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.
If this episode gives you a feeling that things are starting to ramp up, you wouldn’t be wrong.
We get several bits from the past becoming important now. Remember Draal? Remember the trouble Katherine Sakai got into at Sigma 957? Remember this little problem with the Shadows in the midst of all this Earth Alliance intrigue? Actually, let’s include the Earth Alliance intrigue, too.
Did you know those were related?
The audience isn’t the only one to notice something is up. Zack is noticing. G’kar is noticing. It seems with the sending of a Political Officer, that President Clark is noticing. And they all seem to want some answers.
This is absolutely a “Wham!” episode. There’s a lot happening. The arc is advanced in a big way. Little threads from the past – some planted back in S1 – are pulled together into the main story.
Londo finally figures it out. His “associates” are far too dangerous to be around. Unfortunately he has figured it out far too late. The Narn-Centauri War reaches its final stage with some of the most poignant boom of the series. One scene in particular is just an incredible example of film-making. Yet, in spite of his repugnance of it, when the final time comes, Londo seems to embrace his fate and the evil associated with it.
As Londo grows away from the light, we begin to see the steps of G’Kar growing into the light. True, they are first steps, but we see the pettiness beginning to be stripped.
As dark as the episode is, we do have some lighter moments. One favorite character is back and we hear another mentioned. If you think this might be a clue; yes, it is.
For any other series this would be an amazing season finale. Guess what? There are still two more episodes to go and the just keep getting better.
You’ve waited awhile for this installment, I know. So we made sure it was worth the wait. We continue on with the second part of A Voice In the Wilderness. We left the show with what appears to be an Earth warship popping out of the jumpgate to take over the situation. However, it would appear that not only Sinclair and the command staff, but Delenn, Londo and Draal seem to have other ideas…
Our discussion is joined today with a fan and good friend of the show: JP Harvey. JP is a retired colonel of the U.S. military, so is the perfect person to answer some of the military questions that not only abound in this episode, but that we’ve asked over the course of the season. We hope to get him back for a few more shows down the line.
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…