Comes the Inquisitor
How far are you prepared to go? How much are you prepared to risk? How many people are you prepared to sacrifice for victory? Are you willing to die friendless, alone, deserted by everyone? Because that's what may be required of you in the war that is to come.
G'Kar is in the Zocalo trying to persuade an apathetic crowd that the Centauri will eventually set their sights on everyone else's worlds while Delenn meets with Kosh. He has concerns and has summoned an inquisitor to make sure she is worthy of her great calling.When she explains it to Sheridan he is not quite sure what to make of it, but is willing to go along if the Vorlons have concerns.G'Kar meets with a man named Chase to arrange the purchase of weapons for an underground resistance. The price is too high, even with a discount, but G'Kar agrees to it. Before Chase leaves, G'Kar gives him a dire warning:
- G'Kar: The money to buy these weapons comes from the life savings of those Narn who were able to escape the Centauri occupation. It is a limited resource, purchased with blood. If it should be squandered, or stolen, be assured that while your body might one day be found, it could never be identified from what's left.
- G'Kar: Dead, dead, dead, dead, dead, dead, dead, dead, dead, dead, dead. How do you apologize to them?
Vir: I can't.
G'Kar: Then I cannot forgive.
- Sebastian: How do you know the chosen ones? No greater love hath a man than he lay down his life for his friend. Not for millions, not for glory, not for fame... for one person. In the dark. Where no one will ever know or see. I've been in the service of the Vorlons for centuries, looking... Diogenes with his lamp looking for a man willing to die for all the wrong reasons. At last, my job is finished. Yours is just beginning. When the darkness comes, know this: You are the right people, in the right place, at the right time.
- Sebastian: Good luck to you in your holy cause, Captain Sheridan. May your choices have better results than mine. Remembered not as a messenger, remembered not as a reformer, not as a prophet, not as a hero... not even as Sebastian. Remembered only...as Jack.
This episode contains examples of:
- A Million Is a Statistic: The blood-dripping hand scene, where each drop represents millions.
- Alien Abduction: Sebastian quickly clarifies that, yes, he's a human, he was born centuries ago and was taken from Earth by the Vorlons.
- Always Save the Girl: Or boy, in Delenn's case — neither she nor Sheridan hesitate in declaring that they'd die for each other.
- The Anticipator: Sebastian's comment when Sheridan interrupts implies he's been expecting him to show up sooner or later.
- Armor-Piercing Question: "Who are you?" This is the Vorlon Question, opposing the Shadow Question of "What do you want?"
- Armor-Piercing Response: Sebastian also asks Delenn whether she'd ever considered she might be wrong. With virtually no hesitation, she replies "yes", which actually shakes him up slightly.
- Because Destiny Says So: Sebastian keeps mocking and trying to deconstruct this trope, but ultimately tells Delenn and Sheridan they are the chosen ones—"the right people, in the right place, at the right time", as he puts it.
- Big Word Shout: "Enough!"
- Classy Cane: Which doubles as a control for the bracelets, among other things.
- Death Seeker: Implied by Sebastian's comment about the Vorlons finally letting him die.
- Driven by Envy: Delenn accuses Sebastian of this, that his failure to achieve something makes him lash out at anyone who thinks they have a destiny and try to prove they're just as flawed as he is. His reaction implies she's not that far off.
- Electric Torture: The bracelets Sebastian gives Delenn shock her when he activates them with his cane.
- Fire-Forged Friends: After this incident, Sheridan and Delenn certainly are. Almost to a literal point.
- Foreshadowing: G'Kar rejects Vir's apology in this episode because Vir's apologies could not make up for the many dead. Vir would eventually find his own way to make things better.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Both Sheridan and Delenn are willing to sacrifice everything they have — including themselves — to save the other.
- Human Popsicle: Sebastian was abducted by the Vorlons in the 19th century, and ever since has been kept on ice except for the rare occasions that they need his special brand of help.
- Irony: Sebastian notes that the Vorlons showed him the error of his ways, and wishes Sheridan better luck in his 'holy cause'. However, while Sebastian will forever be remembered not as a hero but only as 'Jack', the Ripper murders did actually have some positive outcomes, causing social reform movements and a considerable shakeup in the Metropolitan police.
- Jack the Ripper: a.k.a. Mr. Sebastian.
- Miles to Go Before I Sleep: Sebastian has been preserved for centuries for when the Vorlons need him, and seems to hope he's come to the end.
- Orwellian Retcon: Watch Sheridan's lips during the last scene. When he says the words "East End", his lips say "West End". The original airing had Sheridan actually say "West End", as per the script; when it was pointed out that the script was wrong, JMS had Boxleitner re-record the line and dubbed it over the original.
- The Power of Love: Sheridan and Delenn, in the first but hardly last or most powerful use of this trope between them. If there was any doubt about where their relationship is going before this episode, there sure as hell isn't after.
- Rejected Apology: G'Kar rejects Vir's apology on the grounds that he has no way to make it up to the scores of dead. That said, G'kar sounds very regretful as he does.
- The irony is that G'Kar is doing this to the one Centauri on the station who never wanted the war to begin with.
- Relationship Upgrade: For Delenn and Sheridan, from True Companions to Fire-Forged Friends.
- La Résistance: The Narn are gathering stockpiles for one, now that their homeworld is under Centauri occupation.
- The Reveal: Mr. Sebastian's true identity.
- Secret Test of Character:
- Sebastian releases Delenn and Sheridan after they prove themselves willing to lay down their lives in some forgotten corner of the station, where no one will know. Of course, that seems to fail to take into account the fact that the station commander and a major ambassador going missing would warrant a full search. Then again, seeing as he's an agent of the Vorlons, Sebastian would probably be able to see that nothing remains behind.
- Garibaldi throws one at G'Kar when he asks about the Narn trying to move weapons through the station. G'Kar, realizing Garibaldi already knows the truth, doesn't bother to deny it. After telling G'Kar to get his arms off the station, Garibaldi gives him information on a contact who would be able to help the Narns. When G'Kar asks why, Garibaldi responds, "I never start a conversation unless I already know where it's going, but I always leave room for someone to disappoint me. Thanks for not doing so."
- Security Cling: After their torture is over with, Sheridan and Delenn fly into each others' arms and cling to each other.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Sebastian tries to portray himself as one, but then admits that the Vorlons showed him just how off the mark he was.
- Wham Line: Sebastian's parting line (quoted above) is one for the episode.
- What You Are in the Dark: The entire point of the episode. Delenn passes by being willing to give up her grand crusade for the sake of a single life, and by being unafraid to die. Sheridan, too, is willing to sacrifice everything to save Delenn. Sebastian, meanwhile, lives for centuries knowing that nobody will know or care why he did what he did, what his true fate was, or even his real name, as part of his punishment for his crimes.