Babylon 5

SHORT STORY REVIEW: “Genius Loci” by J. Michael Straczynski

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Today we look at a short story written by Babylon 5 creator Joe Strazynski himself, telling the further adventures of Lyta and G’kar.

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Six weeks after leaving Babylon 5, G’kar and Lyta are still both dodging unwanted attention, but G’kar is doing a particularly bad job of it. He’s trysting with any female who has even reasonably compatible anatomy. After bedding an alien princess, G’kar finds himself in a major brawl. He and Lyta elect to leave the planet Durk 3 in a hurry.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Hunter, Prey” (Season 2, Episode 13)

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What a difference half a season makes! Just twelve episodes ago - heck, just six episodes ago - this story would have sucked. It’s solidly C-grade at best, but the way it’s handled - particularly the Sheridan stuff - bumps it up to B-minus effortlessly, despite the workmanlike plot. The show knows who and what it is now, and suddenly, finally, it’s a joy for me to introduce it to you.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Acts of Sacrifice” (Season 2, Episode 12)

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In the second half of the season, we hit a stride that is more-or-less typical for the main sequence of the series, and we hit a format that’s not *exactly* typical, but it’s kind of their go-to comfort zone when they need to show a lot of balls in the air. If I were going to pick an episode as the one where Straczynski’s “Original Concept” of Babylon 5 (Which came to him in the shower in 1988) BECAME what we now think of as Babylon 5, I’d say this was the best candidate for the point of transition.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “All Alone in the Night” (Season 2, Episode 11)

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It’s now June 2259, and Sheridan has been on the station six months. He’s expecting General Hague to make a low-profile visit to the station, but even so he’s getting antsy. When Invonova reports some odd appearances and disappearances on the fringes of the shipping lanes, he jumps at the chance to get in a little flight time, and heads out with some of Zeta squadron.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Gropos” (Season 2, Episode 10)

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One of the more noteworthy things about B5 was its relative egalitarianism. In the era when it ran, pretty much everyone on every space show was an officer and a gentlemen from an idealized society in which everyone had a perfect education, freedom from want, full intellectual stimulation, and in which nobody (To paraphrase a Ferengi) ever seemed to have to go get the chairs. In other words, no one ever seemed to have any work beyond punching buttons, or occasionally walking drinks to tables. And their ain’t no money.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “There all the Honor Lies” (Season 2, Episode 14)

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We get our second pretty much exactly perfect episode of the season, and like the first (“Soul Mates”) this one was also written by Peter David.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “The Coming of Shadows” (Season 2, Episode 9)

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Ok, definitely last week was a low ebb for me. The Talia Trilogy of Tedium really wore me down, and I really was ready to chuck the whole thing, not because it’s a bad show, but simply because it’s so much a product of its time that it’s kind of hard to rave about stuff that…eh. You know what? Not gonna’ go through that again. Suffice to say: anything involving Talia Winters in specific, or Human Telepaths in general, kinda kills this show. It’s a neat idea, I’m glad they tried it, but it’s easy to see which cylinder isn’t firing.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “A Race Through the Dark Places” (Season 2, Episode 8)

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I just watched the first episode of Lost. This wasn’t the first time I’ve seen it, I’m not a virgin. We were - and remain - huge fans of the show on the site here. In fact, we had two different guys running independent reviews of each episode as they aired, just because there was enough stuff in the story that it was possible one of us might miss something. It was good enough a show that we didn’t *want* to miss anything, so we reviewed each ep twice.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Soul Mates” (Season 2, Episode 7)

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Despite my general dislike of the Talia Winters character, and my very specific dislike of havint two Talia stories back-to-back, this is a darn near *Perfect* episode, and funny, too. Everyone should just set down their drinks and/or pencils and/or surgical equipment and watch it now, but assuming you’re too lazy to do that, I’ll just tell you about it instead.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “A Spider In The Web” (Season 2, Episode 6)

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Lots of stuff happens here, setting the stage for far more stuff to happen down the road, and since this is Babylon 5, you just *know* it’s building up to something big, right? But is it…? Well….

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An alien delegation is visiting the station to do negotiate possibly joining the League of Non-Aligned Worlds, or the B5 Advisory Council or something. It’s not entirely clear what, but we’re told it’s important, and that it all went well.

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