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Old March 21st 15, 17:38   #58
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Re: EpDis: War Without End Part Two

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I think as well the timing of the episode is also down to the fact that it needs to be done before Z'Ha'Dum. Sheridan needs his flash forward to give him the motivation to go to Z'Ha'Dum, and if Sinclair had known about Lorien he may have been tempted to go to Z'Ha'Dum himself and end the war in the past.
That's an interesting idea. Sinclair seemed to work very cautiously around the entire issue of his travel back in time. He seemed completely faithful to the idea of not changing the future, how he truly had what you could call a "fate".

If he thought he could cut the the chase, though, would he have varied his strategy? As tempting as it would be, I suspect that the answer to that is "no".

The defeat came from the combined forces of all the alien races. Could the Vorlons have done it? Or did it take the combined forces that took another 1000 years of development, with Valen's added edge, that was the only possibility for breaking out of this horrific cycle?

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Originally Posted by Springer View Post
I think as well the timing of the episode is also down to the fact that it needs to be done before Z'Ha'Dum. Sheridan needs his flash forward to give him the motivation to go to Z'Ha'Dum, and if Sinclair had known about Lorien he may have been tempted to go to Z'Ha'Dum himself and end the war in the past.
Beyond that I think Sinclair going back before the viewer really suspects the Vorlons of having ulterior motives makes sense, Ulkesh's rather cold arrival at B5 in the next episode to me seems to single the start of that. WWE is also the only point that there isn't actually a Vorlon on B5 before Ulkesh is killed, I think that helps with the story as well putting the heroes more on their own.
Yes, I also noticed that the moment we knew who Valen was, suddenly the Vorlon ambassador was extremely short-tempered with humanity. The placement of the story did work perfectly.

How can you come up with something that fits so well, and is so interesting as an episode itself, all in crisis mode because of a terrible thing happening to your absolutely key actor in the entire series?

I can understand how writing the vast majority of B5 really took its toll on JMS's health.
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