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#3 (Man of Iron)
#4 (Ground, Sown)
#5 (To Sail)
#6 (The Bag)
#7 (City Roses)
#8 (Firewall)
#9 (Red Kiss)
#10 (Journeys)
#11 (Thieves')
#12 (The Touch)
#13 (Mother)
#14 (Tripwire)
#15 (Ring Truth)
#16 (Moon Gemini)
#17 (Out of Ashes)
#18 (Means End)
#19 (Unsaid 1)
#20 (Unsaid 2)
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#1 & 2) The Long Road (Parts 1 & 2) Season 1

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#1 & 2) The Long Road (Parts 1 & 2)
Orig Air Date  :  Mar.3.2002     Written By  :  J. Michael Straczynski     Length  :  95 mins
Production Code  :  101/102     Director  :  Russell Mulcahy     Rated  :  TV14
Theo Rating: 8.3   Votes: 53   Rank: 17/25   [ Vote ]   (Part One)
Theo Rating: 8.3   Votes: 51   Rank: 16/25   [ Vote ]   (Part Two)
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DESCRIPTION:
Jeremiah and Kurdy, survivors of a pandemic, form an unlikely alliance and encounter the beautiful but dangerous female leader (Theo) of a small-minded town chafing under her autocratic leadership. Meanwhile, Simon, an information gatherer for the "End of the World," tells Jeremiah where to find the mysterious organization.

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STARRING:

  • Luke Perry as Jeremiah  Episode Photos
  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Kurdy  Episode Photos

  • Peter Stebbings as Markus Alexander  Episode Photos
  • Tricia Helfer as Sarah  Episode Photos
  • Kim Hawthorne as Theo  Episode Photos
  • Daniel Gillies as Simon  Episode Photos
  • Curtis Bechdolt as Matthew  Episode Photos
  • Byron Lawson as Lee Chen  Episode Photos
  • Kandyse McClure as Elizabeth Munroe
  • Robert Wisden as Devon (Jeremiah's father)  Episode Photos
  • Teryl Rothery as Mary (Jeremiah's mother)  Episode Photos
  • Zak Santiago Alam as Sam
  • Alex Zahara as Ezekiel  Episode Photos
  • Malik McCall as Nathaniel Reed (Kurdy's father)
  • Terra MacLeod as Carol (Bartender)
  • Jenn Bird as Cherysse (Bar girl)
  • Ryan Drescher as Michael (Jeremiah's brother)  Episode Photos
  • Devin Douglas Drewitz as Young Jeremiah  Episode Photos
  • Kayden Porbeni as Young Kurdy  Episode Photos
  • Haig Sutherland as Keith
  • Simon Wong as Phil
  • Claude Duhamel as Ticket Cashier
  • Michael Scholar, Jr. as Colin (Battery seller)
  • David Coles as Skinhead Leader  Episode Photos
  • Brahm Taylor as Man at Pole
  • Darryl Quon as Market Thug
  • Jada Stark as Gossip
  • Sean Tyler Foley as Gossip
  • Victor Da Costa as Gossip
  • Peta Brookstone as Gossip
  • Jennifer Carmichael as Laura  Episode Photos (deleted scene)

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ADDITIONAL INFO:

  • Nathaniel Reed is Kurdy's father and his last name was changed in City of Roses to "Malloy". Our guess is that JMS might not have realized that Kurdy already had a last name from the comics and changed the last name in order to stay true to the original work by Hermann Huppen.
  • Theo's original last name was "Drake" but it was changed later on in A Means to an End to "Coleridge".
  • The last stanza of Tennyson's "Ulysses" was supposed to be read at the end of this episode.
  • The German title for this episode is "The Long Road - Pilot" so it seems they didn't translate the title into German at all.
  • This episode was originally written on Sep.26.2001.

MONICA'S REVIEW:
I thought it was an excellent introduction. Great characters and the story has time to develop. Knowing how JMS works, he is just taking his time getting everything set up. That way he will lull us into a sense of security and -bam!-, he will pull the carpet from under us. I am anxious to see the next installment and see where the road takes us.

I admit that I have not been big fans of Perry or Warner, however, they truely shined in this episode. They conveyed their characters with great energy and depth and I look forward to seeing their characters develop and grow in future episodes.

It was also interesting to see how JMS did when the shackles of normal television were taken off. It seems to suit him well. The bar scene was a little surprising since there were quite a few nipples. Still, it wasn't so much that it interfered with the enjoyment of the show. In fact, Kurdy's sex scene was really humorous and sad at the same time which was great. It was actually refreshing to watch a show without boundries (and commercials).

THEO RATING: 8

Read Channe's review on B5LR's message board.
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QUESTIONS RAISED:

  • Who is Ezekiel and what does his prophecy mean?
  • Who was "Max" that Devon was talking on the phone to?
  • Why did Jeremiah's parents not come back "in a hour" to get their children?
  • Is Thunder Mountain the only installation like that to have survived?
  • What and where is Valhalla Sector?
  • When will we see Theo again and how does she plan on retaliating?
  • How long were those people waiting for a phone call? Did they ever receive one?
  • How did Ezekiel follow Jeremiah and Kurdy to Thunder Mountain?
  • Who was Ezekiel talking to at the end of the episode?
  • Why were Jeremiah's eyes blue (or some other light color) as a child but brown as an adult? ;)

RELATED INFO:
See all photos from this episode and read our collection of favorite quotes as well.

JMS AT SCI FI MAGAZINE SAID:
APR.1.2002
The main thing was testing out directors, testing the storyline, and finding what worked and didn't work. And I found some approaches that worked very well for us in the tone and tenor of shows like Firewall and ... And the Ground, Sown With Salt and the two parters.

JMS AT RASTB5M SAID:
FEB.18.2002
The two-hour premiere follows [Jeremiah and Kurdy's] lives, the dangers they encounter, establishes the world of our series, and sets the stage for a new dawn.

DEC.29.2001
"The Long Road," which I picked because a) it's very appropos to the story, and b) it's a bit of nice closure to the hassle over Crusade.

PERRY AT CULT TIMES SAID:
DEC.1.2002
I arrived on location and they told me I had to jump buck naked into this pool. I swear, the last time this pool had seen flowing water was in eh prehistoric times. It was very, very cold.

PERRY AT SCIFI WIRE SAID:
FEB.21.2002
[T]hey purposely made this one a little tame, I think. I'm not exactly sure why. We shot a much edgier, riskier show than what I saw tonight.

STEBBINGS AT CULT TIMES SAID:
JAN.1.2003
It was a lot of hard work, but at the same time a really positive experience. I loved working with the director, Russell Mulcahy. He had a lovely joie de vivre [joy in life] in his approach to the work. We were laying down a lot of "pipeline" in that episode and establishing the guidelines for the world in which these characters live. So there was a ton of heavy expository dialogue. I found in filming the pilot that the show's writing staff is very precise about their words. Joe [Michael Straczynski] doesn't like you taking liberties with his language. You have to follow it specifically. So what you see me saying on-screen is exactly what he wrote. It's not the first time I've experience that type of work ethic, so I was prepared for it. Sometimes it's nice to have a little bit of flexibility, but at the same time I can understand the need not to stray from the written word.

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