It’s a little known fact that American television regulations were changed following the initial broadcast of this episode because it was determined that so. much. stuff. happening in a single episode was hazardous to viewers’ health. The cards are on the table. The rescue mission is underway. Mars awaits.
Everyone to the rescue! Garibaldi, Franklin, and Lyta save Sheridan, the Alliance charges in to help, and Ivanova rains on Earthgov’s ambush parade.
As we careen down the last hill of the rollercoaster that is Season 4, here is where you can talk about everything that has led us here.
Garibaldi’s been allowed to explain. Sheridan has been rescued. Ivanova has broken up what would have been a devastating ambush, but at the cost of her own life. Next up, freeing Mars.
This is where you can talk about all of the results and other things that are coming as we close in on the end of Season 4.
Welcome to John Sheridan’s darkest ordeal. Good morning.
(Artificial daylight comes on.)
Shall we begin?
John Sheridan is facing the worst possible situation since Z’ha’dum. And this time it’s at the hands of his own people.
Talk about how we got into this mess here.
John Sheridan is trapped in a vicious, never-ending cycle of physical and mental torture.
Here is where you can talk about the ripple effects going forward.
Steven Schapansky rejoins us because (1) Mike Vejar and (2) Michael Garibaldi–as we find out just exactly WHAT has been going on underneath Steven’s favorite character’s shaved pate. That sadistic so-and-so Bester is back, and your intrepid podcasters question whether we should have sympathized with him or William Edgars before…well, you know…
Garibaldi has been very upset with Sheridan this season. But did you expect him to help turn Sheridan over to the enemy?
We’ve had Garibaldi shift gears pretty abruptly this season. Did you expect to find out that Bester was behind it all?
This is the place to talk about how we got here.
Garibaldi plays the role of Judas and now Sheridan is a prisoner of the Clark regime.
Bester is our monologuing villain and shows Garibaldi just how badly he’s been used.
Here we get to talk about the fallout for everyone involved.
The cohosts of B5AG are mightily tired of saying good-bye to the stars of Babylon 5. If Babylon 5 has a moral center, it’s Stephen Furst’s Vir Cotto.
We have only to look at other intended-recurring characters in B5’s early years to see how important it was for the actors to bring JMS’s characters to life. Mary Woronov as Ko’Dath only lasted for one episode (largely due to an inability to work with the prosthetics), leading to the character’s replacement by Julie Caitlin Brown as Na’Toth. When Brown chose not to re-sign for Season 2, Mary Kay Adams attempted but failed to essay the role, leading to the character’s disappearance.
Is there any question that had Stephen Furst not been up to the task, Vir would have possibly met with an “airlock accident” as well? And yet the “comic relief” soldiered on as the first character to challenge Morden to his face, the first Centauri to display shame before G’Kar, the assassin of Emperor Cartagia, and always–always–Londo’s conscience.
Furst went on to direct episodes of Babylon 5 and Crusade. His DNA is quietly intertwined with the whole of the series–a constant reminder of the show’s theme that it is our individual choices that define us and that humans build communities.