Temis the Vorta wrote:
In theory, this might have worked, but the execution fell far short. The first problem is that Sheridan was not built up to the level - in terms of moral authority - where I would believe for one minute the Shadows and Vorlons would care what he had to say on this or any other topic.
This plot twist is certainly better than a dumb-ass shoot-out (tho those can also be good), but required a hell of a lot more establishing work that never happened - work on not just Sheridan but also the Vorlons and especially the Shadows who were nothing more than cyphers who, as far as we knew, respected only power. Now they have a moral conscience? Since when?
I think you hit the nail on the head right there. The whole thing is a good idea, and it sure sounds great when JMS is explaining it on the newsgroup and such, but the execution was just... not there on screen, and not established at all. It really did feel like it came out of nowhere.