Babylon Podcast #265: Babylon 5 Comics: In Valen’s Name

Welcome to Show #265!

We celebrate the news that Walter Koenig will finally be receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the ceremony will be held September 10, 2012. While he’s the last of the original Star Trek cast to get a star, he is the second Babylon 5 cast member to have a star… and curious fans want to know if his star will have a Federation emblem or a Psi Corps emblem on it?

Deep Geeking: Tim, Jeremy and guest Neil from Bowie discuss the DC Comics miniseries “In Valen’s Name”.

Unlike the majority of the rest of the other comics, this miniseries is considered canon, and tells the story of the Babylon 4 station when it is discovered again after 1000 years. We learn details about what happened during and after the first Shadow War, the discovery of an alien race long thought dead, and we find out what happened to Jeffrey Sinclair and a little about the rest of his life as Valen.

The guys talk about how this story fits in with the existing storyline from the series, and how it actually fits in with the known B5 universe, the writing and the character dialogue, and the artwork.

Discussion: Bruce Boxleitner is now on Twitter, and has been talking about his voiceover role in the new TRON: Uprising animated series, airing in June on Disney XD. Tim also reads an email from Niall, asking if we will be covering any of the Babylon 5 videogames, the abandoned commercial ones, and the several fan-created games and the Freespace 2 mods. Since neither Tim nor Summer are active gamers, it’s not highly likely… but if anyone out there wants to run an episode about the video games, let us know!

Also, folks preparing to review and discuss the novels with us (or for us), get ready… your turn will be coming up next!

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!

Babylon Podcast Social Communities:
Twitter: @babylonpodcast

Babylon 5 Information Gathering: If you know of a dead or abandoned B5 related website that may be in need of a new home, let Summer know! Maybe we can mirror it here or house it on a sister site.

If you can, Please Donate to the show!

Promo: Slice of SciFi: For All Your Scifi News Needs


  1. Why can’t I download this episode as an mp3? The episode is also not accessable on iTunes. Any help is appreciated.

  2. The Internet had indigestion?

    Seriously, I don’t know. It seems to be working now, and all I did was re-save the post.

  3. Cool. Thank you.

    I’ve been listening to the show for years and am glad that you’re getting to the “expanded universe” stuff. Thanks for keeping it going all this time.

  4. I don’t mean to sound mad or anything (I’m not), but why is there such a long time lately between podcasts being posted? It seems like 2 or 3 months go by with nothing and then 3 podcast episodes are posted all at once. Then I have to catch up.

    Also, why are the podcasts dated 2 months ago or more when they finally are posted on the site?

    • Neil Ottenstein says

      The basic fact is that life intervened and circumstances beyond Summer’s control prevented her from editing the live feeds. There was a build up of recorded shows which is why now that Summer’s had time to edit them, there is a whole bunch of shows appearing.

      The podcast date is somewhat reflective on the date the podcast was originally recorded. This one was recorded on April 11.

  5. @Mike, the dates of the recent posts reflect the dates that the shows should have gone out originally.

    When we start recording again, hopefully that old pattern of posting the shows a week after they’re recorded will resume. My life is still a mess (long-term unemployment is a terribly stressful way to live), but come July and August there should be less of a lot of things for me to have to spend my time on, which means I should be able to edit the shows in a more timely fashion!

    More on that later…

    • Okay, I understand. I can relate, too. I’ve also suffered long-term unemployment. It’s not fun.

      Thanks for the reply.

    • One more thing. I sent an e-mail to you guys which is basicly my review of the Babylon 5 handheld LCD game (which I didn’t know existed until earlier this year). I sent the original review in an e-mail about the B5 comics, but I just sent the game review again in another e-mail by itself, so that it’s easier to find. So, if you want to read it on the podcast when you get to the other B5 merchandise, that would be great. I can’t leave voicemail, so an e-mail will have to do. Did any of you know about this game?

    • Just marked 5 years of unemployment, so I unfortunately know how that goes.

      Y’all take care, and see you on the flipside!

Speak Your Mind