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ALF, as everyone will remember, is an acronym that stands for the long form Alien Life Form, meaning extraterrestrial life form. Lo and behold, it even works as an acronym in German (hurray! Extraterrestrial LifeForm = ALF), but does it also work in any other languages? We don't really know. In any case, back then, in the middle Pleistocene, around 1988, we were all really happy about the great gags of the little furry creature from Alpha Centauri, err, wrong, from the planet Melmac of course. Especially those of us, of course, who also thought "Mork vom Ork" was a funny thing. One can argue now whether ALF is actually the one of all the eighties series that has best saved itself in modern times. But we don't want to argue about little things. In any case, you don't necessarily get that cold horror when you watch the series these days. If you were able to receive Dutch television in the eighties, if we are properly informed, you could experience the cult series start a little earlier. But maybe our memories deceive us a little. Whether in the following years small children in ALF carnival costumes appeared at the carnival? Such a right memory of it cannot now be ruled out with one hundred percent certainty, but at least it would be conceivable. Oh, you could of course have hunted cats in an ALF costume at any time without hesitation, because that's very Melmac-typical. Oh, we mentioned it, ALF is not the real name of ALF at all, but he was born and christened under the wonderful name Gordon Shumway - strangely enough, this is also the band name of a punk formation. Not that unsurprising, is it? ALF himself is more of a rocker, but that might even fit together to some extent. Because the humor that the little alien displays sometimes has something anarchic about it.

Yes, this little furry Gordon Shumway is very unlucky. He is sitting in his flying saucer (or whatever vehicle, uh, or better: poultry) that may always be, and yet he actually falls victim to earth gravity due to an undetermined technical defect and simply falls in the family's garage Exit Tanner. The Tanner family looks like they came from the United States in the 1980s. And that is essentially the same. You have exactly the same family problems there that you have at the time. And there you can really use an alien troublemaker. Well, the first episode also serves aj to introduce the characters and set the tone for the next episodes. And what happens there? Well, Willy Tanner and his wife Kate Tanner and their children Lynn (the older daughter) and Brian (the younger brother) live in Los Angeles. Willy (William Francis Tanner) is interested in all kinds of crazy things (including CB radio and extraterrestrial life or looking at stars through a telescope). Kate (Katherine Daphne Tanner) is more of the practical housewife who makes up a bit for the strict counterbalance to the soft Willy. Lynn Tanner has braces. She's probably somewhere between 16 and 17. That actually was the actress, but you don't necessarily think so when you look at it. Or at least some people don't. Her brother Brian is 9 years younger than her. One would like to believe that. You don't know why he's such a straggler, but at least this way he can bring a particularly childish element to the series. He also wants to let the crashed alien spend the night in his room immediately, because he is very fond of E.T. thinks. The film was already 6 years old at the time and you could probably see it on VHS video. Yes, those were the days. In any case, Alf wakes up in bed next to Kate in the morning. You don't even want to know how it came about. It is also not explained in detail ...

It all starts with waffles in this episode, namely Alf's special requests in terms of consistency and degree of browning. But just as Kate is preparing them for him really fresh from the toaster, Trevor Ochmonek comes in through the front door - but instead of tasting the waffles that Alf just had to stand and leave after he had seasoned them so excellently with garlic salt and Trevor prefers to brag to his nephew Jake about what he can do wonderfully to repair everything. And that finally leads to the goal of the matter via small detours. This episode finally gets down to business, and Willie Tanner can show that there is a real guy in him who can make a lot of wind in his own business, in particular to put an end to the crooked hustle and bustle of people who are prepare to initiate unfair deals on the customer's back. In particular with his automobile, which Willie needs because he has to come to work with it, of course he doesn't understand any joke. The mechanic Sam, who may work with fraudulent intent, has to find out firsthand. When Jake is taking care of the Tanners' car, he discovers to Willie's great horror manipulations that may have been caused by the new workshop itself. Of course, that goes too far, on the spur of the moment Willie takes the utmost means and stays in the queue for consumer advice over the phone for hours. With this, he really wants to show the mechanic who may have cut a cable and only poorly patched it. Willie doesn’t give up when the consumer advice doesn’t really work, and he decides to put the attorney general on hold as well. Somebody has to put an end to the shabby hustle and bustle of the seedy workshops. But we already see: Willie won't get it on the chain, but a joint venture of Lynn, Jake and Alf together with "B plus", they put the guy down!

Of course, it doesn't take long until the dear little alien ALF also encounters one of the most popular conspiracy theories, namely that Elvis Presley is still alive, which is always supposed to be covered up and withheld from us by CIA agents and the American federal government . It is presumably the case that the realization that Elvis Presley could only have faked his death is so shocking that it must never be made under any circumstances. So, and now it begins, the little alien's journey into the world of human conspiracy theories. No indication is too weak, no interpretation too implausible, as that it would not be enough for Alf to underpin his already firmly won belief that the new neighbor on the street is certainly the lost King of Rock'n'Roll. Indication number one is the fact that the new neighbor also has the surname King. Everyone knows that Elvis King the Presley, uh, Elvis Presley was the King. We have known since "Star Wars" at the latest that the best way to hide is by choosing a name that is as obvious as possible. For example, the best way to hide the children of old Anakin Skywalker is to place them with relatives under the name "Skywalker". So it is only obvious that the King of Rock'n'Roll has to appear somewhere under the name "King". Willie Tanner, Lynn and Kate try to some extent in vain to dissuade Alf from his insane theory, which he ultimately nourishes from a sensational print work, and Raquel Ochmonek does the rest to ensure that the fantasy that a famous dead singer could have set up his quarters in the neighborhood , in Alf continues to ferment and take shape. The fact that he rings the neighbor's doorbell at 3 a.m. and even breaks into his house shows once more that he has lost all sense of the standards.

Well, what can you say? With the episodes in which something that is too familiar is spread out in front of the inclined viewers, it is a bit of a cross. The alien is not all too humane after all, or maybe it is the other way around, that as a viewer the educational science-based message of all the hustle and bustle comes across as a bit penetrating, precisely because the example is being set on a little furry stranger . So this is where Alf comes into contact with the great stranger in Kate's stomach for the first time, at least so to speak, because Raquel is planning a "baby shower" for Kate (completely without self-interest). And the way in which the old scare screw threads it up and at the same time also disparagingly comments on the food of the tanners, is very good for the fact that you can't like them very much if you don't totally have one at the waffle. Apart from that, however, Alf now exercises according to all the rules of the art how a jealous sibling reacts when offspring is announced. That is to say, offspring who are not as furry, disgusting and gleeful as you are, but who can claim a completely different kind of cuteness bonus than I would have ever wanted and been able to claim for myself. And what happens to little Alf within an admittedly disgusting group of weird people? In relation to the baby, of all things, who can least of all for the complexities of human life around him, the little trunk-bearer seems to develop an allergy that manifests itself in continuous sneezing, but which also appears to exist in the absence of the allergen. Of course, all of this speaks for a small emotional problem. It is - just as it should be for an educational television - solved by middle-class-specific means in a class-specific manner. More love for Alf, reassurance of your own appreciation for him and so on. Sigh. We want to see more naughty aliens.

