Season 3, Episode 6. Written by J. Michael Straczynski
, directed by David Eagle
. Originally aired on February 5, 1996
Primary Plot: Bester
visits the station to track down a Dust
On the influence of Dust
has a revelation
Simply a great episode. Walter Koenig
shines every time he portrays Alfred Bester
, and this ep is no exception. He gets to say one of my absolute favorite lines from the series here:
: And if I had a baseball bat, we could hang you from the ceiling and play pinata.
: A pinata, huh? So, you think of me a something bright and cheerful, full of toys and candy for young children. Thank you! That makes me feel much better about our relationship.
And then we've got G'Kar
hitting absolute ROCK BOTTOM
, buying some illicit Dust
, stumbling to Londo Mollari
's quarters, assaulting Londo and Vir
, and then having a little excursion inside Mollari's mind to find out the truth about Londo's role in everything that's been happening lately. And, just as Kosh
took advantage of Sheridan
's altered state of mind in All Alone In the Night
to deliver to him in a dream, Kosh does the same thing to G'Kar
here. The basic message, and a tenet
carries with him for the remainder of the series:
Kosh (as G'Lan): We are fighting to save one another...and some of must be sacrificed if all are to be saved.
Something else I find very
interesting about the dream sequence is that when G'Kar asks "Who are you
?" Kosh dodges the question!
This is the fundamental Vorlon question
, mind you, the one that the Vorlons ask to just about EVERYONE ELSE during the course of the series, including torturing Delenn
with it just months previous to this (in Comes the Inquisitor
), and now Kosh can't answer it himself.
A full recount of G'Kar
's dream is available here
Also of note...Dust
, which has been mentioned as far back as the series pilot
, was in reality a failed experiment of the Psi Corps
. It was originally manufactured to try to turn mundane
s into telepath
s, but failed miserably. They do, however, continue to circulate it among humans to try and see if it'll work eventually.
"Ceremonial Shirt of Welcoming" that Vir
wears in the beginning of the episode...the Minbari letters on the shirt, translated, spell out "ALOHA
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