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#61 FarscapeOne

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 05:35 PM

And I agree with you on the design of the WHITE STAR.  It's always been a favorite ship of mine.

#62 Doppleganger

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Posted 30 May 2019 - 12:36 PM

For me no other show or movie has ever managed to capture the sinister menace of the shadow ships.
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Posted 30 May 2019 - 05:45 PM

They were pretty spidery.  :lol:
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#64 Virgil Vox

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Posted 01 June 2019 - 07:26 PM

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And I agree with you on the design of the WHITE STAR.  It's always been a favorite ship of mine.

Same. It's just a really cool design.

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For me no other show or movie has ever managed to capture the sinister menace of the shadow ships.

Agreed. So far, B5 has done a great job with the Shadow ships. They have been used sparingly and you know when they show up things are about to get real. Sure, a few have been destroyed but it has taken a lot to destroy them. It isn't a case like the Turok-Han in Buffy's last season, where one of them almost killed Buffy and then in the finale they were being killed super easy.
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#65 Virgil Vox

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Posted 15 June 2019 - 10:57 PM

Convictions

This was a pretty good stand-alone episode. There really wasn’t any movement on the main mythology but that is okay.

The elevator scene with Londo and G’Kar has to be the highlight of the episode. It was funny and sad and so true to both characters. G’Kar doesn’t mind dying as long as he takes Londo out with him. His attempts to “help” were hilarious. His reaction to when they were saved had me rolling.

Okay, I thought at first Sheridan had put the link up his butt. That definitely seemed like what the scene was hinting at, but it makes more sense if he just slipped it into his underwear waistband or something like that. Still, I cracked up when I saw him shoving it down there.

I wish the actor playing the bomber had been a little less scream-y and maybe a little more subtle. He could have been a truly terrifying individual but instead he came off more comical than menacing.

G’Kar’s line about a convention of mad bombers and how he needed to check the social calendar more often was so funny. I feel that G’Kar has become the new Londo. It was season 1 Londo that palled around with Garibaldi and made a lot of sarcastic comments. Londo is still sarcastic but it always has a darker edge.
The CGI on the zero-G team was pretty good. It seems as if the CGI gets better every season.

It seems as if JMS wants to make sure there is a good balance on Londo. Every time he does something bad he turns around and does something good. Last episode he didn’t bat an eye at splitting the galaxy with the Shadows and here he sits at Lennier’s bedside after the young Minbari saved his life.

Brother Theo and his fellow monks were definitely useful in this episode. If it weren’t for them they probably never would have caught the bomber. I’m guessing they will be sticking around for a few episodes.

I don’t have much more to say about the episode. I liked it and thought it was good. One of the better stand-alone episodes.

A Day in the Strife

I really liked this episode. It feels like one of the few B5 episodes that manages to utilize the majority of the cast.

It is basically four plots running at once. There is the new Narn government representative Na’Far who has come to take control over the B5 Narns and ask G’Kar to return to their homeworld; Sheridan and the C&C crew dealing with the probe that will destroy the station unless they pass an intelligence test; Garibaldi confronting Franklin about his stim use; and Londo setting Vir up with a new job.

It all works quite well. I think that is because all of it, save for the probe plot, is built on what has come before.

The Narn stuff was superb. There are no easy answers to their situation. Na’Far isn’t a collaborator who is using his position to gain perks for himself. Instead he is a pragmatist. He thinks it is better to take care of the Narns now and lull the Centauri into a false sense of security and then resume the resistance. It makes sense, especially with the Centauri massacring 500 Narns for every Centauri killed. His outlook is one that is more long term, and it is backed up by history. The previous Narn resistance took decades to finally drive off the Centauri.

G’Kar’s position makes sense as well. The Narn drove the Centauri off in the first place because they resisted and made life a living hell for the Centauri. G’Kar knows it can work again, even if it does require sacrifice. It does say a lot about him that when he saw the Narns fighting each other that he was willing to sacrifice himself to prevent more loss of life.

