Babylon 5 Scripts Volume 2 Straczynski

Babylon 5: The Scripts of J. Michael Straczynski, Volume 2

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Publication Date: November 26, 2005
Retire Date: June 30, 2008
Retail Price: $39.99
Pages: 463

SCRIPTS

  • And the Sky, Full of Stars
  • Signs and Portents
  • A Voice in the Wilderness (Part One)
  • A Voice in the Wilderness (Part Two)
  • Babylon Squared
  • The Quality of Mercy

    And the famous first-season finale...

  • Chrysalis

FEATURING

  • A brand new 57 page, 15,000 word introduction and commentary written exclusively for this volume! (That's two thousand words longer than volume one.)
  • 37 pages of memos describing for the first time the design of B5's guns, links, and the alien sector...the creation of new regular characters later omitted from the series (The Boss and The Mysterious Mr. Jones).

    In a special feature, the memos also include story development notes and recently-rediscovered premises for such lost season one Babylon 5 episodes as The World Below, The Resurrectionist, The Commander's Hour, In Their Image, Debt of Honor, Target Unknown and many, many more!
  • 8 pages of B&W photos of cast and crew taken by Straczynski, drawn from his personal archives, seen here for the first time.

In this extensive analysis, you will also --

DISCOVER what dumpster diving, living in a cult's religious commune, and sixties coffeehouses had to do with the creation of both the Joe Straczynski Memorial Mandala and the Babylon 5 five-year arc, a bit of personal history jms has never shared before.

HEAR for yourself the consequences that followed when Claudia Christian was left strapped into a Starfury during an earthquake.

UNRAVEL the truth behind Londo's hair once and for all...who is REALLY to blame for this, why, and where it all started to go completely out of control.

WITNESS the process that led to Morden's famous "What do you want?" questions.

LEARN the secrets of production that kept Babylon on-course and on-budget for five years, and turned the B5 cast and crew into one of the tightest families in television.

FIND OUT what Warner Bros. said when it came time to reveal Londo Mollari's...attributes...on camera, and even more horrifying, what happened when the prop department had to actually build the darned things.

UNDERSTAND how the Babylon 5 sets and costumes were designed, and what made them different from nearly every other TV series.

LAUGH with hysterical dementia as you discover what happened the night the network LOST the next episode of Babylon 5 and decided to put it together themselves.

SEE with your own eyes the Amazing Snackie Bowl Incident that saved the day while filming "And the Sky, Full of Stars"

SLOG THROUGH jms's over-wrought and breathtakingly inaccurate observations on culture, history, Gandhi, warfare, sacrifice blahdee-blahdee-blah he's SO into this stuff, but it helped shape the future history of Babylon 5 so we had no choice but to include it. We apologize profusely.

UNCOVER why and how the "fasten/zip" scene came to be written, and the horrors that followed thereafter.

PREPARE TO BE SHOCKED when you learn who Zathras was modeled after (you'll never guess this one!)

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!

Hidden plot details, revealed! Secrets of production, exposed! Untold stories of the cast, unearthed! Centauri hairlines, apologized for! High-priced writing advice, freely given! The June Lockhart Rainbow Break, explained! And what the HECK is "The Hokey Pokey" doing in Babylon 5?

Index

2001: A Space Odyssey (film) – page 31

Alien (film) – page 31

Aling, Ann Bruice – page 12

Amiga – page 37

"And the Sky, Full of Stars" – Commentary (pages 11-15)

Babylon 5 (Station) – page 30

"Babylon Squared" – Commentary (pages 39-48)

