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.

You can find us at http://www.BabylonProjectPodcast.wordpress.com, on Facebook at The Babylon Project Podcast or on iTunes.  You can email us at TheBabylonProjectPodcast@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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

Advertisements

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.

You can find us at http://www.BabylonProjectPodcast.wordpress.com, on Facebook at The Babylon Project Podcast or on iTunes.  You can email us at TheBabylonProjectPodcast@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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

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.

You can find us at http://www.BabylonProjectPodcast.wordpress.com, on Facebook at The Babylon Project Podcast or on iTunes.  You can email us at TheBabylonProjectPodcast@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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

BPP 319 – Grey 17 Is Missing

Grey 17 is MissingAnd as far as some of us are concerned, that is a good thing.  This show is considered by many to be one of, if not the, weakest shows of the series.

Now, as far as the “A” story goes, it’s sort of hard to argue that point.  The Zarg is rather lame for one of the most dangerous predators in the sector.  Raul also gets rather bent about the firing of bullets from a steam pipe.  It’s simply not how bullets or firearms work.

On the other hand, the “B” story is outstanding!  Delenn is getting a promotion thanks to recent events.  Our farvorite cranky Minbari from the Warrior Caste has some issue with that.  And our favorite ranger has a conversation about it.  Hilarity – as well as several sound thumps – ensue.

The “B” story saves the day and makes the episode quite fun to watch in spite of the Zarg and soggy bullets.

You can find us at http://www.BabylonProjectPodcast.wordpress.com, on Facebook at The Babylon Project Podcast or on iTunes.  You can email us at TheBabylonProjectPodcast@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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

BPP 318 – Walkabout

Ok, so let’s get the title related part out of the way…

Dr. Franklin.  Pretty girl.  Walkabout.  Yeah.  ‘Nuff said.

If that curt summary makes you think there may be some salt involved, then you’d be right.

Now on to the main story!

Before our little escapade in time, we had to important milestones in our story.  First, we found a weakness with the Shadow ships in the form of telepaths.  Second, we got commitment from the League of Non-Aligned Worlds to help in the coming war.

This episode has some tests for both those theories.  Hopefully, it works out because whether we want it to or not, it is clear that if they don’t find the trouble first, then the trouble is going to go out of its way to find them.

And folks, don’t take our ragging on Dr. Franklin too seriously.  It’s become sort of an obligation where he and the ladies are concerned.

You can find us at http://www.BabylonProjectPodcast.wordpress.com, on Facebook at The Babylon Project Podcast or on iTunes.  You can email us at TheBabylonProjectPodcast@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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

BPP 317 – War Without End, Pt. 2

(Had a small issue with the original file – reposting)

Today we talk about the second part of the War Without End saga.

This episode, in particular, does a brilliant job of interleaving parts of the season 1 episode Babylon Squared into the actual story of this episode.  Not surprising, because in so many ways this is really the 3rd part of a three part story who’s first episodes was in season 1.

Or as Kosh would say, “The circle is now complete.”

Of course there is a problem in that when a circle reaches its end, it is really at its beginning.  So yes, we do get closure.  At least in Sinclair’s story.  But in closing that story a universe of new questions demanding closure is created.

You can find us at http://www.BabylonProjectPodcast.wordpress.com, on Facebook at The Babylon Project Podcast or on iTunes.  You can email us at TheBabylonProjectPodcast@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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

BPP 316 – War Without End, Pt. 1

This is an episode that stands out most for returnings.

We have everyone’s favorite fuzzy alien returning: Zathras.

We have Commander Sinclair returning as the leader of the Rangers.

We have the most mysterious location in the series returning: Babylon 4.

Something that was set in motion in season 1 is about to come full circle here near the end of season 3.  This episode is so big it’s going to take two parts to get all the elements of closure needed.

Time travel stories in science fiction series are very rarely done well.  It’s not a lack of talent, they are just simply hard to do right and keep the whole cause and effect issues straight.  JMS does a great job here.  Be warned, with Raul on the cast, it’s going to be hard to avoid some of the philosophy of time questions.  A Theory vs. B Theory of time does come up, so we understand if you need to medicate after this one.

You can find us at http://www.BabylonProjectPodcast.wordpress.com, on Facebook at The Babylon Project Podcast or on iTunes.  You can email us at TheBabylonProjectPodcast@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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

BPP 315 – Interludes and Examinations

Alliances of mutual survival can be fickle things.  Especially when they are being driven by politics rather than the military that are having to actually do the fighting.  Sheridan is learning that lesson the hard way as he tries to forge his alliance to fight the Shadows.  He turns to Kosh for help and is will to pay the personal price for it.  If you know what is meant by, “The Hero’s Journey,” this is that episode.

While this is going on, Londo is taking a journey of his own.  A much darker journey that will lead him to embrace the darkness that continues to pursue him.  While Sheridan’s journey is that of a hero, Londo’s is one of tragedy.  This interlude for him marks the shift towards that tragedy.

Examinations is the best way to describe Franklin’s interlude in this episode.  His stim problem that has been growing through the series finally catches up with him.  He responds, of course, in typical “Franklin” fashion.   Raul isn’t as sympathetic to him as some think he should be, and promises to be coming back to his thoughts there soon.

Over all, this is an incredibly arc-dense episode, so sit back, clear your head, and enjoy.

You can find us at http://www.BabylonProjectPodcast.wordpress.com, on Facebook at The Babylon Project Podcast or on iTunes.  You can email us at TheBabylonProjectPodcast@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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

BPP 314 – Ship of Tears

Bester is back.

It seems that he has some common ground with the Babylon 5 command staff where President Clark and the Shadows are concerned.  Sort of an, “Enemy of my enemy is my friend,” type of relationship here.  Make no mistake, though, his first loyalty is to his fellow telepaths.

It’s a good thing he’s concerned, too.  It seems that the Shadows are somehow weaponizing telepaths.  One of the telepaths turns out to be someone Bester knows quite well.  In fact, we see a somewhat softer side to him.  Just don’t let that make you overly sympathetic.  He’ll be back to his normal self soon enough.  At least, the Babylon 5 team have gotten another ally out of this mission.

G’Kar is also brought into the fold.  Delenn takes the unpleasant task of telling him the story.  The whole story.  It’s a painful and moving moment that shows us just how far the G’Kar character has evolved.  Both stories are brought together with a surprise at the end that explains Narn history and provides hope for the future.

You can find us at http://www.BabylonProjectPodcast.wordpress.com, on Facebook at The Babylon Project Podcast or on iTunes.  You can email us at TheBabylonProjectPodcast@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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

BPP 313 – A Late Delivery From Avalon

No shrubberies.  No coconuts.  And certainly, no watery tarts.

But this is still one heck of a King Arthur story.  And a satisfying thump they made!

What do you expect, though, when you combine the talents of Mira Furlan, Andreas Katsulas, and Jason Carter with the amazing Michael York.  You cannot have that many top notch stage actors on a script without something amazing happening.

Michael sells it so well, you not only wonder if his character really is King Arthur, but you actually hope he is.  That isn’t so far fetched, considering the extent to which the Vorlons have tampered with human history.  The chemistry he has with Andreas/G’Kar is great.  We see a hopeful side of Marcus that is particularly moving.  We also have one of the most powerful moment in the series with Michael and Mira.  Not a word was spoken.  When you have actors that good, you don’t need words.

You can find us at http://www.BabylonProjectPodcast.wordpress.com, on Facebook at The Babylon Project Podcast or on iTunes.  You can email us at TheBabylonProjectPodcast@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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