It's a *snip* fact that one can influence people a great deal by the use of their names. Our names are a frighteningly deep-rooted part of our identity, whether we're aware of it or not.
As one of my english teachers said, everything thats written recently is just a new iteration of an old pattern.
That's what I figured. When I saw this common thread in the three shows (B5, Angel, WHO), I assumed it was something old written new again.
Of course so much of myth is really about us
. And as Dennis
points out, people really can influence us quite a bit simply by using our names. And isn't that the purpose of old (and new) stories: to teach us about ourselves?