BABYLON 5 - First time watching series

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Dream, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. Dream

    Dream Admiral Admiral

    Dec 2, 2001
    Hotel Transylvania
    Episode 20: Babylon Squared
    Babylon 4 returns after disappearing four years ago, and Sinclair and Garibaldi must lead a group to evacuate its crew.

    Cool Sci Fi episode for B5. Outside the aliens and spaceships, this show has stayed away from big Sci Fi anatomy episodes until now. I liked how B4 was treated as a ghost ship, we don't really find out more about later in the episode when we learn about time stopping for those on B4. Also we learn in this episode that the Human and Minbari war was stopped because of some kind of prophecy, and Delenn chooses to stay on B5. The final twist is interesting, I guess you are sent flying back if you ever touch your future self!

    Episode 21: The Quality of Mercy
    Franklin discovers an unlicensed medical practitioner in Downbelow, while a convicted murder escapes his prison.

    This episode had an A, B AND C plot. I'm not sure which was the A plot and which was the B plot in this episode. I'll consider Farnkin's plot to be the A plot. It was good to see more of Downbelow and the poorer people, also apparently doctors can't help whoever they want, the military sucks. The A and B plots connect in the end, when the killer takes the practitioner named Rosen and her daughter hostage, to treat a wound in the escape attempt.

    The C plot had Londo taking Lennier for a tour of Babylon 5. We learn that Lennier finds naked strippers fascinating, that Minbari turn homicidal after drinking alcoholic beverages, and Lennier knows kung fu! Also Londo might have a tail that he uses to cheat at poker?

    Another important fact we learn is that only traitors and mutineers get the death penalty on the station. In the end the magic alien healing device in put in a box in storage for future use, let's hope Indiana Jones doesn't steal it!

    Episode 22: Chrysalis
    Londo gets help from his mutual friend to deal a heavily guarded Narn outpost, Garibaldi discovers a sinister plot to assassinate a high ranking government official.

    The plot with Londo and his "friend" seems to be the main thing developing for future seasons. We find out the "friend" is named Morden, whose true form might be a nearly invisible multilegged creature like this coworkers. They have access to high level weaponry and may or may not have plans for the galaxy, they easily destroy the outpost controlled by the Narn. They will obviously will want something in exchange for everything they have done for Londo. Will Londo turn out to be an unwilling pawn for these evil alien dudes?

    The B plot involves Garibaldi discovering the plot to kill the president, he gets shot in the back for his troubles. I think Morden's group is probably involved in that. They might want the President out of the way for someone else to take the position. The Vice President involved might be involved, that has to be the only reason why wasn't he eliminated too.

    The C plot involves Delenn undergoing some changes. She is now in already in a cocoon after using the triangle device. Will she come out of it with three arms? Let's hope not!

    The entire episode I was expecting Sinclair to get brutally murdered, especially after he proposed to Catherine, and was glad he wasn't. They have been hinting at it all season! They went and shot Garibaldi instead! Those bastards!

    Overall, I liked the first season. I'm looking forward to see what will happen next!
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2013
  2. MacLeod

    MacLeod Admiral Admiral

    Mar 8, 2001
    Great Britain
    Well you can't say it didin't end with a bang, fortuantly watching it years later on DVD you don't have the months long wait between seasons to find out what happens in the Earth Year 2259.
  3. Gov Kodos

    Gov Kodos Admiral Admiral

    Mar 23, 2004
    Gov Kodos on Mohammed's Radio, WZVN Boston
    That's not a tail Londo has there. It is one of 6, though.
  4. Mr Light

    Mr Light Admiral Admiral

    Dec 7, 1999
    As they establish at the end of the episode, that was one of his six penises. That's what makes it so funny!
  5. DonIago

    DonIago Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 22, 2001
    Burlington, VT, USA
    No question that S1 ends on a high note...well, a low note for Our Heroes. :)

    Sinclair being assassinated would have been an interesting development, to be sure.
  6. Jan

    Jan Commodore Commodore

    Oct 24, 2005
    Location: insane. --JMS
    Not...quite. ;) Remember later on when Lennier asks about what that was, Londo shows him a statue:

    They have six, you see...

  7. Asbo Zaprudder

    Asbo Zaprudder Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jan 14, 2004
    Bulent's Cafe
    My speculation was they are specialized appendages akin to the hectocotylus and ligula that a male octopus uses to deliver a spermatophore. Six does seem like an over redundant system -- however if male Centauri can have several mates, perhaps not. Vir was perhaps not that virile.
  8. Saga

    Saga Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Sep 6, 2008
    i've started re-watching B5 recently. about to start season 3. its been about six or seven years since my last rewatch. its amazing that i still notice new things about the series.
  9. Lindley

    Lindley Moderator with a Soul Premium Member

    Nov 30, 2001
    Bonney Lake, WA
    ETA on season 2?
  10. Dream

    Dream Admiral Admiral

    Dec 2, 2001
    Hotel Transylvania
    I will start season two either tomorrow or on Thursday. I've been catching up on Stargate SG-1 these last few days.