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Satai September 8th 15 23:23

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Originally Posted by Lennier's Tears (Post 451524)
Seeing Delenn lie to Sheridan makes me kind of uncomfortable. That whole thing is sort of weird .. Even though it's perfectly plausible that Sheridan is indeed too concerned about the wellbeing of people close to him since Marcus' death. But, it seems to me that she could have convinced him of the necessity of this mission, rather than going through all this trouble of organizing secret meetings and lying. It seems like a bit of an awkward setup to further the "bitter Lennier" plot.

I can sort of see what Jan mentioned in the other thread, about how Delenn is not keeping her distance from Lennier, even though she knows he is romantically interested in her, and is pretty bitter about it. It's understandable because they have become so close and she presumably misses the friendship they once had, but yea .. not helping. Now that I'm looking for it, I can see how there might be some hope in Lennier's expression when he asks Delenn why she wanted to see him, and then disappointment when she's all business.

There's a list item in the "Analysis" section of the Lurker's Guide main page that reads like this:
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Lennier cautioned Findell about joining the Anla'shok for the wrong reasons -- but it's arguable that that's exactly what Lennier himself has done, since one of his goals is to impress Delenn (he said as much in "The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari.") That may hold the key to his eventual betrayal of the Rangers as predicted by Morden ("Day of the Dead.") If faced with a choice of serving Delenn directly or serving the Anla'shok, he might well choose the former, especially if the choice involved a significant threat to Delenn. Such an eventuality appears to be foreshadowed here in the conversation between Delenn and Lennier.
That sort of echoes what we've been discussing in the other thread. Not to repeat the obvious too many times, but clearly we're not the only ones who saw that as the most plausible scenario.

As for the other stuff in this episode: That "Easter Egg Hunt" seems quite dangerous. Do we have any numbers on how many Ranger trainees actually die during training? It seems like that would happen ...

The Centauri plot isn't really moving forward in this episode, other than that we find out the Drazi somehow know or suspect the Centauri are behind the attacks. The angry Vir stuff is sort of amusing, but mostly because of Londo's reaction.

Side note about the Drazi: Londo refers to the Drazi ambassador's wife with she/her. So there are male and female Drazi. Do they all look alike, or do we only ever see male Drazi?

I thought Delenn rubbing Lennier's cheek with the back of her hand was very intimate. I've seen some say she is a manipulative character. I hate to think she's leading him on but you gotta wonder (this is my first run through of the show). I'm married and i'd never touch a man like that.

Renee

Jan September 9th 15 12:38

Re: EpDis: Meditations On The Abyss
 
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Originally Posted by Satai (Post 451947)
I thought Delenn rubbing Lennier's cheek with the back of her hand was very intimate. I've seen some say she is a manipulative character. I hate to think she's leading him on but you gotta wonder (this is my first run through of the show). I'm married and i'd never touch a man like that.

Renee

Hi Renee! Nice to see you over here!

I don't think she was manipulating him, just that she was lonely. But it was, as she would say "massively unwise".

Jan

Satai September 9th 15 16:20

Re: EpDis: Meditations On The Abyss
 
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Originally Posted by Jan (Post 451948)
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Originally Posted by Satai (Post 451947)
I thought Delenn rubbing Lennier's cheek with the back of her hand was very intimate. I've seen some say she is a manipulative character. I hate to think she's leading him on but you gotta wonder (this is my first run through of the show). I'm married and i'd never touch a man like that.

Renee

Hi Renee! Nice to see you over here!

I don't think she was manipulating him, just that she was lonely. But it was, as she would say "massively unwise".

Jan

Haha! Hi Jan!

Nice another place I can give my opinion! ;)

Renee

Talvitar September 7th 18 19:22

Re: EpDis: Meditations On The Abyss
 
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Originally Posted by Lennier's Tears (Post 451524)
Seeing Delenn lie to Sheridan makes me kind of uncomfortable. That whole thing is sort of weird .. Even though it's perfectly plausible that Sheridan is indeed too concerned about the wellbeing of people close to him since Marcus' death. But, it seems to me that she could have convinced him of the necessity of this mission, rather than going through all this trouble of organizing secret meetings and lying. It seems like a bit of an awkward setup to further the "bitter Lennier" plot.

Agree, it's weird. It's also not, I think, true to Delenn's character. She has been a very independent agent thus far. Am I correct in remembering that she, in fact, is the leader the Rangers at this point so she really doesn't need anyone's approval? I do understand that marriage might change things (so Delenn shouldn't only talk about Sheridan's emotions - also her emotions have changed her behaviour) but since when has Delenn really thought that going behind someone's back is honourable? If Sheridan finds out he was lied to "for his own good", will he be happy? (the dreaded words "I never meant to hurt you" could be uttered by Delenn...)

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I can sort of see what Jan mentioned in the other thread, about how Delenn is not keeping her distance from Lennier, even though she knows he is romantically interested in her, and is pretty bitter about it. It's understandable because they have become so close and she presumably misses the friendship they once had, but yea .. not helping. Now that I'm looking for it, I can see how there might be some hope in Lennier's expression when he asks Delenn why she wanted to see him, and then disappointment when she's all business.
Yeah, I was watching the exact part of the dialogue. "Sheridan is probably the most important reason of keeping this meeting just between us", says Delenn, and the look on Lennier's face... "What is it that you want from me?" - you can HEAR the hope-against-hope. She's arranging a meeting behind his husband's back. I just saved her. We're sitting here in a tight nook, in secret...
"Your help", says Delenn, and while Lennier's face doesn't exactly fall, it kind of freezes, just a bit. (good acting, btw)

One thing that really caught my eye about Lennier in this episode is that he's become bold. The way he looks at Delenn. The manner he carries himself. Long gone are the final traces of the hesitant, apologetic Lennier-style of basically every single episode he's ever been in.
He's grown and gained confidence.
I guess he's already taken the first steps to the Dark Side which is just too bad because I *like* this bold and assertive Lennier :D This is the first time *ever* when I for a fleeting moment thought: wow, Lennier is actually a bit... hot...!

