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Old December 10th 17, 11:57   #27
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Re: Reading Between The Lines - The Gathering

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One of my goals in starting this was to talk about some of the important aspects of why The Gathering (1993) should be watched and when it should be watched. Jumping ahead to the scene with Sinclair and Delenn in the Garden. Delenn says she is looking forward to meeting a Vorlon. I mention this because it is a definite moment in story progression that is altered if one were to watch In The Beginning (1998) before The Gathering (1993). If you watch the prequel In The Beginning (1998) first then you would know Delenn is lying to Sinclair when she pretends she has never met a Vorlon. That might alter a new viewers immediate impression of who she is and would might make someone more suspicious of her when, in that same scene, she gives Sinclair files on the Vorlons. If one had seen In The Beginning (1998) first you might question the validity of the files knowing she just lied about her experience with the Vorlons. This isn’t a monumental moment, but it is an interesting way to look at how these different stories can play with viewers depending on viewing order.

Note of something I like while at the same time I don’t like in the Original Edit. Takashima points out that they have two hours while they wait for Kosh’s ship to decelerate after coming out of the gate. I like that they give a technical reason for why they have time before he arrives, but I feel like it would have been better to just say, “At its current speed” it will take two hours for the ship to travel the distance between the gate and the station.

One of the worst things that was taken out of the Original Edit is a conversation Garibaldi, Sinclair, and Takashima have in the core shuttle. They discuss that they want the other three primary Ambassadors there when Kosh arrives to avoid another incident like the one that happened when G’Kar arrived. WHAT!?!?!?!?!?!?! What incident?!?!?!?! I want to know!!!!! This incident could have been the entire catalyst for G’Kar. What if G’Kar came to B5 with high expectations of Babylon 5 being exactly what it was meant to be, but then this incident set him on a road toward trying to ruin Babylon 5?! Of course, that isn’t the likely scenario, but what a loose end! I assume it was removed for two reasons, one it was never explained and two it is kind of self-explanatory. Obviously in context one can assume that Londo did not show up when G’Kar arrived. But still it could have been a major plot incident if JMS had wished it.
Yeah, Londo didn’t turn up to greet G’Kar on his arrival, he was gambling in the casino
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