The Narns standing up for G’Kar at the end was a great moment, and one that didn’t come out of nowhere. G’Kar has fought for his position as leader of the B5 Narns and won their respect in earlier episodes.

I didn’t even realize that Ta’Lon was the same Narn Sheridan saved back in season 2. The sword should have been a giant clue. I liked that he is back and hopefully he sticks around for a while.

Londo is a very lonely man, and this episode helped to reinforce that. He doesn’t have friends on the station anymore. Vir is really the only one he talks to now. Vir is basically Londo’s conscience, and Londo is sending him away. It is sweet, in its way. Londo does seem to care for Vir, and he sees the toll Londo’s actions are taking on him. Making him the Minbari ambassador is a good fit. I just hope Vir isn’t gone too long.

I have liked how the series has handled Franklin’s stim addiction. It has built up slowly over the past two seasons. There have been no histrionics. No very special after school episodes. I think this episode addressed it rather nicely. Garibaldi has his suspicions and confronts Franklin about it. Franklin says he doesn’t have a problem and Garibaldi lets it drop.

Obviously though Franklin has a problem, even if he isn’t admitting it to himself. He has mood swings and he couldn’t even make it through a day without taking a stim. He then lied about it to Garibaldi.

The drone plot was random but I liked it. A lot of comedy came from this section of the episode, especially the banter between Sheridan, Ivanova, and Corwin. Good stuff.

I knew that the station wasn’t going to explode and that it was highly unlikely they would get access to advanced technology so I knew a twist had to happen. The twist here was pretty good. The probe actually kills the people that are able to answer all the questions and not the ones who can’t. It did make for a somewhat tense ending.

All in all, this was another good stand-alone episode.
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#66 FarscapeOne

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 02:13 AM

Vir will be back.  He was written out briefly to accomodate the actor co-starring in a sitcom that didn't last.  I forgot the name of the show, though.

#67 Virgil Vox

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Posted 09 September 2019 - 08:13 PM

Passing through Gethsemane

We have what is our more or less third stand-alone episode in a row. I do find that surprising since I thought things would be moving at a faster pace by now but I’m not complaining. They have all been good episodes.

The death of personality comes back in the form of Brother Edward, a kind monk who thinks only of others. It turns out he was a notorious murderer and suffered the DOP mind wipe. Now the families of his victims have found him and want to make sure he remembers what he did before they kill him.

This episode works in large part to Brad Dourif, who is great as Brother Edward. He plays the hell out of the character and gets to the heart of a man with two sets of memories that are radically different from one another.

I liked the episode’s theme about forgiveness, and how hard that can be. For Sheridan and the others they only knew Edward as a kind monk. For the family members they knew him as a murderer and didn’t care what he had done in nine years. Sheridan knew the young man as Edward’s murderer and you can tell he was struggling to forgive the new personality of Brother Malcolm.

Lyta returns, now working for the Vorlons which is a big deal. She has been to their home world. Now only that but medically she is in better shape than ever as Dr. Franklin discovered.

I so want to see Psi-Corps find out that Lyta is back, only because I want to see a showdown between them and Kosh. That would be interesting.

Is Lyta acting as a vessel for Kosh? I wasn’t really sure what was happening in that last scene as beams of light left Lyta and poured into Kosh’s environment suit. It also looked like she had gills or something. I guess that lets her breathe in the Vorlon atmosphere.

An unregulated telepath can be a frightening thing as seen here when Lyta probes the Centauri telepath’s mind and threatens Londo with unceasing nightmares. Of course that doesn’t faze Londo, but still.

Once again a good episode with a strong central theme but I am ready for things to kick into high gear.

Voices of Authority

I said I wanted things to kick into high gear and here they do. The corrupt Earth government plot and the Shadow War plot are both advanced in big ways. What is surprising is how fun the episode is even though it is dealing with dark themes.

