Zocalo: Spoiler-free Discussion of “Meditations on the Abyss”

See, this episode title is almost a pun, because Lennier and Findell were meditating on the brink of asphyxiation, and, and, and…

…listen, you have to like this episode because Chip likes puns.

4 thoughts on “Zocalo: Spoiler-free Discussion of “Meditations on the Abyss””

  1. Overall, it’s a decent episode. I doubt it’s many people’s favorite episode, and it’s not close to being mine. But it’s solid B5.

    The main thing that stands out for me about it is Richard Yniguez’s performance as Captain Montoya.

    Montoya is a really bland character in the writing. He’s the perfect captain, and, well, there isn’t anything else there, is there? That’s not totally without interest, because it makes him a stand-in for Sheridan — except that we know that Lennier’s feelings for Delenn would get in the way of him ever having the same relationship with Sheridan as he has with Montoya. So that irony haunts this episode.

    But, nevertheless, the character of Montoya himself is pretty flat. But somehow, Yniguez makes Montoya seem far more interesting than is really there in the writing. One of the best guest performances in all of Babylon 5, at least for me.

  2. Concerning ship names, I don’t think it’s entirely a cultural thing. Minbari ships definitely got names too. I wonder if the White Stars are somewhat analogous to the old WWII-era PT boats. Those didn’t have names either. Maybe the building was just so rushed that they didn’t bother naming any of them, and the habit stuck after the Shadow War.

  3. I really don’t remember where I got this image in my head, but for me “what is truth and what is God?” scene represents JMS trying to explain his show to the studio execs. He always said that in the end he had to dumb it down to simple comparisons, such as the famous “Casablanca in space”.

  4. While not my favourite episode by far, G’Kar’s “what is truth and what is God?” speech is my all time favourite quote from any show ever – because it so perfectly fits my own thoughts about religion in general. And of course its funny as hell at the end when G’Kar has to make it all meaningless for them to ‘get it’.

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