Step into the fire.
Valen said, "Will you follow me into fire?" Will you?
This episode contains examples of:
- Berserk Button: In this episode we see exactly what it takes to make John Sheridan and Susan Ivanova start a civil war. (Answer: Firing on unarmed civilian liners carrying wounded refugees with no provocation.)
- Cosmic Plaything: Poor Lyta. She just can't get a break.
- Deal with the Devil: Lyta clearly regards Bester's offer as this.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Neroon sacrifices himself to prevent Delenn sacrificing herself. It's all very noble.
- Heroism Won't Pay the Bills: Lyta is finding this and Bester is able to work it to his advantage.
- Incendiary Exponent: The Minbari decided caste dominance in olden times by having the caste leaders step into the Starfire Wheel. This literally burns them to death if they remain inside for too long - which they're suposed to do, to prove their willingness to face danger themselves, not just force others into it. They who burn longest, win.
- The Laws and Customs of War: Sheridan correctly points out that any military vessel who fires on a civilian transport without due cause is guilty of war crimes (massive ones, actually). This pisses him off enough to make him declare that the waiting is done and they fight now.
- Moral Event Horizon: Shakiri crossed it when he tells Neroon he plans to have Delenn murdered even after the Religious Caste surrenders.
- Naval Blockade: Earth Force ships have a blockade going around the colony of Proxima III. One ship participating in it ruthlessly destroys two passenger liners attmpting to escape, killing over ten thousand civilians, and provoking Sheridan into going on the offensive.
- No Points for Neutrality: Averted. The Worker Caste doesn't seem to have taken part in the fighting and Delenn gives them the majority on the new Grey Council. She reasons that they are the only ones without an agenda to push, and are mainly concerned with keeping the Minbari Federation operating. Also, they were the ones who had to clean up after every war the Warrior and Religious castes got them into.
- Orwellian Retcon: In the first airing of the episode, there wasn't supposed to be a close-up shot of the Omega-class destroyer that destroyed the civilian vessels. So they used the Agamemnon as the model. Turned out there *was* a close-up shot. Oops. Later airings showed the attacking vessel as the Pollux instead.
- You're Insane!: Lyta's reaction when Bester says he wants her body: "Are you out of your mind?"