Season 2, Episode 21. Written by J. Michael Straczynski
, directed by Mike Vejar
. Originally aired on October 25, 1995
. Received an Emmy
nomination for cinematography.
Primary Plot: Kosh
by sending an inquisitor
Secondary Plot: Garibaldi
arrange a location for transfer of illegal weapons
to help the Narn
I always thought this episode was a little farfetched...the Vorlons are thousands of years ahead of the humans and the Minbari
in advancement and technology, and they need to send some goof from 18th century England
to interrogate her? I mean, yeah, it's a neat excuse to have Jack the Ripper
in a Babylon 5
episode, but to me it always just seemed a little farfetched.
the inquisitor uses to interrogate Delenn are pretty interesting, though--repeatedly asking "Who are you?" and refusing to accept the same answer twice. Psychologists have been known to use similar techniques in order to peel away the various layers of self-perception until what's left is yourself
, not just the roles you play in life for others.
The secondary plot is good; it's really the first time the B5 command staff starts taking outside political matters into their own hands. I love the shot in the lift when G'Kar
slices his hand in front of a horrified Vir
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