Babylon Podcast #141: Interview with Ed Wasser

Welcome to Show #141!

Yes, it’s been awhile since we’ve had a new show… didja miss us? We hope this show makes up for that long break.

Jeffrey regales us with a Majel Barrett convention tale as we honor her memory (she passed away on December 18 2008 of leukemia).

Tim tells us about a new TV project that JMS is working on, and we all hope that a SAG strike doesn’t happen to knock things awry.

Ed Wasser

Interview: It’s the interview almost everyone has been waiting for. Ed Wasser joins us this week, and he tells us how he thinks that the attraction to Morden comes from the undeniable allure of the mystery and the appeal of the bad guy. We also talk about how he came to Babylon 5, and how his asking for a more dangerous part led to him getting the role of Morden, his fan club and convention visits, and more.

The depth and reach of Morden’s plans definitely affects the entire series, even though he was only on screen for 13 episodes. It’s a testament to the writing and the performances that major characters that only appear from time to time can have such a large impact on the overall series story arc.

But, did you also remember him being on Sliders?

Feedback: Jeffrey pushes the buttons and plays some voicemail for us! Gary thanks Brad for the musical Holiday Gifts that were posted to the site; Gary comments on JMS’s remake of Forbidden Planet, and manages to bring in the Zima again.

We have no idea who the mystery caller is that is going to call us back, but she amused the hell outta Jeffrey. Really.

Mike G sent an email about Jeffery’s listing on the Who’s Dated Who? website. Why doesn’t Jeffrey Willerth have any WDW fans?

Kate in Chicagoland gives us some suggestions on topics to cover on The Babylon Podcast after we’ve gone through all the official and unofficial materials, and James in Tallahassee tells us that he’s made many Lego B5 ships, including EA ships, Narn, Centauri, Minbari and Brakiri ships. We wanna see pictures of them!

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  1. I was just listening to show 141, and I’m pretty sure the Majel project you were trying to remember was _Earth : Final Conflict_, developed (like _Andromeda_) posthumously from a concept by Gene. It was an excellent show for a season or so, had an arc that was developing nicely, and I’d heard that the writers were B5 fans, then the word came down from the suits to dumb it down and the quality went right into the toilet. _Andromeda_ suffered much the same fate.

  2. Paul, I think you’re right. On all counts.

    You’d think that Majel would’ve shown up on Jeffrey’s Who’s Dated Who page, given that intense lip-lock.

  3. Jhonny from Uppsala says

    Thanks for the interview folks. We’ve been waiting for that on. And now you have set the bar quite high for this comming year ; )

    Kepp up the good work!

  4. Neil Ottenstein says
  5. Damocles says


    Great interview! Especially like the part about the grandchildren.

    “What do you want?” Classic!

  6. I was so excited to hear this interview, and then out of nowhere comes a dig at GWB – when it had nothing to do with anything, and is basically comparing our former President to a mass murderer like Morden.

    How exceedingly disappointing.

  7. Yeah, I agree.

    Morden was actually intelligent and likable.


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