We left season 3 with Captain Sheridan presumed dead in destruction of the Shadow city. Mr. Garibaldi is missing. The Shadows have been dealt a massive blow. And, well… things are generally in a huge mess.
Welcome to season 4.
Ingmar Bergman’s film describes the hour of the wolf as this:
The hour between night and dawn. The hour when most people die, when sleep is deepest, when nightmares are most real. It is the hour when the sleepless are haunted by their deepest fears, when ghost and demons are most powerful, the hour of the wolf is also the hour when most children are born.
With all due respect to Mr. Bergman, I have to admit I like Susan’s description even more:
It’s the time between 3:00 and 4:00 in the morning. You can’t sleep, and all you can see is the troubles and the problems and the ways that your life should’ve gone but didn’t. All you can hear is the sound of your own heart. I’ve been living in the hour of the wolf for seven days, Lyta. Seven days. The wolf and I are now on a first-name basis. In times like this, my father used to take one large glass of vodka before bed. ‘To keep the wolf away,’ he said. And then he would take three very small drinks of vodka, just in case she had cubs while she was waiting outside.
That’s a fitting description to start off Season 4 of Babylon 5. If you think anything is going to ease off after the rollercoaster of Season 3, think again. The intensity only pushes up from hear. The Shadow War is far from over, and there’s still lots of messes back at everyone’s home worlds. Oh … and no. That is not an image from Season 1. Remember, in this show everything connects!
Be ready for many more fun times with Raul, Jim, and JP.
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