Welcome to Show #44!
The holiday season is upon us all, and Santa Kosh has begun checking his lists to see who’s naughty, who’s nice, and who’s really really nice. The chatroom chimes in with a cornucopia of Santa Kosh and B5 related Christmas jokes.
Listener Feedback: In voicemail, Iron Eagle comments on “Geometry of Shadows”, and responds to Jarsto; Jason in KC comments on character theme music possibilities; Mark from Lowell on Show #34 and what the Grey Council learned when about Valen/Sinclair; comment on Tim’s complaints about technomages; Thomas from Flagstaff welcomes Jarsto as a show addition; Jarsto likes hearing project updates from B5 alumni; Jarsto comments on “Geometry of Shadows” and highlights a rift between fans for and against technomages, and how the Drazi method of leadership selection might work on current-day Earth; Edmund from Greeneville on the possible improvements for any future All Boys geeking shows; CA in Phoenix enjoys the show so far, and wants more fun interviews. Tim reads an email from Edmund about the escalation of the Drazi fights in “Geometry of Shadows”, and wonders if the Shadows might have influenced the escalation of violence in the Drazi Purple/Green conflict.Deep Geeking: Tim and Summer continue episode analysis with “A Distant Star”, and given that Russ Tamblyn was featured, Tim and Summer ask Jeff what it was like to work with some high profile guest stars over the years in the show.
In talking about an episode that they both consider to be one of the weakest of Season 2, despite the fact that D. C. Fontana is credited with writing it, the dialogue seemed to be less than optimal in flow between characters and seemingly incongruent confluence of unlikely events.Would the Shadows have left the Starfuries alone, or would it really have gone back and made sure that they hadn’t survived to talk about their existence? Or were there just too many little things that needed to be setup in this episode that the weight caused the structure of the actual episode to collapse? The technobabble runs fast and deep here, and having all that happen just to give Keffer a search for truth and meaning this season seems a little weak.
How did this episode influence JMS in his resulting feat of writing all of the episodes of Seasons 3 and 4, or was it even an influence at all? We may never know.
Shameless plug: Summer contributed an essay to the essay collection, So Say We All: An Unauthorized Collection of Thoughts and Opinions on Battlestar Galactica, now available at your local bookstore and at Amazon.com.
Shameless related begging: Summer’s also really hoping to convince the publisher to eventually do a collection on Babylon 5. If you’d be interested in buying one if they did do a B5 collection, let Summer know, either here in comments, or over in the Babylon Podcast forums.
We are still considering doing a separate B5 Fan Tales segment in the future, so send us those favorite anecdotes of yours.
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