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.
Wow. It’s been a real journey. Both with the show and in real life. However, we finally made it through to the end of season one. Jim and I would like to offer up a very heartfelt “Thank you!” to all of you who have endured the craziness that has been getting out this season of the podcast.
Now, about this episode…
I almost subtitled this one “That’s the fact, Jack,” but then I realized that it would have been better called, “What’s the facts, Jack?” You’ll have to listen to get it. As Sinclair notes in the show, everything has changed and nothing will be the same again. Chrysalis is crammed full of changes. In many ways, it’s the season finale from which all serial shows should take a lesson. The questions of season one are answered – though not all of the show’s questions (the difference is subtle). And while it has it’s cliffhanger of sorts, it is really as much the first episode of season 2 as it is the last of season 1. I know we – especially I – get a bit “gushy” over this episode, but we really do think it that brilliant. If you think we’re being too fanboy, don’t worry – Whatever Happened to Grey 17 will fix that for you. Or just think of this show as making up for hammering we gave Believers.
Sorry we’ve been away, friends. Life has its periods of craziness. Just ask Susan Ivanova. But we are back and in full strength.
This episode was so good it couldn’t be contained in one episode. Seriously, though, this is an extremely important episode to the mythology. Multiple story lines. Great arc content. A wonderful homage to Forbidden Planet. Some of Londo’s best lines of the season – and some real understanding of the tragedy of his character. We also get some things set in motion that we won’t see resolved until seasons 4 and 5.
My advice? Watch this one again. Why? Just because…
Eyes brings together a lot of pieces that have been happening all season. If you want to really get the idea that everything that has been happening is interconnected, this show will do that for you. It is the beginning of the roller coaster that takes us through the end of the the first season. Sinclair has been warned that he has made some enemies. From some of his actions on the station, that is to be expected. However, he has people he doesn’t even know about yet that are out to get him. Eyes is where it all hits the fan when a security audit turns into a full blown vendetta. This episode is a favorite of mine.
Fans, I’ve got to apologize. It’s been a bit of a bug fest in the Ybarra household lately. First the flu, then a pair of sinus infections. Hard to prep a podcast when you can’t hear it… I did have some help in the recording from my dog, Obi Wan. Or at least some encouragement. It’s amazing how large a tongue such a mid-sized dog has. 🙂
This little thing called “Life” reared it’s ugly head and as a result we are slightly late with this episode. I think the wait is worth it, however.
In And the Sky Full of Stars we finally get an important hole filled. More accurately, Commander Sinclair gets a hole filled. The one we hear about in The Gathering. Filling that hole has its price, though. In this case that price is not only being kidnapped and tortured, but also raising some very important questions about who he can trust and what is that person’s motivation.
We also have some questions of our own. The plot against Sinclair is well thought out and executed. So who would have the ability to make something like this happen? So perhaps we do get a little booming today. But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of boom left for tomorrow!