Babylon Podcast: Special Edition #2: The Fan Show

Welcome to Special Edition #2, where the voicemail lunatics have taken over the asylum from the lunatics who normally run it.

Two technical notes:
1) I’ve done my best, but I’m not Mike. The sound quality on this is decent, but not what Mike manages to coax out of his big board.
2) If you hear references to “one hour in” at forty minutes, that’s not a mistake, that’s just pointing out how much editing this need to be a normal length show.

To start with Jarsto, Edmund and John introduce themselves, and explain how they discovered Babylon 5. Before generally reminiscing on how B5 changed the way they watch TV shows in general and SciFi shows in particular. Then it’s time for some questions they put out there for the rest of the fans to be answered.

The Worst Of Season One

The first of those questions is what the three worst episodes in season one are. More particularly which three episodes should be most avoided. Responses come in from Gary from Jacksonville, Warlord2k, Daniel from Germany, and Jan from Denmark.

Then Colin, and once again Jan, provide us with some different musings on season one sparked by the question. And as Colin decides to defend Infection the crew bring in Gary to help assess this defence. Much geeking ensues.

Final conclusion: everyone votes for Infection and TKO; Believers is third worst but competition for that spot is much more open.

Best Intro Sequence

The next question put out there was which season had the best intro sequence. Daniel, Colin, and Warlord2k weigh in on this one. And then of course everyone present live has a go as well.

Season four ends up getting the most votes, but there all seasons have something good in the opening. And though it’s not an opening the end of Sleeping in Light is by far the best credits sequence by a unanimous vote.

The Audiodrama Debate

With the prearranged content done Gary brings up the debate about the contributions from Edmund, John and Jarsto, specifically the audiodrama. The other guys give their opinions on what’s going on, what’s going to happen in the future, and how it all began.

Are you interested in listening to a Babylon 5 audio drama? Let us know?

Hey, if you know of a dead B5 website that may be in need of a new home, let Summer know!

Your feedback does matter, and is welcome! You can call us, 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.

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.

Promo:The SciFi Smackdown: (lately the home of the X-Wings vs. Starfuries clash)

About Jarsto


  1. I’ve seen you guys begging for a publisher for the B5 essays for forever. Have you ever thought about just doing it yourselves and going through

  2. Hi Summer,

    I have most of the promos over at

    Not sure if they are the “long ones” but I was amused when on the DVD, they had to “remake the audio” when I had the originals archived the entire time.

    Obviously the quality isnt too good, since we did them at super tiny resolution and bad audio bit rate for the modem speeds of the time.

  3. Fantastic job, guys! I think we need to have these fan-casts at least once a month.

  4. @Alex: Every month?! Are you trying to kill me?!

    Still thanks for the compliment!

    And speaking (or rather typing) seriously, I wouldn’t mind doing this again, though if there is a next time I’m going to play Mike and keep more of an eye on the time. Every minute you cut a show’s length easily takes 5 to 10 minutes of editing time at a minimum, and I had to drop about 20 minutes after the obvious cuts were done.

    But even if I wouldn’t mind doing another, I wouldn’t want to do them often. This one came about to fill a hole in the feed, and it was fun to do for that purpose. Maybe we’ll do another in the future on a similar occasion.

  5. Actually, as “John from Jersey”, I already do my own podcast related to my television reviews. It’s called the “Critical Myth Podcast”, if you’re interested. It’s actually linked on the main page here under the old name, “Dispatches from Tuzenor”.

  6. glindros says

    I agree while they are a nice change, and I enjoy contributing. They are like a fine Brevari and should be savored.

    I think the enjoyment of the different voices and discussions over a prolonged time would cause all of us to go into Summertimjeffery withdrawl.

  7. You didn’t tell me you changed the name of your podcast… I can update the link pretty easily 🙂

  8. Sorry Summer, it was a recent change and I completely forgot to mention it until I was writing the post!

  9. Comments about the “fan” show. . .

    1 – It’s really rather interesting that they continuously named TKO as unwatchable, as horrible, etc. Did anybody actually watch this episode? Sure, it’s pretty bad as far as the sports stuff is concerned, but half of the episode is about Susan dealing with her father’s death, and that part is among the best in the first season. It’s a very conflicted episode. Half sucks, half incredibly awesome.

    2 – John says he wants to get their “fanfic” up to 15 minutes per episode. He says 10 then up to 15. No way. It’s stupid already, and it’s dragging down the real show. Bring back the interviews. It’s been far too long since we’ve had any interviews, and the more time these jokers take up with their fanfic, the less time we have for deep geeking and actual feedback.

    3 – Someone brought up the idea of moving the fanfic to the very end, so we can skip it. John said he liked getting feedback right away. Good for him. Do his own podcast with that fanfic crap, and leave the B5 podcast to the real topics.

    And when is Edmund going to drop the “60s dramatic” speech? Can he hear himself?

  10. If you think we’re jokers, why did you listen to us for an hour?

  11. I agree that while the “A-story” of TKO was not so fantastic, I am with OmahaStar when he points out the other plotline. It was a great character story and very poignant.

    As for the fancast, I have found it very entertaining, so do what you wish. Good job with Podcast SE #2. And I, too, like the intro for season 4 the most.