Recap: Babylon Five S 03 E 12 Sic Transit Vir

Vir's new bride is a killer.

Sic Transit Vir

Centauri Minister: Oh, I heard a new joke. Hehahaahhh. What is more dangerous than a locked room full of angry Narns?
Vir: Heh, I don't know. What is more dangerous than a locked room full of angry Narns?
Centuari Minister: One angry Narn with the key!
(Vir laughs hesitantly then goes to his room, which is full of Narns)

This episode contains examples of:

  • Adorkable: John Sheridan may be in charge of a space station five miles long and a quarter of a million people and earned the (sometimes dubious) distinction of being the only human victor over a Minbari warship in naval battle, but put him in front of the girl he likes so he can ask her out to dinner, and he turns into a bashful schoolboy.
  • Almost Kiss: Sheridan and Delenn (damn you, Ivanova!)
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: The Centauri. Complete with resistance from within in the form of Vir Cotto.
  • Arranged Marriage: Vir has become important enough for noble families to start trying to match him up with their daughters.
  • Badass Bureaucrat: Through recordkeeping, Vir has freed thousands of Narns. How? By declaring them dead in Centauri databases, then smuggling them offworld.
  • Breather Episode
  • Bug War: Londo finds himself having to deal with the insects that have invaded his quarters since he can't get an exterminator in.
  • Call Back:
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The sword Londo uses for bug hunting first appeared in "Knives".
    • Remember when Londo "edited" Vir's reports for "political reasons"? The ministry noticed, and would rather have received Vir's originals.
    • Vir notes that everytime he comes back to the station it seems someone hits him. First G'Kar, then when he got caught in the riot, and now this.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Lyndisty.
  • Death Faked for You: Vir is able to smuggle Narns offworld by officially declaring them dead, as no one on Centauri Prime cares about a dead Narn.
  • First Kiss: Vir's as far as we know. "If kisses could kill, that one would have flattened several small towns."
  • Foreshadowing: When Vir first meets Lyndisty he gives her the same wave he gave Morden.
  • The Hunter Becomes The Hunted: Lyndisty manages to capture the Narn that was stalking her.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Ivanova smoothly covers over her embarrassing dream while still getting the point across by saying she was completely unprepared for work (ie, naked).
  • Longing Look: Sheridan directs one of the wistful, "I can't believe I'm that lucky" type toward Delenn after she accepts his dinner invitation, in a lighter example of the trope. That man is besotted and it is adorable.
  • Mundane Made Awesome:
    • Londo's Bug War (see above).
    • The moment where Sheridan officially declares Ivanova the official Babylon 5 Sneak, complete with swelling music. He then tells her to get away from his workstation.
  • "Not Wearing Pants" Dream: Ivanova has the fully naked kind in the beginning.
    • Claudia Christian apparently had the option of doing it naked or in her nightgown. She opted for naked because it was funnier that way.
  • Pun-Based Title: "Sic Transit Vir" could be translated from Latin as "So Goes Man" or "So Goes Vir", referring to Vir Cotto.
  • Running Gag: Unwitting reminders to Ivanova of her "Not Wearing Pants" Dream.
  • The Spymaster: Ivanova spends a great deal of the episode trying to figure out what her role is now that the station's no longer under EarthForce. She eventually decides that she's the station's resident "sneak".
  • Sue Donym: Sheridan and Ivanova are investigating reports of a Centauri who apparently has ordered the deaths of thousands of Narns. The name? Abrahamo Lincolni. Granted, the Centauri probably wouldn't recognize the name of a major Earth historical figure, but to humans, especially a Fan of the Past like Sheridan, it's a very obvious case of an assumed name.
  • Take Up My Sword: The Narn Shon'Kar is basically an oath for anyone in the family to take revenge on a particular target when the opportunity presents itself, whether or not the original oath maker has failed. In this case he has, and his brother picks up the hunt.
    • In a more figurative version of this, Ivanova decides to continue Vir's ruse of "killing" Narns in order to lead them to safety, as the "Abrahamo Lincolni" fake identity was never compromised.
  • The Talk: Once Vir realizes he's been shafted into an arranged marriage, he makes a beeline for Ivanova, asking her advice about courting women.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The ads made no bones about Lyndisty's actions, prompting JMS to warn the fans on message boards to avoid them if they could.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After Lyndisty has captured the Narn she offers Vir the honor of killing him. Vir is obviously reluctant, but to refuse might expose his true sentiments... and we never see how the scene is resolved.
    • Word of God is that a deleted scene included a line about the Narn being in Medlab. Or, rather, the next scene was trimmed by one line...that one.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Some fans' reaction to Vir moaning that no one would ever think him a hero for his efforts. They point out that surely the Narns he smuggled to safety must surely appreciate his efforts.