Tod Kelly

Tod is a writer from the Pacific Northwest. He is also serves as Executive Producer and host of both the 7 Deadly Sins Show at Portland's historic Mission Theatre and 7DS: Pants On Fire! at the White Eagle Hotel & Saloon. He is  a regular inactive for Marie Claire International and the Daily Beast, and is currently writing a book on the sudden rise of exorcisms in the United States. Follow him on Twitter.

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  1. Tod Kelly says:

    Also, sorry that this recap is up late.Report

  2. KatherineMW says:

    Yay, Bookclub!

    I didn’t think this was such a bad episode. The alien-abduction thing was rather poorly done, although I get why the show went with it: it allowed them to create parallels between Sheridan and Delenn both being isolated (referencing the episode title), and it provided a rationale for why Kosh could send him a vision now but not earlier. But Sheridan going out on any kind of minor mission when he knew he had an appointment with an upper-echelon visitor really doesn’t make sense.

    And I liked the revelation that 1) Sheridan is not the kind of person his military record might suggest (which is why now-President Clarke et al. made the mistake of putting him in charge of B5) and 2) other people suspect there’s been, in essence, a coup, and are working against it. I suppose the revelation could have been made more dramatically, but what really matters is that it’s here. Including it in this episode also creates the parallel of both Sheridan and Delenn being alienated from their worlds’ governments.

    The Minbari have been around for a long time and are powerful; it’s hardly unbelievable that they would know more about the galaxy than humans do.

    Odd that the Greys would defy the Minbari by spacing the captives, given that the Minbari had given them a very serious “warning” in the past, but the Greys are probably just presuming that the Minbari only give a damn about the lives of Minbari. Which is fairly accurate.Report

    • James K in reply to KatherineMW says:

      I think like a lot of early B5 this episode’s B and C plots are more interesting than the A plot.Report

    • Jaybird in reply to KatherineMW says:

      The Minbari have been around for a long time and are powerful; it’s hardly unbelievable that they would know more about the galaxy than humans do.

      Yeah, the other option is to have the ship show up and to have nobody know what it is. The fact that one of the races showed up and said “oh, they’re doing what? Yeah, we’ve seen them” is more believable, it seems to me.

      As for the Grey Council, the big takeaway for me is that the Religious Caste lost a seat and the Warrior Caste gained a seat and, more importantly, there were enough votes on the Grey Council to make this happen. It’s a bad omen.Report

  3. Damon says:

    “One of the joys of B5’s second season is, frankly, that it isn’t B5’s first season”

    Totally. I feel you about the “filler”, but I also view some of the filler as character background, second tier characters being fleshed out more, back story enhancement, universe fill in, etc., so I take the bad with the good. The good being, for example, “A View from the Gallery” in Season 5.Report