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Subj: Re: Babylon 5: here's a question to ponder
Posted: Sat May 31, 2014 at 04:05:14 am EDT (Viewed 45 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Babylon 5: here's a question to ponder
Posted: Sat May 31, 2014 at 01:37:16 am EDT (Viewed 4 times)

    I have read that theory before that basically states there was, will and must always be a Valen to fight the shadows 1000 years ago and that whomever she chose would be Valen.

I think this is a cool thought but I can't go along with it. What if the person chosen had been some goofball? Sinclair had important personal characteristics.

    The one thing that breaks that theory though is that in Season 1, Sinclair was shown a glimpse of the dark future from the Centauri psychic of B5 being destroyed and a shuttle escaping at the last minute. Then when B4 appeared, we get another look of that same future that shows Sinclair and Garibaldi fighting the shadows on the station, Garibaldi tells him there is a shuttle waiting for him and that the fusion reactors are set to blow. Sinclair is swept away by the tide of evacuees and we see his shuttle escaping as the station blows up.

    Then in Season 3 we see yet more of the dark future as Ivanova is on the wrecked bridge sending that distress call. Sheridan was dead, the reactors were set to blow, etc.

I agree the dark future implies there might never have been a Valen.

    So, I think the better theory is that the Vorlons helped nudge things a bit and used their powers to ensure Sinclair was chosen, thus keeping the paradox/temporal circle intact.

    Sinclair was, is and always will be Valen and he had, will, and always be the one to take B4 back in time.

The drama is more satisfying if Sinclair's personal characteristics matter.

    To be honest, I wouldn't mind seeing a Babylon 5 TV movie or miniseries that shows the war of 1000 years ago and we see Valen in action. Sadly the role would need to be recast but I suspect it would make for an interesting tale.

It's too bad they never got around to this when the show was still on TV.

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