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Brandon "Darksabre" McKown
2: Episode 6 - "Ruling from the Tomb"
"You know what you are?"
Gideon: "Ruggedly handsome?"
Lochley: "No! A control freak!"
Gideon: "Can't I be both?"
Excalibur and crew take a short pit stop at Mars, going
out of their way of desperately searching for a cure
to the Drakh plague in order to have their doctor, Dr.
Sarah Chambers, give a keynote speech on the status
and details of the plague.
overseeing the security and safety of the diplomats
and key figures attending the conference is Captain
Elizabeth Lochley of Babylon 5, coordinating with Captain
Matthew Gideon. Immediately the two are at odds with
each other, and as murders begin appearing within Marsdome
and evidence of a doomsday cult surfaces, the two are
forced to work with each other.
Eilerson, Dureena and Trace have an interesting time
spent in one of the seedier bars of Marsdome, as more
and more of Trace's past is revealed.
episode is probably the weakest one I have seen so far,
but even for being weak it was still good in some parts.
The plot itself was weak (why was the conference on
Mars?) and the schizophrenic-murdering-evangelist-scientist
cult leader didn't exactly prove exciting either. Gideon
and Lochley (in her first appearance on the series)
moved into a sort of pre-relationship grudgingly and
realistically, so it didn't seemed forced.
Dureena, Eilerson and especially Trace get more screen
time. They had a pretty interesting chemistry, even
if they were serving as a second plot line within the
episode. Hopefully we will get to see a Starfury fighter
launch off the Excalibur in an upcoming battle scene,
with Trace in one of the fighters (is he part of EarthForce?).
within the season arc, we can already see hints of a
main enemy-- the countless doomsday cults that have
popped up since Earth's infection. Besides the Drakh,
the Excalibur may face them from time to time, if JMS
can take it where Peter David left off. David is an
excellent writer who isn't afraid to screw the universe
up and put it back together again perfectly in the end.
Chen, as always, provides a rich variety of tones for
us. The opening of the prologue scene over Mars is pure
genius, and hopefully we will get to hear a suite of
this episode in one of his collection albums. I have
read that fans should expect two Chen CDs, "B5: A Call
to Arms" and "Crusade" to be hitting the music stores'
the end, for its beating bad points, I can only give
Brandon McKown (firstname.lastname@example.org)