Bester has groupies — intern groupies — and they’re just one part of a tapestry of lies weaved by the Psi Corps. As we peer into a “day in the life” of Bester, we see a culture of cover-ups and deceit that leads to a death, leaving everyone except Franklin feeling antagonistic.
This episode exposes who might be two-faced. Garibaldi? G’Kar? VIR? Each has reasons we explore in this episode — Garibaldi to protect his drinking addiction, G’Kar to shun the popularity that he should have expected, and Vir to disrupt the entire Interstellar Alliance (maybe?).
Byron’s short time on Babylon 5 comes to a fiery end thanks to Bester’s insatiable desire for revenge. “Vengeful Lyta” is left to pick up the mantle and #rememberbyron. Garibaldi’s path, too, is derailed by Bester, and that leads Patrick to make a dark prediction for the series finale.
Lochley’s best idea for handling Byron’s hunger strike involves Bester — a plan clearly destined to fail. We also get into the rehashing of old rivalries via the Interstellar Alliance and look at Season 5 as a whole to this point.
Byron’s failure to earn the buy-in of his followers is starting to blow up in his face, and he’s getting more desperate. The Centauri royal court, meanwhile, is a mess, but Londo (and new bodyguard G’Kar) are managing it as well as they possibly can. We also catch Zack Allan being a dork, and we pay our respects to “Regent Ferrari.”
The Brakiri day of the dead brings four gone souls back to Babylon 5 — Adira to Londo, Dodger to Garibaldi, Lennier to Morden and Zoe to Lochley. We dive into each one of those visits, as well as a visit from Penn and Tel... wait, Rebo and Zooty, and the role of comedy in society.
We have parallel story lines building in this episode — the Hyach/Hyach-do problems give perspective to the growing divide between “normals” and telepaths. We also learn about the Vorlons’ role in the growth of telepaths, Franklin’s new purpose and Byron’s mission-turned-crusade.
We’re on full “cult stuff” alert in this episode as Byron’s martyr vibes are on full display — and Lyta’s buying into it. We also dip into history — Byron and Bester have it, Lochley and Sheridan have it, G’Kar and Londo have it… and Char pairs up two characters on the station for ‘shipping.
A cliffhanger at the end of the episode has us speculating on the connection between Sheridan and Lochley. We also speculate what side of the war Lochley was on — and what that means for B5 leadership. Also, Zack Allan isn’t a complete moron as he deals with roving gangs in Down Below, and we see a bit more of the Rangers in action.
Our friends Mack and Bo lead us through this week’s Babylon 5 storyline. Through their eyes, we see a bit more into how the station runs as the commanders prepare for, and fight, a battle. We also see Franklin’s origins, Sheridan’s hypocrisy and Lochley’s commitment.