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The Art of Babylon 5, Saturday, August 2nd in Los Angeles

Revisit Babylon 5 this Saturday evening with a panel discussion Babylon 5’s Art Department! Creator J. Michael Straczynski and stars Claudia Christian AND Mira Furlan will also be in attendance.

From the American Cinematheque website:

The Art of “Babylon 5”

Sat, August 2, 2014 • 7:30pm • Egyptian Theater

Members of the iconic sci-fi show’s art department reunite to discuss how they were able to design 110 episodes over five years and six TV movies, while keeping the sets fresh, exciting and, well, out of this world. Two episodes will screen, introduced by series star Claudia Christian.

Join Claudia, J. Michale Straczynski (The Great Maker), John Iacovelli (Production Designer), Mark-Louis Walters (Art Director), Roland Rosenkranz (Art Director), Alan Kobayashi (Graphic Artist), and other B5 cast and crew members.  Special guests include Ann Bruice (Costume Designer) and Dark Hoffman (Propmaster/Props Concept Artist).

Claudia will be introducing JMS to the audience as well as emceeing.  John Iacovelli will moderate.  Two Babylon 5 episodes, “The Coming of Shadows,” which won the respected HUGO Award, and “Severed Dreams,” which was nominated for an Art Directors Guild award, will be viewed.  There will also be a panel discussion throughout and Q & A session.

Babylon 5, Season 2
Babylon 5, Season 2

Babylon 5 Cast & Crew UK Convention signed x 27 photo

This weeks’ additions to the Store

We’ve added lots of new and very collectible items to the store this week, including original artwork from Ran and signed by Claudia and Babylon 5 postcards, autographs, and magazines.

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Plus, we are offering an exclusive Anne Manx collection of all 5 audio CD which includes the script and artwork for the upcoming new adventure and a 3-pack special containing Claudia’s book, Playboy, and CD!   StarHykeDVDsignedCCHonlPostcard_400pxCultTimesSpecial4_400pxForbiddenFront

We also have autographed Starhyke DVD sets, an original set of 13 Babylon 5 The Gathering 35mm publicity slides, signed Claudia scripts, another super rare Babylon 5 Cast & Crew autographed photo, and more exclusive goodies!

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New Store Items Now Available!

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For all you Claudia and Babylon 5 fans, we have some fantastic new autographed goodies in the Official Claudia Christian Store.

We have added several autographed scripts, all of which are Claudia’s very own copies.  Some of them include extras like call sheets, additional scenes, different draft versions, artwork, and photos.  These include:

  • lot of 9 scripts from Claudia’s early 1980s TV series, Berrengers
  • a Webster TV episode
  • the Total Security TV series pilot
  • We Got It Made 2-parter
  • a Blacke’s Magic TV episode

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TV Movie scripts just added include:

  • The Woman Who Sinned (a Susan Lucci vehicle)
  • Danielle Steele’s Kaleidoscope (2 versions available)
  • Calendar Girl Murders (a young Sharon Stone vehicle)

Film scripts include: 

  • True Rights (2 versions available with added bonus snapshot photos)
  • A Gnome Name Norm/Upworld (with original artwork)
  • The Dark Backward

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For the Babylon 5 fans we have one (1) very rare 1st edition of the Babylon 5 DC Comic (signed by Claudia), one (1) limited edition poster mural and program set from 2013’s Phoenix Comic Con (both signed by Claudia), and one (1) limited edition signed photo of the cast of Babylon 5 taken especially for the 20th Anniversary of B5.  We also have one (1) original TNT post card signed by Richard Biggs, one (1) original TNT post card signed by Peter Jurasik, two (2) different collectible trading cards signed by Julie Caitlin Brown, and one (1) collectible trading card signed by Walter Koenig. 

Plus, we have a  SUPER MEGA RARE photo of The B Five, signed by Peter, Claudia, Mira Furlan, Bill Mumy, and Andreas Katsulas.

We’ve got lots more goodies available too as well as loads more to add so be sure to check the store often!  And remember that all proceeds go to support the C Three Foundation.

