Once again the delightful Brother Theo is here, playing chess with Mr. Garibaldi… but the scene that made me laugh out loud was the arrival of Ambassador Kosh’s ship.
You see, I was kicked off the set for the first and only time in four years that day.
What happened was this:
When you do a scene where you cannot see the actual ship (because it will be inserted later with CGI) and no one has shown you a drawing of it or anything, you kind of have to use your imagination… and you have to stare at a guy holding a little flag or piece of paper up where they want you to look; it’s called your “eye-line”… So I was staring at the little piece of paper held by a rather frumpy looking grip and doing my close up and all was fine.
Then came Pat Tallman’s entrance as Lyta Alexander. Pat had to appear as if she were sort of on a people mover like they have in airports; kind of rolling or floating towards me so they came up with a contraption that to me was the single most ridiculous thing I had ever laid eyes on.
Pat was kneeling, yes kneeling in a wagon… Yes a little kid’s type of wagon with a rope on it which was being pulled by the same frumpy grip only now said grip was eating a bagel with one hand and pulling Pat (who was desperately trying to look heroic and stoic) at the same time.
I’m sorry folks; I lost it. I could not stop laughing, take after take after take of wasted film with me laughing until I was crying until finally… Yes, I admit it: I was kicked off of the set and told to “go to my room”…
I am still to this day mortified and embarrassed and yet, I still crack up when I think of how utterly silly she looked kneeling in that wagon and being pulled by a bagel chomping dude who was probably thinking about the football game that night.
This episode was also where I happily heard the famous “Electric bleachers” line from Jerry! Yay! Now I know the context, thank you DVD boxed set!
The creepy story of the black rose killer was very well done with Brother Edward (so well played by Brad Dourif) turning out to have been a murderer and his mind wipe being undone by a renegade Centauri telepath and it coming full circle with the man who then kills him being mind wiped and taking the monk’s cloth! Where does JMS come up with this stuff? In the shower?
Londo and Lyta have a great scene with her threatening him with a nightmare and Delenn beautifully describes the Minbari belief that “we are the universe”… a very Buddhist approach to things and something I strongly concur with.
We finish with a shot of Lyta growing gills…
…and I thank the Goddess I was not on the set for that scene for I strongly believe that I would have been once again… asked to leave.