Babylon Podcast #20: Chat with Sandra Bruckner

Welcome to Show #20!

Guest: Sandra Bruckner, ISN News

Tim and Summer find themselves flying without Jeffrey, and Sandra Bruckner joins them for a chat.

Sandra runs the indepth and informative online resource ISN News: The Zocalo Today, currently keeping Babylon 5 fans updated on where their favorite B5 cast and crew members can be found in current projects.

She tells us all about how she became involved with B5, starting from the hard copy fan letters through the news updates on the website today. Sandra also relates her times spent on the B5 sets over the years, covering B5 cast appearances at conventions, keeping track of the B5 fan club sales, being an extra in “Objects at Rest”, and much, much more.

Next, Tim, Summer and Sandra engage in a roundtable discussion about where they feel Babylon 5 ranks all-time in SF television, past and present, and discuss how much B5 may have influenced current television projects.

Listener Feedback: Tim and Summer dive into emails: Susan puts forth a theory on how Marcus may have been a 30-year-old virgin; Chris tells us about the DVD for the Biggs/Carter Experience that used to be available from Pipetap Productions, the proceeds of which benefit Richard Biggs’ children.

This week’s voicemails include messages from Alejandro comments on “A Late Delivery from Avalon”, and wants to know why Delenn was portrayed as the Lady of the Lake; Alan in Dublin sends in an almost unintelligible message thanking us for producing the show; Ed from NJ sends his appreciation for the production values of the show, and wants a comment on Jerry Doyle’s pay-per-play podcast of his radio show.

Your feedback does matter, and is welcome! You can call, or email us and tell us what you think… and likely hear it played or read on the show. Please try to keep the voicemail comments as brief as possible.

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  1. I assure you my messages are now intelligable, got myself access to a radio station and some good recording equipment.
    on the “ – come join us” ID

  2. Another great show guys! I agree with Summer that Babylon 5 kicked the door down showing people that serious character drama can be in a sci fi show. I also loved that she brought up Whedon’s shows specifically as examples of this. Babylon 5 was always in my mind the best sci-fi show ever to hit tv, but in recent years I do think Firefly, Angel and Battlestar Galactica give it a run for it’s money. Which is great, the more excellent sci fi out there the better. But whatever comes after, Babylon 5 is for me the show that did it first and because of that it will always have a special place in my mind.

    Keep up the great work!

    Walter from LA

  3. Walter, if you haven’t yet given “The 4400” a chance, you should definitely do so.

    I’ve said it before, and hope I’ll be saying it for quite some time: “The 4400” is the second best show on television, behind “Battlestar Galactica”. Period.

  4. Hey guys, thanks for another podcast. My husband and I have really been enjoying eating dinner on Wednesday nights and listening to the great discussion.

    After last night’s podcast I just have a couple of comments:

    1. I have a bit of Jerry Doyle gossip (does it get any nerdier?). I caught Jerry Doyle on C-SPAN, he was recording his show live from the Heritage Foundation (yet he claims he’s in the middle – but that’s for another discussion). In any case, because C-SPAN rocks they continue their coverage even when the show went to break. So Jerry runs out to the bathroom or whatever and the people running the show are all sitting around talking about a newspaper article that features “someone” from Babylon 5. Jerry walks back in the room and they show him the article, he’s like (paraphrasing here) ‘oh yeah, that’s Joe, he was in charge of the whole deal’…then he goes on to basically imply that he thought Joe was a jerk and that he (Jerry) told Joe to fire him in the second season. It mainly struck me because the intro to Jerry’s show gushes about his success on B5 and then he turns around and bites the hand that feeds him right on camera. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion and Jerry’s got loads (who doesn’t), so it’s not my place to judge or anything, I just found it interesting.

    2. There was an odd sound that was constant throughout the podcast this week. I have nervous tics like clicking pens, cracking knuckles, etc and this reminded me of someone denting in a soda can or plastic bottle repeatedly. It was pretty distracting and could have been any number of things, but I thought I’d throw it out there.

    Keep up the good work, love the show!


  5. It was great to finally hear Sandy’s voice! I had never heard her speak before (I always communicated with her via the website or e-mails). She definitely has an east coast accent! 🙂 Anyway, great show!


  6. Another fine show.
    I was a member of the B5 Fan Club years ago, and I remember they did have more signed stuff on sale there, In fact right in front of me at my computer is my B5 Fan Club metal Psi Corps pin signed by Walter Koenig. I think it was mostly items like this that were signed and not photos, but I seem to recall there were other items.

    Hey PHAZEDOUT, I remember Michael on the Wingin It podcast mentioning that you shouldn’t use noise reduction when sending files as they get distorted when they process it on their end. He said it was always best to send a raw file.

    Summer, I have tried watching the 4400, and I admit that the first season was good even though in Australia they gave it to us as a mini series over two nights. But when I started watching season 2, it seemed to have lost the excitement for me. Both me and my wife gave up after about 3-4 episodes.

  7. Free Jerry Doyle radio show access:
    Click on the launch the stream link.

    BTW, this will probably work from any affiliate station that carries his show.

    Also, regarding his politics – life imitates the B5 universe for many of the cast. Right now Jerry is in his season 4 phase – even though he WAS a life-long republican, he is now pissed at the prez and gone independent. No word of Psi-Corps involvment though…

    Rock on,


  8. P.S.
    Jerry’s show is on from Noon – 3:00PM Las Vegas time.

  9. DRAT! I did forget about the few autographed items the Fan Club had besides the scripts. Walter signed some pins and Bruce signed a few Agamemnon hats. I wonder how many folks still have their Ranger pins!

    Take care.

  10. Quick correction:

    The URL for the Biggs/Carter Experience DVD is at:


    …not at:


    …which was the link URL in the show notes.


  11. Finally! Another person like me who got hooked by “Infection!” See! It’s not the worst epsiode ever!

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