Okay. I have my B5 set. I am going to watch “Midnight on the Firing Line”.

So, help me out here, Babblers (or what nickname do all y’all have?). What themes ought I note that might otherwise get away from me? What mental notes ought I be taking?


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  1. Let me pass on to you the one thing I’ve learned about this place: No one here is exactly what he appears. –G’Kar

    Does your set include the pilot episode “The Gathering?” If so, you should watch it.

      • That’s a good question. Probably at the end of the first season.

        We’ll see… if the discussions wind up with a lot of “spoilers for the pilot” in them, maybe we’ll move it. But I originally saw it sans pilot, and I think it changes things to have seen the pilot.

  2. Straczynski is an arc-builder. Most of what you see in this episode will prove to be relevant at some point down the line.

  3. Almost everybody’s acting gets better. The character dialogue gets better, too. The effects stay the same.

    If you can focus on theme more than execution, particularly early in the first season, you’ll get into it a lot faster.

    • This is very true. It gets so much better as it goes on. The first season is a bit rough. When things finally come together, and you start to see what is being built, it is worth it.

  4. Ivanova (stress falls on the second syllable; when written, I always want to put it on the third for some reason) is Russian. It explains a lot about her.

    That’s all I got.

  5. The big thing from me is the first episode throws you right into the mix and almost has an expectation of you knowing more than you do. It is like you started the episode halfway through. The big thing in this episode is Londo and G’Kar, but I think you will figure that out. 🙂

    I will stress what James K said though. Straczynski likes to give plenty of hints of thing that will come and it is fun to find those and file them away for later as the series continues.

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