"I believe that when we leave a place, part of it goes with us and part of us remains. Go anywhere in the station when it is quiet, and just listen. After a while, you will hear the echoes of all our conversations, every thought and word we’ve exchanged. Long after we are gone, our voices will linger in these walls for as long as this place remains. But I will admit that the part of me that is going will very much miss the part of you that is staying."
REVIEW: One last assassination attempt story for the road? I'd be rolling my eyes something fierce if it weren't for the fact they actually made this one work. Every time there's been an assassin on the station in the past, it's only highlighted how bad security was. Not here. Zack really is more competent than Garibaldi ever was. The killer doesn't look like one, which makes him harder to spot, and he's playing a bit of a chess game with our heroes to get at his target. I'm not sure how sound Sheridan's plan to draw him out is - is a crowd really the most "controlled" environment? - but the killer gets a link to monitor security, something Zack notices thanks to a crucial clue, and which is used against the assassin. Well done! And then in the chaos of the arrest, a Narn fanatic pulls a gun on G'Kar and Lise ends up getting shot as a result. Thought for sure Zack would buy it there, nice feint, and Lise'll be fine too. Usually, these deals end with some limp stand-off after the would-be killer just strolls in. It's a huge improvement.
By turning the assassination attempt into a DOUBLE assassination attempt, the episode ties every thread together rather nicely too. Number One returns to the station with the tip-off and ends up getting Garibaldi's old job (I was actually surprised she wasn't more of a cast member after her introduction in the Mars rebellion stuff). Garibaldi, though on the road to recovery (I like Lise in these "detox" moments, so willing to support her future husband but matter-of-fact about it), has already decided to go to Mars to help run his wife's company, but of course, the "board" has too much to hide and lose, and try to have them both killed. Garibaldi uses Lyta to extract information from the assassin and Number One's contacts to get dirt on the board - both women a vested interest in seeing the Big G in charge, after all - which is all he needs to make those corrupt businessmen resign. It's fun.
Unlike most shows, Babylon 5 is using a NUMBER of episodes to make its goodbyes, which has its virtues, but can come off as a touch overwrought as well. G'Kar has made at least one goodbye per episode for the past three episodes now, and though Katsulas is always good in them, it is starting to feel a bit redundant. Especially when Sheridan is involved in both his farewell AND Garibaldi's equally teary goodbyes. At least the melancholy is counter-balanced by action beats (the main plot), political stuff (Free Mars' problems with Earth Alliance red tape), and lighter moments (Franklin and Number One's booty call).
REWATCHABILITY: Medium-High - Though B5 has pulled one of its stock plots out of storage for this one, it's thought out rather better than in the past, and as we head into the very last stretch, everything seems more important than ever.