Season 2, Episode 20. Written by J. Michael Straczynski
, directed by John Flinn
. Originally aired on October 18, 1995
The Narn Regime
surrenders after the Centauri
begin to use mass drivers
to bomb their homeworld, ending the Narn-Centauri War
Secondary Plot: Draal
offers the assistance of the Great Machine
for the coming war.
A very powerful, sad episode. One the one hand you have Londo
realizing just how dangerous the people he's been working with (Lord Refa
, Mr. Morden
) just might be...you can see this all just by reading Londo's face while he watches the bombardment of the Narn homeworld
, and it is again a testament to Peter Jurasik
's acting abilities that he manages to convey such a wide range of subtle emotions in only a brief moment. But on the other hand, you have Londo still going along with everything and acting just as ruthless to everyone else. The scene in the Council chambers when he callously reads off the terms of surrender
still gives me chills.
Londo's failure to stop the mass driver
bombardment of the Narn homeworld is most likely his second failed chance for redemption, as prophecized by Lady Morella
in Point of No Return
And then you have G'Kar
...beaten, powerless, desperate, devastated. A far cry from the proud warrior who we saw for much of the first two seasons. It continues to amaze me how much G'Kar and Londo changed over the course of the series, and how believeable the changes were due to the proficiency of the actors portraying them.
Note that Draal
is played by a different actor here than in A Voice in the Wilderness, Part I
and A Voice in the Wilderness, Part II
. The original actor was Louis Turenne
, the actor here (and for the remainder of the series) is John Schuck
. I honestly never noticed the difference until it was pointed out to me by a fellow fan. They explain it away by saying that the Great Machine
to "his appearance of thirty years past". That, as well as the extensive makeup
that playing a Minbari
character requires, was enough for me never to have an inkling it was a different actor. I just figured they had changed the makeup around.
"Now the trumpet summons us again: not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need;
not as a call to battle, though in battle we are; but as a call to bear the burdens of a long,
twilight struggle--year in and year out, rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation--a
struggle against the common enemies of man--tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself."
--John F. Kennedy
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