BPP 318 – Walkabout

Ok, so let’s get the title related part out of the way…

Dr. Franklin.  Pretty girl.  Walkabout.  Yeah.  ‘Nuff said.

If that curt summary makes you think there may be some salt involved, then you’d be right.

Now on to the main story!

Before our little escapade in time, we had to important milestones in our story.  First, we found a weakness with the Shadow ships in the form of telepaths.  Second, we got commitment from the League of Non-Aligned Worlds to help in the coming war.

This episode has some tests for both those theories.  Hopefully, it works out because whether we want it to or not, it is clear that if they don’t find the trouble first, then the trouble is going to go out of its way to find them.

And folks, don’t take our ragging on Dr. Franklin too seriously.  It’s become sort of an obligation where he and the ladies are concerned.

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

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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!

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 314 – Ship of Tears

Bester is back.

It seems that he has some common ground with the Babylon 5 command staff where President Clark and the Shadows are concerned.  Sort of an, “Enemy of my enemy is my friend,” type of relationship here.  Make no mistake, though, his first loyalty is to his fellow telepaths.

It’s a good thing he’s concerned, too.  It seems that the Shadows are somehow weaponizing telepaths.  One of the telepaths turns out to be someone Bester knows quite well.  In fact, we see a somewhat softer side to him.  Just don’t let that make you overly sympathetic.  He’ll be back to his normal self soon enough.  At least, the Babylon 5 team have gotten another ally out of this mission.

G’Kar is also brought into the fold.  Delenn takes the unpleasant task of telling him the story.  The whole story.  It’s a painful and moving moment that shows us just how far the G’Kar character has evolved.  Both stories are brought together with a surprise at the end that explains Narn history and provides hope for the future.

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

BPP 308 – Messages From Earth

President Clark is a creep.  No doubt about it.  We see it in a couple ways in this episode.  First we have his nameless representative from Nightwatch nudging into station security and putting pressure on Zack.  Bet that armband is beginning to feel a lot tighter and noose-like.  Then we have him – and Psi Corp, apparently – trying to put the double cross on the Shadows.  One wonders how much of that is evil and how much is just plain stupidity.  (Hint: we actually find out somewhat at the end of season 4, so stay tuned.)

It turns out that this isn’t the first time that the Shadows have been involved in Earth.  With a Shadow vessel found earlier on Mars and now on Ganymede, it seems it’s up to Sheridan to save Earth from itself.  Do you think anyone is going to notice he’s gone?  Do you think anyone is going to be able to add 2+2 and get 4?

This episode starts of a mini-trilogy in the midst of the season that creates a major shift in the direction of the show.  Join Jim and Raul as we discuss these and many other questions on this next exciting episode of the Babylon Project Podcast.

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

BPP 305 – Voices of Authority

If this episode gives you a feeling that things are starting to ramp up, you wouldn’t be wrong.

We get several bits from the past becoming important now.  Remember Draal?  Remember the trouble Katherine Sakai got into at Sigma 957?  Remember this little problem with the Shadows in the midst of all this Earth Alliance intrigue?  Actually, let’s include the Earth Alliance intrigue, too.

Did you know those were related?

The audience isn’t the only one to notice something is up.  Zack is noticing.  G’kar is noticing.  It seems with the sending of a Political Officer, that President Clark is noticing.  And they all seem to want some answers.

This is absolutely a “Wham!” episode.  There’s a lot happening.  The arc is advanced in a big way.  Little threads from the past – some planted back in S1 – are pulled together into the main story.

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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.

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

BPP 222 – The Fall of Night

the-fall-of-night-03This 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?)

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

BPP 220 – The Long, Twilight Struggle

bpp220-the-long-twilightLondo 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.

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

BPP 216 – In the Shadow of Zha’Ha’Dum

vir-waveThis 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?

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!