Contents: Overview - Backplot - Questions - Analysis - Notes - JMS
Galen convinces Gideon to take the Excalibur deep into hyperspace to find a mythical place of power.
Production number: 106 Original air date: June 23, 1999 Written by Fiona Avery Directed by Janet Greek
The new rules regarding telepaths are presumably the result of the Telepath War, and it can be deduced that after the war, the Senate decided that keeping telepaths segregated in their own shadow society was partly to blame for the conflict.
The fact that there are watchmen like Mr. Jones suggests that telepaths are probably still required to register with the government.
The game may relate to his answer to Galen's final question ("Who do you serve and who do you trust?") Gideon may not be sure whose side he's on.
Galen also makes a reference to Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "Sonnets from the Portugese" (#43):
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by the sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints- and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
We brought Fiona aboard during the last part of S5 as a reference editor to keep the continuity straight, and for Crusade (about which more in a bit). There was a growing problem keeping the licensees and licensed material accurate; stuff slipped through the RPG books and elsewhere (this was before she got here). She was brought on to stop the problem, and to annoy the licensees in the sense that it's often easier not to get things right, and she has to stay on top of them and make them crazy in order to ensure that the accuracy the fans (and I) expect is maintained.
She was also brought on with an eye toward Crusade because she has a degree in Archaeology and Crusade's an archaeological SF series. Along the way, she began writing spec scripts for Crusade which ended up being good enough to buy, and we bought 4 of which 2 were produced, Well and Patterns. The last one she did, Value Judgments, was probably the best of the bunch; it's a Bester script that Walter considered one of his best roles, and would tie in directly with the Psi Corps books.