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  1. Avatar Damon says:

    For the most part I always enjoyed the “one off” story lines that were outside the main story arc. It seemed to fill in the blank space of the B5 universe. Things are going on in lots of places and B5 isn’t the center of the universe.Report

    • Avatar James K says:

      It also provides more “B5 isn’t Star Trek” colour. The Federation wouldn’t be intervening in a Civil war with troops (they barely admit to having troops), nor are their doctors asked to design bio-weapons.Report

    • Avatar daveNYC says:

      It also is a one-off that slots into the greater activities going on. Earthforce is getting involved because they want to position themselves in advance of whatever spillover happens from the Narn-Centauri war. Not to mentioning upgunning B5 because things seem to be going to crap in general.

      This isn’t just a holodeck hijinks of the week or something.Report

  2. Avatar KatherineMW says:

    It’s a good episode, and works in some good character development for Dr. Franklin while also reminding us of how the Narn-Centauri War affects the rest of the galaxy.Report

  3. Avatar Dman says:

    It is also in many one off that we find out more about some of our other characters. Like Garibaldi and Franklin. I also like this one because it show the ripple affect of a big war. It is like once one person crosses the line, the rest follow in their wake.Report

  4. Avatar Pinky says:

    I never thought about it before, but this episode might be the point where I turned against Franklin. I guess we’re supposed to admire him for his underground railroad and his xenophilia, but both of these things somehow added up to arrogance for me. One thing that Sheridan, Garibaldi, and Ivanova have in common is their awareness of their inadequacy. (Yes, even Ivanova.) Franklin is certain that he’s smart enough and morally advanced enough to deserve a place on the universe’s biggest stage.Report

    • Avatar James K says:

      That’s one of the nice things about Franklin as a character, he has his good and bad qualities, and those qualities are both borne form the same personality traits. His strong commitment to his principles make him a champion of noble causes and also an ass.Report

    • Avatar Dman says:

      Franklin has always been my least favorite character (after Sinclair) because of that ‘moral superiority’ of his.Report