A brutal assault on a young woman triggers memories for Jeremiah and Kurdy who then take
separate paths: Jeremiah to find a mysterious vaccine and Kurdy to find his past.
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- The German title for this episode is "Im Reich der Rosen" and means "In the Realm of the
Roses" in English.
This is Sam Egan's second episode out of the gate and it was much better than The Bag. I am
not sure if it is because I enjoy J. Michael Straczynski's witting style more or if JMS is simply a better
writer ... but so far, I like the episodes written by JMS better.
In any case, I enjoyed finding out about Kurdy's past and how it flowed very nicely from last
week's episode. They didn't have to explain who Meaghan was or where the vial of blood came
from. Even so, it moved a little slowly and it didn't draw me in immediately like some of the
earlier episodes did. However, the part at the end when Kurdy discovers what happened to him
in that closet did affect me more than anything else in the episode and I thought that was
very well done.
I can see why Kurdy and Jeremiah get along ... they both have issues with their father's and
coming to terms with their past.
THEO RATING: 7
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- Why did Kurdy's parents kill themselves without making sure Kurdy was taken care of?
- Did Kurdy's parents know that their son was watching them?
- Has Markus told the council about Meaghan yet?
- Did the logo that we saw when Jeremiah was talking to Farralon from the Valhalla Sector?
- After Farralon's group analyzes Jimmy Holcomb's blood, what will they learn from it?
- What are the signs Farralon sees which lead him to believe that the Big Death is
- What is worse: Telling people about the return of the BigD and causing a panic or
keeping it a secret and hope that a cure is found in time?
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JMS AT RASTB5M SAID:
There are moments and flashes of it [Western style justice]...
certainly Jeremiah initially tries to off the guys who assaulted the woman in "City of
Roses," and probably would have succeeded if Kurdy hadn't interceded.
[W]e're starting to move the arc forward in fits and starts, to some
extent laying foundations but also making some big jumps along the way. This week's ep, Sam
Egan's "City of Roses," starts to feather in some new information about the Big Death.
[J]eremiah and [K]urdy travel in search of more information on the
Big Death and Valhalla Sector, and along the way discover some potentially dark secrets about
the fate of Kurdy's parents in the last days of the Big D.
WARNER AT TV ZONE SAID:
Another one I really enjoyed was "City of Roses" where Kurdy returns
home and discovers how his parents really died. I remember watching this episode and,
although I could see the disparity between what I ended up with and what I was going for, I
could also see some growth. It was the first time I was able to track progress in my acting
without beating myself up. I thought, "It wasn't quite what I was going for but I can see how
close I got. Now I know what I've got to work on so that I can get to the place I want to be
as an actor." So the sotry was a real turning point for me.