Babylon Podcast #261: Mondopalooza Part 1

Welcome to Show #261!

The new theme music for Season 7 makes it’s official debut, and it’s a snippet of the theme created by Stewart Copeland for the original version of “The Gathering” that aired in 1993. Having grown up as a huge fan of The Police, and been a fan of his theme work on The Equalizer, it was a surprise at the time to see his name on a space opera, and fun to listen to the first time around.

Of course, Christopher Franke blew everyone’s minds and socks off when the show came around to series, but I can’t think of a better way to acknowledge Copeland’s kicking us off by using his theme during our final season of discussion.

Feedback: Tim, Summer and Jeremy respond to the backlog of voicemails that have come in over the past month or two, and as happens quite often, tangents rule.

Nan emailed in about a discovery of the old DVD version of “The Gathering” and “In The Beginning”, which leads to a minor Summer rant about the B5 laserdisc release schedule; Neil wants to tag team with Gary on the B5 comics episode; Neil confirms that most B5 fans are willing to wait until Hell freezes over to get new content (masochists that we are); Neil laments that we don’t have any more Crusade script books after hearing us talk about “To the Ends of the Earth”; Neil weighs in on the imagery of the half-dollar floating in space used in the script for “To the Ends of the Earth”; We lament the fact that we’ve never been able to contact Christopher Franke about an interview; Neil weighs in on some of the more esoteric B5 collectibles and trading card sets that are out there;

Joe C. emails in a few questions about where Crusade might have gone if Gideon had in fact been killed off, and other ways to replace him if it came to that; Neil recalls the toy weapons that interacted with the Captain Power broadcasts; Neil wonders if we could add chatting with Fiona Avery about “Tried and True” to the list of interviews wishes; Neil adds Discworld to the references of Thieves Guilds used in SF and fantasy; Neil weighs in on which unproduced scripts are considered canon or not; Gary wants to know if anyone else picked up any extra cool B5 collectibles, after gloating that he managed to pick up a crew jacket in his size.

It’s almost time! After this round of Feedbackapalooza, we’re jumping into talking about the comics, followed by the novels. Do your homework, take notes, and if you’re joining us for the discussions, read up and get ready for us to call you!

Submitting your own Feedback: If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know! Call, or just email us a comment you’ve recorded yourself!

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. Summer, No one watched American Gothic, thats why Gary Cole was on Crusade.

  2. Heh.

    I beg to differ… someone was watching it, because it stayed on the air for almost an entire season, and they had filmed the entire 22-episode slate, even though they only aired 18 of them.

    American Gothic got more of a shot than Crusade ever had a chance at… but now you have me curious about what it’s ratings were that it did run that long before being pulled.

  3. David from Memphis says

    I caught a few episodes of American Gothic back in high school, and really liked it. Then I blinked and it was gone. That was far better than the DVD release because I never saw a single copy at any store in town.

  4. It does exist (or did), because I snagged a copy when it first came out. Other dvd sets I have that are relatively uncommon are Action!, Profit, The Magnificent Seven (tv series), and Young Riders (only S1 was ever released, I believe). is a wonderful site, and their release date news is second to none.

  5. David from Memphis says

    It’s just in my part of the country, it wasn’t in stores whenever I went shopping. It wasn’t until a month ago that I found the complete set of the Twilight Zone, and last year that a store in town had a complete set of Farscape. Now granted, I purchased the box sets since entire seasons were not available or you got half or at most 75% a season.

    But when the Babylon 5 sets were first being released, I found that website and was checking it constantly for updates.

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