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!
Babylon 5 dips into Buck Rogers territory with a cryogenically suspended visitor from the past, Forbidden Planet territory with an invisible monster, and The A-Teamterritory with Dwight Schultz. How’d “The Long Dark” fit into the five-year arc?
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….”
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…