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  • Group Watch: Comes The Inquisitor

    Is it just me...or does JMS seem to enjoy writing torture scenes? I wonder how many there are between all of his shows...

    This is definitely one of the creepier episodes, and one of the first episodes where you really begin to question the Vorlons. How the heck would a group masquerading as the bringers of light to the universe justify using Jack the Ripper to torture people for their cause? And the very good people who would be fighting for them nonetheless! Makes you wonder why Sheridan and Delenn would even bother fighting for them after this debacle. I know I would buck off whatever group I was fighting for if they treated me like I was something insignificant and to be snuffed out at a whim.

    This (the vorlon situation) goes really well with the theme that "no one on Babylon 5 is what they seem." Kudos to JMS on intended effect.

    Delenn and Sheridan get really close in this episode, and are definitely realllly starting to develop love by this point. Maybe they did that in the Markab episode, but it's very apparent here. Makes me happy.

    And another G'Kar subplot where he doesn't get listend to. Poor G'Kar.
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    The Wonder

    One of things this episode exposes is the wonder that is Wayne Alexander. Watch his cold knife-edge performance here, contrast it to the warmth he brings as Lorien later on and the pure fun he brings to Drazi and other aliens; the nasty menace to the Drakh. He was easily the best guest star on the show. Amazing talent and versatility.

    The funny thing is, I expected by big ST-fan brother to rib me about "stealing" Wolf in the Fold's plot. But when i asked, he echoed JMS, saying that the identity of Sebastian was a slight plot twist, wherease WITF, it *was* the plot.

    This was the first time i began to suspect that the Vorlons were not quite as perfect as they proclaimed. And I loved being a bit less certain of the moral bearings.

    Lennier also has a few nice moments.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by SmileOfTheShadow View Post
      This is definitely one of the creepier episodes, and one of the first episodes where you really begin to question the Vorlons.
      Funny, I started looking at the Vorlons askance when they killed Deathwalker with a condescending 'You are not ready...'. Seemed pretty high-handed to me.

      How the heck would a group masquerading as the bringers of light to the universe justify using Jack the Ripper to torture people for their cause?And the very good people who would be fighting for them nonetheless! Makes you wonder why Sheridan and Delenn would even bother fighting for them after this debacle.
      Good point. I think it comes down to what Lyta said to Kosh Vader once. She believed. Same with Sheridan and Delenn, they truly believe in their cause.

      Originally posted by Hal_10000 View Post
      One of things this episode exposes is the wonder that is Wayne Alexander. Watch his cold knife-edge performance here, contrast it to the warmth he brings as Lorien later on and the pure fun he brings to Drazi and other aliens; the nasty menace to the Drakh. He was easily the best guest star on the show. Amazing talent and versatility.
      Amen! Another one who can out-act most of the people around him even when he's covered in latex and contacts.

      Jan
      Last edited by Jan; 06-21-2007, 07:31 PM.
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      • #4
        Oviously one of the quotes taken used in later on throughout season 5 A very fine episode to setup the season finale. Watching this episode the first couple times was ok..but I enjoy watching this episode more and more each time..It helps me learn to properly enjoy life for what it is and that we are just a shell. The true humanity is deep within our souls not our flesh. Oviously Delenn and Sheridan love interest growing. And yes I agree Wayne Alexander one of the best actors out there. I have nothing to add that hasn't been already said. I really love this episode and JMS was genius!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Hal_10000 View Post
          He was easily the best guest star on the show. Amazing talent and versatility.
          Yeah, besides Ed Wasser, Walther Koenig, William Forward and all those other great guest stars!

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          • #6
            I would like to add the scene where Vir meets G'Kar in the Elevator: starts with the comical edging away from G'Kar, culminating in the "dead !dead! .... dead! .... how can you apologise for that ?"

            The play of Andreas just shines here (as in many other instances)
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