Babylon 5

Season 2 Episode 7

Soul Mates

2
Aired Monday 7:00 PM Dec 14, 1994 on
8.6
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Londo summons his three wives to Babylon 5 so he can divorce two of them, Talia gets a visit from her obnoxious ex-husband - the only man ever to leave PsiCorps...and Delenn has her first bad hair day.

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  • Delenn has a bad hair day....

    9.5
    ... to say nothing of Londo's wives. :)



    Oh goodness this episode was brilliant XD



    Nothing important happened in terms of the overall plot (well, as far as I can tell - for all I know, lots of important things happened that will be addressed later) but one very important thing happened: we got to see a lot more of the day to day lives of the main characters aboard the station, and got a good laugh in the process.



    Seriously, Londo and his wives, sheer brilliance. And although it was kiiind of predictable who he'd choose, I was rooting for her all the way and really glad he did. Is it just me, or is that just very clearly true love? It's beautiful, it's charming, and it's hilarious. I really hope to see more of her.



    Had to laugh at Delenn's difficulty with hair, too. I know how she feels. Sometimes I just get mine sheared off..

    She also had an interesting point to make about "souls walking together", how certain souls are drawn to one another, perhaps with some links to past lives. I could become a very big fan of that theory (why not, people believe in stranger things).



    Great to also see some development and fleshing out of Talia Winters. She has often struck me as somewhat lacking in the personality department, and it was nice to see a bit more about her, her past, and her desires. As Susan pointed out, she is... or seemed... extremely loyal to Psi Corps, so it was fascinating to learn that he feels just as trapped as anyone else, deep down. Very interesting. (Unless it was that guy influencing her).



    Finally - MISTER HOMN! I knew it was the same actor the moment he appeared on screen. Yay, he got a speaking role other than just "thank you for the drinks"! Thank goodness Mrs Troi wasn't there. *shudder*

    And there is my point. This is, at least with Londo's part of the story, kind of a comedy episode. I simply love Trek, but when they tried to do comedy they came up with Lwaxana and Alexander talking to a clown on the holodeck, or Ferengi episodes. Enough said. Long live the Centauri, they are so much better for putting a smile on my face.



    A 9.5 for this episode, it may not have been some kind of extremely profound episode like what got 9.5s and 10s out of me on Trek (Inner Light etc), but it pretty much had me smiling all the way through and that is something special.



    (Bear in mind I am working on the same kind of scoring as harsh Trek critics Tim Lynch and Jamahl Epsocokhan. . very fussy indeed and not throwing huge scores around. 9.5 is a HUGE compliment and a huge score. Good work B5!)moreless
  • Soul Mates

    10
    Soul Mates was a perfect and classic episode of Babylon 5. I enjoyed watching this episode because it had a diverse mix of characters all dealing with their own personal issues which all come together in some way with each other. I thought it was interesting to learn more about Londo and his wives. I thought this episode marked an interesting change as Londo gets a special gift from the Centauri Emperor. I enjoyed the scenes between Talia and Garabaldi as he tried to protect her from her past. There were some interesting revelations from Mattew and Delenn as well. I look forward to watching more Babylon 5!!!!!!!moreless
  • londo's wives arrive on babylon 5.

    9.9
    i liked this episode of babylon 5 soul mates. this episode is mainly about londo and talia. londo three wives arrive on babylon 5 and talia ex husband is aboard the station causing trouble. and ambassador delenn asks the commandar for help in dealing with a personal promblem. centauri ambassordor is overjoyed he can divource two of his three wives. which one does he choose to keep. the young and sexy one the one who flatters him or the arguementative one who shows him as much respect as a piece of space garbage. and talia fomer husband is he a harmless maverick or does he intend to use some sinister unknown power to transform talia.moreless
  • Enjoyable to watch, adventurous and give us deeper look into the mystic world of Londo Mollari

    8.4
    This episode is defenetly the one what gives us more ideas who Londo is and how he have get where he is - those three wives are very variet and they show very well what kind of traps you can get. I very much enjoyed that Londo storyline - intriques and little catch between his wives, that ceremony, Londo in medlab - and his choice. It defenetly proved that Londo has one sense - he can make his plans and make his choices. And I most think that all other two wives were quite surprised.



    The second main storyline was about Talia, but I do not feel it so enjoyable. It is great to see her more in the spotlight but still. But I cannot say there were not create sences and great moments like that when Talia was telling that she will leave. They have way to surprise as all the time :)moreless
  • This episode is primarily features Talia and Londo. Londo gets the chance to divorce two of his three wives. And Talia's ex-husband, the only man to ever leave Psi-Corp, comes to pay her a visit.moreless

    9.4
    This episode is primarily features Talia and Londo. Londo gets the chance to divorce two of his three wives. And Talia's ex-husband, the only man to ever leave Psi-Corp, comes to pay her a visit.



    I rather liked the image of Delenn having her bad hair day. And Lennier's shock at seeing her with curlers in her hair. Its the continuation of her understanding her new body.



