EPISODE SEVENTEEN — S1E16 Eyes

This episode, much like Sky Full of Stars, was a mess-with-Jeff episode. As we had previously stated, there are forces working in concert which basically had it in for Sinclair before he even set foot on the station, and have tried over and over to remove him. Explosions. Political maneuvers. Essential operational funding. Cybertech mindprobes. Sinclair keeps winning, and saving the station time and again. It seems the Minbari chose well, when they agreed, finally, to let him past the vetting process, even though he was far down the list of prospectives.

We also get to see another soldier who didn’t fare as well as Sinclair did during the war. Driven by a vengeance quest because he was not chosen for the Commander’s position, Colonel Ari Ben Zayn bends rules, twists procedures, and otherwise makes an ass of himself in the most ham-handed fashion possible in order to bring Sinclair down.

In further reflection, I think Ben Zayn is more tragic than antagonistic, in the long run. He was a man who followed orders, did what he was told, and pulled riot duty and colonial security actions, some of the worst and most thankless rosters during the Earth-Minbari war. He was tired and angry, and wanted some recognition for his efforts. He was a perfect soldier, and yet they gave a prestigious post to a relatively unknown guy… and a flyboy at that! So, a lesson here, kids: Don’t let jealousy, fear and vindictiveness overwhelm you, unless you like having a P8 transmit pain directly to your cerebral cortex. 🙂

CONSUME THE PODCAST HERE:

http://jumpgate.podomatic.com/entry/2014-08-31T13_57_26-07_00

AND WE HAVE SOME GLORIOUSLY FUNNY LINKS BELOW!

1994 Kawasiaki Ninja – One of the coolest bikes in modern history. If I had a modern real-life motorcycle, this would be it. I’d probably go with the awesome red bike in AKIRA, given a choice of fictional bikes. Hmm… or the Cyclone transforming battle armor bike from the third Robotech series. 🙂
http://www.ehow.com/list_7613994_1994-kawasaki-ninja-zx6e-specifications.html

LaGrange Orbital Points – The beautiful physics of orbital LaGrange points, which also, by the way, work at a Solar System level. This is likely where the LaGrange station they referenced in the show was located, in a stable orbit between Earth and Mars, which is an ideal transfer point.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z52WWLE8bBo

Eddie Izzard – do you have a flag? A bit NSFW, but hilarious. 🙂
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTduy7Qkvk8

The Onion – presidency in 2040 – The satire site The Onion’s take on the lasting impact of unfortunate social media gaffes for today’s teens and 20-somethings. 🙂
http://www.theonion.com/video/report-every-potential-2040-president-already-unel,27963/

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – The 1974 classic, another in the Jumpgate Great Books series.
http://www.amazon.com/Motorcycle-Maintenance-text-only-Pirsig/dp/B004RCC5AA/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1409506680&sr=8-3&keywords=zen+and+the+art+of+motorcycle+maintenance

Total Eclipse of the Heart, LITERAL VIDEO – It’s funny and ridiculous until near the end, where they smack you in the face with the funniest stuff. 🙂
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsgWUq0fdKk

DaVinci’s Notebook – Title of the Song – Also, while DaVinci’s Notebook is no longer performing barbershop, you can catch two of them doing their thing, even 15 years later, at Sci-Fi and Media conventions as “Paul and Storm”.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxaolJJgSNY

White Star 5 – A separate but concurrent B5 podcast to Jumpgate that gave us a shout out! Give ’em a listen!
http://www.whitestarfive.com

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EPISODE SIXTEEN — S1E15 Grail

As we may have mentioned at the beginning of the episode, Jinny and I had our new son, Xander, about a week early. All our carefully laid plans for when we’d do the recording sessions pretty much got thrown out the window. It was only due to some quick rescheduling with Nick (and Jinny’s phenomenal recuperative prowess) that we were able to squeak “Grail” into the regular publishing schedule. As it stands, the baby was in Jinny’s arms the whole podcast, and only voiced his opinion once, briefly. 🙂

Grail was an interesting episode that had us meandering through philosophical and religious questions again, although not quite as heavily as others in this series. The big station visitor this time was Aldous, a man who sought meaning, but not in a way that unhealthily replaced the spiritual hole left by the death of his family. Instead, he succeeded in reefing his emotional sails and setting a new course… one that would take him to the stars. Knowing that it’s the search that drives us — the journey, not the destination — is a hallmark of several major spiritual traditions, and one that fits with all but the most dogmatic of faiths. 

We got a good crop of links this time, and of course you can watch the episode here:

http://jumpgate.podomatic.com/entry/2014-08-17T20_28_54-07_00

 

and ALL THE JUICY LINKS YOU CAN STAND!!!

Lies My Teacher Told Me – Another in the Official Jumpgate Great Books series! Everything you were ever taught in school was a lie. But then, you probably already knew that.
http://www.amazon.com/Lies-My-Teacher-Told-Everything/dp/0743296281/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408307905&sr=8-1&keywords=lies+my+teacher+told+me

Temporarily Humbolt County – The brilliant and satirical comedy sketch by 60’s comedy troup Firesign Theater. Check out their other stuff, too… 50 years has not dulled the humor one bit.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2I2PjLna4C0

NOPEtopus –  NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE
http://weknowmemes.com/2012/10/nope-octopus-gif/

Extra Credits – The Youtube series Nick referenced, about faith in video games. A worthy use of 6 minutes of your life.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBVb2WECSLw

SMBC – baby catapult

http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2853

EPISODE FIFTEEN – S1E14 TKO

First of all, I want to thank our very special guest star Crystal Wolf from Chris and Crys Take Over The World for joining us for the podcast and sharing a few stories and insights about the episode with us!

TKO is regarded as a weak episode overall, but we felt it would have stood stronger if both the Ivanova plot and the Mutai plot were given A-plots of their own. As it was, the fight choreography needed work, and Susan didn’t get NEARLY enough screen time, leading to what might have been two much better (but very different) episodes, not  smooshed into one.

Still and all, it was not as bad as we seemed to remember. Clunky editing aside, as Andy points out, TKO was about how two very different fighter-types deal with personal grief and loss: Walker with the Mutai and Susan having the emotional courage to finally sit Shiva for her father

We have a healthy amount of linkage below, and you can listen to the episode HERE:
http://jumpgate.podomatic.com/entry/2014-08-03T13_15_24-07_00

 

Sitting Shiva – wiki link here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sitting_shiva

Eric Flynt 1632
http://www.amazon.com/1632-Ring-Fire-Eric-Flint/dp/0671319728/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1407098817&sr=8-4&keywords=eric+flint
S.M. Sterling Island in the Sea of Time
http://www.amazon.com/Island-Sea-Time-S-Stirling/dp/0451456750/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407098847&sr=8-1&keywords=island+in+the+sea+of+time

Greek Fisticuffs
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Greek_boxing

Queensbury rules
http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/spring03/bueneventura/rules.htm

Homemade ZIMA recipe
http://fwx.foodandwine.com/drink/you-can-make-your-own-zima-so-we-did

Ivan Drago, Rocky 4  – I must break you!

There is no Dana…

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bs2p0bsCQAAmTD5.jpg:large

Honest Trailers Pokemon