BPP 420 – Endgame

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The season is coming to a head as things kick off with our heroes back on Babylon 5. In this heavily emotional episode, Susan appears to be mortally wounded, and Marcus is in worse shape than she is emotionally. Michael appears to be back—as his old self and back on the team in good standing—as things come to a head on Mars. Sheridan’s forces release their own secret weapon in the form of 30 very unique bombs, and it becomes clear the plan to win the war includes bypassing Mars and going straight to Earth.

Under Sheridan’s leadership the war appears to culminate in favor of the Resistance and a horrible back-up plan is revealed as Clark realizes he’s on the cusp of losing. He implements the plan and takes what is arguably the easy way out as more forces turn on him and move to place him under arrest. Then, it appears to be over and we’re comforted for a moment by the warm, familiar, and emotional voice of our trusted news anchor Jane. With and end to the war, the dust begins to settle and we realize the return to “normal”, or the new normal, will be complicated and take time. And for Sheridan, it will take a trial for his actions.

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BPP 419 – Between the Darkness and the Light

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Should we worry about the number of Earth Force defectors, and how easy they’re coming over to support Sheridan and the Resistance?  Is Clark simply so bad as to fuel so many to change sides and risk charges of treason?  Or could some of the defectors be double agents?  Ivanova leads a fleet of White Star ships on a mission, and we hear about Earth Force ships with an advanced design—apparently some sort of secret weapon.

Everyone seems to be falling behind Sheridan, Clark plans an ambush, and Garibaldi contacts the Resistance on Mars only to end up injured.  Even so, he works well to rally the forces of the Resistance and move their efforts forward.

As the story unfolds, we learn what the advancement we heard about for some of Earth’s ships actually is—Shadow technology.  When battle ensues, Ivanova utters one of her best lines in the series and in the heat of battle ends up struggling for her life.  There’s lots of boom this episode, and quite possibly some tears.

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BPP 418 – Intersections in Real Time

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In this out of the ordinary episode, we discuss what’s happening now that Sheridan is imprisoned and Clark wants a confession.  He’s interrogated and pressured to make a live public statement to confirm what we know as viewers is false.  But in the context of his interrogation, we learn a number of things about the world inside the show:  Clark’s people believe that ends justify the means, and so truth is subjective.  Whether something is true or not, it doesn’t really matter.  Truth is immaterial.  In fact, the goal is to make John decide to “believe differently.”  Finally we learn that the preeminent “truth” of the time is “you cannot beat the system.”  

There are no limits to what it seems Clark will do to get Sheridan to publicly change his story to bolster Clark’s actions.  In his distress, we get to see John encouraged by Delenn (real or imagined?), and even in his agony, he attempts to help a Drazi prisoner—demonstrating his heart even when his own safety and life are at risk.  We also see discussions about the risk of turning John into a martyr, bringing us back to the discussion he had with those sympathetic to the Shadows on Z’ha’dum.

There’s great conversation about the inquisitor as well.  The actor who plays him was impressive.  We also consider that while we believe John is doing the right thing for the right reasons, this may be a great lesson in the price someone can pay for exercising moral authority.  Clark may be wrong, but John is apparently paying a price for standing for what’s right and true.  Join us as we move through this trippy episode and start moving very quickly toward the climax for the fourth season!

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BPP 417 – The Face of the Enemy

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War gets closer to Earth and more former Earth Force ships are aligning themselves with sides.  Sheridan’s dad is captured and being used as bait to lure Sheridan to Mars to be captured.  Mike delivered the news to Sheridan that his dad was captured and Sheridan should meet with the folks involved on Mars.  Even though he’s warned against it and told it could be a trap, he goes anyway.

Talking with Garibaldi, Edgars confirms his view that Psi Corps is the problem as he sees it, and the drugs mentioned last episode are in fact a cure for a disease his company also created.  The plan is to put Psi Corps back in their box to ensure they’re not a threat to the “mundanes” and their way of life.  Before the episode ends, Edgars is dead and Garibaldi is freed from Psi Corps control.  In the run up to his freedom we learn that it appears the Psi Corps has actually continued to fight the influence of the Shadows, and therefore Clark—perhaps making them the good bad guys?  Rather than killing Garibaldi, Bester leaves him to suffer the consequences of continuing to live now that he’s been sufficiently used.

