Zocalo: Spoiler-free discussion of “Racing Mars”

Things are finally heating up on the Earth front. Stephen and Marcus have made it to Mars and are bickering like the married couple they’re impersonating. Ivanova is giving Sheridan some much-needed time off so she can make things happen. Given free time, Sheridan gets into trouble with Garibaldi…and Delenn.

Woo hoo.

Talk about everything leading up to this episode here.

12 thoughts on “Zocalo: Spoiler-free discussion of “Racing Mars””

  1. Claudia Christian gets lots of great stuff to do here and the Carter and Biggs pairing ascend to her comic equal, every bit as memorable as Hawkeye and BJ, or Booster and Beetle.

  2. JMS, JMS, JMS. We need to talk. You’re a brilliant writer. You can even be a brilliantly funny writer. When it comes to witty dialogue and amusing turns of phrase, you have written lines that have stayed with me for two decades.

    But you have an Achilles’ heel, which is when you try to be funny with anything to do with sex. Don’t. Just..don’t.

    Actually, I’ve seen season one of Jeremiah. Don’t write about sex at all.

    1. Chip and Erika, being “Doctor Who” people, are more likely to think of John Barrowman’s character Captain Jack Harkness when they hear “Captain Jack “.

  3. Having listened to the podcast:-

    Hold it a second, the actor playing Captain Jack is trying to do an English accent? I always thought he was trying to do an Australian accent.

  4. As a British person, I never heard Captain Jack as British… but I never thought he was Trying to be either. Captain Jack has what I would term the “Hollywood captain” accent, which has Some legitimacy since presumably captains move around a lot and may naturally mix regional accents…
    But specifically this kind of speech sounds to me like what Hollywood thinks captains sound like… or maybe just some accent I’ve never heard of. Maybe HIS is the Perfect example of the local Mars accent, you ever think of that? 🙂

  5. Our hosts mentioned the excellent performance from Marjorie Monaghan, who played Number One. Where have we seen her? Well I know where I’ve seen her. I am one of the very few people who is a full-out fan of the short-lived TV show Space Rangers.

    Take a look at the cast:

    So many B5 casting crossovers. Monaghan is one of the main cast, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa played a security guard in Season 3’s “mad bomber” episode, Richard Grove played Kalain in “Points of Departure,” Claudia Christian guest stars as a lawyer…

    To this day I find ways to work in the phrase “move like water” when I teach martial arts classes.

    1. Ah professor you are not alone. I think with Rachel Talalay as producer and it was fun. As a Dr Who fan shaky sets and all that just par for the course


    My, that’s a JMS title in itself!

    For the most I like JMS’s B5 ones. Very pomp and grand. They suggested the theatrical, when I thought all plays were literary classics. On a show about the rise and fall of empires, the tragedies of great figures, this just seem the right track. Yes, some are ambiguous but I like how he follows through and keeps it up. Even the more mundane elements are given this treatment. How much better is ‘Grey 17 is Missing’ because of the title?

    About a year after I first watched B5, late ’96, I was making comic books. A slice-of-life series about…well, if B5 was set in a bedsit. The second issue was about some characters helping one of the others shift their stuff from old to new flat. That issue was titled, ‘The Movement Of Boxes’.

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