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Recap: Babylon Five S 04 E 06 Into The Fire
The final confrontation.
The Vorlons keep asking one question over and over again: "Who are you?" And for you (the Shadows) it's "What do you want?" I have never heard either of you answer those questions yourselves. Who are you? What do you want?
Captain Sheridan

This episode contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: The Shadows and Vorlons are metaphoricaly this to the younger races. The point of their ongoing war isn't to defeat each other, but to force the younger races to choose between them and validate their elders' views.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Sheridan turns the Vorlon and Shadow questions back on the two elder races. He throws into their face the fact that they can't actually answer their own questions anymore.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Sheridan and Delenn, to the Vorlons and Shadows.
  • The Cavalry:
    • When the Vorlons are about to destroy Coriana 6, Sheridan calls in the First Ones to destroy their Planet Killer.
    • Soon after the Vorlons call in all their remaining forces, including the planet-killer above Centauri Prime.
  • Continuity Nod: In an earlier episode, Londo visibly picks up on the sound the invisible Shadows make while talking to Morden. In this episode, he has evidently figured out what it signified.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Londo figured out that the Shadows could turn invisible, and that they were always around Morden. Get Morden into a room where there are only so many places a Shadow can stand... and spray those places with liberal amounts of firepower.
  • Dawn of an Era: The Third Age of Mankind (and of all the other younger races). No longer subject to the control, manipulation or guidance of the elder races, they'll make their own decisions and find their own way, for better or worse.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: How they end the war, permanently.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: What Londo does to the Shadow presence on Centauri Prime. Special note goes to Londo's Red Shirts suddenly gunning down a Shadow lurking invisibly in the corner of the room.
  • Double Meaning Title: Arguably. Besides the Title Drop at the beginning, "Into the Fire" might recall the Minbari rebirth ceremony, the words of which echo throughout the series. "Will you follow me into fire, into storm, into darkness, into death? ...Then do this in testimony to the one who will follow, the one who will bring death couched in the promise of new life and renewal disguised as defeat. From birth, through death and renewal, you must put aside old things, old fears, old lives. This is your death; the death of pain, the death of flesh, the death of yesterday. Taste of it and be not afraid, for I am with you until the end of time. Taste of it...and so it begins".
  • End of an Age: For the First Ones.
  • Heroic BSOD: Londo's reaction to finding out that it was Morden who arranged for Adira to be poisoned to manipulate him into turning back to the Shadows for support.
    Londo: He played me! He played me like a puppet!
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The island Mollari blew up was still inhabited by many of the population, who had agreed to stay behind to avoid giving the game away.
  • The Magic Goes Away: Discussed by Sheridan and Delenn during the denoument. Delenn remarks that they must simply create their own magic now. Not literal magic, of course.
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: While Ivanova is out looking for First Ones with Lorien, she attempts to give an order to her Minbari crew, despite not being able to speak the language very well. In frustration, she says "Ah Hell," which in Minbari, apparently means "Continuous Fire..."
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: The Shadow Wars are done for good, the Vorlons, Shadows, and First Ones have all gone beyond the Rim, and the Younger Races are now ready to stand on their own and take on their responsibilities of caretakers for the galaxy.
  • Nuclear Option: Sheridan uses this to get the attention of the Shadows and Vorlons.
    • Londo does this to the Shadow ships on Centauri Prime.
  • Oh Crap: Lyta's wide-eyed expression between Nuclear Option and Precision F-Strike.
    • Morden's reaction, coupled with Big "NO!", when he realizes just how much Londo has outmaneuvered him.
  • Precision F-Strike: Lyta immediately after: "Captain...they're pissed".
  • Sadistic Choice: Planet Killers are approaching Coriana 6 and Centauri Prime. With only enough ships for a stand at one of them, they decide to save the 6 billion people of Coriana over 3 billion Centauri.
  • Sitting Duck: The Shadow vessels based on the island of Selini. Londo's lampshading of this trope provides the trope's page quote.
  • Take a Third Option: The Shadows and Vorlons demand that the Younger Races choose between their two options: Order versus Chaos. The Younger Races, rallied behind Sheridan, tells them off for this and demands that they leave them alone.
  • Taking the Bullet: The Vorlons and Shadows try to fire on the White Star that Sheridan and Delenn are on, but the other ships move into the path of the incoming missiles, proving that all the younger races have rejected the elder races' guidance, and have chosen to stand up for themselves.
  • Tempting Fate: When the Shadows refuse to budge from Centauri Prime, this discussion ensues:
    Morden: What are you gonna do, Mollari? Blow up the island?
    Londo: Actually... [takes a remote out of his pocket] Now that you mention it....
    Morden: NO!
    [Londo presses the button on the remote; cue big explosion on the island where the Shadow ships are based]
  • Title Drop: "Take us into the fire".
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Sheridan delivers an epic one to both the Vorlons and the Shadows, concluding with the immortal line, "Now get the hell out of our galaxy!"
  • Tranquil Fury: In contrast to his blind rage when in private earlier, Londo is the very picture of restrained calm when he calls for Morden to give him one last chance to withdraw the Shadow vessels from Centauri Prime. When Morden rebuffs him again, he wordlessly has one of Morden's invisible associates gunned down, then has the Shadow base destroyed with hidden nuclear weapons.
  • Wham Episode
  • You're Insane!: Morden (without a hint of irony) says this to Londo.
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