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Old March 10th 15, 19:03   #7
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Re: EpDis: Epiphanies

The tone of this episode is somewhat jarring next to the end of the Shadow War, and even with the events within this episode. There are some big thing happening – Garibaldi resigning, Earth stepping up its campaign against B5, the destruction of Z'Ha'Dum, the arrival of the Drakh on Centauri Prime – but there's a lot of comedy too. It doesn't nullify the drama, just sits a bit ill at ease with it. The three Elvis's (Elvii?) take me out of the episode somewhat too.

I like some of the attention to detail in this episode, like Lyta's Zocolo shopping bags and the party decorations still being on the floor in the central corridor halfway through the episode. Looks like the command staff have a swanky new conference table too – I don't recall seeing it in previous episodes.

I'm surprised that the command staff react so suspiciously to Garibaldi's resignation – his reasoning makes perfect sense! Especially given all the things he's been through. I can see they would be disappointed, but I'm surprised by the lack of understanding.

I get why Sheridan had to reprimand Lyta – except that she is not part of his command structure and is under no obligation to uphold his command decisions. But she even calls him 'sir' so she's compounding things herself. Sheridan really should have brought her under his command in an official capacity if he wants her to follow his decisions. I suppose it would back up Garibaldi's viewpoint, that Sheridan is building his own little fiefdom and dictating matters to everyone. It just seems a little naive of Sheridan (or perhaps arrogant) to assume Lyta is under his command.
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