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Old May 16th 15, 22:03   #3
Lennier's Tears
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Re: EpDis: Crusade: The Long Road

Wow, not much of a thread here ... But hey, at least I'm not the *first* person to post in it

This episode felt very Star Trek-ey to me. You know, crew members dressing in silly disguises (where did they get those anyway, they don't have a replicator ) to mingle with the locals who live in some quaint old-timey society with an overabundance of white people, all as background to explore some moral issue. That's not necessarily a bad thing. I thought the issues being explored here were rather interesting, although the execution might have been lacking a bit.

It's interesting to see Earth Force in the role of the evil, strip-mining corporation, although obviously not an actual corporation, and with a pressing need of their own. We've seen various Earth Force officers being all arrogant, blunt, and lacking empathy for non-Earth populations, so it fits with that. I'm sort of surprised that this whole thing appears to be worked out between the officer in charge of the operation, the locals, and the Excalibur crew. Aren't there any higher-ups making decisions? What about Earth Gov or Alliance rules about this sort of thing? Presumably you can't go around setting up mining operations on planets with people living on them? (I only just watched it for the first time ever, and I can't recall if that was an Earth colony or what, but that probably determines exactly which rules apply)

I see Earth Force people still wearing regular Earth Force uniforms, so I take it that the Excalibur crew has a different set of uniforms for some reason or other that is not yet clear to me. Are they not inside Earth Force? Is this a private operation?

Techno mage stuff is always cool, I'm happy to see more of it. But, what is the deal with the way they all talk. Do they teach you that in techno mage school?

As we were discussing in a different thread recently, Babylon 5 was pretty low budget, but they did a good job not letting it show so much in the sets. In this episode of Crusade, I felt myself constantly distracted by the budget sets. The "outside" sets looked like rooms with plants in them, and the furniture inside really threw me ... same with the clothes. I always liked the costumes on Babylon 5. I don't mean just the uniforms and outfits of the main characters, but also the stuff in the background. The 23rd century humans of the Babylon 5 universe all sort of dressed in a recognizable style. The group of people we meet in this Crusade episode are all over the place. And maybe that's intentional, but it sort of seems like a budget issue to me. They're supposed to be "practically medieval", but their outfits are made up of items and styles that cover several centuries worth of European and US fashion. The furniture is mass-produced late 20th century stuff. Where are they getting this stuff?? I know that's totally not the point of the episode, but that sort of thing tends to really distract me. I also agree with KoshN that the CGI shots of the entire mine site looked pretty fake.
I think we're well beyond pastels now.
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