Well, here is really a somewhat scary story at the start, namely Alf receives a threatening call from a stranger under his real name Gordon Shumway, who calls him an alien and threatens to betray him to the authorities if he does not answer him within can provide an amount of approximately $ 3000 in a shorter period of time. Of course, Gordon doesn't really know what is happening to him, but the accusations against him are essentially not entirely unfounded, since technically he has to be given this label, because his name itself is nothing less than that Abbreviation for "Alien Life Form", as the inclined viewer will surely remember. The dark guy doesn't give up either. It is true that Willie and Kate actually have the feeling that this is just some kind of prank, just as they think that it is the sign that Alf put up in the garden and that he used to visit the Tanners' house for $ 4,000 would like to offer for sale, is also more of a kind of joke, but then learn from Alf that it is of course very serious. Of course, they only become aware of this when Trevor Ochmonek bursts into them, since he would like to buy the house for such a ridiculous price. For example, as a summer residence for him and Raquel. That's also a great plan that you could have the summer house right next door. Well, we don't need to comment on that at this point. It seems like a stupid idea. Even more stupid and unexpected comes the nightly attack by the Gestapo (whatever you call it), who suspects an illegal foreigner in the Tanners' house. It really gets down to business, and when you look at how badly Willie got access to consumer advice in "Fight Back", it's amazing that he supposedly did it so well, the man behind the Hold blackmail accountable.

Oh, poor Jake (that one would say that as an inclined viewer or as an inclined viewer! With all due respect, Jake is a film character at his first guest who should best match the character description of the asshole child or the asshole youth). So, once again: oh, poor Jake, he is pecked at by sweet lovesickness and at the same time full of sweet hope and deep despair, because there is a lovable girl at his school who he longs for from afar, but who has so far existed (at least that's his own impression) could not even have taken notice. And for whatever reason - the initial problem is extremely well known and understandable: you fall in love, but you don't know whether you would be noticed at all, yes, even less of course, whether you could count on it for just a little bit, hearing to be found in the swarmed person - the solution that imposes itself in the person of the little furry being with the big trunk is in no way the most obvious solution that one would think of without much mental dislocation. Why should Alf, of all people, who is usually inconsiderate and rowdy, on the one hand take care of Jake's condition and on the other hand also have the means to help out in this romantic misery and to free Jake from his emotional mess? In any case, Alf obviously feels called to help Jake by means of romantic literary works insofar as he is in fact able to hold a moonlight meeting, a kind of little serenade, between Jake and (what was her name? Oh yes ..) To initiate Laura so that Jake at least has the opportunity to test whether this could turn out to be anything with him and Laura. Alf gets into his self-chosen activity and in the role of "Cyrano de Melmac" (a character for which his huge nose almost automatically qualifies him) but enormously. And that is not without its complications.

The little furry creature from the planet Melmac, better known to the inclined viewers under the name "Alf", has gotten something beautiful again. Already in the first shot you can tell that not everything is going well. Alf is at the stove, is eyed suspiciously by Willie and is up to something. It's breakfast time right now, so you could assume that Alf wants to prepare a delicious breakfast for the family, who welcomed him so kindly, but you cut yourself a bit bad. Of course it is admittedly the case that Alf prepares something for the family, but it is anything but what one would commonly call a "delicious breakfast". The first thing he wants to serve is cockchafer Scaloppini, so at least he says something like that, and it seems to be mainly made of cockchafer. But that's not the only thing that smells a bit strange (and is subsequently more or less thankfully rejected by the Tanners), but also the history book by Brian, which Alf pushed into the oven to dry, provides for a very strange smell where it has meanwhile caught fire and starts to smoke. Brian is not very enthusiastic, of course, but Alf seems to be really feeling upset now. The very history-conscious culture of his home planet Melmac, at least he describes it as history-conscious, places the destruction of history books under one of the highest and worst ideological-religious punishments. After such an iniquity one is not less than seven years of bad luck, followed by another seven years of real bad luck. The fact that the only way to get rid of this accursed bad luck is in a complicated ritual in which those present have hung themselves with meat under the green full million Melmacs and attend a solemn ceremony does not make things any easier. But as more and more things break down in Alf's environment, they decide to join in and Trevor Ochmonek creates a true "Kodak moment".

The English title of this episode is perhaps even a little misleading, because after all, as you will see, it is not just about the funeral of a single friend, but unfortunately the deaths of several, but theirs befitting their class Find burial as far as the inclined viewer is able to judge. And it all starts with a great wish from Alf, who is studying an animal book with Brian. After Brian first explains that the platypus, which he has apparently unknown to him up to now, is ugly, Alf explains to him what the action is about, namely a pet. that he would like to have. The choice then naturally falls on something with charm and cuteness, namely a horse. The Tanners initially refused to do this with a certain degree of rigor, but Alf is not allowed to have a buffalo either. But Alf would be, everyone agrees, not Alf, if he didn't make a really nice drama about the matter and spend hours with the slang of the Wild West and a little hobby horse (in the truest sense of the word), a checkered collar and would ride around in a hat. Willie, who can no longer watch it, decides to give in to Alf's wish, at least to a small extent.Alf therefore receives more pets 8 and clearly more) than he had wished for, but they are all together a little smaller than a horse. Nevertheless, after a few teething problems, Alf manages to establish a relationship with the pets that perhaps no one would have thought possible before. Oh, what kind of pets are we talking about? Willie buys Alf one on the way back from work, and the German title suggests, Ant Farm, a sight glass (including a small diorama) in which Alf can see his ants growing and working. And unfortunately the sight glass is a little too long in the sun.

"Ashes to Ashes" (in German: Ashes to Ashes - Back to the 80s) is the continuation of the pretty successful series "Life on Mars", although parts of the core cast have remained the same between the two series. The so-called "Guv", the manager of the whole thing, who goes by the name of Gene "Genie" Hunt, is very influential in the whole thing. The story from "Life on Mars" repeats itself a bit, with someone from the police having to experience a highly critical situation again in the framework of the plot, namely Alex Drake (actually Alexandra Drake, if we see that correctly), the one in itself yes, as "Alexandra Price" should have been born. During a police operation, she is shot by an obviously crazy person in a drastic way, so that the lines between life and death are blurred. In any case, it is instantly transported back to the 1980s, when the well-known police station no longer plays a role, because Gene Hunt, Ray "Raymondo" Carling and Chris Skelton have been transferred from Manchester to London, which is also the city in which Alex Drake suffers her gunshot wound. We prefer not to speculate about how the whole undertaking will look in the German translation, but we will with some certainty deal more with the English version. What we also don't know for sure is whether the nickname Gene Hunt gives to his colleague Alex Drake, namely Bolly Knickers, is used in the German translation. But even for the inexperienced and uninformed viewer, it becomes clear in the fourth episode of the first season at the latest what the Bolly Knickers are all about. But if you’re honest, you could have found out when Gene Hunt and Alex Drake first met. The characteristic car that dominates this series is in our case no longer an old Ford Cortina (that's what the coach from the 1970s was called in Life on Mars), but a rather sleek red Audi quattro, which is used in a slightly anachronistic way , as it was actually only available as a right-hand drive two years after the start of series production in 1981.

In this episode, the inattentive viewer or the hitherto inexperienced viewer gradually realizes what the nickname Gene Hunts is all about for Alex Drake, namely that he always calls her "Bolly Knickers". Yes, lane we puzzled what kind of "Bolly" it might be, but it is in the meeting between Gene "the Guv" Hunt and his old adversary, to whom he is still connected in rivalry sympathy is, the former bank robber who has become an epileptic, Chas Cale, who now runs the flourishing Italian restaurant "Allacasa". Somehow the episode is called "Over the Hill" by mistake, but actually it almost seems as if Gene Hunt has the feeling that he has passed his zenith, because he still thinks that Chas Cale had something to do with the robbery could have to do with a post office, although he would obviously no longer be physically able to do so. Oh yes, the question about the "Bolly". We already guessed it, because it is the same beautiful British habit that is behind the caustic, proletarian-looking "Spag Bol" (for Spaghetti Bolognese - puke, choke). Bolly, for his part, is nothing less than a disgusting and disgusting abbreviation for "Champagne Bollinger" - of course, in connection with Alex's question "does it come with knickers", this is a response to Gene's allusion that she was probably a woman (or a prostitute, Gene Hunt is somehow one and the same) one of those people that you can only get out of your panties with expensive chamapagne. Whatever you think of it as a viewer (and there are actually champagne-colored panties), that seems to be the origin of the whole nickname. Unfortunately, we are not able to determine whether Bollinger of all places is of particular relevance for the British. Well yes: Champagne Bollinger has also been known as "Bolly" since the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous (from 1992). Another anachronism. In any case, not every American on a motorcycle is an American - and not all mean-looking women are actually harmless.

