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16th Nov '16 1:10:55 PM CheeseDogX
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*** Londo mentions in another episode that it's common in monarchies (which the Centauri Republic is, despite it's claims to the contrary) for a royal decree to be made which is then never rescinded. As a result the order continues to be followed, even after there's no reason for it. Possibly at some point in Centauri history, someone declared that the Centauri Royal Guard must always be in uniform, and no one ever added the proviso saying that undercover agents were exempt. Or maybe the guy used one of his spare buttons to replace a missing button on a civilian outfit, and never thought about it again.

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*** Londo mentions in another episode that it's common in monarchies (which the Centauri Republic is, despite it's its claims to the contrary) for a royal decree to be made which is then never rescinded. As a result the order continues to be followed, even after there's no reason for it. Possibly at some point in Centauri history, someone declared that the Centauri Royal Guard must always be in uniform, and no one ever added the proviso saying that undercover agents were exempt. Or maybe the guy used one of his spare buttons to replace a missing button on a civilian outfit, and never thought about it again.
16th Nov '16 1:10:35 PM CheeseDogX
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** On Zhabar (Drazi homeworld), Garibaldi is attacked by some guys in black cloaks. He grabs a button off one of them which Londo identifies (after randomly walking into a meeting in Sheridan's office) as coming from the coat of a Centauri royal guard. Why were the guards sent ''[[VillainBall in-uniform]]'' on a covert mission?

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** On Zhabar (Drazi homeworld), Garibaldi is attacked by some guys in black cloaks. He grabs a button off one of them which Londo identifies (after randomly walking into a meeting in Sheridan's office) as coming from the coat of a Centauri royal guard. Why were the guards sent ''[[VillainBall in-uniform]]'' on a covert mission?mission?
*** Londo mentions in another episode that it's common in monarchies (which the Centauri Republic is, despite it's claims to the contrary) for a royal decree to be made which is then never rescinded. As a result the order continues to be followed, even after there's no reason for it. Possibly at some point in Centauri history, someone declared that the Centauri Royal Guard must always be in uniform, and no one ever added the proviso saying that undercover agents were exempt. Or maybe the guy used one of his spare buttons to replace a missing button on a civilian outfit, and never thought about it again.
16th Nov '16 12:06:19 PM CheeseDogX
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** The only issue with that is that the robed figures sing a real life monastic chant, specifically part of Christmas Mass. Why would Pak'ma'ra be singing in Latin?
16th Nov '16 11:35:28 AM CheeseDogX
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** It's also possible that the joke is one of those "you had to be there" things. It was hilarious in context, but to someone only hearing about it via the hype machine, the joke goes over their heads. In Usenet, JMS specifically compared it to Steve Martin's {{Catchphrase}} "Excuuuuuuuse me!" At the time it was uproarious, and repeated to memetic proportions. But if someone were to say it today, it'd be obnoxious.
16th Nov '16 11:20:28 AM CheeseDogX
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** They might not have even tried. Sheridan's interrogator states that they needed Sheridan's "conversion" to be genuine, as replacing him or using a virtual mockup would be noticed. Presumably, if a telepath altered his personality, another telepath of the same or greater rating would notice what had been done.
16th Nov '16 11:02:21 AM CheeseDogX
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** JMS has stated that one of the things he was trying to get across with the Clark administration is that this sort of thing can happen any time, anywhere people are willing to believe in the Big Lie. When someone smugly stated that it could never happen in 20th Century America, JMS immediately pointed to Sen. McCarthy and the House Unamerican Activities Committee.

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** JMS has stated that one of the things he was trying to get across with the Clark administration is that this sort of thing can happen any time, anywhere people are willing to believe in the Big Lie. When someone smugly stated that it could never happen in 20th Century America, JMS immediately pointed to Sen. McCarthy Joseph [=McCarthy=] and the House Unamerican Activities Committee.
16th Nov '16 11:01:57 AM CheeseDogX
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** JMS has stated that one of the things he was trying to get across with the Clark administration is that this sort of thing can happen any time, anywhere people are willing to believe in the Big Lie. When someone smugly stated that it could never happen in 20th Century America, JMS immediately pointed to Sen. McCarthy and the House Unamerican Activities Committee.
13th Oct '16 3:12:58 PM Divra
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** Donald Trump's presidential run has, again, made the Clark administration resonate very uncomfortably with reality.
5th Oct '16 2:34:51 PM Allronix
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* Vir drowning his sorrows with a Shirley Temple? Well, it's not like his species ''can't'' drink alcohol, but consider Vir's boss and the shit he gets himself into that Vir has to end up fielding in some form or another. [[INeedAFreakingDrink He'd really like a freaking drink]], but he probably can't afford to let his guard down at all.
3rd Sep '16 3:53:16 PM AFP
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** On the topic of Centauri pilots, if you watch the space battle between the humans and the Centauri, note that the Centauri ships are demonstrably more powerful, easily outmaneuvering even the famously agile Starfuries (possibly aided by the blackout tactic).

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** On the topic of Centauri pilots, if you watch the space battle between the humans and the Centauri, Centauri in ''The Lost Tales'', note that the Centauri ships are demonstrably more powerful, easily outmaneuvering even the famously agile Starfuries (possibly aided by the blackout tactic).
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