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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.
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?
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!
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.
Garibaldi is being pressured by a man who has employed him to find his daughter. He listens for a while then asks the man to look behind him whereupon, as if by magic, his daughter is waiting, arms open. The thug Wade is watching from a corner and indicates to his colleague later, that Garibaldi is ready for his first assignment. When Wades colleague asks if Garibaldi is up to the job, he informs him that Garibaldi is ‘expendable’.
Review by Angelus.
Ragesh 3, a small Centauri agricultural colony. Suddenly several large warships appear out of the jump gate. They open fire on the orbiting platforms killing many of the 5,000 Centauri and all the planets defenses.
On Babylon 5 Londo Mollari, the Centauri Ambassador is enraged by the attack, which he has discovered was carried out by his people's old adversaries the Narn. He is worried about his nephew (Carn Mollari) whom he sent to Ragesh 3 as it was thought it would be safe and quiet.
The command staff arrive for breakfast in the morning to find Sheridan in a deep contemplative and slightly wacky mood. He ignores their greetings and, when they embark on a conversation of their own he interrupts (quite rudely in my opinion) with laughs.
Suddenly he jumps up and walks to their table. He has been wrestling with the problem of getting the non-aligned worlds to agree to have protection from raiders etc. He exclaims that he has a solution and orders Marcus to take three White Stars to a sector of Centauri space and wait there for orders.
Review by Angelus.
Commander Sinclair and Lt Commander Ivanova are waiting at customs for the new doctor.
Commander Sinclair and Lt Commander Ivanova are waiting at customs for the new doctor. When cleared, Dr Stephen Franklin departs customs and exchanges pleasantries especially about the fate of Dr Kyle, whom he replaces. "I met him in passing on the Io jump point." He says.
Garibaldi receives a call from William Edgars in the early hours of the morning. He tells Garibaldi to make sure that new delivery to Babylon 5 gets through customs. Garibaldi agrees to do the job but also mentions that he has woken him in the middle of the night and does he realise that the is a seven hour time difference between Babylon 5 and Earth.
A Narn cruiser is destroyed saving civilians in the ongoing Narn-Centauri war.
A Narn cruiser is destroyed saving civilians in the ongoing Narn-Centauri war. G'Kar asks for intervention by Earth but Sheridan isn't sure whether he can help. He promises to try. There's a good quote in the scene between Sheridan and G'Kar that I like: "Everyone in this room knows that the first casualty of war is always the truth." You're absolutely right there, John.
Sheridan calls a Council meeting on Babylon 5. He reports the murder of 10,000 fleeing refugees from Proxima 3 and states that all military treaties with Earth are now void. "We're going to take back our home. Or die trying" he says.
Sheridan's plan is to offer the Earth Force ships that they encounter, a chance to surrender or defect. This will avoide unnecessary conflict - but he adds that he will destroy any ship that attacks. Of the Earth Force ships that attacked, only two were actually responsible for the destruction of the Proxima 3 transports.