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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “And the Sky Full of Stars” (Season 1, Episode 8)

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The first year of B5 is pretty inconsistent and dull, and never so much as in the first third of the season, but for those who’ve soldiered on thus far, they get some payoff: The mystery of Sinclair’s disappearance at the Battle of the Line is revealed, and a larger mystery emerges from that one.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5:: “The War Prayer” (Season 1, Episode 6)

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Grrr. The average is ebbing down again. Not terrible, and there’s some more world building here that is worth watching, but that doesn’t disguise the overwhelming feeling of “Meh” that pervades this episode.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Mind War” (Season 1, Episode 6)

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After last week’s high water mark for the series thus far, we once again find the tide is going out. But it doesn’t go out all the way, and it’s not so low that we can see the mud. Between the coda of this episode, and the coda of the previous one, the show is showing a sudden and impressive penchant for the whole “sense of wonder and awe” thing that Star Trek had lost all interest in by this point.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Born to the Purple” (Season 1, Episode 3)

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I remembered this one as being kind of weak, with a couple particularly terrible scenes, but it was actually rather weaker than I remembered. As usual, there’s some interesting stuff in here, but you’ve got to run a lot of water through your sperm whale to catch this low level of plankton.

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