Actually, there IS some boom today. Or perhaps we should just say some “Boom shaka laka…”
This is an episode of contrasts. It has some of the funniest moments of the entire series with the Ivanova Dance. Yet, G’kar’s pleas for help and his reaction to the responses are some of the most heart-wrenching. Londo is not only dressing darker, reflecting his turn of status, he is just beginning to feel the price of his darker path.
Well, after the WordPress posting confusion, we are back on track for episode order! For this week, that means we are getting All Alone in the Night. This doesn’t seem like an arc episode, but it is one that has a lot of events that will be very important in the future. We see visits from a lot of old “friends,” meet someone new (who also becomes a fan favorite), get some very interesting information from the past, and get some very, very interesting things about the future. The latter is courtesy of some of the finest Koshisms of the show.
Well, I guess we did have a bit of a digital boom. In my attempts to get the podcasts out to all of you in a consistent timeline, I did pre-scheduled some releases. Something seems to have glitched out on it – probably a bone-headed user glitch (sorry Lennier). The result is that you are getting this episode out of order. If you’ll forgive me, I’ll promise to make sure it doesn’t happen again…
Remember Talia and Jason Ironheart last season? Remember wondering just what he did to her? Well, we get a hint in this episode and he did much more than just giving her a penny. This is Walter Koenig’s second appearance as the Psi Cop Alfred Bester and it pretty much cements him into the essential Bab 5 mythology. It seems that somebody has been funneling rogue telepaths through in violation of Earth law and it’s Bester’s job to ferret out the culprits. This is Sheridan’s first of many encounters with the “business end” of the Psi Corp.
If that isn’t enough Sheridan, Delenn asks him out on a date and goes from “crunchy” to “yummy” in the (arguably) best LBD number of SciFi fandom. If you were a part of the online community when the show originally aired, you’ll remember this is the episode that sent the John-Delenn ‘shippers into a tizzy that lasted the rest of the show. (Actually, you can still find people writing John-Delenn fanfic?!?)
It seems like each episode through the next several seasons just keep getting better. Most shows, you don’t find episodes like this until the end of the season when they are building to their finale. Heck, this episode could be a season finale with the Shadow war starting the next season. But no… JMS puts this one smack in the middle. If you’re new to the series, this episode will give you a hint of what is coming.
This is the arc episode of the season. The title of the episode also gives its name to the title of the season. This episode is also the first Hugo win for Best Dramatic Presentation for Babylon 5.
The season isn’t half over and the roller coaster has already begun…
Franklin’s dad – or should I say General Dad – pays a visit. With about 30,000 troops in tow. It’s not all bad news, though, since Babylon 5 gets a bit of an upgrade to it’s defense grid. Just remember Chekov’s gun. For a 5 mile station, that’s one big gun.
We are joined in this episode by the Babylon Project Podcast’s “official” military consultant, JP Harvey. As always, JP imparts a great deal of wisdom and insight to our discussion.
We do run a bit longer in this episode, but the conversation is great. Time just flew by in recording. We hope it does for you as well.
Of the lighter Babylon 5 episodes, this is probably my all-time favorite. Both the A story and the B story have some of the most memorable funny moments of the show. In fact, it was so hard to choose an image for this post, I simply had to give you two. I just need to type enough to fill the space so two images fit.
In the first episode we get to meet Londo’s own personal Famine, Pestilence and Death. Along with Elric, the Technomage from The Geometry of Shadows, Timov is one of the favorite one-time appearance characters in the show. She is so popular that she has a central role in The Legions of Fire book trilogy. Jane Carr, who gave the role life, was just fabulous.
Normally, we don’t mention the B story in the notes, but in this case an exception must be made. Delenn is busy trying to come to terms with the human side of life. Not the easiest thing, if you aren’t born to it. She turns to the only person she can trust to put on her “girly side,” Susan Ivanova. Mira doesn’t get to do a whole lot of comedy in Babylon 5, but in this episode, she shows as that she has that mastered, as well.
It’s been awhile and the feedback has been accumulating. Raul and Jim take this chance to clear out a bit of the build up. Actually, both being Bab 5 geeks, they love the chance to talk generalities of the show provided by listeners. The more you send in, the more they will have to discuss. They would love to have more of these! Remember, we take email, voice attachments, web page and Facebook page comments. You name it and they’ll respond. Of course they really, really love iTunes reviews, too.
Unlike Bester, though, we can’t pull your thoughts out of your mind. You have to send them to us.
Forgive me folks, but I (Raul) am gong to start out on a soapbox here. Adrienne Barbeau is one of the single biggest reasons that I’ve come to hate the old TV show, Maude. I’ve long believed that show helped pigeon-hole her with her looks. Perhaps it was just the era of the 1970’s stereotyping. Regardless, while she is beautiful, she is also an excellent actress. Her acting chops really shine in this weeks episode because her performance makes the show.
A Spider in the Web gives a a lot of insight into the complex politics of the Earth-Mars relationship. We’ve been hearing a lot about it, but not we learn much more. It also seems that there are some much deeper shenanigans with the Psi Corp that we have dreamed thus far.
Powerful drama and slapstick comedy in the same episode and only JMS could make this works so well! Just consider:
Green! Purple! Claudia’s talent for physical comedy is taken to a new level as she tries to mediate election season for the Drazi.
Then there are the techomages. Michael Moorcock fans, rejoice because Elric is brilliantly played by Michael Ansara. What is a technomage? Elric says it best, “It is within that ambiguity that we exist. We are dreamers, shapers, singers, and makers. We study the mysteries of laser and circuit, crystal and scanner, holographic demons and invocations of equations. These are the tools we employ, and we know many things.” This is their only appearance in the series, but there is a trilogy that addresses them and the do show up in the short-lived Crusade spin-off.