Beautiful Ivanova- looking very 'just rolled out of bed'. Love it!
Babylon 5 takes a small breath with a near standalone story in Season Three Episode Two’s Convictions. With all of the threads woven into Straczynski’s storyline is anything really standalone anymore?
Drazi missionaries arrive along with a dark, cloak-hooded sect led by one Brother Theo. A bomb explodes blowing a man to smithereens in the Down-Below. Straczynski sets the tone alluding to fanaticism taken to its extremes. I love how Straczynski weaves the thought-provoking into his own original story.
Later, another explosion rocks Babylon 5. Super Lennier to the rescue as he saves Londo and Delenn but is left behind a firewall that closes to secure the area. He is badly injured and slips into a coma. There is a sweet sequence once again illustrating Londo’s long forgotten heart as he speaks to the comatose Lennier in medlab. He tries to reach him and comfort him in his own way, ever thankful for Lennier's intervention. That’s twice Lennier has put his neck on the chopping block for Londo. Again, I love how Straczynski never portrays his characters as completely good or evil.
G’Kar believes the Centauri are behind the bombings. Londo believes the Narn are to blame and tries to pin it on them for his political advantage. Sheridan knows it is premature to point fingers.
This is another of those amazing, what I like to refer to now as, ‘elevator moments,’ because they happen in an elevator [brilliant! I know].
Another bomb leaves G’Kar and Londo unintentional roommates. Here they are trapped together in a delicious sequence. It's this combination of dialogue and acting that really allows for Babylon 5 to shine.
Later, as G’Kar and Londo are fading, G’Kar sings a variation [slowed down I believe] of a song he sang joyfully in The Parliament Of Dreams, putting a little twist on the words.
Patrick Kilpatrick plays a tasty psychotic fanatic a la John Malkovich as the crew discovers Robert Carlson behind the bombings. He holds Sheridan hostage. Sheridan has a comlink in his underwear that bleeps and angers Carlson. Still, he manages to keep Carlson talking just long enough for the rest of the crew to find the bomb. The bomb is located next to the fusion reactor and would have been disastrous literally dissolving Babylon 5’s very existence, like a powder keg, but is hastily jettisoned into space in a nick of time. I am surprised more bombs aren’t smuggled aboard Babylon 5. I suppose the parts to make them could slip through easily enough. Based upon the breach of the fusion reactor it's a wonder why this space station doesn’t have a more sophisticated bomb-detecting system. It feels like an accident waiting to happen. In fact, remember Babylon 1, 2 & 3 folks! Hasn't anyone theard of the three strikes your out rule? Why wasn't this made an essential part of the design schematics for 5? Perhaps this should be kind of a top priority.
In the end, G’Kar’s desire to see Londo perish in the heat and smoke is foiled by their rescue.
Londo: "You are insane!"
G'Kar: "And that's why we'll win."