This is it. This is the episode you’ve been waiting for. Prepare to have a lot of questions answered. Or not. We get a big reveal for which we have waited since The Gathering. Or not. We get a great hour-plus of Babylon 5 discussion. Or not. Ok, we certainly do get that whenever you put Jim and Raul on the same podcast.
So you really don’t want to miss it.
Join us as we discuss the incredible season two finale; something Raul calls one of the best season finales in television. Players’ hands are revealed. Things planted in season one germinate. We also see just how well B5 can take care of itself since Gen. Franklin’s “upgrades.” (Think that might play a role in the future?)
For the penultimate show of the season, this is not what you would expect. Needless to say, that makes it perfect. This is one of the creepier shows in the series. It is also, as Jim points out, one of the most cost effective sets in the series.
Past meets present meets future in the pause and introspection that occurs just before all hell breaks loose in the finale. We also see some seeds of doubt planted regarding the Vorlons. Perhaps they are not quite as noble as Delenn seems to consider them? Time will tell.
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?
A lot of lighthearted moments in this episode and some seriously comic Londo moments. Keep these images of Londo in mind because in just a few episodes we are going to see him beginning to realize the darkness he’s helped create. Not everything in this episode is about some deep space franchise, however. Sheridan begins his training under Kosh with a moment of perfect beauty. Right in the middle of his career nearly unravelling.
Oh, and let’s not forget a fan favorite makes a reappearance this episode. This time we get to see her without the Narn makeup.
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, 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.
Wow. It’s been a real journey. Both with the show and in real life. However, we finally made it through to the end of season one. Jim and I would like to offer up a very heartfelt “Thank you!” to all of you who have endured the craziness that has been getting out this season of the podcast.
Now, about this episode…
I almost subtitled this one “That’s the fact, Jack,” but then I realized that it would have been better called, “What’s the facts, Jack?” You’ll have to listen to get it. As Sinclair notes in the show, everything has changed and nothing will be the same again. Chrysalis is crammed full of changes. In many ways, it’s the season finale from which all serial shows should take a lesson. The questions of season one are answered – though not all of the show’s questions (the difference is subtle). And while it has it’s cliffhanger of sorts, it is really as much the first episode of season 2 as it is the last of season 1. I know we – especially I – get a bit “gushy” over this episode, but we really do think it that brilliant. If you think we’re being too fanboy, don’t worry – Whatever Happened to Grey 17 will fix that for you. Or just think of this show as making up for hammering we gave Believers.
Now that the feed issue has been fixed, we didn’t want to waste any time getting the next episode out to all of you.
This episode is called Grail. No… we aren’t counting to thre… no, I mean five. And there are no killer rabbits. It is however all about quests. While Grail is a stand-alone episode, it is very well written and has some outstanding guest characters. It also fills us in on some very important bits of background. First, we learn a bit more about the Minbari society. More important we learn why the station is named Babylon 5. So even though this is not necessarily an arc episode, it is certainly a very important one for understanding the Babylon 5 universe.