Bester, Alfred (Babylon 5 character) – page 14

Blackadder – page 28

Boys in Autumn, The – page 13

Bridge Studios – page 5

California – page 47

Carter, Jason – page 8

Centauri – page 21

Centauri genitalia – pages 39, 50

Centauri hair – pages 21-23

CGI (computer-generated imagery) – pages 29, 37, 56-58

Christian, Claudia – page 19

"Chrysalis" – Commentary (pages 55-59)

chrysalis device – page 23

Chula Vista, CA – page 1

Churchill, Winston – page 34

Clark, Morgan William – page 56

CNN (Cable News Network) – page 9

coffee – page 40

Coffeehouse – page 1

Cold War – page 33

"Convictions" – page 11

Copeland, John – pages 5, 7

Crusade (TV series) – page 7

Cybermen (Doctor Who) – page 30

d'Arc, Jeanne – page 34

DayQuil – page 49

death of personality – page 53

death penalty – page 53

Doctor Who (1963 TV series) – page 30

Ellison, Harlan – pages 40, 51

Finn, Huckleberry – page 13

Flinn, John C., III – pages 13, 27

Forbidden Planet (film) – page 31

forced call – page 7

Franklin, Stephen – page 54

Franz Ferdinand, Karl Ludwig Joseph (Archduke of Austria-Este) – page 33

G'Kar – pages 58-59

Gandhi, Mohandas – page 34

Grey Council – pages 43-44

Hitler, Adolph – page 34

"Hokey Pokey" (song) – page 36

Iacovelli, John – page 12

influenza – pages 49-50

Inquisition – page 44

"Intersections in Real Time" – page 11

Ivanova, Susan – page 40

Jeremiah (TV series) – pages 5, 7

Johnson, Lyndon B. – page 56

Jurasik, Peter – pages 21-22, 55

Katsulas, Andreas – page 55

Kennedy, Jacqueline Bouvier – page 56

Kennedy, John F. – pages 34, 56

King, Martin Luther, Jr. – page 40

Knight Two – pages 13-14

Koenig, Walter – pages 13-14

Kyle, Benjamin – page 14

Ledger, Peter – page 21

Lockhart, June – pages 53-54

London, Damian – page 51

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award – page 12

Lost in Space (1965 TV series) – page 53

lunch – pages 7-8

Mars – pages 33-34

Maze – page 57

Memphis, TN – page 40

mesmerizer – page 13

Michelangelo – page 36

Minbar (planet) – page 35

Minbari language – page 43

"Mind War" – page 14

Mollari, Londo – pages 25, 30, 32, 55, 57-59

Morden – pages 23-25, 55

Mumy, Bill – page 53

Netter, Douglas – page 5

New Jersey – page 47

New York – page 40

Northridge Earthquake – pages 17-19

O'Hare, Michael – page 19

ombuds – pages 51-52

organic technology – page 29

"Passing Through Gethsemane" – page 53

Psi Corps – page 52

"Quality of Mercy, The" – Commentary (pages 49-54)

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy – page 51

"Raiding Party" – pages 20, 55

reader – page 23

Red Hook, NY – page 40

Religious Caste – page 44

religious commune – page 1

Rosen, Janice – page 53

San Fernando Valley, CA – page 17

San Diego, CA – page 1

Sarajevo – page 33

Sawyer, Tom – page 13

Sector 14 – page 45

Serling, Rod – page 24

sets – page 32

Shadow vessels – page 29

Shadows (Shadowmen) – page 30

Showtime (network) – page 5

"Signs and Portents" – Commentary (pages 17-30), page 55

Sinclair, Jeffrey – pages 11, 15

Star Trek (franchise) – page 31

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – page 6

stims – page 54

Straczynski's grandmother – page 47

Synanon – page 25

Takashima, Laurel – page 14

theocracy – page 43

Tombs (New York penal institution) – page 40

Turhan (Centauri emperor) – page 23

Twain, Mark – page 26

Valen – page 44

Valen-tha – page 44

Vancouver, British Columbia – page 26

Ventura Boulevard – page 18

Virini – page 51

"Voice in the Wilderness, A" – Commentary (pages 31-37)

"War Without End" – page 42

Warner Bros. – pages 7, 13-14, 39-40

Warrior Caste – page 44

Wasser, Ed – pages 23-24

"What do you want?" (phrase) – page 25

"Who are you?" (phrase) – page 24

Worker Caste – page 44

World War One (WWI) – page 33

World War Two (WWII) – page 33

Zathras – page 47

zipper – pages 45-46