Babylon 5: Season 2, Episode 1

Points of Departure (2 Nov. 1994)

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As Captain John Sheridan assumes command of B5, he learns the reason why the Minbari inexplicably surrendered to Earth in the Earth-Minbari war while a renegade Minbari ship seeks to restart it.

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As Captain John Sheridan assumes command of B5, he learns the reason why the Minbari inexplicably surrendered to Earth in the Earth-Minbari war while a renegade Minbari ship seeks to restart it.

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Capt. John Sheridan: We'll swing back this way in a month, make sure everything's okay. If those hijackers so mach as blink in your direction, yell. We'll be here.
Pilot: Roger, see you then.
Capt. John Sheridan: Agamemnon out. - Initiate jump into hyperspace.
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A radical move in the series and not a lot is accomplished, per se, but it's worth seeing
5 January 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When I first watched this episode, I remember feeling very depressed. And, when I saw it again recently on DVD, I also felt pretty lousy because I liked the original commander of B-5, Commander Sinclair. At the time they brought Bruce Boxleitner in as the new leader, this was reportedly being done because the show's producers were looking to increase ratings--Boxleitner was a pretty famous TV personality and so Michael O'Hare("Sinclair") was replaced. Unfortunately, in this first episode for Boxleitner, there really is no transition. In the last episode of season 1, there was no indication that Sinclair was gone and episode 1 of season 2 picks up with Boxleitner as the man in charge of the station! Instead of showing a transition, they say that "Sinclair was called back to Earth and is being replaced by Sheridan"! Not exactly a smooth change, huh?! Fortunately, despite this, the Michael Staczynski did a very good job of patching this together and eventually re-working Sinclair into the overall themes of the show (as you'll find out in season 3). So, despite being initially bummed by the decision, Boxleitner DID do a good job, he was a little less "wooden" and emotionally constrained than O'Hare and the show didn't suffer for the change in the long run. However, because of this big change, most of this episode is spent tying all the loose ends together so this is purely a transitional episode. About the only major addition to the plot at this point was having Sheridan being a man so hated by the Warrior Class of the Minbari--this worked out very well and provided for some excellent episodes related to his back story as the only person responsible for destroying a Minbari Cruiser in action.


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