This is one of the very few episodes that does not actually advance the main arc this year. That is, there is little to do at all with the Shadow War. That said, we do see a peek inside several of the characters; especially Sheridan, Londo, and G’kar.
Sheridan might be command rank, but he’s not above rolling up his sleeves and getting his hands dirty. His “I’ll fix it myself” attitude can almost be messianic at times. Hmmm… Foreshadowing? In the case of Londo and G’kar, it’s more of a looking back rather than a looking ahead. Both characters are about to undergo some big changes and having them trapped together gives us a very clear picture of where they are now and where they were in the past. This is especially true with G’kar.
And? And, we get some Narn singing. Unfortunately (or fortunately), Jim threatened Raul with great bodily harm if he tried to turn it into a sing-along.
The Babylon Project Podcast is back with the start of Season 3 of Babylon 5! Many argue that Season 3 is the best season of the series. Raul describes the season as a roller coaster and it certainly is that. Matters of Honor starts off that roller coaster with the big first drop.
Our characters get a first hand look at what they will be coming up against in the Shadow war and just how unprepared they appear to be. The station is still being repaired from the ending of Season 2. Londo and Morden are busy carving up the galaxy into “yours” and “mine.” The Earth Alliance is starting to snoop around. Sheridan has to duck off on a probably hopeless – and extremely unauthorized – rescue mission. All in the first few minutes of the show.
We also get two new characters introduced. The Ranger, Marcus Cole, makes his first appearance in this episode. He quickly becomes a fan favorite from his first moments on screen. The other character is actually a ship; the White Star. Since it has organic technology, one could argue that it is, to a degree, alive; so it counts as a character. That’s Raul’s story, and he’s sticking to it.