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B5: 2.06-2.09

2.06 Spider in the Web
One of my primary pleasures on this show recently has been the parade of familiar guest stars. Here Ruthie from Carnivale negotiates with the one ambassador from that one episode of SeaQuest. Also, we see that Talia, whatever her misgivings about Psi Corps, is still keeping secrets up her sleeve.

2.07 Soul Mates
I quite liked the Londo plot here. I liked that one of the wives points out that she is what society and Londo have made her, and I love that Londo picked Timov, the apparently least pleasant one who secretly saved his life with a blood donation, "because with you I always know where I stand." That's how I was feeling about her by the end, too.

I continue to be bewildered by Delenn's transformation; this idea of her actually changing species is more scientific existential crisis than I can cope with, apparently, which was why I was so confused by that one Minbari's accusation that she wasn't Minbari anymore. That said, I was a bit "aww" about Ivanova agreeing to help her with her hair difficulties.

Also this ep: the giant from Twin Peaks!

2.08 A Race Through the Dark Places
A Bester episode is always the best episode. Yes. I said recently that Morden was the first thing about this show that made me sit up and take notice, but that was a lie; Bester was the first thing. Walter Koenig. <3

Also in this ep we get a neat revelation about Dr. Franklin that I didn't see coming and am rather intrigued by.

AND we get lovely further development of Susan/Talia friendship at the end, which I was all hearts-in-eyes about.

2.09 The Coming of Shadows
Oh, dear. This episode managed to hit all the really important notes. Andreas Katsulas and Peter Jurasik really knocked it out of the park - G'Kar's hope followed by grief, Londo's discomfort with what he's become a part of still not nearly enough to keep him from actively digging himself in deeper. I have to say I am really enjoying Londo's character arc, much to my surprise.

Also, Fred Lehne, aka the Yellow-Eyed Demon!

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hamsterwoman
Jan. 26th, 2014 10:51 pm (UTC)
That said, I was a bit "aww" about Ivanova agreeing to help her with her hair difficulties.

We all giggled and aww'd over that on rewatch. :)

Bester is one of my favorite things about the show also, especially in the early seasons, before some of the big arc stuff hits its stride, because he's so good at being -- smilingly, reasonably -- sinister.

Andreas Katsulas and Peter Jurasik really knocked it out of the park - G'Kar's hope followed by grief, Londo's discomfort with what he's become a part of still not nearly enough to keep him from actively digging himself in deeper. I have to say I am really enjoying Londo's character arc, much to my surprise.

On rewatch, that was the first episode that really blew me away and reminded me why I had fallen so hard for the show originally, largely because of Andreas Katsulas and Peter Jurasik's acting. Londo and G'Kar are the heart of the show for me, and their range was shown to such great effect here!
snickfic
Jan. 27th, 2014 12:36 am (UTC)
Well, and the fact that Katsulas in particular manages to accomplish all that under all that makeup is particularly impressive.

Edited at 2014-01-27 12:39 am (UTC)
hamsterwoman
Jan. 27th, 2014 12:59 am (UTC)
Agreed! It's really quite amazing, considering that I don't think we see anything of him without make-up, not counting body language -- he's even got red lenses in his eyes. My friend who is watching B5 for the first time and I were remarking on this as well, once we hit the big s2 episodes which show just how amazing an actor he is.
fenchurche
Jan. 27th, 2014 02:46 am (UTC)
Bester is *awesome*. So much so that I always do a bit of a double-take now when I see Koenig playing Checkov.

On a side note, I'd forgotten how much I love the episode titles on this show! You're also rapidly approaching the episode that finally got me hooked when it was on the air (that would be "All Alone in the Night").

BTW, did you not do an entry for 2.04 and 2.05? Or am I just missing it somewhere?
snickfic
Jan. 27th, 2014 02:53 am (UTC)
No, I didn't do an entry for those - I think I just must not have had much to say! Looking back at the episode descriptions, they are not eps that excited me all that much.

Well then, I look forward to that ep! I think it's the one after next. :)
zanthinegirl
Jan. 27th, 2014 10:19 am (UTC)
So much love for B5! And seconding fenchurch's love for "All Alone in the Night". Glad you get to enjoy it for the first time!

Andreas Katsulas and Peter Jurasik really knocked it out of the park. They really, really did. You make me want to do a rewatch myself, and I have NO TIME. ::sigh::
snickfic
Jan. 27th, 2014 03:54 pm (UTC)
I'm just glad I finally managed to make it this far! This is only the third time I've tried (although to be fair, I don't think I made it past the tenth episode or so, the first two times).
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