Recap: Babylon Five S 04 E 14 Moments Of Transition

Step into the fire.
Valen said, "Will you follow me into fire?" Will you?
-Delenn

This episode contains examples of:

  • Batman Gambit: Bester arrives on the station and does everything he can to antagonize Garibaldi, hoping to alienate him and Lyta from the rest of the station staff.
  • 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.)
  • Cincinnatus: Delenn calls the Council together—an honor normally reserved for the One—but reserves the spot held by the One in memory of Neroon, giving up her spot among the Council to return to Babylon 5.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Poor Lyta. She just can't get a break.
  • Deal with the Devil: Lyta clearly regards Bester's offer as this.
  • Dirty Coward: Shakiri is ultimately revealed to be this.
  • The Engineer: Delenn gives the Worker Caste a majority control of the Grey Council. As she points out, prayer is fleeting, and wars come to an end. But what is built, endures.
  • Foreshadowing: Edgars doesn't want telepaths working for him, even indirectly...
  • 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.
  • Ironic Echo: As Delenn states, Valen asked the Minbari if they would "follow me into fire". Turns out, he wasn't speaking rhetorically.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Bester rightly highlights the fact that Lyta put herself at great risk to help the others, and all of her problems lately are because she can't get paying work and the station staff aren't giving her financial support.
  • 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.
  • 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, in line with it being mentioned as one of the ships who fired on civilians.
  • Out of Focus: Sheridan and Ivanova, in order to let the episode focus on Delenn and Neroon on the one plotline and Lyta and Bester in the other.
  • This Means War!: After learning that EarthForce is firing on unarmed civilian transports, Sheridan declares that they will put an end to it.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Turns out, Neroon and Delenn discussed this whole plan in the previous episode. Except she didn't tell Neroon about her intent to sacrifice herself as an example.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Lyta is suffering from money trouble. Garibaldi hires her to work for him. Garibaldi's boss, Edgars, orders him to fire her because he refuses to employ telepaths, or to allow his employees to do so.
  • You're Insane!: Lyta's reaction when Bester says he wants her body: "Are you out of your mind?"