Category Archives: Babylon 5

Babylon 5: The Lost Tales

I always knew the day would come and I’d be stuck.  We’ve had Babylon 5 on the Junkyard now for some 3 years, covering 110 episodes, 13 episodes of Crusade, and the half dozen movies.  We finally arrive at the … Continue reading

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Crusade: Each Night I Dream of Home

I mentioned during last week’s Visitors From Down the Street that it was a good story, but I would not use it as a good example of what Crusade was actually about.  This week hits the nail on the head … Continue reading

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Crusade: Visitors from Down the Street

They say if you’re going to copy an idea, you should copy from the greats.  I was never a fan of The X-Files, but that had more to do with the night it was on than anything else.   Conceptually, it … Continue reading

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Crusade: The Needs of Earth

The opening of this episode threw me a bit.  Coming off the previous episode when Gideon says there’s “nothing good on TV anyway”, I was a bit surprised by his choice of viewing but to learn it was a data … Continue reading

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Crusade: The Memory of War

I realized with Memory of War that Crusade is a weird show.  I know the network gave JMS more than a little grief but this episode feels like someone thought it should be the introduction to Galen, a character that … Continue reading

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Crusade: Racing the Night

Racing the Night bears many of the hallmarks of a pilot with a dream sequence opening that fills in a lot of background.  There’s a simple reason for that: this was meant to air first.  That decision might not have … Continue reading

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Crusade: Appearances and Other Deceits

How many times have we said that if you’re going to copy something, copy the greats.  It’s like those silly days in school when you copied someone’s homework: you want to copy the kid who gets it right!  JMS offered … Continue reading

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Crusade: The Rules of the Game

Our search for a cure continues with The Rules of the Game, this time with a visit to Babylon 5.  I guess after the visit to Mars, Lochley must have invited Gideon back to her place, so to speak!  Is … Continue reading

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Crusade: Ruling from the Tomb

Ruling from the Tomb was the first really solid Crusade episode for me.  It’s not that it’s a great story, but it’s played for fun for so much of the episode, you have to appreciate it.  Actually, story-wise, it’s sort … Continue reading

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Crusade: Patterns of the Soul

Patterns of the Soul poses a serious question in a post Covid world: is there any justification for suppressing information about the potential spread of a virus?  The story has Gideon and the crew of the Excalibur sent on another … Continue reading

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Crusade: The Path of Sorrows

I think I figured out the bizarre placement of these episodes.  The Path of Sorrows is listed as 109, meaning 1st season, 9th episode, but it aired at number 4.  So I started thinking: was this to get all the … Continue reading

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Crusade: The Well of Forever

The Well of Forever gives us the second story in a row focusing on Galen and it’s a second story that I’m not impressed with.  I can feel something bubbling beneath the surface: potential.  It’s there, but it seems to … Continue reading

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Crusade: The Long Road

You know what happens on the long road?  Crashes.  Whenever you’re driving for a while, the risk increases.  The longer the road, the higher the risk.  Alas, we’re only two episodes into Crusade, but The Long Road is a traffic … Continue reading

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Crusade: War Zone

Join us in the Junkyard as we enter the final few weeks of a major undertaking: the entire Babylon 5 series including the spinoff, Crusade.  We start Crusade with a typical setup episode.  You can’t expect opening episodes to be … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers

Time definitely changes us.  My first impression after watching Legend of the Rangers was that it really let me down.  I wanted more Babylon 5 and I was hoping to find it when this movie emerged.  But it wasn’t B5: … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: A Call to Arms

It’s funny how the brain works.  I remember hating River of Souls and loving A Call to Arms.  I can’t say my feelings have flipped, but I can say that one was better than I remember it and the other … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: The River of Souls

Of all the movies in the Babylon 5 archives, I found River of Souls about as exciting as watching a sloth sleep.  At least, that was what I remembered so I was dreading watching it again for the Junkyard.  And … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Thirdspace

When Babylon 5 is good, it can be really good.  When Babylon 5 decides to bring in Lovecraftian nightmares, well… Thirdspace had a lot of potential.  As you might expect from JMS, we have some amazing concepts presented to us.  … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: In the Beginning

What is there to say about In the Beginning that hasn’t been said already?  That makes this probably the strangest of the B5 movies.  Not to mention, it’s also a strange movie placement-wise because you can’t watch this at the … Continue reading

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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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