    One thing that this season has been sorely lacking is interaction between G'Kar and Londo. We got to see a little of it in this episode, which was a welcomed addition to the show. This season has mainly focused on the humans and human problems. Although I do see this changing in the upcoming episodes.



    I rather enjoyed the plotline featuring Londo and his three wives. We all now realize why he referred to his wives as "famine, pestilence, and death."



    The Talia plotline wasn't as interesting to me. But that is likely due to my dislike of the character. The importance of the plotline to show another example of how Psi-Corp is corrupt and dangerous.



    That painting at Londo's party was hideous looking. I'm curious as to whether Londo being hurt was more than it seemed. The episode at first gives the view that it was nothing more than an ancient Narn booby-trap. However we see G'Kar and Mariel talking after the fact. So it could have been an assassination attempt by Mariel to make sure she wasn't divorced. She could have gone to G'Kar for help. However, it was brought to the station by Stoner. I don't have the answer, but its interesting to contemplate.moreless
Peter David

Peter David

Party Guest (uncredited)

Guest Star

Keith Szarabajka

Keith Szarabajka

Matthew Stoner

Guest Star

Lois Nettleton

Lois Nettleton

Daggair

Guest Star

David L. Crowley

David L. Crowley

Lou Welch

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Continuity: In the previous episode, Talia talks about Psi-corps mentoring program and revealed that her mentor was "Abby". In this episode, her mentor's name was Matt.

    • Continuity: In the first season episode "The War Prayer," we saw a photograph of Londo's three wives. They look nothing like the wives seen here.

    • Continuity: Although it's established Babylon 5 doors close after a person passes through them, when Timov leaves the MedLab it stays open so we can see her walk dramatically away.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Timov: I will take no part in these sexual olympics.
      Londo: Timov, they are just expressing their feelings for me.
      Timov: Well, I can do that. (slaps him across the face)

    • Timov: The secret of our marriage's success, Londo, is our lack of communication.

    • Delenn: (to Ivanova) Do you have any idea why I suddenly started getting these odd cramps...?

    • Matthew Stoner (to Garibaldi): Hey, how about I call you an idiot in public and you can convict me for revealing state secrets?

    • Daggair: Your problem, Timov, is that you've never known your place.
      Timov: My place? You once threatened to break a vase over (Londo's) head.
      Daggair: Well now, that was the impetuousness of youth.
      Timov: That was last month.

    • Delenn: Commander, I want you to understand. I acquired human characteristics to bring your people and mine closer together. To symbolise our mutuality. It is supposed to be a dignified and inspiring position for both Humans and Minbari. So, will you please explain to me why this... this...
      Ivanova: Hair.
      Delenn: ... refuses to co-operate!

    • Franklin: Ambassador Mollari, do you mind if I make one personal observation?
      Londo: No, not at all.
      Franklin: Stick it.
      Londo: How odd. And I didn't even know that we were married.

    • (warning Mariel)
      G'Kar: If I were married to Londo Mollari, I'd be concerned.
      Mariel: If you were married to Londo Mollari, we'd all be concerned.

    • Timov: I won't bite, Vir.
      Vir: With all due respect, madam, that's not what I've heard.
      Timov: All right, that one time.
      Vir: Twice.

    • Matthew Stoner: And you are?
      Garibaldi: Garibaldi, head of security.
      Matthew Stoner: So if I'm feeling insecure, hugging you will make me feel better?

    • Franklin: Londo, do you know where you are?
      Londo: I'm either in Med-Lab or in Hell. Either way, the decor needs work.

    • Timov: All right Londo, why did you chose to keep me as your wife and not them? I've made no pretense of affection for you, I find your recent actions contemptible, I'll never love you, at best I'll tolerate you, and I'll never be what you want me to be. Why me?
      Londo: Because, with you I will always know where I stand.

  • NOTES (3)

    • As indicated by the production codes, this episode, "Soul Mates," was supposed to air after the next episode, "A Race Through Dark Places." There are several subtle plot points that indicate the correct order. For the UK video release, the episodes were swapped to the correct order.

    • Director John Flinn and writer Peter David both make cameo appearances. Flinn plays "Mr. Flinn," the descendent of an abductee victim who is trying to sue the aliens responsible (he previously played the same role in "Grail" in season 1). Peter David is a guest at Londo's party - he can be seen talking with Delenn and Lennier.

    • In the episode "War Prayer", Londo had described his three wives as "famine, pestilence, and death". Famine corresponds to Timov who is emotionally undernourished. (The name "Timov" is "vomit" spelled backwards, a joke by writer Peter David. Jane Carr who played Timov didn't make the connection until halfway through filming when someone pointed it out to her). Pestilence corresponds to Daggair because she was like a disease. Death corresponds to Mariel - her angelic sounding name is the perfect counterbalance to her personification of death. Londo himself, as becomes clear later in the series, represents War, the last Horseman.

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