B5‘s first explicit two-parter introduced the Great Machine. What other impact did it have on the five-year arc? Let the spoilers fly!
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!
This is the discussion thread for those of you who want to ruthlessly investigate “Eyes” and its succeeding episodes as vigorously as Col. Ari Ben Zayn would have!
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.
David Warner! Larry (sans the two Darryls)! Unfortunate musical stings! Welcome to the Zocalo, and your discussion of “Grail” without fear of spoiling future episodes.
Was “Grail” your cup of tea?
Oh, fine. Whatever. Look, just talk about the show here with as many spoilers as you want.
The Vorlons would have found that hilarious.
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.
Especially that one.
Where to begin? Is this the moment that Babylon 5 truly begins? Reveal your spoilers!