"He knows me and he also loves me, and sometimes the one gets in the way of the other".
Lennier looks down, and smiles oh so very very slightly - sadly? in self-irony? - and responds: "Yes, I imagine it could do that"...
I bet you might know how knowing and loving someone might get into the way of doing your job...

And RIGHT then Delenn seems to remember the universal truth of "chicks dig scars" (:rolleyes:), and caresses Lennier's cheek. Someone here said that it was a really intimate thing to do, and it IS. How is it possible that Delenn doesn't realize what she's doing to him? She's so intelligent and... well. Haven't we talked also before that B5 is so great just because it doesn't paint pretty pictures of wonderfully perfect people? So Delenn makes mistakes with Lennier - and this is one of them. It's cruel.

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There's a list item in the "Analysis" section of the Lurker's Guide main page that reads like this:
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Lennier cautioned Findell about joining the Anla'shok for the wrong reasons -- but it's arguable that that's exactly what Lennier himself has done, since one of his goals is to impress Delenn (he said as much in "The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari.") That may hold the key to his eventual betrayal of the Rangers as predicted by Morden ("Day of the Dead.") If faced with a choice of serving Delenn directly or serving the Anla'shok, he might well choose the former, especially if the choice involved a significant threat to Delenn. Such an eventuality appears to be foreshadowed here in the conversation between Delenn and Lennier.
That sort of echoes what we've been discussing in the other thread. Not to repeat the obvious too many times, but clearly we're not the only ones who saw that as the most plausible scenario.
Yep, I think it's really obvious. Oh, the irony of that scene...

I really liked this episode, all of it! G'Kar was excellent, Londo highly amusing, and I always like it when Vir asserts himself :D
Changing of G'Kar's eye was icky!
Captain Montoya was excellent. Findell didn't annoy me at all. He was young and totally in the wrong place, for the wrong reasons, and too young and proud to admit/accept it. Montoya shows him a way out, and a way which actually lets Findell benefit from what he's learned of the Rangers and of himself. Good stuff.
Drunk Garibaldi was tragic but also just a bit funny. "Here, linky linky linky... oh, the missing link!" **hee hee hee**


(ooooh, I've become a Ranger! When did that happen? Only noticed it at my 34th message. Yay, no more Lurker!)

Jan September 8th 18 10:47

Re: EpDis: Meditations On The Abyss
 
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Originally Posted by Talvitar (Post 461231)
(ooooh, I've become a Ranger! When did that happen? Only noticed it at my 34th message. Yay, no more Lurker!)

Just wanted to mention that I'm enjoying your posts even if I'm not saying much. I'm pretty sure I've said anything cogent that I have to say several times in most of these threads. But I'm enjoying your insights.

Jan

Talvitar September 8th 18 11:26

Re: EpDis: Meditations On The Abyss
 
Jan, thanks for your kind words :) Much appreciated :) I do like to comment and ramble on about my thoughts but I have a kind of an inferiority complex here - there are so many people here who KNOW so much and have written such thoughtful analyses - and I'm just, well, rambling :) for the sheer joy of being in the company of fellow B5 fans :)

Jan September 8th 18 14:28

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Rambling is good. Basking with fellow fans is even better. Intelligent discussion of something mutually beloved is best of all!

One of the many nice things about B5 is how the more you know about it, the more you can appreciate it. And folks who know stuff are usually more than happy to share because sharing one's joy increases it.

Lennier's Tears September 9th 18 00:44

Re: EpDis: Meditations On The Abyss
 
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Originally Posted by Talvitar (Post 461234)
Jan, thanks for your kind words :) Much appreciated :) I do like to comment and ramble on about my thoughts but I have a kind of an inferiority complex here - there are so many people here who KNOW so much and have written such thoughtful analyses - and I'm just, well, rambling :) for the sheer joy of being in the company of fellow B5 fans :)

Please continue rambling! As I said in another thread, I've been getting email notifications about your posts and I've started looking forward to them. I really don't think you should feel inferior to any other posters. Your rambling made me want to log in to this forum again. Discussing B5 is one of my very favorite things in the universe, and it's great to see different people's insights/comments/thoughts.

Looney September 10th 18 12:44

Re: EpDis: Meditations On The Abyss
 
I've been rambling for months and months! Where's the love?! :wtf:

:p

:guffaw::lol::guffaw::lol::guffaw:

Lennier's Tears September 10th 18 14:08

Re: EpDis: Meditations On The Abyss
 
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Originally Posted by Looney (Post 461243)
I've been rambling for months and months! Where's the love?! :wtf:

:p

:guffaw::lol::guffaw::lol::guffaw:

Haha, yes, I was noticing you posted a lot as well! I definitely didn't get as many emails about that, though. I think you posted a bunch in the handful of threads I haven't gotten to yet, plus posting multiple times in the same thread, which I wouldn't get a notification for. I am very pleased that you are here also! :D And I love when threads get more than one new post and there's actual discussion and stuff!

I love reading everyone's B5 insights! The old timers here sometimes have some "inside" information, but I'm equally interested in reading the opinions of people who just registered, who might be on their first re-watch in 15 years, or watching for the first time ever, OR watch every year but never discussed before.


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