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.
Well, I guess we did have a bit of a digital boom. In my attempts to get the podcasts out to all of you in a consistent timeline, I did pre-scheduled some releases. Something seems to have glitched out on it – probably a bone-headed user glitch (sorry Lennier). The result is that you are getting this episode out of order. If you’ll forgive me, I’ll promise to make sure it doesn’t happen again…
Remember Talia and Jason Ironheart last season? Remember wondering just what he did to her? Well, we get a hint in this episode and he did much more than just giving her a penny. This is Walter Koenig’s second appearance as the Psi Cop Alfred Bester and it pretty much cements him into the essential Bab 5 mythology. It seems that somebody has been funneling rogue telepaths through in violation of Earth law and it’s Bester’s job to ferret out the culprits. This is Sheridan’s first of many encounters with the “business end” of the Psi Corp.
If that isn’t enough Sheridan, Delenn asks him out on a date and goes from “crunchy” to “yummy” in the (arguably) best LBD number of SciFi fandom. If you were a part of the online community when the show originally aired, you’ll remember this is the episode that sent the John-Delenn ‘shippers into a tizzy that lasted the rest of the show. (Actually, you can still find people writing John-Delenn fanfic?!?)
This week is a huge “Wham!” episode. We finally learn about the Psi Corp. I mean the real Psi Corp, not the idea of it held by Talia. One of the fandom’s favorite characters is introduce tonight – Alfred Bester, played by Walter Koenig. Bester is nothing like Chekov from Star Trek. If you haven’t seen the episode yet, you need to give yourself the treat. I made a challenge in the show to explain Bester’s hand. The image is not the hand in question. Look for his left hand…
The other part of the story is also an important part of the arc. We get Katherine Sakai back for a close encounter. The Walkers of Sigma 957 were a source of speculation and discussion for quite a long time when the series first aired. This part of the arc also gives us some hints of what really lies within G’Kar. He’s not as trite and petty as he so often seems.