BPP 407 – Epiphanies

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Yeah, we certainly do have a few lightbulbs going on.

Bester’s got a few ideas to help save his lover involving Z’ha’dum.

Londo has the idea that it might not be quite safe for him on Centauri Prime.  You know, killing the emperor, and all that, might have made a few people vengeful.

Zack thinks it might be a bad idea for Mike to quit and Mike is drawing faces in the mirror.

Lyta has the bright idea to stick it to Bester and Captain Sheridan passes along the idea that sometimes it is better to ask permission rather than forgiveness.

And then there’s all the lightbulbs popping off over the heads of Jim, JP, and Raul.  You’d think it was a camera expo.  Or maybe the lights just all went out and everyone’s in the dark.  You all will have to decide that in this next episode of the Babylon Project Podcast.

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BPP 406 – Into The Fire

That’s one happy Vir!  Londo gave him what he wants.

And episode 406 is giving fans what they want.

What we have been building towards for over three years now comes to a head in this episode.  The Vorlons and the Shadows have been fighting it out … well, more like taking it out on the Younger Races.  Sheridan is going to make sure everyone, Vorlons, Shadows, and the Army of Light all know the truth.

Raul, Jim, and JP talk much about endings this episode.  That’s natural, since this episode marks the end of the Shadow War.  Raul starts on his oft repeated mantra throughout S4, that a particular episode could be a season finale.

But it’s also about beginnings.  Remember, this is only episode 406.  We still have 16 episodes to go in this season and a lot of problems back home for everybody.

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BPP 405 – The Long Night

BPP 405 - The Long Night

Last time, G’kar had the long night.  This time, pretty much everyone else does.

Sheridan has been building the largest fleet in known history to fight both the Vorlons and the Shadows.  At the same time.  That weight certainly ruins the night.

Susan is Russian.  Of course she’s having a bad night.  On the bright side, she does get a promise of making a noble gesture at the end of all things.

Neither expect to be coming back.  Certainly a long night there.

If you’re a jester, in the Centauri royal court, I expect you have a lot of long nights.  Humor is so fleeting, after all, and it doesn’t sound like job security is high on the emperor’s list of priorities.

Emperor Cartagia has a bad night, as well.  The permanent kind, actually.  Bad for him.  Good for the rest of Centauri.

Vir also has a pretty bad night.  Then again, committing your first cold blooded murder really doesn’t make for a great evening watching the telly, now does it?

Jim, Raul, and JP, however, are not having a bad night.  Any time where they can get together and talk Babylon 5 is a good day in their book.  And of course, if they are having a good night, so are you, the listener.  Unless you’re listing during the day.  Then you get to have both a good day and a good night.

So sit back, relax, have the beverage of your choice and join us as we discuss The Long Night on the Babylon Project Podcast!

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BPP 404 – Falling Toward Apotheosis

BPP404 - Falling Toward Apotheosis

Well, we’re four episodes in and now Sheridan’s back, Garibladi’s back, even Mr. Morden is back.  In fact, everything is back to normal.  Or at least Babylon 5’s version of “normal” which is anything but.  You see, Sheridan is playing host to a Vorlon, the Centuari are playing host to a Shadow fleet, and Mike seems to have a host of problems with Lorien.

On the larger scale, the Vorlons are on a rampage, wiping out entire worlds – not the populations, but the whole planet – that have played host to the Shadows.  News of this is a bit concerning to Londo, but fortunately Emperor Cartagia knows Morden can’t be trusted.  Yeah. right.  I’m sure our listeners have seen enough of him to know there’s more to that.  Londo has a plan afoot to take save his people, but it seems that G’kar is the one paying the price so far.

Speaking of paying a price.  We find out that being brought back from the dead isn’t quite rainbows and roses.  Delenn finds out that price when the command staff address their own Vorlon problem.  John, it seems, has a bit of a shift in plans.  He’s not simply going to take the fight to the Shadows, he’s going to take on both the Shadows and the Vorlons.  At least we finally – after 3-1/2 years – get to see what a Vorlon really looks like.

This is just a taste of what is in store for everyone on this episode of the Babylon Project Podcast.  Jim, JP, and Raul discuss all this and much more in this pivotal episode of the series.

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BPP 403 – The Summoning

BPP403 - The Summoning

Interesting title:  The Summoning.

Cartagia summons Londo.  (A couple of times, actually.)

Lyta summons the Vorlon.  (Yeah, that probably won’t work out well.  Go figure.)

Sheridan summons the League.  (He’s better now.)

The Vorlons summon their big guns.  (And they’re not afraid to use it.)

Marcus summons unicorns.  (Let’s not go there…)

While the first may be the most obvious, the rest certainly apply as well.  Ok, perhaps not the unicorns, though it might be easier to find one than it seems in finding First Ones.  With all the summoning going on, it seems that great events are afoot.

And speaking of summoning, join Raul, Jim, and JP as they summon more fascinating thoughts and insights into the Babylon 5 universe as they discuss this game changing episode.

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BPP 402 – Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi?

Good question.  It’s been 9 days since both Sheridan and Garibaldi had disappeared.

Inquiring Narn want to know.  And inquiring Rangers want to help him know.  Sadly for G’Kar, things don’t work out quite the way he expects.  However, it does play well into his path of destiny.  Let’s be honest, we all know that sooner or later the Centauri had to get their hands on him.  We know that from the visions of previous seasons.  Actually, the capture of G’Kar sets the destinies of both he and Londo in motion.

