"Once I would've thought pastels for the curtains, but I think we are well beyond pastels now. No, no bright colors anymore, just darkness."
REVIEW: ...the one-eyed man is king. The title may be a clever play on the idea that the Regent is being possessed by a Shadow create with one eye, for those who remember his last appearance and its connection to Londo's own future. But therein lies the problem. The program has shown us so much of the future - through prophecy, time travel or thinking it needed to reveal it before the show's untimely end - that it holds far fewer surprises than it ought to. The episode tries to play up the mystery, with a mad hiding Regent, but we already know what's going on. His obscure clues are a mystery to Londo, but not to us, so fall a little flat. It's not without its wrinkles of course, as what I imagine is a Drakh redesign (or at least, some Shadow agent) saves Londo from an assassination attempt, with its telekinetic powers. So already, he's been tapped to wear the one-eyed parasite, or else they wouldn't save him. Why wouldn't Vole have made a better host, I wonder? Maybe because Londo has a solid in with the new Alliance. And if the Shadow agents are running the show on Centauri Prime, are they using Centauri ships to attack Alliance ships as suggested in the final moments? Sure looks like it. The Drakh don't want to use their trademark tiger raiders on this one.
Obviously, all this Londo/G'Kar stuff is great because, well, Londo and G'Kar. The latter navigates courtly intrigue with a wink and a smile that's quite satisfying, especially in the face of so much racism. The Centauri girls do love him though. Poor Centauri attitudes on this make sense because of the history they have with the Narn, but we're definitely getting the feeling that only Londo is keeping Centauri in the Alliance at this point. The "symbol" of him having a Narn bodyguard is completely lost on them as Centauri culture continues its spiraling decline into its own navel. The Courtiers either serve only their own petty ambitions, or else wind up hung from the rafters. Londo wants to go back to Babylon 5 as soon as possible, which is probably better for his health, but not for his planet's. Though even if we didn't know the future, it might be too late for it anyway.
Back on the station, it's the day after Byron's absurd epiphany - Day of the Dead was shown out of sequence, you see - and he's decided on a course of action that scarcely makes sense. He has his guys telepathically steal all the Alliance delegates' secrets (is that what he himself does to Garibaldi? it plays strangely), then blackmails them in exchange for some uninhabited planet somewhere. The telepath's Israel, if you like. And though he antagonizes the Alliance members, he hopes this will all go down in a peaceful manner. For someone who can read thoughts, he sure doesn't know how people think. Soon enough, violence erupts on both sides, and he sits there crying, never acknowledging that he himself created this situation. Are there really no planets where colonists might be able to establish a small settlement that they really need to threaten the Alliance? I mean, Sheridan gave them sanctuary on the station. Have they even tried ASKING for land? Where's Lochley during this crisis? I know she and Sheridan share responsibility when it comes to this issue, but her absence when Zack and his men are called in seems wrong-headed. Never mind that, as I've already discussed, the motivation for this sudden insurrection is complete nonsense. Dude, just declare independence and ask to join the Alliance; they'll have to help you. It's in the charter. This whole plot thread is so badly handled, it's not even funny.
REWATCHABILITY: Medium - Londo and G'Kar palling around together gets us a long way, but the sense that we're simply connecting known points together takes some of the air out of it. The telepath plot just needs to go entirely.