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Old February 12th 15, 04:09   #14
Lennier's Tears
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Re: EpDis: Shadow Dancing

I like this episode a lot, although I could have done with perhaps slightly less "Franklin finding himself". I'm just sort of impatient to get back to the big important battle. I think that the first time I watched it, it might have been the other way around. I was on the edge of my seat, waiting to find out if Franklin was going to live or die. But now that I know he's going to live, I'm just impatient with him being mad at himself ... Which is odd, because I know how the OTHER battle ends up, as well

I like the scenes with Marcus and Ivanova on the White Star. Marcus thinks he is being subtle, and what he actually says to Ivanova in Minbari is pretty cheesy, I guess, but I still like it. I also enjoy Ivanova's trouble with the tilted Minbari beds, and, as Estelyn noted, seeing her come up with her own solution to the problem.

The big battle looks cool, and I like the gorgeous backdrop. That's a nice touch. It looks like the scenes of the Minbari telepaths jamming the Shadow ships are the exact same scenes from Walkabout, but I suppose that's also what it would look like if you had the same actors in the same set act out a bit that involves them lying there and blinking their eyes a bit

I love seeing the whole fleet of White Stars doing their thing, being all agile and powerful and stuff. It's sad to see all the broken ones hanging about on the "battlefield" afterwards :-/

I'm pretty much resigned to never understanding that dream Sheridan had, or even the explanation he and the others try to come up with for it, here. I also don't understand why the Vorlons insist on being so cryptic. What's the point of sending this message if the recipient can't figure it out? A side note about that scene: Ivanova seems unconcerned that Sheridan just blabbed about her being a latent telepath, in front of Delenn, but also in his rather open and non-secure office (there are no doors, and in previous episodes, people have frequently walked in unannounced). I guess she feels she can trust Delenn, but telling her should have been Ivanova's choice, not Sheridan's .. Perhaps Ivanova already told her?

Minbari ritual: I'm surprised with the "when Minbari become close as we have become close" ritual. Not surprised that there IS a ritual. That's exactly the sort of thing you'd expect from Minbari. But that there's such strict gender roles in this ritual. The Minbari don't seem to have strict gender roles at all. Male and female Minbari wear the same clothes and everything. So, this is odd, to me. Also, I would like to know how this ritual is supposed to go in relationships that aren't male/female.

The "Anna Sheridan arrives" bit: I have sort of the same problem with this I did with Morden in "In the Shadow of Z'Ha'Dum". Why is she able to just walk onto the station with a functional ID if she is supposed to be dead? In this case, though, some kind of alert must have gone out, because security is aware that she is there ... Unless maybe Zack just happened to see her name? Presumably there is more than one Anna Sheridan in the universe. Also, why is she able to just walk into Sheridan's quarters? Left the door unlocked? Doors are weird on B5. They can apparently sense when you want to walk through them and open automatically.

But, aside from the minor details about her arrival, I like the Anna Sheridan plot twist.
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