Babylon Podcast #215: Hair and Styling on Babylon 5

Welcome to Show #215!

We go over the B5 related appearances at Big Apple Con and NY Comic-Con, plus a little more news on JMS’ appearance in the upcoming Thor feature film.

We may have to refrain from posting the rules for a “Tim gripes about the Lensman Movie” drinking game, out of concern for the health and safety of our listeners.

Discussion: Tim, Summer and Bret give their opinions on hairstyles and hair care amongst humans and aliens in space in the 23rd century.

We go through the hair and hair stylings we can think of — the ever-evolving styles of Lt. Corwin; the various Centauri lengths and stylings; the pros and cons of Garibaldi’s rapid hair loss during the series; what techniques may have been used to keep Susan Ivanonva’s flowing locks so tightly braided; the never-ending experimentation with the look of hybrid Delenn’s hair; delve into the possibility of mystery hair hints for the evil vs good Talia, and the overwhelming evidence that perfect hair genes were amongst the things being manipulated by telepath genetic experiments; the enviable perfection of Morden’s hair; and the tendencies of Rangers to have thick flowing locks of hair.

And remember: John Sheridan, keytar rocker.

Voicemail: First, Summer and Bret talk about Pat Tallman appearing on Castle as the dead body whose murder the team is investigating. How do actors get compensated for appearances as the uncredited corpse?

Neil from Bowie lets us know that he used GoToMeeting for the first time and enjoyed it; Neil also throw his opinion in on what the triluminary was detecting in regards to human DNA or particular souls; Father Beast chimes in on the switch from Sinclair to Sheridan being needed to echo the parallels between Lensman and B5; a new listener weighs in on where the triluminaries came from, and Valen’s DNA or soul lineage;

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. Paul from California says

    Delenn’s hair not looking good until Season 4???

    True, it was distracting until “And Now for a Word”, but Delenn’s hair started its exemplary run in “In the Shadow of Z’ha’dum” but was at its best all the way through Season 3.

  2. Paul, while I hew to the maxim that beauty is in the eye of the beholder (no, not the one in the Dungeon Master’s Guide) I still maintain that they never got Delenn’s hair just right. Her bangs especially. It’s like… she looked her most regal, most dignified in full Minbari bald-head-and-bone.

  3. On behalf of the Narn Regime, I am dismayed by the unfortunate mixup made by the Babylon Podcast crew. Julie Caitlin Brown was the original Na’Toth. She lasted the bulk of the first season, but she had an ongoing negative reaction to the adhesive used to apply the prosthetics. She was replaced in the second season by Mary Kay Adams, who refused to play the role as it had been written (or originally portrayed), leading JMS to avoid inclusion of her character more and more, until she simply disappeared. Na’Toth did eventually resurface, of course, with Brown in the role in the fifth season.

    This reminder should also serve as a warning to avoid, in the future, whatever vile vintage of brevari was responsible for this lapse.

    Oh, and you forgot to mention the evolution of Lyta’s hair, which also served as a general barometer of her hotness.

  4. Paul from California says

    Going off of that point, it should also be noted that Mary Woronov, who played Ko D’Ath in “Born to the Purple”, was going to be a regular cast member, but she had a panic attack while under makeup.

    I don’t know if allergies were involved, though.

  5. Chris From Poland says
  6. @ChrisFromPoland: Any more detail on that?

  7. The Telepaths United would like to thank the Narn Regime for making this correction. We were going to do it, but sensed that the mighty Narn would have done so first, and thus we thank you very sweetly for doing it so completely.

    And Brevari? No, say we all! Romulan Ale for the hosts so that they never again obnubilate Narn women.

  8. It’s Brivari, not Brevari.

  9. Brevari, brivari…bah! It is Centauri swill, whatever the name!


  10. Chris From Poland says

    @Michael Johnston. Nope. I just posted the link to Blaster, where the image was posted. I don’t know anything more than what they posted.

  11. Gary The Great says

    I wonder why jms chose to change Sheridan’s hair/beard so much over the seasons.

    My guess for the beard is that Delenn likes beards, and Sheridan acquiesced since she was willing to wear the skimpy lingerie.

  12. Gary,

    skimming through “Artifacts From The Rim”, i saw JMS mention that he wanted Boxleitner to grow out his beard to indicate that some significant time had passed between Sheridan’s exit-stage-down at Z’Ha’Dum and his reappearance on The Zocalo Bridge – which would have been reflected in the post-season hiatus between year three and four. Naturally WB tossed the spanner into the works by delaying the last few year three eps and allowing only a week or two to elapse before the year four premier.

    So let that be a reason to drop your hard-earned credits on this book…

  13. I think you forget about Tafiq also asking about Garibaldi’s hair during their little reunion on the Drazi Homeworld. We never heard the answer, but look Garibaldi gave spoke for itself. ๐Ÿ™‚

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