After hype, hype and hype again about the Holy Trilogy and especially “Severed Dreams,” is it time for a sudden crash to earth? Or, in the midst of rapidly devolving Nightwatch members and the most insufferable spoken-word computer interface since Siri, do we still find lovely things to chew on? Alert your tailor: it’s time for a uniform change!
“Why not? Only one human captain has ever survived battle with a Minbari fleet. He is behind me. You are in front of me. If you value your lives, be somewhere else.”
Here to celebrate the greatest line in Babylon 5 so far is our returning Control Group, Steven Schapansky!
Poor Zack Allan. He just doesn’t know where to turn. Loyalty drives him to stick with Nightwatch, but he sure doesn’t know where to turn.
Poor President Clark. A big scary alien ship destroyed his big scary alien ship, and now he just doesn’t have any other choice but to implement his martial law, dissolve the Senate, and start hunting down both traitors and “traitors.”
Poor Sheridan. It’s all starting to fall on his head.
But yay us! Because we have a special guest for our look back at “Point of No Return”: Michi Trota, managing editor of Uncanny Magazine, one of the leaders of The Chicago Nerd Social Club, fire spinner and renaissance geek. Plus, she likes Robotech, which makes Chip very happy.
We read the comments. We know that many of you question the worth of “Exogenesis.” But perhaps there’s another perspective out there, perhaps shared by some of your co-hosts, revolving around the unlikely word, “pleasant.”
Also, Chip makes the single stupidest title joke in the history of the podcast.
Bester’s back! Just in time for a thrilling police procedural…er, no. Because the telepathic drug plot is just the means to an end: a wholly unexpected and powerful confrontation between Londo and G’Kar. Is the episode really All That? With G’Kar screaming “All of it!” inside Londo’s mind, does it have to be?
In which Tiki Gods are real, not-Aragorn REALLY gets on Susan’s nerves, a PR consultant has extreme ideas about transparency and exposure, and an intercepted phone call brings the two major plot arcs of Babylon 5 crashing together.
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This is possibly one of the best done-in-one episodes of B5: meaty, great sci-fi concept, cultural commentary, well directed and (mostly) acted, psychological drama, and a surprising amount of fodder for the spoiler section. And because someone dies horribly in it, that means it’s time for that cheery soul Jason Snell to join us again!
This is the trail mix of Babylon 5 episodes: a little chunk of plot here, a chewy nugget of insight here, a scattering of tasty character development, and an A-plot that doesn’t really hold everything together. Which is why it’s a trail mix and not an energy bar. And now Chip’s hungry.
THESE ARE CHAOTIC TIMES, CAPTAIN!
This is NYPD BLUE in Space, listeners! And it turned out better than we expected–although we were all looking forward to watching the famous Elevator Scene again…