I watched Survivors
yesterday and Any Means Necessary
today. Survivors was great. The concept of an alcoholic lead character in a sci fi series is kind of rare. I enjoyed Gariabaldi's conversation with Londo in the casino. Both episodes really drove home how there are truly different political forces at play on B5. DS9 addressed politics on occasion but only as a one episode plot device. Politics are always present on B5.
I don't agree with the complaints about season 1. I'd take season 1 B5 over season 1 DS9 any day. Far more exciting.