Recap: Babylon Five Film 02 Thirdspace
John, whenever something comes into our proximity that has to do with the unknown, your eyes light up like two tiny suns. And do you know what words these two tiny lights spell out? Mine! Mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine!
This movie contains examples of:
- Alien Geometries: Once the Artifact activates, a jump point into Thirdspace appears in the middle of it. A shot of the side of the artifact establishes that this jump point does not take up any space in the third dimension. See also Bigger on the Inside.
- Artifact of Doom
- Bigger Bads: The Thirdspace aliens. The Vorlons were terrified of them. It took the combined efforts of all the first ones including the Shadows just to drive them out of our universe, which is about all you need to know.
- Bigger on the Inside: The Artifact is, as multiple shots demonstrate, tall and broad, but not very deep. Once it opens, and Sheridan goes inside of it, it is shown to be vast and cavernous.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Eventually happens to most of the station.
- Not even the Vorlons were immune. The thing was taken by those that had been taken over by the aliens.
- Break the Haughty: The Vorlons
- Combat Medic: Franklin leaves Medbay to help people injured in the Brawl, and ends up fighting alongside Zack to protect a hurt woman.
- Continuity Snarl: This film simply does not fit anywhere in the show, continuity-wise, which is unusual for a Myth Arc show like Babylon 5. Various issues include the presence and absence of particular characters, Zack Allen's wearing of the new uniform, and the destruction of an entire fighter squadron just not lining up at all in the relatively narrow space of episodes in the fourth season that the film is supposed to fit into, between the Shadow War and the Earth Alliance Civil War.
- The best-known B5 fan site, the Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5, places it during the episode "Atonement", or possibly just before it if the "tailoring" scene in "Atonement" were interpreted as not the initial fitting, but an adjustment shortly after the initial fitting (after all, Zack's uniforms never fit right). And even that is problematic - Vir states that Londo is back on Centauri Prime, but he doesn't seem to have left the station since "The Illusion of Truth".
- Deadpan Snarker: Commander Ivanova.
- Deflector Shields: The Artifact, when activated, is protected by a nigh-impervious shield. Ditto for the ships that begin to exit from it.
- Evil Tower of Ominousness: Thirdspace.
- Fainting Seer: Lyta is being plagued by Vorlon memories of what the Artifact really is and faints more than once while trying to warn or stop the others.
- Fling a Light into the Future: This is apparently part of Lyta's function should the younger races encounter anything the Vorlons accidentally left behind.
- Immune to Bullets: The scout ships used by the Thirdspace Aliens are impervious to the weapons mounted on Starfuries, thanks to their Deflector Shields.
- Infernal Retaliation: A Narn security guard's arm is set on fire during a brawl late in the film. Rather than try to extinguish it, he proceeds instead to beat his opponent senseless with the burning arm.
- Jews Love to Argue: The Rosen brothers. They've been at it for ten years.
- Love Confession: When Zack encounters Lyta alone in a turbolift he takes the opportunity to tell her he likes her. She, however, is in a Vorlon-induced trance brought about by the presence of the Artifact, and doesn't seem aware of what's going on. Zack takes this to mean she's not interested.
- Madness Mantra: Lyta keeps repeating, "There is danger, remember."
- Also crosses with Room Full of Crazy when she writes it all over the walls of her quarters.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: The Thirdspace bugs.
- Mutual Kill: During the space battle, a White Star and a Thirdspace scout get into a close fight and blow each other apart in short order.
- Naval Blockade: The ongoing one between Earth and B5 is mentioned in the opening voiceover, along with the problems in getting supplies its causing.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The Vorlons never thought about what might come out when they opened the gate.
- And of course, our heroes found it and brought it home with them.
- Nuclear Option: Captain Sheridan's plan, no less.
- This led to Boxleitner himself nicknaming his character "Nuke 'Em."
- The Vorlons, speaking through Lyta, admit this as the cause. They began to believe those who thought they were gods.
- Sheridan, who thought that B5 had the capability to safely study the Artifact without professional help (he was convinced otherwise by the IPX representative, who rightly pointed out that Sheridan's people might accomplish nothing, or they might accidentally blow themselves up.)
- The IPX rep earns no points, however, when she proceeds to nearly do exactly that, thanks to the Artifact's influence on almost anyone nearby.
- Reality Warper: The artifact begins affecting minds and draining power as soon as it enters Babylon 5 space, and that's before it's even turned on.
- Recycled INSPACE: Heavily inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, according to the producers.
- Refuge in Audacity: Sheridan's plan is nothing if not straightforward, cruising out to the Artifact in a space suit and sticking a nuke to it.
- Sealed Evil in a Can
- Space Pirates: The Raiders, who appear in the film's intro in a dogfight with Commander Ivanova and Delta Squadron.
- Starfish Alien: The Thirdspace aliens look like...a beanbag chair on a bunch of tentacles.
- They were intentionally designed by the producers to be as alien as possible, so that the viewer would take one look at them, and decide that they looked fundamentally wrong somehow.
- Sufficiently Advanced Alien: The Thirdspace aliens are even older than the Vorlons were.
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!:
- Sheridan expresses this of his own plan, once he sets out to navigate his way through a massive, ongoing fleet battle to sneak aboard the Artifact and plant a nuke, in a dinky spacesuit.
- Where most characters would have suffered a Heroic BSOD, or at least an Oh Crap moment, Ivanova merely expresses one of these when she realizes that an entire fleet of massive Thirdspace alien warships is about to come out of the artifact. She seems less worried and more exasperated that the universe has found a new way to torment her. Obviously overlaps with This Is Gonna Suck.