"I'm not saying what I'm saying. I'm not saying what I'm thinking. As a matter of fact, I'm not thinking what I'm thinking."
REVIEW: Another Talia-centric plot so soon? She really is being better integrated into the show. Bester's back and though on the "right" side of the law, his right is all kinds of wrong, from torturing a man and enjoying orgasmic spasms at his "last thought" to wanting to repatriate (and do God knows what to) unregistered telepaths who have made their way to the station. Even though we're set up to think of Bester as a villain, it's not a black and white issue. Talia, though she secretly distrusts PsiCorps, has to be convinced through a series of horror stories told by the refugees. Garibaldi preaches absolutism, while Doc Franklin is revealed as the underground railroad's engineer since before he came aboard, his clandestine clinic down below something of a front for his operation. This puts Sheridan in a difficult position - and the audience too - and though Talia's "third option" lets them all off the hook, it doesn't exactly restore the trust our heroes should share.
The only real winner in the trust game is Talia who, by betraying Bester and PsiCorps, aligns herself with the Earthforce Four. Even Ivanova now feels at ease with her, and deigns to share a bottle of wine late at night (though she still calls her "Miss Winters"). The point is well made that PsiCorps is both empowering and limiting, and that in trying to protect people from telepaths, Earth has created monsters that now have political power over them. But PsiCorps isn't the future according to the Lurker who leads the misfit telepaths, Talia is. We saw what Ironheart became in Mind War, and his gifts to Talia may set her on the same transcendent path. She exhibits telekinesis, the ability to cloud Bester's mind, and with the help of networked telepaths, even cast convincing mental illusions. How powerful will she get?
The comedy subplot about budget cutbacks and Sheridan absolutely refusing to pay rent or move to smaller quarters has several good moments, but the storyline is a little thin (though it does show how Earth Alliance is losing faith in the costly Babylon project). Still, the best bit for me was Sheridan's hyperactive good mood after his date with sexy Delenn in a human dress. Reminded me of so many shared hotel rooms and group sleepovers where clowning supersedes sleep. And it's very true to life. Meeting someone new, finding out you have chemistry, it's very exciting. Even mention of his wife can't break the spell. I found myself feeling happy for him. Don't spoil it, Ivanova! At least you got the couch!
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORMHOLE: Garibaldi's the law is the law is evocative of Odo's attitude, but it's Delenn's fascination with humanity that's most Trekkish (by way of Data).
REWATCHABILITY: Medium-High - A solid story, a shocking(ish) reveal, and good recurring guest-star, and several signs of things to come.