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Babylon 5: Walkabout  Season 3, Ep 18

Kosh arrives at Babylon 5. Lyta returns. Sheridan tests a plan for taking on the Shadows. Franklin, now a civilian, meets a lounge singer on his "walkabout." "The theory is: if you are separated from yourself, you start walking... and you keep walking until you meet yourself. Then you sit down and have a long talk. You talk about everything that you've learned, everything that you... felt. And you talk until you run out of words. Now, that's vital, because the real important things can't be said. And then, if you are lucky, you look up and there's just you, and you can go home." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Dec 29, 2018 - 5 comments

Babylon 5: War Without End (Part 2)   Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 17

[all-spoilers!] The crew have to steal Babylon 4 and save Sheridan from his time slippage. "Let us make an end of it quickly, before it stops me. I am as tired of my life as you are." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Dec 22, 2018 - 5 comments

Babylon 5: War Without End (Part 1)  Season 3, Ep 16

We return to Babylon 4, in the past... because they have received a message from the future: Babylon 5 will be destroyed by a Shadow fleet in 8 days. "He is the closed circle. He is returning to the beginning." and "Zathras understand. ... ... No. Zathras not understand. But Zathras do! Zathras good at doings, not understandings." and "Welcome back from the abyss. Your timing, as always, is quite exceptional. Just in time to die." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Dec 16, 2018 - 5 comments

Babylon 5: Interludes and Examinations  Season 3, Ep 15

The Shadows begin open war. Adira, the dancer-with-a-heart-of-gold that Londo fell in love with in season 1, returns to the station. Franklin and Garibaldi have confrontations about Franklin's addiction. "All I want now is revenge. They took from me the one thing that I have… have ever truly loved. [...] Give me this, and the safety of my people--and let the rest of the galaxy burn. I don't care any more." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Dec 8, 2018 - 3 comments

Babylon 5: Ship of Tears  Season 3, Ep 14

Bester comes with confidential news of a Shadow weapons shipment... Meanwhile, G'Kar continues his campaign to be part of the anti-Shadow war council. "I suspect you'd rather walk out that door and wall me up inside! Do a little re-creation of The Cask of Amontillado. 'For the love of God, Montresor!'" [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Dec 1, 2018 - 4 comments

Babylon 5: A Late Delivery from Avalon  Season 3, Ep 13

King Arthur arrives on the station, but Franklin isn't so sure... "By G'Quan, I can't recall the last time I was in a fight like that! No moral ambiguity, no hopeless battle against ancient and overwhelming forces! They were the bad guys, as you say, and we were the good guys. And they made a very satisfying thump when they hit the floor." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Nov 24, 2018 - 7 comments

Babylon 5: Sic Transit Vir  Season 3, Ep 12

Vir's new fiance, Lyndisty, arrives on the station. Ivanova investigates reports of missing Narn. "Are you not seeing me now? I would assume that you see me every time we meet. Unless I have become translucent, or insubstantial, and no one has thought to inform me until now." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Nov 17, 2018 - 5 comments

Babylon 5: Ceremonies of Light and Dark  Season 3, Ep 11

Given the massive changes on B5, Delenn attempts to repeat the ceremony seen in "The Parliament of Dreams" to help people transition. Garibaldi attempts to purge B5 of hidden Nightwatch agents. Londo moves against Refa, taking inspiration from the Old Empire. "From the stars we came... To the stars we return, from now until the end of time. We therefore commit these bodies to the deep." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Nov 10, 2018 - 5 comments

Babylon 5: Severed Dreams  Season 3, Ep 10

President Clark attempts to seize B5. Many alien races begin declaring war on their neighbours, and Delenn goes to confront the Grey Council on their complacency. "That's what makes this war different from anything we have ever gone through before. This time, we know everyone we kill." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Nov 3, 2018 - 8 comments

