"Try not to drool on the controls."
REVIEW: Trust. Hard to come by. In the opening sequence, ISN is back, but as a propaganda machine you can't trust. And if you can't trust the news media, who CAN you trust? (That can't help but sound sarcastic, I'm sorry.) Ship of Tears asks our heroes to trust and ally with two people who could prove dangerous: G'Kar and Bester. G'Kar is the easier sell, obviously, to the audience at least. Sheridan hasn't made good on his promise to include him among the conspirators of light yet, but that's because it entails revealing how they didn't warn Narn the Shadows were on the prowl. I'm not clear on how G'Kar could have used that information or even figured out his people were at particular risk, but Delenn takes responsibility for it, and the two of them share an emotional scene. G'Kar can only accept this betrayal because he has recently learned about the level of sacrifice needed to save the universe, but his waters run super-deep as usual, and he can't forgive his new allies quite yet, perhaps ever. So while G'Kar DID deserve the others' trust, do they deserve his?
Unfortunately, the Bester plot isn't as strong. We're used to Bester lying to us even when he's technically helping, nothing new there. His motivations are heroic, but genocidal as well. I know! He's Magneto! He only wants to protect his own, humanity's next evolutionary step, telepaths and telekinetics. As long as the Shadows are threatening telepaths, he'll be on "normal" humanity's side. Good to know that he isn't part of the Clark conspiracy, though! But the Shadows are taking telepaths (including Bester's lover, aww, he's got a heart) to drive their ships and... reveal! To counter other telepaths, which they fear. Seems like the Narns were instrumental in driving them away last time. Shame their telepaths are all extinct, eh? While this is all pretty interesting, it's a shame it's tacked to an ugly story line about those captured telepaths becoming Borged wire monsters when awakened. B5's "monster episodes" are definitely my least favorite, if only for that element.
Random notes: The command crew get big new jackets for flying the White Star, like something VIP Klingons would wear. I like it. Do the conspirators meet in a new set? Or haven't I noticed it before? I don't suppose the Round Table in the middle is a coincidence. New Starfury designs as well. I'm sure they'll see some action. But these are ultimately cosmetic. The important thing is how the relationships are changing and how they'll impact the story.
IN A GALAXY, FAR FAR AWAY: That new atmosphere-capable Starfury sure looks like a pimped-out X-Wing, doesn't it?
REWATCHABILITY: Medium - Seems to me it could all have been done without the techno-monster. Why not trust the actors and the emotional context of their trust issues?