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.
Is this an episode that asks more questions than it answers? What do you think of the Flying Dutchman? Veterans, can you talk about “Babylon Squared” without spoiling it?
Tune in to see how well we did in avoiding spoilers before the jumpgate next Sunday with our special guest L.M. Myles.
It’s two, two B5 episodes for the price of one, as Erika, Shannon and the convalescing Chip tackle both parts of “A Voice in the Wilderness.” What did they think of the mystery of Epsilon 3? Did the Great Machine’s choices of Sinclair, Londo and Draal make any kind of sense? And what did Steven say in the last podcast that left Chip spluttering?
A Minbari, a Vorlon and a Human get visited by a hologram…
…oh, just insert your own punchline here. In the meantime, what did you think of “A Voice in the Wilderness”?
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.