Sinclair showing Lyta through Bablyon 5's "zoo" (also known as known as living quarters for
intelligent alien beings with either no rights to privacy or an exhibitive streak.) Love the briefing
room set (4 chairs and a desk). ...
Midnight on the Firing Line- The aftermath of B5's first annual cast cull nets the
overenunciating Doctor and the wooden second in command. Ivanova begins her service as a
parking attendant. Sinclair goes from smiling a lot in the pilot to brooding a lot. His face seems
to have caught the same disease as practically every other commander in a sci-fi series (a la
Frakes, Brooks, Franklin. Nimoy had an excuse, Doohan did not). Oak-face, freezes all facial
nerves, but in Sinclair's case, his eyes over-compensate by darting around like fireflies.
Delenn's had plastic surgery.
Soul Hunter - Creatures with buttocks on their forehead who can sense the dead- Hmmmm. I
hope the Marble wedged firmly in there comes out. Trek make up is bumpy foreheads, keBabs is
bums on heads. Born to the Purple- Londo gets paid, betrayed and laid. Sinclair thinks he's
Sinatra with his mixing with the low-lifes of B5. Underworlds take many years to form, yet on
B5, only two years old...
Infection - Ho hum, Predator 2. But that final monologue! 'Because it's there?' David
McCalllum is back but how did he and Sapphire get out of the Coffee Lounge in deep space?
The Parliament of Dreams.- Twee ending but sweet. G'Kar and Na'Toth are The Narn
Mind War- ripping off Tolkien is one thing but stealing from The Prisoner is sacrilege.
Australian Body language expert Alan Pease reckons that the 'Be Seeing You' hand signal means
'homosexual' in Northern Greece. I don't know which Northern Greece he's been to but it's
obviously not the same one I've lived in. Not unless Patrick McGoohan has become some sort of
Hellenic gay icon. Back to the quarter million tonne one (Does that mean B 5 is lighter in
metric?), Bester is a creep, but a better creep than Checkov (not the playwright). His assistant's
accent is so over the top, it jars more than an IXL factory. Does the last scene mean Talia is now
the ultimate pick-pocket?
The War Prayer- The bigots are back in town.
And the Sky is Full of Stars- Whoa! A good 'un apart from giving away the VR game a bit too
early. Skagra or Colonel Quute?
Deathwalker- Bumper sticker down our way- 'Kosh Kills.' Robin Curtis appears- still crap
though. "David... is...dead, Commander."
Believers- B5's answer to certain Christian churches- ignore their wishes. But where did the
other Doctor spring from? Her only duty was to oppose Franklin at every turn. Some love it, but
this a Star Trek: Babylon Five episode (try 'Ethics')
Survivors: Jerry Doyle auditions for Leaving Las Vegas.
Signs and Portents: What do I want? Centauri women to discover the magic of plugs (Why do
they advertise that almost exclusively on late night SF like B5 and Quantum Leap but not Star
Trek? All four series now possess a baldy. B5 only has semi-chrome-domes). By any Means
Necessary- Rush Limbaugh would have been forgotten in ten years time. B5 has immortalised
him. Don't be alarmed! Babylon 5, Yeah Yeah!
The Quality of Mercy- Only dickheads moan that June Lockhart and Billy Mumy don't have
a scene together. Otherwise, it's a Trek-me-down story.
Grail- David Warner with Thomas. One can act, one can't. One is well repected by the industry
and the other keeps appearing in Star Trek. Which one? Jinxo looks as though he's already been wiped by the feeder.
Eyes- "I didn't always want to be a telepath. I always wanted to be a zoo-keeper. Ben Zayn: "I'm
very evil. I have to be. You see, Commander- I've an overdone British accent."
When will Americans learn that while Britain has an accent for every day of the year, they only have one weather forecast
TKO- "I'd like to thank, Don. "
A Voice in the Wilderness. Ivanova: "I think I've got to go to the bathroom." Sinclair: "I
already did." What where the odds of Draal staying behind? 1:1? Ivanova is always right.
Sinclair is always rolling his eyes as opposed to another form of facial expression. Garibaldi is
always pondering life's great questions to Sinclair. A show about nother? It's Babylon Seinfeld!
Do you shake and flush or...
Babylon Squared- Portents of the future. Sink is the one responsible. Even better, his great,
great grandfather is rumoured to make an appearance. His C5 develops a fault and the onboard
computer, a ZX81, opens a hole in the fabric in space.
Legacies- Yet another guest star who has attended the Jenny Craig school of acting.
