In some cases, awarding an episode five stars is a no-brainer, such as Duet and In the Pale Moonlight, but sometimes it requires some humming and hawing. Inter Arma is a case of the latter.
Yeah, I'd probably give Inter Arma
4 or 4.5 stars, tbh. I love the episode, but, like Seige
earlier in the season, it's highly derivative in certain respects. In this case, derivative of Cold War espionage stories, rather than war movies.
, it's still an important episode, though, and, as you say, it's firmly rooted in the tradition of ItPM.
It's less innovative than that episode, though. I would say the same when comparing it to Chimera.