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

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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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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.

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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.

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

BPP 307 – Exogenesis

Sorry to be a day late.  I was in bed with a fever the last couple days.  That is also as much boom as we get out of this episode.  Just because there isn’t any boom doesn’t mean this isn’t a quite interesting episode.

Whenever we have a Marcus/Franklin paired episode, you can count on it being extremely engaging and always interesting.  Not only do the two characters different perspectives simply beg for their pairing, there is an outstanding chemistry between the two actors.  There will be several more of these pairings in future episodes.

Fortunately, I was not nearly as ill as Duncan is.  A sinus infection, I doubt, would qualify me as a candidate to have a giant centipede plugged into my spine.  Between this and the Londo’s problems in Sic Transit Vir, one worries that B5 has an issue with insects.  No offense meant to the Gaim.

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

BPP 218 – Confessions and Lamentations

bpp218-conf-lamDinner and a movie with a Minbari?  Well, not quite.  Meditation in lumberjack mode?  That’s a bit closer.  As with most things Minbari social customs, a simple dinner date is, well… not quite simple.  Just ask Lennier.

This episode starts a bit light, but it doesn’t last long.  It seems that one of the key races we’ve had since the beginning is about to go away.  This is a episode that takes a hard look at faith vs. blind faith.  Naturally we will get a bit philosophic at times.  Of course that isn’t unusual for Jim and Raul.

The real part of this story, though, is the development of the relationship between John and Delenn.  That takes this from what would be a largely stand-alone episode and turns it into one that is important for the big story.

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

BPP 216 – In the Shadow of Zha’Ha’Dum

vir-waveThis isn’t a Gremlins podcast, but it should have been.  We were plagued with recording issues, but wow!  Troy is damn good.  I’ve said for years, a good editor is worth his weight in gold and this episode is proof.

But about Babylon 5… That this episode includes the name Zha’ Ha’ Dum, you might expect this to be a major arc episode.  You would be right.  This was the second episode that was up for the Hugo.

In this episode we get an idea of just how far Sheridan is willing to go to achieve an objective.  Morden is not only back, but he’s apprehended and John isn’t going to let him go without some real answers.  Finally, after a season-and-a-half, we finally get the background we have been after.  And while we don’t see what is inside the encounter suit, we do learn what the Vorlons are.

One of the most priceless Vir moments also occurs in this episode.  Will we get a payoff for the effort?  We’ll just have to wait and see.  A big part of Franklin’s story is set up, as well, though it will take until late season 3 to climax.  We also get our first introduction to the Nightwatch.  Hmm… wonder where that is going to go?

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

BPP 213 – Hunter, Prey (repost)

Garibaldi under coverFirst some (more) housekeeping…

  1. Sorry folks, there was a technical glitch in the audio and we didn’t have Jim’s golden pipes seranading us with the summary.
  2. Ok, ok!  I get it.  It’s “Boom, shabba labba” for the Ivanova dance.  I’ve been corrected over and over again for the last 20+ years, but it still comes out that way.  It got fixated wrong the first time I heard it in the original airing and I’ve still not been able to erase my brain.  Jim and Troy aren’t going to let me live it down.  😛

As to Hunter, Prey this week’s episode?  This is one of the Kosh episodes you’ve been waiting for.  We get some answers.  Kosh style.  Of course that means there are far more questions  raised than answers given.  And as far as the answer are concerned?  Yeah.  I don’t need to explain.  Just keep the phrase, “To fight legends,” in your head.  That’s the key.

“Kosh Konfushion” is offset by a fun little undercover operation by Garibaldi.  It seems that being on his feet all night leaves him a bit cranky, though.  As it’s said in the episode, the good guys win one this time.  That doesn’t always happen in this show, so enjoy it when it happens.

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

BPP 208 – A Race Through Dark Places

BPP 208 delenn-lbd

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?!?)

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

BPP 210 – GROPOS

BPP - 210 - GROPOSFranklin’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.

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