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.
[A special “Thank you,” to listener Big Brother (@back2babylon5 on Twitter) for letting me know the link wasn’t in the post. We should be fixed now.]
“Be somewhere else.”
Probably one of the strongest lines in science fiction television. Raw power and an absolute willingness to use it. We’ve seen some of the flirty or feminine Delenn lately, so we might have forgotten she was a member of the Grey Council – and the chosen of Dukat – for a reason.
But that’s just one of many “wham” points for this episode. All the tension we’ve been seeing build with the Earth Alliance explodes today. Clark forces the hand of Sheridan with a result I don’t think he expects. Hard decisions are made, but are they really that hard when you don’t have anything else to lose?
The moralities of command. Free press. Just war. The price of even a just war. All this and more are the focus of this episode of Babylon 5. Raul, Jim, and JP have a fascinating and extended conversation about this and more on this fan favorite episode that also won the 1997 Hugo award for Best Dramatic Presentation.
Raul and Jim are quite wrong in this episode. JP Harvey is NOT a guest. As of this episode he joins the podcast are our third host of the show and we are all much better for it.
Joining JP in our exalted guest list is the appearance of Majel Barrett-Roddenberry. With those two, can it get any better? Well, yes it can. We also get the ever popular Marshall Teague back as Ta’Lon. OH! And Maggie is back!
A cast like this can only mean that we are in for a very special episode. This is the second part of the mid-season trilogy that changes the course of the show. After the events of last week, we find President Clark forced to make his move to consolidate power. That means bad things for Babylon 5 as the Nightwatch infiltration reaches a climax. Zach will have to find his way out from that spot between a rock and a hard place.
Londo is also having something of an existential crisis, so he pull in a bit of existential help. The outcome isn’t quite … well … it’s not what he hopes, but it is what he fears. He gets several puzzles added to his confusion with his answers. Of course. Vir also gets a few surprises along the way.
G’Kar explains his epiphany and why he is no longer what we saw in the beginning of the show. He also has a solution for a lot of the crew’s problems.
The madness continues. Like Jim and Raul have said, Season 2 just never stops. This week, Vir makes a return from his new ambassadorial post on Minbar. He appears to be going native just a bit. Hardly a surprise, of course, but you cannot help but wonder if that isn’t going to get him in trouble somewhere down the line.
Oh, and did I mention our favorite “villain” is back? Bester makes a return to Babylon 5 except that this time he is the Good Guy. Or is he? Well, he is chasing down a black market drug operation that is peddling something called Dust. This drug gives anyone with the recessive gene for telepathy that ability for a short time. It allows what is effectively a telepathic rape of another. It’s also highly addictive and extremely dangerous. So he has to be on our “side” this time, right?
I do have to give Bester credit for being right about one thing; he and Garibaldi do make a good team.
You know? It’s just been too long since we’ve had one of these. So before we start Season 3 after our brief hiatus, let’s give our listeners a chance to talk to us. I was surprised to get a particular fan mail and I was in an unique position for the writer to talk to us directly. Hope you enjoy it. We’ve got a variety of feedback from email, webpage, and Facebook. Enjoy! And keep the kind words coming in.
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.
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.
Yeah, I know. I took multiple bits of grief for that one but, hey, I call ’em like I see ’em.
This week, we see G’Kar return with bad news, Garibaldi wake up, a mole revealed, Sheridan’s backstory and that, oh, he’s got a connection to the Shadows already. Oh, yes… Delenn hatches. Like I said, “Crunchy.” Actually, that’s quite a bit better than the Sci Fi tradition of slime. So there.
One important note regarding the Yeats poem after the closing credits; that is not the “fair lady” as mentioned during the show. That is the dulcet tones of our editor, Troy. Think of this as an artifact of the time between recording and editing.