Babylon Podcast #246: Interview with Tucker Smallwood

Welcome to Show #246!

Bret isn’t along for the ride tonight. Tim salutes the accomplishments of the final shuttle mission, and both Tim and Summer lament the fact that no plans are on the boards to get mankind back into space.

Tucker Smallwood

Interview: Tim and Summer enjoy a chat with renowned character actor Tucker Smallwood, who played Mr David Endawi in the S3 episode “Matters of Honor”, and Commodore Glen Van Ross in Space: Above and Beyond.

Tucker talks about war as used in science fiction and his being a fan of science fiction literature growing up, and how his experience as an infantry commander in Vietnam informed his work and contributions to Space: Above and Beyond. He also talks about studying acting after being gravely wounded, about struggling with and working through PTSD years after the fact, and more.

Tucker has written a memoir about going back to visit Vietnam, how that visit helped his healing process, and he hopes that other veterans dealing with PTSD can also be helped by the journey he’s taken.

Link: Official Tucker Smallwood website
Facebook: Tucker Smallwood on Facebook
Link: Return to Eden: A Memoir by Tucker Smallwood

Listener Feedback: Mark loves that TNT announced an early renewal of Falling Skies that echoes what they could have had for Crusade; Kate wants to know if anyone else sees a resemblance between the female lead in SUPER 8 and our own Number One.

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. The link to the site set off a barrage of malware alerts.

  2. Great interview guys, good work.

    I drove past stonehenge today. Well, I say drove, I was a passenger, and it would have been quicker to walk. The traffic from England’s West Country towards London on a Friday afternoon is… infuriating. I’m glad I don’t make the journey very often. Druids don’t have to deal with this sort of crap. Also there’s a pig farm almost opposite stonehenge that’s the size of a city.


  3. why can’t I download it? It just plays everytime????

  4. Jimbo,

    there’s a link beside the “AUDIO MP3” button at the bottom of the post that says “Download”… does that link not work for you?

    • If Jimbo has found that link, perhaps it’s loading and playing directly in his browser? It does in mine, unless I right click -> save as.

      There’s ways around it ( but you probably don’t want that to happen all the time.

      • Actually, it’s behaving just as it’s supposed to 🙂

        If you’re savvy with how web browsers handle rich media, then you know to to right-click to save a file from a download link.

        But a single click on the “Download” link will also pop open the file in a fresh page. Then from that fresh page, you can either listen to the file, or do a “File > Save Page As…” to save the file to your computer because that page is playing the file directly. You wouldn’t be able to download/save a copy of the file if you clicked on “Play in Popup”, for instance.

        So either way, the “Download” link is the way to go. Perhaps Jimbo didn’t realize he could do a “Save Page As…” from the browser page playing the MP3?

        Jimbo, you can also download the file from inside the iTunes Store, from what I’m told, downloading single episodes rather than subscribing to the entire feed.

  5. What a great interview! He’s a fascinating man. Shame on me for not remembering him from the X-Files until I checked IMDB.

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