Babylon Podcast #220: The Needs of Earth (Crusade)

Welcome to Show #220!

Tim, Summer and Bret are all together again!

Speculation abounds surrounding JMS’ announcement that he’s stepping away from the Wonder Woman and Superman monthly comics in order to focus on writing Earth One sequel instead. The full extent of his work slate seems to still be under wraps.

Tim also recounts his appearance on Casting Game Podcast, and gives us a list of who he’d suggest in recasted roles in a new version of “The Gathering” (and yes, we know that Russ was under the shower curtain for the pilot)

For those playing in the Lensman pool, your number for today is 3 minutes.

If you are a die-hard B5 fan, and for some reasons you haven’t purchased any previous B5 Script Books, get your hands on “Artifacts from Beyond the Rim”. It will be available from B5 Books until January 20, 2011

Deep Geeking: Tonight, after a brief tangent into lamenting the short lifespan of most smart scifi shows, we geek on the Crusade episode “The Needs of Earth”.

We talk about small yet illuminating character backstories and developments found in this episode, especially Gideon’s determination, Dureena’s past, and Dr Chambers’ compassion. In a few short moments, we are treated to a great deal of insight into what motivates and moves Dureena, Dr Chambers, and Lt. Matheson.

We also grumble over not being able to see how the rest of the season and series might have unfolded, given how layered the small handful of story we were treated to.

And people wonder why we agonize so much over shows with quality stories that are given short shrift by the cold callous business needs of our entertainment providers.

Feedback: Kate in Chicagoland weighs in on slugthrowers in space; Kate also comments on the severe ponytail that Ivanova wore; Ben disagrees with the idea of updating the CGI using newer technologies

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. I think I’d rate this as my favourite episode of Crusade. I’m a fairly recent convert to B5, didn’t see it on TV at the time (except maybe one or two episodes) and I’d heard some pretty negative reactions to Crusade, which made me a little reluctant to try it, but on watching it I’ve found I actually like the series a lot. It had its flaws, but there was a lot of potential here.

  2. In that I am a creative person (music composition, performance), this episode always makes me cry. This podcast (#220) contained exceptional discussion as befits this arguably best Crusade episode. Great job!


  3. Broken Arrow? Really Summer? All the movies of Delory Lindo’s career, and your brain goes to that one? Really? Not The Last Castle, or Up, or Heist, or Cider House Rules, or Ransom, or Get Shorty, or Malcolm X?

  4. *blink*

    OK, I have no response to that.

  5. Posted on The Casting Game website,

    Sunday, December 12, 2010
    Announcing the Winner of the Babylon 5 Casting Game
    From the previous episode: The Cast of Babylon 5.

    As Jeffrey Sinclair: Jon Hamm. Winner: Arkle
    As Laurel Takashima: Linda Park. Winner: Tim
    As Michael Garibaldi: Bobby Cannavale. Winner: Arkle
    As Delenn: Audrey Tatu. Winner: Tim
    As Londo Mollari: Paul McGann. Winner: Arkle
    As G’Kar: James Callis. Winner: Arkle
    As Dr. Benjamin Kyle: Morgan Freeman. Winner: Tim
    As Lyta Alexander: Scarlett Johannsen. Winner: Tim
    As Kosh (voice): Delroy Lindo. Winner: Arkle

    Final Score: Arkle, 5. Tim, 4. Winner: Arkle. That’s me! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Since I won, the movie will be directed by my choice of director, Alfonso Cuaron.

    Thanks for being on Tim, it was a lot of fun. Summer, I’m still hoping to get you on the show at some point. I’d even let you pick the topic. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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