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Old May 7th 15, 13:21   #15
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Re: EpDis: A Tragedy Of Telepaths

Originally Posted by Lennier's Tears View Post
It IS great to see Na'Toth again. It was kind of weird for that character to just disappear, never to be mentioned again, even in all the chaos of the Narn-Centauri war. It is sort of funny how Londo feels the need to explain, with fairly long and detailed anecdotes, how stuff works around the palace, and how orders just sort of stick forever, while Na'Toth is just sitting there, shackled.
This always stuck me as a bit of an echo of Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun where bureaucracy has grown so vast such things carry on for hundreds/thousands of years and situations like NaThoth happen without the malice behind them that might be expected, both focused somewhat on torture as well.

I agree with Estelyn that Lochley is great in this, and it works well having her logs at the beginning and end. Still, I have to put in the obligatory "This storyline could have been SO AMAZING with Ivanova" here. Ah well.
Honestly I still tend to think that both Ivanova falling for Byron and calling in Bester would have been tough to sell well. Lyta definitely worked better as the former for me and whilst Lochley doesn't have the history with the Corps I think her being more obvious independent of Sheridan works well.

The bigger loss to the series for me was that Ivanova ontop of being a strong character really helped to make a lot of characters more personable. I spose you could argue that things becoming a bit less friendly as more of a realpolitik situation arose after the major conflicts had ended somewhat suited that.

When I started watching this episode today I thought "Urgh, it's one of those telepath episodes", but it's really not that bad There isn't that much of Byron in it, and he isn't being all arrogant ... Plus, it has Bester. Episodes with Bester are always fun ... for a certain value of "fun".
My opinion tends to be that the main problem with the telepath storyline was that it didn't really have enough time devoted to it. We get to know Byron a little but besides that its really only Lyta who has much character which makes it harder for tension within that group to Even with Byron he doesn't really get enough time to be presented as being that conflicted which makes him appear much more self righteous. Something like the Minbari civil war could be compressed much more successfully because all the major players had already been very well established.

Speaking of Bester personally I think he should have become an even bigger player in season 5 right from the start. Coming from the end of season 4 I think him and the Corps plus the situation on Centauri Prime were really the main points of tension that could be carried forward. I spose the problem for JMS was that it wasn't just carry forward viewers from season 4 but also feeling he needed to give a bit of an intro to new veiwers with the shift in channels.

I like that the Alliance is having such problems. That is to say, I feel for the people trying to hold it together, but it does seem realistic. In the real world, revolutions are never clean, and don't end in "happily ever after". I do NOT like to see the League ambassadors once again reduced to a bunch of bumbling fools. They fall for all the tricks, and our heroes have to save them/explain matters to them. I'm not too crazy about those plots, but ehh, I can deal
It does get a little repetitive but really none of those characters are expanded upon enough for it to get that annoying. It is IMHO key that politics and moral choices don't suddenly vanish when the big victory is won considering that B5 always played up the idea of selfless pragmatism over moral grandstanding.

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