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Old July 6th 06, 14:58   #5
PillowRock
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Re: EpDis: The Exercise Of Vital Powers

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and my roommate, kinda half-watching it out of context, blurts out, "This is so BORING!"
This is not about this episode, but following the tangent of roommates sorta half watching because they happen to be in the room.

My old housemate is something of an SF fan, but hadn't yet been really hooked by B5. He had been in the room a reasonable amount of the time when was watching, by hadn't had it complete grab him so that it wasn't just background noise while he was reading the newspaper (or whatever). (Although to be fair, he was gradually starting pay a little more attention to the show as time went on.)

Then came the episode when Refa visits B5 and Londo gives him the first half of the two stage poison. In particular, Londo had the line:

"Only an idiot fights a war on two fronts. Only the heir to the throne of the kingdom of idiots fights a war on twelve fronts."

He about fell out of his chair laughing. He is a big military history buff, and he has very biting, sarcastic sense of humor. That line just completely struck a chord with with him. That was the point at which he got hooked, started really watching without reading at the same time, and started asking multiple questions to fill in pieces of relevent backstory that he had missed.

Yep: Different strokes.
Different people get hooked (or not) by different little details.
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