As some of you may have noticed, this episode is going up a couple days early. Jinny and I will be out of town on vacation, with little access to the internet (outside of our phones), through Sunday evening. So, here you go guys! Enjoy! 🙂
Divided Loyalties is perhaps one of the most aptly named episode of this season. Nearly every character engaged with the main plot , and nearly every plot point itself, is about the divisions that define the characters as we’ve come to know them. Susan’s latent Talent, Talia’s hidden passenger, the heroes’ loyalty to their ideals and Earthforce, and Lyta’s paranoia about who to trust at all.
As Sheridan remarks, divisions weaken them. And this is exactly what their adversaries want. Only by fighting this urge to shut down, mistrust, turtle-up, do they have a chance at defeating them. Only by standing together with the full knowledge of each others strengths and faults can they hope to create a force for good, unriven by secrets or betrayals. These notions are put to the test quite strongly in all of the rest of the episodes this season, some much more overtly than other… and some of them fail.
But all of them choose sides. All of them decide just which side of the division they fall on. And all of them will bear the responsibility of those choices for the rest of the series and beyond.
You can unlock the episode from deep within your subconscious HERE!
And as always, we have some not-so-secret links!
Penny Arcade – The funniest bathroom humor ever!
Number One by Ookla the Mok, filk band extraordinaire!
The Minds of Billy Milligan – Another in the Jumpgate Great Books series, a true story about multiple personalities.