Season 4 Wrap Up

Go well, Captain Ivanova!

Go well, Captain Ivanova!

Episode 89: Season 4 Wrap Up

Mitt Romney - he has binders full of timelines

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Chris’s Top 5:

5) No Retreat, No Surrender

4) Rising Star

3) The Long Night

2) Into the Fire

1) Intersections in Real Time

Jon’s Top 5:

5) The Long Night

4) Falling Toward Apotheosis

3) Hour of the Wolf

2) Moments of Transition

1) The Summoning

The Long Now podcast interview with Ian McEwen: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ian-mcewan-machines-like-me/id186908455?i=1000438679937


Chris’s Bottom 3:

3) Rumors, Bargains, and Lies

2) The Illusion of Truth

1) Atonement

Jon’s Bottom 3:

3) Between the Darkness and the Light

2) Racing Mars

1) The Illusion of Truth




The Deconstruction of Falling Stars

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Episode 88: The Deconstruction of Falling Stars (Season 4, Episode 22)

Synopsis: In which the enduring cultural legacy of Babylon 5 is explored.

http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/master/guide/088.html

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0517699/?ref_=ttep_ep22

If I need to explain Vogons and Hyperspace Bypasses, what are you doing even reading this?

Jack Vance’s Dying Earth: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dying_Earth

And the “Dying Earth subgenre (which is COMPLETELY my jam!): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dying_Earth_genre

The Athropocene Reviewed podcast: https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/anthropocene-reviewed

Tariq Aziz: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tariq_Aziz

The distant future’s Human Encounter Suit:

Star Trek TNG episode “Peak Performance” - https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Peak_Performance_(episode)



Endgame

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Episode 86: Endgame (Season 4, Episode 20)

Synopsis: In which Sheridan brings the fight to Earth and Marcus does the most Marcus thing ever.


https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0517647/?ref_=ttep_ep20 

http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/master/guide/086.html


Where’s the kaboom? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9wmWZbr_wQ


The telepaths were not killed by Sheridan’s usage of them. It’s not clear how many may have died because their ships were destroyed.

“Feel It” by The Tamperer ft Maya: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkisiwa-97c

Star Trek Voyager’s “Engdame” https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Endgame_(episode)


The X-Files’ “Endgame” https://x-files.fandom.com/wiki/End_Game


Please enjoy a lengthy segment where two middle aged men try to remember the Oceanic Air flight number from Lost, something that was only a major part of the mythology of the series.


Megadeth’s Endgame https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endgame_(Megadeth_album)

Featuring the Aragorn-inspired track “This Day We Fight” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acsc6ZVd3cM

The Face of the Enemy

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Episode 84: The Face of the Enemy (Season 4, Episode 17)

Synopsis: In which Garibaldi hands Sheridan over to Earthgov and Bester’s long game is revealed.



http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/master/guide/083.html

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0517701/?ref_=ttep_ep17



Not sure if the concept of “senioritis” translates to our friends outside the US - it’s the concept that in the final semester of secondary school students aren’t putting in their best effort because their plans for college or whatnot are already in place.



Shameless plug for Jon’s book: https://www.amazon.com/Level-Up-Your-Classroom-Students/dp/1416622055/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2191BPRE6U643



I should have known someone would have already done the meme I was referencing:


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The Exercise of Vital Powers

Episode 83: The Exercise of Vital Powers (Season 4, Episode 16)

Synopsis: In which Garibaldi returns to Mars and we learn more about Edgars’ plans.

http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/master/guide/082.html

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0517700/?ref_=ttep_ep16

The true mastermind behind Garibaldi’s mind control:

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The fifth roommate in The Young Ones: https://dangerousminds.net/comments/wait_what_there_was_a_secret_fifth_roommate_on_the_young_ones_the_whole_tim


Ephrem ZImbalist Jr: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0956544/?ref_=tt_cl_t15


Come in with the milk, come in with the milk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uus--6heuw8


Most commercial telepaths (P5 level) do need line of sight for telepathy to work, which explains why Edgars wanted to be in another room unseen during Garibaldi’s testing. https://babylon5.fandom.com/wiki/Telepath



Lise met and married William Edgars in 2260, so it’s not clear if that was before or after the secession (not that my grand complicated conspiracy theory panned out anyway).

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No Surrender, No Retreat

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Episode 82: No Surrender, No Retreat (Season 4, Episode 15)

Synopsis: In which Sheridan brings the fight to Clark’s forces, and Londo asks G’kar for help.


http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/master/guide/081.html

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0517674/?ref_=ttep_ep15

If you haven’t seen The Lion in Winter, unquestionably the best Christmas movie of all time, the I just don’t know what to tell you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cVwBjwRGgg


Chris would absolutely watch a show where Boston City Hall was used as a starship model.

