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Dorvo October 13th 15 19:37

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Well, if it's a complaint, it's a very minor one. I'll gladly take an over the top B5 acting job over a perfectly nuanced performance in just about any other series, no problem.

Ben Zayn didn't bother me as much for some reason. Just goes to show, a lot of this is purely individual impression.

Wulf October 19th 15 13:50

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Quote:

Apparently I have a thing for "over the top" characters
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...Overthetop.jpg

Lennier's Tears October 19th 15 17:15

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Originally Posted by Wulf (Post 452053)
Quote:

Apparently I have a thing for "over the top" characters
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...Overthetop.jpg

Heh. Somehow I think that might be a bit TOO over the top, even for me :p

hypatia October 22nd 15 03:25

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Londo Molari's entire first season was pretty over-the-top, wasn't it?

I, too, have a fondness for a bit over-the-top. :bolian:

B5 in Oz October 30th 15 01:13

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Londo may have seemed over the top but I think it set the tone of the character and the demise of the Centauri as a master race?

Springer October 30th 15 10:33

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Originally Posted by B5 in Oz (Post 452094)
Londo may have seemed over the top but I think it set the tone of the character and the demise of the Centauri as a master race?

That's a good point, from the beginning Londo was always a little over the top, larger than life, not just in his character but his clothing and his hair-do - that was part of the charm, and of course as the series progressed we got to know him more and were able to put his over-the-topness into context. So we accept it unconditionally as that's who Londo was, but I wonder how many people first watched The Gathering and Season 1 and thought that the guy with the hair really had to tone it down? (Not me, I hasten to add - I love over the top characters chewing scenery, it's entertaining)

B5 in Oz October 30th 15 19:42

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Do you think that the character accent of Londo was deliberately leaning towards German? as the Centauri were depicted as a kind off master race?

Lennier's Tears October 30th 15 22:04

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Hmm, I never thought he sounded German.

I always got a Roman vibe off the Centauri. Obviously there are many influences there and they look a lot like any Empire. The Roman thing is just my personal bias (and the polytheism :P ). There's definitely a lot of 19th century European empire there, too. The clothes definitely have a bit of a 19th century Europe military feel to them.

Springer October 31st 15 08:11

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If anything Londo's accent was a pastiche of eastern-European, but not every Centauri spoke with that accent, that was Londo's 'regional' accent. I also wouldn't say the Centauri saw themselves as a master race as such – they wanted to eradicate the Narn but had no such wish to do the same to the humans, Minbari, Drazi etc.

hypatia November 2nd 15 01:15

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Their first instinct, upon meeting Humans, was to lie about how big, powerful, and important they were in the Galaxy. Perhaps they didn't see themselves that way, but the sure did want us to see them that way.

I think you have it correct with the Romans. Personally, I always saw the Centauri as being a lot like us in the USA. But the dress and hair do kind of suggest Roman, don't they? :)


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