The madness continues. Like Jim and Raul have said, Season 2 just never stops. This week, Vir makes a return from his new ambassadorial post on Minbar. He appears to be going native just a bit. Hardly a surprise, of course, but you cannot help but wonder if that isn’t going to get him in trouble somewhere down the line.
Oh, and did I mention our favorite “villain” is back? Bester makes a return to Babylon 5 except that this time he is the Good Guy. Or is he? Well, he is chasing down a black market drug operation that is peddling something called Dust. This drug gives anyone with the recessive gene for telepathy that ability for a short time. It allows what is effectively a telepathic rape of another. It’s also highly addictive and extremely dangerous. So he has to be on our “side” this time, right?
I do have to give Bester credit for being right about one thing; he and Garibaldi do make a good team.
Another one of JMS’ deeply philosophical episodes.
Directed by Adam Nimoy, a fan favorite, and guest starring both Louis Turenne (Brother Theo) and the absolutely brilliant Brad Dourif (Brother Edward) we have one of the most intense examinations of forgiveness, redemption, and consequences that you will ever see on television.
Aside from the obvious theological implications, which JMS handles with profound respect, these themes are going to play a crucial role throughout the remainder of the series for all of the key characters.
In keeping with the tone of the show, Jim and Raul have a spirited but always thoughtful discussion that does not shy away from the hard questions.
The roller coaster to the end of season 2 continues in a big way this episode. It turns out there’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing close to the command staff. A favorite character we haven’t seen in a very long time comes back. Oh, and it turns out that even the Minbari cannot resist a good gossip column. Delenn even has an excuse.
We also learn a lot about why Susan has such an issue with telepaths. As everything else in Babylon 5, there’s more than you think.
This episode would have been a lot different if the original cast from the pilot were still around. Jim and Raul talk about that, as well.
Forgive me folks, but I (Raul) am gong to start out on a soapbox here. Adrienne Barbeau is one of the single biggest reasons that I’ve come to hate the old TV show, Maude. I’ve long believed that show helped pigeon-hole her with her looks. Perhaps it was just the era of the 1970’s stereotyping. Regardless, while she is beautiful, she is also an excellent actress. Her acting chops really shine in this weeks episode because her performance makes the show.
A Spider in the Web gives a a lot of insight into the complex politics of the Earth-Mars relationship. We’ve been hearing a lot about it, but not we learn much more. It also seems that there are some much deeper shenanigans with the Psi Corp that we have dreamed thus far.
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.
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