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View Poll Results: The Wheel Of Fire
A -- Excellent 3 23.08%
B -- Good 9 69.23%
C -- Average 1 7.69%
D -- Poor 0 0%
F -- Failure 0 0%
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Old February 9th 07, 04:39   #1
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Old May 26th 08, 16:53   #2
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Wow. No discussion here. Let me start.

Garibaldi finally faces the consequences of his alcoholism after how many episodes of needlessly showing him drinking when we already know? That's fine, by this point it's nice to see that plot move forward, finally.

The best story here is Lyta. It is quite abrupt to see her "turn" but her character development is believable... and personally I feel sorry for her. She's been shit on by the alliance repeatedly, the work and risk she has put in somehow earns her nil respect amongst Sheridan's alliance, and she is left to fend for herself. The alliance created this situation for her.

I don't mind Lochley's character, but I wish we had Ivanova rather than trying to develop a character on the 4th last episode. It's a good story, but it's pretty late in the game for any big payoff.


I still think its a good episode, we're moving towards closure.
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Old May 26th 08, 23:04   #3
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Wow. No discussion here. Let me start.
I think in one of the board remakes posts may have disappeared. I'm fairly certain there used to be posts in this thread. It's certainly an episode likely to have inspired comment years ago, at least.

As far as the payoffs go: yes, JMS had a tricky job having to figure out how to create a character we'd find developed and sympathetic in one final season, when CC left the show. Quite frankly, I'm surprised he pulled it off as well as he did.

Lyta's story: yea, it's a real wonder that she helped out so many in such important ways, and yet was still an "outsider". I guess that's the plight of the telepaths, and the reason there's just no simple answer to how to cope with people who can read your mind, even bend or destroy your mind. And what happened to her is much like the "the war is over, get over it" that veterans have to live through.

But it is totally baffling how abandoned she was. It seemed that no one ever even tried to help her find a place, a purpose among them. I tend to see the ingratitude towards and treatment of Lyta as part of what makes the B5 heroes still only human. Not perfect, by any means, and perhaps even too wrapped up in other matters to much care. Not that those "other matters" weren't of staggaring importance, but again you'd think someone would pipe up and say "don't we owe here something for the sacrifices she's made and the work she's done for us?"

But it puts her where she needs to be in order to go out with G'kar and find the resources to take down the Psi Corps. Fair or not, I'd think it was an essential plot point that she not be welcomed in and made comfortable. That's not the stuff of revolutions, you know?
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Old May 27th 08, 03:06   #4
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With Bester's help Lyta had become the station telepath. That is a well paid job that gives her lots of contacts with business people. In practice when Sheridan wanted inform contact with the mega-corps he would probably have to go via Lyta.

What Lyta failed to become was part of Sheridan's political negotiating team.
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Old February 7th 11, 15:47   #5
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Though there's plenty happening in this episode, it does feel like the quiet after the storm. We're moving toward closure, tying up loose ends, and the main characters are leaving the station.

Finally! Garibaldi's drinking problem comes out into the open and forces Sheridan and the others to draw consequences. It's about time. I like the bit of character development that takes place with Lochley and him; it gives some background to their enmity.

I'm not a Lise fan, but in this case, she's the best thing that could happen to Garibaldi. Her willingness to help him, and her asking him to help her provide him with a new lease on life.

Lyta has turned scary - I wouldn't want to have her around with those powers, directed by that anger. Interesting line: "I do not choose to be arrested." Sheridan's resistance as a result of his contact with the Vorlons (and presumably also with Lorien) is a fascinating detail.

The G'Kar statuette is an amusing play with merchandising objects, and the whole situation makes his wish to get away from it all quite understandable.

Delenn's pregnancy appears to be unexpected. I would think that it would have had to be engineered and consciously sought in a cross-cultural marriage, but for whatever reasons, it's possible without that effort, I guess. Sheridan is so sweet in his mixture of concern and delight.

Loneliest of all is the character who already left B5 - Londo. Seeing him like that is sad.
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Old February 7th 11, 19:53   #6
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Sheridan's resistance as a result of his contact with the Vorlons (and presumably also with Lorien) is a fascinating detail.
I think the point is that they were both touched by Vorlons specifically, Sheridan by Kosh, and Lyta by Kosh II, and so Sheridan could still have power over Lyta when no one else could. Don't think it's connected to Lorien's healing.

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Delenn's pregnancy appears to be unexpected. I would think that it would have had to be engineered and consciously sought in a cross-cultural marriage, but for whatever reasons, it's possible without that effort, I guess.
The Chrysalis is what made Delenn's pregnancy possible by making her genetically compatible with humans.
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Old February 7th 11, 20:02   #7
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Sheridan's resistance as a result of his contact with the Vorlons (and presumably also with Lorien) is a fascinating detail.
I think the point is that they were both touched by Vorlons specifically, Sheridan by Kosh, and Lyta by Kosh II, and so Sheridan could still have power over Lyta when no one else could. Don't think it's connected to Lorien's healing.

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Delenn's pregnancy appears to be unexpected. I would think that it would have had to be engineered and consciously sought in a cross-cultural marriage, but for whatever reasons, it's possible without that effort, I guess.
The Chrysalis is what made Delenn's pregnancy possible by making her genetically compatible with humans.
After Delenn asks Ivanova for help with her unruly hair, when they are in the elevator together, Delenn has a "throwaway" comedic line about having strange cramps. This is the clue to the audience that Delenn's reproductive system was changed to that of a Human in the Chrysalis

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Re: EpDis: The Wheel Of Fire

It's definitely starting to feel like things are being wrapped up in this episode.

I agree with Elipsis that the best storyline here is Lyta's. I sympathize with her and her "cause", although I don't get why she is bombing Psi Corps facilities in Byron's name. She knew how he felt about that. I guess it's the anger clouding her judgment.

I'm not crazy about the Lochley/Garibaldi alcoholics conversation ...But, at least, as others said, finally something is happening with that, Garibaldi is taking action, things are looking up.

That conversation Dr. Franklin and Sheridan have in medlab, about Delenn's pregnancy is a bit weird. They're almost talking like Delenn is 9 months pregnant and in a coma, and Sheridan has to make decisions about whether to save her or their baby. It's weird for the doctor to ask Sheridan if HE wants to have this baby. What if he had said "GODS NO, cut it out!" You think they'd at least have waited until she woke up and asked HER opinion?
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Re: EpDis: The Wheel Of Fire

Something I forgot. What's the deal with "You're not the only one who's been touched by the Vorlons!" ? I feel like it's thrown out there almost casually, never to be mentioned again, but it seems like something important. Is Sheridan immune to all telepathy? Is he immune to just Lyta? Does he have his own secret Vorlon superpowers we never get to see? What is going on?
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Re: EpDis: The Wheel Of Fire

Kosh broke off a piece of himself and put it inside Sheridan. That is what helped him at Za'Ha'Dum, and also what helped Lorien revive him after he died there. So in a way, yes he too was "touched" by the Vorlons.
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