This episode is about a very bad robbery when a poor eccentric is ambushed and shot, who is believed to have both some kind of autistic disorder and who has spent months roaming the country with a bathtub to raise money for poor people To collect children in Botswana so that they can be helped locally. In the reconstruction of the crime, however, the stolen reaches his limits, and he should not be the only one who comes up against any limits, because Gene Hunt also has to recognize his own limits, and Alex Drake constantly tries to be in the middle of a sea of ​​bad feelings and Fears of regaining a little control over themselves and their existence, although this seems to be only moderately successful. Much has to do with the attempt, which was already emerging as a topos in the last episode, to establish a connection to traces in the memory or to establish such a connection first. First of all, however, it must first be reconstructed how the 20,000 British pounds that were stolen from Gil Hollis could get lost. The whole thing begins with a kind of crude version of "Aktenzeichen XY unsolved", which leaves the observing spectators in the police station stunned. None of the policemen is really taken advantage of, which gives the understandable call for help something cute, but also something very wondrous and whimsical. The fact that Alex Bolly Knickers Drake tries in the end to persuade Gene Hunt to address himself to the audience through a television appearance is characterized by a very charming misjudgment of the performance of the "profit and loss" and the scope of the medium. The police violence against witnesses, suspects and perpetrators, which seems very out of place, takes on features here that are not at all beautiful, and it is also very annoying about the character of the DCI Hunt. And whether in the end those who urgently need it will regain at least a piece of the lost world? After all: nobody dies.

Babylon 5 episode guide

It was a long time ago and yet it is set in a future that, aesthetically, should again be in the past. Yes, it was like that in the nineties of the twentieth century. The hairspray was not yet completely eradicated, and what do you want to do if you want to start a so-called "space opera" based on the big picture? Apparently the crew did essentially the right thing, because a total of 5 seasons of the series have started. Almost like a chamber play, the lives of people (a group) and aliens (everyone else in the universe - apparently only a single group in perception) are allowed to run in a space station rotating around its own axis, in order to merge the conflicts of the entire universe into one to bring a limited environment and to allow it to run in a compressed manner. But why are you actually there? Well, Babylon 5 was built, so to speak, beyond all territorial waters in the so-called "Deep Space", that is, somewhere very far away. Babylon 5 was dedicated in 2257 or, if all goes well, it will be dedicated in 2257. It's easy to say, there is nobody alive who was there at the beginning of the series and who could still check it out. In any case, it should be so that the five great space-traveling races, in addition to (of course) humans, the Narn, the Centauri, the Minbari and the Vorlons populate the space station. So it's a pretty mixed bunch there in the space station. It is better that way, because only a few years ago the Minbari and the humans had a terrible war with each other, and now it seems to be a little more harmonious. Incidentally, the end of the war between the humans and the Minbari was probably essentially of a spiritual nature, and fortunately for the humans, who were technically inferior to the Minbari. Solving the conflicts without major wars also seems to be a rather sensible thing.

Yes, it explains a little what the Babylon 5 space station is all about, but not quite why it is the last one left, how many Babylons there may have been and why. Or why, that's already explained to us. The point is that Babylon 5 is a place where humans and aliens can negotiate their conflicts, and that now means not only that the aliens negotiate their conflicts with the humans or that the humans argue with the aliens, but also that here Aliens should resolve their conflicts with aliens. But in a way, it is how you would imagine humans doing something with aliens, which they then call "aliens". Humans are somehow differentiated into Americans and Russians and the like, but the aliens are simply called "Aliens" and in the 1990s it was probably thought that it was somehow crystal clear that I would probably have to see them as some kind of aliens myself. Regardless of whether they are perhaps much more than humans. They also have their armed conflicts. Here, for example, the Narn (a kind of reptilian or something like that) attack the Centauri (strange little people with a kind of fan hairstyle and pointed teeth). The Centauri (as is so common in space) have an entire agricultural colony on the planet Ragesh 3 - this is another example of the underdifferentiated view of other cultures. All Heinis always have entire planets that only serve a single purpose, even if in reality most of the individual cities are already organized according to the division of labor. Well no matter. In any case, the Narn attack Ragesh 3, the ambassador of the Centauri then wants to kill the ambassador of the Narn, a telepath (Talia Winters) intervenes intuitively and Susan Ivanova, cool Russian "XO", i.e. Executive Officer of the space station, is her in the end still indebted to me. For personal reasons, she doesn't really care about the profession.

Yes, suddenly something is coming to the Babylon 5 space station. One of those thick blue swirl designers that are pegged into a metal frame in a vacuum pops out and something jumps out that could be a mighty, butchered, primitive Cylon Raider if it weren't for something completely different. It is a tumbling, pilotless-looking spaceship that no human has ever seen, and that is directly on a collision course with the space station. It makes sense for the defense and defense team not to blast the thing immediately, even though it is only 40 seconds away from an impact and for example one does not even know whether there is explosive material on board, such as an atom bomb or something "nuclear", as Homer Simpson would say now. No, what does any reasonable company do in such a case? Of course, Babylon 5 sends the highest boss of all out in a small spacecraft with a gripper arm attached to it so that he can tow the spinning ship on board. And who is the ultimate boss of all? Sure, this is Commander Jeffrey Sinclair, the old warrior and experienced space pilot. Unfortunately, I don't know why you have no one else for such a potentially dangerous job, but there is probably no need for justification within the broadcast. The new doctor takes care of the pilot of the spinning spaceship in the infirmary, and he turns out to be a so-called "soul hunter", an immortal soul hunter who goes in search of the deceased, or those who are just dying, in order to prevent cases a soul considered valuable to unbutton these from the dying. The Minbari ambassador Delenn is terrified at the sight of him and would like to have him thrown overboard. But that doesn't happen, and so fate takes its course. The Soul Hunter can then hunt down one or the other soul, but his real plan is to get Delenn's turn, because at some point she prevented him from getting a completely different Minbari soul. Yes, and that means Delenn must be up to something too. She is obviously not a simple ambassador.