Join us as we see many faces of the enemy, depending upon whose perspective you take:  Clark, Sheridan and the aliens who influence him, large corporations and Edgars, the Psi Corps, or even Mr. Garibaldi himself.  No doubt the list could go on, and there may be more than just one enemy.

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BPP 416 – The Exercise of Vital Powers (Repost)

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William Edgars is quite powerful!  Maybe more than we imagined.  Garibaldi arrives on Mars and has a bunch of questions for Mr. Edgars, his new boss:  first about his drug smuggling through B5; and also about receiving help from Edgars to stop Sheridan.  What initially looked like a plan to help telepaths with some sort of cure for a problem ends up being a part of a larger plot to ensure telepaths can’t take control of all things human, and Garibaldi finds an ally in his quest to stop Sheridan and get him “proper treatment.”  We also hear Edgars’ views on who is actually in power—and it’s not President Clark, nor is it the electorate.  If true, it makes sense why a man like Edgars is willing to work against Clark, and Sheridan, and Psi Corps.

So who really holds and exercises vital powers?  Why are so many of Clark’s forces defecting and joining the Resistance?  Is it properly placed loyalty, or something more sinister?  So many questions!  Join us as we walk through the episode as yet more key events unfold.

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BPP 416 – The Exercise of Vital Powers

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William Edgars is quite powerful!  Maybe more than we imagined.  Garibaldi arrives on Mars and has a bunch of questions for Mr. Edgars, his new boss:  first about his drug smuggling through B5; and also about receiving help from Edgars to stop Sheridan.  What initially looked like a plan to help telepaths with some sort of cure for a problem ends up being a part of a larger plot to ensure telepaths can’t take control of all things human, and Garibaldi finds an ally in his quest to stop Sheridan and get him “proper treatment.”  We also hear Edgars’ views on who is actually in power—and it’s not President Clark, nor is it the electorate.  If true, it makes sense why a man like Edgars is willing to work against Clark, and Sheridan, and Psi Corps.

So who really holds and exercises vital powers?  Why are so many of Clark’s forces defecting and joining the Resistance?  Is it properly placed loyalty, or something more sinister?  So many questions!  Join us as we walk through the episode as yet more key events unfold.

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BPP 415 – No Surrender, No Retreat

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Enough is enough, and we find ourselves in the War Room again.  Sheridan is compelled to start taking action and holds a meeting with the ambassadors from the non-aligned worlds.  He states the price for them to continue to continue their relationship with B5:  each will provide a warship to contribute to the protection of B5, and break their alliances with Earth.

And we have some boom.  Quite a bit actually, as the forces aligned with B5 exchange blows with Earth Force vessels.  In the end several of the earth force ships join B5 in its stand against President Clark.  It appears Resistance is gaining momentum, and capability.  But can these new allies be trusted?

Finally Garibaldi’s frustration with Sheridan hits its limit and he departs B5 for Mars to continue his work there, with no intent to ever return.

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BPP 414 – Moments of Transition

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This aptly named episode gives Raul, Jim and JP a lot to talk about. Lots of transition happens in various story arcs, and with individual characters.

The conflict on Minbar between the Warrior and Religious castes comes back into focus as Delenn prepares to surrender to calm the situation. There are a few surprises and the Grey Council is re-established. Psi-Corps continues to maneuver. And while Lyta is looking for work on the station, Bester offers her a job as a covered agent. Understandably reluctant at first, she ends up taking the job and we’re left wondering if either party is really getting what they want.

Related to telepaths, Garibaldi and Zack bicker over a package of “research pharmaceuticals” belonging to Edgars. Michael is supposed to facilitate moving this mysterious package through the station from Mars to Io. Everything is in transition and we’re left with the feeling many significant elements of the B5 story are about to… explode.

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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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