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  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    I remember saying “Dang, that was a good episode…” after this one finished.

    Earlier, I had said that we lived in a post-Sopranos world… I suppose we’re also in a post Babylon 5 one because the bad guys in this show are particularly clumsy. They say stuff like… well, like Morden and Devereau say. Maybe the bad guys get better.

    The scene with G’Kar breaking down who did this was awesome. The people capable of pulling it off don’t care and the people who might care can’t possibly pull it off… There’s gotta be another player. I still don’t understand the whole “constantly catching him with otherly raced females”, though. I don’t wish to sound like I oppose mixed-race humping but I wonder what is being communicated that wouldn’t be equally communicated by having a cavalcade of Narn chicks walk out of his bedroom. It almost seems weird that he never seems to be caught with Narn.

    It was the 90’s and we had that sort of thing on the brain, I guess.

    Londo’s response to the destruction surprised me. I guess I thought that he would be pleased (or, if not pleased, would choose to focus on the “hurray, look at all the upside!” before the whole “what have I done?” thing).

    Anyways, excellent episode all around. I can’t wait for Season Two.Report

    • Avatar James K in reply to Jaybird says:

      I suppose we’re also in a post Babylon 5 one because the bad guys in this show are particularly clumsy.

      I assume Deveraux was bait for anyone who had spotted anyone suspicious. The investigator would focus on him, while ignoring the dagger in their back. As for Morden V nffhzr gur Funqbjf ner qvpgngvat uvf jbeqf gb n ynetr rkgrag, fb guvf znl or genafyngvba be phygheny vffhrf.

      Londo’s response to the destruction surprised me. I guess I thought that he would be pleased (or, if not pleased, would choose to focus on the “hurray, look at all the upside!” before the whole “what have I done?” thing).

      Agreed. It was a military outpost that was destroyed. That wasn’t an atrocity, it was war. I can understand him being shaken by the severity of the strike (Morden’s associates have serious firepower), but for a seasoned operator like Mollari, this wasn’t cause for a “what have I done?” moment.Report

      • Avatar daveNYC in reply to James K says:

        I think some of Morden’s phrasing is designed to try and get Mollari on the same page with him. Start by saying you’ll take care of the problem, then when the solution involves thousands of deaths you say that they were the enemy, so why do you care about their deaths? Plus it’s good for your career.

        I think Mollari’s initial shock is because he’s old school, where things are done in a certain way. The attack probably doesn’t fit that style, so he needs to be reminded that the Narns are the enemy and that there’s a pretty big upside for him personally.

        Morden’s with Mollari because of Mollari’s ambition and vision for the return of the Centauri to glory. If he were just after bloodlust, he’d be with G’Kar.Report

      • Avatar Dman in reply to James K says:

        I think it is more than being old school for Londo. I do not think Londo was aware just how powerful Morden’s people were and I would be very worried about a new player with that power. Particularly when you have now clue why they are helping you.Report

      • Avatar Reformed Republican in reply to James K says:

        >I would be very worried about a new player with that power. Particularly when you have now clue why they are helping you.

        I would be especially worried if I owed them a favor.Report

  2. Avatar Maribou says:

    I FINALLY CAUGHT UP. But I don’t have anything to say really.

    However, I am glad you all did this book club because who knows how many years it would’ve taken me to get around to watching it, and I’ve really enjoyed it so far.Report

  3. Avatar Jason Tank says:

    Hey, remember Ivanova’s dream back in “Eyes”? Garibaldi’s second-in-command was the guy wearing the Tragedy mask. Foreshadowing!

    As for Londo, he was marked by the former guardian of the Great Machine as someone who had the capacity for self-sacrifice. I think he believed (or deluded himself into believing) that Morden would facilitate some diplomatic solution, instead of a large-scale butchering of Narns.Report

  4. Avatar James K says:

    Londo meets Morden in a hedge maze (seriously? A space station has room for a hedge maze?)

    But they were plotting! You can’t plot without a hedge maze!

    “And so it begins,” Kosh tells Sinclair

    Indeed.Report

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