"When we first met, I had no power and all the choices I could wish to make. Now I have all the power I could ever want, and no choices at all. No choices at all."
REVIEW: While a lot of this was inevitable - we knew Centauri Prime had to fall (and not just because of the title), Londo become an Emperor with a Keeper on his back, and so on - how Londo reacts and how Peter Jurasik plays it makes up for a lot of the predictability. His narrative having been written by the new-and-meh-I-guess-kind-of-improved Drakh (no, I don't like them better), he's painted as the hero who wrested control of the Empire from a mad dictator, but he BECOMES a hero when he chooses to allow the Drakh to put a Keeper on him (eww, the Drakh grow them in their own bodies? and by eww, I mean cooool) rather than let them nuke Centauri population centers. From there, Londo essentially isolates himself from everyone he loves or respects - much as the Regent had under similar circumstances - sends them away (to safety), forgoes public appearances, and though it's under Drakh orders, pulls out of the Alliance he co-founded, feigning outrage. At the end end, we have a Londo who is so far removed from himself - the fun-loving social animal - that it wouldn't have been any more tragic if he'd died. And in a sense, he has. How else should we interpret the ghostly giant hologram of him addressing his people? Very few episodes left, but his story's essentially done. I can't imagine needing to see him again.
One thing I will miss, however, is his relationship with G'Kar. Here they have a heartfelt moment where G'Kar says he could never forgive the Centauri for what they did to the Narn, nor the Narns forgive the Centauri, but that he could forgive Londo. And that's all Londo ever really wanted from G'Kar, isn't it? In an episode that expressly references how war breeds war - the destruction of Za'ha'dum and exile of the Shadow agents, weapons caches of fallen regimes falling into the wrong hands, etc. - G'Kar becomes someone who finds a way to interrupt the cycle of violence. And that's key to the peaceful universe we know exists a million years hence.
And I'd want to end the review there, because that's really everything I care to remember about the episode. I certainly don't want to think any more than I have to about the Lennier-Delenn scene where, just before they think they're going to die, he admits his love for her only to live on in awkwardness. Delenn gives him a few outs so he can save his honor and dignity, in the Minbari way, but we've been down this path before with Marcus and Ivanova, and the whole "what happens in hyperspace stays in hyperspace" conversation goes on way too long. When everything's been said and the scene keeps going, well...
REWATCHABILITY: Medium-High - "Resolving" the Delenn-Lennier relationship is an unwanted element in an episode that's all about arcing Londo, and doing so in a beautifully tragic way.