Furlan may play strange as Ambassador Delenn, but she's no stranger to mystery and intrigue.
Apart from some of the mysteries surrounding Minbari Ambassador Delenn, there was something about her that had been nagging at me. Her mannerisms, her mouth, her voice...things about her were gnawing at me as if I'd seen her somewhere before. You know that feeling you get. But all of that make-up the creators of Babylon 5 had given her character, compounded with the fact she's bald, her ears have been lowered and she has something on her head, had completely cloaked the truth from me [that make-up department is outstanding by the way]. I was thrown off the trail like it was some kind of unintended, certainly unrelated, red herring.
Now clearly, I don't like to dig up too much before watching a program. I like things to unfold before me without having too much information, which is why this astounding news unveiled itself to me by accident. Delenn is played by Mira Furlan. Furlan is the recurring character of Danielle Rousseau on our other favorite sci fi drama Lost. Wow! That is a very cool connection. It certainly won't come as a surprise to many, but it was a pleasant one for me.
How did I uncover this? I stumbled upon the connection while perusing Lost autograph cards on-line and there was one signed by Mira Furlan. BA-DING! LIGHTBULB!
Truth be told, it wasn't until the mid-way point of Season 1 that I realized Lennier was THEE Billy Mumy of Lost In Space fame. I mean, I saw Bill Mumy in the credits of the first episode and thought it must be him, but then for the longest time I thought it wasn't. I didn't see him on the show at least not the way I expected to see him. Of course my confusion makes sense because he's Delenn's little bald assistant Minbari buddy boy and I couldn't make him out underneath all the make-up deception once again. Damn make-up department! Damn Minbari!
Okay, back to Babylon 5.