Dojo Darelir, the School of Xenograg the Sorcerer

Category: Film/Television Excerpt

There Can Always Be New Beginnings

November 11, 2022
General Susan Ivanova:
Babylon 5 was last of the Babylon stations. There would never be another. It changed the future and it changed us.
It taught us that we have to create the future…or others will do it for us.
It taught us that we have to care for one another; because if we don’t, who will? And that true strength sometimes comes from the most unlikely of places.
Mostly, though, I think it gave us hope that there can always be new beginnings. Even for people like us.

— “Sleeping In Light” – Babylon 5, Season 5 (1998)

Sekigahara

October 22, 2022
Narrator:
That year, at dawn of the twenty-first day of the tenth month—the month without gods—the main armies clashed. It was in the mountains near Sekigahara, astride the North Road. By late afternoon, Toranaga had won the battle and the slaughter began.
Forty thousand heads were taken.

— “Shōgun” (1980)

The year is 1600 C.E.

The book and television mini-series are a fictionalized account of the events leading up to this historical battle which de facto unified Japan.

40,000 heads!

Load and Fire

October 5, 2022
Sonny Crockett:
The Rojeros Gang. Is that right?
Jake Pierson (retired Texas Ranger):
Yeah, me and my partner wiped them out. They was bringing guns up from Juarez. We were just waiting for them. Me and my partner stood toe-to-toe with seven of those boys. All we had were our Peacemakers. Load and fire, load and fire. Rojeros had one of them Tommy guns; he and his boys were trying to pepper us with.
Suddenly, Roy yelled “Jake, look out!” and he stood up, and he took the bullet that would’ve killed me. I spent the rest of my life trying to make that up to him. Took care of his wife. Raised his son like he was my own.
But part of me died with Roy.

— “El Viejo” – Miami Vice, Season 3 (1986)

Forced Redemption

September 26, 2022
Lamont Cranston:
You know my real name?
The Tulku:
Yes. I also know that for as long as you can remember, you struggled against your own black heart and always lost. You watched your spirit, your very face, change as the beast claws its way out from within you. You are in great pain, aren’t you?
[Cranston leaps at the Tulku who magically avoids the attack.]
The Tulku:
You know what evil lurks in the hearts of men, for you have seen that evil in your own heart. Every man pays a price for redemption; this is yours.
Lamont Cranston:
I’m not looking for redemption.
The Tulku:
You have no choice. You will be redeemed, because I will teach you to use your black shadow to fight evil.
[Cranston continues to violently resist but only succeeds in exhausting himself.]
Lamont Cranston:
Am I in Hell?
The Tulku:
Not yet.

— “The Shadow” (1994)

An unique and fascinating concept: a holy man forcibly redeeming an evil man—a lost soul, really—through both great compassion and (implied) harsh discipline.

Talents Beyond the Mere Physical

September 26, 2022
Abbot:
I see your talents have gone beyond the mere physical level. Your skills are now at the point of spiritual insight. I have several questions. What is the highest technique you hope to achieve?
Lee:
To have no technique.
Abbot:
Very good. What are your thoughts when facing an opponent?
Lee:
There is no opponent.
Abbot:
And why is that?
Lee:
Because the word “I” does not exist.
Abbot:
So. Continue.
Lee:
A good fight should be like a small play, but played seriously. A good martial artist does not become tense but ready. Not thinking yet not dreaming. Ready for whatever may come. When the opponent expands, I contract. When he contracts, I expand. And when there is an opportunity, I do not hit. It hits all by itself.
Abbot:
Now, you must remember: the enemy has only images and illusions behind which he hides his true motives. Destroy the image and you will break the enemy. The “it” that you refer to is a powerful weapon easily misused by the martial artist who deserts his vows. For centuries now, the code of the Shaolin Temple has been preserved. Remember, the honor of our brotherhood has been held true. Tell me now the Shaolin Commandment Number Thirteen.
Lee:
A martial artist has to take responsibility for himself and accept the consequences of his own doing.

— “Enter the Dragon” (1973)

To Fire Or to Water

September 13, 2022
Galen:
The answer is still “no.”
Dureena:
I didn’t say anything.
Galen:
That was the look you gave me the last time you asked me to teach you what I know. The answer was “no” then, and it is “no” now.
Dureena:
Why?!
Galen:
Because there is a time and place for everything, and right now is the wrong time. You want to learn for the worst of all possible reasons: the need for revenge.
Dureena:
The Drakh killed my entire race! And they will do the same to yours…and you don’t want revenge?!
Galen:
(sternly) When you have reached the end of the road, then you can decide whether to go to the left or to the right—to fire or to water. If you make those decisions before you have even set foot upon the road, it will take you nowhere. Except to a bad end.
Dureena:
I don’t understand.
Galen:
That’s why I said “no.” When you have grown out of your rage then we will talk. Not before.

