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The Well of Forever
Maintained by David Boyd
Last Update on June 28 '99
Title: The Well of Forever
Episode Order Number: 103
Production Number: 106
Writer: Fiona Avery    Director: Janet Greek
First US Air Date: Wednesday 23rd June 1999
Episode Message Board: Talk about the Episode here
Contents: [Plot] - [Regular Cast] - [Guest Stars] - [Review]
Plot:

    When the crew is left with no target for their next destination, Galen proposes a risky venture deep into hyperspace in search of the mysterious "Well of Forever". He promises it will provide answers to many questions, but his real motivation is not revealed until they arrive. .

Regular Cast: Gary Cole, Daniel Dae Kim, David Allen Brooks, Carrie Dobro, Peter Woodward
Guest Stars: Michael Beck
Review:

By Lars Joreteg

Review: Crusade episode 3 - "The Well of Forever"

"Just a few pesky life-forms getting fresh with my ship?" - Gideon

In its third episode, Crusade returns to the familiar Babylon 5 storytelling roots, with interesting character conflicts. The opening credits question "Who do you trust?" is at the core of this very good episode.

A few months into their quest, Galen proposes a mission to find the mythical "well of forever", a legendary place located very deep into hyperspace. This strange place supposedly contains the answer to many questions, but does Galen have an ulterior motive in taking the Excalibur there?

Like many Babylon 5 episodes, this episode has two parallel plots. The major one is the search for the "well of forever", and is executed quite well, in my opinion. We learn more about the nature of Hyperspace, and how ships navigate through it. But while finding the well is what drives the story, what it reveals about our characters is what makes interesting and worthwhile. Also, along the way there is a bit of humor involving hyperspace life forms, at least I found it amusing. :-) The sub-plot of this episode deals with a telepath from the "Bureau of telepath integration" (a replacement of sorts for the Psi-Corps) that is checking up on Lt. Matheson, to see if he as a telepath has been scanning someone's mind, something strictly forbidden.

We learn much more about Galen in this episode, and he is played well by Peter Woodward as usual. While Galen's priorities may be different than the rest of the crew, in a strange way he seems even trustworthier after this episode.

Captain Gideon (Gary Cole) is also great in this episode, and it was very interesting to see how he dealt with Galen's betrayal. There were also some shades of Sinclair (Babylon 5's first commander) in how he dealt with the telepath investigator, very nicely done.

This is the first episode to give Lt. Matheson (Daniel Dae Kim) substantial screen time, and he comes across very well. He is very likeable, and hopefully more time will be spent on him and his telepath issues in the future.

Max Eilerson (David Allen Brooks) and Dureena (Carrie Dobro) are minor characters in this episode, but they work well. I find Max to be especially amusing, his facial expressions while listening to others are great fun to watch. Dureena serves mostly as exposition in this episode, unfortunately, (an obvious example is when talking to Galen as he is leaving) but hopefully well see more interesting facets of her personality soon.

No sign so far of Dr. Chambers and Capt. Lochley...

The only guest star in this episode is Michael Beck, as the anonymous "Mr. Jones". He guest starred on Babylon 5 before, in the sixth episode of season two, "A Spider in the web", as a cyborg zombie. He doesn't have many lines here, but he brings quite a bit of presence to the part, and is quite effective.

While there weren't much special effects in this episode, aside from the standard hyperspace scenes, but the "well of forever" visuals were quite striking. It certainly seemed mystical, ancient, and beautiful in its own way. But what really impressed me in this episode was the music, by far the best scored episode of Crusade so far. Most of the time the score was very sublime, but the music while at the "well of forever" was very nice and appropriate. Evan Chen did a fine job here.

Overall, this episode was mostly about character development, and as such it worked wonderfully. But there is still something that keeps it from being a great episode overall, but I can't quite put my finger on it. But Crusade is gaining depth after every episode, and this third episode is among the best so far.

Rating: 8.5/10

- Lars Joreteg (lars.joreteg@usa.net)

 
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