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.
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.
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?
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.
Sorry folks, there was a technical glitch in the audio and we didn’t have Jim’s golden pipes seranading us with the summary.
Ok, ok! I get it. It’s “Boom, shabba labba” for the Ivanova dance. I’ve been corrected over and over again for the last 20+ years, but it still comes out that way. It got fixated wrong the first time I heard it in the original airing and I’ve still not been able to erase my brain. Jim and Troy aren’t going to let me live it down. 😛
As to Hunter, Prey this week’s episode? This is one of the Kosh episodes you’ve been waiting for. We get some answers. Kosh style. Of course that means there are far more questions raised than answers given. And as far as the answer are concerned? Yeah. I don’t need to explain. Just keep the phrase, “To fight legends,” in your head. That’s the key.
“Kosh Konfushion” is offset by a fun little undercover operation by Garibaldi. It seems that being on his feet all night leaves him a bit cranky, though. As it’s said in the episode, the good guys win one this time. That doesn’t always happen in this show, so enjoy it when it happens.
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.
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.