The second season finale ends with a bang (alas, Centauri warship; alas, core shuttle) and a whimper (alas, kind of, Keffer). How does “The Fall of Night” do in wrapping up a season and whetting the appetite for season three? Let’s ask our returning Control Group!
The Audio Guide to Babylon 5 welcomes Lynne and Michael Damian Thomas of Uncanny Magazine and numerous SF podcasts to talk about “Comes the Inquisitor”! As you might expect, the five of us go on at great length about whether a Creepy Victorian Antagonist makes this too Star Trekky an episode, a pivotal elevator scene, the continued development of G’Kar, and of course just what this interrogation means for Delenn and Sheridan. And, in the spoiler section, shade shall be thrown at certain long-haired actors.
The Narn-Centauri war comes to a shocking end, Draal gets a makeover, and John Sheridan takes a shower.
Pretty routine episode, if you ask me.
For a couple of years now, those of us who have seen the entire run of the series have waited for this moment: “What did Steven think of what happened to Talia Winters?”
Sadly, Steven couldn’t join us for this one, but our intrepid moderator Erika reports on the Control Group’s reaction (heh, I just typed that and saw what I did there). There’s much talk of trap doors, flashbacks, continuity and exposition. And Chip inadvertently makes the dirtiest joke in B5AG history.
Jason Snell rejoins us, which means we have a better than 50-50 chance of this being a really depressing episode. Many Markab died to bring you this podcast. Plus, in the spoiler section, Chip uses the words “arc,” “crucible” and “stealth” in completely nonsensical order.
So perhaps you’d like to know what a good chunk of this TV series is all about.
RELEASE THE FLOODGATES.
(Apologies for a few audio glitches in Shannon’s track.)
Well, we didn’t hate it.
“Knives” is a return to the A-plot/B-plot style of which we saw so much in Season 1. Could either plot have carried an episode on its own? How stunningly effective was the Prime Time Entertainment Network’s trailer? How do you pronounce “Knives”? And what element led Chip to splutter, “It’s not even cheesetastic. There is no ‘tastic’ to this cheese”?
We interrupt this program to bring you a show within a show! How novel! But does “And Now for a Word” hold up as a projection of future journalism? Does it advance the story arc? Is it a good introduction to B5 itself? And how about that lovely video transfer?
Sheridan’s framed for murder, Londo’s symbolically cast…in a bad light, Vir’s about to be cast from the station, a new Deep Space Franchise is born, and Lennier’s got family trouble. Just another typical day on Babylon 5!
Hunter, comma, Prey.
Your humble hosts pretty much agree that this is not only a good episode, it’s the first episode of Babylon 5 that is purely arc-driven: it’s all about what came before and sets up what is to come. Let’s talk about conspiracies, singing ships and hapless doctors!