“A Call to Arms” has its faults, and we have no problem pointing them out in this episode. Fever dreams, telescreen exposition and idiot planning all hinder the movie, and parallels to “Star Wars” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” don’t go unnoticed. But we also dive into new characters and music and ask ourselves: Has Garibaldi gone SOFT?!?!
The plot for “River of Souls” gives us plenty to discuss — the need for comic relief, the parallels between the movie and real life, and the downfalls of saving without sharing. But we also find time to discuss silly straws, “The West Wing” and the possible, and wholly necessary, existence of blacklight bowling on the station
Some Babylon 5 tropes are on full display in “Thirdspace”: jump gates, fever dreams and “Nuke ‘em Johnny” make their showings in a movie that falls short. We also discuss Lyta, Via and Ivanova returning full force, the problems present with inconsistent influences of the “artifact” that seems to throw everyone off but our heroes, and why it’s a bad idea to want to be a god.
We are back and we’re diving into the B5 made-for-TV movies! This week: In the Beginning.
Patrick has some questions about calling this a “movie,” but enjoys the pre-B5 characters in their “baby” portrayals. Char shares some observations about Earth Force prior to the Earth-Minbari War, and they discuss John Sheridan’s pattern of nuking his opponents when all else fails.
The for-real series finale of Babylon 5 takes us through the gamut of emotions, but two moments — Sheridan and Delenn’s goodbye and the destruction of the Babylon 5 station — break Char every time. We also dig into the deeper meaning of the “Babble for Five” project, which goes way beyond what we see on screen.
In Babylon 5’s seventh (?) series finale, we resolve a ton of storylines. Lennier’s betrayal comes in triplicate; Garibaldi’s new life has benefits; Delenn and Sheridan’s departure grabs the attention of the station. We also get into what it’s like to live on Minbar and Sheridan’s future career as a vlogger.
The “evacuation” of Babylon 5 has begun, as several key players spend their final days on the station. In that time, Garibaldi finds love, Franklin finds a friend with benefits, and G’Kar and Lyta find each other (?). Of those left behind, Sheridan and Delenn know they’re next, while Zack contemplates going nowhere. And somewhere in the middle of all that is an assassination, a wedding and a discussion of parasocial relationships.
As we approach the end of Babylon 5, spinoff ideas are all over the place. There’s the space adventures of Lyta and G’Kar… Bester’s demise at the hands of Garibaldi… and, of course, “Touched by a Vorlon.” In between, we discuss G’Kar’s rise to religious icon, Lyta’s new power, Sheridan’s double obliviousness and Lochley’s commonalities with Garibaldi.
The Centauri War is done, but in its wake comes a heavy reality for Londo, emperor by position but not by authority. However, in doing so, he cements a mutual respect with G’Kar. Across the galaxy, Delenn and Lennier continue their “WTF” relationship; Lise helps Garibaldi; and we discuss a potential Drakh-telepath partnership.
We cover a LOT of ground in this episode. The Interstellar Alliance’s strength is tested by jump gates, attacks on civilians and standards for casualties. Theories about what’s happening on Centauri Prime abound. Delenn and Lennier share trauma. Lyta and Franklin have an “Odd Couple” experience. And Garibaldi descends into chaos. That’s all…