Paul Winfield as Gen. Franklin

Episode 32: “GROPOS”

Paul Winfield comes onto the station as General Richard Franklin (no relation to the Doctor Who actor, sorry) and brings 25,000 ground pounders with him as, one episode after the Narn-Centauri war began, our favorite space U.N. quickly takes on a decidedly military tone. Is “GROPOS” underrated? Were you squirming in your seats at Garibaldi and Dodger’s attempted assignation? For God’s sake, what about Keffer? And, for you folks who stick with us into the spoiler section–what is Chip’s greatest fear?

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  1. This was actually my first episode. I saw it within the year after getting out of the military. I’d always thought branches of service (though within Earthforce it seems to be branches within the service) was something other sci-fi overlooked- and the whole rank structure wash heavily slanted toward officers, though at least partly because we’re talking about the command staff (I can only think of two recurring characters with an enlisted rank in Star Trek, and that’s Chief O’Brian, and Yeoman Rand)

    That said, I’ve always thought of Garibaldi as being the NCOIC of the station, though I believe he’s actually a warrant officer.

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