Babylon Podcast #233: Interview with David Allen Brooks

Welcome to Show #233!

It took a while, but we’ve got a handful of Crusade interviews lined up, and here’s the first one!

David Allen Brooks

Interview: Tim and Summer chat with David Allen Brooks, about how he got into acting, how he approached the character of Max Eilerson, the research into being a scientist and archaeologist, the differences he observed between working on a science fiction drama compared to “just another” police procedural, the fans of Max, where Max’s story arc might have taken him, and much more.

Listener Emails: David in Memphis tells us how he came to Crusade, and alas, Joss Whedon is not his master (yet); Pat Tallman asks us to run a poll on what the fans say their favorite Lyta episodes are.

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 also 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. Thank you so much for having David Allen Brooks – I just loved hearing from him, and his insights into Max Eilerson’s character. I watched Crusade for the first time last year – and I spaced it out so that it would last as long as possible. And I thoroughly enjoyed Max Eilerson on the show, and indeed, it would have been wonderful to see where his character would have gone. Oh, and when I saw the photo of David Allen Brooks my first thought was “Oh, but he looks so nice!” ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Gary The Great says

    I was concerned about interviews with Jeffrey being out of the picture, but Summer the almighty has come through mightily. Yea!!

  3. Great interview with Mr. Brooks that makes me wonder why some actors keep getting roles when they aren’t that good and some good actors never seem to get that breakout role? I really liked the character of Max Eilerson and Mr. Brooks brought his A game to the role. The character ranks 2nd behind Galen of which characters I liked seeing on Crusade the most. I have to wonder if Max would have been the role for Mr. Brooks to breakout into bigger work if the show had lasted?

    I always am facinated with the casting process of main series characters and guest stars. Some shows hit the ball out of the park and others seem hit a soft grounder back to the pitcher for an easy out. The only main character on Crusade I still am not sure if it was casted right was Dr. Chambers. I think that some of the problem I have with the casting is the character one minute would be a “normal” doctor role and the next minute it was more an action role. Now that is not the actress’s fault and if given more screentime of her, I might have come around. The rest of the characters were casted pretty well.

    It seems to me that Crusade, like B5, didn’t propel any of the little known actors into much bigger roles after it was cancelled. Daniel Dae Kim was not on most people’s radar until getting a role on Lost which was a few years later.

    I think that shows how fleeting acting can be and how difficult it is to get a regular role on a TV show. Guest stars tend to be two types to me. The steady and dependable character actors who do their jobs well without much fanfare. The other type is the new, less experienced actor who is given a shot a role mainly due to their looks. I think this applies more to actresses than actors, but I have seen such a decline of talent in young actresses’ that it is frightening for the future. I think it is more to do with people doing the casting worry more about how the initial reaction of viewers to someone’s looks than to their acting skill.

  4. Kim was a part of Wolfram and Hart on Angel, not too long after Crusade. However, most consider Lost his true breakout role.

  5. Tom from Peoria says

    Great to hear the interview with Mr. Brooks, and a fine job always done by the crew!

    I met Mr. Brooks at Dragon Con 2004/05? (the years seem to be running together!) and I had an enjoyable conversation with him on the ‘Walk of Fame’. I always remember thinking that he, like all the actors on B5/Crusade were of the same mold. Always willing to talk to the fans and thank us for being fans!

    Again, thanks to all for another great interview and keep up the good work!

  6. @Rob: part of an actor’s continuing success as an actor is a certain willingness to “play the game”. in an upcoming interview, a certain Crusade cast member reveals a moment when, during a casting call, she suddenly realized she couldn’t go through all that any more, and dropped out of acting for a long while.

  7. Jeffrey? Who’s Jeffrey? We don’ need no steenkin’ Jeffrey! We got Summer!

    Brooks’s Eilerson was my favorite Crusade character and this interview was exceptional. His comments on Peter were characteristically droll and neither Tim nor Summer let out an audible response. Keep the interviews coming! Marjean, possibly?


    • So, Michael… you’re saying you missed this week’s live streaming interview with Marjean Holden? ๐Ÿ™‚

      I have to remember to put the video links in the episodes Mike saves… there’s an unedited video recording of this interview at Blip. I’ll have to dig up the link and add it to the show notes. Alas, no photo image of David like there was for Marjean.

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