It seems that he has some common ground with the Babylon 5 command staff where President Clark and the Shadows are concerned. Sort of an, “Enemy of my enemy is my friend,” type of relationship here. Make no mistake, though, his first loyalty is to his fellow telepaths.
It’s a good thing he’s concerned, too. It seems that the Shadows are somehow weaponizing telepaths. One of the telepaths turns out to be someone Bester knows quite well. In fact, we see a somewhat softer side to him. Just don’t let that make you overly sympathetic. He’ll be back to his normal self soon enough. At least, the Babylon 5 team have gotten another ally out of this mission.
G’Kar is also brought into the fold. Delenn takes the unpleasant task of telling him the story. The whole story. It’s a painful and moving moment that shows us just how far the G’Kar character has evolved. Both stories are brought together with a surprise at the end that explains Narn history and provides hope for the future.
The madness continues. Like Jim and Raul have said, Season 2 just never stops. This week, Vir makes a return from his new ambassadorial post on Minbar. He appears to be going native just a bit. Hardly a surprise, of course, but you cannot help but wonder if that isn’t going to get him in trouble somewhere down the line.
Oh, and did I mention our favorite “villain” is back? Bester makes a return to Babylon 5 except that this time he is the Good Guy. Or is he? Well, he is chasing down a black market drug operation that is peddling something called Dust. This drug gives anyone with the recessive gene for telepathy that ability for a short time. It allows what is effectively a telepathic rape of another. It’s also highly addictive and extremely dangerous. So he has to be on our “side” this time, right?
I do have to give Bester credit for being right about one thing; he and Garibaldi do make a good team.
This week is a huge “Wham!” episode. We finally learn about the Psi Corp. I mean the real Psi Corp, not the idea of it held by Talia. One of the fandom’s favorite characters is introduce tonight – Alfred Bester, played by Walter Koenig. Bester is nothing like Chekov from Star Trek. If you haven’t seen the episode yet, you need to give yourself the treat. I made a challenge in the show to explain Bester’s hand. The image is not the hand in question. Look for his left hand…
The other part of the story is also an important part of the arc. We get Katherine Sakai back for a close encounter. The Walkers of Sigma 957 were a source of speculation and discussion for quite a long time when the series first aired. This part of the arc also gives us some hints of what really lies within G’Kar. He’s not as trite and petty as he so often seems.