Chrysalis- Santiago bites the dust. But all this before Space decided to nick the idea. Cut scene-
Delenn wanted to go camping but it rained so Lennier suggested she put up a tent in her room but it interefered with the ceiling fan. In the end, she decided just to sleep in an old sleeping bag. But when she awoke, she found the zipper had rusted and got caught inside. Until next season.
Two - Our Best Hope for Cheese
Points of Depature- Sinclair has been bundled off to Minbar. Who's been a naughty boy? Amazing how no one leaves B5 with a leaving scene. Delenn is still in her mound while the revelation that Minbari souls are being reborn in humans makes the whole Earth-Minbari war seem silly and the boneheads hatred of Sheridan silly. So every Minbari death is not so much losing a Minbari Warrior but gaining a human in return.
Revelations- Sheridan's wife doesn't look like Melissa Gilbert so she must be an imposter as it
is a law in California that the kid from Little House on Z'ha'dum must play Bruce's wife in
everything he appears in. Just wait for the reinstated scenes from the Tron Special Edition
(Now with real CGI effects and the light bike scene removed because it encourages
The Geometry of Shadows- Garibaldi(the name gets more appropriate each season, more so if
the character's name was Gary) regains the will to beat up perps with his night-stick .
The whole Drazi thing was better the first time around when William Shatner was the Captain
in 'Let that be Your Last Battlefield.' Let that be your Last Star Trek episode!
A Distant Star- I think this episode is where Franklin is not only a crushing
bore (like Beverly Crusher) AND a pain in the arse (like early Bashir).
The Long Dark- Ah, breaking the Hippocratic oath by having a relationship with
your patient is one thing but the age thing is just plain sick. She's old enought to be your
great-great grandmother, Hanky Panky Franky.
Spider in the Web- This is almost a reunion with Taro and Talia, Horn and Carter
Corn and Ham... Bureau 13 puts paid to the whole arc theory of Babylon 5.
A Race Through Dark Places- What is that gesture Bester does? It looks like Walter
Koenig is subconsciously channeling his thoughts on 'The Shat.' I like how social issues
permeate the series. No, I don't. The whole rent thing is, er, low rent.
Soul Mates- More of Talia's exes arrives on Babylon 5. Seriously, she puts herself about so
much it's hard to see what Garibaldi sees in her. Oh, that's right, she looks just like
Andrea Thompson. Londo gets a divorce and picks the one with the most annoying accent. What is it with JMS and English accents? Most Americans these days hate English accents.
The Coming of Shadows-Too Good to rubbish
GROPOS- But this is isn't. Another "My Dad doesn't love me" episode with Garibaldi singularly
failing to Gropo the Gropo (Apparently an ex of Jerry Doyle)
All Alone in the Night- More ep titles like this and we'll be having episodes later on called
"Last Best Hope for peace, It was the Dawn of the Third Age of Mankind" and "The name
of the place is". A bit 'been there, seen that.' Delenn is stripped of her title. Pity it ended there. The looming Earth Gov
conflicts are turned up a notch even though B5 is in danger of being sunk by fifteen wars.
Acts of Sacrifice- That Ivanova gives good boogie.
Hunter, Prey- Isn't Clark's doctor Wolfie Smith's second landlord?Power to the People.
And you can't Richard Moll as a threat ever since Night Court.
There All the Honor Lies- I really wish someone would remove all the poetry anthologies
from JMS's bookshelf. Back in the days when JMS wouldn't allow B5 toys this ep was an attck on
the Trek merchandising but that attitude seems to have gone the way of the Markab.
And Now For a Word- Why the hatchet job? B5 wasn't out of favour yet? Or is JMS upset at
the treatment Captain Power got from TV Guide and Entertainment Tonight?
Knives- Some of the strokes JMS paints in realising his alien races are masterful and others,
like this, don't. The Centauri aren't yet as interesting as they should be and Sheridan's little
B-story isn't interesting at all. There also seems to be an awful lot of vomitting of Light
on this show.
In The Shadow of Z'ha'Dum-Sheridan throws the rule book out the window but the resulting depressurisation convinces him it wasn't a good move.
Confessions And Lamentations- Sniff!
Divided Loyalties- I know Pat Tallman is JMS's friend and he didn'twant to replace
her with Andrea Thompson, but she sucks! She's a stuntwoman, not an actress, damn it!
Love the bit with Garibaldi.
Comes the Inquisitor- What is it with putting the star on trial or under interrogation? Brucey
gets more torture than even Shatnerman in his day.
