"We fight because it is our nature. It is the calling of our heart. Life and death are simply two possible consequences, both equal, neither valued nor feared above the other. For a warrior death is simply the release from our obligation."
REVIEW: Though the show is coy about Neroon's loyalties, I was right in thinking he was on Delenn's side all along. Not being surprised doesn't hamper my appreciation of the episode however. Delenn's plan is an echo of Sheridan's in the previous episode, using a far-reaching broadcast and not telling her closest aide what's going on, not unlike the human beau. But this being Minbar, she plays on tradition instead of paranoia, and finds the right ancient ritual to expose the Warrior caste leader Shakiri's self-serving ambitions and weakness in front of the whole planet, while also showing her own resolve, wisdom and respect. Like Sheridan, she benefits from the cult of personality, as Neroon sacrifices himself, converting to the Religious caste. It's a good thing he does, because the ritual's rules who have it mean the Warriors should rule the day otherwise (I think), and he evaporates just as I was really getting to like him. I thought for sure this would make him the leader of a new and more balanced Grey Council, but he is instead a martyr who gets an empty spot at the center of the mended Council, at least until the One Who Is to Come takes his rightful place there. So... Sheridan? Delenn herself, like G'Kar, refuses to exalt herself to a higher position.
The stuff on the station is comparatively tedious, but not entirely unpleasant. I guess I'm just a mite tired of Garibaldi getting defensive with Zack (who really doesn't deserve the abuse), and I'm only so-so interested in Lyta's hardships (not the least of which is Zack's gropey advances, not that she seems to mind). The mysteries surrounding these characters need a quicker resolution, basically. I'm nonplussed by the enigmatic Mr. Edgars, and thought Garibaldi would be on Mars by now. I guess Bester is in on Garibaldi's programming, and perhaps used his mind as a dead drop, or perhaps he isn't and has completely different plans for him. I'm fast losing interest in the whole subplot, and am rather impatient for clarifications about whatever factions are at work. All we can say for sure is that Bester manipulated events to force Lyta into his hands, and she rejoins the Corps in exchange for their access to her Vorlon-enhanced body/brain once she's dead. Really crappy how Sheridan isn't taking care of her after all she's done; I'm not even sure I buy it. But it's usually nice to see Bester, especially if he's going to have this much agency, and I empathize with him talking literature with a grunt ("the shallow end of the gene pool" means a lot more coming from him), but geez JMS, he doesn't need to explain his jokes. I dare say the average B5 viewer ISN'T splashing around at that shallow end.
Threatening to evict Lyta isn't Sheridan's only sin; there's a great deal of wrath too. Though we're totally on his side, I'm sure, his fury over Earthforce's murder of 10,000 civilian refugees pushes him towards the megalomania Garibaldi claims in driving the captain these days. At least in performance. But the fury is exciting and the music mounts. We're going to war with Earth, liberating everyone, and the fleet better not get in our way. Oh yeah. Hopefully we don't get a repeat of the Shadow war with episode upon episode of build-up while we wait for ships to arrive. There's rather more urgency this time.
REWATCHABILITY: Medum-High - Some rockin' moments for Delenn and Sheridan, but I still can't get with the Garibaldi program.