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vacantlook March 8th 05 17:29

EpDis: The Quality Of Mercy
 
Nearing the end of season one now.

Refresher Links:
Lurker's Guide Main Page for The Quality Of Mercy
Lurker's Guide Extended Synopsis for The Quality Of Mercy

Shaal Mayan March 8th 05 18:18

Re: EpDis: The Quality Of Mercy
 
AA +++Lots of things in this episode Londo's real last hurrah before his descent into darkness and with a big shock it is with Lennier of all people.The healing machine that Franklin gets will of course be used later and another look into Psi Corp and what a brutal orgainzation that Talia is forced to belong to.

RMcD March 8th 05 20:13

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A very nice episode. Maybe it seems a bit out of place between after a short run of slightly wacky sci-fi-ish episodes, and right before Chrysalis. But of course that's deceptive - its a big arc episode itself, introducing the healing machine and the whole Centauri 'attributes' thing - both major components of the B5 story.

The scenes involving Londo and Lennier are priceless.

The A plots are a little cheesy for my taste, but its nice how they tie together like that at the end. I think some of the best B5 episodes are the low-key ones where several separate story threads are unfolding independently. It really helps to reinforce the illusion of B5 as a living, breathing place, where not everything revolves around 'plot device of the week' :)

GKarsEye March 8th 05 20:24

Re: EpDis: The Quality Of Mercy
 
The "death of personality" is an excellent and appropriately creepy way to highlight how freaky telepathic powers could be.

KoshFan March 8th 05 20:33

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The problem with this episode, for me at least, is that I keep mentally completing it in my head "the quality of mercy is not Buffy," which is utterly irrelevant but shows you the addictive power of that other show starting with B.

Not a bad episode, not bad at all. It kind of gets lost in the shuffle between BSquared and Chrysalis, but it's surprisingly strong. A touch of foreshadowing here and there. Decent philosophizing. And Lennier's reactions to the various aspects of the station are priceless.

Ninja_Squirrel March 8th 05 22:15

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I agree. I love this episode.

About a year ago, I watched all the DVDs and graded each episode. I'm trying to remember why I gave this episode a B+, because I'm really tempted to consider it an A-.

I give Chrsyalis an A- (the only S1 ep. I give an "A" range grade) because it accelerates the story arc and has several dramatic moments, etc. But from a perspective of liking an episode just for the episode itself--not how it affects the arc--I would say QoM is my favorite episode of Season 1.

RMcD March 8th 05 22:55

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Quote:

The "death of personality" is an excellent and appropriately creepy way to highlight how freaky telepathic powers could be.

But isn't the mindwipe carried out by a machine, not telepathic powers? :confused:

Shaal Mayan March 8th 05 23:35

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But isn't the mindwipe carried out by a machine, not telepathic powers?



No if I remember correctly it is carried out by a telepath cause Talia explains why she is reluctant to scan Muller because he was a killer on Mars.And didn't want to go through it again .

vacantlook March 8th 05 23:59

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They say that it's done by machine. Talia's role is to scan and make sure that the machine does its job -- to make sure it's a different personality afterward than it was before.

KoshFan March 9th 05 14:15

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I have to say, though, that for a criminal condemned to death of personality, his security was awfully light.


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