It’s the penultimate episode of Season 1, the calm before the storm, in which the worlds of the Minbari warrior caste and Earth’s Psi Corps collide in the presence of a human teenager. We’re talking “Legacies,” complete with an “I was right” dance by Chip.
Dorothy Fontana’s second script for B5 tells us more about telepathy among the non-human races and the lingering animosity between Earth and Minbar. Let’s talk about it here, but please take your spoilers to the other place.
It’s the penultimate episode of Season 1, with a Minbari warleader, a brand spanking new telepath and a replacement for those damn gravity rings. Let’s talk about “Legacies” and everything that came after it.
Erika, Shannon and Chip debate the finer points of mixed martial arts and wonder aloud what happens when you have an episode without a discernable “A” plot. Grab a Zima and sit back!
In this corner, weighing in at roughly half of the episode, Susan Ivanova grieves!
And in this corner, weighing in at roughly the other half of the episode, a new guy gets in a fight!
Shake hands, and come out discussing. But no spoilers about episodes beyond “TKO,” please.
This is the space where you can discuss all of the things that happened in “TKO” affecting the full arc of Babylon 5.
Really. Right here.
Danger, Will Robinson! OK, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s enjoy a nice little reunion between two Lost in Space veterans (except they never actually share the screen) and learn the “finer” parts of Centauri physiognomy (“finer” is not meant literally). It’s a legal medical thriller and a barroom brawl thoroughly inhabiting the category, “It’s Better Than I Remembered It.” It’s “The Quality of Mercy,” up this week on The Audio Guide to Babylon 5.
Lost in Space‘s June Lockhart almost-but-doesn’t-really reunites with her former space son Bill Mumy in a story about punishment, healing and innovative card tricks. Talk about it here, but please leave the spoilers in Earhart’s.
Was the arrival of June Lockhart a sign and/or portent that Babylon 5 was about to turn into a comedy with anthropomorphic vegetables? (“The Great Vegetable Rebellion.” Look it up.) If not, what did “The Quality of Mercy” set up for the future? Talk about that here, not in the Zocalo.
Just a little, inconsequential story about that predecessor station to B5 that disappeared without a trace, right? Presenting “Babylon Squared,” with all of the signs and portents it entails. And because you can’t do a podcast about “something squared” with just three hosts, we brought in our guest L.M. Myles from Doctor Who: Verity! to help us process the mysteries of Zathras and time travel.