Here it goes straight to the point, and you slowly start to notice how things are going with the Centauri between men and women, because the Centauri ambassador, Mollari, immediately gives a funny testimony to this. He is right at the beginning of the episode in an entertainment establishment, where mostly female aliens in light clothing dance and possibly offer their services. The reptilian, ambassador G'Kar der Narn, is just about to have fun with him (which would certainly have been a good idea, because Mollari and G'Kar are supposed to negotiate a somewhat more complex deal, and that is best done with a clear head do), another reptilian comes on board and hurries into the establishment, namely Ko'Dath, his new assistant, who is not so good at eating cherries with. Mollari has a crush on Adira Tyree, one of the so-called "exotic dancers", but we know what that means. Strangely enough, Adira also seems to reciprocate his love and affection, although Mollari feels a hundred years older and much shabbier than she is. But that's probably because for the Centauri, status and role and social position are everything, and Mollari has plenty of that. But Mollari did the math without the slave owner. While G'Kar has to keep his Ko'Dath in check and both are terribly annoyed that Mollari is always late for the negotiations or that he is represented by a foolish representative playing Tic-O-Tronic, Mollari enjoys the sweet life with Adira to the fullest and seems to be laying a pipe or two. But he is not at all embarrassed during the negotiations, and the PsiCorps employee, Talia Winters, is almost ashamed because, thanks to her visionary abilities, she can participate in the Centaur's erotic fantasies. At the same time, Garibaldi, as head of security, is on the trail of dangerous communication that is conducted on a reserved and actually secured gold channel. But it is also different from what you think, between Adira and Mollari there are tensions that have nothing to do with the age difference, but with Trakis, a Golian from Golus III and the "Purple Files". And in the end there will be peace on Babylon 5. For now, anyway.

Well, now there are two not so easy to control organic life forms on board the space station "Babylon 5" and it is very difficult to contain the damage that they could possibly cause, or at least to keep it within narrow limits. On the one hand, the reporter Mary Ann Cramer comes on board in a very early scene. Mary Ann Cramer is of course not really related to the famous "Cosmo Kramer", who plays a big role in the most successful SitCom of all time, namely Seinfeld. Still, Mary Ann Cramer shares the very curly hairstyle with Cosmo Kramer. For her employer, "Interstellar Network News", she is eager to get an interview with Commander Sinclair, as her viewers are so moved by the fact that the space station has survived two years at all. Since Sinclair has had very bad experiences with interviews, he first sends Garibaldi in front of him, who makes a kind of flirtation attempt with her that revolves around a kind of ginseng root. Garibaldi has also confided in Sinclair that he (i.e. Sinclair) has been transferred to a very bad and distant outpost after the last interview, so Sinclair doesn't feel like repeating an interview. The other organic material that comes on board is not blond at all like Ms. Cramer, but is smuggled on board through a double floor, whereby the controlling security guard, who is suspicious, is killed by the smuggling Nelson at the same time. Or maybe he was just supposed to be knocked out by a taser attack, but the guard dies in the end. The punishment follows immediately, because the henchman Nelson smuggles on behalf of Dr. Vance Hendricks, who led his colleague and student Dr. Franklin wants to get him to scan the smuggled artifacts, as this is presumably weapons-grade material from Ikarra VII that can be used to do some pretty great things.These pretty great things get pretty out of control, however, and you have a lot of trouble getting the events started again under control. The interview is then quite peaceful.

In this episode several things come together again, which could actually lead to bad things, but at least partly find some kind of solution or at least should continue to exist in the sense of a defused conflict. First of all, there is some kind of cultural or intercultural festival on board Babylon 5. Many of the very important alien races can show what is particularly characteristic of their world as achievements or religious attitudes. It is hardly surprising that the pointless feast is a particularly important point with the Centauri, in which everyone, including the otherwise brittle-looking Susan Ivanova, takes part with joy, until Londo Marinello (or something like that) first flirts at the Minbari and then loses consciousness collapses. Commander Sinclair is in dire straits himself, but more because his old flame Catherine Sakai (Julia Nickson) is suddenly on board, and you can already guess where it will end again, and that's exactly where it ends, namely in bed . However, at this point it is possible that the story doesn't just fizzle out, but (again accompanied by bad synthesizer noises) somehow simmer on a low flame. At the same time, G'Kar is severely cornered by a threat sent via a data crystal. One seeks after one's life on the part of a powerful political rival, with a thoroughly perfidious plan that is to plunge G'Kar first into uncertainty and then into pain. The right villain takes over the pain, by means of some bad pain rings that are attached to G'Kar. The tortures inflicted here are probably even more painful than the previous exposure by Garibaldi, who apparently finds a woman's panty in the color "Hot Pink" in G'Kar's rooms while searching for the hit man. Na'Toth, who is already under suspicion, can intervene in time to save the situation, then the situation is almost saved and Sinclair can just present the parade of the diversity of earthly forms of belief in order to derive the consequences.

Yes, this is about powers and spirits in several respects, or rather the power of the spirit and the connectedness that can arise and be maintained through feelings of sympathy and connectedness. It starts with someone coming on board and someone else briefly leaving the space station. Well, actually it usually starts directly on two levels. Catherine Sakai (36 years old) enjoys her time with Jeffrey Sinclair (Michael O'Hare, 42 years old at the time of filming). Security chief Mike Garibaldi (38 years old) meanwhile finds the telepath Talia Winters (34 years old) pretty sweet as sugar, which of course she notices through the power of mind reading in the elevator and gives him a good elbow nub in the pit of his stomach so that Garibaldi can feel really in love . Anyway, Catherine Sakai wants to probe a small planet on which there is some very important element, but G'Kar seems to object because the Narn would like to secure the planet for themselves, or at least that is what Sakai suspects a meeting with the potential sponsor but Talia Winters screened it for honesty. G'Kar warns Catherine, but then orders military ships to the small planet Kappaa Psytotl Piep Miep 957 because - as the viewer suspects - he is up to something dirty. At the same time, the telepath Ironheart comes on board, that of others arriving, namely the Psi Cop Alfred Bester (yes, exactly, Chekov from Star Trek or Starship Enterprise). However, these are now connections: Walter Koenig's son was the inspiration for Harlan Ellison's story "Jeffty is Five" - ​​Harlan Ellison himself was an adviser on Babylon 5, and the character "Alfred Bester" was probably the science fiction writer by name "Alfred Bester" have been recreated. In any case, Alfred Bester and his colleague Mrs. Kelsey (Felicity Waterman, 30) want Ironheart on the collar, but it explodes just in time, shortly after he has given his beloved Talia a present. G'Kar shows his good and reflective side towards Catherine Sakai. Catherine saw one of the "very first" - everything will be peaceful and well on board the space station.

Yes, it looks pretty tricky on the space station, even if you don't expect it at first, but the great topic of love, which is revealed in various mini-episodes, is also caught up again by the topic of hate at the same time. But first to love. It all starts with Delenn welcoming a good friend on board who, as a performing artist, is out and about the culture and traditions of the Minbarian performance theater and wants to tour the earth. After possibly having shown something more than just soulmate, the acquaintance, Shaal Mayan, makes her way to her cabin and is badly injured and branded with a knife by a darkly clad, most likely human attacker, interestingly with the symbol for Hermaphrodite. And she is also told not to come to earth because she is a freak. The only thing that actually seems a bit strange about the aliens is the fact that they all have hairstyles or head shapes that are impossible to go to sleep with without twisting your neck quite a bit. But that is up to you to decide how you want it to look. But some don't seem to think so. Unfortunately, the video from a surveillance camera shows that Susan Ivaniova's old, somewhat by-gone love is among the assassins who are driven by hatred of all non-human beings. Fortunately, the world was still so fine at the time that the Earth Federation members came up with a plan to beat the insidious assassins in the pan. Susan Ivanova plays a central role, even if you don't want to get it into your head that especially her ole lover Malcolm Biggs, not to be confused with Malcolm X, should play such a role. The group that calls itself "Homeguard" is apparently trying to reach out to Babylon 5 as well. At the same time, two lovebirds from Centauri Prime get into the line of fire, but Mollari can show his romantic side here and heal everything. Good luck!

