There is nothing to fear in the dreaming. Only that which we bring with us. The dreaming takes us forward and the dreaming takes us back.Zack is being fitted for his new uniform, but is being rather difficult about it, complaining about the fit, the materials and the tailors until one of them jabs him with her needle.
- Zack: She did that on purpose!
Lennier: Yes, I believe she did. I will deal with this. (in Minbari) Good work. Give me a moment with the human. And next time use a bigger needle.
Zack: And don't you forget it!
- G'Kar: Just as long as it isn't in backwards; I've peered into my own soul more than enough lately.
- Sheridan: I try not to be judgemental about alien cultures...when they are dressed like that.
- Dukhat: You have a proud heritage, Delenn of Mir, prouder than you know.
- Delenn Perhaps another might be better suited to...
Dukhat: The correct answer is "yes".
- Dukhat: Aha! You're curious! You'd like to know, to simply understand. Simple curiosity.
- Dukhat: Where this will all end I don't know, but there are still many years ahead of us in which to find out. I suspect the journey ahead of us will be a curious and fascinating one. It always is.
- Delenn: NO MERCY!
- Dukhat: You are a child of Valen...
This episode contains examples of:
- Altar Diplomacy: Minbari have a custom dating back to the days when they actually made war on each other where the winning side would offer a daughter in marriage as a symbol of life. Delenn's family decides to pass off her marriage to Sheridan as this.
- The Atoner: Delenn has regretted starting the Earth-Minbari War, and has been trying to make up for it ever since.
- Awful Truth: Callenn clearly regards the fact that many modern Minbari have human DNA as this, and Delenn is able to use it to leverage an agreement where he approves her marriage as an ancient Minbari reconciliation custom in exchange for her keeping it to herself.
- Call Back:
- Delenn mentions the Minbari custom of a female watching her chosen male sleep. She names the time on the White Star as the first night, and the time in his quarters as the second.
- The Minbari realize tragedy is about to strike when they see Soul Hunters closing in.
- Sinclair going back in time and becoming Valen had more ramifications than just reorganizing Minbari society.
- Franklin offers to try and find some information about Sheridan's father.
- The Clan: Delenn is summoned by hers to explain why she is going to marry a human. Lennier is from another clan, but he accompanies her anyway.
- The Patriarch: Callenn.
- Continuity Nod:
- When Ivanova goes to the Drazi...Party? Blowout? War? Whatever it is, she's wearing the Green Leader sash. Considering how she'd resolved that particular conflict, perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise that she left the "party" in not the best shape.
- When Dukhat takes Delenn as his protege, he says, "I cannot have an aide who will not look up. You will be forever walking into things." She said the same thing to Lennier when he arrived.
- Zack's uniform still doesn't fit properly.
- The Grey Council may be disbanded but their security remains.
- Credits Gag: "I am the very model of a modern major-general..."
- Diedin Your Arms Tonight: Delenn holds Dukhat in his final moments.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Delenn causes Sheridan to forget what he was thinking when she appears in her Little Black Dress.
- Don't Ask: Ivanova when she emerges from the Drazi party.
- Easily Forgiven: Lennier forgives Delenn for starting the Earth/Minbari War, despite losing family on the Black Star. He doesn't seem to be one to hold a grudge.
- Five-Second Foreshadowing: When the Soul Hunters appear, the Minbari realize tragedy is about to strike, but it's too late to do anything about it.
- Foreshadowing: Callen recalls a tradition from long-forgotten times when Minbari fought against each other. This tradition might come back into vogue soon.
- Hiding Behind the Language Barrier: After one of the tailors jabs Zack, Lennier commends her in Minbari, while making Zack think he's scolding her.
- Loophole Abuse: Callenn's solution makes use of an all-but-forgotten custom from when Minbari still fought wars with each other to approve Delenn's marriage to Sheridan.
- Major General Song: Thank you, Marcus.
- Mentor Archetype: Dukhat to Delenn.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: He dies in her arms during the first contact with Humans.
- Moment of Weakness: Delenn, consumed by rage and grief over Dukhat's death, was asked to cast the deciding vote for the action to take after the attack by the Earth vessel.
- Mood Whiplash: The start of the Dreaming goes from the tranquil first meeting between Delenn and Dukhat to a full-scale space battle in a matter of seconds.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Delenn immediately regrets her enraged decision, but it's too late to stop a full-scale war.
- My Greatest Failure: Delenn's is starting the Earth/Minbari War in A Tragedy of Impulsiveness.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Delenn inadvertently starts a genocidal war when she votes to destroy the human ships.
- Never Found the Body: Valen's, part of what adds to his mythology.
- Parental Marriage Veto: Neither of her parents are there, but Delenn faces getting this from her clan. Callenn eventually rescinds the veto to keep her quiet about what she discovers.
- Plot-Based Voice Cancellation: Neither the audience nor Delenn hear Dukhat's last words when he first says them. It's only when she goes back to the Dreaming late in the episode that she finally hears what he said.
- Rewind, Replay, Repeat: The vision replays over and over in Delenn's mind until she realizes that the important part of the vision was what Dukhat was trying to tell her just before he died. She then goes back to The Dreaming in order to hear what it was:Dukhat: There was a purpose to my selection. Your heritage—you are a child of Valen.
- Secret Legacy: Delenn finds out she is descended from Valen, a.k.a. Jeffrey Sinclair, which means she's always been part human.
- Shrouded in Myth: The origins of Valen and the Triluminaries have been lost to history by the time Delenn joins the Grey Council.
- Uneven Hybrid: Turns out Delenn was partially human even before entering the chrysalis. Countless other partially-human minbari are also out there, most likely without even realizing it.
- Unstoppable Rage: Delenn's reaction to Dukhat's death."No mercy! No mercy!"
- The Minbari in general during the war with the humans. As one of Delenn's colleagues tells her, they are "a world gone mad", and the fires of their madness cannot now be controlled; they must burn out over time.
- Vision Quest: The Dreaming.
- Warts and All: Delenn fears that her standing with Lennier would be harmed from his knowing her involvement in starting the Earth/Minbari War. She's wrong; Lennier holds no grudge despite losing family on the Black Star.
- We Come in Peace — Shoot to Kill: The Warrior Caste's tradition of approaching with gun ports open is misinterpreted by the Earth ships as hostile intention and they take preemptive action, leading to a devastating war.