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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “The Long Dark” (Season 2, Episode 5)

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This episode is better than I remembered. Still a little uneven, still got some stuff that doesn’t work, still doesn’t quite *feel* like a B5 episode, but it’s better than I remembered, and they get points for trying something new while they were still trying to find their footing after the big changes between the seasons.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “A Distant Star” (Season 2, Episode 4)

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If the previous episode is where Babylon 5 *wants* their average to be, this episode is more like where it actually is. It’s certainly not bad, certainly far better than the competition at the time (cough cough DS9), but it’s not *as* good as they’re generally shooting for.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “The Geometry of Shadows” (Season 2, Episode 3)

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Man, this is just a wonderful episode. I mean, yeah, I remembered it as being pretty good, but one of the joys of this project is revisiting stuff I haven’t seen in a long time and holding it up against my memories. My memory is pretty good. I don’t get surprised much, so when something’s better than I remembered it’s a good day. This was a good day.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Points of Departure” (Season 2, Episode 1)

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After last week’s amazing season finale, we find ourselves once again in Crapsiville. Crapsville, baby, population: You. There’s no sugarcoating it: This is a terrible episode, and a disastrously placed one as well. Coming right at the start of the second season, I know plenty of people who’d gotten interested in the show based on my incessant chatter, decided this ep would be the right one to jump on board with, cringed themselves into incontinence, went to the bathroom to clean up, and never came back.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “The Quality of Mercy” (Season 1, Episode 21)

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This is the penultimate episode of Season 1. It’s actually on a short list of my favorites, and one I’d probably show to people I was attempting to interest in the show. It’s also one that allows some of the B-list characters to get some time in the spotlight.

There’s a psycho killer on the station who’s been apprehended after killing two lurkers and a security guard. He’s found guilty in a trial, but since the Death Penalty isn’t legal in the Earth Alliance, there are only three options available:
1) Send him home to be imprisoned for the rest of his life

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Babylon Squared” (Season 1, Episode 20)

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It’s a day like any other on the space station: Garibaldi and Sinclair are eating breakfast in the mess hall. Ivanova - not a morning person - comes in very sleepy. The guys prank her:

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “A Voice in the Wilderness” (Season 1, Episode 18 and 19)

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On the one hand, I love two-parters because it means I get to write one review instead of two. On the other hand, regardless of the show, they’re usually rather padded out and it takes me twice as long to watch a story that probably should have only been an hour. This is both those cases

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Legacies” (Season 1, Episode 17)

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You may not be able to judge a book by it’s cover, but it occurs to me that you can judge a Babylon 5 episode by it’s title, at least in the first season anyways. The good episodes have elaborate titles: “Midnight on the Firing Line,” “The Coming of Shadows,” “Signs and Portents,” whereas the ho-hum to lame episodes all have generic one-word titles like “Infection,” “Grail,” “Eyes,” “Survivors,” and “Born to the Purple.”

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Eyes” (Season 1, Episode 16)

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It’s possible that I haven’t watched this episode since it first aired in ‘94. My oldest son says that I did watch it when we last went through the whole series about three years ago, but I have no knowledge of it. I remember the ep, particularly the ending, but overall my memories were pretty squishy, which is unlike me. Maybe I left the room, or fell asleep? I *do* know that this was one of those episodes that I tended to avoid in reruns, much like the Space Hippies episode of TOS. There wasn’t much there to hold my interest.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Grail” (Season 1, Episode 15)

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I’ve generally praised B5 for its willingness to break the “Religion Taboo” in SF, and treat it as an aspect of human psychology and society in its own right, just like love or music, which may not be true, but which doesn’t require justification. Alas, sometimes you go too far, and you…well…read on…

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