<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, arial">quote:</font><HR>In Babylon 5, there are a few individuals who are heroic and always do the right thing: Sinclair, Sheridan<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
I'm not so sure that even Sheridan 'always' did the right thing. Although I do think you are dead on correct as far as that the neat thing about B5 is that their characters and stories are more lifelike.
Even Sheridan crossed the line a few times, and he wasn't your typical 'always right, never wrong' hero. There were several examples of him doing the morally 'wrong' thing in the show. His imprisonment of Morden when he discovered who he was is one example. Kind of what I call 'Ahab syndrome'
Also, many believed, and Garibaldi was one of them when he was 'influenced' by Besters programming, that Sheridan was a megalomaniac. To a degree I think he was. He was doing the right thing, an extreme thing, but sometimes he was overboard as well.
One KEY mistake I believe he made over and over, and ALL the other characters made the same mistake, is his treatment of Lyta. Poor Lyta. Here is a character who was manipulated by the Vorlons, tossed aside by them. Put herself at the front lines of the Shadow war (in both Shadow Dancing and Into the Fire). Risked her life to travel back to Z'Ha'Dum to search for Sheridan when he was missing. She is probalby the MAIN AND ONLY reason so many lives weren't lost on the final assault on earth. She controlled the telepaths that disabled the Earth Destroyers, preventing a larger conflict. After all that she gave for B5, she never got much of a 'thanks'. Never was really accepted into the group of friends, and was over and over again USED when it suited Sheridans and the others needs. So our 'heros' used someone when it suited them, but never really accepted her into the group, or trusted her enough to call her their friend cause she was a telepath. I dont think there is a finer example of prejudice. I think all our heros were prejudice of telepaths in some way, shape or form. Even if not that, they were hypocritical enough to use them when it suited them, but never really befriend the ones who helped them out.
So no, I don't even think Sheridan was perfect. None of them were where Lyta was concerned, which is another reason I like B5
It isnt always a perfect story, it is more true-to-life in places then we all would like to admit.
'I don't believe in the no-win scenario' - JTK
[This message has been edited by Recoil (edited January 29, 2002).]