Advertisements Guide page: http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/us/guide/031.html "How will this end?" "In fire." Malachi Throne is the Prime Minister! He's been a character actor for years, but us geeky folks remember him from the TOS episodes The Cage & The Managerie (same footage). He was also in the TNG Unification 2-part episode. Try as I might, I just couldn't casually watch this episode. It was just too stinkin' riviting. - The Centauri Emperor is coming to B5. G'Kar's extremely upset due to the torture his father received at the hands of the Emperor's father's hands. As far as the current Emperor (did they give his name?), he did nothing to G'Kar. However, this is completely in line with the Centauri, who hold great importance to honoring one's house - Kate Austen's not here, Mr. Ranger, you should fly to Australia instead. - Refa arranges a meeting with the Emperor for his blessing in their dealings, while at the same time has set up failure for him so he will look bad. - Both Londo and Vir are uncomfortable with Refa's plan, yet Londo moves forward. - The Centauri Emperor wants desperately to meet a Vorlon - G'Kar, rebuffed by Sheridan, has decided to assassinate the Centauri Emperor at a ceremony in his (the Emperor's) honor - At the end of his life, the Emperor is feeling remourse for not making choices and simply letting things be chosen for him. He feels a certain guilt about his people's past and wants to make it right, which runs completely opposite of Lord Refa, and to a certain extent, Londo. - The Emperor keeps 4 linked telepaths, two who stay at home when he leaves, while two stay in the palace, in order to know what is going on around him. - Before he has a chance to enter the ceremony, the Emperor has an attack of some kind, which we find out is just a symptom of his condition: basically he's dying. - In response to the Emperor's lack of ability to give his blessing, Londo makes plans to have Morden & Associates(TM) attack the largest Narn settlement. - Not only is Vir standing up to Londo, he's downright ARGUING with him over going to Morden. - On his deathbed, the Centauri Emperor relays a message to G'Kar through Dr. Franklin: an apology for all the things the Centauri did to the Narn people. WHEW, that was a close one. Had G'Kar assassinated him, he never would have gotten this message. - Meanwhile, Londo has a dream/vision: - It opens with a scene that's been described many times before - Londo, on the Centauri homeworld, is looking up to see a fleet of vessels flying overhead - He then sees his older self, being crowned Emperor - He sees an older version of himself, and G'Kar, whose eye is bandaged - G'Kar then chokes Londo, who appears to be passing out. Don't forget, Centauri can see the moment of their own deaths. - G'Kar, unaware what was happening at the time, shares a drink with Londo in response to the message from the Emperor - Refa has the Prime Minister killed, freeing a path to the throne - "Hello, old friend." Garibaldi gets quite the message from Sinclair. - The Ranger isn't after Kate Austen after all! Rangers are comprised of people who have been drawn to Minbar to work together to prepare for a fight ahead, against the coming darkness. - Sinclair says, "They are my eyes and my ears. When you see them, you see me." - G'Kar! How heavy was that table, anyway? - "Stay close to the Vorlon and watch for the shadows; they move when you're not looking at them." - If there was any doubt of Andreas Katsulas' acting ability, I think he's shattered them in this episode. HOLY COW. - Refa asks the Emperor for the blessing he was seeking before. Londo tells everyone he said, "Continue. Take our people back to the stars." In reality, he told him both he and Refa are damned. - The telepaths know something's up there, but why didn't they say anything? Obviously they've told each other, but are they going to relay the information to anyone else? - The Narn & Centauri are now at war. - The Emperor's nephew has taken the Centauri throne. - Sinclair gave a similar message to Delenn, who is also aware of the Ranger presence. GOODNESS GRACIOUS, this warrants another viewing. Even though I watched it closely, there was much so much meat to this episode. I felt every bit as good, as excited, as happy with this episode as I did when it originally aired. Man, I love this show! "