Advertisements Every one of your points is valid and I enjoyed reading your post. However, you are wrong. It's a forest for the trees thing. Episode worked - one of the best. Yes some of the parts were shoehorned to fit, but that's how you make great sausauge, to mix a mixed metaphor. Though I totally accepted the flaws in the context of the overall effectiveness of the episode, what did give me pause was what you lead with, the de-emphasis of the battle, making it almost a throwaway. I suspect the producers struggled with that mightily. It reminded me very much of the major Star Fleet battle with the Borg in Star Trek Next Gen Best of Both Worlds part one. I can only say that it was an unsolvable problem, BG handled it well, much better than STNG, there was a true sense of the epicness of the battle (great decision to kill the dialog) but yes it paled in comparison to the human drama because that's what had to happen. But that drama would not have had the stature without the monumental battle context. In an ideal world of art maybe this episode should have been a 900 page novel or a six hour miniseries. Maybe. Or maybe they did it exactly right. The producers grasp of this universe/story, and their ability to tell the epic tale with complete authority has reached what seems to be near perfection. We're riding a crest that I hope will last for awhile. I haven't had a chance to watch TV recently so when I looked at my Tivo library tonight I had the choices of a new Monk, a new Veronica Mars, a new Lost and a whole bunch of hi-def movies. I picked BG because it's the best, and I enjoyed every moment.