Does Babylon 5 have a footwear agenda? Does Delenn need to pick up a copy of Leadership Lessons for the Newly Follicled? And how about that happy-go-lucky Captain Sheridan who has taken to gnawing his executive staff’s heads off? It’s just another day in hyperspace for the calm, collected crew of the EAS Cortez. (No it’s not and no they’re not.) Welcome to “A Distant Star.”
How does Sheridan handle his newfound fear that he’s been “beached”? Do you agree with 23rd-century dietary principles? What do you think of hyperspace in the B5 universe: a swell place to visit but you wouldn’t want to live there? And how’d Dorothy Fontana do on this script? Talk amongst yourselves, but please, leave the spoilers at home.
We have two comparably sized pinnacles of Earthforce technology: the immobile space station Babylon 5 and the star-spanning EAS Cortez. We have a captain-turned-military governor going ever so slightly stir crazy when the latter’s captain visits him at the former. We have mysteries in hyperspace.
We have a spoiler section.
So, this is where you talk about the implications of Dr. Franklin’s food plans on the five-year arc.
The most bitter, vividly remembered conflict in all of Babylon 5 history is barely contained in “The Geometry of Shadows”! But in the cold light of reason, are the Drazi color wars actually entertaining or does the memory cheat? Plus, in Spoiler Space, Chip monologues like no one’s business (or, alternatively, like no one’s listening) on Technomages. Welcome back to B5AG: “I see a great hand, reaching for the download button….”
Spoile…(WHAM WHAM WHAM WHAM)
If you sought your fortune from a Technomage, how do you think you’d fare? Why was Elric so tetchy? Do you have any other thoughts about the Technomages, Lord Refa, green and purple? Spoilers go here, y’all…
Revealed! The fate of G’Kar!
Revealed! The fate of Delenn!
Revealed! The fate of Garibaldi!
Revealed! The fate of the Guy What Shot Garibaldi!
Yeah, not much happens in this one.
What were you expecting when Delenn came out of the cocoo– er, chrysalis? What did you think G’Kar was up to? And, if you’ve never seen B5 before, where do you think it’s all going? Abandon spoilers, all ye who enter here…
Arguably (and JMS alluded to this in his online comments at the time), this episode is “Chrysalis Part Three,” as a new status quo is fully established for Babylon 5. Talk about it, and where it all goes, here!
For our first Extra edition of The Audio Guide to Babylon 5, Chip welcomes “Mojo,” senior computer animator during B5’s first three seasons and pilot, working with Ron Thornton’s Foundation Imaging. Be amazed at the raw processing power of the computers used to make “The Gathering”! Learn just how groundbreaking Foundation’s work was! Find out just what it took to make a space station spin while a Starfury flies in front of it and you’re plum out of polygons! Mojo was there, at the dawn of CGI for television…
WARNING: This episode contains a few spoilers for episodes not yet reviewed on the podcast.