"You can kill us, bomb our colonies, destroy our ships, murder innocent civilians, but you cannot kill the truth...and the truth is back in business."
REVIEW: Starting with Garibaldi, the private dick with the heart of gold, is supposed to make us care about his story, I guess, but I just can't plug into it. Part of it is that the Wade character looks like Martin Short and really doesn't seem to be advancing the rebellion against Sheridan plot as he seemed to promise. Instead, he's using Garibaldi to runs security for a smuggling operation. Just how this fits into his mysterious PsiCorps programming, I don't know. They've got PCs running after them, guns blazing, but the item retrieved, a telepath plague, will allegedly be used to cure the disease, not weaponize it. There's obviously something happening we're not privy to, but the episode does little to clarify it. The return of Lise, Garibaldi's "one that got away", brings with it clichéed melodrama and cheesy lines. Will she complete her arc as the femme fatale with a rich husband; or is that TOO cliché? Garibaldi has some clever tricks to use against his telepathic pursuers, and his going to Mars by the end is welcome (Marcus and Franklin are back much too quickly), but characters' motivations are either unknown or diverge from those previously established. The Zack vs. Garibaldi conflict had potential, and I like the moment where Zack feels betrayed and finally acts on it, but it basically amounts to a guilt trip and then security not really showing up except to witness an over-the-top cyanide capsule moment.
Equally tedious is an overlong comedy scene between Ivanova and Zathras, but not the same Zathras, oh the lols. It's smurf-talk and Ivanova once again reduced to grimacing through her irritation, a joke I no longer find amusing. The result is that Epsilon III will generate the boosting power necessary for the Voice of the Resistance to be broadcast, though I do hope that doesn't relegate Ivanova to talking at the screen for the remainder of the season. Sheridan's pretty irritated too, especially without Delenn there to provide sanctuary, and when he's not shouting at Garibaldi, he's pulling his hair out trying to recreate the great alliance that needs to be his legacy. Neither Londo nor G'Kar (who have been absent too long, time for them to get new arcs) will let the White Star fleet patrol their frontiers to keep Shadow agents off bordering worlds, because it would be a sign of weakness. Did G'Kar unlearn his lessons about the greater good? With Londo, there's less of a surprise.
REWATCHABILITY: Medium-Low - A lackluster A-plot and some tedious scenes besides. The action isn't bad, but we're kept in the dark about what's really going on, so it's hard to care.