Everyone, please welcome Peter David, Writer of Stuff™, to the Babylon 5 writing team. We’re going to have a really good show here, with a 23rd-century game of post-marital The Bachelor and the slimiest ex-psychic on record, who makes Bester look like a cuddly bunny. Give it up for “Soul Mates,” everybody!
You might be forgiven for overlooking that “Soul Mates” isn’t just about Pestilence, Famine and Death–it’s also the conclusion to what Chip has decided to call the Talia Trilogy. What did you think about both plots and what they revealed about the future? It is a pleasure to host your spoilers here…
As you may be aware, Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski is hoping to revive and reboot the B5 franchise as a feature film. (Beware spoilers!) Possibly slightly influenced by our Doctor Who background, your humble podcast hosts suggest that a new logo treatment would be warranted….
It’s the most pivotal turning point (wait, that’s redundant) yet for Talia Winters, as an underground band of telepaths forces her to face the truth about PsiCorps. All this, a dinner date, Ivanova managing to somehow not kill her commanding officer from his couch, and Bester, too: it’s “A Race Through Dark Places.”
We have two back-to-back strong Talia episodes, but the real plot to this story is all about Sheridan and Ivanova being charged rent, am I right? Let’s talk about “A Race Through Dark Places” here, but please leave the true five-year significance of the rate hike to the spoiler thread, OK?
Talia Winters. Psi Corps. The future. Have at it.
Talia Winters…is back!
San Diego…is a wasteland!
John Sheridan is…a truther? (Absolutely not!)
And there’s something sinister lurking within the station–an eponymous spider…in the web…
(Note that we had some audio issues with this recording–not too bad, but a little off our preferred standard. Zathras apologizes.)
One Steven Schapansky, frequent guest on B5AG and the podcast’s designated Control Group, will be pleased to know that Talia Winters is real, and not a hallucination from the first season! She’s back and a cyborg’s after her, so let’s talk about it sans spoilers…
The mysteries of Control and Bureau 13 are yours to discuss! Just, please, keep them to yourselves, in this thread.
Guest actor Dwight Schultz is more tortured than “Howlin'” in his turn as a former soldier grappling with ghosts in his head and an invisible stalker who likes to snack on human organs. Meanwhile, Dr. Franklin needs to revisit his medical ethics training and a cryogenically suspended visitor from another century is most emphatically not Buck Rogers. Welcome to “The Long Dark”: it’s comin’ for ya!