Babylon Podcast #278: Penultimate Palooza

Welcome to Show #278!

Tim relates an article from io9’s Charlie Jane Anders article, Please explain Babylon 5 to us!, and the offer is still out to Charlie if she wants to join us some day for a roundtable Q&A, where we’d do our best to answer her questions, and to keep those responses to under 5 minutes each.

And for those who haven’t read it yet, you can find Charlie’s story, Six Months, Three Days (the 2012 Hugo Award Winner for Best Novelette) over at

Feedbackapalooza: Neil is pleasantly surprised that some of the non-canonical B5 novels were being used as source materials for some of the essays in Parliament of Dreams; Neil isn’t impressed by having the new JMS Studios project be on Starz simply for the sake of having extraneous nudity (PSA: Support Bowling for Boobies!); Neil comments on the time travel loop discussion from Parliament of Dreams; Neil weighs in on the non-canonical novels being much like many of the standalone Babylon 5 episodes, stories that just plug into the universe without disrupting the overall story arc much, if any at all;

Neil has more on B5 novels, surmising on the problems that plagued the early books, which leads us to compare the success of the plug & play disposable nature of the Star Trek novels and wy that doesn’t work for the Babylon 5 universe; Neil again, relates info from a panel that Kathleen David spoke on about how “To Dream in the City of Sorrows” and “The Shadow Within” were obtained by Del Rey to be reprinted; Neil appreciated ; Joe in Anaheim thinks that we need to have an episode about the physics of the weaponry in the Babylon 5 universe to balance out the hair discussion episode; Neil also gives H+ The Digital Series a thumbs-up;

Roger thinks Summer shouldn’t blame Bryan Singer for the epic fail that was X-Men 3 and she corrects the record for why she thinks there is some blame for him to shoulder; RapidEye misses Jeffrey, and wants to hear from him before we sign off for good; Neil waxes poetic on how cool it would have been if there could have been a full cast audio drama production for “To Dream in the City of Sorrows”; Paul from California shares his lucky finds at recent San Francisco Friends of the Public Library book sales;

Neil appreciates the tragedy that is being told in “The Shadow Within”; Roger corrects Edmund’s DS9-B5 air dates; Gary celebrates Walter Koenig finally getting his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and how many celebs, including JMS, were in attendance at the ceremony; Arkle disagrees with Tim about Peter David’s tendency to include little SF wink-nods in his stories; Neil relates his appreciation for Harry Harrison’s fiction over the years (and we get a Lensman reference!); Neil attended a Baltimore Comic-Con panel featuring graduates of the Joe Kubert School; Neil piles on the “It’s Raining Drakh” joke; we ALL wait with great antici— wait for it— PATION on when new issues of the Crusade script books will resume production; Neil addes his own condolences on the passing of Michael O’Hare

Tim reads an email from Steve Kerrison, and is newly fascinated by how frequently Delenn’s reactionary emotional shots appear in the show, and suggests that Gary undertake a research project to determine exactly how many of them there are compared to other characters.

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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