Dinner and a movie with a Minbari? Well, not quite. Meditation in lumberjack mode? That’s a bit closer. As with most things Minbari social customs, a simple dinner date is, well… not quite simple. Just ask Lennier.
This episode starts a bit light, but it doesn’t last long. It seems that one of the key races we’ve had since the beginning is about to go away. This is a episode that takes a hard look at faith vs. blind faith. Naturally we will get a bit philosophic at times. Of course that isn’t unusual for Jim and Raul.
The real part of this story, though, is the development of the relationship between John and Delenn. That takes this from what would be a largely stand-alone episode and turns it into one that is important for the big story.
Yes. We’re still here. In fact we’re back! After fighting our of Shadow War of being sick, motherboard failures, hard drive crashes (which almost took out all our show data) and even a stroke with a parent we have a new show. Finally.
This episode we are talking about The Quality of Mercy. It has some of the most seriously philosophical moments of the first season (dealing with the death sentence) as well as the funniest (Lennier and Londo playing poker). This episode is odd. It is both a stand-alone episode and an arc episode. In the former it stands entirely on its own merits and is not strictly necessary for the overall story. Yet, in the same breath it expands the mythos and introduces elements that will be extremely important in future seasons.
Because of the dual nature – and that the episode hops frequently between story lines – Jim and Raul are bouncing all over the place. It a great time for both and hopefully you be singing the Happy Happy Joy Joy song.