BPP 316 – War Without End, Pt. 1

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.

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Just remember… No boom today.  Boom tomorrow.  There’s always a boom tomorrow!

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BPP 315 – Interludes and Examinations

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.

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Just remember… No boom today.  Boom tomorrow.  There’s always a boom tomorrow!

BPP – Feedback December 2017

Now I have a machine gun…

Ho!  Ho!  Ho!

You’ll shoot your eye out kid.

Uh… no.

We’re not the Classic Christmas Movie podcast.

But we’re also not entirely the Babylon Project Podcast today, either.  Well, yes we are, but tonight we’re not talking about, “The next exciting episode…”  What we are talking about is all the wonderful feedback we have gotten from you, our listeners.  For Jim, Raul, and now JP, hosting, Troy’s brilliant editing and Anthea’s voice on the credits, this podcast has been a labor of love that we do without expectation of, well, anything.  That we get any feedback at all is humbling.  That it is such quality and thought provoking feedback is an absolute honor.

So tonight, this is your show.  Your thoughts and comments are a special treat for us, so we’re returning the favor with a special treat episode.  Just in time for a holiday gift back to you.  Have a very Merry Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, Holiday, or whatever you do to celebrate this season.

And thank you!  Thank you for another wonderful year shared with us.  So party like a Centauri and we’ll see you in the New Year!

BPP 303 – A Day In the Strife

JMS describes this episode as a day where everything that can go wrong does go wrong.  That’s a pretty good description.  Vir’s having a bad day; Londo gets him a promotion.  G’Kar isn’t doing much better; his replacement has arrived.  And Sheridan?  His day is so bad dealing with the guilds that the station getting blown up seems to be an option for improvement.  Delenn seems to be the only one where things are going good.  She’s getting a new ambassador to Minbar from the Centauri.  Yep, that actually is a good thing.  At least for her.

I know what those days are like.  Bet you do, too.

This episode is also Straczynski’s tribute to Fred Saberhagen’s Berserker series.  Great classic SciFi I’d encourage everyone to read.  At least give the original set of short stories a try.

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Just remember… No boom today.  Boom tomorrow.  There’s always a boom tomorrow!

BPP – Feedback March 2017

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.

You can find us at http://www.BabylonProjectPodcast.wordpress.com, on Facebook at The Babylon Project Podcast or on iTunes.  You can email us at TheBabylonProjectPodcast@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Just remember… No boom today.  Boom tomorrow.  There’s always a boom tomorrow!

BPP 215 – And Now For A Word

trust_the_corpsOk, I guess we do get some boom today.

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.

You can find us at http://www.BabylonProjectPodcast.wordpress.com, on Facebook at The Babylon Project Podcast or on iTunes.  You can email us at TheBabylonProjectPodcast@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Just remember… No boom today.  Boom tomorrow.  There’s always a boom tomorrow!

BPP – Feedback Episode

Mind War - BesterIt’s been awhile and the feedback has been accumulating.  Raul and Jim take this chance to clear out a bit of the build up.  Actually, both being Bab 5 geeks, they love the chance to talk generalities of the show provided by listeners.  The more you send in, the more they will have to discuss.  They would love to have more of these!  Remember, we take email, voice attachments, web page and Facebook page comments.  You name it and they’ll respond.  Of course they really, really love iTunes reviews, too.

Unlike Bester, though, we can’t pull your thoughts out of your mind.  You have to send them to us.

You can find us at http://www.BabylonProjectPodcast.wordpress.com, on Facebook at The Babylon Project Podcast or on iTunes.  You can email us at TheBabylonProjectPodcast@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Just remember… No boom today.  Boom tomorrow.  There’s always a boom tomorrow!

BPP023 – Chrysalis

Delenn_ChrysalisWow.  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.

You can find us at http://www.BabylonProjectPodcast.wordpress.com, on Facebook at The Babylon Project Podcast or on iTunes.  You can email us at TheBabylonProjectPodcast@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Just remember… No boom today.  Boom tomorrow.  There’s always a boom tomorrow!

BPP018 – Legacies

NeroonLegacies introduces one of Jim and my favorite recurring characters:  Neroon.  Not only is he a total bad-ass (Jim said Raul could use that word), he has one of the silkiest voices we have ever heard.  This episode also gives us some Susan/Talia cat-fighting over a young teen who is just coming into her telepathic abilities.  This is one of those arc episodes that just skyrockets us to the end of the season.

Thanks again to everyone for the wonderful feedback.  If you do like the show, we would love it for you to leave a review on iTunes.  Every bit helps us get the word out.

You can find us at http://www.BabylonProjectPodcast.wordpress.com, on Facebook at The Babylon Project Podcast or on iTunes.  You can email us at TheBabylonProjectPodcast@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Just remember… No boom today.  Boom tomorrow.  There’s always a boom tomorrow!

BPS-002 Troy Rutter Interview

Bab 5 station (300x210)In our second Oz Fest interview by Jim, we bring you Troy Rutter.  If you’ve ever been to the Lurker’s Guide, used the Babylon 5 Usenet feeds, visited the official Babylon 5 web page or participated in the ICQ or AOL Babylon 5 activities, then you have experienced Troy’s work even if you didn’t know it.  This is a wonderful geek-fest and I’m quite jealous of Jim on this interview.  Troy is a true pioneer of what we call “social media” today.

Once again, this is an interview in a somewhat noisy background – typical of a convention.  Trust me, though, you will enjoy this!

You can find us at http://www.BabylonProjectPodcast.wordpress.com, on Facebook at The Babylon Project Podcast or on iTunes.  You can email us at TheBabylonProjectPodcast@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Just remember… No boom today.  Boom tomorrow.  There’s always a boom tomorrow!