Babylon 5: Point of No Return  Rewatch   Season 3, Ep 9

[all-spoilers!] [titular episode of season] Everything goes to hell. "You have a chance few others will ever have, Mollari. You still have three opportunities to avoid the fire that waits for you at the end of your journey. You have already wasted two others. You must save the eye that does not see. You must not kill the one who is already dead. And at the last, you must surrender yourself to your greatest fear, knowing that it will destroy you. Now if you have failed all the others, that is your final chance for redemption." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Oct 27, 2018 - 6 comments

Babylon 5: Point of No Return  Season 3, Ep 9

[titular episode of season] Everything goes to hell. "You have a chance few others will ever have, Mollari. You still have three opportunities to avoid the fire that waits for you at the end of your journey. You have already wasted two others. You must save the eye that does not see. You must not kill the one who is already dead. And at the last, you must surrender yourself to your greatest fear, knowing that it will destroy you. Now if you have failed all the others, that is your final chance for redemption." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Oct 27, 2018 - 4 comments

Babylon 5: Messages from Earth  Season 3, Ep 8

Sheridan attempts to stop Earthforce from merging a human pilot with a Shadow ship on Ganymede. "And they have much to be concerned about. There's always the threat of an attack by, say, a giant space dragon—the kind that eats the sun every 30 days? It's a nuisance, but what can you expect from reptiles? Did I mention that my nose is on fire, and that I have 15 wild badgers living in my trousers?" [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Oct 27, 2018 - 1 comment

Babylon 5: Exogenesis  Season 3, Ep 7

Ivanova seeks to discover if Lieutenant Corwin is suitable to join the Conspiracy of Light. Franklin and Marcus discover something strange happening with the Lurkers... "Word is, something screwy's happening back home." "This is not exactly a revelation." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Oct 20, 2018 - 5 comments

Babylon 5: Dust to Dust  Season 3, Ep 6

Bester has his annual pilgrimage to B5 to investigate a telepathy-inducing drug called Dust, and engages in a bad cop/slightly less bad cop dynamic with Garibaldi. Turns out, G'Kar wants some Dust for his own reasons... "The universe is already mad. Anything else would be redundant." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Oct 13, 2018 - 5 comments

Babylon 5: Voices of Authority  Season 3, Ep 5

Ivanova, Marcus, and Draal seek out First Ones. G'Kar and a Ministry of Peace officer, separately, investigate the strange behaviour of members of Sheridan's "Conspiracy of Light"... "Zog? What do you mean 'zog'? Zog what? Zog yes, zog no?" [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Sep 29, 2018 - 5 comments

Babylon 5: Passing Through Gethsemane  Season 3, Ep 4

One of Brother Theo's monks is having visions of murder, and believes himself to be going mad... Lyta and Kosh return to B5 after a time on the Vorlon Homeworld, which no human has ever before seen. "Gambling is one of the lesser sins. I've always thought if you're going to sin, you may as well go for one of the really big ones." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Sep 29, 2018 - 4 comments

Babylon 5: A Day in the Strife  Season 3, Ep 3

An alien probe arrives at B5, with an ultimatum: answer its questions to receive a reward; fail, and die. Delenn makes an offer. Garibaldi confronts Franklin. Sheridan bumps into an acquaintance. "I don't know what my superiors would say if I started showing up everywhere with a Narn bodyguard." "They will say, 'Here is a man who will live to be a hundred and fifty!'" [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Sep 22, 2018 - 4 comments

Babylon 5: Convictions  Season 3, Ep 2

A terrorist/bomber causes chaos on Babylon 5. Missionaries from many faiths arrive on B5 after Kosh's decision in the season two finale. "There, you see? I'm going to live!" "So it would seem. Well, it is an imperfect universe." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Sep 15, 2018 - 5 comments