Somehow we like the English-language title much better than the "Cybergeschichte" in German, although we cannot quite determine why that is. In any case, the line comes from the pilot film, which tells of the terrible war experience of the people fighting the Minbari. There it says: "and the sky was full of stars, and every star was an exploding ship - one of ours." Of course, that doesn't sound good at all. It is also very similar to the experience that Commander Sinclair seeks to process in his apparently recurring dreams. But something is added, namely Sinclair apparently lacks 24 hours of his memory, also a result of the fighting. After the twenty-four hours. because the Sinclair are apparently missing, the Minbari have stopped fighting and surrendered. Since then, there have been peaceful relationships between humans and aliens for the time being. But not everyone seems to like it. So this time again two people come on board, with whom you can be sure that they are up to strange and bad things. One is probably already on board, but the second comes on board unscathed despite ID checks and seems to be cooperating with the other. At the same time, one of the newer security officers is dealing with a bunch of crooked fellows who approach him for money that was probably gambling debts. When confronted by Sinclair and Garibaldi, the officer denies everything, only to then bring the two dark figures an energy module to be paid by them in the amount of the gambling debts. At first you think the two of them are building an electric chair. But things are set to get worse. With the help of a cyber device, in which you are strapped in and then enter an artificial world of horror together, but only if a kind of gripping arm keeps tinkling in your eye. That doesn't go well for long - of course the comrades want to find out what Sinclair did in the twenty-four hours of mental absence, because on earth they want to turn back the influence of the aliens. Sinclair also gets a sense of Delenn's role in everything, including the Gray Council.

Yes, but someone immediately makes a brilliant start on the space station Babylon 5, namely a newcomer who is already at the check-in on the space station by the assistant of the Narnian ambassador G'Kar, who listens to the Nanem Na'Toth Korn is taken and hard to get on your nose: according to Na'Toth, it is the so-called Deathwalker Jha'Dur, who is a mighty war criminal of the Dilgar people and in the great war between the different peoples of the galaxy, who live and stay on the outskirts of the galaxy, played an ominous role. Alone, that can't actually be, because the war has been over for over thirty years and the sun of the home planet of Dilgar has actually long since flown into the air, or more correctly into a vacuum, so that Jha'Dur should either be dead or at least look a lot older than she does now. However, it looks so monstrously ugly that you don't really want to be able to say anything about its age. But because Na'Toth beat her so much on the Omme with a kind of water pipe, it soon turns out in the infirmary of the space station that it must indeed be the same death bringer who played a major role in the war years has played. At the same time, the psychopath (no, telepath) Talia Winters is being played rather badly by the Vogon prince Kosh, who brings her together with the "Vicker" (= VCR, i.e. video cassette recorder, too good German video recorder, i.e. a thought recorder) Abbut, who could possibly have recorded Talia's most secret and terrible thoughts in several sessions, perhaps because he wants to use them against Talia one day. The Deathbringer, meanwhile, has a diabolical plan that could allow her to continue her destructive work without lifting a finger, but G'Kar objects. Uff!

But now things really get down to business here, and even if we already know a comparable episode from Battlestar Galactica, the intensity of the conflict depicted here has taken us away quite a bit, even if the theatrical and financial resources of the series are quite different in comparison have to fail. But it is the case that the on-board doctor Dr. Franklin is getting into an ethical dilemma that ultimately cannot be resolved. At the same time, one does not avoid the intellectual conflict raised by the question of life and death and their nature. In any case, the little boy Shon comes aboard the space station in Doctor Franklin's crane station, because he has an internal blockage that threatens to slowly fill his internal respiratory organs with fluid, so that he would slowly die an agonizing death by suffocation if he were to be seen could not operate relatively easily, according to the statements of Doctor Franklin only a pure routine operation. But he didn't take into account the complicating circumstances, because the parents of the young Shon are firmly convinced, due to religious beliefs, that under no circumstances should people who were born from the egg be pricked, otherwise their souls will flutter goes and then life has no more meaning. Little Shon is getting worse and worse, but the parents try to get support from the various ambassadors on the space station for their refusal to operate. However, for a wide variety of reasons, everyone is very reluctant to support, so that in the end Sinclair decides that in order to maintain neutrality, the wishes of the parents must be respected, even if Franklin sees it differently because of his own convictions and his oath. Franklin acts to the best of his ability ("Well, if I have to take the responsibility, then I claim the authority too.") And then saves the boy, but this is where the tragic course really begins. In the end, a travel robe also plays an ominous role. Not a straight face remains. Incidentally, Susan Ivanova has a skirmish with a superior force when she protects the spaceplane "Asimov". What was that again?

At first it is not at all clear which reunion with what consequences could be meant here, but then it slowly shows up. In any case, one is not quite as relaxed on board the space station Babylon 5 as usual, because a very important visit from Earth has been announced, namely the President (of course we forgot the name) of Earth himself. However, he does not come alone, but sends his team ahead to secure it. And then the conflict with Garibaldi is developing but look for something like that! A notorious fraudster is caught cheating by Garibaldi, and because he has just been disgraced with a few harsh words by the madame who is supposed to prepare the president's visit (oh yes, Santiago is called the lout), he buttoned the guy who really seems to be an unsympathetic pecker, very before. Major Lianna Kemmer, who previously gave him a rub-off, certainly has something to do with it, and Garibaldi puts Sinclair in the stupid situation of having to intervene because Kemmer can refer to "presidential authority", which then at least partially includes the status of the Commander touches and overrides. Lianna Kemmer and Mike Garibaldi have a longer history together, but not as lovers (that would be strange too), but somehow as niece and uncle. But that doesn't explain why Elaine Thomas plays so wooden. Is it your role? Is it your talent? We do not know it! But what we are slowly beginning to suspect is that the number of "Pro Earth" followers is steadily increasing across all levels and functions of earthly society. Highest circles are not armed against the infiltration, and it will probably need convinced liberals / democrats in the long term for the coexistence between the different space-traveling peoples in the galaxy to work. Garibaldi, in the best tradition of Saul Tigh, also contributes to the fact that the alcohol supplies in the universe are gradually running out.

The "alle MitteL" in the German as well as in the English title refer to the main plot as well as the subplot of the plot in the present episode. Because there is an accident right at the beginning of the episode, which happens because everything is not as it should be. Due to the overloading of the cargo decks, a Narn ship loaded with an important cargo is led into a hangar, where it threatens to collide with a Minbarian ship about to leave port. When the pilot of the Narn ship panics, the hold tears down, and oh my, it's all over and Ambassador G'Kar is devastated. In the accident in the cargo hangar, however, a worker also dies, reason enough for the crew to demand the long overdue improvements to material and personnel equipment, which the Senate has repeatedly rejected for budget reasons. The Senate sends Orin Zento as a negotiator who is supposed to find a solution with the workers, but there is perhaps no such thing as a solution, because Zento takes the weapon of the so-called "Rush Act" at its first appearance. with which he could use military force against the strikers, and for which he can fall back on the support of Sinclair, who has to help him. Sinclair stands wedged between Zento and the workers' demands, which Neeoma Connally strongly supports. In principle, things escalate, but Sinclair succeeds in defusing the situation at the last second by diverting Senate funds that were actually intended for the military and using them to better staff the workers. That gives him the reputation of a tough dog and good poker player with the very unsympathetic senator, who repeatedly telephones him on video. But apparently there are even more unsympathetic people in the Senate, with whom Sinclair has made himself even less popular.

