I did a quick search but didn't find a thread that addressed this as far as I can tell, so if this has been talked about already, I apologize.

I was just wondering why we had War Without End during Season Three.

If I recall correctly, the original plan with Sinclair remaining throughout the series was for him to head back to the past as Valen 20 years after the series, which is why he was shown as so old in Babylon Squared. Once Michael O'Hare departed the show, it became necessary to devise an alternate reason for his appearing aged, hence the contrived 'the closer I get to our own time, the older I get' thingee.

Now, my question is this: Why was it necessary to place it in season three? My first thought was that if Sinclair went back in time too late, he'd know the truth about the Vorlons and the Shadows and Valen's prophecies would be too insightful, but I came up against this problem: if he was going to be going to the past in 2281 originally, why then would this be okay in terms of his knowing the future?

Or am I remembering incorrectly?

It just seems odd to me that we get the Great Machine introduced in Season 1 and then used in Season 3 but then ignored for the rest of the series and sort of sitting there like the giant elephant in the room that no one will mention.

I was just wondering why we had War Without End during Season Three.

If I recall correctly, the original plan with Sinclair remaining throughout the series was for him to head back to the past as Valen 20 years after the series, which is why he was shown as so old in Babylon Squared. Once Michael O'Hare departed the show, it became necessary to devise an alternate reason for his appearing aged, hence the contrived 'the closer I get to our own time, the older I get' thingee.

Now, my question is this: Why was it necessary to place it in season three? My first thought was that if Sinclair went back in time too late, he'd know the truth about the Vorlons and the Shadows and Valen's prophecies would be too insightful, but I came up against this problem: if he was going to be going to the past in 2281 originally, why then would this be okay in terms of his knowing the future?

Or am I remembering incorrectly?

It just seems odd to me that we get the Great Machine introduced in Season 1 and then used in Season 3 but then ignored for the rest of the series and sort of sitting there like the giant elephant in the room that no one will mention.

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