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"Babylon 5" The Wheel of Fire (1998)

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Tying up some loose ends

Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
23 June 2007

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This is a good transition episode and many loose ends are tied up. Let's address them one at a time.

G'Kar is once again put off by all the adulation since his book was published. However in this episode it's become so severe and a bit scary that he is contemplating leaving Babylon 5 and telling no one where he's going--even the Narn government who want him as their leader.

Lyta is arrested on orders from EarthGov because she apparently has been using funds to supply telepath rebels with weapons. Attacks had begun on Psi Corp and until her exact involvement is ascertained, she's to be held in the brig. Unfortunately for Captain Lockley, this is a serious problem as Lyta's powers keep growing and it seems impossible to contain her. I always felt sorry for Lyta, though, as she was constantly used by everyone and got so little in return.

Garibaldi arrives late and unprepared for a meeting and is confronted by Sheridan about his alcoholism. Much of the episode is built around this and Garibaldi is suspended until he's able to regain self-control.

Oh, and Delenn is pregnant and Sheridan only learns this when she passes out and she's taken to Med Lab.

Wow, those are a lot of plots and loose ends! So, this is a must-see episode because so much is happening.

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Soap opera in space

Author: Mischief810 from United States
29 September 2014

Well written, well directed, well acted. But it's still the evening soap opera in space, with no real connection to the genre of science fiction.

A recurring theme in my reviews is that science fiction fans are predominately male, in a highly coveted demographic of 18-54 year olds. For these viewers, the most satisfying episodes in a sci-fi/action series are the ones where there are epic space battles, fought against aliens with evil intent. The least satisfying episodes are those in which the "action" takes place inside the characters' minds and personalities.

If there is a multi-episode arc that's needed to tell the story of the struggle between good and evil in outer space, culminating in the ultimate confrontation between the good guys and the bad guys, OK. We'll tune in next week to see how things progress.

If, instead, you have an episode that plays out like an installment of Falcon Crest or Knot's Landing, we'll yawn and see if there's a ball game on somewhere.

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