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Old May 3rd 15, 17:48   #36
Lennier's Tears
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Re: EpDis: Phoenix Rising

Do you think that Thomas borrowed Byron's clothes, or is that just the style everyone likes in that group? If so, where are they getting their clothes? It looks like nice, expensive stuff, different enough from what is in style that it'd be pretty hard to get. Not something you'd expect someone on a Down Below budget to be wearing. (Yes, that's the most important question I have about this episode )

This is indeed a good episode .. not because it gets rid of Byron ... I don't rejoice in his death, although I am pleased to see that telepath arc come to an end. Well, sort of an end (Remember Byron!). I think the conflict between human telepaths and human mundanes is really interesting, but this particular story arc just didn't work for me. Probably because I can't stand Byron and his cult. I shouldn't have to like every chararcter to like a story arc, but there it is.

It's interesting to get more background on Bester and Byron... It's also interesting that this back story is news to Lyta. He must have hidden this information from her, which doesn't really fit with his "we share everything here" philosophy. Then again, you can see why he'd want to hide that. Most interesting, I think, is that what Byron took away from that experience is a desire to never use violence (and get away from Psi Corps, obviously), but I think that a more useful basis of his movement would have been to get away from the "they are just mundanes" distinction between telepaths and normals. He seems to run his group with that same idea still intact. I don't know if that, necessarily, is why he failed, but it can't have helped.

Babylon 5 security doesn't come off well in this storyline at all. I forgot to mention it in my comments on the previous episode, but it seems like it was VERY easy for the telepaths to take out all security guards in their path. Sure, they have the advantage of telepathy, and can easily get security codes out of the minds of guards, but aside from that, what we see on screen is the telepaths taking out the guards using physical violence. These are (as far as we know) a bunch of untrained civilians! That said, I do like the hostage scenes. And they brought back Peter!

It seems like those "violent" telepaths are remarkably unanimous in their desire to give up and die at the end there, but I guess THAT is how much they don't want to go back to Psi Corps, which makes sense.

The Bester/Garibaldi stuff is pretty intense. Garibaldi relapsing is always sort of hard to watch :-/
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