Babylon Podcast #214: Technology and Gadgets in B5

Welcome to Show #214!

Tim and Summer talk about the results of the listener poll regarding the Crusade viewing order, and the fans have spoken: the Scifi Channel revised broadcast order has won out. Tim is nonplussed.

Discussion: Tim and Summer talk about the technology and the everyday gadgets found on the station and in the hands of its command staff, crew and folks just passing through.

On the list this time around: ship behavior in space; handheld weapons and ship-based weapons; medical technologies; personal hygiene (showers and laundry)

Voicemail: Gary chastises Tim for believing that Captain Anderson was destined to be the lead going from “A Call to Arms” to Crusade; Gary sees a story parallel between “A Call to Arms”, and the “Over There” segment from The Lost Tales; Gary thinks that “A Call to Arms” is a perfect example of how a story set in the B5 universe without the major B5 cast members could work very well…

Purple-Green Cage Match!

Also, Mike sends his heartfelt gratitude to all who have donated to the show, because your generous contributions helped us get the studio back up and running in a moment of crisis.

Lurker’s Guide 2.0: Summer is expanding the documentation to be covered at Lurker’s Guide 2.0, the major change being converting the episode guide into a full Wiki with cross-referenced topics, tidbits and everything you’d want in a Wiki. She’s still searching for pictures of rare collectibles, photos of magazine covers and toys, and all sorts of other B5 goodies that didn’t get included in the original guide during the years after Crusade. Let her know if you want to lend a hand.

More Parody/Filk Songs Wanted: If you know of any more B5-related fan songs out there, definitely let us know, so we can let other B5 fans know where to buy them! And if those CDs are out of print, let’s brainstorm on ways to get those songs back out there for fans!

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  1. Jim Stiles says

    Tony Todd played Captain Andersen in the movie Babylon 5: A Call to Arms.

  2. Jim Stiles says

    Tony Todd is better known as the Candyman. He also appeared in a Season 9 episode of Stargate SG-1 (9.08 Babylon) as the leader of a group of Jaffa that freed themselves from the Goa’uld a thousand years ago.

    • Am I missing something? We know who Tony Todd is and that he was in A Call to Arms…

      If you’re talking about Tim’s senior moment/brain fart, no big deal… I was paying attention to the chat room at the time instead of paying attention to him, or I would have given him the answer.

      Yeah, that happens more than you think πŸ˜‰

  3. Tony Todd also played the adult Jake Sisko in one of the best hours of television period, let alone one of the best episode of Deep Space Nine; The Visitor. I still cry at the end of that one.

  4. Waterless laundry is (almost) a reality now thanks to the boffins at Leeds University:

    Of course present tech post dates b5 production, but still, with enough imagination there should be no excuse for soiled garments downbelow, except for all the knife holes (which is also a problem in Leeds).

  5. Will there be a title list posted for the n00bs like me who have not seen the show at all? I actually found some eps online a while back, but not only was the order itself confusing, but the site said that some of the titles were on the wrong episodes. Talk about being even more confused than usual!

    • So, you didn’t notice the post on the website containing that very list? πŸ™‚

      Sheesh… no one reads the website anymore. *sniff* All that hard work, laying fallow, unloved, ignored…

  6. Slaps forehead.

    Should have thought of this earlier: tackle Crusade via D12 order.

    Roll a D12 at the beginning of the podcast and that’s the one you discuss (die roll=production number.

    Why not? It couldn’t make less sense than how TNT aired it…

  7. Knows full well there were 13 episodes, but I’ve never seen a D13. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›

  8. David from Memphis says
  9. Gary The Great says

    Are we going to discuss the unproduced scripts too?

    • Interesting idea… not everyone has access to them, and as of yet, they haven’t been “officially” sanctioned releases.

      If they are definitely slated to be part of the “What the Hell Happened” scriptbooks, then I say they are fair game for discussion. The question then becomes will the book containing the unproduced scripts be available by the time we finish the existing 13 episodes?

  10. Jason Davis says

    Both of J. Michael Straczynski’s unproduced episodes–114 “To the Ends of the Earth” and 116 “The End of the Line”–WILL appear in volume four of CRUSADE: WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED?

  11. Summer –

    Oh, sorry! I saw it now, thank you.

  12. Jason – what of Fiona Avery’s script featuring an appearance by Alfred Bester?

  13. Jason Davis says

    We haven’t released CRUSADE: WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED? volumes two through four and you’re asking about “Value Judgments?” One book at a time, Tim. One book at a time.

    Be seeing you.

  14. 16 days without a new episode in the feed. What up?

    • too much for Summer to do, not enough hours per day to do them. I should have finished #215 and posted it on Oct 7th, but more than time got away from me.

  15. Any luck with the hunt, Summer?

  16. hey how about Sheridan washing his socks? thats some piece of technology right there πŸ™‚

    love b5 πŸ™‚

  17. Now I remembered, Forell also forced Delenn to accept Drakh Emissary to come aboard. He held some kind of gun in his hands.

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