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Old August 9th 15, 19:42   #29
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Re: EpDis: Mind War

I like Mind War for many of the same reasons mentioned by Vacantlook in the very first comment.

Originally Posted by vacantlook View Post
"Mind War" was one of the early episodes of B5 that really stuck in my mind when I saw it.

It was really fun seeing Walter Koenig make an appearance on the show; little did I know that his character would become such a powerful reoccurring character on the show! Bester is such a completely different character than Chekov was on Star Trek. He's such a great villain and he leaves such a massive impression!

We got to get more about the horrors of the PsiCorps in this episode. We got a small touch of it in "Midnight On The Firing Line" with Ivanova telling Talia about what the PsiCorps rules did to her mother. Here we get Talia being hit again by something bad the PsiCorps did to someone, this time her lover Jason Ironheart. I know Jason was created to jumpstart Talia's powers similarly to how Lyta's touching Kosh's mind were her jumping off point for becoming more than the plain little commercial teep that they were. I liked Jason's character for the most part. The grabbing of the temples of his head when his powers cracked up was a bit melodramatic and cliche, but I liked how he portrayed a bit of calmness in knowing what he could do with his powers. I liked how all he wanted was to get away to keep the PsiCorps from getting to know which combination of chemicals and other techniques that were used on him to unlock his powers.

I loved the scene where Bester and that other PsiCop scanned Talia and how after it happened, Ivanova felt so much concern for Talia. When Ivanova's pouring that glass of water for Talia, the look on Ivanova's face speaks volumes without any words spoken by her whatsoever. Definite good acting on the part of Claudia Christian!

And we even got the beginnings of the Garibaldi-Bester antagonsitic relationship in this episode with Bester picking up on Garibaldi's "anatomically impossible" thought. What does everyone think the actual thought was? I figure it was shoving Bester's head up his ass or something similar.

And then there's the final scene of Talia alone in her quarters learning she now had a bit of telekinetic ability: a very haunting scene.

I really like this episode!
"Yes" to all of that, except maybe that I didn't have a problem with Jason Ironheart's possibly somewhat melodramatic gestures. I like the character a lot, the one thing I found a little off about him is that somewhat amusing 90s windbreaker jacket.

I find it hard to say how I felt when I first discovered Walter Koenig as Bester. I'm so used to that character now he's probably more "Bester" in my mind than "Chekov". But yes, this is obviously a great first appearance of a character!

I love all the Psi Corps stuff and that scene where Ivanova offers Talia some water after that painful scan is indeed great (adding a screenshot because why not? ) There's just so much there about Ivanova's history and how she feels about the Psi Corps.

List of random thoughts upon watching.
  • Of course someone had to say "What could go wrong?" Who does that??
  • Talia probably has to explain telepathy to mundanes fairly often. She has it down pretty well.
  • This is the episode where we learn that the telepath/mundane ratio is about 1/1000. I think I've probably wondered about that in some 5th season thread because I didn't remember. This is good, solid information, although I still have lots of questions about just how many are in the Psi Corps versus on the run/in prison/on sleepers and just how many of them are barely telepathic (probably most).
  • I like how the Psi Cops are shown blatantly breaking the Psi Corps rules right from the start by barging right into everyone's head instead of talking to them. They're clearly above the law.
  • This is also where we learn about how powerful the Psi Corps is.
  • That other Psi Cop (Kelsey) is amazingly annoying. That's a good acting job!
  • I think I've commented on this in other threads because it's a regular thing, but why is it that everyone just walks into the command office, like how on sitcoms people are always just walking into each other's houses. Maybe there is some security checkpoint people have to pass before being allowed into that area, but it's still a bit weird.
  • I love how much humans like hats in the Babylon 5 universe, and how that is a pretty consistent thing throughout the series.
  • "You know what it's like when telepaths make love?" That seems like maybe too much information to be sharing with the commander. On the other hand, Talia was raised in the Psi Corps. She probably doesn't really know what it's like to have private thoughts. Not at this point in time, anyway
  • That's an antique penny?
  • The "ant" speech/dialog is indeed great. How convenient that they just so happened to be having that conversation by a flower shop and that there was a convenient ant on hand
I think we're well beyond pastels now.
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