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:

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.

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

Jack Vance’s Dying Earth:

And the “Dying Earth subgenre (which is COMPLETELY my jam!):

The Athropocene Reviewed podcast:

Tariq Aziz:

The distant future’s Human Encounter Suit:

Star Trek TNG episode “Peak Performance” -


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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.

Where’s the kaboom?

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:

Star Trek Voyager’s “Engdame”

The X-Files’ “Endgame”

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

Featuring the Aragorn-inspired track “This Day We Fight”

The Face of the Enemy


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.

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:

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.

The true mastermind behind Garibaldi’s mind control:

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The fifth roommate in The Young Ones:

Ephrem ZImbalist Jr:

Come in with the milk, come in with the milk:

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.

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


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.

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:

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


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.


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

Operation Downfall was the proposed land invasion of Japan:

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

Conflicts of Interest


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.

Annie Potts:

Parker Posey:

“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:

John Hagelin:

Duck Amuck:

Marvel Comics #1000 - featuring a page by JMS:

Lines of Communication


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.

Are you getting enough oxygen?

The story of the “Mac Tonight” commercial:

Robin Curtis as Ambassador Kalika Qwal’Mizra:

Racing Mars


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.

The immortal Kajagoogoo:

DS9 episode “Rejoined”

On Martian-Texan accents in The Expanse:



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

Philip Bailey and Phil Collins - “Easy Lover”

Tony Freaking Dow!

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!

The Illusion of Truth


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.

Elia Kazan and the Oscars:

Magic Kid I:

Magic Kid II:

The “Equality vs Equity” image.


Henry Darrow:

“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.

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.

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.

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


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The Long Night


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.

Dương Văn Minh, the final President of the Republic of Vietnam.

A fellow named Vittorio Emanuele would be the King of Italy today had the monarchy not been abolished in 1946,_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.

The end of British rule in Palestine:

The end of British rule of India:

The US occupation of Haiti:

Bryan Cranston:

Falling Toward Apotheosis


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.

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


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

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

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.