James K

James is a government policy analyst, and lives in Wellington, New Zealand. His interests including wargaming, computer gaming (especially RPGs and strategy games), Dungeons & Dragons and scepticism. No part of any of his posts or comments should be construed as the position of any part of the New Zealand government, or indeed any agency he may be associated with.

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  1. KatherineMW says:

    This is the trouble with Ivanova as a character, they just don’t spend any time talking about her history or where she grew up; an occasional reference here or there to her homeland (wherever that is) would really help flesh out her character.

    Is this deadpan sarcasm? Ivanova’s continual references to being Russian (plus the fact that we know more about her youth than any other character’s) make me lean towards “yes”.

    The absence of G’Kar from the trade negotiations is again glaring. What was up with Andreas Katsulas during this part of the show?

    I really like the added political flavour of the Mars revolts.Report

    • James K in reply to KatherineMW says:

      Is this deadpan sarcasm?

      … maaaaaaybe

      The absence of G’Kar from the trade negotiations is again glaring. What was up with Andreas Katsulas during this part of the show?

      Star Trek TNG probably, he had a recurring gig as a Romulan commander. In any case, I assumed the negotiations were bilateral, with Sinclair as a moderator, rather than a multilateral affair.Report

  2. Damon says:

    I really like this episode. It’s the first glimpse of the “stuff that’s out there that humans don’t know about’. An ancient planet with a defense grid. The universe if full of wonders and terrors.

    Loved the final thoughts. I’ve always been annoyed at other space flight shows that didn’t portray manuvering corrrectly.Report

  3. Dman says:

    This was the episode that made me realize that the love interest of Sinclair was not coming back. She is an expert surveyor and this would have been a perfect fit for her. She is no where to be seen.

    This episode did do the Star Trek and send down the top two officers into danger. Thankfully they do not do that often.Report

  4. Jaybird says:

    The Mars revolt always struck me as pretty interesting and I hope that we’ll explore it a lot more as time goes on. This whole “colony decides to sever the ties that something something” storyline is a good one that has a lot of potential to tap into a lot of little arguments before the writers pull a deus ex machina.

    No politics, of course, but I’m hoping Mars is a player in future episodes.Report

  5. Reformed Republican says:

    It seems like most of the telepaths on this show are kind of odd. Lyta (from the pilot) was somewhat strange looking. Bester and Jeffrey Combs’ character were both unsettling. Even Talia, though I can never quite place my finger on what it is. It is not just the acting, but something about her appearance strikes me as a bit off. I am not sure if that was an intentional choice in casting, but I am inclined to think that it is.Report