This episode reveals Londo’s two sides: the insightful one and the ignorant one. We discuss whether Londo should be more aware of the sabotage against him and come away with different conclusions. We also get into conspiracy theories, emotional lash-outs and the search for rock bottom
Secrets between Delenn and Sheridan provide fodder for discussion — was it a power move? An emotional move? A biased move? Meanwhile, Garibaldi’s problems with addiction lead to a huge loss; Londo is canceled; and Lyta and G’Kar form an interesting alliance.
Patrick’s “WTF Chart” shifts as two questions arise: How can Delenn be so ignorant of the dynamics of her relationship with Lennier, and where is Lise? But we also see the good sides, with Captain Montoya running Ranger training, G’Kar preaching complicated lessons and Vir both earning a promotion and refining his sword fighting techniques.
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.