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.
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.
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?
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.
Wow! I can’t think of a better way to start the New Year than with Signs and Portents. We meet everyone’s favorite bad guy, Mr. Morden. This is one of the best episodes of the season. Actually, you’re going to hear me say that a lot now. Let’s just say the second half of season 1 is one of the best episodes of the season.
This is one of our longer shows, but there is just so darn much to talk about. Fortunately, my dog Obi-wan reminds me that it’s time to go so he can have some lap time…