It’s the B5 directorial debut of one Vir Cotto (not appearing on your screen this time) and the flip side to Season 2’s “And Now for a Word.” Call them Alternative Facts, call it Fake News, call it what you like: Sheridan and Delenn discover the limits of truth-telling before Interstellar Network News in a 1997 episode that feels really darn uncomfortable 20 years later.
Gee, things are sure in a mess back home, aren’t they? How the heck did we get here? Talk about the series up to this point but no spoilers!
This would appear to be the Clark regime tricking our beloved B5 command staff and then throwing down a gauntlet. How do they respond? Talk about it here with all the spoilers you want.
It feels like the first time, only different! Londo’s happily haggling on the Zocalo. Sheridan’s matching wits with Bester. But Garibaldi’s quit his job, and the certainty of the Shadow War’s endgame has vanished. Welcome to Babylon 5 as it was earlier in the series: unpredictable.
Well. well. Bester is back. You know that’s never good. And just when the Alliance was celebrating saving the universe.
Okay, okay, the biggest threat to the known universe is gone and we can all take a breath now, right?
No, now the other dozen things we’ve been putting off are now clamoring for our attention and those stakes are suddenly much higher.
Talk about all the dozen other things that are coming here.
There’s a really obvious Hamilton reference that Chip could drop into this podcast, particularly the last half of a certain King George song, but Erika would kill him.
Besides, this podcast is chock full of content, so there’s no time for song inserts that would antagonize a co-host. Did we mention that the Shadow War is over? Did we mention that the Space Mobster got his? Did we mention that the First Ones are gone? Did we mention that Centauri Prime is saved? And how the heck did this all happen in the space of roughly 45 minutes? For such a momentous episode, we’ve got a lot to talk about in normal and spoiler space, so this was a perfect time to bring Michi Trota back as we review this reset of Babylon 5’s status quo.
And thus an interstellar war ended with a bang and then…a whimper? And we’re left to wonder just whether that satisfied and what comes next. Talk about this episode and events leading up to it here.
Our first-time viewers are scratching their heads and asking, “What’s next?”
We know what’s next. And we can talk about it all here.
It’s special guest star Bryan Cranston! OH EM GEE!
But maybe in the ’90s that wouldn’t be what held your attention. Maybe it was the sight of a very determined Narn breaking his unweakened chains, or a formerly cherubic second banana diplomat killing his emperor. Is that breaking bad or what?
We talk about it.