In spite of the title, this episode is about more than our missing security chief.  Delenn is not taking the loss of John very well.  Not only has she been fasting the entire time, she has decided on some possibly rash actions.

Finally, there is John Sheridan.  Let’s just leave it at he needs to find a reason to live.  Reasons to die are apparently to easy.  At least in First One logic.

Get ready for more wide ranging discussion with Raul, Jim, and JP as the discuss this next episode of Babylon 5.

Oh… and we do find out what happened to Mr. Garibaldi.  Except that we don’t.  Not quite.  Yet.

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BPP 401 – The Hour of the Wolf

We left season 3 with Captain Sheridan presumed dead in destruction of the Shadow city.  Mr. Garibaldi is missing.  The Shadows have been dealt a massive blow.  And, well… things are generally in a huge mess.

Welcome to season 4.

Ingmar Bergman’s film describes the hour of the wolf as this:

The hour between night and dawn. The hour when most people die, when sleep is deepest, when nightmares are most real. It is the hour when the sleepless are haunted by their deepest fears, when ghost and demons are most powerful, the hour of the wolf is also the hour when most children are born.

With all due respect to Mr. Bergman, I have to admit I like Susan’s description even more:

It’s the time between 3:00 and 4:00 in the morning. You can’t sleep, and all you can see is the troubles and the problems and the ways that your life should’ve gone but didn’t. All you can hear is the sound of your own heart. I’ve been living in the hour of the wolf for seven days, Lyta. Seven days. The wolf and I are now on a first-name basis. In times like this, my father used to take one large glass of vodka before bed. ‘To keep the wolf away,’ he said. And then he would take three very small drinks of vodka, just in case she had cubs while she was waiting outside.

That’s a fitting description to start off Season 4 of Babylon 5.  If you think anything is going to ease off after the rollercoaster of Season 3, think again.  The intensity only pushes up from hear.  The Shadow War is far from over, and there’s still lots of messes back at everyone’s home worlds.  Oh … and no.  That is not an image from Season 1.  Remember, in this show everything connects!

Be ready for many more fun times with Raul, Jim, and JP.

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BPP 322 – Z’ha’dum

This is it!  The episode we have all been waiting for.

Sheridan took on and defeated the Shadows in a military confrontation last episode.  Now he has to confront them and win on an individual level.  We all knew that sooner or later, John would be going to Z’ha’dum and this is it.  Nobody could have imagined the circumstances, however.

This episode ties back not only to obvious Shadow war foreshadowing throughout the series, but also specifically to things we’ve seen in War Without End and Babylon Squared.  We have a lot of closure in tonight’s story.  Of course, in typical Joe Straczynski manner, that also leaves us with far more questions.  Still, it’s a very satisfying end to a very satisfying season.

The conversation with the team is some of the best of the podcast.  Why?  Because we are joined by our editor, Troy Rutter, for the discussion.  You’ve heard him interviewed in the past.  He brings a very special magic to the podcast that just makes the whole chemistry work better than ever.

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Just remember… No boom today.  Boom tomorrow.  There’s always a boom tomorrow!

BPP 321 – Shadow Dancing

Z minus 7 days…

Hmmm, think that “Z minus” thing might mean something?  Last week it was 14.  This week it’s 7.

Oh, and did we mention that there’s only one episode after this one in season 3?

The team is struggling to get the League worlds to commit ships to Sheridan’s plan, partly because he is keeping them in the dark regarding many of the details.  Eventually, the agree to provide support, and everything is in motion to take on the Shadows directly.  The battle is an amazing piece of production that is far beyond what anyone would have considered for the mid-1990s.  Actually, it holds up pretty darn well even 20 years later.

In the meantime, the Franklin side-story of the last several episodes gets a wrap-up.  You are going to have to forgive Raul for being a bit cocky.  The guys have been giving him a hard time for ragging on Franklin so much, but he finally gets vindicated.  Even Franklin agrees with him about Franklin.  Depending on which Franklin you’re talking to, that is.

Oh, and shall we say that something of a bomb drops at the end of the episode?  The Shadows were handed a pretty solid, if costly, defeat.  You know they are going to retaliate.  So there’s even more boom! at the very end.

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BPP 320 – And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place

Z minus 14 days…

We had a short breather last episode, if you can call Neroon pounding Marcus to a bloody pulp either short or a breather.  Last episode was setup.  This episode is just as much setup, but also a huge payoff (with another type of setup of its own!).

Sheridan is assembling his fleet to take on the Shadows.  Telepaths are being distributed across the ships to give them the best fighting chance.  On top of the war preparations, Brother Theo has some friends over from Earth who are more than meets the eye.  The stress is clearly getting to John and some of the people around him take some steps to address the issue.

In the meantime, Londo has some stress of his own.  It seems the emperor has had enough with the feud between Londo and Refa.  A Minister has arrived to determine which House to support and put the feud to rest.  Londo is not particularly worried, though, and assures the Minister that the issue will be resolved shortly to everyone’s satisfaction.  Ok, well not everyone.

The two stories intersect in one of the most macabre and chilling scenes of the series.  The elegance of it is probably one of the most disturbing parts.

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