Episode 051 – There All the Honor Lies

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Sheridan is accused of murder, Kosh shows Sheridan a moment of beauty, and Babylon 5 gets merchandised. Anka joins us to investigate episode 2×14 – “There All the Honor Lies”.

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2 Responses to “Episode 051 – There All the Honor Lies”

  1. Voord 99 Says:

    [Spoilers for And Now For a Word…]

    OK – just *how* are you going to do the “ISN Special Report” this week? Also, “Clarence” has a name now. He’s also been given a scene that should have been Keffer’s, damn it.

    If my memory is correct, And Now For a Word gave me completely the wrong idea about the series, and I’m grateful to it for that. The spoilerocious Lurker’s Guide indicates what’s obvious in any case: it was intended as a “catchup” episode to introduce new viewers of Babylon 5 to the characters and set-up. That’s exactly how I, as just such a new viewer, took the episode when I watched it for the first time. It’s the first episode that I’m practically certain I first saw on its original broadcast.

    So I made the sensible assumption that everything that I saw was a fixed part of the premise of the show. All shows came with reset buttons, after all. Specifically, I assumed that the Narn-Centauri War was an element of the status quo. This added to the “boom!” factor when I saw The Coming of Shadows *after* this episode (again, if my memory is correct) and realized that this basic fundamental aspect of what was driving the plots of individual episodes *had only just started*.

    It’s not how Babylon 5 was meant to be experienced, but it’s not the worst way.

  2. Tori Says:

    This episode is always a bit of a chore to watch on DVD since so many of the shots have effects on them that mean the shots have to be cropped, and in many cases really obviously so, instead of being framed naturally as they were filmed. This is definitely an episode that would benefit from a full special edition treatment.

    That said, it’s still a solid episode, with a lot of layers to be analyzed regarding its place in universe. What’s the news bias here? What was left out of the edit of the report? Why were some things left in? What might be the reaction of the in universe viewers to the events? And then the narrative the news gives of it? As viewers of Babylon 5 this episode puts a lens between us and the characters we usually see without the filter; but it’s also an invitation to think about the role the news filter plays in shaping perception in their world and ours.

    Which is really more thought that I usually feel like doing all at once, but it is there to be thought about as the story goes forward.

    Also Corwin, we can finally call him by his real name; yay Corwin.

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