Babylon Podcast #79: The Lost Tales: Over Here, plus Adam Francis and Tim Earls

Welcome to Show #79!

Tim is back, and Jeffrey is Kentucky, and Summer is always here. Jeffrey’s wrangled up some “Lost Tales” fan related interviews for us! Also stay tuned for more video content as part of the Lost Tales-apalooza month long (or longer) fest.

Interview 1: Adam Francis, production assistant during Season 2, joins us to tell us about how far back his fan interest in Babylon 5 extends, some of the running around he did during his tenure on the show, seeing and talking with the cast and crew he worked with after so much time, and more.

Fan Cast: The Three-Edged Sword Episode 10: “The Storm” (TS: 24:01-28:30) What you’re hearing here on The Babylon Podcast is just a small part of the story… the full audio drama can be heard at Voices of Babylon, so what are you waiting for? Go over and check them out!

Interview 2: Acclaimed conceptual artist Tim Earls rejoins us to give us some of the work he did for “The Lost Tales”, mostly storyboarding for all the scenes and visual effects. He also talks about some of the updates that went into set and ship design, and how some of his changes were incorporated into the finished product. Will we ever see the CG-intensive Garibaldi-focused story that Tim laid out?

Tim’s currently the set designer for the new fall show, “Pushing Daisies”, and is working on a still-secret new Serenity project for Quantum Mechanix

The Lost Tales: Over Here

Deep Geeking: Tim and Summer conclude the geeking for the first episode, “Over Here”. We talk about the possible implications of Lochley’s theory and solution to the problem of what to do with Simon Burke… what could humanity do without the threat of devils and demons to haunt their dreams, and without a need for the Church amongst the stars? Will ancient evil be left behind when the cradle of humanity vanishes into dust when Sol goes nova? Will new battles be waged for the souls of all races, not just humanity, out beyond our galaxy?

And how do we know that all of this couldn’t have been investigated by a telepath? Lochley used to have a good relationship with Bester… did what happened during the Telepath War change her willingness to use a telepath first, or did her upbringing cause her to lean towards something in her comfort zone?

Babylon 5 Information Gathering: Can we and should we mount a Babylon 5 propaganda campaign, in order to get sales of The Lost Tales to the point where Warner really really wants to greelight more volumes of TLT? Let us know…

Summer still needs to find the long versions of the B5 promos that ran on TNT prior to Season 5, the ones narrated by Keith David… anyone have any old VHS copies of S5 they taped from TNT? Specifically, the :30 spots, one featuring Ivanova and the other G’Kar… they were part of the series of ads TNT ran promoting the addition of B5 to their lineup.

Jerseys Are Go! (really… we’re still moving forward with these!) Interested? Let us know if you’d place a pre-order!

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  1. Just started listening to the podcast and Adam Francis’ interview. I was reminded of the 2nd season episode this past season of Supernatural – Hollywood Babylon. In that episode, Sam and Dean become PAs on the set of a movie.


  2. Regarding bringing in a telepath to check the guy out – they would have needed a strong one with good blocks or the telepath could have been seriously injured or possibly been taken over.


  3. I love hearing facts from people who worked on the show. You get the kind of trivia that is not often mentioned.
    Adam mentioning Jeffrey as Bruce’s stand in and the whole undressed Kosh costuming issue.

  4. Christopher says


    …is the link for the Down Below Sound Archive for Babylon 5. It supplied every sound a few PCs could possibly make for many years. I haven’t seen any changes to it in a LONG time, and the last obvious update was back in ’03

    (also, I’d be interested in Purple)

  5. I was thinking of becoming a production assistant, but I was told that it was basically the same as being a gopher. Is that true? Are there any opportunities that can arise out of becoming a production assistant?

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