Babylon Podcast #219: Racing the Night (Crusade)

Welcome to Show #219!

Tim and Summer are joined by The Jason Davis to talk about the adventure that was the records excavation that became the new volume “Artifacts from Beyond the Rim”.

Jason talks about how they came across the material by chance, about the perfect timing of it to match up with the B5 Books 5th Anniversary, and the depth and breadth of the materials they found.

And Summer really hopes the merchandising gods smile down and make it possible for us to get a Psi-Corps manual based on JMS’ notes and input, and maybe get a few more original novels into the publishing pipeline.

If you are a die-hard B5 fan, and for some reasons you haven’t purchased any previous volumes in this series, this might be the one to make sure you get. It will be available from B5 Books until January 20, 2011

Deep Geeking: The year we really did finally make it to Crusade.

Going by the revised broadcast order, our first Crusade episode to geek on is “Racing the Night”, and Jason joins us for the analysis. He expands on why there really is no perfect order to view the series, and that his preferred order is the order that the episodes were written, which is the order that the scripts will be presented in the books.

Characterizations, references and non-references to the main B5 series, and disagreements over the CG quality are just the beginning of the discussion.

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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Promo: Dragon Page “Cover to Cover”


  1. Yes! Crusade!

  2. I thought I would remember the episodes once you started talking about them like I did with B5.

    Epic fail on my part.

    Time to borrow the DVDs from my Dad. 😉

    • and we probably could have done a little bit better, and included a two- or three-sentence episode summary to refresh memories.

      I think the excitement got to us 🙂

  3. Yeah, I’m with Arkle on this. I have only watched crusade once on dvd (recently mind you) but it took me quite a while to remember the plot of the episode in question. Summary would be good, or maybe a “Summery”.

    Looks like I’ll soon be making some b5books purchases. I don’t think anyone would understand if I pit them on my Christmas list, however.

  4. Great fun, of course. I followed along perfectly — excellent points all ’round. But get Jason a new tin can or better string.

  5. The first Trek novel that I know of was Spock Must Die! by James Blish, which he wrote soon after finishing his adaptations of the episodes. It’s copyright 1970.

    The second one is Spock, Messiah!, copyright 1976. ’76 is also when the fanfic collection you mentioned (Star Trek : New Voyages) came out, and at least one or two others as well. So yeah, that’s when it started to take off.

  6. On the Trek novels, I’d like to point out that in the past few years the post-Voyager books have gone canon. I’m reading “Season 8” of Deep Space Nine currently, and it’s some really good stuff. I recommend it.


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