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Estelyn February 13th 11 21:19

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I enjoyed seeing this prequel to the series, though I do have several reservations. I definitely would not use it to introduce someone new to B5; not only are there spoilers, but also a bewildering number of characters showing up, some only very briefly. I can imagine someone wondering why that young girl appears, not realizing that Ivanova will play an important role on the station.

I do like the framework of aged Londo telling the story to children. Having him ask that crucial question, "What do you want?" brings back memories of his own decisions.

Why did Robin Atkin Downes have to play a Minbari?! I kept seeing Byron in him and wondering why he had to send for a telepath...

Interesting to know that Londo actually gave some good advice to the Earth Alliance on approaching the Minbari. However, he made up for that by spoiling the chance for peace later on.

What's fun to see is the younger version of each character! Londo with more and darker hair, Sheridan with a crew cut, Ivanova with short hair.

I do like seeing Dukhat again - a great character! Tragic that his death is the trigger for Minbari wrath and revenge. His statement about looking into the face of a Vorlon, upon which all doubt is gone, makes clear why Delenn later wanted to see Kosh to be sure of her path.

Interesting that Sheridan describes himself as chosen for the mission because he's expendable. He's not, of course.

The President's speech was very moving. Her appeal to "hold the line" makes clear why the battle was named so. I did notice one phrase she used, though - "Eve of Destruction" is a 60s protest song - intentional or chance?

Having G'Kar as a translator is risky, isn't it?! A warrior would not seem to be the best aid to achieving peace.

Once again Delenn blows a candle out, symbolically for the lives lost.

Sinclair is bound in that Christ-like position we've seen several times in the series.

The closing is very interesting - immediately preceding the end of Londo's life, after his last encounter with Sheridan and Delenn. Great camera move - leaving through the one open window.

I have read the first two of the Centauri book trilogy; alas, the third is so expensive that I haven't bought it. Wish it were available at a reasonable price - I'd like to read the conclusion.

Jan February 13th 11 23:39

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Actually, Robin Atkin Downes played the Minbari *before* he played Byron. ItB was shown as a lead-up to Season Five on TNT.

Jan

Estelyn February 14th 11 09:07

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Ah, good point, Jan! Then I wonder if his performance in ItB got him a role in Season 5.

vacantlook February 14th 11 15:07

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Quote:

I do like the framework of aged Londo telling the story to children. Having him ask that crucial question, "What do you want?" brings back memories of his own decisions.
If you remember back to "The Gathering", Londo began that with a bit of narration too. It kind of establishing the whole show as being him telling the story to someone. "In The Beginning" now seems to be showing us to whom he was telling it.

123123 March 13th 11 21:39

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establishing*

Jade Jaguar March 16th 11 03:34

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Vacantlook, have you cloned yourself? There seem to be two... :wtf:

teacake March 16th 11 09:07

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I just watched this the other night for the first time and I loved it. I was moved to tears over the defense of earth. It was also great to see so many epic moments that had been slowly revealed in the series but not shown. It was great to see Sinclair again too.

vacantlook March 16th 11 16:15

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Originally Posted by Jade Jaguar (Post 368468)
Vacantlook, have you cloned yourself? There seem to be two... :wtf:

Yeah, not quite sure what's going on with that. That second post is not mine.

Demonn March 16th 11 18:38

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Must be a glitch in the Matrix. ;)

I know... not helping. :p

fisheggs March 17th 11 03:00

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Looks a a spambot in the making. Does the system allow duplicate member names?


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