Chip: “This is such a depressing (but good!) episode, I’m thinking about editing in a medley into the podcast somewhere to sort of lift our spirits. You know, The Partridge Family theme, Pharrell’s ‘Happy,’ that Ren and Stimpy ‘Happy Happy Joy Joy’ song…”
Jason Snell, host and leader of The Incomparable family of podcasts and this B5AG‘s special guest: “You’re all class, Chip.”
(Note from Chip: There will be no happy medley in the podcast. Not even Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” Because my co-hosts are assassins of joy. But we had a great conversation with Jason about “Believers”!)
Na’Toth goes nuts. Earth makes a deal for immortality. A genocidal maniac plots her greatest revenge. And a good cigar is a Cuban. It’s “Deathwalker,” wherein one of the quieter races on the B5 Advisory Council flexes its muscle and Talia contemplates leaving the service industry. Who’s on Team Abbut?
We see an awful lot more of the Vorlons than we have to this point in a story that’s barely contained by 2,500,000 tons of spinning metal. What did you think of “Deathwalker”? Feel free to discuss it without fear of spoilers for the rest of the series.
Chip here, to make a special invitation to take advantage of the spoiler-free threads! We want B5AG to be a welcoming place for people to discover Babylon 5, so if you’re new to the series we’d love to hear from you–and if you’re a veteran, please give your thoughts about the episode on its own merits.
Radio Free Skaro‘s Steven Schapansky joins Shannon, Chip and Erika as we explore what someone new to Babylon 5 makes of “And the Sky Full of Stars,” probably the first “WHAM!” episode of the series. Sinclair’s character arc kicks into high gear as the mystery of the Battle of the Line is foregrounded, and your hosts and guest talk about the surrealism, The Prisoner, director Janet Greek and of course our regular Sinclair Check. Then we “space” Steven, leap into spoiler space and read Universe Today.
Back in the day, the rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5 community described certain B5 episodes as “WHAM!” episodes–eps that dramatically kicked the story arc in gear. Here’s our first, which you may discuss here with all of the spoilers and implications you desire: “And the Sky Full of Stars.”
Like the Mark Twain short story itself (included as bonus audio at the end of the podcast), its namesake B5 episode “The War Prayer” is in no way, shape or form subtle. Find out what Erika, Shannon and Chip thought of this first foray into the B5 universe for legendary Star Trek writer D.C. Fontana.