Nitpicking: Babylon 5

Where we take the beloved sci-fi series, look at it with jaded eyes, and then tell you everything that's wrong with it.


Season One

EPISODE ONE: Midnight on the Firing Line
[June 2, 2019]
Our inaugural episode opens with conflicts between the Narn Regime and the Centauri Republic and between Lieutenant Commander Ivanova and PsiCorps telepath Talia Winters.

EXTRASODE 7: The Gathering (PREVIEW) [June 2, 2017]
In the first of our Patreon-only extrasodes, we tackle the Babylon 5 pilot which introduces names and place we'll see again and some plot development we thankfully won't.

EPISODE TWO: Soul Hunter
[June 9, 2019]
The injection of the supernatural into a series of meaningless, boring events does nothing to save the three important lines that are all you really need to hear.

EPISODE THREE: Born to the Purple
[June 16, 2019]
This eminently forgettable episode is one about which we were both wrong. Unfortunately, we were both right about its mediocrity.

[June 23, 2019]
A meeting of Babylon 5 and Star Trek: The Next Generation, with a Lord-of-the-Rings feel, that no one wanted to see.

EPISODE FIVE: The Parliment of Dreams
[June 30, 2019]
This bundle of disconnected events is noteworthy only for introducing G'Kar's attache, Na'toth.

[July 7, 2019]
An inelegant but necessary dance ensues when the Psi Corp comes to Babylon Five looking for a rogue telepath.

[July 14, 2019]
The rule of C-Plots is borne out when a good idea for a story turns out to be too much for the slender reed that is Sinclair to carry.

EPISODE EIGHT: And the Sky Full of Stars
[July 21, 2019]
The tiny nugget of real information contained in this episode turns out to be not worth the great ball of stupid that it's wrapped in.

EPISODE NINE: Deathwalker
[July 28, 2019]
We are blessed with a good episode that, while a one-shot, realistically reflects events that have happened in real life.

EPISODE TEN: Believers
[August 4, 2019]
We learn entirely the wrong lesson when this Star Trek-y episode resolves in an entirely non-Star Trek way.

[August 11, 2019]
Dumb noir ensues when Garibaldi is framed FOR A CRIME HE DIDN'T COMMIT. Save us.

EPISODE TWELVE: By Any Means Necessary
[August 18, 2019]
This one's a good'un after a run of not-so-good-un's, filled with texture, continuity and completely unlike anything you'd see on Star Trek. The episode that sold the series to Neil.

EPISODE THIRTEEN: Signs and Portents
[August 25, 2019]
Babylon 5's real story begins as Londo attempts to find an important artifact while the station is visited by a very strange, and very important, side character.

[September 1, 2019]
An awful, utterly-forgettable A-plot involving martial-arts aliens is almost, but not quite, redeemed by the resolution of Ivanova's legacy.

[September 8, 2019]
TKO without the entertaining B-plot. Save us, Susan Ivanova.

[September 15, 2019]
Continuity reigns as several birds come home to roost. Susan Season continues.

[September 22, 2019]
The final run of Season One's real meat begins as a young woman's experience with her burgeoning telepathic powers intersects the Minbari warrior caste making a to-do of a vanished war hero's body.

EPISODE EIGHTEEN: A Voice in the Wilderness, Part I
[September 29, 2019]
With civil unrest on Mars as the backdrop, the Babylon 5 crew must explore the mysterious planet beneath them. Unfortunately, since this is a two-parter, nothing really happens.

EPISODE NINETEEN A Voice in the Wilderness, Part II
[Octover 6, 2019]
We learn that, much as on TNG, two-parters are usually unnecesary and often ultimately disappointing when the constant build-up finally fizzles out into a literal deus ex machina.

EPISODE TWENTY: Babylon Squared
[Octover 13, 2019]
A truly unique take on time travel ensues as Babylon 4 suddenly reappears while Delenn is faced with the possibility of taking over the Gray Council.

EPISODE TWENTY-ONE: The Quality of Mercy
[Octover 20, 2019]
In a sort of "Lost in Space" reunion, a doctor's strange healing device intersects a convicted murderer's death of personality, while Londo and Lennier hit the town.

[Octover 27, 2019]
A bookend to the season which is almost too much of a good thing.

EPISODE TWENTY-THREE: Bonus Season 1 Wrapup
[Octover 27, 2019]
We take a look back at Babylon Five's first season by picking a top and bottom three, making lists of necessary and recommended episodes, then discussing our favorite character so far.

Season Two

EPISODE TWENTY-FOUR: Points of Departure
[November 3, 2019]
Some departures, some arrivals and a lot of preparation for the coming of shadows.

[November 10, 2019]
This episode's disappointingly generic title hides the beginning of Babylon Five's real plot as several missing characters reappear.

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