Now it's actually about time that smaller parts of the episode take place not only within the limited space of the space station Babylon 5, but also once in the space around it. The space station, which is in orbit near the third planet in the Epsilon-Eridani system, is the scene of interesting events throughout, but here some interesting parts of the conflict take place in front of the portholes of the space station.It starts with a great Centauri celebrity coming on board with his aunt or something like that. But what is really important is that a very interesting artifact also comes on board. It is an object of such historical importance to the Centaurians that it is worth half a fortune to the good Londo. Somehow one can only pull off such a thing in great secrecy, so it has to be taken on board undeclared. At the same time, however, there is a call for help from an escort pilot of a space freighter. This is attacked and shot down by the so-called "raiders", ie combat ships, where it is not so clear to the audience what their origin is. and suddenly they are all there: a ship, big enough that it can initiate its own space jumps, has a whole series of raiders on board, all of whom are heading for the space station, which defends itself obsessively with its turbo laser cannons. Londo's aunt has a terrible vision of doom and explosion, and it all seems to come true. Morden is part of it, a very puzzling guy who involves all kinds of people on board the space station in conversations and a few aliens at the same time. Somehow everyone trusts him and he also seems to have a lot of power. Power also mean to own the owners of the jumpable spaceship. But not enough, because her kidnapping of the famous Centaur Kiro, who probably wanted to become President of Centauri, goes drastically wrong when her spaceship is smashed by a giant ship that appears out of nowhere.

Here again two stories intertwine, which are at the same time very touching and also have something to do with the coexistence of humans and aliens or humans with each other. One of the narrative threads is about the still largely unprocessed grief of Lieutenant Susan Ivanova, who lost her father a few months ago. Interestingly, one might have thought that she had gotten something of a forgiving impulse in the video transmission she secretly undertook to the deathbed, because her dying father had deeply apologized to her for not giving her the love she deserved and which she must have longed for. But that is perhaps more of a saying that comes to mind here that supposedly "water is thicker than blood". Or "blood thicker than water". We're not really getting this on the chain right now. In any case, an old friend of Michael Garibaldi's comes on board. It is the aging fighter Walker Smith, and he is highly gifted in many earthly martial arts. Since he has been banned from boxing on earth for various reasons that are not explained in more detail here (a ban that even the inclined viewer cannot easily explain), he would like to return to martial arts by participating in reach so called Mutai. But there is a problem, namely that the so-called Mutai is actually only reserved for non-terrestrial or non-human races. Walker Smith's first encounter with the Muta-Do also ends with an elbow on his nose, and it takes an alien named Caliban to get him on the track that he should challenge the great master of Mutai himself to gain access to the Get ring. And when he succeeds, a fight actually breaks out that is waged to the point of great exhaustion. Walker holds his own. And Ivanova forgives her father.

Oh, the search for the Holy Grail is the framework of this entire show, in which strange things are mysteriously interwoven. The Minbari or the connections between the Minbari and the people who were their bitter enemies ten years ago are shown here once again in a further facet. It all starts with the Minbari disturbing the good Commander Sinclair to have a nice meal with fruits and various other goodies in the company of his friend and colleague Garibaldi, because very important business is expected. Or rather, it is not so much business as the arrival of an important and honorable person who, however, is human and by no means a Minbarian dignitary. It is about a seeker named Aldous Gaijic, who has dedicated his life to the search for the Holy Grail, whom the man knows, for example, from the legend of King Arthur - and perhaps from other contexts. Commander Sinclair greets the noble gentleman and Garibaldi saves him from stealing his intergalactic credit card, but Sinclair doesn't seem to trust the roast completely. At the same time, the credit card thief has quite a bit of a jam to unload that connects him with the head of the black market (played by William Sanderson, who both got us out of his role in Blade runner as well as his role in Life probably known), and who apparently seems to be working with the ambassador of the Vogons (or whatever their name is). A witness who is supposed to incriminate him before the ombudsman is neutralized with the help of a brainwave-eating creature (or something similar). At first it looks as if the creature is hiding under the cloak that the Vogons always wear (or whatever their name is), but then you realize that this creature, of which the Centaurs are also terrified, is hidden so-called Na'ka'leen feeder. In the end, however, the thief turns out to be a worthy companion of the seeker. After all!

Yes, things are a bit down here on different levels. On one level, the head of security Garibaldi is recreating a motorcycle, but of course it's not something that really wants to move forward quickly. It should be a 1992 Kawasaki. The exact model is now a little bit lost, but it is probably a pretty quick model, equipped with a rather outdated internal combustion engine. At the same time there is a lot of unrest on board, because two strange guys come on board. One of them is called Harriman Gray, and when she's not already conspicuous enough, his superior Ari Ben Zayn joins them, who is only a short time later called Ben Hitler by Garibaldi, whom he is allowed to recruit for his purposes, what does not seem to be an entirely inaccurate designation. In any case, it is the case that little Harriman is the Psi Corps henchman Zayn wants to use against Commander Sinclair, ostensibly because the security of large parts of the intergalactic empire are in danger, but probably for other reasons. Susan Ivanova, of course, doesn't want the Psi Corps telepath Harriman to scan her at all, although Zayn announces that he wants everyone to be scanned in command to find out if nonsense is going on anywhere. The fact that Mars is being terrorized by terrorists, it is rumored, does not help to ease the situation either. Sinclair is looking for a way to beat the increasingly suspicious Zayn, and he succeeds with the help of Zayn's henchman Harriman, of all places. The fact that at the same time Ivanova, who has ever had her difficulties with the Psi-Corps, gets out of the trouble of being scanned, is of course a pleasant side effect for everyone involved. But slowly dark clouds seem to be gathering over the whole planet, which are able to disturb the peaceful coexistence of aliens and humans. However, Garibaldi has a nice motorcycle afterwards, with the help of Minbari Lennier!

Here, again, two big things come together, and two people may have a lasting influence on the fate of diplomatic relations between the Minbari and Earth peoples. Actually, all sorts of hands are involved in kneading this dough. At first it happens that a battle cruiser, a huge Minbari battleship, suddenly emerges from this part of the hyperspace jump, with the cannon shafts open. This not only puts the commander of the Babylon 5 space station in a surprisingly bad mood, but also worries the Minbari ambassador on board a little. At the same time, a pretty Asian-looking girl steals a chain from a jewelry stand and is identified as a telepath - by the telepath Talia Whites, uh, Winters. Of course, Susan Ivanova doesn't like that very much, because she has her own painful story with her mother, who went to the dogs as a telepath. But what about the Minbari spaceship? On board, the corpse is one of the greatest warriors and commander-in-chief of the Minbari, whom those of them who have devoted themselves to warriorism admire because he was a model of their warlike caste. But when it comes to the question of deference and so on, the warlord's military escorts go a little briskly to the point. And Delenn, who already leans more towards the religious caste, is also not at all sure whether all this could have been in the general's sense that he would have really wanted this display as a warrior. But what conclusions does she draw from this now? You don't know for sure if you are not a telepath, because Delenn makes a great secret of the fact that she would like to imagine the general's body in different circumstances. And then the whole exhibition object disappears during the night watch so nothing to me, nothing to you. Nobody expected that and a war almost breaks out over it. But in the end someone accompanies the Minbari, and a long, deep friendship could develop.

While the English-language title of the episode leaves the inclined viewer in doubt as to what this voice in the wilderness might be all about (we remember, if we have followed the episode attentively, yes, that an energy beam first emerges from the planet, which is actually considered uninhabited), the German viewer immediately gets the impression that it must of course be an attack by aliens. "But what kind of aliens?", One may now ask, because actually the aliens and the people have long been there and have been gathered in peaceful unity in Braunschweig, in order to resolve any conflicts that may arise without the aid of armed conflicts. What is very nice to see, however, is the fact that the romance, which is already fully developing in real life, seems to pave a slow but steady path between the actors of Michael Garibaldi and Talia Winters in the series in the elevator scene as well. Meanwhile, by the way, it is also clear: on Mars, the devil has broken loose. Garibaldi is the only one who still has contacts there, but the connection to Mars has come to a complete standstill after various terrorist acts, that is, there is no getting through, although the news suggests the worst, since the provisional government of the Earth Federation yes has just been deposed at gunpoint. And the actually uninhabited planet? He also defends himself with all means at his disposal. First he puts the communication and electricity on board the exploration ship and the space station out of operation by means of an energy beam, then he also uses rockets that somehow seem to be flying out of a crevice inside him. What's that all about? There must be more to it than that. And what has the great old friend of Minbari Ambassador Delenn, who we now know is on the Gray Council, got to do with it?

