When do you let someone live in their own delusions? Fever dreams, time travel, cryogenic freezing and — tied up in all of that — mental illness make their appearance on Babylon 5. Through the eyes of “King Arthur,” Marcus and G’Kar, we explore all of this in an episode that touches on the unfairness of life.
Vir’s new love interest is cute, sweet, adoring — and genocidal. With Vir now on the side of helping the ones his betrothed wants to see dead, who will he turn to for advice? Also, our hosts are divided about the success of the budding love story between Sheridan and Delenn.
Fights, love, confessions — it’s like a mini-Bablyon 5 movie! Some powerful revelations come to light in this episode, and they hit all the high points of attraction, connection, struggle, loss and more. Through that, we learn about Marcus’ background, Lennier’s unrequited love, and Delenn’s bowel movements.
Freedom comes at a cost, and Babylon 5 has to pay up quite a bit as an independent entity. When the Narn lead the charge for the station’s independence, or when “Angry Delenn” grabs the Minbari leadership by the throat, or when jump gate technology puts everything in jeopardy, or when Londo gets impatient standing in line, that’s on full display.
One-liners, decisions and adaptability mark this episode of “Babble for Five.” We look at all the great, cryptic one-liners in this episode, punctuated by Lady Morella; we examine how decisions by Londo, Zack Allen and the Narn have changed their worlds; and we look at how those around Babylon 5 have adapted — or failed to adapt — as tensions escalate across the galaxy.
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.