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Meditations on the Abyss; the Drazi put a bug in Vir's shopping bags.
That's right. I had forgotten about that. And now that you mention it, I recall that Londo had some sort of "bug detector".
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Oh yeah. That is another good one.
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"The Coming of Shadows"

I had explained back in Season 1 that each year of B5 has a title, and that one episode has the same title as its year, to emphasize its significance. I reiterated that fact, and then said that this was that episode for Season 2. I clicked through the chapter menus as quickly as possible, since one of them ("Sinclair's message") is a spoiler.

C seemed somewhat impatient, asking what season we were in, and how many seasons there were. I said there were five seasons total and we were in Season 2. Despite that, she still seemed to be engaged by the episode. At the end, while the ranger was telling Garibaldi that there was "one other" who knew about their presence on the station, she rose and started walking toward the kitchen with her cup. But she paused before leaving the living room to see who the "one other" was, only stepping away when the credits started to roll.

C also made a funny joke about G'Kar remarking, "He's part giraffe you know." Her comment when Sinclair appeared was "Hey, that's the old guy!" She also speculated during the opening credits that "the last of the Babylon stations" meant that the station would blow up at the end. I refused to confirm or deny the accuracy of her "mad prediction".

T chuckled at G'Kar's complaint that the emperor had the indecency to start dying on his own. As we neared the end, T said that he hoped that the future would be peaceful. I replied that the series had been promising all season that this was "the year the great war came upon us all." T asked me if all the ships in the show were computer generated and I said yes. He then said that the effects were impressive, to which I added, "especially for 1995", and he agreed.


"GROPOS"

I introduced this episode by explaining that GROPO was short for "Ground Pounder" and was the equivalent of an Earthforce marine.

C surprised me with her reaction to the news that Dr. Franklin was General Franklin's son. She said, "Wait a minute. Is Dr. Franklin black?" "Um, yes!" was my reply. Meanwhile, T laughed out loud when General Franklin said he needed 25,000 billets. He also laughed at the general's "So much for genetics" comment.

Later, when Dodger started kicking the crap out of Kleist and the others, T said, "You don't want to mess with her!" Still later when things started to get steamy between Dodger and Garibaldi, T asked, "Is this an R rated episode?" Knowing that Garibaldi was about to ruin the mood, I replied, "No."

Life seemed imitate art when it came to the end scene. Both C & T were silent.

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Old 10-25-2017, 09:56 AM
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"The Coming of Shadows"

I had explained back in Season 1 that each year of B5 has a title, and that one episode has the same title as its year, to emphasize its significance. I reiterated that fact, and then said that this was that episode for Season 2. I clicked through the chapter menus as quickly as possible, since one of them ("Sinclair's message") is a spoiler.

C seemed somewhat impatient, asking what season we were in, and how many seasons there were. I said there were five seasons total and we were in Season 2. Despite that, she still seemed to be engaged by the episode. At the end, while the ranger was telling Garibaldi that there was "one other" who knew about their presence on the station, she rose and started walking toward the kitchen with her cup. But she paused before leaving the living room to see who the "one other" was, only stepping away when the credits started to roll.

C also made a funny joke about G'Kar remarking, "He's part giraffe you know." Her comment when Sinclair appeared was "Hey, that's the old guy!" She also speculated during the opening credits that "the last of the Babylon stations" meant that the station would blow up at the end. I refused to confirm or deny the accuracy of her "mad prediction".

T chuckled at G'Kar's complaint that the emperor had the indecency to start dying on his own. As we neared the end, T said that he hoped that the future would be peaceful. I replied that the series had been promising all season that this was "the year the great war came upon us all." T asked me if all the ships in the show were computer generated and I said yes. He then said that the effects were impressive, to which I added, "especially for 1995", and he agreed.
It is so great that the scene where G'Kar is reporting he failed to assassinate the Emperor takes a light-hearted twist. I mean it is a dark moment when you are admitting you failed to murder someone, but JMS still puts a chuckle in there.

I would say it is worrisome that C was leaving the room before it was over, but it sounds like maybe she wasn't in the mood to sit for the episode and was impatient to get to something else. I mean this is not a boring episode, so it is good you were watching this one if she was feeling impatient.

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"GROPOS"

I introduced this episode by explaining that GROPO was short for "Ground Pounder" and was the equivalent of an Earthforce marine.

C surprised me with her reaction to the news that Dr. Franklin was General Franklin's son. She said, "Wait a minute. Is Dr. Franklin black?" "Um, yes!" was my reply. Meanwhile, T laughed out loud when General Franklin said he needed 25,000 billets. He also laughed at the general's "So much for genetics" comment.

Later, when Dodger started kicking the crap out of Kleist and the others, T said, "You don't want to mess with her!" Still later when things started to get steamy between Dodger and Garibaldi, T asked, "Is this an R rated episode?" Knowing that Garibaldi was about to ruin the mood, I replied, "No."

