Monday, June 1, 2009

B5 S5 Ep6: Strange Relations

Yikes! All that yelling. This is definitely an ex-wife.

So we begin as Delenn discusses John's reasons for selecting Lochley with Lochley herself. Lochley is a little caught off guard. Still, the exchange is pleasant and Delenn indicates she understands. Still, we, the audience, are very much in the dark. Lochley would prefer to keep it that way. Hmmm. She would prefer not to share the information. Well, Garibaldi eavesdrops and overhears the exchange.

Zack meets with Londo. Londo tells him he would be the second Emperor Mollari. It all ended badly for him and Londo fears it will go badly for him personally as well. Londo suspects the "badly" begins now.
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Transport 11719 has turned off autpilot and is attempting to dock. Corwin advises them accordingly but the ship appears unable to heed his orders and the vessel crashes into the entry gate. And so begins the mess that is Babylon 5, Season Five, Episode 6, Strange Relations [or Some Relationships We'd Rather Forget]. Lochley advises her maintenance crew accordingly on clean up. As Lochley exits we see the markings of a Psi Corps ship docking. It would appear Lester is back in the house.
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Lyta pays a visit to medlab for goods to supply her new telepath buddies. Lyta is clearly willing to beg, borrow and steal for her newfound friends. She has fallen hard for the cult of Byron. She really believes in his mission. Franklin tells Lyta if she needs something to just ask for it in the future. She is clearly mosing sight of right and wrong or at the very least taking on the us versus them mentality of her boy.
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Lyta brings the goods to Byron. I have a feeling she'll be bringing her personal goods to his bedside in the future. Byron speaks poetically to Lyta and likens her to that of a Willow tree. The One To Be Pitied happened to be in the room and felt it necessary to pipe in with "can I vommit now?" I have to admit, it does come off a bit cheesy. I mean, this guy is a bore. Nevertheless, I want you to know, The One To Be Pitied makes fun of Battlestar Galactica as well. Trust me, there is no science fiction show safe from the vitriolic and venomous tongue of The One To Be Pitied [see photo of Lochley at top]. I will have her give me her favorite science fiction experience someday with her own personal thoughts and place that here for all to see. That should make for an entertaining entry. Anyway, the steady beat of footsteps alarms the telepaths. Psi Corps is coming. This is one of the notorious Bloodhound Units. We were hinted to the Bloodhound Units in Babylon 5, Season Four, Episode 17, The Face Of The Enemy. This could be promising.
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Elsewhere, Garibaldi is informed of Bester's arrival and he just launches off to find his ass. Remember, he has a bone to pick with Bester based on information revealed [again] in The Face Of The Enemy. He makes his way toward Bester, but Lochley pushes him back and gives him a hard right hook throwing him into the brig. Bester smugly sits tight knowing he has the upper hand to be sure with that kind of support.
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G'Kar and Delenn approach Franklin about handling cross-species infectious studies. Franklin, ever the medical geek hunk [to the ladies of course], happily obliges.
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Ahhh, more yelling.
Lochley reports to Sheridan. Apparently the telepaths are wanted on a variety of charges by Psi Corps, hence Bester's visit at the behest of the guiding hand of Earth gov. Lochley is "annoyingly" by the book, but she is a law and order girl to be sure and that is the right thing to do in her shoes. Sheridan informs Lochley the telepaths will not be going home with Bester. He gave his word to them. Sheridan's role has not been nearly as exciting this season. He's like some kind of paper pusher. I know he's the President, but I'd prefer an action President.
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A Centauri Prime War Cruiser explodes after setting course to Centauri Prime. Londo was unable to make the liner's scheduled flight and lucky for him is still very much alive.
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Lochley determines her security file was accessed by Garibaldi as she speaks with Zack. She is understandably less than pleased. But an argument could be made that Garibaldi has the authorization to check her out, based on the criminal justice nature of her role on the station as well as his role as assigned to Sheridan. It is possible that it is perfectly legal, while seeming slimy.
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Bester meets with Lyta. Lyta won't give the psycho club up. She tells Bester he'll need to find them himself. Lyta psi-jams the Bloodhound group and tells them to leave. Bester tells her to stand aside but she has some significant power at her disposal thanks to those gone but not forgotten Vorlons.



