Let’s talk about fireside chats, bargains struck in jail cells, and the healing power of personal logs, shall we?
Pop quiz, everyone: How much of this episode directly related to the title of this episode?
No prizes for the closest correct answer, but we’ll be impressed.
Does this feel like a departure from or continuation of Season 3? Is this a deceptively calm episode or a relentless acceleration of the plot? (Podcast spoiler: We’ll take on these burning questions on the next episode!) Oh, and don’t spoil future episodes in this thread or we’ll sic the Egyptian God of Frustration on you.
Meet the megalomaniacal Cartagia and visit scenic Z’ha’dum! Again! That’s more scenic! ‘Cause there’s a new crater! And talk about where all this goes! Without spoiling the new viewers! Exclamation point!
Season three ends.
John Sheridan ends.
Anna Sheridan ends…again.
The Shadow War…pauses.
And Delenn despairs.
Welcome to one of the most devastating episodes of Babylon 5, to yet another turning point, and to our Control Group–with us once again–one Steven Schapansky!
To quote Chip in the episode: “Third season finale spectacular!”
What did you think about having such a massive cliffhanger for ending a season, especially given that at the time the next season was not guaranteed? What worked for you? What didn’t? Pull apart this episode and everything that has led us here in this space.
“If you go to Z’ha’dum, you will die.”
And take a lot of Shadows with him in the process?
Here is where we get to talk about everything that happens next.
We present a podcast within a podcast, a new addition to The Incomparable Network: Steven Schapansky’s “Vejar or Not”. (The preceding sentence is a complete lie.) We celebrate the outstanding work of Foundation Imaging in the mother of all space battles, of Richard Biggs in the mother of all split-screen performances, and of Laura Ingalls Wilder after a fashion. Plus outtakes!
In the way of J. Michael Straczynski, just as things seemed to be coming together and there was room for cautious hope…
someone arrived to upset some apple carts.
Talk about “Shadow Dancing” and previous episodes here!
Anna’s back and just how much is Sheridan’s life going to turn upside down? Now that the League has started something, can they keep it together? And how long before Ivanova picks up the Minbari language? Talk about future events here!