We’re working in several different timelines in this episode, and it can get confusing fast. But among the highlights? We see Minbar and Centauri Prime. We see Sinclair. And we see Patrick finally begin to understand the commitment of the fandom that drives Babylon 5.
This is not the episode for the harm avoidant among us. Sheridan confronts Kosh, Londo confronts Morden, Garibaldi confronts Franklin… and by the end of it all, an ambassador and an ambassador’s love are both dead. The stakes continue to rise, and some on the station understand that better than others.
Telepaths are going to have a say in how the Shadow War is fought, and that means Bester (ugh) is back. Somehow, some way, Bester’s extramarital affairs saved the day for Babylon 5 this time. So did the Book of G’Quan, thanks to G’Kar’s growth, Delenn’s honesty and Garibaldi’s patience.
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!