BPP 413 – Rumors, Bargains and Lies

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In this episode, Sheridan continues bargaining to establish the necessary elements of, and allies for, his campaign against Clark by creating the perception certain things are happening that might cause real harm to the worlds who aren’t very supportive of joining the fight.  Certain bits of information (rumors, lies?) are spread by just the right people, at just the right time, and the results are interesting—maybe even funny at times.  The Drazi in particular, end up very worked up over what they’re told is “nothing”, leading them to fall into supporting Sheridan.

Meanwhile, Minbar is at war with itself.  Delenn feels guilty, believing she may very well have caused this herself by eliminating the Grey Council.  Even so, she takes action and meets with Neroon, a leader from the Warrior caste.  While they meet in private to negotiate (bargain?), some of those accompanying them overhear parts of the conversation, causing them to misunderstand what’s happening between the two – setting the stage for bad things to happen.  Harkening back to “Lines of Communication” and the problems Number One had on Mars with subordinates using “unauthorized bombs”, in this episode Minbari subordinates act without all the facts, resulting in needlessly threatening the lives of many and almost ending the life of Lennier.

We leave the episode with The Voice of Resistance announcing a newly formed patrol force, and wondering what Neroon is actually up to.

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BPP 412 – Conflicts of Interest

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So many interests are in play now, often in conflict.  Here are a few of the big ones, and no doubt there are more woven through the storyline:

Conflict 1:  Garibaldi is working as a private Investigator and still using government gear—a PPG and identification credentials issued to him by B5 when he was the Security Chief.  Now he’s using them to facilitate his private (and at times illicit) work, and Sheridan puts a stop to it.  Garibaldi is angry about it even though he knows better, and it further fuels his contrarian view of Sheridan.  He’s also convinced to put his skills to use working a job for Mr. Edgars on Mars.  It’s work, so why not?  It’s also a test of Mike’s loyalty, perhaps in advance of something bigger?

Conflict 2:  Edgars has apparently developed an antidote to a virus that’s deadly to telepaths.  His wife (and Garibaldi’s former girlfriend) Lise is coming to B5 in this regard and Garibaldi is her protection.  Garibaldi doesn’t like telepaths but his new boss is working on an antidote to help them; and even though he denies it, he still has feelings for his ex.

Conflict 3:  Sheridan convinces Mollari and G’Kar to agree openly and jointly to support his plans, sending an incredibly strong message to the League of Non-aligned Worlds about the strength and importance of the work of the Resistance.  While they align themselves with each other to support Sheridan, it’s no surprise that G’Kar continues to hate Mollari.

And Zathras? No one manages poor Zathras, you see. So Zathras talks to dirt. Or to walls, or talks to ceilings. But dirt is closer. Dirt is used to everyone walking on it. Just like Zathras.

The show ends with the Voice of the Resistance making its debut transmission!

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BPP 411 – Lines of Communication

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Things are starting to build toward open conflict between Clark’s government and Sheridan’s forces. With everything else going on though, things begin to interfere with the plans to counter Clark.

On Mars, Number One is furious when when a bomb goes off in a hotel, risking blame against the Resistance and allowing Clark to create more propaganda. Attention of any kind, especially the wrong kind, may very well bring an end to their work. Away from Mars, Minbari allies are being attacked. Delenn arrives on-scene and makes contact with a new race—the Drakh, only to learn they’ve discretely established prior Minbari contact and have been meeting with Forrell, who endeavors to use them as allies in the emerging civil war between the Minbari Religious and Warrior castes. In exchange, all they want are a few border outposts. Delenn and Lennier see a dangerous problem behind this plan: the Drakh are Shadow allies.

With ISN propaganda running rampant, Sheridan turns the old War Room into a studio. It’s time to counter the propaganda lies with the truth by broadcasting the Voice of the Resistance into Earth space.

Before the episode is over, we see Lennier put on his warrior face, the warrior in Delenn surfaces again, and we get some boom!

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BPP 410 – Racing Mars

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Oh, Steven!

What can we say?  We all love it when we have a Dr. Franklin/Marcus episode.  There was just a really great chemistry between the two.  They’re on Mars to get help from the Mars resistance as part of Sheridan’s plan to take back Earth.  Why a doctor for a military operation, you might ask?  We’ll find out at the end of the season.

We also meet someone who becomes an instant fan favorite, known only for the longest time as Number One.  We do eventually find out her actual name, but it’s going to be awhile.

Meanwhile, Susan has the chance to be Susan at her best.  I mean, who else are you going to put in charge of recruiting a band of smugglers?

Things between Sheridan and Michael continue to spiral downhill.  If you think this is going to lead them to a bad place, well, we think so to.  This time, though, it leads Sheridan to a good place.  To help matters, Delenn is ready with yet another Minbari courtship ritual.

Woo! Hoo!

This is a rather lighthearted episode.  The last we will have for awhile.  After this things are going to spiral into a series of climaxes that will bring us to an end of many story lines be the season’s conclusion.

The conversation between Jim, JP, and Raul is a lively as ever, so join us as we discuss another fantastic B5 episode on the Babylon Project Podcast.

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BPP 409 – Atonement

 

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Poor John.  Problems with the in-laws has gone to a whole new level here.

Seriously, though, Delenn has been running a bit rogue the last several seasons and it’s time to pay the bill.  One good thing for us, is that we get to see full-Minbari Delenn again.  And we have some interesting guest appearances from the past.

Even better is that we get a lot of answers about Earth-Minbari relations that we have been wondering about since the original pilot movie.  Delenn gets some very surprising answers, as well.  It turns out that she’s not the only one with some special information and the cover-up has been going on for quite some time.  This episode will also set up some of Delenn’s tasks in the rest of the season.

As always, Raul, Jim, and JP are full of interesting thought and commentary for this episode of the Babylon Project Podcast.

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BPP 408 – The Illusion of Truth

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There’s an old joke.  How do you know a reporter is lying?  His lips are moving.  Ok, I’ve heard it used for several other professions, as well, but oh man, does it apply to this episode!  Seriously, though, an honest and free press is important to a democratic society.  In this case, we see the power of a press under the control of a dictator at work.  That is an entirely different animal.

The Babylon 5 command staff allow an ISN reporter onto the station as a follow up from season 2’s And Now For A Word.  You know it’s going to be a hit job.  The crew knows, as well.  However, nobody is prepared for just how much you can do with a bit of creative editing and no way to get equal time to call B.S.  Pay attention to the time on the station and how things are cut to give a desired message.  This is a creepy and disturbing episode.

The good news is that you won’t get lies or B.S. from Raul, Jim, and JP.  Just good solid commentary and thoughtful discussion on the press, the power of the word, and just how much damage it can have when abused.

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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

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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

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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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