The independence movement on Mars has accelerated quickly, and unfortunately, so has the violence. Is this the natural course of action dictated by human nature any time a group of people wants independence? We discuss. In other news that’s no surprise, Psi Corps is corrupt af, but Patrick takes it a step further and makes an argument that the Psi Corps is a cult.
It’s not that we’re mad at Stephen, we’re disappointed. We have strong feelings about him breaking ethics standards and starting a relationship with one of his patients. Meanwhile, Char is also dissatisfied with the state of the mental health system in the future as we see Garibaldi help a man deal with long-term trauma from the Earth-Minbari War. Special guest appearance by Kokopelli.
A visit from an old friend thrusts Sheridan into a mid-career crisis: What the heck is he doing playing diplomat on Babylon 5 when maybe he should be back on the rim exploring the unknown! Life on Babylon 5 hasn’t come easily for Sheridan, just as life for Delenn has become much more complicated after her transformation. And what, if anything, is going on between those two, anyway?
With a promotion comes added responsibility, and Sheridan is all too happy to pass along some new tasks to the newly-ranked Commander Ivanova. Her first assignment in the “fine art of diplomacy” is to sort out the Drazi Green/Purple election, which results in a broken leg and a hostage situation before it’s all resolved, so that’s a clue on how things went. Then again, Drazi election cycles *are* a mess. We discuss this, Londo’s hunger for power, Technomages and more in today’s Babble for Five.
With so many things happening at once in this episode, “Revelations” certainly lives up to the name. Sheridan and his sister reach some closure regarding his deceased wife, tensions are mounting between the Narn and the Centauri, Morden’s back, and Garibaldi’s blindsided by the news that Sinclair is gone without a goodbye. The bright spot? Delenn’s out of her cocoon and she unveils a brand new look! We discuss all of these things, plus the noticeable change in story structure in season two, in this episode of Babble for Five.
WE’RE BACK! But where is Sinclair? And who is this Sheridan guy who loves oranges and is referred to as Starkiller by the Minbari? With a change in leadership comes a number of other changes, and that’s just one of the things taking place on Babylon 5 in “Points of Departure.” Cramming as much reaction and analysis into five minutes was tough for this episode, but we gave it our best.
If Babylon 5 were a snowglobe, this episode would be the moment where someone shook it up. We end season one with Garibaldi in critical condition, the Earth president dead (presumably assassinated), Delenn in some sort of cocoon, ramped up tensions between the Narn and Centauri, and Londo realizing that he might have made a deal with the devil. Oh, and there’s a marriage proposal in the mix just for good measure. Is your head spinning with all the possibilities about what could happen? Ours are.
What do you get when you mix capital punishment, an alien energy transfer device, and a Centauri playing cards with certain parts of his anatomy? You get “The Quality of Mercy,” the episode we discuss in this episode of Babble for Five. The former topics on the death-y side provoke moral questions on everything from Earth’s justice system to what it means to be a healer in 2258. On the latter side, we have the odd couple of Londo and Lennier stirring up trouble in the casino.
Fasten/zip or zip/fasten? We tackle this question and the intricacies of time travel in this episode, where we react to “Babylon Squared.” Patrick’s reaction to this episode is not what Char expected, so we want to know what YOU thought after you watched this episode for the first time. Let us know in the comments on YouTube!
Did part two of “A Voice in the Wilderness” live up to its predecessor’s hype? We dissect what worked and what didn’t in this episode of Babble for Five.