"It's been my experience that discussions of old battles only interests historians."
REVIEW: I'm starting to think Ivanova's only viable character trait is her pathological hatred for PsiCorps, and frankly, she deserves better than an episode that makes her completely unreasonable and illogical. Fine, I'll accept that she doesn't think PsiCorps is a very ethical organization, but that's a far cry from convincing the audience that PsiCorps training automatically results in creating an unethical agent. We've had at least four examples to the contrary. Every argument she brings to Alisa would seem to push her towards PsiCorps, not away from it. That she's dangerous and nosy because of her lack of training, that her mother committed suicide because she refused to join PsiCorps (so an orphan with nothing to lose would refuse and risk drug treatment WHY exactly?), that her other options, say as a DNA cow for the Narn, are even bleaker... It's a good thing there was a third, vocational option, even though it's hard to believe a common thief and, as horribly, tooth-grindingly played by Grace Una, a little twit to boot, would fit in Minbari culture. Letting Talia buy her coffee is progress, I suppose, but it doesn't feel like a progression in their relationship, which has always been civil if a little tense. Perhaps if Talia was allowed to be in more episodes...
At least the telepath thread does connect to the Minbari A-plot, in which a great military leader's body is stolen by persons unknown. The show's trained us to mistrust the arrogant jerk that is Neroon, and think he may have engineered these events (after all, he's the one who took human security off the crypt) to start another war. He's kind of like Colonel Ben Zayn from the previous episode. Except it's a big fake out, and after a bunch of red herrings, including a potentially cannibalistic solution, it's revealed Delenn took his remains and cremated them. See, the guy was of mixed caste, his role that of warrior, but his heart of the religious caste, and Neroon wasn't respecting his modest last wishes with the whole universal tour thing. Okay, but how did she think this would turn out? Her gesture almost starts a war, and her plan to spin the body's disappearance as a miracle could not possibly have worked without Neroon's cooperation. Which she gets anyway by pulling rank and invoking the will of the Grey Council. This cows him and shows us just how much power Delenn really has, but... why not start with this? If your answer is because there would then be no episode, that's really a failure of the script.
At least the encounter allows Sinclair to face his bitterness regarding the war, and despite the harsh words exchanged between him and his Minbari homologue, their truce is sincere. Neroon has eaten the humblepie Delenn was serving and still retains a touch of his native arrogance, but Sinclair is very gracious and his tribute to the fallen leader is, it seems, a great step forward, both politically and personally. If Babylon 5 is the best hope for peace, that peace resides in the human-Minbari relationship, and through Delenn, that seemed a given. Now that we know there's a rift between the ruling castes and that, as Neroon proves, all Minbari aren't ethereal elves, there's a little more at stake. And of course, there's still the matter of the Minbari's hidden agenda, and the word "Chrysalis" seen in Delenn's mind by Alisa foreshadows further developments in solving that mystery.
REWATCHABILITY: Medium-Low - I like the way it moves the political and personal stories forward, but several characters are taken down a few dozen IQ points for the main plots to work. Might have been a Medium if the guest acting had been watchable.