"Only one human captain has ever survived battle with a Minbari fleet. He is behind me. You are in front of me. If you value your lives, be somewhere else."
REVIEW: The Earth Alliance goes full fascist and things quickly spiral out of control. Mars is the first to proclaim its independence - not a big leap - which leads to its bombing, a straw that breaks the Alliance camel's back and sees ISN coverage to go dark when a journalist tries to tell the truth on TV, and two more colonies secede from the union. Babylon 5, a giant space station with gardens and buildings inside it, goes the same way. It's an independent "colony". With the help of a couple ships and their Starfuries, Sheridan will have to defend that independence against overwhelming Earth-loyal forces, and only the intervention of Delenn and the Minbari does he prevail. It's an action extravaganza, with ships firing on similar ships so you hardly know who's winning (which is the point), brother against brother, friend against friend. The death toll is high, both in space and where EA troops have breached the station. The Narn security force certainly isn't spared.
Despite the eye-popping visuals and violence, it's the personal moments that stay with you. The Earthforce foursome voting to fight. Major Ryan showing how close one can be to an enemy in a civil war by telling us the name of a defeated and dead captain's cat. Sheridan's heartfelt call to his by now famous father, delivering old advice in a new context. Ivanova adamant that she must lead by example and command a squadron (the spinning lights, actually her spinning Starfury, when she gets damaged is a great touch). Corwin in shock that B5 is splitting from the EA, but choosing his loyalty to the station. I especially love Ivanova asking if he's okay; she cares about this young officer they've taken under their wing if not into their confidence. Delenn's address to the Gray Council, and of course, her badass threat to the fresh EA ships that immediately turn tail. Sheridan thanking her with a kiss on the hand, the most physically intimate they've been; it's grand and romantic.
And now things really won't ever be the same again. Sheridan's refusal to put on his uniform is a sign post. He'll be a civilian governor of an independent outpost/colony until Clark is deposed (at least), and this is likely to change the entire dynamic. Perhaps it's why he can open himself up to Delenn in front of others. What doors will this secession open for other Earthforce personnel? Time will tell. At least our heroes are going into this with eyes open, expecting EA loyalists to cause internal trouble. Garibaldi better heal up fast.
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORMHOLE: Why has Hague killed off? Because Robert Foxworth had filming commitments with Deep Space Nine. Poached! That show would also toy with holographic communications in the next year.
REWATCHABILITY: High - An exciting change of status quo, with lots of action tempered with memorable character moments.