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?
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.
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…
Arguably (and JMS alluded to this in his online comments at the time), this episode is “Chrysalis Part Three,” as a new status quo is fully established for Babylon 5. Talk about it, and where it all goes, here!
For our first Extra edition of The Audio Guide to Babylon 5, Chip welcomes “Mojo,” senior computer animator during B5’s first three seasons and pilot, working with Ron Thornton’s Foundation Imaging. Be amazed at the raw processing power of the computers used to make “The Gathering”! Learn just how groundbreaking Foundation’s work was! Find out just what it took to make a space station spin while a Starfury flies in front of it and you’re plum out of polygons! Mojo was there, at the dawn of CGI for television…
WARNING: This episode contains a few spoilers for episodes not yet reviewed on the podcast.
“Please hold, a commanding officer will be able to assist you in a moment.” But it’s probably not the commanding officer you were expecting, if you were watching B5 without the benefit of the internet community that was anxiously awaiting/dreading this episode. A new season and a turning point begin in “Points of Departure.” If you’re reading this thread, you know where it led–so what do you think about how well this episode set up the future of Babylon 5?
“Nothing’s the same any more.” Boy howdy, do we-who’ve-seen-the-whole-series know it. We know where this is all going, so let’s talk about how “Chrysalis” holds up in that light. Did you think it was monumental when you first saw it? Does Babylon 5 deliver on its promises, or does it underpromise?
Just be sure you don’t talk about [REDACTED] and [YOU KNOW WHO] and [YOU KNOW WHAT] in the spoiler-free thread!
It’s the penultimate episode of Season 1, with a Minbari warleader, a brand spanking new telepath and a replacement for those damn gravity rings. Let’s talk about “Legacies” and everything that came after it.
This is the space where you can discuss all of the things that happened in “TKO” affecting the full arc of Babylon 5.
Really. Right here.
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.