Welcome to Show #65!
Summer and Tim C are joined by Tim A and Mike, and boy, do we miss Jeffrey.
Tim C has a bone to pick with Yard Dog Press: in publishing Claudia Christian’s memoir, they used a ST:TOS font on the cover of her book. Whoopsie. Tim also reads an update on what happened to the Babylon 5 fiction novels that had been set to be published by Mongoose.
About the Babylon Podcast swag: we’ve changed our minds… it’s going to be BASEBALL jerseys, not football jerseys, and YES dammit, you will be able to choose what color jersey you want to wear. I’m putting my foot down on that, because I don’t want to make things too difficult on the people running the shop.
Deep Geeking: This episode revolves around geeking on “Knives”.
We open with Sheridan and Garibaldi decompressing over batting practice, talking about mysterious circumstances in Down Below, and segueway into an apparent threat on Londo after he and Vir share a light musical moment.
We learn much about what’s been happening back on Centauri Prime, with the machinations and consolidations of power within new factions after the previous Emperor’s death, after Londo’s old dueling partner, Urza Jaddo, arrives at B5 begging for help in clearing his name and helping his house survive the political attacks.
Unfortunately for Urza, despite Londo’s rising star, he’s not in a position to help Urza save his position… and desperate men go to desperate measures to protect those they love.
Meanwhile, Sheridan experiences several attacks on his mind while learning the truth about what really happened to Babylon 4 (contrary to the official reports that had been filed). What his hitchhiker was and where it was really from, we may never know, but it won’t be the last time we encounter the time-space rift in Sector 14.
Listener Feedback: Just for the record, the tag is officially spelled “boohkie”, all because Google kept pulling up websites for bookmakers. Make a note of it.
Edmund comments on foreshadowing in dialogue in the show, and he wants baseball jerseys, too; Jarsto has an idea for a companion show to The Babylon Podcast, and doesn’t give us any more info about that; Edmund loved the Tim Earls interview, and comments on elements in B5 that may have been flavored by old school British SF. Tim reads emails from Tracy about Green and Purple jerseys, and potential brawls at conventions; from Matt in Michigan on being unable to workout properly while laughing one’s ass off during The Jarsto Show, and on his search for Jeanne Cavelos’ B5 novels; Colin gives us some info from the novels on what happened to the keeper in the urn, in response to Tim A’s questions; Galen is behind in the shows, but wonders where the Vorlons came from.
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Shameless related begging: Summer’s working to convince any publisher to do an essay collection on Babylon 5. If you’d be interested in buying one if they did do a B5 collection, let Summer know, either here in comments, or over in the Babylon Podcast forums.
There’s a box of Babylon 5 novels sitting here, books that were rescued from unknown fates at used bookstores in his area by Brad from PodCulture. The B5 library collection grows… if you have a request, send it in.
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