Episode 41: Confessions and Lamentations (Season 2, Episode 18)
Synopsis: In which an epidemic brings about the end of the Markab people.
“Your glasses are intact, you’ve got some books…” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_Enough_at_Last
“The Outcast” episode of TNG. What a stinker of a Very Special Episode. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Outcast_(Star_Trek:_The_Next_Generation)
“The Cloud Minders” episode of original Star Trek. Based on a story by our beloved David Gerrold. I (Chris) am not sure I’ve ever seen this episode. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cloud_Minders
Mary Douglas Purity and Danger: An Analysis of the Concepts of Pollution and Taboo https://www.amazon.com/Purity-Danger-Analysis-Pollution-Routledge/dp/0415289955
Perdo Zamora: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedro_Zamora
A discussion of the Diff’rent Strokes “Bicycle Man” episode: https://tv.avclub.com/a-very-special-diff-rent-strokes-that-s-terrifying-fo-1798240170
Here’s an article on “Maude’s Dilemma” from 1992, fairly close to the time B5 was on the air: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1992-11-13/features/9204130017_1_mothers-as-donna-reed-messy-family-life-maude-findlay
“A Taste of Armageddon” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Taste_of_Armageddon Such a good episode.
“Far Beyond the Stars” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far_Beyond_the_Stars (based on a story by Marc Scott Zicree, writer of B5’s “Survivors”)
Do we really need to link to Space: Above and Beyond again? I didn’t think so.
“Edith’s 50th Birthday” from All in the Family https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edith%27s_50th_Birthday Again, Norman Lear showing how it should be done.
Family Ties’ “Speed Trap” http://familyties.wikia.com/wiki/Speed_Trap They all look so young!
No shortage of “War is Hell” messages http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WarIsHell
Dammit, I (Chris again) said Norman Mailer instead of Norman Lear. TWICE! Bad liberal, no cookie!
Sense8 is (was) such a wonderful show, cut down too soon. Imagine if, like B5, JMS and the Wachowski sisters had gone into the show with a five-year story planned out and had gotten the chance to tell it.
“You’ve wasted another perfectly good hour listening to Car Talk” goes the line. The only show where the hosts laugh at their own jokes more than we do.