Day: December 29, 2015

The Larry Sanders Show – The Simpsons – Babylon 5 – tape 2447

A long play tape here, so it probably coincided with a holiday.

First, after the end of an episode of Seinfeld, we have The Larry Sanders Show. Phil the writer is in love, and writing bad material. Paula gets a better job offer, so Larry says he’ll make her a producer.

After this, a trailer for Christmas Comedy, and some weather, and the start of Today in Westminster, before recording switches to the end of an episode of the Simpsons, before another episode of The Simpsons, a Christmas episode, Miracle on Evergreen Terrace.

After this, a bit of the start of King of the Hill, before recording switches to The Big Breakfast. During which there’s an episode of Babylon 5. It’s late-vintage B5, season 5, going by Sheridan’s beard. It’s The Fall of Centauri Prime, and the ‘previously on’ seemed to last about five minutes. The Big Breakfast logo is offensively large and obscures half the credits.

Big Breakfast on screen logo

Londo becomes Emperor, and in doing so becomes host to a Keeper, a creature left over from the Shadows. The war is over, and Londo isolates himself, to try to minimise the malign effect of the keeper.

In the next episode, The Wheel of Fire, Garibaldi turns up to a staff meeting drunk. G’Kar has a slight problem with the cult of personality growing up around him. Lyta Alexander is captured, and De’lenn is pregnant.

Objects In Motion sees a Mars representative approach Garibaldi and Lise Edgars informing them there’s an assassination attempt underway.

Objects at Rest marks the last produced Babylon 5 episode, although not the last in this series. And it feels like this whole set of episodes has been like the endings to the Lord of the Rings. Everyone’s saying goodbye all the time. I think he ran out of story in the fourth season, when he thought it wouldn’t be renewed, so this is just stretching.

There’s a bit of incident here, when Sheridan gets trapped in a section with a coolant leak, and Lennier, still in love with De’lenn, doesn’t open the door for him.

But mostly it’s lots of goodbyes.

And finally, we get to the final episode, Sleeping In Light. Babylon 5 fans will know that this was shot at the end of season four, when the series creator Joe Straczynski didn’t know if the series was going to get a fifth year, and he wanted to ensure the story was completed. When the series was renewed at the last minute, the footage was put aside and a new finale for season 4 was shot, and this one was finished for the end of season five. This explains the sudden reappearance of Claudia Christian’s Ivanova, now a general, in this episode when she’s been absent the whole season, after Christian bailed on the series when the renewal was a long time coming.

General Ivanova

Sheridan is close to dying, as foretold in many earlier episodes, so he invites all his friends over for one last dinner. Yes, it’s another episode of people saying goodbye, but this time they also blow up the station – not for some nefarious reason, just because it’s become redundant. And the man who turns out the lights on the station looks a lot like series creator Straczynski.

Who turned out the lights

 

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