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.
Dinner 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.
This 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?
Sorry folks, there was a technical glitch in the audio and we didn’t have Jim’s golden pipes seranading us with the summary.
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.
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?!?)
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.
Yes. We’re still here. In fact we’re back! After fighting our of Shadow War of being sick, motherboard failures, hard drive crashes (which almost took out all our show data) and even a stroke with a parent we have a new show. Finally.
This episode we are talking about The Quality of Mercy. It has some of the most seriously philosophical moments of the first season (dealing with the death sentence) as well as the funniest (Lennier and Londo playing poker). This episode is odd. It is both a stand-alone episode and an arc episode. In the former it stands entirely on its own merits and is not strictly necessary for the overall story. Yet, in the same breath it expands the mythos and introduces elements that will be extremely important in future seasons.
Because of the dual nature – and that the episode hops frequently between story lines – Jim and Raul are bouncing all over the place. It a great time for both and hopefully you be singing the Happy Happy Joy Joy song.
For very different reasons, Believers turns out to be one of both Jim and Raul’s least favorite shows of the entire series. In spite of that, the discussion of the show may well be one of the best of the entire podcast.
There’s some lighthearted moments, but also a lot of very intense discussion. We get the religious perspectives from both an agnostic and a Christian angle and the conversation will surprise a lot of you. Not in that it is respectful and thoughtful, but there will be some positions from each that may not fit the expected perceptions. There are also some (hopefully) interesting thoughts on the medical ethics of this story. It seems that Raul has some firsthand experience with the kind of decision making that Dr. Franklin faces.
Oh, and let’s not forget… what would a Babylon 5 podcast be without some totally unrelated discussion about Star Trek. Yeah, we get distracted here and there. That’s what makes it fun, however.