Lyta warns Byron to leave and he gives her a good, old fashioned Byron romantic liplock. By the way, it's all a little too wink, wink, nudge, nudge for me to buy the whole Byron gig. I mean, George Gordon Byron was a poet and figure and British figure in Romanticism, an artistic, intellectual movement in Europe in the 18th Century, and I get the connection. This guy Byron is a poet and has the whole British thing accent and he's the leader of his own weirdo movement. It's just a little too convenient and he's a strange fellow leading a creepy core of crazies.
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Lochley visits Garibaldi in the brig. Could there be more yelling?

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Okay, no yelling there. So, Lochley and Sheridan were married. They did seem to exhibit signs they might have been an item at one time. For a couple of ex-spouses they sure are cold to one another. Granted I've seen folks who were once married like that as well as those who are such good friends you think they should get re-married. Anyway, I can believe it. Lochley receives word an attempt will be made to round up the telepaths.
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Moments later the telepaths are rounded up and Lyta is pissed with Bester and disappointed with Zack and the security personnel. But, her man Byron is still free. Byron is going to say goodbye and calls upon Lyta to bid her a drippingly romantic farewell.
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The Bloodhound units are on the prowl and two of them run into Byron who looks like he may implode their heads with his mind as they make a run at him. Unfortunately nothing that good happens.
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Delenn and G'Kar discuss Londo's enemies. G'Kar says he has many. Delenn asks G'Kar to be Londo's bodyguard which made me immediately recall the final moments of G'Kar strangling Londo. It makes sense to see a friend kill a friend out of mercy and that moment would explain why G'Kar was near Londo's thrown at his end of days. I have to give credit to G'Kar for Narning up to do such a job. It would seem slavery/bodyguard might feel closely connected to someone like G'Kar whose people were enslaved by the Centauri. Being a bodyguard could feel a bit like being a servant.
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Lochley meets with Bester regarding the telepaths to give him the bad news that they will not be leaving with him. Lochley uses Franklin's new medical role over cross-species inspection to hold the telepaths aboard Babylon 5. I'm a little surprised Bester didn't find the cock block obvious enough, but he could have scanned her to know she was clearly under order by Sheridan. Bester stands over Byron and would like to at least take him. The Bloodhound Unit men are still alive by the way. Lochley says sorry no go. Lochley indicates they will not be allowed to leave Babylon 5. Bester is surprisingly cooperative and trusting of Lochley. I suppose he has no reason to fear her or doubt her since they have had past associations according to Lochley. Lochley tells Byron not to leave the station. Zack calls Byron a martyr. Byron is NO Marcus and his group of crazies are just plain boring. Also, I was expecting the Bloodhound Units to be a little more impressive and fearsome. They were also a let down.
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The telepaths reunite and it's all happy, happy, joy, joy and I'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. This really is a bizarre bunch. And folks I like bizarre. I like weird when it's right, but this is just a little off-putting. Trust me, when I was in college I brought to The Illiad to the beach to read. I was completely ripped for weird. They were like, 'looks like a nic ebeach read there.' They can't help themselves. They have no idea. They wouldn't know a good epic yarn if it hit them in the head with a battle sword. So I've been place in the 'not right' category. I digress.
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Londo is informed G'Kar will be Londo's bodyguard. "Great maker!" proclaims Londo. He loves it and
you know it. The old lovers squabble over the aisle and window seats of the journey home.
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Lochley finally releases Garibaldi from the brig. Poor guy gets absolutely no satisfaction.
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Hanging with Byron's creepy little posse.
It's a candlelight vigil of the weird variety with the telepaths in their section of the station. It's very Wrapped Around Your Finger [The Police] with all those candles. They sing some kind of crap song you wouldn't find on a light radio station. It's kind of queer. The One To Be Pitied calls Byron, Fabio. The whole thing really is a bit on the gay side.

Strange Relations: C

2 comments:

aris-tgd said...

I'd like to teach the teeps to sing
In perfect ESP
So we don't have to hear them wail
In painful harmony...

Yeah, Sheridan gets kinda sidelined in here. Don't worry, after Phoenix Rising he gets to come back and do what he does best... give speeches! I kid. He does get more action.

The Sci-Fi Fanatic said...

That is pure classic! It's funny you should post this, because my latest music video joke riffs on that number. So funny. We are definitely on the same wavelength.

Give speeches- that is great! HA! It has been a bit that way.