Babylon 5 (1994–1998)
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Born to the Purple 

Londo falls for a beautiful slave, whose owner wants to steal sensitive information. Garibaldi discovers that someone is using a restricted communications channel.

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Londo falls for a beautiful slave, whose owner wants to steal sensitive information. Garibaldi discovers that someone is using a restricted communications channel.

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9 February 1994 (USA)  »

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A scene was filmed, but ultimately not used, that showed 6 small holes on Adira's back as she got up from Londo's bed. (Centauri males have 6 genital organs). See more »

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Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: Ambassador Mollari! We need to talk about the Euphrates treaty.
Londo Mollari: My dear Sinclair. This is hardly the time or the place.
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Pretty good, but not up to the standards of later shows
2 January 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

For much of the first season of Babylon 5, the series still hadn't established any sort of over-arching plot to connect the episodes like it would have in seasons 2 through 5. In some ways, it was as if the genius behind the series, Michael Staczynski was still trying to feel for a sense of direction. Because of this, so many of the season one episodes are self-contained in that they don't connect well with previous or later episodes. This is pretty much the way of sci-fi shows like Star Trek, but for B-5, this makes these earlier episodes less satisfying.

Now as far as this episode goes, I appreciate how the writing of the show is a great attempt to fool the viewers. For the earliest episodes, Londo and the Centauri are shown as a bunch of fun-loving but harmless people. I love this aspect of Straczynski's writing, as so often evil is disguised as something harmless or very reasonable. Hitler, in 1932, seemed like a good choice to head Germany and the monster that we now know him to have been was something people just didn't want to see--just the "good" aspects of the man.

Londo is very vulnerable here, as he falls for a beautiful young woman who is being used by his political rivals to hurt him. By the time the episode is over, you feel a real sense of loss for him. Nice job.


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