23 September 2014

B5 Review: Strange Relations & Secrets of the Soul

Season Five still feels like it's just plodding along with these two entries as lives begin to change for some of our major characters and secrets are revealed...

Strange Relations
Bester returns to the station to take Byron and his telepaths back to Earth while G'kar is offered an interesting job.

As a Centauri cruiser arrives to transport Londo back to Centauri Prime, in preparation of taking over as Emperor, Bester comes aboard to take Byron into custody along with those other rogue telepaths with him. Lyta protects Byron's people though and Garibaldi is denied his revenge on Bester at the hands of Captain Lochley.

Lochley reveals to Garibaldi the truth about her past relationship with Sheridan while Delenn offers Franklin and G'kar new roles in the Interstellar Alliance. Franklin to catalogue diseases that may jump species and G'kar to be Londo's new bodyguard - following the destruction of the Centauri cruiser as it departed without Londo aboard.

This episode continues to setup the telepath situation and flesh out some more of our characters but the storyline otherwise is slowly simmering away at this point.

Rating: 6.5/10

Secrets of the Soul
Byron's people continue to be victimised by others in Down Below and Franklin reveals a terrible truth about the Hyach.

While Byron's people are causing more headaches for station security, Zack finds himself on the wrong side of Lyta's friendship as he tries to protect her and alienates himself in the process. After one of Byron's people are attacked and Byron is detained, the others go out seeking revenge.

Meanwhile, Franklin begins gathering medical records from the Alliance races including the Drazi and the Hyach, where he finds out a terrible secret about the latter and their history that they'd rather forget.

Lyta opens up to Byron in an intimate moment which reveals far more about how telepaths came to be on Earth and perhaps even in the other races through Vorlon manipulation - this cements Byron's belief that the Alliance owes his people a planet of their own.

The slow burn continues for this season and all I can really remember about this episode was how racy it was when it first aired with the scene between Lyta and Byron - that sort of stuff was never shown in science fiction! The storyline at least shows signs of ramping up at the end of this episode however.

Rating: 6/10

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