Babylon 5: Matters of Honor  Season 3, Ep 1

Welcome to 2260, the year where people keep playing with matches while standing in a puddle of kerosene, next to a house fire. A mysterious man named Marcus Cole arrives on B5... "Good! I hate being cheered up. It's… depressing." "So, in that case… We're all going to die horrible, painful, lingering deaths." "Thank you. I feel so much better now." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Sep 8, 2018 - 7 comments

Babylon 5: The Fall of Night  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 22

[full spoilers!] Earth sends representatives of the Ministry of Peace to the station. The last Narn battleship arrives at Babylon 5, requesting protection. Kosh makes a decision. "We came to this place because Babylon 5 was our last, best hope for peace. By the end of 2259, we knew that it had failed. But in so doing, it became something greater. As the war expanded, it became our last, best hope for victory." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Sep 2, 2018 - 6 comments

Babylon 5: The Fall of Night  Season 2, Ep 22

Earth sends representatives of the Ministry of Peace to the station. The last Narn battleship arrives at Babylon 5, requesting protection. Kosh makes a decision. "We came to this place because Babylon 5 was our last, best hope for peace. By the end of 2259, we knew that it had failed. But in so doing, it became something greater. As the war expanded, it became our last, best hope for victory." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Sep 2, 2018 - 3 comments

Babylon 5: Comes the Inquisitor  Season 2, Ep 20

Kosh mortally tests Delenn. Meanwhile, G'kar begins the Resistance. "The Vorlons are." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Aug 25, 2018 - 11 comments

Babylon 5: The Long, Twilight Struggle  Season 2, Ep 20

The Narn wanted freedom from the Centauri... They fail. "There is no greater power in the universe than the need for freedom. Against that power, governments and tyrants and armies cannot stand. [...] We will teach it to them again. Though it take a thousand years, we will be free." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Aug 17, 2018 - 7 comments

Babylon 5: Divided Loyalties  Season 2, Ep 19

Lyta Alexander (the telepath from the pilot movie, The Gathering) returns to B5 with a warning: there's a sleeper agent for PsiCorps on the station... "I never told them. I never told anyone. I hid it all away in the smallest, tiniest corner of my mind." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Aug 11, 2018 - 9 comments

The Department of Time: Tiempo de espías (Time of spies)  First Watch   Season 3, Ep 2

The agents travel to Spain and France in 1943 to ensure the success of Britain's "Operation Mincemeat" during WWII. A Spanish spy captured in Nazi-occupied France is revealed to be an important figure in the Ministry's past and its present. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 9, 2018 - 3 comments

Babylon 5: Confessions and Lamentations  Season 2, Ep 18

A metaphor for AIDS as seen in the 1980s plague has hit the Markab on the station. "What happens? What happens is that we honor the memory of those who are no longer with us by using what we have learned to save others. To exercise faith, and patience, and charity. To reach out to those who are afraid. If we can do that, then their passing will have had meaning and we will grow from it." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Aug 6, 2018 - 4 comments

Babylon 5: Knives  Season 2, Ep 17

Londo meets with an old friend, who has danger on his heels... Sheridan goes to the heretofore unmentioned Spooky Sector (Grey Sector) and begins hallucinating... Or does he? "Insanity is part of the times. You must learn to embrace the madness. Let it fire you." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Aug 4, 2018 - 3 comments

Babylon 5: In the Shadow of Z'Ha'Dum  Season 2, Ep 16

Much is revealed about Kosh and Mr. Morden. "I'd like to live just long enough to be there when they cut off your head and stick it on a pike as a warning to the next ten generations that some favors come with too high a price. I would gaze up into your lifeless eyes and wave, like this. Can you and your associates arrange this for me, Mr. Morden?" [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jul 29, 2018 - 12 comments

Babylon 5: And Now For a Word  Season 2, Ep 15

This is the semi-mandatory fake documentary/fake news show episode. Like all other fake documentary episodes, it is awful. "The job of Babylon 5 is not to enforce the peace. It's to create the peace." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jul 21, 2018 - 5 comments

