This review contains spoilers for the episodes War Prayer (S01E07), And the Sky Full of Stars (S01E08) and Deathwalker (S01E09)
Human supremacists are terrorizing aliens on Babylon 5, stabbing and branding them. I didn't care much for this episode. As you can imagine, it's a very by the numbers episode with a very obvious message. Ivanova, Garibaldi and Sinclair find the bad guys behind the stabbings and arrest them, racism is bad, the end.
In the B plot we have Londo having to deal with a Centauri couple that wants to marry for love. According to Centauri tradition, marriage for love is more or less frowned upon and he keeps trying to make them see reason and marry for family connections and influence. In the end he gives up and lets them marry for love, the end.
Not much to see here except some Centauri marriage traditions.
And the Sky Full of Stars
Best episode so far. We finally get to know a little bit more about the Minbari war, a major event in the Babylon 5 universe. Basically Earth and the Minbari were at war and humans lost every single battle. When they were finally ready to invade and Earth stood defenseless, the Minbari simply turned their ships back home and surrendered. Nobody knows why.
Sinclair took part in an important battle but he didn't remember what happened there. Thanks to a secret organization looking to find out about the truth on why the Minbari surrender, they kidnap Sinclair in order to know what truly happened. During the interrogation, Sinclair remembers he was captured and taken to a Minbari ship. More importantly, he remembered Delenn was there.
This feels like the first episode we're getting more substance about this world and its history. A very nice episode.
I feel like the show is finally getting really good. I quite liked this episode. The story is about a genocidal war criminal called Deathwalker. She's a bioweapon expert and has annihilated half a dozen different worlds. She happens to have developed an anti-aging serum and is now a pain in the neck for Sinclair. The aliens on board want her blood and demand she goes through trial on Babylon 5. Earth command however wants her in an Earth lab in order to finish developing the serum.
A compromise is reached where a delegation of Alien scientists will help with the serum and share in the discovery. All seems fine and well. Everything is arranged for Deathwalker Post too long. Click here to view the full text.