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Great Babylon 5 Crazy Captions Competition
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Imagine you're in the Black Horse Pub in Houghton. You’ve just purchased a beer from the lovely Sara behind the bar and you notice through the corner of your eye, a slightly disgruntled individual standing next to you.
Hmmmm. I can't think of much to say about this episode, especially after the last. It reminds me of the ISN episode, the one where you kept telling the show to 'GET on WITH IT!' Mathew wrote loads of stuff about this episode in his review in the Lurkers Guide, and Allan Jenoff positively enthused about it giving a rating of 10 out of 10 (???!!!).
This was a great episode!
After the rather sedate Intersections in Real Time, this episode was delivered at break-neck speed (at least for Ivanova). It started with a conversation in a bright cheery room between Franklin and Sheridan - wait a minute, he's supposed to be on Mars being heavily interrogated by dickheads (yes dickheads - see the review of the last episode). WHAT! Did we miss an episode.
This was one of the best episodes to date!
The episode opens with the Army of Light speeding through hyperspace and on a Minbari Cruiser, Marcus sits stroking Ivanovas hand.
This was one of the best episodes to date!
This episode was good but weird!
Sheridan and Delenn arrive back on Babylon 5 to find a big party still underway. Garibaldi had organised it with Franklin. Delenn and Sheridan are a little piqued. As they leave the party, Londo and G'Kar arrive (is there something going on between these two, they're inseparable lately) Londo asks Garibaldi and Franklin "Who's died?"
He explains that weddings are very solemn and sober affairs on Centauri and all this celebration is a bad sign for the future. Actually I can't help but agree with him, why celebrate the start of something you will be trying to get out of for the rest of your life?
Garibaldi has also been, missing. In this episode we see his ship seemingly 'resting' on top of a Shadow vessel abandoned. Most people believe that he died on patrol. His old pal G'Kar has vowed to find him and finds a piece of his ship. Unfortunately G'Kar is captured by Centauri Guards during his investigations.
G'Kar is taken to Centauri Prime for torture by the mad Emperor Cartagia and is presented to Londo as a present. This upsets Vir but Londo is biding his time and urges patience. G'Kar is winding Cartagia up by not submitting to his torture and screaming in pain. Cartagia is intent on hearing G'Kar scream in agony and decree's that if this does not happen after the fortieth stroke of the electronic whip, G'Kar will be executed. You can take pride too far sometimes.
Ivanova is second in command on Babylon 5 and yet she is definitely number one when it comes to wit.
Ivanova is second in command on Babylon 5 and yet she is definitely number one when it comes to wit. She has a great way of putting someone down and always has a snappy answer, especially to stupid questions.
The Vorlons destroy two more colonies and people on Babylon 5 are getting very worried. Sheridan and Lorien are still inseparable and this worries Garibaldi who has never liked the geezer. He is becoming increasingly sceptical about Sheridans motives. He has noticed that Sheridan is avoiding him.
'Baldi' to his friends is a good baddy (or should that be a bad goody) who went off the rails because of some head gaming with Bester. Now he's back on them again (the rails that is). I personally think he is a plonker, but I'm in the minority. If you were to meet Garibaldi in the pub he would be clobbering this Sad Geezer.
As the warships mass outside Babylon 5, Ivanova is asked by Sheridan to continue her search for the First ones. Ivanova is upset at the thought of being left behind - she wants to die with everyone else(??!!) Tension increases amongst the coalition as the Shadows react to the Vorlon attacks with an equally destructive offensive against Vorlon influenced worlds.
On Narn, Londo goes to G'Kars cell to discover him bloodied and missing an eye. They discuss details of the assassination attempt on Cartagia. Later that night the Vir delivers a syringe like dagger containing the poison that will kill Emperor Catagia.
G'Kar is a wonderful character. Full of good and bad, you can despise and admire him (sometimes in the same episode). He is a sort of spiritual leader among his people
and, like all Narn, he hates the Centauri. After a Vorlon-induced revelation he became more philosophical, more serene and perhaps more determined. His character has developed into someone who is cool and calculating. If you were to meet him in a pub you might notice him playing a flute fashioned out of a Centauri shinbone.