Babylon 5: Season 3, Passing Through Gethsemane

Once again the delightful Brother Theo is here, playing chess with Mr. Garibaldi… but the scene that made me laugh out loud was the arrival of Ambassador Kosh’s ship.

You see, I was kicked off the set for the first and only time in four years that day.

What happened was this:
When you do a scene where you cannot see the actual ship (because it will be inserted later with CGI) and no one has shown you a drawing of it or anything, you kind of have to use your imagination… and you have to stare at a guy holding a little flag or piece of paper up where they want you to look; it’s called your “eye-line”… So I was staring at the little piece of paper held by a rather frumpy looking grip and doing my close up and all was fine.

Then came Pat Tallman’s entrance as Lyta Alexander. Pat had to appear as if she were sort of on a people mover like they have in airports; kind of rolling or floating towards me so they came up with a contraption that to me was the single most ridiculous thing I had ever laid eyes on.

Pat was kneeling, yes kneeling in a wagon… Yes a little kid’s type of wagon with a rope on it which was being pulled by the same frumpy grip only now said grip was eating a bagel with one hand and pulling Pat (who was desperately trying to look heroic and stoic) at the same time.

I’m sorry folks; I lost it. I could not stop laughing, take after take after take of wasted film with me laughing until I was crying until finally… Yes, I admit it: I was kicked off of the set and told to “go to my room”…

I am still to this day mortified and embarrassed and yet, I still crack up when I think of how utterly silly she looked kneeling in that wagon and being pulled by a bagel chomping dude who was probably thinking about the football game that night.

This episode was also where I happily heard the famous “Electric bleachers” line from Jerry! Yay! Now I know the context, thank you DVD boxed set!

The creepy story of the black rose killer was very well done with Brother Edward (so well played by Brad Dourif) turning out to have been a murderer and his mind wipe being undone by a renegade Centauri telepath and it coming full circle with the man who then kills him being mind wiped and taking the monk’s cloth! Where does JMS come up with this stuff? In the shower?

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Londo and Lyta have a great scene with her threatening him with a nightmare and Delenn beautifully describes the Minbari belief that “we are the universe”… a very Buddhist approach to things and something I strongly concur with.

We finish with a shot of Lyta growing gills…

…and I thank the Goddess I was not on the set for that scene for I strongly believe that I would have been once again… asked to leave.

Babylon 5: Season 3, A Day in the Strife

finishing disc oneThis was a really chock full episode, the Narns coming to take away G’Kar (I am always impressed when I see the alien makeup on this show, especially G’kar’s chest) Na’Far and Ta’Lon both nicely played. I noticed Richard Biggs’ beautiful future wife strolling though the scene between he and Garibaldi right before he goes to the bathroom to do stims, when he returns he dances with the future Lori Biggs, I wonder if they were already dating by then or if they met right there and then….I have to ask her about that.

Once again I am struck with sadness looking at all of the actors who have passed onto the Rim from this show. What a strange thing to be watching Andreas, Richard , Jeff and everyone else who has passed away, they are so full of life and talent and light in this show….

The conversation Garlibladi has with Franklin about his own alcohol abuse and his concern for Stephen’s stim abuse has so much more meaning to me now, it’s funny to think that I had no experience with abuse at that point in my life when I was on B5….and now it’s all I do; deal with addicts and try to help them and their loved ones…..funny how life worked, out. More than a wee ironic too!
The side story about the alien probe asking us to answer highly advanced questions added some tension and suspense to an already tight episode directed by David Eagle, one of my favorite directors on Babylon 5. I always felt like David “got b5″ and had respect for the material and the integrity of the actors, not like the Italian fellow who directed one episode of B5 and had clearly not bothered to watch any of the episodes; the first thing he told me was to “act sexier”, I thought I was going to clobber him right there; Bruce had to stop me from telling him where he could put his “sexiness” notes!
I found myself tearing up a little watching Londo say goodbye to Vir and also when the Narns on the station forced G’Kar to stay on B5 even though their families were at risk, very good scenes about loyalty and friendship an enduring theme is this show.

I think what I took away from being on B5 was just that: Loyalty and Friendship, I will always be loyal to the fans who helped make this show eternal and I have made so many friends on the show and through the show…..A very nice feeling indeed.