"My pilots don't have accidents." "They will. I'll see to it." "You wouldn't." "I've got a 200-megawatt pulse cannon in the forward cargo bay that says otherwise."
REVIEW: What I might come to call a "service episode", by which I mean one that advances a number of plots, adds a dash of humor, but doesn't really tie its different threads into a coherent theme. As such, it is perfectly pleasant, just not groundbreaking. Comedy is definitely on the agenda, whether it's Ivanova giving Sheridan the boot out of his own office, or her pushing the smugglers around with her usual dry wit, or Franklin and Marcus getting forged passes to Mars as a married couple (another progressive bit of futurism is Garibaldi's mention of a female pope), or even Sheridan finding out a night of wild passion with Delenn is a ritual attended by several stoic Minbari. And it mostly works, letting the characters' personalities be the catalyst for the humor. When it doesn't, it's either that Marcus is written as a inconsequential chatterbox (at least Franklin's reaction is genuinely funny), or someone is badly characterized for the sake of the joke (Sheridan shouting "who-hoo" during sex is patently ridiculous, as is a disapproving Lennier bringing it up afterwards).
As for drama, we have the conflict between Sheridan and Garibaldi, which has been coming since The Illusion of Truth. Seems Garibaldi is still talking trash about his old C.O., and they even have very public fights and come to blows. When dissident elements approach Garibaldi to rope him into their plans, it makes you think, oh, it's all a ruse set up by the two men so traitors can be exposed and infiltrated (and he meets them a couple times, because JMS likes to make his points several times). But no, both men have sincere reactions to all this in private. So we're back to the old question of what's up with Garibaldi because there's very little in Sheridan's behavior that warrants this kind of anger. The answer is PsiCorps programming, I suppose, but we need a little more meat on that bone moving ahead.
On Mars, more or less the B5 equivalent of a frontier town in the Old West, our boys meet up with the resistance, by way of an annoying character called Captain Jack who, like other Captain Jacks we know, has an unnatural accent... a TERRIBLE one. Not all Americans were born to do Cockney. No worries, the Captain dies by the end of the episode, but interestingly, he has one of those parasites on him... Is it the same kind of creature we'll one day find on Londo? At least a cousin, but we don't get an eye opening, so who knows. Does speak to this kind of parasite's unremovability though. The character to watch is actually Number One, played by Marjorie Monaghan with certain manly swagger. Between that, her icy tone and husky voice, she makes an impressive resistance leader, if not exactly an expressive one. Are they really teasing a romance between this Amazon and Doc Franklin?
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORMHOLE: Kira will eventually be sent off to work with a resistance cell, but that's still in DS9's future. Hey, what is it with blond bombshells with numbers for names? In the future, Star Trek will have Seven of Nine, and Battlestar Galactica will have Six. Of course, "Number One" WAS a Star Trek character first, but not of a blond complexion (The Cage, and later, the equally swaggering Riker).
REWATCHABILITY: Medium - Some pleasant comedy, action and drama, though it fails where the irritating Captain Jack is concerned, and a few others moments besides.