13 November 2013

B5 Review: The Hour of the Wolf & Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi?

With the Shadow War at a pause due to the events on Z'ha'dum, Season Four begins with the further fulfillment of a part of Londo's dream and the answers to two important questions will present themselves. What happened to Sheridan at Z'ha'dum and what happened to Mr. Garibaldi?

The Hour of the Wolf
Delenn, Ivanova and G'Kar face the League Even though the war has paused, there's still mayhem on Babylon 5 as Ivanova and Delenn try to convince the League worlds to continue to support the station and to be involved in the search for Sheridan on Z'ha'dum.

Meanwhile, Londo takes up his new position on Centauri Prime and we (the audience) get to meet Emperor Cartagia for the first time. Following the attack on Z'ha'dum, the Shadows have been forced to seek outside help much earlier than expected and Cartagia has given them an island to use as a base on Centauri Prime - bringing to reality Londo's vision of Shadow ships flying above him.

We soon learn that Emperor Cartagia is quite mad and has brokered a deal with the Shadows. For allowing them a piece of Centauri Prime, they will ascend him to godhood even if it means the destruction of the planet and all its people - much to the shock of Londo who calls on Vir to get on the next transport from Babylon 5.

Ivanova, Delenn and Lyta take the (or a?) Whitestar to Z'ha'dum but they aren't able to locate Sheridan in time before 'The Eye' attempts to get them to land on the planet surface. Some forward thinking by Lennier keeps them safe.

With everyone's attention seemingly on Sheridan and his whereabouts, G'Kar takes it upon himself to search for Garibaldi.

Coming off the cliffhanger that was Z'ha'dum, Season Four gets off to a slower start showing us the aftermath of the events that closed out 2260. We get some answers fairly quickly about what happened with Vir's retelling to Ivanova through Londo's contacts, Morden's appearance in Londo's room on Centauri Prime and of course Sheridan and the strange alien being at the end of the episode. We finally get to meet the Emperor that replaced Turhan through Refa and Londo's work during Season Two.

My rating: 6.5/10

Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi?
Delenn tells of her plan to attack Z'ha'dumSheridan meets Lorien, a strange and enigmatic alien who informs him that he is dead while G'Kar's search for Garibaldi puts him in grave danger.

Lorien explains to Sheridan that he is stuck between 'tick and tock' as well as much of the history of the First Ones, the Shadows and the Vorlon. He helps Sheridan find his way back asking the questions 'Who are you?', 'What do you want?' as well as 'Why are you here?' and 'Do you have anything worth living for?'.

Marcus catches up with G'Kar in search of Mr Garibaldi in an attempt to help and reminding the Narn that he risks capture on sight as an enemy of the Centauri Republic. G'Kar however convinces Marcus to leave him alone as he has found some evidence tied to Garibaldi's Starfury - it doesn't do much good as Centauri agents are tipped off and G'Kar is captured.

Delenn announces that she intends to use the Whitestar fleet to attack Z'ha'dum, with or without the League worlds at their side.

Londo and Vir are summoned by Emperor Cartagia on Centauri Prime and presented a gift - G'Kar, in chains. Londo convinces G'Kar to help him remove Cartagia from the throne, but in return, Londo must free Narn.

Finally, as the episode title suggests, we see Garibaldi in an enclosed room being harshly interrogated. When he becomes aggravated, he is subdued and a Psi-Corp officer is seen.

A lot happens in this episode that I forgot about. I figured it was simply about the search for Garibaldi but there is much more - including all the information we gain from Lorien's teachings to Sheridan. There are some nice moments too including the log entry Sheridan recorded about Delenn and learning to fly. But what will become of G'Kar now that he has finally been captured - how can Londo uphold his end of the bargain to rid his world of the crazy Cartagia and free Narn too?

Rating: 7/10.