The Fall of Night- Keffer goes AWOL and is MIA but gives ISN a pic of a UFO. It
was such a uniformly excellent season that only a Sh*t-St*rrer could welcome the drop in
quality of several third season eps.
appearance and claims in one scene that he never talks when he doesn't have to. He got over that pretty quickly.
Convictions- Based on this ep, JMS should be. Another bedside vigil- one of this season's cliches One beacon of light in this ep is the scene in the lift with G'Kar and Londo. Lucky they didn't use the same escape technique that the four models use in the stretch jeans ad. (four skinny girls in an elevator with an old liftman and a small puppy when the cable frays and is about to snap. The girls take off their stretch jeans and use it to shore up the cable. The lift descends, the dog gets up but everyone else is catapulted up again- I assume the result is the same as the
Goodies in Kitten Kong)
A Day in the Strife- Franklin has a stims addiction because he's pulling long shifts. JMS has been writing, script editing and producing the season on his own. WB had to take out a restraining order to stop him acting in all the parts. Like he didn't need 'assistance' in capsule form. The whole probe thing is "no arc, no point.'
Passing Through Gethsemane. Having Brad Dourif as a killer, even a reformed one, is not the most original or interesting of casting. You see him and you know instantly that he's hiding something. Try having him as someone with no dark side if you want to break typecasting and surprise the audience (Do what Doctor Who did with the Ice Warriors).
I, like mant other Babs viewers have seen the X-Files
The Hour of the Wolf- After the tumult of the last season, this is disappointing. The arc's (unnecessary, as it is now) telescoping didn't encompass the speeding up of proceedings here. For a season opened its an eye closer.
Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi? Cartagia is madder than King George when he was in his blue stool phase.
Christian has left. We need a replacement who doesn't haveany sleazy roles
in her past. Tracy Scoggins? Prefect... Hang on a minute! Starts off looking
like a palid retread of "Convictions," but improves dramatically. Still-
has some really funky dialogue, and I use the terms in its pre-70's meaning.
For those of you still unclear, most of the dialogue spoken by Corwin,
Byron and John Wilkes Booth reeks like three day old socks, ones Sheridan
forgot to wash when he was on Z'ha'dum. Those first few lines from Byron
made me physically ill.
The Corps is Mother,
The Corps is Father
Meditations on the
In the Beginning-
All right, no jokes about 75% new footage. It's really very good at tying up loose ends, not that there were many. It's perhaps too good at that. But there are a few little niggles. Like why Sheridan, Franklin and G'Kar never again referred to their secret mission.Can you see G'Kar being marginalised by Sheridan for so long during the lead-up to the Shadow War if he had helped broker peace between Earth and Minbar?
The second problem is one of believability. The Earth-Minbari War is depicted here as being more terrible than we had previously been led to believe. The series takes place 10 or so years after the end of the war yet there are so many people between the ages of 30 and 50 (who would have been between 20 and 40 during the war), in uniform. While the Minbari concentrated on taking out the Military, the destruction was almost total, on a par with the slaughter of WWI, a generation of men was lost there and it showed for quite a while. In Babs: The Series, there is no hint of a gap.
Not as good as In the beginning nor as bad as crusade, Third Space has an interesting premise ruined only by a script that is meandering. Shari Belafonte is so irritating as Tate that her scenes are best viewed while reading something. I mean the effects are pretty spectacular but there is a lot of metaphorical stuff that confuses things. A decent episode, no more.
RIVER OF SOULS
More like an epilogue to the show that anything else. It's post Sleeping in Light so it doesn't really matter. Babylon 5 has more last endings, epitaphs and epilogues than any other series. Not only do we have a pilot as well as a movie showing us things before the pilot, but we also have Sleeping in Light as the series finale, Wheel of Fire as the last episode made and Decontructing Falling Stars showing the series legacy. It's over. Enough.
That said, it's a pretty good episode with proper character development rather than the hokey stuff JMS usually gropes around to find someway of threshing characters in one long scene. Claudia Christian may not be in it but Tracey Scoggins makes a very agreeable pro, er, substitute.
A CALL TO ARMS
The very last iteration of Babylon 5. The last filmed instalment of Sheridan and Garibaldi and such a waste to use it to set up Crusade. And not particularly smooth either. The actual story isn't too bad, just the relation to the spin-off series curses the B5 swansong. Of course, The 5th season of Babylon 5 was highly anticlimatic (not to mention pointless and dull), JMS having written nearly three straight seasons of television singlehandedly, that he could come up with something this watchable is nothing short of a miracle. Of course, this would be the last time for a while.
Crusade won't be featured as it features so lowly on Stam's Sci Fi scale of Greatness that sea Quest DSV is more likely to be featured on these pages