Wednesday, October 1, 2014

More Babylon 5

My buddy Robert and I continued our Babylon 5 first time viewing. We've been watching since July of 2013 so it's been over a year and a half. I think we got through the seven seasons of Buffy in less then a year but we can't seem to get through the five seasons and several TV Movies of Babylon 5 as quickly. We're defiantly moving at a slower pace and of recent have only been watching two episodes every few weeks. Hopefully will be able to speed up the process and finish this series before the end of the year.

I've talked it over with Robert and I think the next series we do will not be a sci fi or fantasy series but instead one of the best political dramas ever made, The West Wing. I've seen it all but Robert has never seen it.

Anyways back to Babylon 5, we started the night with Season 5 Episode 12 "The Ragged Edge"
Garibaldi travels to the Drazi homeworld to investigate attacks on Alliance shipping lanes. Partly due to his drinking, the assignment does not go smoothly. Londo Mollari and G'Kar return to Babylon 5 from Centauri Prime to discover that G'Kar has become a religious figure to his people, much to G'Kar's dismay.

I enjoyed this episode alot. I'm kind of bummed at what they have done to the once great Garibaldi. He truly screwed up this mission, I hope he seeks help before hitting rock bottom. My favorite part of this episode was the G'Kar storyline. He's definitely one of my favorite characters and to see him deny the roll of religious figure but by the end accept the calling and lead his people a better future... good stuff.

And the second episode of the night was Season 5 Episode 13 "The Corps is Mother, The Corps is Father". A day in the life of Alfred Bester, who starts his day in Psi Corps HQ, where he is well liked and respected. He gets an assignment to track down a rogue telepath, two recruits accompany him. They follow the telepath's trail to Babylon 5, where he isn't as popular. 

This was an interesting episode as it gave us an inside look at the Psi corps and how Bester is seen among his peers. It really felt like a brainwashing cult with all those "Obey" and other signs all over the walls. Just when you start to think Bester has a shred of decently he goes and douches it up big time... what a disappointment. 

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