Put yourself in the mindset of someone who happened to turn on TNT on basic cable in the States on January 4, 1998, and saw Babylon 5 for the first time. Would this have grabbed you? Would it have spoiled too much from Seasons 1-4? How about that buzzcut on Sheridan?
We get a series of glimpses into the future of the “Babylon 5” universe in this episode, technically the second of four finales. You can talk about how well it stuck its landing for you here, but avoid the details from Season 5!
Sheridan and his forces have succeeded in freeing Earth and its territories from Clark’s totalitarian government. But no good deed goes unpunished, as now the new interim government has to figure out what to do with him. And there’s also this issue of a new alliance of worlds.
Talk about how we got to this point here.
Sheridan and his alliance bring an end to their second war in a season of television. And Marcus whispers sweet nothings in Susan’s ear.
Talk about everything that brought us to this point here.
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.
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.
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.
So, there’s a whole lot of discussion and much is learned in this episode. The frozen telepaths are back and Franklin is trying to do something with them. Good thing Lyta happens by. Garibaldi finally meets his new boss, who just might be more of a super-villain than Garibaldi’s current view of Sheridan. Talk about it all here without going forward.
The information has been gathered, the plans have been laid.
Now it’s time to kick some butt.
Talk about the liberation of Proxima 3 and everything that has led up to it here.
An awful lot of territory was covered in this episode: the end of the Minbari Civil War, the escalation of the conflict with Earth, and Bester’s machinations with Lyta and (apparently) Michael. Too much? Or was this a rollercoaster ride that wasted no time? Pleasedon’tspoilthanks.