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.
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.
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.
It’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.
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.
Legacies 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.
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!