Life seemed imitate art when it came to the end scene. Both C & T were silent.
So would you say they like this episode? I mean I think it is great, other than the bit with Dodger and Garibaldi. I understand why it is there and really I don't think it is out of place for Garibaldi or anything, I am just not particularly fond of their subplot. I feel like that time could have been spent in a more interesting way. In my opinion the bits with Keffer seem to be a more interesting way to deal with the GROPOS interaction with station personnel or at least a more interesting idea of how to deal with them.
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I would say it is worrisome that C was leaving the room before ("The Coming of Shadows") was over, but it sounds like maybe she wasn't in the mood to sit for the episode and was impatient to get to something else. I mean this is not a boring episode, so it is good you were watching this one if she was feeling impatient.
In C's defense, the episode was basically over when she stood up and started to walk away. The only thing that remained was Garibaldi and the ranger saying goodbye. That scene could be considered what Alfred Hitchcock called a "hat-grabber".

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So would you say they like ("GROPOS")?
Yes, I think so. T certainly enjoyed the humor in the episode more than usual. He typically just chuckles a bit at the funny lines, e.g., G'Kar's complaint in "The Coming of Shadows". T laughed out loud heartily in "GROPOS". The last time he did that was at the elevator scene in "Signs and Portents".
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"All Alone in the Night"

I introduced this episode by saying it brought back some characters from the past (meaning General Hague and Neroon), and was famous for a dream sequence that hints at the future.

T remarked that Sheridan's question "What can possibly go wrong?" meant that something would certainly go wrong. During Ramirez's introduction in the Zocalo, T said something like, "So they still have the Dodgers?" After the space battle and abduction of the captain, T said, "Wow!" Later, when Sheridan awoke on the alien ship, T's comment was, "He's in a strange place."

This was C & T's twenty-second episode (we skipped "A Spider in the Web" and ten episodes from Season 1). Having now seen the equivalent of a full season, they are starting to comment on some of the details of show. This time T asked about the Starfury launch, and I explained how the rotation of the station carries them away. T also asked about the big opening at the front of the station and I explained that leads to the docking bays.

C asked a number of questions about the Narn (Talon). She asked if Sheridan and he were supposed to be friends, and if they already knew each other. I said that they had never met before. When Talon fainted, C asked if he had died, and I said, "No, he just passed out."

When Sheridan returned to the station and Kosh told him "You have always been here", C remarked "That's cryptic." I replied, "That's a Vorlon for you."


"Acts of Sacrifice"

I introduced this by saying, "As you recall, back in 'The Coming of Shadows', the Narn and the Centauri went to war. In this episode, you start to see the impact of that war." I also mentioned that this episode was famous for one scene and they would know it when they saw it.

And now, eleven episodes into Season 2, C finally spoke up about Keffer during the opening credits. She said, "Who's that guy? I don't think I've seen him in the show so far." And there you have it ladies and gentlemen, the "memorable" Warren Keffer! I said that I didn't think he was in this one, but I would point him out if he appeared. And I was right - no Keffer in this episode.

T was impressed by the assembled Narns and said it must have taken hours to make up all those people.

C asked how they got G'Kar's eyes so red and I said they used red contact lenses. C also asked about Sheridan's link, "Does he have a radio in his hand?" I replied that it was merely stuck to his hand, not implanted.

T laughed when the Lumati told Ivanova they would conclude their deal by having sex, but neither C nor T had any comment about "the Ivanova dance".

C was a bit mystified by G'Kar's reaction at the end of the episode...

C: Why is he laughing?

ME: He's laughing and crying.

C: Why is he doing that?

ME: Because he hoped they would intervene militarily.

After the episode, C asked why they didn't bring the murdered Centauri back from the dead. With a little questioning I determined that she had misremembered Garibaldi's recovery after being shot in the back. I explained that he was in a coma, not dead, and that they used the alien healing device only after they had done everything they could using conventional (twenty-third century) medicine to "push him over the edge" back to consciousness.

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In case you missed it, I posted C & T's reaction to "All Alone in the Night" and "Acts of Sacrifice" on 11-04-2017. And now on with the next update...

"Hunter, Prey"

Before starting this episode I reminded C and T of the conversation at the end of "All Alone in the Night", where General Hague told Captain Sheridan that his cooperation was essential if they were to take back Earth's government.

When the Vorlon ship displayed a written message to Kosh, C asked if the ship was sending a message, and I confirmed it was. And near the end, when the ship returned its passenger, T remarked that the cocooned Dr. Jacobs looked like "a giant potato".

At the conclusion of the episode, when Sheridan gave the data crystal to Sarah (Wanda De Jesus), C asked if she was a traitor. I replied that she was "one of the good guys." T's final comment was that the people behind the creature designs were very imaginative. I assume that he was referring to Kosh's ship, but he may have also been thinking about the pak'ma'ra that was briefly seen in Medlab.


"There All the Honor Lies"

I introduced this by saying it was, at its heart, a mystery episode.

Not a ton of commentary from C & T. The humor in the episode was right up T's alley, as he chuckled/laughed at every funny bit. T also went "ooh" went Ashan called Delenn a freak.

C brought up the "memorable" Warren Keffer again, and this time stated that she thought he was good looking. I told her he was in this one at the very end and pointed him out to her. Speaking of good looking, I paused the playback when Guinevere Corey appeared, and mentioned that was the same actress who played Na'Toth in Season 1. C said that she looked much better without her Narn makeup.

When Sheridan started walking away with the bear C said, "I'd keep him too, he's cute." I replied, "But that's not what he's going to do with him." Needless to say, C was upset that Sheridan spaced the bear.

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