Erika and Shannon are joined once more by Steven Schapansky of Radio Free Skaro to talk about an episode in which all of Sinclair’s chickens come home to roost. If you were one of those fans who wondered how the character could keep sidestepping Bester, military bureaucrats and politicians, “Eyes” cheerfully tells you, “He can’t!” What did our Designated New Viewer think? Which character/performance did our team prefer, Ari Ben Zayn or Harriman Grey? And which character commits Babylon 5‘s first legitimate barroom brawl?
And where’s Chip? Felled by one Ben Zayn of a virus. He’ll be back next time.
OK, let’s run down all of the previous episodes cited in “Eyes”: “Midnight on the Firing Line,” “Mind War,” “The War Prayer,” “And the Sky Full of Stars,” “Deathwalker,” “Survivors” and “By Any Means Necessary.” Did we miss anything? And, oh, by the way, through all of that: what did you think of the story? No spoilers for future episodes!
Erika and Chip are on opposite ends of the spectrum. One only has eyes for David Warner. The other would prefer a date with a na’ka’leen feeder than to watch “Grail” again. How does Shannon hold it all together? And who’s our special musical guest? (That last one’s easy. It’s the fantastically anthemic rockers out of Wisconsin, Sunspot! Check them out at sunspotmusic.com.
J. Michael Stracynski once described certain B5 episodes as “WHAM” episodes, episodes that kicked the series arc forward or had otherwise momentous events. “And the Sky Full of Stars” was the first. This is a bigger one. Or so Chip repeatedly and excitedly enthuses. To paraphrase Mr. Morden, “So tell me what ya want, what ya really really want.”
If you are a new Babylon 5 viewer, or can put yourself in the mindset of one, what did you think of “Signs and Portents”? Were you baffled? Intrigued? Confused? Or could you not take your Eye off of that beautiful legendary artifact (cheap plastic prop)? Here’s where we talk about S&P and those episodes that came before, but none after.
Union-busting and horticulture come together in a surprisingly good mixture, as the Dockworkers’ Guild, an officious Senate negotiator, Londo and G’Kar combine to give Sinclair his worst 48 hours yet. There’s a lot of stubble and open-collar acting, but also an intriguing look at the world behind the space station. Won’t you join us for “By Any Means Necessary”?