Meditations on the AbyssJaz2018-01-11T09:17:41-07:00
Original Airdate: May 27, 1998
Writer(s): J. Michael Straczynski
Director(s): Mike Vejar
Richard Yniguez As Montoya
Vince Deadrick, Jr. As Tough Guy
Carl Ciarfalio As Drazi Vendor
Martin East As Findell
Synopsis: Delenn recruits Lennier to gather information about possible Centauri involvement in the raids. Vir unknowingly brings a bug, planted by a Drazi merchant, into his and Londo’s quarters, but Londo quickly discovers it. Londo then tells Vir that he is being prepared to take the position of Centauri Ambassador to Babylon 5 after Londo becomes Emperor. As a cover, Lennier is assigned to a White Star ship for training. G’Kar finally receives his matching prosthetic eye from Dr. Franklin. As the doctor is installing it, he tells G’Kar how much he has enjoyed reading the Book of G’Kar. Dr. Franklin asks G’Kar if he could sit in on a regular Q&A session he has with Narn who are eager to listen to his thoughts. Lennier and other trainees are put to a number of tests in new one-man White Star fighters. Vir confronts the Drazi merchant about the bug, but the vendor refuses to answer his questions because he thinks Vir is weak and won’t do anything to him. This angers Vir, and he returns to the Zocalo with a Centauri sword and destroys the vendor’s cart. Garibaldi misses a dinner with Delenn, Sheridan, Franklin, and Zack because he is drunk.
Franklin: How was Londo. Zack: Like a proud father, watching as Vir took that place apart. Today, he is a man.
Londo: Yes, Vir. I have decided that when I am gone, the new ambassador to Babylon 5 will be you.
Garibaldi: (sings) Show me the way to go home. I’m tired and I want to go to bed. I had a little … ah it was a big drink. About an hour ago and it went right to my head.
Londo: Something I can do for you Vir? Vir: No, I just need to borrow this for a minute. I be right back.
Captian Montoneyo: Death is not the enemy. Death simply is.
G’kar: But we can’t be free, till we learn to laugh at ourselves. Once you look in the mirror and see just how foolish we can be. Laughter is inevitable. And from laughter comes wisdom.
Londo: What do you eat when I am gone. Vir: Well, I … obviously we have plenty of … uh … I eat at Mcbari’s. ” Londo: Mcbari’s? Is that the new place in the brown sector? With the golden uh … Vir: Golden head bones. Yes. Londo: Vir! We are not biologically equipped to handle fast food. Vir: I know, I know. But it tastes so great going down. Coming up again, it is not so terrific.
Garibaldi: What did I do with that link? Here linky, linky, linky Here linky. Uh! The missing link.
Findell: I don’t know if I can. Lennier: It is not necessary to know. It is only necessary to try.
Delenn: He knows me, but he also loves me. Sometimes the one gets in the way of the other.
Lennier: I said that I would never leave you. I that I would be here when you needed me most. Tell me what you want done, I will make it happen, no matter the cost.
G’kar: I talk. They ask questions. I don’t think anything gets resolved. Franklin: Well, I would like come and sit in on it. If you don’t mind. G’kar: As you wish. You have given me back my sight. The least I can do in return is share a little of my confusion.
Vir: Want to finish our little conversation, spoo for brains?
G’kar: If I take a lamp and shine it toward the wall, a bright spot will appear on the wall. The lamp is our search for truth, for understanding. To often we assume that the light on the wall is god. But the light is not the goal of the search, it is the result of the search. The more intense the search, the brighter the light on the wall. The brighter the light on the wall, the greater the sense of revelation upon seeing it. Similarly, someone who does not search, who does not bring a lantern with him, sees nothing. What we perceive as god is the by product of our search for god. It may simply be an appreciation of the light, pure and unblemished. Not understanding that it comes from us. Sometimes, we stand in front of the light and assume that we are the center of the universe. God looks astonishingly like we do or we turn to look at our shadow and assume that all is darkness. If we allow ourselves to get in the way, we defeat the purpose, which is to use the light of our search to illuminate the wall in all it’s beauty and in all it’s flaws. And in so doing better understand the world around us.
Zack: What happened to Vir. Londo: Oh, I promoted him. Now. Now, he is ready to be the ambassador for the Centauri.
Narn: What is truth and what is god. G’kar: Truth is a river. Narn: And what is god. G’kar: God is the mouth of the river.