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Patrick is a mid-40 year old geek with an undergraduate degree in mathematics and a master's degree in Information Systems. Nothing he says here has anything to do with the official position of his employer or any other institution.

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  1. Avatar Jaybird
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    Maynard just might be the worst actor that this show has yet seen.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Jaybird
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      Not that I should complain, of course, the rest of the team is finding themselves. I spent much of the last few episodes wondering “why in the heck is Keffer in the opening credits?” and now we’re getting to know him a little bit.

      It’s like they had to split Sheridan into two characters to run with the same storylines they wanted to… and Keffer is the other one. (On Earth Two, Sheridan was in that particular fighter for those scenes.)

      Also, without getting into politics, I’m pretty sure that I would have found the doctor’s attitude toward diet to be outlandishly nosy had I watched this show in the mid-90’s.

      I watch it today and I don’t even notice. Well, apart from noticing that I haven’t noticed.Report

      • Avatar Patrick in reply to Jaybird
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        It’s like they had to split Sheridan into two characters to run with the same storylines they wanted to… and Keffer is the other one. (On Earth Two, Sheridan was in that particular fighter for those scenes.)

        You know, that’s a really interesting observation. It certainly jibes with the criticism that the first season got when it first aired, IIRC. “Sinclair is in the action too much”. I could see this as JMS’s throwing up his hands and going with it.

        I would have found the doctor’s attitude toward diet to be outlandishly nosy had I watched this show in the mid-90?s.

        Interesting to see an age difference here, what do the younger Timers think of the doctor?

        My technocratic impulses lead me to think, “Well, of course a doctor will be more busybodyish on a space station where he’s got some metaphorical weight to throw around”. Another part of me wonders how often doctors get peeved when they see this sort of characterization as being too accurate or completely inaccurate. “I would never practice medicine that way!” or “If ONLY I could practice medicine that way!”

        That sort of thing.Report

    • Avatar Patrick in reply to Jaybird
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      To be fair, he’s not a real character. He’s just an excuse to show Sheridan going through a middle-age crisis by playing the “this is what I could have been” role inside Sheridan’s head. I might have dialed it in myself if I picked up that gig.Report

  2. Avatar KatherineMW
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    It was fun to see a Kirk character show up, and provides good character development for Sheridan.

    The diet subplot was fun, but I thought it made Dr. Franklin into a bit of a caricature for the sake of a funny story. Its ending was good, though. And I like the facet added to Garibaldi’s character by him being a great cook.

    I have heard that Keffer was added to the script because the studio insisted on there being a hotshot-pilot character. JMS was not pleased, but had to go with it.Report

    • Avatar James K in reply to KatherineMW
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      The diet subplot was fun, but I thought it made Dr. Franklin into a bit of a caricature for the sake of a funny story

      I don’t know, I’d say “screw what you want, I’m going to do whatever I think is right” is entirely in-character for Franklin.Report

  3. Avatar Reformed Republican
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    Well, I am not too bothered by the lack of Babylonia updates. Instead of being three episodes behind, I am only one episode behind. My copy of Endless Nights is still in a box somewhere, so I will not be getting to that in time to join the discussion on that.

    On the bright side, I am finally established with a working TV, computer, and internet access at the new place, and I should be able to get caught up on my viewing over the weekend.Report

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