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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: “Revelations” (Season 2, Episode 2)

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Let’s do this a little bit differently. There’s a lot of balls in the air here, so let’s lay ‘em down in order. Stuff with an Asterisk is specifically in or referred to in this episode. The rest is stuff we‘ve picked up over the last 24 episodes and the premier movie:

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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: “Chrysalis” (Season 1, Episode 22)

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Londo and G’kar are haranguing the B5 Council about the Quadrant 37 crisis, the latest in an endless show of Narn aggression and reluctant Centauri conciliation. This region borders their respective territories, and the Narn have started sending warships across the line on the map into Centauri space, probably just as a show of force. Somewhat later, Londo is instructed by his government to simply give in to Narn demands. He does not take it well:

Londo: “Vir, how many gods are there in our pantheon? I lost count after our last emperor was elevated to godhood”

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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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EPISODE REVIEW: Sanctuary: “Sanctuary for None – Part 2” (Season 4, Episode 13)

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The season finale of Sanctuary is here. Bloody hell, that was spectacular.

After Helen Magnus let the abnormal out of the bag, so to speak, SCIU (Specified Counter Insurgency Unit) offices are flooded with calls. Greg Addison, SCIU director, is promising his bosses that he will regain control of the situation.

Will Zimmerman takes a call from Magnus. She tells Will they need to stop Addison’s plans. Will is still not fully on board with Magnus as she won’t disclose her entire plan to him.

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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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EPISODE REVIEW: Sanctuary: “Sanctuary for None – Part 1” (Season 4, Episode 12)

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The penultimate episode of Sanctuary sets the table for a nice season finally.

Feliz, the Sanctuary’s financier, comes to Helen Magnus and tells him he can no longer be her banker. What she wants him to do is too risky. She reluctantly agrees and asks him to shut down Wall Street for 12 minutes as one last favor. He agrees.

Will becomes cornered by some tough guys that are trying to hurt an abnormal. The Hollow Earth insurgency leader Caleb comes to his rescue. Caleb tells will he wants a meeting with Magnus.

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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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