"You said you wanted to teach me to fight legends, well you're a legend too."
REVIEW: That rather passive-sounding title hides the fact a heck of a lot of stuff happens in this episode. Perhaps the opening sequence, with Shadows making runs at non-aligned worlds, is a better herald of what is to come. Since B5's big theme is that we can overcome TOGETHER, these planets have a vested interest in not staying unaligned, but they don't necessarily watch the show. What they need is to see the Shadows defeated to know it's possible. Ironically, the Vorlons, whose whole deal (through Kosh, at least) has been to GET everyone to work together, won't do their part. It has to get physical between Sheridan and Kosh before the latter agrees to send some squid-ships in. His warning, that Sheridan is trading a victory now against help he might have gotten later (his prophesied fatal visit to Z'ha'dum) is misunderstood. Kosh isn't penalizing him, he's predicting his own retaliatory death at the hands of the Shadows. It's a fine sequence, with Kosh given a lot more heart and expression than normal through his visit in Sheridan's dreams in the forms of his recently-seen father. There is admits he was wrong to hold back and passes the baton of leadership before rocking the station with a shocking psychic explosion. Apparently, he'll be replaced so no one knows, so I expect a new "Kosh" to walk around Babylon 5's halls again.
The Shadows also punish Londo, responsible for shutting down lines of communication between them and Centauri Prime. Props to Londo for not showing any fear, but it's a little silly for him to say or think they can't do anything to him, especially with his lady love Adira about to arrive to the station. Predictably, joy turns to fear and then depression as Mr. Morden (no doubt) engineers her death. Morden SAYS it's Lord Refa's doing, and indeed, the poison is damning evidence, but it's really his plan, isn't it? And Londo isn't really taken in by those puppy-dog eyes and "if I'd had Refa's ear, I could have helped" routine, is he? I sure hope he plans to take his revenge on BOTH Refa and Morden. Please say it's so! Though I'm not sure what the bit about Morden buying pills is all about since there's little room for him to poison Adira himself once the ship has docked.
And then's Dr. Franklin's addiction, which is now making him so erratic, he almost gets sued for malpractice. His sponsor Garibaldi to the rescue, but it doesn't make a dent. What DOES make a dent is science, naturally. For Franklin, it is the ultimate convincer. He runs the blood tests himself and the numbers don't lie. That is very consistent characterization for the Doc. He let the problem get so bad, he feels he needs to resign from his position, and comes clean about his reasons to Sheridan. Will he remain a member of the army of light while he gets clean? Will he head off to parts unknown so JMS can expand his story's scope? Will we see Dr. Hobbs again, or some rotating roster of doctors who DON'T work 24-hour shifts? Interlude or not, the episode has gone out of its way to change the status quo once again.
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORMHOLE: The Cardassians strike a victory against the Klingons, but at the cost of Garak's life. Quark awaits a dabo girl acquisitively. Dr. Bashir resigns over Raktajino issues. (I'm kidding.)
REWATCHABILITY: High - On the one hand, it feels like a very personal episode where we catch up on everyone's subplots. On the other, it's this big honking game-changer. Well done.