09 October 2014

B5 Review: In the Kingdom of the Blind & A Tragedy of Telepaths

As the telepath situation deteriorates on Babylon 5, Londo and G'kar reach Centauri Prime and things seem amiss...
In the Kingdom of the Blind
Londo and G'Kar make it to Centauri Prime where they find a darkness has come over the Royal Palace. Byron sets out his plan to secure a world for his people.

It's noted that some Alliance shipping lanes are being attacked by an unknown party.

On Centauri Prime, Londo anxiously awaits a meeting with the Regent. In between, he does catch up with an old friend who disappears in the night and comes face to face with another assassination attempt from Lord Vole, who'd rather Londo was out of the picture. Londo sees another figure in the darkness, and after meeting with the Regent, realises something severely is wrong and can't quite figure out what is going on in the Royal Palace.

On the station, Byron has had his people shadow the Alliance ambassadors and uses them to gather their deepest secrets. In an address to the council, he threatens to reveal their secrets if their request for a home world of their own isn't met.

This episode is a bit of a welcomed break from the concentration on the telepath story, while it still is there, we get to see other events developing and a new darkness coming.

Rating: 7/10

A Tragedy of Telepaths 
Byron loses control of some of the telepaths on the station forcing Lochley to take a desperate step while Londo and G'kar reunite with someone long forgotten.

With most of the telepaths sealed up in their commune, a breakaway group take up arms and begin forcefully pushing for what they're after. Lochley is forced into a position where she seeks Bester's help to get them off the station.

The Brakiri and Drazi ambassadors on the station butt heads when debris from each is found at the scene of recent attacks on their shipping lanes. Taking up defensive positions against each other, Sheridan steps in with the Whitestar fleet, enraging both as they feel their rights have been infringed upon.

On Centauri Prime, G'kar and Londo find Na'toth, a forgotten prisoner in the deepest cells within the palace. She'd been imprisoned for two years, since the bombing of Narn. The two manage to free her and get her on a transport back home.

The title gives away the focus of the story but events are beginning to unfold with relation to the Centauri and the attacks on the shipping lanes. The opening and closing scenes dealing with the attacks, give a bit of the game away - but no one seems to know anything about it...

Now that there is a hostile group of telepaths out there, are we edging closer to the events depicted in The Deconstruction of Falling Stars?

Rating: 6.5/10

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