The big question of this episode: Should the Interstellar Alliance have a baseline standard for decency? We debate legislating morality, the peeks into the “slice of life” moments with Sheridan and Delenn, the growing (but not shipping) relationship between Byron and Lyta, the seeds being sown for a telepath war, and a budding theory about a fight in the Zocalo.
Char has fallen in love with Babylon 5… and this episode was the key. G’Kar’s wisdom, Londo’s struggles and Vir’s outburst made this episode just that memorable to an impressionable teenager. Now, though, Patrick struggles with heart attack dreams, Lennier the wussy and a missing captain.
A new season, a new captain. Captain Locktite — er, Lochley — is on board, and already her decision-making is being questioned by Sheridan. It’s not a good look for any of them. On top of that, we meet Byron and his group of telepaths, who still want to stay on Babylon 5 even after one of their group dies. All that, plus discussions on Garibaldi’s place in a new regime and Delenn and Sheridan’s weird marital living arrangements.
Now that we've babbled our way through season four of Babylon 5, it's time for our one-hour LIVE wrap-up show. Join us live at 11 a.m. Pacific on June 21, 2020, where we will discuss the fourth season as a whole. We’d love to know what you thought about B5 season 4, our five-minute recaps, and we’d love to answer any questions you might have.
We learn plenty about the future — several times — in the final episode of season 4. We learn that punditry isn’t dead (even though maybe it should be). We learn that records are fleeting (and are targets for destruction). We learn how humans’ legacy lives on (even after the solar system dies). And, maybe most importantly, we learn how little we’ve learned.
Yet another series finale comes our way on Babylon 5, as lots of stories wind toward resolution. Ivanova survives, Marcus doesn’t; Sheridan takes on a new role, Londo thinks twice about his; Garibaldi fans an old flame, Delenn fails to extinguish another. All of that in five minutes?
Big questions of right and wrong encircle this episode. Did Marcus do the right thing by sacrificing himself for Ivanova? Did Sheridan do the right thing by using telepaths on Mars? Did General Lefcourt do the right thing by defecting? Did President Clark do the right thing with a PPG in his hand? We don’t always agree….
As Char put it, we’re in prime Babylon 5 time right now as the Season 4 arc accelerates to a finish. There’s a lot to cover — Ivanova’s injuries, Garibaldi’s jailbreak of Sheridan, Lyta’s under-appreciated contributions, G’Kar and Londo’s behind-the-scenes work, and Marcus’ puppy-dog eyes, for starters. That, plus the nature of reality, is covered in five minutes.
A deep episode leaves us debating capital-T Truths and thinking about our place in the world… but we still find time to break down the actual episode, too. With the interrogator’s tactics on display, we talk about how Sheridan can withstand the gaslighting, goalpost-shifting and logic twisting to come out on the other side. (Spoiler: It’s Delenn.)
A super-dense episode of Babylon 5 covers a lot of ground, including a major crux of Season 4 to this point — who’s behind Garibaldi’s actions. We discuss Garibaldi’s coming redemption, Sheridan’s and Bester’s decision-making processes, a coming telepath war (?) and the REAL hero of the story.