Discussion in 'Community' started by The2ndQuest
, Jan 3, 2006.
Though not as surprising, Turhan Bey (the Centauri Emperor) has passed away.
I know I shouldn't, but I couldn't help but chuckle. Its utterly surreal. What next? The Box? Claudia?
OH, no!! RIP, Sinclair!!
And he was younger than me!!
And the Emperor, too! RIP!
O'Hare apparently participated in a Star Trek theme park interactive video attraction. So, yes, Sinclair has Captained the Enterprise, lol.
Though not for any production purposes, Claudia posted this on her FB page:
I had a dream that someone made me try on the old uniform.....and 15 years later it fit....
That's got to have been one of the cheesiest, yet awesome things I've seen. Sinclair in command of the Enterprise...
How is that cheesey? Sinclair would probably make a great Starfleet officer.
EDIT: Ok, the video was SUPER cheesey, but Sinclair would make a good Starfleet officer.
Seriously, who cares.
I was very sad indeed to hear the news of Michael O'Hare's passing.
I think that was his point: the video has both super cheesy content and awesome content via Sinclair.
A little FB xmas gift from JMS:
I’ve mentioned before that I still hear the characters from Babylon 5 talking in my head at all hours, especially at night when I’m trying to sleep. I alluded to one of them at the last convention I attended. I generally scour them out of my head when they come because if I don’t, if I let them accumulate, pretty soon character A has something to say about what character B said and it starts going nonstop. But this one, despite being brief, was rather tenacious. What follows is the exchange in full.
Visualize, if you will, as I unwillingly did, Londo walking alongside Sheridan. Unsurprisingly, Londo is doing all the talking here.
“I’m afraid I have a slight problem with your concept of a ‘bulls-eye.’ I have investigated this matter at length and it is simply a series of concentric circles with a dot in the center. It looks nothing at all like a bull, or an eye, or an eye of a bull. Not even a bull that had too much to drink the night before, unless you know something about the genetics of these creatures that I failed to discover in my research. Insofar as I can determine, a ‘bulls eye’ is nothing more than a big stiff piece of wood with a target on its front. Which brings me at last to YOU, Captain Sheridan....”
In some sad news, Peter David (who wrote several B5 novels) suffered a stroke a couple days ago but is thankfully recovering. Here's hoping for at least a partial recovery.
A new B5 Books release has been made available: They're calling it Volume 2.5 for the Scripts of JMS series. It features the original version of Points of Departure (thought to be lost in a hard drive crash 13 years ago) which was actually filmed before "secret" reshoots led to the version we know. The book will be accompanied by an audio-photo DVD recreation of the script from a VHS copy of that original shoot (they can't release the VHS tape in it's entirety, apparently).
The book will be rounded out with JMS's outlines for the Legions of Fire and Techno-Mage trilogies, with notes showing what was form JMS and what was from the authors (as well as including some notes relevant to Crusade's then-upcoming storylines).
Looks like, after 8 years, B5 Books will be closing up shop in the coming months. All that will be left in the remaining content of the Crusade: What the Hell Happened? series (which they have an announcement forthcoming on). They are also going to do a special one-week-only release of something-yet-to-be-revealed in April for B5's 20th anniversary. They also hint at a "last word on B5" following the anniversary release before they close up shop.
In May, they'll cease production of the Echoes of Our Conversations series as well
It's been a great series to collect (albeit a pricey one, given the collected volumes probably cost close to a grand combined over the years) and a fantastic, definitive BTS look at B5's development. Another chapter in B5's history coming to a close (well, at least once that Crusade series finally finishes).
We can only hope that when Joe's Comics starts back up later this year that some aspect of the B5 universe will be expanded upon in comic form...
Yeah, otherwise the closest we'll have is Claudia Christian's fanfiction.
Some new facet of history comes to life, as highlighted on JMS's FB page:
"Well, isn't this interesting: in the comments section of an article located on io9 at http://io9.com/5985727/the-strange-secret-evolution-of-babylon-5 , a guy named Steven Hopstaken, who can be confirmed as having worked for WB TV, wrote the following:
"I was working at Warner Bros. in the publicity department when Warner Bros. and Paramount were preparing to launch a joint network. Warner Bros. already decided to buy Babylon 5 for their adhoc PTEN network (a group of independent stations that agreed to show Warner Bros. shows in prime time.)
Paramount and Warner Bros. both agreed that Deepspace 9 would be the show that would launch the new network and there wouldn't be room for two "space" shows on the network. I was told they purposely took what they liked from the B5 script and put it in the DS9 script. In fact, there was talk of leaving the B5 script in tact and just setting it the Star Trek universe. I had to keep rewriting press release... drafts while they were trying to make the final decision.
But then, suddenly, Paramount decided to launch a new network on their own and screwed Warner Bros. over. That sent Warner Bros. scrambling to create their own network; grabbing up any station not already committed to Paramount and getting WGN to show the WB network on cable."
Thing is though, there's only one man that can probably ever really tell us for sure whether or not anything from DS9 was lifted directly from B5, and I doubt Rick Berman ever says anything at all.
Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of The Gathering and the start of the series that changed TV forever. Here's to 20 more!
Man, it's been 20 years? Now I'm starting to feel old, and I'm only 26...
Well, I suppose it's been 19 years for me, as I only started watching sometime during the first season. I distinctly remember having a videotape recording of both parts of A Voice in the Wilderness that I asked my dad to record for me. I could have sworn I saw one or two other season 1 episodes as well, but I'm not sure. I would have only been like 5 or 6 at the time. I think I might've seen a few episodes around the seasons 3-4, but I only remember watching it regularly after TNT started running it. First episode I saw on there was Infection, I believe.
I'm suddenly getting the urge to sit down and re-watch the entire series now.
I only saw a couple S1 episodes as a kid when they first aired- I know I saw at least part of Babylon Squared at the very least. Didnt watch any others until the SFC widescreen airings.
Some very cool news: Volumes 2-4 of "What the Hell Happened?" are finally closer to release, with Vol 2 hitting after the B5Books relaunch.
As an apology for the massive delay, JMS is having his two unproduced Crusade scripts (To the Ends of the Earth and The End of the Line) turned into audio dramas (with some "familiar" voices) which will be included for free with Volumes 3 & 4 (one with each vol).
So, that's pretty damn sweet.
(Naturally ill be creating a photo play to track the audio to for my own use, hehe)
Only down news is that the B5 anniversary surprise has been pushed back from Apr til June.
'liked' for most of the news except the pushback on the anniversary surprise. That stinks.