This is of course the continuation of the first part, as the secret behind the strange tractor beam slowly materializes. It is a strange mixture of man and machine or of a very superior machine culture and an alien who is at the center of everything that is supposed to watch that nothing monstrous happens to the technology, the advanced status of which is the alien race that would bring it into their possession , with a tremendous advantage over the entire galaxy of the universe in interstellar space (one way or another, at least in these dimensions you have to imagine it. But to our great astonishment something very astonishing takes place first. The dear old man becomes Brought aboard the space station. But at first you don't really know whether he is dear, because he threatens the space station and everyone who lives on it with death through annihilation or annihilation through death, depending on how you do it now I want to see it that way. But he only threatens it in the event that he is not helped At first you don't know, but in various visions the man appears to some of the more prominent residents of Babylon 5. The dear doctor is gradually repairing the old man a little more, and people in a spaceship are already approaching them are of a similar naseless voldemorticity as the old man, whereby the situation is aggravated in parallel because the earth forces also want to take possession of the planet by means of a cruiser in order to seize the new future technology. The seismic activity of the planet already suggests it - a self-destruct mechanism of the first cabin is at work here. If help cannot be offered quickly, the terrible prophecy of the elderly may come true. But there's a friendly Minbarian to ask for help while Londo does the space flight of his life!

Yes, of course that is a very nice thing to be on the trail of. First of all, a space pilot does not come back from a reconnaissance flight or he comes back, but is dead. He just quickly set the coordinates in his autopilot so that he could fly back to the space station. But when he arrives he's dead. He looks unchanged from the outside (although you won't be shown that, and if so, then you couldn't judge it anyway, since you didn't see the pilot before the reconnaissance flight), but he did The flash of light that he noticed seems to have aged him by 60 years, so that the cause of death is given by the on-board doctor of the space station Babylon 5: "old age". How can something like that happen with the right things? It comes as it has to come - the highest-ranking officers get on another plane to find out what happened out there that made a person grow old and die by decades. It is obvious that the most important people on board the space station have to fly there in person. Interestingly, at the same time, Ambassador Delenn of the Minbari sets out to steer with a strange kind of control into the realms of her Minbarian friends, where she will go to the so-called Gray Council. There they announce a decision to her, which, however, does not meet with approval from her. But that's just by the way. Speaking of mutual love: the beginning of the episode is marked by a joke that has seldom been seen. The sleepless Susan Ivanova is so duped by Jeffrey Sinclair and Michael Garibaldi that she threatens to scream and murder. Unfortunately, despite the miserably early wake up, which she was forced to do, she missed the crucial point in the mission, so that the whole tense story goes on without her. Pity!

Here a lot is put to the test a bit, because one or the other crosses a few limits once or even several times. For the first time in a couple of episodes, Talia Winters is back, who doesn't seem to have it that easy in her telepathic life either. But we'll get to that later. Now let's take a look at Dr. Franklin (isn't that his name?), Whom the strict Susan Ivanova catches in addition to his work as an on-board doctor, out of sheer compassion and full of empathy, treating those who otherwise could not afford medical treatment. In a funny moment, he even asks Ivanova to undress before, but she says nothing without flowers and dinner. Franklin himself is looking for a so-called healer who is also supposed to work underground at the space station and who is probably even more flimsy than the on-board doctor himself. He then actually meets the practicing alternative practitioner in her operating room, where she is doing magic on the patient with some strange-looking apparatus. The whole undertaking also has a more serious background, as Franklin learns from the pretty daughter of the healer, whom he must have kept an eye on at the same time and on whom he should also keep an eye at the end of the episode. But more on that later. In any case, Londo approaches Lennier on behalf of a superior who is blessed with a similarly disfiguring hairstyle, under the pretext of showing him the other side of life on board the space station. He then shows him that there is only one type of thing, which in the end brings the two of them a lecture with the accompanying curtain sermon at the Commander's.But he is busy with arresting a multiple murderer with a German name, who shocked Talia Winters and in the end was dealt with in an ominous way by the healer.

Oh my dear, it gets really down to business, because right in the first shot a person (from whose camera perspective we can see the first few seconds of the episode) falls, covered in blood, on the floor of the Babylon 5 space station. He is caught in a fall by Michael Garibaldi and tries to tell him that they "will kill him", but you don't really know who is meant. Only this much: until the end of this episode, no stone is left unturned. It looks really good at first, because Jeffrey Sinclair finally takes courage, and he does indeed ask his long-time on-off girlfriend for her hand. So he wants to marry her. And she says yes. June would be good. Meanwhile, the informant dies and Garibaldi is critically injured. And then suddenly it becomes clear who was meant by the mysterious "kill him", because President Slasar / Santiago is killed by a huge explosion. At the same time, the dispute between Mollari and G'Kar escalates over quadrant 37. Murden, the bad slime, comes back on the scene and persuades Mollari to help him without further ado when Mollari tells his own planetary advice that he himself will take care of him Take care of conflict with the Narn. No sooner said than done, but Mollari probably didn't expect the people behind murders to be so squeamish when it comes to killing. Black ships emerge from nowhere and destroy the Narn outpost on the edge of the territory the Centauri claim. Now of course Mollari is in a tight spot. He is also righteously appalled at the murder of tens of thousands of Narns. Meanwhile, Delenn, who has made use of the triluminary, goes into a kind of pupal state, which is monitored by Lennier. The Vogon (oh no, the Vorlon) Kash has something to do with it, too. And in the end, an "America First" president takes over. That's a brilliant departure from the first season.

Yeah, that's kind of a made-to-measure debut or something like that. As a fan, at the beginning of the second season of Babylon 5, you weren't quite aware of how it could be that the previous commander of the Babylon 5 space station, Jeffrey Sinclair, should no longer be on board. Just like Saul Tigh many years later, Susan Ivanova is somewhat overwhelmed by the challenge of taking over command instead of the previous boss. Interestingly enough, one already has someone else in mind, namely an old war sword, which also has the initials "J. S". wearing. Is it just a coincidence that the series’s chief thinker, J. Michael Straczynski, also bears the initials J. S.? We can't really imagine that. In any case, it is the case that John Sheridan has to pass a trial by fire right away, because the Minbari do not really agree with him as station manager, because in the war the Minbari against the people Sheridan has a reputation for being a pretty warrior traded. Immediately a nasty Minbari spaceship shows up, and a very nasty Minbari-Heine is already on board to do some nonsense that is supposed to provoke another war between the Minbari and the humans. And the Minbari don't even agree with Delenn, because what is she doing in her cocoon? Well, and Garibaldi isn't doing much better either. The escaped spaceship "Trigati", which is trying to sow strife again in a desperate action, is ultimately rendered harmless with the help of allied Minbari and destroys itself. But that's not really a solution, because John Sheridan realizes that he is there there is still a lot to come. Fortunately, however, it is equally well received by the crew and the inclined audience. A debut made to measure, especially his speech of happiness, which he gave just in time to an unassembled team.

