Babylon 5 is one of the most important science fiction television programs in history. Why? In this podcast, we will explore this claim and discuss Babylon 5's enduring influence.
Remembering Mira Furlan
We noted with great sadness the passing of Mira Furlan on January 20, 2021. She brightened so many lives with her extraordinary work.
Obituary from BBC.
Obituary from The A.V. Club.
Obituary from USA Today.
Obituary from CinemaBlend.
Remarks from Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cruse, from Lost.
Episode 114 - Series Finale
Chris’s Bottom 3
3) By Any Means Necessary
2) Voices of Authority
1) Phoenix Rising
Jon’s Bottom 3
2) Soul Hunter
Chris’s Top 5
5) Passing Through Gethsemane
4) Severed Dreams
3) In the Shadow of Z’ha’Dum
2) The Long Night
1) The Coming of Shadows
Jon’s Top 5
4) In the Shadow of Z’ha’Dum
3) War Without End
1) The Coming of Shadows
The Lost Tales
Episode 113 - The Lost Tales
Synopsis: In which Colonel Lochley encounters an ancient evil, and President Sheridan meets one from the future.
“When the quacking has begun it is too late for the ducks to swim” is the new “I shall go into the West and remain Garibaldi.”
The Wandering Earth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lsOwtKNsAA&vl=en-US
The River of Souls
Episode 112 - The River of Souls
Synopsis: In which the sins and arrogance of the Soul Hunters catch up to them
Martin Sheen: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000640/?ref_=tt_cl_t6
His 90s oeuvre was fairly dire. Including a role in Jon’s least favorite comic book related movie of all time, 1997’s Spawn.
Ian McShane: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0574534/?ref_=tt_cl_t5
In Space: 1999
Episode 111 - Thirdspace
Synopsis: in which an ancient Vorlon artifact nearly unleashes terrors from beyond space
Jon is correct on the pronunciation of “squamous.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7b-tLBZJKCw
We spend a lot of time dithering about when this film takes place, sounding like complete idiots. The Lurker’s Guide says it pretty puch has to take place *during* Atonement due to who was on the station at the time and Zack’s new uniform.
David Sedaris “Barrel Fever” https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0026IUOHI/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
The Babylon 5 Wiki has some really nice screenshots of the Artifact https://babylon5.fandom.com/wiki/Thirdspace_artifact
An “Old One” from the 3rd edition Call of Cthulhu rulebook. Something about this drawing gave Chris nightmares for years.
“It’s so beautiful!”
Iain Banks’ Excession https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Excession
Event Horizon: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Event_Horizon_(film) Rotten Tomatoes: 27%, Metacritic: 35, CinemaScore: D+
The Wild World of Batwoman: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wild_World_of_Batwoman
Wrestling Women vs the Aztec Mummy: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058304/
In The Beginning
Episode 110 - In the Beginning
Synopsis: In which we learn the history of the Earth-Minabari War.
Blood Meridian or The Evening Redness in the West: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_Meridian
Station Eleven: https://ew.com/books/quarantine-book-club-station-eleven-helped-my-reading-slump/
T H E L A M P ! ! ! !
Ahsokan Farewell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZmxZThb084
“Divorced, Beheaded, Died. Divorced, Beheaded, Survived” - https://www.britain-magazine.com/features/history/tudors/divorced-beheaded-survived-the-wives-of-henry-viii/
The film “Pufnstuf” (1970): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pufnstuf_(film)
Octavia Butler’s “Parable of the Sower” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_Sower_(novel)
Katherine Kurtz’ Camber trilogy (Jon was right, this came out in 1976): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/537107.Camber_of_Culdi
Great commentary from two great hosts.
A fun listen!
I have watched some of Babylon 5, and it's great to watch/listen along. A fun listen, and the hosts (Jon and Chris) are great!
Thoroughly enjoying this podcast so far. These two have a great energy and it's fun to listen to them go back and forth. Looking forward to more!