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Old August 11th 04, 11:51   #16
GaribaldisHair
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Re: Stand Alone Episodes

The problem with defining a "stand-alone" episode is that B5 does not have A story arc, it has a number of arcs that interweave and overlap to form the whole.

IMO it is almost impossible to nail down a single episode that does not contain some material directly related to one or more of the interweaving story arc.

I prefer to think of a stand-alone ep as one which can be watched and enjoyed on its own merits without reference to previous episodes. Many of those episodes do, however, contain hints at the wider story arcs, or just good, old-fashioned seed-sowing.

A good example might be The Long Dark (always want to add tea-time of the soul after that ), which can be watched and understood without reference to any earlier stuff ... but includes some solid hints that something bigger is happening beneath the surface.

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