ISN reporters come to Babylon 5 to interview the Command staff, and film them for a documentary. The staff is reluctant at first, but they finally agree.

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ISN reporters come to Babylon 5 to interview the Command staff, and film them for a documentary. The staff is reluctant at first, but they finally agree.

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17 February 1997 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The name of the series' cinematographer John C. Flinn III can be seen on one of the cryogenic pods in Med Lab. See more »

Goofs

Earth gov has previously declared a quarantine on Babylon 5, yet the ISN team just flies into B5 and back to Earth without a problem. The quarantine does not apply in this case, because the ISN team was on a government-sanctioned visit (for the much needed propaganda, as we learn in the end), so they had a special permit to go pass the blockade. See more »

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[first lines]
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: Figured I'd find you here.
Capt. John Sheridan: Feels strange to have this place so empty.
Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: It's the war room. The war is over.
Capt. John Sheridan: Says you. Yeah, the Shadows are gone. But with all that's going on back home, maybe there's some life in the old girl yet...
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References Die Hard (1988) See more »

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A good idea, poorly executed
14 March 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The idea of centralising an entire episode around coverage from ISN, is one that has successfully been carried out in previous episodes. It's a good idea, and if done well, as it was previously, can really add to the realism of the story.

In this episode it was poorly carried out. The news reporter was incredibly annoying, using a model of presentation that can only be described as mock-journalism. The melodramatic tone of his voice is completely unrealistic. The angle of the news station is best described as opinionated news, and is reminiscent of Fox news. Yet, the lack of subtlety is something even Glenn Beck would be embarrassed about.

The shot of the tortured prisoner confessing to his crimes is ludicrous. It's clear he has been tortured, so there's no incentive for the propagandist news to show this particular footage, given they want it to look like a wilful confession.

Then even more sloppiness by the cameraman and producer, as they try to suggest there is an inherent racism against humans on the space station culminating in humans living in poverty and being experimented upon, whilst aliens live in luxury, and dictating to the captain. Yet, we see several shots of humans walking past the captain whilst he is being remonstrated with by Mulari.

Then there's the psychiatrist. The writers can be forgiven for mistaking the Stockholm syndrome for the Helsinki syndrome. He is then asked by the news reporter whether this syndrome could lead to the Captain betraying his own people and the Dr offering scant evidence for it implies it's quite possible, perhaps probable.

Finally there's the footage of the captain and Dellenn's interview, which is very poorly edited to modify it's message. Any reliable footage would show both the interviewer and the interviewee in such a shot.

All in all, I feel with a bit more subtlety and a bit more accuracy, this could have been a very chilling episode, but it ended up being just quite annoying.


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