I always knew the Nightwatch was up to no good and they only get worse here. The Ministry of Peace is labeling anyone who criticizes the government or President Clark as traitors. The laws of due process are being more or less suspended during the current “crisis.” The government is about to be purged of disloyal employees. It is really dark stuff.

At least a few members expressed their discomfort with what they were being asked to do. They aren’t just blindly following Earthgov into this new fascist utopia.
You know, if I had watched this episode when it originally aired I would have viewed Julie as a cartoonish character but unfortunately I have seen a lot of people like her in the Trump administration. People who are willing to tell any lies they need to and are willing to do terrible things because they think it is what is needed. Julie’s talk about how the only homeless people on Earth are those who are lazy and don’t want to work and just about everything else she said echoes what a lot of people in the Trump administration have said.

I did think her blatant seduction of Sheridan was going too far. Sure it was a comical scene and Ivanova’s line of Sheridan “going where everyone has gone before” had me in stitches but it just felt like too much.

Up until this point I didn’t have much of an opinion on Zack Allan. He has just kind of been there and took over as second in command after the first one betrayed Garibaldi and Lou just ceased to exist, apparently.

This episode was the first one to really make the character stand out for me. He is obviously not on board with everything the Nightwatch is doing but he seems to agree with some of what they are saying. Heck, he knows that Garibaldi and the others are involved in something not on the up and up.

His final scene with Garibaldi was great. Garibaldi has trust issues after what happened in the first season and maybe he hasn’t put as much trust in Zack as he should have. Garibaldi knows they can’t trust Earthgov but Zack isn’t privy to that information and correctly points out that Garibaldi has kept him in the dark.

I felt that the episode didn’t handle the bombshell video of Clark discussing assassinating President Santiago as well as it should have. The conspiracy to prove that Clark is a traitor and murderer has been a long running plot and they finally get a smoking gun and it is just dumped unceremoniously in this episode. I’m sure the ramifications of this will last for a long time but I felt it should have had more weight to it.

Draal returns which makes me happy. I love this guy. He is always so funny, and teaming him up with Ivanova was a brilliant idea.

Marcus also returns. I thought the show had forgotten about him. He travels with Ivanova in the White Star to contact a race of First Ones. This Marcus is much more sarcastic and funny than his episode 1 incarnation. I approve.

Ooh, the First Ones are the same species that Catherine ran into back in season 1. Love it. I also love that what should be a big, momentous event is played for laughs as Ivanova uses psychology to get these First Ones to agree to help in the Shadow War. It was hilarious as she used their dislike of the Vorlons to trick them into helping. Really good stuff.

I do wish Julie wasn’t leaving the station. Having a political officer on B5 would add some nice tension to the proceedings. Who knows, though? She could be back.
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#68 RJDiogenes

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 06:43 PM

View PostVirgil Vox, on 09 September 2019 - 08:13 PM, said:

You know, if I had watched this episode when it originally aired I would have viewed Julie as a cartoonish character but unfortunately I have seen a lot of people like her in the Trump administration. People who are willing to tell any lies they need to and are willing to do terrible things because they think it is what is needed. Julie’s talk about how the only homeless people on Earth are those who are lazy and don’t want to work and just about everything else she said echoes what a lot of people in the Trump administration have said.  

And it's happened many times throughout history, because human nature doesn't change. But it's rather amazing how prescient B5 was in the near term, from the Earth Civil War, to the conflict between two extremist ideologies, to Byron, along with a few other things. This show should really have a higher profile.

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Up until this point I didn’t have much of an opinion on Zack Allan.  

Zack develops into a really good character.  He shows the audience how basically decent people can be seduced.

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Marcus also returns. I thought the show had forgotten about him.  

Oh, no. He also develops into a great character, in an entirely different way.

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Ooh, the First Ones are the same species that Catherine ran into back in season 1. Love it.  
Yes, indeed.  That was one of the three scenes in season one that made me fall in love with this show, and it really paid off.
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