know anything of his past, and is as far as we know 'a good man'. He slowly learns about his past, however, through the events of the episode.

We're supposed to sympathise with Edward - and certainly every major character in this episode does, from Sheridan (who ridiculously loathes the man who ultimately kills Edward, even after he undergoes the same memory wiping process - a man whose loved one(s) were killed by Edward and wishes for revenge/justice - but is hugely sympathetic to Edward) to Ivanova (who simply refuses to even acknowledge that Edward was a serial killer).

It's all extremely frustrating, almost infuriating. If anything I sympathise with the person who kills Edward - he becomes a killer not because of his own sadistic nature like Edward, but because of a drive for retribution and because society now refuses to truly punish killers.

There's certainly a debate to be had there, but the writing in this episode preaches at the viewer, much in the same way as Brother Theo preaches his creed in almost every conversation he engages in - you're told who you're supposed to sympathise with and who to condemn, without any hint of subtlety, and not a single member of the crew argues against any of it.


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