Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Babylon 5 Thirdspace

TV night with my buddy Robert continues tonight.. we are still watching Babylon 5, tonight's episode was the third TV movie "Thirdspace" This movie deals with an enormous artifact that is discovered in Hyperspace and towed to the Babylon 5 station for investigation, at which point the xenoarchaeological organization Interplanetary Expeditions sends a representative, Dr. Elizabeth Trent, to take control of the examination. After being placed near the station, the artifact begins to influence the dreams of many inhabitants of Babylon 5, and eventually controls many of them during their waking hours as well. These thralls, led by Deuce, first demand that the excavation be accelerated and then become increasingly violent towards the rest of the Babylon 5 population. Eventually it is revealed by Lyta Alexander that the artifact is a Jumpgate built by the Vorlons a million years ago with a purpose that cannot be expressed in human language except as an attempt to make contact with the gods. In reality, Thirdspace is inhabited by a violent race that posed a threat even to the Vorlons, and the ensuing battle ended with a group of Vorlons controlled by the Thirdspace entities capturing the artifact and jettisoning it into hyperspace. When the device is finally activated, the Thirdspace aliens stream out and begin an assault on Babylon 5; the violent behavior of the individuals under the artifact's control is intended to disrupt the station's attempt to defend itself. The struggle is ended when John Sheridan enters the artifact and detonates a nuclear bomb.

I find it interesting that this TV movie takes place between episodes 409 and 414 of season four. I wonder if this started out as an actual episode for season four and for some reason it never came into full realization until season five when it aired.

Overall I really enjoyed it. It had some really good action scenes, the CG was well done and the story was very interesting. I like that we got to see most of the regular cast including Ivanova. We didn't have any G'kar, Londo or Garibaldi. I feel bad for Zach as he finally confesses his love/interest in Lyta and she's out of it so she doesn't even hear him. Though I found it a bit far fetched that Zach wouldn't have noticed her blank stare and unusual behavior. I liked that this story tied into the Vorlons again. It's interesting to me that these aliens in Thirdspace are still ready to go and attack us as soon as the jumpgate is opened though it's been a million years since it was opened last. And it was awesome watching Sheridan rocketing himself through the battling ships... talk about being fearless.. that was crazy.

This was another fun addition to the series and I'm looking forward to the fourth TV movie next.

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