Bo and Mack aren’t your average maintenance techs. For almost 5 years now, they’ve kept B5 spinning, despite periodic plagues, political upheaval, and (ugh!) bugs. They’ve got a lot to say about our heroes, and we’re along for the ride, as they encounter Lochley, Garibaldi, Sheridan and Delenn, all struggling to repel an opportunistic military incursion of an unknown alien race from beyond the Rim. Eh, whatever… just another day on Babylon 5, right? 🙂
Your Hosts LOVE “below-decks” episodes. They usually appear sometime after 3rd or 4th season (or “series” for those across the pond), once the show has hit its stride and the characters are generating fanfic on the forums. These include such notable entries as Buffy the Vampire Slayer s3e13 “The Zeppo”, featuring non-superpowered sidekick Xander Harris… or the scrappy and resourceful ensigns of ST:TNG s7e15 “Lower Decks”… or even video games like the original Half-Life expansion pack “Opposing Force” or HALO 3: ODST.
All of these stories give a perspective on Our Heroes which might not be attainable otherwise. I mean, after all, who cares about the techs, the janitors, the normal, non-power-armor trooper with nothing between him and the Alien Menace except a pulse rifle and lot of courage? Well, we do. It humanizes a space opera, brings it down to something relatable after three seasons of Next Level bad guys *barely* defeated by the ever more competent (and traumatized) Heroes.
These stories say, yeah, everyone counts. Everyone has something to contribute. But you may be called upon to grow bigger shoulders. 🙂
Listen to the podcast here… do you hear any funny noises? Better call in the maintenance techs.
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