Yes, there are some really bad guys on the way in the universe of Babylon 5. But that doesn't mean the return of Commander John Sherman's (er, nonsense, his name is Sheridan) sister, whom he has for the first time in two years and so that she sees Anna again for the first time since the death of his beloved, deceased wife, but it's about the - yes, how should you best put it - winged fiends with the huge laser cannons that can somehow shred entire spaceships into pieces. The conflict between the Narn and the Centauri is of course still very much in the boil, because the evil allies of Londo have simply wiped out a whole lot of Narn in this contested quadrant on the edge of the universe. It is, however, the case that Ambassador G'Kar, who is certainly also a great fighter and warrior before the Lord, can find out quite a lot after searching around the outer edges of the known universes for days, about which Murden had asked Londo, by the way, to inform him as soon as possible. whether he does that? Yes, presumably it does, and the spaceship the Narn sends will be received and melted by the evil black mega spaceship as soon as it exits hyperspace. With overpowering laser weapons, as it must appear to the audience. At the same time, or in parallel, Garibaldi succeeds in clearing up the attack on himself with the help of Talia Winters, for which purpose Doctor Franklin must first wake him out of the coma. When he succeeds, he immediately refers to his deceitful subordinate, who admits in interrogation to Garibaldi that he is somehow connected to powers that also have to do with the Psi-Corps. In any case, there seems to be a major conspiracy going on. Delenn, however, has slowly brought her transformation behind her and, after she was first coated with a strange crust, now suddenly shines in new splendor.

Of course, here are two interesting things that develop in parallel in the plot. On the one hand, this is the most interesting conflict that the members of a strange, reptilian-looking alien race have with each other. This is culturally very strange, but it is one of Ivanova's first task, which is assigned to her by John Sheridan, who in his capacity as captain also promotes her to commander. The fighting groups of the Drazi people do this in a ritual that recurs every five years by pulling silk scarves or scarves from a bag in order to divide their people into two groups, one of which is now one of the two groups by beating the other Group must somehow gain the upper hand. The powerful distinguishing feature here is of course the color of the robe, that is, of the scarf, which is once purple and once green. This is how you can justify profound conflicts. But when one group of the Drazi doesn't stop at just beating up the other group, that's of course the drop that brings the barrel to overflowing for Ivanova, who is not always inclined to exaggerated diplomacy anyway. In her quick-tempered manner, however, she gets into the mix a bit through no fault of her own and, unfortunately, also takes some physical damage. Meanwhile, the captain tries to bring the brave Garibaldi back to his post. This is also urgently needed, because something is happening in the background that could well be described as a conspiracy. With the help of Refa, Londo Mollari is trying to seize the Centauri republic as emperor, but urgently wants the blessing of a group of "technomages", especially the leader Elric. But of course that goes quite wrong, because Mollari can only wave money and power, for which the Technomages probably have no use. At the same time, however, Elric warns Mollari with a vision of millions of hands raised that the path he has taken to ally with the dark side is a destructive one.

In this episode, old acquaintances are deepened again, whereby the word "acquaintances" is probably not quite true, because it is about more than that. What is not so convincing, however, is the fact that Captain John Sheridan is now all of a sudden The moral seems to get when he is confronted with the past as a sensational butcher and spaceship fighter and suddenly wonders whether this activity as an administrative officer on board a space station is really satisfying and fulfilling him. Because actually it seemed so far as if he had actually settled in quite well on board the space station Babylon 5 and was doing his job at least as well as the previous commander, of whom we, we admit it, did not end up like that were impressed that he could not have been cleverly replaced by actor Bruce Boxleitner. In any case, Sheridan is affectionately referred to as a swamp rat (or at least with the English term swamp rat, but that should pretty much amount to the same thing). What is supposed to have a somewhat impressive effect on the crew is the fact that the captain of the giant spaceship "Cortez", who is so characteristic of the commander, leads a truly giant spaceship that is supposed to impress the crew of the Babylon 5 accordingly. While the ship's doctor, Doctor Franklin, prescribes a healthy selection of foods for everyone to eat, the Cortez is taking foods on board and being overhauled as much as possible. When jumping into hyperspace, however, something goes badly wrong and a reactor explodes or something like that, so that a hyperspace rescue operation has to be started, an undertaking that has never succeeded in human history. Here, too, it only succeeds at great sacrifice. Maybe it's because of success, at least Sheridan seems to be making friends with his new role again, but the fact that such a strange multi-fingered spacecraft attacked again in hyperspace doesn't necessarily make things any more pleasant. At the end of the day, the connoisseur Garibaldi also has a culinary turnaround with Doctor Franklin!

Indeed, there are many strange things going on in the universe, and some know about them more than others. But what is strange is that a large part of this knowledge falls into the area that is only accessible to certain people. One of them is the apparently crazy person who seems to live deep underground on the Babylon 5 space station. Incidentally, he is played by the actor who also played Captain "Howling Mad" Murdock on the A-Team, namely Dwight Schultz. and indeed he looks as if he were about as crazy as the madman with Dracula, Renforth incarcerated in the insane asylum, no, Renfield, who has a vision of a great horror, which then also comes true in the form of Count Dracula becomes. Amis, that's the name of the poor madman here, has very similar dreams and visions of a kind of "dark fighter" who is on board the spaceship Copernicus, which seems to be spinning towards the space station. After the rescue of the spaceship, we learn that it is an expedition ship that remained in interstellar space for a very long time and that must have started over a hundred years before it was found on Earth. There is only one person left on board who is awakened from the cold sleep, a woman named Mariah. Her husband, the second crew member, has been eaten up by something or, so to speak, hollowed out inside. Something like that has described Amis stationed on a moon that was thought to have been devastated by Minbari, but it appears to be a similar mysterious creature as Amis now suspects on board. The creature then finds another victim on board and the aliens are slowly becoming suspicious, as they suspect Mariah is behind the matter. Doctor Franklin gives her an alibi, but the bad incidents are only resolved when Amis actually confronts the creature. By the way, she was on her way to Z'ha'dum (Khazad-dum ???), where dark forces are supposed to gather, and G'Kar has a picture that looks very similar to the creature.

It does not seem to be a real spider here, even if Captain John Sheridan does indeed speak of the spider or a spider that has now crawled into the web and which he intends to render harmless, if not even to kill. But one after anonther. First of all, the telepath Thalia Winters (or something similar) has been called on the scene for a long time. Perhaps it will also be written "Talia", in any case, she comes into play as a thought reader when an old acquaintance of hers, who runs the so-called "FutureCorp" or wants to lead these negotiations, speaks to a representative of Mars. At the same time, Sheridan is given the task of informing a senator from the Earth Alliance (or Earth Force?) If anything comes across. And then there is the mysterious voice from office number 13 (Bureau 13), which in some way seems to remote control the agent who has come on board the space station from the ruins of San Diego. Anyway, something big is going on. Mars wants to become independent, FutureCorp wants to expand into space, powerful people on earth are against it - and manipulations on people that one would like to be controlled by implanted computers also seem to be carried out. People also know about them, from whom Talia Winters also has an impression from the scan of the freedom fighter (or terrorist, the jury is probably not entirely in agreement) Abel Horn, but which she probably keeps secret from John Sheridan for reasons. But she then searches for the person in the Psi Corps archive. Whether the appreciation of Winters' integrity expressed by Ivanova while rejecting the Psi-Corp will really prove to be true in the long term is probably rather questionable. In any case, there seems to be a lot of bad stuff going on in the background, of which we as viewers don't quite have a clue who might be behind it. That Garibaldi continued to keep an eye on Winters is crystal clear. But is she really rabid?