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?)
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.
In this episode we learn that not everyone at ISN is like our beloved Jane (aka, Maggie Eagan). The bias of the press is a bit subtle here, but there are still some fair elements. We’re not sure if the problem is Babylon 5 itself or just the extraterrestrial races. One certainly gets the impression that there is something going on between ISN and President Clark. We’ll find out a lot more about that in Season 3, however.
Keep this episode in mind when you watch Severed Dreams in Season 3 and Illusions of Truth in Season 4.
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.
Actually, there IS some boom today. Or perhaps we should just say some “Boom shaka laka…”
This is an episode of contrasts. It has some of the funniest moments of the entire series with the Ivanova Dance. Yet, G’kar’s pleas for help and his reaction to the responses are some of the most heart-wrenching. Londo is not only dressing darker, reflecting his turn of status, he is just beginning to feel the price of his darker path.
It seems like each episode through the next several seasons just keep getting better. Most shows, you don’t find episodes like this until the end of the season when they are building to their finale. Heck, this episode could be a season finale with the Shadow war starting the next season. But no… JMS puts this one smack in the middle. If you’re new to the series, this episode will give you a hint of what is coming.
This is the arc episode of the season. The title of the episode also gives its name to the title of the season. This episode is also the first Hugo win for Best Dramatic Presentation for Babylon 5.
The season isn’t half over and the roller coaster has already begun…
Powerful drama and slapstick comedy in the same episode and only JMS could make this works so well! Just consider:
Green! Purple! Claudia’s talent for physical comedy is taken to a new level as she tries to mediate election season for the Drazi.
Then there are the techomages. Michael Moorcock fans, rejoice because Elric is brilliantly played by Michael Ansara. What is a technomage? Elric says it best, “It is within that ambiguity that we exist. We are dreamers, shapers, singers, and makers. We study the mysteries of laser and circuit, crystal and scanner, holographic demons and invocations of equations. These are the tools we employ, and we know many things.” This is their only appearance in the series, but there is a trilogy that addresses them and the do show up in the short-lived Crusade spin-off.
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.
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.
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.