Ok, it’s only fair to warn listeners that we were a bit critical of this episode at points, but don’t worry… all our issues are resolved before we’re done. We do, however, do what JMS makes show fans do best: think. Of course, how can you have an episode called Soul Hunter without waxing philosophical. What made it so much fun for us is that Jim and Raul come from different philosophical/theological backgrounds. Talking to someone with different ideas and beliefs is one of the great things about podcasting!
We do need to apologize for the audio in this episode. There were some technical issues that made the levels a rather uneven. We compensated as best we could in post-production. Sorry…
After nearly a year from the airing of The Gathering, the actual Babylon 5 series kicked off with Midnight On the Firing Line. This was the season one, episode one opener that resets the show after the long delay and gets everything started into the main series. We see several of the new cast introduce, learn about the strain between the Centauri and Narn and talk about the virtues of Star Furies and Spoo.
The Gathering was the two-hour pilot movie for Babylon 5. It originally aired in Feb, 1993, 11 mo before the main series. The pilot seen most today is a remastering (think director cut) that was done in 1998 for TNT. As with most pilots, it has a more unfinished feel when compared to the main series. You can also feel the lower budget compared to shows like Star Trek. However, there is an amazing consistency in story and setting going from the pilot to the main series.
There are several cast changes between The Gathering and the series. There are also some significant changes in the portrayal of some of the races, especially the Minbari. In spite of that the essence of what makes the Babylon 5 universe is well established.