"I don't know, but I think the last guy got 30 pieces of silver for the same job."
REVIEW: Director Michael Vejar (my favorite) is almost impossibly restrained in the first half of this episode, but that's I think to create a greater contrast between those early scenes and the ones past Garibaldi's Biblical betrayal of Sheridan. It makes sense. When Sheridan is winning ships over to his side and it's all going "too well" even in his own estimation, the camera is steady, what it photographs is clear. It gets interesting when Sheridan goes to Mars to rescue his father with Garibaldi's help, and suddenly, the camera is on a covert mission, only with difficulty catching sight of the incognito captain. Fighting through tranquilizers and the shock of Garibaldi's treachery, Sheridan has one of the best bar brawls I've ever seen, with Vejar smacking us around with every trick in the book. It's brutal and visually impressive, making use of strobe lights, still photography, distortion, slow motion, and a rocking atmospheric soundtrack that gives the scene even more importance. Vejar will in fact use stills three ways. Here to highlight Sheridan's distorted point of view, again as fragments of Garibaldi's broken psyche, and finally as crime scene pictures leaked from the grisly murder of Edgars. There's brutality in this too, even though we're not shown the attack, and in Sheridan's treatment of course, slyly edited in with propaganda reports to the contrary.
After Garibaldi betrays Sheridan, he must betray Edgars (and by extension, Wade and Lise). He doesn't want to as he agrees with Edgars' agenda, but this is actually part of PsiCorps' programming. FINALLY, ANSWERS! The whole point was for Garibaldi to report any threat to PsiCorps, and everything that's happened has been poison fruit from that tree. His paranoia accentuated by the deep implant, he came to distrust Sheridan (who was possibly Bester's original target, seeing as he held his Shadow-modified lover), which in turn led him to people opposed to Sheridan who had plans of their own for telepaths. It seems a bit coincidental, but PsiCorps did contact Garibaldi from time to time to push him in certain directions they thought fertile. Garibaldi's instincts did the rest. As it turns out, Edgars is considering genocide. His last line of dialog is brilliant, choking on "the telepath problem", realizing he is paraphrasing the Nazis. Wonderful. After that, Bester makes contact and lets Garibaldi have all his memories back, telling the whole story we've been wanting to know. It's JMS' weakest piece of writing in the episode (assisted by great lighting and camera choices though), and I get the feeling some plans were changed given the various convolutions that must take Garibaldi out of the Shadows' hands and into Bester's, but whether you believe Bester would let Garibaldi live with all this knowledge or not, the angsty pay-off is great. Will Judas now find a rope to hang himself?
To cover a few others bits and pieces... Lyta suffering prejudice from Number One on Mars keeps the focus on telepaths, but isn't too interesting. Lyta is the show's most consistent martyr, and could join the X-Men at this point (because Wade calls the telepaths "homo superior" - which should have prompted a call from Marvel's lawyers - so they obviously exist in the same universe). Delenn is back from Minbar, and aware of Sheridan's fall through some intriguing psychic bond. But it's Ivanova's subplot that most captures my imagination. Finally she's out of the broadcaster's chair and in a position to show some badassery, and though their opponents are convinced they'll fall back with Sheridan caught, it couldn't be farther from the truth. You can lose a man, but you can't lose a mission.
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORMHOLE: The big betrayal on Deep Space 9 isn't as personal - Michael Eddington (yes, another Michael) betrays Sisko (also become a religious figure) to the Maquis.
REWATCHABILITY: High - Vejar always elevates the material given him, and this is on the whole some mighty fine material. A lot of things here have been a long time coming and don't disappoint.