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Babble on with the Cast of Babylon 5 at SDCC

San Diego Comic Con International

San Diego Comic Con

Join the cast of the Hugo Award-winning science fiction television series, Babylon 5, for a rare panel discussion at SDCC, Saturday, July 11th at 2:00 p.m.

Cast scheduled to appear include: Bruce Boxleitner (Captain John Sheridan), Claudia Christian (Commander Susan Ivanova), Mira Furlan (Ambassador Delenn), Peter Jurasik (Ambassador Londo Mollari), Bill Mumy (Lennier), Jerry Doyle (Security Chief Garibaldi), Stephen Furst (Vir), Patricia Tallman (Lyta Alexander), Robin Atkin Downes (Byron), and other surprise guests as the group talks about their time on the show and what’s happening now.
The 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. panel will be held off-site and just a couple of blocks away from the main SDCC venue at the

the gorgeous Horton Grand Theatre (Fourth Avenue – 444 Fourth Avenue, between Island and J Streets in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, just 5 blocks south of Horton Plaza in Downtown San Diego).
Then the group will return to the Convention Center in the Sails Pavilion for an autograph session between 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
 

Below is a map for getting to and from the Horton Grand Theatre from SDCC.

Map to Horton Grand Theatre

Map to Horton Grand Theatre

Be there or be Babylon Squared!

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?

Babylon 5: Passing Through Gethsemane

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.

Another Babylon 5 Reunion planned for Space City Con in January 2014

Space City Con - Houston, Texas

Coming in January 2014, Space City Con in Houston, Texas will be hosting another opportunity to celebrate 20 years of all things Babylon 5.  January 3 – 6, 2014 you can enjoy the beautiful 4-star hotel spa, resort, and convention center, Moody Gardens, on Galveston Island.

For more information about Space City Con, check out their website at http://www.spacecitycon.com/ and their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SpaceCityCon.Houston

Space City Con - Houston, TexasCurrently, Claudia and Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo on HBO’s Game of Thrones) will be headlining the event along with all the other Babylon 5 ladies, including Pat Tallman (telepath Lyta Alexander), Andrea Thompson (telepath Talia Winters), Tracy Scoggins (Captain Elizabeth Lochley), Julie Caitlin Brown (Narn attache Na’Toth), and Mira Furlan (Minbari Ambassador Delenn).  Bill Mumy (Minbari attache Lennier), Peter Jurasik (Centauri Ambassador Londo Mollari), Stephen Furst (Centauri attache Vir Kotto), and Jerry Doyle (Security Chief Michael Garibaldi) will also be attending along with Marshall Teague (Nelson Drake / Ta’lon) and Bridget Flanery (Zoe, from the Season 5 episode written by Neil Gaimon, “Day of the Dead”).  More B5 alumni are sure to be announced soon.