With the crew attempting to take Babylon 4 through time and Sheridan seemingly lost to them, we continue the third season as Dr Franklin also appears to have gone missing...
War Without End, Part Two
Sinclair and crew continue to work on bringing Babylon 4 through time while Zathras attempts to bring Sheridan back from being 'unstuck'. Sheridan finds himself a prisoner in the Centauri Royal Palace at the hands of Londo, 17 years in the future. He sees Delenn and learns they have a son, who is safe.
The events of Babylon Squared begin to play out when Babylon 4 accidentally jumps through time to 2258. Sinclair begins aging rapidly due to his exposure to his prior exposure to the time rift. The crew press on, but while looking for components to fix Sheridan's time stabiliser, Zathras is captured by station staff - meeting Commander Sinclair from 2258.
In 2277, Sheridan and Delenn are brought before Londo who has had quite a bit to drink and reveals his 'keeper', a dark servant left behind when the Shadows were defeated. Londo asks the two of them to save his people by allowing them to escape. As Sheridan begins to be pulled through time again, Delenn tells him 'Do not go to Z'ha'dum!'.
Babylon 4's staff are evacuated and Sinclair attempts to contact Garibaldi but is unsuccessful. Sheridan returns to their time period and Zathras reveals his knowledge of 'The One' to Sinclair, The One who was, Delenn, The One who is and Sheridan, The One who will be. Sinclair takes Babylon 4 back a thousand years and activates the chrysalis to transform himself into Valen - one of Minbar's most revered figures. He delivers the station with the help of the Vorlon's.
Sheridan and the rest of the crew return to 2260 with the time rift closed by Draal and the timeline restored.
A great episode for how it connects and answers the other side of the story that began in Babylon Squared. We also have the 'first' kiss between Sheridan and Delenn and see that Londo's dream of being killed at the hands of G'Kar is very much on track. There are still many questions that remain that will no doubt be answered in the fullness of time. 8/10.
The replacement Vorlon ambassador arrives at the station and Sheridan decides to test their telepath vs Shadow theory in the Whitestar. Meanwhile, Stephen's 'walkabout' brings him in to contact with a talented singer.
Lyta Alexander also returns to the station in the wake of Kosh's death and we get the impression that 'new Kosh' is a bit darker - from the colour of his/its suit to the way it interacts with the rest of the crew and Lyta.
Narn cruiser G'Tok returns to Babylon 5 after we last saw it in The Fall of Night for replenishment and for her captain to meet with G'Kar. When learning of Sheridan's mission to confront the Shadows head on, the captain declines from assisting as do the League worlds, leaving the Whitestar and a lone Minbari cruiser on their own.
Franklin meets Cailyn, a singer in a Downbelow bar. The two hook up but the doctor can't help but interfere when he notices she has a drinking habit and needs Metazine to help her sleep. He later finds she's suffering a terminal disease and the Metazine helps with the pain.
Garibaldi confronts G'Kar about the Narn cruiser sitting outside the station after the Whitestar has left and convinces G'Kar that he has the power to change the minds of those who would rather sit back and let someone else take the risks.
Sheridan, Lyta and a small Whitestar crew engage a Shadow vessel and manage to take it out after power is used up from the jump engines and Lyta's own abilities. They are successful but are soon in the sights of several Shadows ships not wanting to let them escape with what they know. The Minbari cruiser renders assistance before the G'Tok arrives and helps take out another Shadow ship. Sheridan thanks G'Kar for his help, who then reveals he is not aboard the Narn ship, but in a Narn fighter as part of a fleet of combined ships from the League. The remaining Shadow ships retreat.
Amongst the action, Lyta has been looking for something, a remnant of Kosh after his death and it appears she may have found it within Sheridan by the end of the episode.
Definitely a good one to watch with some development to Franklin's arc and a vital bit of information in the war against the Shadows. 7/10.