— “Racing the Night” – Crusade, Season 1 (1999)

Life In Every Breath

September 11, 2022
Katsumoto:
…You do not fear death, but sometimes you wish for it. Is this not so?
Algren:
Yes.
Katsumoto:
I, also. It happens to men who have seen what we have seen. And then I come to this place of my ancestors, and I remember: like these blossoms, we are all dying. To know life in every breath. Every cup of tea. Every life we take.
The Way of the Warrior.
Algren:
(whispers) Life in every breath….
Katsumoto:
That is Bushidō.

— “The Last Samurai” (2003)

I’m a Wizard, Mind You!

September 5, 2022
Akira:
I’m a wizard, mind you! This place is kept by powerful gods and spirits of kings! Harm my flesh and you will have to deal with the dead!
Conan:
Can you summon demons, wizard?
Akira:
Yes! To strike at you, I would summon a demon more ferocious than all in Hell!

— “Conan the Barbarian” (1982)

To Be the Best, You Have to Face the Best

September 4, 2022
Walker Smith:
That’s what the game is all about. To be the best, you have to face the best.

— “TKO” – Babylon 5, Season 1 (1994)

I Don’t Believe in Luck

July 8, 2022
Vinny Terranova:
I don’t believe in luck. I make it and I take it, but I don’t stand around waiting for it to happen.

— “Independent Operator” – Wiseguy, Season 1 (1987)

There Are Still Wonders in the Universe

July 8, 2022
G’Kar:
There are things in the universe billions of years older than either of our races. They are vast, timeless…and if they are aware of us at all, it is as little more than ants. And we have as much chance of communicating with them as an ant has with us. We know; we’ve tried. And we’ve learned that we can either stay out from underfoot, or be stepped on.
Catherine Sakai:
That’s it? That’s all you know?
G’Kar:
Yes. They are a mystery. And I am both terrified and reassured to know that there are still wonders in the universe—that we have not yet explained everything. Whatever they are, Miss Sakai, they walk near Sigma Nine-Five-Seven, and they must walk there…alone.

— “Mind War” – Babylon 5, Season 1 (1994)

Creed of the Anla’Shok

July 5, 2022
Marcus Cole:
I am a Ranger! We walk in the dark places no others will enter! We stand on the bridge, and no one may pass! We live for the One! We die for the One!

— “Grey 17 Is Missing” – Babylon 5, Season 3 (1996)

Limitations Become Irrelevant

July 2, 2022
The Ancient One:
Matter is energy which is all around us. Sorcery is simply the art of wielding that energy….
Control the forces around your hands, and limitations become irrelevant.

— “Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme” (2007)

Not eliminated. Just irrelevant.

The Terrain Is Not an Obstacle

July 2, 2022
Sergeant Hazard:
From here on in, you guys are Charlie. Glide through this shit; you don’t clomp through it. Feel the terrain. Feel it, don’t fight it. This jungle is not an obstacle. It’s your friend. Use it. Let it help you. Love it. Love it, and it’ll love you back.

— “Gardens of Stone” (1987)

If It Weren’t For Mob Contracts, Americans Wouldn’t Eat Pizza

June 28, 2022
Harry “the Hunch”:
Who’s the muscle on the Cerrera hit?
Vinny:
Nobody I know.
Harry “the Hunch”:
Well, if it weren’t for outside contracts, Americans wouldn’t eat pizza.
Vinny:
How do you figure?
Harry “the Hunch”:
Aww, this business is doomed ’cause you kids ain’t got no sense of history! Now Lucky figured the best way to get rid of a business problem was to bring in outside muscle. Make the hit, send ’em home. Works to this day. But Genovese, he opened a pizza parlor in Red Hook. Brought in Sicilian muscle to work it. They’d stay a week, a month; get a go on a hit; and boom. Back to Sicily with an American fortune. Next thing you know, there’s pizza stands from Brooklyn to Baltimore.

— “New Blood” – Wiseguy, Season 1 (1987)

What You Give Up to Your Adversary in the Feet Is Everything

June 25, 2022
Connor MacLeod:
Duncan, what you give up to your adversary in the feet is everything.

— “Highlander: Endgame” (2000)

Luminous Beings Are We

June 22, 2022
Yoda:
Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it; makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you: here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere….

— “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980)

Emphasis mine. This is the original, understated spirituality of the Star Wars saga.

I See a Red Sash, I Kill the Man Wearing It

May 25, 2022
Wyatt Earp:
The Cowboys are finished, you understand me?! I see a red sash, I kill the man wearin’ it!
So run, you cur! Run! Tell all the other curs the law’s comin’! You tell ’em I’m coming! And Hell’s coming with me, you hear?! Hell’s coming with me!

— “Tombstone” (1993)

One Sharp Knife

May 8, 2022
Joe:
One sharp knife can feed you, clothe you, keep you warm and dry.

— “Band of the Hand” (1986)

Why There Is No Justice in The World

May 7, 2022
Chandler Jarrell:
What’s this knife?
Kala:
The Crossed Dagger of Ajanti. They brought it to this world to kill the second Golden Child, the bearer of Justice. His death was a great loss.

— “The Golden Child” (1986)