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Rumors, Bargains and Lies & Moments of Transition

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Episode 81: Rumors, Bargains & Lies/Moments of Transition (Season 4, Episodes 13 and 14)

Synopsis: In which the Minbari Civil War comes to a head and the new Grey Council is revealed.

http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/master/guide/079.html

http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/master/guide/080.html

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0517684/?ref_=ttep_ep13

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0517671/?ref_=ttep_ep14


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The Minbari capital city is named Yedor. I’m not sure if it was named on screen at any point.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saga_(comics)

Operation Downfall was the proposed land invasion of Japan: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Downfall

Jon was close though - Olympic was part of Downfall, the invasion of southern Japan.





Conflicts of Interest

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Episode 80: Conflicts of Interest (Season 4, Episode 12)

Synopsis: In which a dame from Garibaldi’s past shows up with a suitcase full of trouble.


https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0517640/?ref_=ttep_ep12

http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/master/guide/078.html

Annie Potts: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001633/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Parker Posey: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000205/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1


“Jacque de Molay, thou art avenged!” - Robert Anton Wilson’s Illuminatus! Trilogy someone yells that line at the execution of King Louis XVI of France. If you need me to explain who Jacques de Molay was and why he needed avenging, well pull up a chair, it’s going to be a long night.

The Natural Law Party: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_Law_Party_(United_States)

John Hagelin:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hagelin

Duck Amuck: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2ofats


Marvel Comics #1000 - featuring a page by JMS: https://www.marvel.com/articles/comics/marvel-comics-1000-celebrates-marvel-s-80-year-legacy



Lines of Communication

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Episode 79: Lines of Communication (Season 4, Episode 11)

Synopsis: In which Marcus and Stephen attempt to bring the Martian resistance onto their side, and Delenn encounters the heirs of the Shadows.


https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0517665/?ref_=ttep_ep11

http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/master/guide/077.html

Are you getting enough oxygen? https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/9d93c1d3-6ad5-4720-976e-325d65d660e7


https://thewellpod.com/


The story of the “Mac Tonight” commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClksIvHsYcc


Robin Curtis as Ambassador Kalika Qwal’Mizra: https://babylon5.fandom.com/wiki/Kalika_Qwal%27Mizra

Racing Mars

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Episode 78: Racing Mars

Synopsis: In which Marcus and Stephen travel to Mars to meet with the Resistance, and find the enemy one step ahead of them.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0517681/?ref_=ttep_ep10

http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/master/guide/076.html


The immortal Kajagoogoo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CfV2iVMeKA

DS9 episode “Rejoined” https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0708588/?ref_=ttep_ep5

On Martian-Texan accents in The Expanse:

Atonement

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Episode 77: Atonement (Season 4, Episode 9)

Synopsis: In which Delenn learns a shocking fact about herself thanks to our new sponsor 23 and me!*

*does not imply actual sponsorship or association

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0517630/?ref_=ttep_ep9

http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/master/guide/075.html

Philip Bailey and Phil Collins - “Easy Lover” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkRKT6T0QLg

Tony Freaking Dow! https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0235638/?ref_=tt_ov_dr

He played Wally Cleaver on the final episode of The Love Boat???????? Along with half the cast of Leave It to Beaver  AND the Brady Bunch reprising their characters as well. And Milton Berle, Steve Allen, Don Knotts and Ruth Buzzi as themselves? And also featuring Gordon “Arthur “Big Guy” Calson from WKRP in Cincinnati AND Jane “Amanda  “mother of Spock” Grayson” Wyatt??? Oh that’s this evening sorted! https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0636818/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast


The Illusion of Truth

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Episode 76: The Illusion of Truth (Season 4, Episode 8)

Synopsis: In which an ISN reporter comes to the station to film what he totally pinkie swears will not be an anti-Babylon 5 propaganda hit piece, and Sheridan falls for it again.



https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0517706/?ref_=ttep_ep8

http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/master/guide/074.html



Elia Kazan and the Oscars: https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1999-mar-22-mn-19738-story.html



Magic Kid I: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Kid

Magic Kid II: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Kid_2



The “Equality vs Equity” image.


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Henry Darrow: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0201688/?ref_=tt_cl_t14



“Helsinki Syndrome” was (accidentally?) referenced in the film “Die Hard” so this is either continuing the tradition of misnaming Stockholm Syndrome or a nod to that occurrence. Given that it was a vapid news anchor who said it in “Die Hard” I suspect it was intentional there, and intentional here as well.  https://bshistorian.wordpress.com/2017/12/25/helsinki-syndrome/




Into the Fire

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Episode 74: Into the Fire (Season 4, Episode 6)

Synopsis: In which Londo makes the right decision for once, and exeunt the First Ones, stage left.


https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0517661/?ref_=ttep_ep6

http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/master/guide/072.html


Do I really need to link to any of the Marvel movies here, people? I didn’t think so.


