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Babylon 5: Sleeping in Light

Sleeping in Light.  The words appear on the screen in the opening but there are no opening credits.  20 years have gone by since the last episode and Michael Garibaldi says that this is the day they all dreaded.  John … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Objects at Rest

“This place kinda grows on ya!” Well, leave it to the great JMS to surprise me.  Last week we saw some friends leave the station and I thought it would be a bleak affair without them but G’Kar and Garibaldi … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Objects in Motion

In 1985, there was a movie called St. Elmo’s Fire.  My cousin loved the soundtrack and back then, we were together a lot, so I heard it often.  One song had a line in it that disturbed me; a simple … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: The Wheel of Fire

It’s hard not to see what’s happening here.  The series is wrapping up and threads are getting tied together.  We’ve been leading here for a while but with the Centauri conflict resolved, we really start to feel the loose ends … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: The Fall of Centauri Prime

You know this is a big episode when it gets an opening monologue with “previously on Babylon 5….”  The Fall of Centauri Prime is in many ways an ending.  It’s pretty clear that we are cleaning up and ending the … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Movements of Fire and Shadow

It’s almost impossible to believe that so much happens here and it’s still just a regular length episode.  How can that be?  Delenn is sent on a mission to ask for a new ship.  Londo and G’Kar are knocked out … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder

Last week we heard that the war with Centauri Prime was likely to begin by morning.  Things are bad and they will only escalate from here.  From a story perspective, this is a great episode.  But taking B5 as a … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Darkness Ascending

You can feel the shift in storytelling with Darkness Ascending.  The spoo has hit the fan and everything is coming together as we move into the final eight episodes of the series.  We are given an opening of Garibaldi having … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Meditations on the Abyss

Meditations on the Abyss is a weirdly structured episode.  We get three plots, none of which are particularly deep, but they all have a place: G’Kar and his teachings, the Centauri and the attacks on the Alliance ships, and Lennier … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: The Corps is Mother, the Corps is Father

I feel like it was just a week ago that I was saying how happy I was to finally be in the main story of Season Five without any more distractions.  Oh, wait… it was just a week ago I … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: The Ragged Edge

I was delighted to be back in the series without the distraction of the telepaths that had vexed so much of this season.  I far prefer the political intrigue and drama of the situation on Centauri Prime.  Maybe Michael Garibaldi … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Phoenix Rising

The bloodhounds have arrived to wrap up the Byron story.  Phoenix Rising is the second half of the story that began last week and it seems like there was precedent for splitting it between two episodes: there was just too … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: A Tragedy of Telepaths

A Tragedy of Telepaths opens like a season 4 episode, with one of those Captain’s logs.  Maybe it’s a needed buffer because this episode feels like only half a story.  I’m glad the story contains so much of Centauri Prime … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: In the Kingdom of the Blind

“In the valley of the blind, the one eyed man is king,” so the saying goes.  But which is the Kingdom of the Blind?  Byron’s people who are too blind to see that violence will not help their cause?  The … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Day of the Dead

When Roger and I started our Babylon 5 Friday’s, we never planned where episodes of Season 5 were going to fall but we managed to land our holiday, New Year’s Day, on a Brakiri holiday, The Day of the Dead.  … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Secrets of the Soul

Secrets of the Soul is one of those filler episodes for me, but it’s not as if it doesn’t make a few important points.  The A/B plots this week focus on Franklin trying to catalogue each species for his new … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Strange Relations

Strange Relations is the 6th episode of the final season of Babylon 5 and it does one thing very effectively: it starts giving us signs that the end is coming.  As Londo says, “the end of the line.”  This is … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Learning Curve

I do miss the momentum of seasons 3 and 4, but if there is one thing I do enjoy, it’s watching someone kick the stuffing out of a bully.  Learning Curve attempts the standard two plot format but really just … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: A View from the Gallery

“Seems like every week something goes wrong around here…  Wonder what this one’s about!” Straczynski has been writing a continual run of episodes since somewhere in the middle of season 2.  It’s an impressive feat.  With the Shadow War, then … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: The Paragon of Animals

I wasn’t fond of the Fifth Season stories surrounding Byron because I find him a cold character.  He strikes me as creepy, hiding out in hallways waiting for the right moment to “walk by”, gathering data where he can, even … Continue reading

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