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Things Really Heat Up This Year
on 22 May 2003
Following the assassination of President Santiago, Commander Sinclair is recalled to earth and given a new assignment as ambassador to Minbar. To take his place, Earthforce assigns Captain John Sheridan, an unpopular choice with the Minbari because of his actions during the Earth-Minbari war. But getting along with the Minbari is only the start. Ambassador Delenn emerges from her cocoon and rumors of an ancient race begin to gain momentum. Not to mention the rumors about things back on earth. Meanwhile, Londo starts a war to reclaim the Centauri place in the galaxy, and the first target is the Narn.
Season 2 finally picks up the pace and begins to show the promise of what this series could do. While many of the stories are still stand alones, things begin to heat up and the arc gets moving. While some of the mysteries of season one are finally revealed, they only leave more questions. And the power of the writing and performances steps up a notch. In fact, it was the first time I watched the season’s title episode, “The Coming of Shadows,” that I knew I would be a fan for a long time to come. Yet there are still some very fun character stories and moments, like “Soul Mates” and Ivanova’s storyline in “Acts of Sacrifice.”
Once again, this set has all 22 episodes from the season on 6 discs. Picture quality could still use a little improvement, but it’s a minor complaint and the programs sound fine. The data files are helpful to newbies, but I found them a little redundant. What I did find interesting was the timeline. Covering events through the end of this season (2259), it helped me place in “history” various events only talked about during the show.
The other features are intended for the fans because they spoil much of this season and some of the rest of the show. The feature on the making of an episode was interesting to this entertainment junkie. But the best part was the commentaries. Jerry Doyle, Bruce Boxleitner, and Claudia Christian provide a hilarious if not very informative commentary on one episode. For those wanting a bit more behind the scenes information, J. Michael Straczynski provides plenty of it on his commentary on two episodes.
This is the year that things start to get good. With the background of season 1, this set will be enjoyed for years to come.