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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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.

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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.

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BPP 317 – War Without End, Pt. 2

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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.

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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.

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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.

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