Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Babylon Quotes Project

From Babylon 5 "Comes the Inquisitor" written by J. Michael Straczynski
  • "Are you willing to sacrifice all that you are to keep all that you have?"
  • "If you do the right thing for the wrong reasons, the work becomes impure, corrupted, and ultimately self-destructive."
  • "Nothing changes. Corruption. Immorality. Chaos."
  • "Yes, the Vorlons have been to Earth. The Vorlons have been everywhere. The Vorlons are."
  • "We are already, as you so quaintly put it, going straight to Hell. You can not escape what's coming." "Maybe not, but there's nothing wrong with getting a good head start, huh."
  • "Who are you?" [Really, just go watch the whole initial interrogation scene. It would be rude of me to quote the entire thing.]
  • "I'm sorry." "Dead, dead, dead, dead, dead, dead, dead, dead, dead, dead, dead. How do you apologize to them?" "I can't." "Then I can not forgive."
  • "We all have a destiny." "Do we? How magnanimous of you." [Yeah, watch this whole scene too.]
  • "Your only destiny is to be the nail that gets hammered down. Bang, bang, bang."
  • "This is my cause: life! One life or a billion, it's all the same!"
Since I have already broken my editorial silence, I must say one can argue that if you are going to pick a single episode upon which the series turns, this one is a prime candidate. The latter part of the first season transitions from world-building and character development into the forward momentum of the building story arc. The latter part of the second season destroys the status quo and begins to get into what the tale is ultimately all about. There is perhaps no other episode in the series more dependent on what comes before it, or more indicative of what comes after it.

It's also wall-to-wall excellent, with way too much detail for mere extracted quotes to do it justice.

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