Babylon 5

  • Title: Babylon 5 – A Voice in the Wilderness (Part I & II)
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Babylon 5 - A Voice in the Wilderness television review

Our Throwback Thursday post takes us back to the space station of humans and aliens all alone in the night. While there may be more than enough plot for a single episode, “A Voice in the Wilderness” feels a bit stretched in order to fill out a two-parter. The main storyline of the episode revolves around the reawakening of the planet below Babylon 5. Long thought to be uninhabited, Babylon discovers that Epsilon III holds many secrets including alien technology miles below the surface and a dying guardian (Curt Lowens) entrusted with keeping the planet’s vast power and knowledge out of the wrong hands. The right hands, it turns out, are those of Delenn‘s (Mira Furlan) old teacher (Louis Turenne) who volunteers to take over as the heart of the machine, and who will be seen again when the time is right.

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Babylon 5 – Signs and Portents

by Alan Rapp on July 10, 2018

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  • Title: Babylon 5 – Signs and Portents
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“They’re here.”

Babylon 5 - Signs and Portents television review

Our Throwback Tuesday post takes us back to the space station of humans and aliens all alone in the night. While there are episode-specific storylines here including raiders hitting ships on the way to the station, a Centauri seer (Fredi Olster) having a vision of the station’s imminent destruction, and a hostage situation, “Signs and Portents” stands out mainly for laying foundation for the larger arc which would lead to the Great War in the show’s later seasons. The episode features the first appearance of Mr. Morden (Ed Wasser) on the station as he seeks out various ambassadors looking for a suitable friend in the coming war. While G’Kar (Andreas Katsulas) laughs off the man’s unusual offer of friendship, Londo (Peter Jurasik) gives a response more passionate than intended, and Delenn (Mira Furlan) alone sees past the messenger to what his presence means for the galaxy.

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Babylon 5 – Survivors

by Alan Rapp on April 5, 2018

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  • Title: Babylon 5 – Survivors
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Babylon 5 - Survivors television review

Our Throwback Thursday post takes us back to the space station of humans and aliens all alone in the night. “Survivors” is a character-driven episode as someone frames Garibaldi (Jerry Doyle) for a terrorist bombing in one of the hanger bays just days before the President’s arrival. Complicating the matter is the investigation is handled by the President’s Chief of Security (Elaine Thomas) who has more than a little personal baggage where Garibaldi is concerned and still blames him for the death of her father years before. While far from a stand-out episode, “Survivors” does fill in a bit of backstory for Garibaldi and showcase his resilience and resourcefulness when he becomes a fugitive aboard the station. The reveal that Homeguard is responsible for the bombing is foreshadowing for more trouble the station will have with the group in the years to come.

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Babylon 5 – And the Sky Full of Stars

by Alan Rapp on September 21, 2017

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  • Title: Babylon 5 – And the Sky Full of Stars
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Babylon 5 - And the Sky Full of Stars television review

Our Throwback Thursday post takes us back to the space station of humans and aliens all alone in the night. “And the Sky Full of Stars” delves a little deeper into the relationship between humans and Minbari while also revealing what really happened to Sinclair (Michael O’Hare) during the war. Kidnapped by xenophobic Earthers, Sinclair is put into some sort of hallucinogenic virtual reality where his captor (Christopher Neame) hopes to discover what happened during the Captain’s missing 24 hours and how it relates to the Minbari choosing to surrender on the eve of victory. Knowing where Sinclair’s journey will eventually lead him, both figuratively and literally, the episode offers a little more for those viewing it for the first time.

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  • Title: Babylon 5 – The Parliament of Dreams / Mind War
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“Let me pass on to you the one thing I’ve learned about this place. No one here is exactly what he appears. Not Mollari, not Delenn, not Sinclair, and not me.”

Babylon 5 - The Parliament of Dreams / Mind War TV review

Our Throwback Thursday post takes us back to the space station of humans and aliens all alone in the night. There’s quite a bit of world building in both “The Parliament of Dreams” and “Mind War,” and the episodes are connected though the presence of a new character in Commander Jeffrey Sinclair‘s (Michael O’Hare) old flame independent planetary surveyor Catherine Sakai (Julia Nickson). A third of “The Parliament of Dreams” deals with the commander renewing acquaintances while other subplots involve a sharing of religions by various alien factions, and an assassination attempt on G’Kar (Andreas Katsulas) by an old rival.

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