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Shadipur? What the hell was I thinking. The final Padishah Emperor was Shaddam Corrino IV. Take away my nerd card! Time to re-read the series (six books ONLY). Regardless, the Empire of the Known Universe appears to only occupy a small part of the Milky Way galaxy. https://dune.fandom.com/wiki/Known_Universe



Zeta 2 Reticuli was, of course, identified by Betty Hill as the home star system of the classic grey aliens that abducted her and her husband in 1961.



“Tekeli-li! Tekeli-li!” was a strange cry uttered by shuggoths in HP Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness https://kinginyellow.fandom.com/wiki/Tekeli-li

HOT PIE!

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The Long Night

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Episode 73: The Long Night (Season 4, Episode 5)

Synopsis: In which Sheridan lays a trap and the reign of Emperor Cartagia comes to an abrupt end.


https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0517708/?ref_=ttep_ep5

http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/master/guide/071.html


Dương Văn Minh, the final President of the Republic of Vietnam. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C6%B0%C6%A1ng_V%C4%83n_Minh

A fellow named Vittorio Emanuele would be the King of Italy today had the monarchy not been abolished in 1946 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vittorio_Emanuele,_Prince_of_Naples

Here was the full title of his father, Umberto II the last king (and suck it, Joffrey):

[Name], by the Grace of God and the will of the Nation, King of Italy, King of Sardinia, Cyprus, Jerusalem, Armenia, Duke of Savoy, count of Maurienne, Marquis (of the Holy Roman Empire) in Italy; Prince of Piedmont, Carignano, Oneglia, Poirino, Trino; Prince and Perpetual Vicar of the Holy Roman Empire; Prince of Carmagnola, Montmellian with Arbin and Francin, Prince bailiff of the Duchy of Aosta, Prince of Chieri, Dronero, Crescentino, Riva di Chieri and Banna, Busca, Bene, Bra, Duke of Genoa, Monferrat, Aosta, Duke of Chablais, Genevois, Duke of Piacenza, Marquis of Saluzzo (Saluces), Ivrea, Susa, of Maro, Oristano, Cesana, Savona, Tarantasia, Borgomanero and Cureggio, Caselle, Rivoli, Pianezza, Govone, Salussola, Racconigi over Tegerone, Migliabruna and Motturone, Cavallermaggiore, Marene, Modane and Lanslebourg, Livorno Ferraris, Santhià, Agliè, Centallo and Demonte, Desana, Ghemme, Vigone, Count of Barge, Villafranca, Ginevra, Nizza, Tenda, Romont, Asti, Alessandria, of Goceano, Novara, Tortona, Bobbio, Soissons, Sant'Antioco, Pollenzo, Roccabruna, Tricerro, Bairo, Ozegna, delle Apertole, Baron of Vaud and of Faucigni, Lord of Vercelli, Pinerolo, of Lomellina, of Valle Sesia, of the Marquisate of Ceva, Overlord of Monaco, Roccabruna and eleven-twelfths of Menton, Noble Patrician of Venice, Patrician of Ferrara.

Romania is a little trickier since King Michael I only had daughters and the royal constitution did not recognize women in the line of succession, even though Michael named his eldest daughter Margareta as his heir. Margareta today claims the title “Custodian of the Crown” although her cousin via her father’s illegitimate half brother lays claim to the title as well. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margareta_of_Romania#Custodian_of_the_Crown_of_Romania

The end of British rule in Palestine: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End_of_the_British_Mandate_for_Palestine

The end of British rule of India: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/modern/independence1947_01.shtml

The US occupation of Haiti: https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/haiti-us-occupation-hundred-year-anniversary

Bryan Cranston: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0186505/?ref_=tt_cl_t13

Falling Toward Apotheosis

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Episode 72: Falling Toward Apotheosis (Season 4, Episode 4)

Synopsis: In which Londo begins to enact his desperate plan, and the time has come to say farewell to the new Kosh.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0517651/?ref_=ttep_ep4

http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/master/guide/070.html

Warning: eye-related body horror right up top. Of course, nobody ever reads these notes so hope you enjoyed that folks!

From David Sedaris’s “Santaland Diaries”: “Snowball just leads elves on, elves and Santas. He is playing a dangerous game.”

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A Kheldian from City of Heroes in “space squid” form:

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The Summoning

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Episode 71: The Summoning (Season 4, Episode 3)

Synopsis: In which the Vorlons strike back, G’kar endures, and there are many happy returns.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0517714/?ref_=ttep_ep3

http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/master/guide/069.html


Room 101/Two Minutes Hate/Goldstein! Goldstein! Goldstein! - a very 1984-heavy episode this week (the book and film, not the sub-par Van Halen album).


Warning: Trek digression starting about 12 minutes in. Mostly slagging on TNG interior design and costuming nightmares.


Max the Cat appears briefly in the background at about 20 min.