Babylon 5: There All The Honor Lies  Season 2, Ep 14

Sheridan kills a Minbari in self-defense, but it seems as though he is being set up to lose his command... Meanwhile, Ivanova runs a gift shop, Sheridan and Kosh seek understanding, and Vir receives a message from Centauri Prime. About 'truth': "Ah, yes. The favorite song of the legally ignorant." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jul 15, 2018 - 3 comments

Babylon 5: Hunter, Prey  Season 2, Ep 13

The former doctor for President Clark is in hiding on Babylon 5, and Sheridan needs to protect the doctor before Clark's goons silence him forever... Meanwhile, we learn more about Kosh and the Vorlon. "I sought understanding. I listen to the song. Your thoughts became the song." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jul 1, 2018 - 3 comments

Movie: Tau

A woman is held captive by a Software engineer in a futuristic smart house and hopes to escape by manipulating the A. I. program that controls the house. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on Jun 30, 2018 - 8 comments

The Department of Time: Con el tiempo en los talones (With Time on His Heels)  First Watch   Season 3, Ep 1

Amelia and Alonso are sent to the premiere of "Vertigo" at the 1958 San Sebastián Film Festival, to foil a plan by Russia to kidnap Alfred Hitchcock and force him to produce propaganda films. While the Ministry is under construction, a wheelchair-bound Salvador becomes suspicious of a Sony Walkman-wearing construction worker he observes through his office window. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jun 28, 2018 - 4 comments

Babylon 5: Acts of Sacrifice  Season 2, Ep 12

G'Kar tries desperately to find allies for the Narn. Ivanova tries to cement an alliance with a new alien species, and engages in chicanery to do so. Londo has some regrets about his new position. "There is nothing to mediate, Delenn. Unless others choose to become involved, we will destroy them, or they will destroy us. There is no in-between." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jun 23, 2018 - 11 comments

The Department of Time: Cambio de tiempo (Change of Time)  First Watch   Season 2, Ep 13

Season Finale: After the defeat of the Spanish Armada along the English coast in 1588, King Philip II decides to break the Ministry rules (imposed by his great-grandmother Isabella) and travel back in time to so the Armada will win the battle. When the Ministry refuses to help, Philip takes over, discovering that he can not only travel into the past but the future as well. Julián, Alfonso and Amelia return to 2016 from a mission to find history has been drastically changed. Philip is now King of the World, and the King of Time. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jun 20, 2018 - 6 comments

The Department of Time: Hasta que el tiempo os separe (Til Time Do Us Part)  First Watch   Season 2, Ep 12

Ortigosa and Natalia's wedding is complicated by a hidden time portal and a romantic legend from the 13th century. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jun 19, 2018 - 5 comments

Babylon 5: All Alone in the Night  Season 2, Ep 11

Sheridan is kidnapped while in a Starfighter. Delenn returns to face judgment. "You have always been here." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jun 16, 2018 - 3 comments

The Department of Time: Tiempo de lo oculto (Time of the Occult)  First Watch   Season 2, Ep 11

When the host of a show about paranormal mysteries and conspiracies reveals the existence of the Ministry on the internet, Salvador tries to convince him that he is mistaken by inviting him on a tour of headquarters, while pretending that it is the dullest government office in Spain. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jun 12, 2018 - 5 comments

Babylon 5: Gropos  Season 2, Ep 10

Fraklin's father, General Franklin, arrives on Babylon 5 with 25 000 "ground pounders" (marines) as they await a secret deployment to an alien world. "We are all slaves to our histories." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jun 9, 2018 - 6 comments

Babylon 5: The Coming of Shadows  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 9

