This was the episode that made it clear to me that Josue and I were going to generate some good discussions out of the Babylon 5 story. When you join us on these journeys, it’s really not meant to be about a cult of personality. Hopefully, you do enjoy the conversation that Josue and I have here. We are after all giddy geek kids at play in the fields of science fiction, but the purpose is to help others geek out and play with us. On the one hand, this journey is very personal. Babylon 5 is such an important part of my life, and I want to share it with my friends. I want other people to find the meaning that I found, and I want to laud this fantastic piece of storytelling so that others might engage with this story. I also hope to wrest new meaning from the clutches of the story. Given that the story has taken me where it has, I don’t mind retreading the path to see if I left anything behind. Josue has fresh eyes, viewing this as a first- time viewer, he offers new insight that I might have missed. But then there is you, dear listeners and fellow geeks; your perspective matters as well. I hope that you join us in the discussion and take this incredible ride with us.
#2: The Gathering is ultimately episode zero of the saga that is Babylon 5. Josué and Woody discuss the impact and meaning of this episode in this podcast. For those who are joining us on this journey, know that this is a building block and certainly not the best that B5 has to offer, but much of what is here is useful world-building and introduction to some of the players in the B5 story.
#1: And so it came to pass that Josué and Woody embarked upon a new adventure to explore the worlds of Babylon 5. Woody would serve as the guide to acolyte Josué and Josué would challenge all of Woody’s preconceived notions about this hallowed story. Woody acknowledged that this particular media was a cornerstone of his media genome and as such a sacred ground upon which he had traveled the path again and again. Josué acknowledged a love of science fiction, and a will to explore every aspect of the media in our world and how it impacts those that engage with it. Between the two of them, they agreed to watch every episode and travel the path together. Together they will root out the meaning and identify the underlying structures of Babylon 5. More to the point, they will geek out and you dear listeners are invited to share the journey.