Episode 11 “Believers” (Season 1, Episode 10)
Synopsis: In which Dr Franklin is a couple’s only hope to save their son, but the treatment is forbidden by their religion. There also may or may not be a B plot involving Ivanova and some raiders, honestly we can’t be sure.
The Sargasso Sea is an area in the Atlantic where the currents form an area of stillness. Due to this lack of driving momentum mariners sailing into this region would often get stuck and find it difficult to escape.
Logen Ninefingers is a character in Joe Abercrombie’s First Law novels (and others), which we both really love. The actual quote is “Once you've got a task to do, it's better to do it than live with the fear of it.” Words to live by.
David Gerrold has a 50-year long career as a sci-fi writer, perhaps his most notable works being “The Trouble with Tribbles,” the novel “When HARLIE Was One,” and the mentioned unfinished “War Against the Chtorr” series (which involves the fight to stop an alien race from terraforming Earth into something more hospitable to themselves, and includes a great deal of discussion of wartime psychology and ethics).
Star Trek: The Next Generation season 2, episode 9 “The Measure of a Man” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Measure_of_a_Man_(Star_Trek:_The_Next_Generation)
Law & Order only premiered in 1990 (so it was in its fourth season at the time of B5’s first), but much like dumplings or dragons, every historical culture on record has a Law & Order and it has actually been airing since Enkidu was in short pants. Bum Bum.
http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/us/guide/010.html - JMS regarding this episode “It's something you've never seen done in ANY SF-TV series, and I don't think has ever been done in TV overall. A very daring little story.”
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0629279/ - A Law & Order episode from 1991 on the same topic. Bum Bum.
Massachusetts has elected the Governor and Lt Governor on the same ticket since 1966.
Yesterday’s Enterprise: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yesterday%27s_Enterprise