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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. Avatar Reformed Republican
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    Earth ships do not have gravity. They do not have the technology. Other races do. B5 uses rotation to simulate gravity.

    Ivanova really gets some of the best lines in the series. The B5 mantra last episode. Her response to Londo in this episode. There are very few episodes where she does not get to say something memorable.

    I have a question regarding Garibaldi and alcoholism. I do not have any personal experience to go by. In the episode where he was accused of sabotage, he started drinking. He seemed to stop again without too much trouble. I always got the impression that it was a struggle to get back on the wagon. Was that too neat and tidy? Am I overanalyzing, and I should just assume that Garibaldi struggles with the temptation, even if it is not really addressed on screen?

    We really do learn a lot about Londo. He says he lead the charge in a battle, but it would be easy to assume that was just pompous blustering. However, Ivanova (I think) seems very impressed with his flying. Before now, I think it would have been easy to assume he had just grown up relatively pampered and sheltered.Report

    • Avatar James K in reply to Reformed Republican
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      @reformed-republican

      Earth ships do not have gravity. They do not have the technology. Other races do. B5 uses rotation to simulate gravity.

      Sorry, yes that’s what I meant. Since the Hyperion has no rotating sections it doesn’t have simulated gravity.

      We really do learn a lot about Londo. He says he lead the charge in a battle, but it would be easy to assume that was just pompous blustering. However, Ivanova (I think) seems very impressed with his flying. Before now, I think it would have been easy to assume he had just grown up relatively pampered and sheltered.

      The Centauri Empire has a very Roman feel, and for the Romans there was a strong relationship between military service and political leadership. You can see the same relationship in the British royal family, where all the men do a short spell in the military.Report

  2. Avatar KatherineMW
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    I was annoyed with how they resolved last week’s cliffhanger – it was clearly intended to imply that the ship was something they hadn’t seen before (i.e., a new alien species), so having it just be an Earth capital ship is an anticlimax. I don’t like unnecessary cliffhangers.

    I like that Delenn revealed that she now owes Londo a favour, because doing something like this for free just doesn’t fit with his character.

    The Ivanova thing bothered me a little, because Sinclair wasn’t telling Garibaldi to make sure he got off the station, or to make sure Franklin did. It felt like “women and children first”, which alway annoys me in present-day or future contexts. But your reading of it – that it’s because he expects the others would evacuate, and Ivanova’s just the type to refuse to – also works and makes it less bothersome.

    The backstory on Garibaldi is good.Report

    • Avatar James K in reply to KatherineMW
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      @katherinemw

      I was annoyed with how they resolved last week’s cliffhanger

      Agreed, surely they would have called ahead?

      The Ivanova thing bothered me a little, because Sinclair wasn’t telling Garibaldi to make sure he got off the station, or to make sure Franklin did. It felt like “women and children first”, which alway annoys me in present-day or future contexts.

      In addition, I think it is Ivanova’s relative youth, and not that she’s a woman, that was the primary motivator. He sees that she has a good career ahead of her and wants to make sure she actually has it.Report

      • Avatar KatherineMW in reply to James K
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        Dr. Franklin’s young and has a career ahead of him, too, so it’s not just that.Report

      • Avatar daveNYC in reply to James K
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        I don’t think there’s any reason to worry about Franklin. He’s going to do whatever’s best for his patients. Either roll out on the transport they’re on, or stay behind with any who can’t be moved. This move is more trying to make sure they save Ivanova from her own stubbornness.Report

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