"Touch passion when it comes your way, Stephen. It's rare enough as it is. Don't walk away when it calls you by name."
REVIEW: So because Earth is heading for civil war, does that mean everyone else has to as well? Sheesh. It's happening on Minbar, where they never did fix that broken Grey Council, and the warrior caste is expelling other Minbari from the cities and letting them die in the frozen wastes. In desperation, the religious caste has turned to unsavory allies from Z'ha'dum. I guess poor, misled Forell isn't the kind of guy who judges Necronomicons by their cover, but the Drakh are evil-looking mo-fos. In the B5 universe, that probably counts for something. Also, they're ruthless raiders, which isn't a nice profession to be in. They do look cool, and one wonders if they've always been out of phase with the universe, or if the Shadows called them up from some dark pit, or what. Their tiger-striped ships are likewise memorable. Forell will, of course, pay for his treacherous foolishness, and goes the way of most B5 guest-stars by the end of the episode. But for Delenn, it means it's her turn to take a sabbatical from the station so she can sort out some other corner of the larger universe. Her farewell speech seems to go on and on, with JMS making points he's made before, so things get a little dull at the end there.
It is still very much Delenn's episode, giving her every chance to be a badass. She won't be protected by Sheridan, and stares down Shadow agents with aplomb, but Lines of Communication is intent on showing how good a ship captain she is. She proposes innovative (and poetic-sounding) strategies and gives cool orders like "End this" and "Be faster". For all her cryptic wisdom and pixie dust, she's a fierce opponent and you don't want to get in her way. I did raise an eyebrow at the fact the White Star's autopilot once again saved the day - computers are better than pilots is what we're told - but the action sequences do work.
Moving to Mars, Franklin and Marcus deliver Sheridan's message to the Mars resistance - though soon they might be able to get it direct from the B5 channel and Ivanova's anti-propaganda news show - and some ad libs besides. Franklin ingratiates himself further with Number One by putting words in Sheridan's mouth that suit her own agenda (he'd agree, rogue elements in the cell killing civilians should be a big no-no), and soon enough, we go from romance teased to romance consummated. Franklin is reticent, but Marcus makes a speech I quite like (quote above) and to which I respond to. You know, if I think Marcus is at times irritating, I think it may be because there's a lot of him in me: There's wisdom in his words, but you need to endure non-stop sarcastic humor, and of course, the whole unrequited lovelorn bit which fits me to a tee. So when I say I don't like him very much, it's the self-loathing talking. I don't much like the punchline to the episode though. JMS does love to make his characters moan cliché or stupid lines during sex while someone sits outside, doesn't he? We JUST had Sheridan's best-forgotten "woo-hoo", and here Marcus has to sit through Number One's "Oh Steven". It's the same joke twice and I didn't think it was funny the first time. Voyeur fixation?
REWATCHABILITY: Medium-High - The ending loses focus, but lots of cool action, dialog and eye candy before it belly-flops.