[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.
Well, after the WordPress posting confusion, we are back on track for episode order! For this week, that means we are getting All Alone in the Night. This doesn’t seem like an arc episode, but it is one that has a lot of events that will be very important in the future. We see visits from a lot of old “friends,” meet someone new (who also becomes a fan favorite), get some very interesting information from the past, and get some very, very interesting things about the future. The latter is courtesy of some of the finest Koshisms of the show.
What an aptly named episode for both Babylon 5 and for our podcast. On Babylon 5, Commander Sinclair has been conveniently recalled to Earth after the death or the President. The considerably more “military” Captain Sheridan is taking over the station, much to the chagrin of the Minbari. Garibaldi and Delenn are still out of action, G’Kar ran off somewhere and the “still functional” are a bit stressed.
For the podcast, we have updated the show numbering to something that makes a bit more sense. More important we now have some desperately needed help in the form of a show editor – Troy Rutter. Troy knows Babylon 5. And he knows how Jim and I work. I can’t say enough of how pleased Jim and I both are to have his assistance. For those who don’t know, it takes a lot of work beyond simply recording to put out a quality podcast and finding a style fit isn’t always easy. Troy is a home run. Yes, this is the same Troy Rutter that Jim interviewed earlier. He’s also an experience podcaster and voiceover artist. You can find out more about Troy at his website: TroyRutter.com.
While we’re plugging our technical team, I’ll also toss in a shout out to Anthea Ybarra, the silver tongue lass that is the voice of the show. If you ever need a lady’s voice for your project, feel free to give her a call, as well. She’s at SilverTongueLass.com.
This episode we get Babylon 5’s take on time travel. We also get some answers on what happened to Babylon 4. Or not. Well, ok, we do get some answers, but in typical JMS style those answer keep raising more darn questions! We also meet another well loved guest character for the first time: Zathras. Not Zathras or Zathras, but Zathras. (Are you able to keep the distinction?) We also find out the price one pays if the Grey Council decides to honor you.