Welcome to Show #51!
Tim, Summer, a contemplative Jeffrey, and a wisecracking Michael spend the warm-up cracking themselves up. We are so damned easily amused. This is what happens when you stay up late at night and geek on Babylon 5. Don’t try this at home kids!
Deep Geeking: Tim and Summer (along with studio guests Brian and the other Tim) move ahead with episode analysis from Season 2 with “Soul Mates”, one of the better episodes of Season 2, rife with intrigue, hidden agendas and sly humor.
Londo Mollari has been granted a wish from the Emperor, in honor of the 20th anniversary of his Ascension. He has requested a divorce from his three wives, and has summoned them to the station so he can choose which ones he’d like to excise from his life.
At the same time, Matt Stoner arrives on the station and immediately sets Garibaldi on edge, and during the course of reporting his odd encounter, discovers that he and Talia had a previous relationship, one which wasn’t pleasant for Talia.
Is there a direct connection between Stoner’s arrival on the station, and Londo’s wife Mariel, and her purchase of the dangerous-to-Centauri artifact that he brought on board? Is there a deeper relationship between Mariel and G’Kar, knowing where Stoner found the artifact in the first place? None of these questions are resolved completely, and the possible iterations of who-knew-what-when and who-knew-whom can be argued in circles for a long time.
We also see a side story with Delenn dealing with the unexpected physiological changes she’s undergone because of her transformation into a human-Minbari hybrid. Her asking Ivanova for help and their interaction and female bonding makes for a very amusing break from the emotions of the Garibaldi-Winters-Stoner triangle.
“Soul Mates” is available for download at iTunes.
Listener Feedback: Jeff and Mike abuse Summer and her geek girl shopping habits; Haiku: Zathras; Lambeau from Houston has B5 Limericks for us; Chris from Detroit thought that Robin’s interview was parody; Walter from LA on Show #46, and compares it to Wingin’ It; Jeffrey lays down the snark on Mike regarding Martian property sales. Tim reads an email from Sean on the Drazi conflict from “Geometry of Shadows”.
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