Do you believe your life has a destiny? Exactly how much do you control your own life if that’s true? For teenage Char, questions like this raised in “Comes the Inquisitor” helped her reach a new level of introspection when she watched the episode for the first time. Meanwhile, Char and Patrick have theories about Vir’s conscience, and what that might mean for him in the future. Also, Patrick has an important announcement regarding Delenn.
Like a good addict, Londo goes to Morden for help “just one more time” — and that’s just the beginning. We discuss what might be happening with Londo in the aftermath of the Shadows’ latest actions, and how G’Kar’s reaction to these circumstances shows that the Narn we first met in season one is a far cry from the man he is now.
Meanwhile, remember the Rangers? They, like Draal, haven’t gone anywhere, but both parties seem to be stepping up their presence now. With Sheridan and Delenn sharing joint command of the Rangers, it seems that Babylon 5 will play a vital role in the fight against the oncoming darkness. It’s getting intense in the B5 universe, and we’re here for it.
Lyta Alexander returns to Babylon 5, and she’s on a mission to uncover a sleeper agent within the Babylon 5 ranks. She must scan everyone aboard the station and, as expected, Ivanova is livid and refuses. In this episode, we learn why.
Speaking of Susan and telepaths, she and Talia have sprinted into a relationship, Usain Bolt-style. We discuss thoughts on their relationship, what the departure of a main character could mean for other characters, the unusual connection between Lyta and Kosh, and more in this Babble for Five.
In “Confessions and Lamentations,” a swift-acting plague threatens the lives of an entire alien race, and possibly the lives of everyone else on the station. Thus begins Dr. Franklin’s Race for the Cure™. Despite the heavy subject matter, we find some things to laugh about in this one. Sometimes we feel bad about it. Sometimes.
In this Babble, we tackle the episode “Knives,” where the brivari keeps flowing and there’s a sword fight to the death. Sounds exciting, right? Patrick thinks so even though he’s a little tired of Centauri shtick, but Char thinks it would take mind-altering substances to make this episode more interesting. Meanwhile, Sheridan heads out to Sector 14 — the home of Babylon 4 — and discovers a new life form. Unfortunately, Babylon 4 doesn’t make an appearance.
Morden is supposed to be dead. WTF. And Sheridan’s wife, Anna, might possibly NOT be dead. Double WTF. This turns Sheridan’s world upside-down and it’s no wonder he goes a little crazy. With the weight of these secrets on his shoulders, will he eventually crack? Meanwhile, Zack Allan joins Nightwatch, and surely nothing will go wrong with that going forward. What’s fifty easy credits between Earth Force and the Ministry of Peace, right? For as many questions as this episode answers, we have many more.
Patrick worked in journalism for several years and now teaches it. You better believe he has just a few critiques of how journalism is portrayed in “And Now for a Word.” Listen to his rant and then tell us what you think in the YouTube comments!
Does Londo have a heart? Or is he just protecting his secrets? We debate this question when he threatens to resign as ambassador to Babylon 5 if Vir is reassigned. Meanwhile, Sheridan deals with the minor problem of being framed for murder, and Ivanova becomes the de-facto manager of a souvenir store when Babylon 5 enters Deep Space Franchise territory.
Lots of WTFing happening in this episode. Sheridan’s into some Super Secret Undercover Stuff related to the resistance building against President Clark on Earth. What will that mean for Babylon 5 and her crew? We have questions about that, but we have even more questions about Kosh, because anything to do with him is a serious WTF with an extra large question mark.
G’Kar and Londo are both looking for allies — the former in search of Narn support from other governments, while the latter could use the comforting ear of a real friend. Meanwhile, Ivanova’s latest diplomatic venture leads to her borrowing a move from The Bangles.