[all-seasons rewatch] [major arc; titular episode of the season] Emperor Turhan, of the Centauri Republic, comes to Babylon 5 to make an announcement. Londo and G'Kar pass each other, like ships in the night... "Oh, enough [regrets] to fill a lifetime. So much has been lost, so much forgotten. So much pain, so much blood. And for what, I wonder? The past tempts us, the present confuses us, and the future frightens us. And our lives slip away, moment by moment, lost in that vast terrible in-between. But there is still time to seize that one last, fragile moment. To choose something better, to make a difference, as you say. And I intend to do just that." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jun 9, 2018 - 11 comments

Movie: Upgrade

Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. But when Grey, a self-identified technophobe, has his world turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant called Stem. [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Jun 7, 2018 - 6 comments

The Department of Time: Separadas en el tiempo (Separated by Time)  First Watch   Season 2, Ep 10

In the present, Irene looks into a mystery involving "Las Sinsombrero," a group of avant-garde women artists and activitsts who have been forgotten. In the course of her investigation, it is discovered that the Vampire of Raval was not arrested when she should have been. She is free, and may be traveling through time. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jun 6, 2018 - 6 comments

The Department of Time: Óleo sobre tiempo (Oil Painting Over Time)  First Watch   Season 2, Ep 9

A Velázquez painting is auctioned off in 2016. But the painting in question was one of many destroyed in a fire at the Alcázar de Madrid in 1734. Velázquez is given a mission: travel back in time with Irene to investigate the paradox. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jun 5, 2018 - 5 comments

The Department of Time: Tiempo de valientes (Time of the Brave) -- Part 2  First Watch   Season 2, Ep 8

Salvador sends Alonso on a mission to save Julián from a lengthy battle during the Siege of Baler in the Philippines. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jun 4, 2018 - 9 comments

The Department of Time: Tiempo de valientes (Time of the Brave) -- Part 1  First Watch   Season 2, Ep 7

While hiding out in the Philippines in the 19th century, Julián makes a promise to a dying soldier that gets him into a dangerous situation.
posted by zarq on Jun 4, 2018 - 2 comments

Movie: Planet of the Apes

An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 2, 2018 - 8 comments

Babylon 5: The Coming of Shadows  Season 2, Ep 9

[major arc; titular episode of the season] Emperor Turhan, of the Centauri Republic, comes to Babylon 5 to make an announcement. Londo and G'Kar pass each other, like ships in the night... "Oh, enough [regrets] to fill a lifetime. So much has been lost, so much forgotten. So much pain, so much blood. And for what, I wonder? The past tempts us, the present confuses us, and the future frightens us. And our lives slip away, moment by moment, lost in that vast terrible in-between. But there is still time to seize that one last, fragile moment. To choose something better, to make a difference, as you say. And I intend to do just that." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jun 2, 2018 - 5 comments

The Department of Time: Tiempo de magia (Time of magic)  First Watch   Season 2, Ep 6

The team travels to 1920s New York into the world of magic and Houdini, as the Ministry's own existence is placed in peril. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jun 1, 2018 - 6 comments

The Department of Time: El Monasterio del Tiempo (The Convent of Time)  First Watch   Season 2, Ep 4

In 1808, Napoleon visited the Royal Convent of Santa Clara de Tordesillas, where the abbess convinced him to release three prisoners that were about to be executed. Unfortunately, the abbess has unexpectedly died before she met Napoleon. Now, the Ministry must send a replacement to convince him not to execute the prisoners, as one of them is an ancestor of Adolfo Suárez González, the first Prime Minister of Spain after the military dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Adolfo guided Spain through its transition to a democracy. His ancestor must survive! [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 29, 2018 - 4 comments

Babylon 5: A Race Through Dark Places  Season 2, Ep 8

Bester is chasing telepaths who are leaving Earth space, and the trail leads to Babylon 5... "Would it interest you to know that I'm married, Mr. Garibaldi? That I have a five-year-old daughter? That on Sundays when I'm back home, we pack a picnic lunch and go out under the dome on Syria Planum and watch the stars come out? Hardly the description of a monster." [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on May 27, 2018 - 2 comments

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