Babylon Podcast #46: Chat with Robin Atkin Downes

Welcome to Show #46!

Stream of Consciousness Chat: Robin Atkin Downes (“Byron”)

Jeffrey sends out his heartfelt thanks to all the fans who responded to our call for donations to Pat Tallman’s “Be A Santa” charity program. The successful fruits of that effort went to make Christmas a little happier for the children of Penny Lane.

Jeff also tells us what he can about “The Lost Tales” progress, relaying some of what Bruce Boxleitner could tell us about the filming and working with everyone again, and how completely impressed he was by the script and everything about his experience climbing back into the Babylon 5 universe. This DVD is so going to rock!

Robin Atkin Downes

We present for your entertainment and edification a rather interesting and amusing chat with Robin Atkin Downes, during his and Pat Tallman’s meandering search for an Italian restaurant.

It’s an interactive slice of life in Los Angeles, and words truly cannot describe the experience. Don’t worry… we’ll get Robin back, later, when he’s less distracted.

Listener Feedback: Jarsto really calls in and wanted to hear more from Kim Holly about Peter Woodward’s leather pants in “Crusade”; Gary comments on Show #44 with a Keffer tidbit; Doug comments on Show #44 with some detail on one reason why The Cortez may have run afoul of a Shadow vessel.

Haiku: This week, Hilary’s haiku pays honor to Cmdr Susan Ivanova. But we still had to explain it to Michael before he remembered.

We so need a B5 holiday season collection of quotes and song variations.

Shameless plug: Summer contributed an essay to the essay collection, So Say We All: An Unauthorized Collection of Thoughts and Opinions on Battlestar Galactica, now available at your local bookstore and at

Shameless related begging: Summer’s also really hoping to convince the publisher to eventually do a collection on Babylon 5. If you’d be interested in buying one if they did do a B5 collection, let Summer know, here in comments.

We are still considering doing a separate B5 Fan Tales segment in the future, so send us those favorite anecdotes of yours.

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  1. With Byron talking about living in a Storage Unit, I’m surprised Summer didn’t ask him if he knew Hiro Protagonist…

  2. ComputerKing, we were too stunned to say anything. As whacked out as it may seem to you listeners, it was even more so for us, trying to do the show. As Summer says in the show notes, words fail.

  3. Doug from Mattoon IL says

    All hail the great and powerful beings that are the first ones …Summer is God ….

    Is that enough sucking up?

    Okay sorry about the audio quality of my call from a cell phone and I may have not been as prepared as Yarsto but his audio is often better than Tim’s or even some of the guests.

    When is Yarsto starting his own show for the listeners that actually enjoy the deep geeking about the shows …B5 not so much the podcasts?

    Moving on…. The Long Dark is what some of us were hoping to talk about or at least hoped that the podcast would be about. Here’s food for thought, B5 meets the A-Team and In The Heat of the Night and the doc gets a date………..

  4. Doug from Mattoon IL says

    ps I never like playing in the sandbox!

  5. Yeah, we’re trying to get on with the DeepGeeking… but when Jeffrey comes up with interviews, we are very much on the schedules of our guests.

    My voice quality is an ongoing situation. Believe me, if I could do better, I would. On the other hand, Jarsto is prerecording his comments and sending them in as MP3 files.

    And we’ve got the year end extravaganza coming up.

    So, please be patient with us. We’ll get to the Geeking. Promise!

  6. Doug from Mattoon IL says

    Comment by Doug from Mattoon IL

    December 8, 2006 @ 2:14 pm

    Greetings fellow B-5 fans
    The Keefer starfury pilot character was a product of TNT making a suggestion to JMS accorrding to JMS on the DVD commentary. JMS puts in the “top gun like pilot” but ends up killing him off in Vorlon fashion.

    The Cortez is exploring the rim, sector 800 i believe and that is moving towards Zahudum’s galactic address. It only makes sense that the shadows might be shadowing a ship that is exploring near their neighborhood. Okay its not the greatest B5 episode but its good for laying the foundation for the Egyptian prayer which is echoed later. The relationship between Sheridan and Maynard is great for anyone that has ever served in the military and speaks to the stories of misadventure, the stories instead of just the war/combat stories and you can feel the bond between the characters. The ribbing Maynard gives Sheridan is realistic and the best way to think of it is of two old salty Navy ship captains and the difference between having a shore command verses being out to sea. My favorite line is “the pull of the big empty”.

    how is this for a sign off “Do you have anything worth living for? …the babylon5podcast

    Reposting …bad voice better at typing …PURPLE!!!

  7. Phil from LI New York says

    that was the funniest podcast that has ever come on air… i’m in tears from laughing.

  8. Hi guys!

    B5 inspired variations? There’s always the infamous “A Very Drazi Xmas!”

    You might even have my long drawn-out audio comment about it hanging around someplace. 😉

    I would love to get a copy of the video of Harlan singing the songs. If anybody has a copy of the Loscon 1996 JMS/Harlan panel, please let me know.

  9. What a fun train wreck! Great job.

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