"Not every conversation has to be the end of the world."
REVIEW: So the previous station was caught in a temporal anomaly and tachyon emissions are now leading the B5 crew to it? Geez. Did a Star Trek script get lost in the mail? Trek had done so many of these things, even by then, that it's hard to get enthusiastic about yet another. Babylon 4, all in green, is really a recolored B5, of course, and it's commanded by a mere Major (probably just the skeleton crew's overseer, and he's a terrible over-actor). The station disappeared four years ago, and it hasn't been too long from their point of view, but time flashes throwing people's consciousness backwards and forwards through time are already driving people crazy. If it's all emotionally charged like Sinclair seeing Garibaldi going out in a blaze of glory or Garibaldi leaving Lise, I can understand why.
This is an episode about the future. That's where B4 is heading, and according to the alien Zathras (now here's a worthy performance from a guest actor), there's a war between light and shadow there. Not so far off, then. Sinclair is involved in these events and is considered a savior figure ("the One"). We're definitely seeing JMS' plans for a continuing character here, but with O'Hara's departure from the show at season's end, we'll see if it the future is really set in stone or more malleable. I guess it might have to be, even if future Sinclair can't change things from what he remembers. And can't touch his past self without Blinovitching him into the next segment of corridor. At least he manages to save the crew, by stopping off in 2258, but is that really his idea, or does it only exist in a paradoxical loop? Whatever the case may be, we'll see these events again from the other side one day.
Delenn's future is also in question. She's called to the Grey Council because she's been elected its leader, but refuses the position and is forced off the Council. That's ok, because it would have meant her leaving the cast, and from the quick future scene at the end, it seems her destiny is wrapped up in humanity's. If she's right, it's a great one, and she has the greatest, most passionate speech about our species this side of Doctor Who. It's also lovely to hear the traditional words of the Grey Council, sitting between light and darkness, between the candle and the stars. The Minbari are about balance, and about the whole rather than the individual. Very interesting.
Because the show is a little heavy and esoteric, it's nice to see it open on a couple of comedy scenes. Garibaldi and Sinclair pranking Ivanova is priceless, and I can't decide if Garibaldi is the worst conversationalist ever, or the best. After all, he can talk about anything. As usual, JMS' novelistic approach isn't BALANCED - those scenes should not have both been clumped together - but we appreciate each scene as its own entity, regardless.
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORMHOLE: Though Trek has done a lot of temporal anomaly stories (and flashing backwards and forwards through one's life is really the purview of DS9's Prophets), the episode really evoked The Tholian Web, with its trapped "ship" and spaceman fading in and out of reality.
REWATCHABILITY: Medium-High - A borrowed plot, but is sets up a lot of things for the coming seasons. Hopefully, B5 is able to follow up satisfyingly in spit of its cast trouble.