Sheridan’s framed for murder, Londo’s symbolically cast…in a bad light, Vir’s about to be cast from the station, a new Deep Space Franchise is born, and Lennier’s got family trouble. Just another typical day on Babylon 5!
Hunter, comma, Prey.
Your humble hosts pretty much agree that this is not only a good episode, it’s the first episode of Babylon 5 that is purely arc-driven: it’s all about what came before and sets up what is to come. Let’s talk about conspiracies, singing ships and hapless doctors!
This is possibly a first in Babylon 5 history: the B5AG crew cites Ross Perot in an otherwise serious critical analysis.
Meanwhile, Captain Sheridan is all alone in the night, Delenn is all alone in the night, a pilot whose call sign may as well have been “Dead Meat” is all alone in the night, and I seem to recall that a certain space station was described as being all alone in the night, I’m not sure. Oh, and it’s time for the series’s second jab at those poor, misunderstood abducting gray aliens.
Paul Winfield comes onto the station as General Richard Franklin (no relation to the Doctor Who actor, sorry) and brings 25,000 ground pounders with him as, one episode after the Narn-Centauri war began, our favorite space U.N. quickly takes on a decidedly military tone. Is “GROPOS” underrated? Were you squirming in your seats at Garibaldi and Dodger’s attempted assignation? For God’s sake, what about Keffer? And, for you folks who stick with us into the spoiler section–what is Chip’s greatest fear?
Does the love quadrangle drive your three co-hosts to delight or delirium? Talia is given a chance to escape her destiny with the Psi-Corps, but is her reunion with her ex a dream or a date with destruction? Don’t despair: The Audio Guide to Babylon 5 is taking on “Soul Mates”!
It’s the most pivotal turning point (wait, that’s redundant) yet for Talia Winters, as an underground band of telepaths forces her to face the truth about PsiCorps. All this, a dinner date, Ivanova managing to somehow not kill her commanding officer from his couch, and Bester, too: it’s “A Race Through Dark Places.”
Talia Winters…is back!
San Diego…is a wasteland!
John Sheridan is…a truther? (Absolutely not!)
And there’s something sinister lurking within the station–an eponymous spider…in the web…
(Note that we had some audio issues with this recording–not too bad, but a little off our preferred standard. Zathras apologizes.)
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!