Babylon Podcast #8: Wayne Alexander / Born to the Purple (Season 1)

Welcome to Show #8!

Interview: Wayne Alexander (“Sebastian, Lorien, Drakh”)

Wayne Alexander

Wayne Alexander kicks back, sharing some wine with Jeffrey, and recounts the differences of the five different roles he played on Babylon 5 and Crusade.

He tells us about wanting to be taller than Bruce Boxleitner on camera, about trying out for roles, about Bear giving him Sebastian’s cane when all was said and done, and much much more.

Next, Tim and Summer and Jeff talk about “Born to the Purple”, musing on the plight of Londo in a compromised Centauri intelligence situation, and the lengths he will go to because he’s completely in love. They also touch on the humor along the edges of the main storyline.

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  1. Great stuff. I very much enjoyed his comments about how he got into the role of Lorien, and the Drakh, the elaborate histories he created in order to portray the characters correctly. Very nice. I was floored at the thought that he might actually be building a Myst inspired home. I’ve actually been designing my house to have certain Myst/Syberia morphologies, too bad he didn’t.

    As for “Born to the Purple” I also found the most prolific aspect to be the development of Londo’s character and the crystalization of the form of Centauri Hierarchy. I loved the “Moon-faced assasin of joy” comment. Another of his I liked was from “Midnight on the Firing Line” when he said to Vir “The Council, the Council can go to hell. And the emergency session can go to hell. And you, you can go to hell too. I wouldn’t want you to feel left out!”
    Brilliant! Thanks guys.

    Oh and on a side note, you comment about Londo in the hood made me think of something I stumbled on recently that brought back memories.

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  3. Jonathan –

    those trading cards are AWESOME! I especially like Crow as a Shadow. Great stuff!

  4. Fun interview, enjoyed it a lot. Could have sworn Wayne playing Sebastian and Lorien was a real Brit!

  5. A good interview and a good look at the show.

    Seams that drunk or getting drunk is the way to go with the interviews. I must say I was a little let down by the frankly dullness of the Boxleitner interview, harsh I know. It just seamed formulaic to a degree. No offence guys. And its hardly a surprise that the shows helmer would be more cagey. Keep up the good work.

  6. VirtualTimV10 (England) says

    Still impressed by the excellent content on all shows upto No.7.

    Can you help with a problem though? I can’t download show 8. It might be a size limitation on my provider. Is it possible to slpit the MP3s into smaller fragments?

    Many thanks,


  7. Nigel in Melbourne says

    Been away so I have only just got to this ep. rather interesting really. Quite enjoyed the conversation with Wayne. Good job guys.

  8. Virtual Tim,

    We haven’t really looked into making the shows available via BitTorrent or any other similar tool.

    I’m curious to find out how many other people would be interested in, or are in need of, something like that in order to be able to hear the shows.

  9. Karen from Kalifornia says

    Just had a chance to listen to this show. What a great interview. The interplay between the two was great stuff. You really felt that Wayne and Jeff were the ones having all fun.

    Interesting second half of the show, with all sorts of geekey bits of info and “what if’s” strewn about to keep my interest up to a fever pitch.

    After listening to this show, I am going home and pulling the DVD’s out. You guys are going to send me to the poorhouse, what with buying the ones I don’t have.

    Keep it up! This podcast rocks!

  10. Matthew Stewart-Fulton says

    I have a quick note about data crystals and their lack of visible labels.
    What if the file name/description is holographic text that is displayed on/in the crystal itself?
    It would be too small and faint to “see” from our perspective on the TV screen (this is an after the fact justification but it would explain why we never see any identifying marks on the crystals) but a quick glance at the crystal itself would reveal what it’s contents are.
    For that matter you could have a whole descriptive paragraph about the contents that is constantly scrolling, like the display on an MP3 player.

    You’ve got a great show going. I’m looking forward to listening to this for a long time to come.


  11. Oh my god… JMS is a Margarita drinking floozy! That made me laugh hard.

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