The relationship between Sheridan and Delenn grows closer as they head out on a mission to fight the Shadows with the White Star — but that’s just the start of what’s happening in and around Babylon 5 this week. Susan and Marcus are working through their own relationship problems, Night Watch has created some pity for Zack, G’Kar serves his time, and our hosts debate the necessity of love.
Who’s in Bablyon 5’s inner circle? Depends on who you ask. Marcus is trying to find his way in, and while Franklin’s got open arms (after a bout with “Spinal Tap”), Ivanova’s trust issues run deep. Corwin is also up for a spot, but his awkwardness may keep him on the outside looking in. All that, plus discussions of bad CGI and a Sesame Street-style word of the day, “misunderstanding,” are discussed in this week’s Babble for Five!
Drugs create all kinds of problems on Babylon 5 in this episode. The appearance of “dust” on the station prompts an unlikely and uncomfortable relationship with Bester; G’Kar’s search for a new weapon ends up in a bad trip; the Psi Corps enters organized crime; Ivanova prepares to throw her career away; Sheridan retakes control; and Vorlons make it known just how good at telepathy they are.
We have some Orwellian stuff happening in this episode. “Voices of Authority” gives us a peek behind the scenes at Earthdome played out on Babylon 5 as Night Watch’s presence grows, and that changes Zack Allan’s role on the station. Char and Patrick also get into discussing their disappointment with the earliest interstellar aliens, how G’Kar makes snooping endearing, and how Draal would have fared in the “Harry Potter” world. (And thanks again for your patience with the focus. It’ll get better in future episodes.)
This episode dives right into some deep questions — What are the moral quandaries of a personality wipe? Does changing a mind still leave a stain on a soul? Where does justice end and revenge begin? What’s our purpose? And how do Vorlons make love?
In this week’s Babble for Five, we don’t necessarily answer every one of those questions, but we do discuss them as we explore Brother Edward’s struggle and Lyta’s fast rise to the top of Babylon 5 importance.
Franklin’s addiction problems create both an opportunity and a challenge for the other members of the Babylon 5 command staff. But can the show avoid a cheesy ’90s resolution? Will rainbow stars fly over the credits?
Meanwhile, Sheridan shows off both his bravery and his awful timing, G’Kar pulls a peace-out fake-out, Ivanova is recast as a game show host and Patrick makes a confession — Char was right about something, and he didn’t see it until now.
G’Kar and Londo show some emotions we haven’t seen from them in a while — G’Kar and his anger, Londo and his gratitude. Then they end up together in the lift… and things get weird. Speaking of weird, what do our hosts think about Captain Sheridan’s plans in this episode? (Hint: Not much.)
Char also takes some time in this episode to get into the disturbing familiarity of the feeling of terrorism created in this episode, some of which weren’t fully realized until a post-9/11 world. And it all ties back to Babylon 5’s newest residents, missionaries with an odd mission.
Season three kicks off with a new cast member and a shiny new ship. What were Patrick’s first impressions of these two new elements? One word: Vorlons. He has theories on how Marcus and the White Star might affect the greater story, as well as what will take center stage in the story going forward.
In matters of old business, Londo wants to end his relationship with Mr. Morden. Is that possible? Join us as we discuss this and more as we break down “Matters of Honor.”
We hope you’ve been taking notes on how Nightwatch operates, because this is a classic case of fascism taking hold. Does Zack’s involvement with the organization affect how we perceive him? We share what we think about this, Kosh’s big reveal, Sheridan’s differences with EarthGov, Patrick’s PSA about data crystals, and more when we react to the season two finale, “The Fall of Night.”