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.
William Edgars has a plan for telepaths, and a plan for Garibaldi. While the telepath plan is a bit unclear (and Franklin and Lyta head to Mars to deal with it), Garibaldi’s plans on taking down Sheridan comes into focus. We also discuss Garibaldi’s revelations, the continuing Earth warfront and a potential Season 4 cliffhanger.
Sheridan has mutiny on his mind as he’s working to persuade Earth Force members to pull away and join the resistance. And he’s trying to find ways to finish the fight. Meanwhile, Londo and G’Kar’s bad blood isn’t stopping Londo from trying to connect. Oh, and the CGI is better.
We’ve got a lot to cover in this episode — Garibaldi working for the rich, Bester pulling strings, Lyta making concessions, Neroon redeeming himself, and Sheridan making key decisions. In between, we hear theories about who Edgars really is, disappointment in Lyta’s choices and a record number of *NAUGHTY* beeps for a single episode.
The Minbari Civil War brings out the depth of the convictions of several of our favorite Minbari. Delenn’s guilt drives her further down the path of redemption. Lennier’s devotion helps him save the day. And Neroon’s jerk-ness might lead to even more bloodshed. Oh, and Sheridan’s best plan yet comes to fruition.
Garibaldi has been a busy guy. But he’s been running with a lousy crowd. This week, the rift between him and Sheridan only grows when his security clearance is canceled. Meanwhile, Ivanova works with Zathras for power (literal, not figurative) and becomes a news anchor.