"The one deserts his post without any explanation, the other takes the most breathtakingly inconvenient moment possible to explore new career options--like becoming a butterfly!"
REVIEW: There's a difference between what's operatic and what's melodramatic, and unfortunately, Sheridan's story thread crosses right over into the latter in this episode. The point is wants to make is that Sheridan lost his wife Anna a couple years ago and blames himself for her death. And JMS makes that point over and over again before his sister finally gives him the email she got from Anna and frees Sheridan of his guilt. It either takes too long (geez, sis, why sit on this all episode long?) or too little time (we find out about this whole thing in the same episode it's resolved, so we can hardly be said to care). The love they shared was true and the way they each describe it, epic, but Sheridan comes off as whiny in the wake of her death and the story exposition he has to get through doesn't flow naturally. Does letting go of the guilt finally allows him to let go of the woman? Unclear, but he does seem rather taken with the new Delenn. Of course, this is all going to get very complicated in due course.
Speaking of Delenn, if you were M.I.A. in the season opener, you're back by this point. Delenn takes longest, having gone through a transformation into a "bridge" between humanity and the Minbari, a rather more extreme version of what Sinclair is doing as an ambassador on her homeworld. I'm sure Mira Furlan appreciated the lighter make-up. I don't dislike it, though it always made me wonder how the hair and coral crown physically worked. More plot-intensive is Garibaldi's awakening, healed thanks to the machine from The Quality of Mercy. With Talia's help, he remembers his boy Jack shot him in the back, though it's a bit of a cheat to say Jack was Garibaldi's protege like that. It's true that if Takashima had been the traitor as originally intended, the shock would have been greater and the wound deeper. As is, Jack is caught by Welch (Garibaldi's one unimpeachable man) and gets a little bit of what he deserves, and his use of the Village salute from the Prisoner tags him as a PsiCorps agent, NOT Homeguard. When PsiCorps-backed president Clark quickly orders Sheridan to put Jack and all the evidence on a transport, it's clear he'll escape his promised "spacing" (so while there's no death penalty for civilian murderers, a court-martial for treason does?). And that's how it goes down. CONSPIRACY!
The other conspiracy involves Londo and the Shadows, and while the Centauri ambassador seemed to find the death toll disturbing, he's quick to give Morden the information he needs to ambush a Narn attack on the Shadow-held planet Za'ha'dum (how very Tolkien). This might raise G'Kar's suspicions the next time he thinks of running right into his enemy's arms as if a greater threat might make them allies. If only Morgen hadn't gotten to him first. G'Kar the action hero is far more naive than G'Kar the diplomat. Now with everyone back on the station, talks and feuds can begin again (as apparently leaving things in the hands of an aide doesn't cut it; we shall note here a change of actress for Na'Toth, who feels like a different and weaker person). Perhaps that'll whet G'Kar's blunted powers of intrigue.
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORMHOLE: At the start of its contemporaneous season, Deep Space Nine also has a mole in the recurring cast - Michael Eddington, also a security officer - who would go on to betray the heroes to the Maquis, DS9's equivalent(ish) of the Homeguard.
REWATCHABILITY: Medium - Take away the strident Sheridan plot and I'll glady raise the score, as I can't debate the importance of the episode's events to the greater story.