While thousands of ships of the Army of Light are headed for Coriana 6, Londo is frantically working to make sure that all trace of the Shadows have gone before the Vorlons head for Centauri Prime. Londo wants to speak with Morden about this and of other news recently acquired. It turns out that Morden was responsible for the death of his partner, the Lady Adira. Londo worked out how Morden had manipulated him. It would be a gross understatement to say that Londo was upset by this. You just know this is the episode that Morden is finally going to get what's coming to him.
The magnificent Tracy Scoggins plays Captain Elizabeth Lockley.
She's not what she seems you know! Lockley is a little bit too straight-laced, a little too humourless and efficient for us to feel a particular affinity for her in the same way we did Ivanova. Yet JMS slips tantalising little stories about her past to keep us interested.
Except for the partying, everything seems to be calming down. on Centauri Prime, Londo is preparing to continue his ambassadorship on Babylon 5 when he finds out that the 'Centaurum' have elected to name him Regent until a new Emperor can be selected. G'Kar is being measured for a new prosthetic eye on Babylon 5.
Byron is the twerp leader of the Babylon 5 Telepaths, a bunch of namby pamby drifters seeking sanctuary from the Psi Corps (who desperately want them back). Bester wanted Byron most, not just because he was their leader, but because he was once his protégé! Byron is an ex-Psi Cop who left after being forced to destroy an unarmed ship.
If you were to meet Byron in a pub, you might find your girlfriend chatting him up. However, you would might be more worried that he might try and chat YOU up! Female Sad Geezers might ask him what shampoo he uses.
This episode was so good I fell asleep. I only appreciated it properly after seeing it twice.
Ivanova and Sheridan are chatting when Sheridan reveals that he hasn't seen or heard from his father much since they broke away from Earth (in the third series). There had been no word since the embargo.
The Centauri are, in almost every sense, 'cool dudes'. In battle they could been seen as ruthless and yet socially they really know how to party (especially with the opposite sex).
G'Kar gets his new prosthetic eye and is very pleased (and grateful). He finds that when he takes out the eye, it still sends images back to his nerves. It isn't said, but I assume G'Kar is thinking about how such technology could be used in covert operations. I could think of quite a few uses.
The Minbari look exactly like humans except for two features, they are bald and the have an elaborate head bone which protrudes round from the back of the head almost to the eyes. It is supposed to be protective.
An aggressive Minbari can also head-but you with the back of his head.
Minbari babies are not born with head bones (no doubt to the relief of the Minbari mother); they gradually grow out as the child gets older.
Ivanova and Sheridan are discussing the problem of supplies to the blockaded Babylon 5. Even the Black Market is unreliable. Ivanova says that she will take care of the problem. She points out that Sheridan has not taken any leave for some time and insists that he does so. Sheridan makes a token gesture at defying her but we all know he's gonna loose.
The Gaim are a bunch of really hoopy people! They have an appearance that is determined by their queen. only the Gaim ambassadors for instance, have the appearance of humans. Actually the Gaim don't look like humans, Ok they have the rough shape of Humans but they are characterised by having a very ugly face and two fingers sticking out of their nose.
Sheridan is still miffed at the ISN broadcast (see The Illusion of Truth). He is particularly annoyed at the way ISN are able to get away with broadcasting untruths about Babylon 5 unchallenged. ISN indicate that it will not be long before Earth Alliance attack the station again. Sheridan comes up with the idea that the only way win is to play them at their own game. He encourages a slightly unwilling Ivanova to become 'the voice of the resistance' and head Babylon 5's own news station. It looses much in my reporting, but the banter between these two can be very entertaining. Sheridan enters Ivanovas quarters ranting about his new idea...
Review by Angelus.
"I was there, at the dawn of the Third age of mankind. It began in the Earth year 2257 with the founding of the last of the Babylon stations, located deep in neutral space. It was a port of call for refugees, smugglers, businessmen, diplomats and travellers from a hundred worlds. It could be a dangerous place, but we accepted the risk because Babylon 5was our last, best, hope for peace.