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

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Publication Date: March 10, 2006
Retire Date: June 30, 2008
Retail Price: $39.99
Pages: 478

SCRIPTS

  • The Fall of Night
  • Matters of Honor (Original Draft)
  • Matters of Honor (Production Draft)
  • Convictions
  • A Day in the Strife
  • Passing Through Gethsemane
  • Voices of Authority
  • Dust to Dust

Psst...c'mere. Closer. I don't want anybody to hear. Closer.

Okay, maybe not THAT close. Back off just a bit.

Good, all right, here's the deal. This is just between us, right?

See, it turns out that at 482 pages Volume 5 is by far the biggest volume we've put out to date. Any bigger and the whole thing would explode. No, not really, metaphorically...it would come apart, and...never mind, just listen, I --

Did you hear something? No? Okay.

So the reason it's the biggest one to date is that JMS found something a little extra for this volume. Everybody knows that the bonus book (aka Volume 15) is available for everybody who buys all 14 volumes is going to have alternate scripts, lost material, all that good stuff...but it's also already crammed to the rafters with stuff, so when he found this, he --

What did he find? Boy, you are the impatient one, aren't you?

He found an alternate version of the season three debut, "Matters of Honor," and --

Shhhhh! Calm down, we don't want anybody to hear, okay? Because he decided not to hold it for the bonus volume and put it in here back to back with the produced version, so instead of getting SEVEN scripts, you get EIGHT scripts, inclusive of TWO COMPLETE VERSIONS of "Matters of Honor," which --

What's the difference, you ask? We were just GETTING to that. The Londo and Delenn B-stories are the same, but the A-story is all about the founder of the Babylon Project himself coming to visit Babylon 5. A man who is very unhappy with how the Babylon stations have been managed, and in particular with how Sheridan is running things. His presence puts the whole operation at risk...especially when something very strange happens to him while he's on the station, and --

Well, you'll just have to read it for yourself, won't you?

This is a story that JMS wanted to tell from the git-go, presented here complete from end to end, but which had to be set aside in order to keep the momentum going on season three.

And THAT'S why this edition is the biggest volume to date...so big in fact that we had to push the photos to volume 6 or risk the whole book exploding and --

No, no, metaphorically exploding, pay attention for goodness sake. We're not going to explain this again, this garage is way too cold for that, and we've got a turkey waiting at home. (His name is Albert, and he says hello.)

Volume 5 also has 20 pages worth of previously-unseen memos from the third season of Babylon 5.

So let's have the final run-down, shall we?

  • The Fall of Night -- the Second Season cliffhanger/finale.
  • Matters of Honor -- the Original Draft, containing the story of the Babylon Project Founder coming to B5 for the first time.
  • Matters of Honor -- the Production Draft of the Third Season Debut Episode.
  • Convictions -- containing what is arguably the funniest scene in all of Babylon 5, in which Londo and G'Kar find themselves trapped in an elevator that is about to kill both of them. (Why this is funny is anyone's guess.)
  • A Day in the Strife -- One of the better regarded slice-of-life episodes from the series.
  • Passing Through Gethsemane -- Which asks such metaphysical questions as, Where does justice end and revenge begin? Can someone mindwiped to forget his past really atone for his sins? And where on Babylon 5 can one get change for a hundred credit note after ten p.m.?
  • Voices of Authority -- A visit by Draal and to Epsilon 3, an attempted seduction by Julie Musante of the Ministry of Peace, ancient races, first-contacts, discussions of the Vorlon god Boojie, and the question, "Zog? Zog what?" What more can anyone ask for in a Babylon 5 episode?
  • Dust to Dust -- An intense Bester episode which, when produced, featured a bravura performance by Andreas Katsulas in the one episode that, more than anything else, set G'Kar on the path toward becoming a religious icon.

PLUS! -- 20 pages of JMS's memos

AND FINALLY...a 57 page introduction and episodic commentary by JMS describing in detail for the first time:

  • How he went about constructing the B5 season finales;
  • The untold tales of his teenage "life of crime" and why it gave the Hugo award win so much more meaning;
  • The day he turned down the possibility of seeing a naked lady in deference to a set of really well cooked baby-back ribs;
  • How and why Jason Carter was hired as Marcus Cole;
  • Detailed recollections of the Lunch Table Political Wars that daily roared through the Babylon 5 main stage
  • How the elevator scene with Londo and G'Kar was filmed;
  • And for the first time ever...the never-before-told story of the day that Babylon 5 almost came to a complete and total stop in the middle of season three. "The day we almost lost the show," as JMS describes it.

All this...and by far the single biggest volume to date. And we didn't even raise the price.

Not that we didn't think about it. But we've got integrity. We've got class.

And JMS has a sniper on the roof.

Index

8615 Tamarack Avenue (Babylonian Productions) – page 39

Alexander, Lyta – page 44

Aling, Ann Bruice – pages 47- 48

All that Jazz (film) – page 19

Allan, Zack – pages 13-14, 47-49

Anaheim, CA – page 4

Ankises, Theo (Brother) – pages 28, 44

Atilla the Hun – page 22

Ba'al – page 22

baby back ribs – page 50

Babylon Contract (IATSE agreement) – page 41

Babylon Project – page 22

Balzac, Honoré de – page 41

Benedictine monks – page 28

Bester, Alfred (Babylon 5 character) – pages 54-55

Bluetooth – page 55

Bogart, Humphrey – page 11

Boxleitner, Bruce – pages 15-16, 22

California – page 1

California Institute of Technology – page 36

Canada – pages 40-41

Carter, Jason – pages 20-22

Centauri – pages 12, 29

Centauri Republic – page 11

CGI (computer-generated imagery) – pages 15-16

Chamberlain, Neville – page 13

Christian, Claudia – pages 20-22

Christmas – page 14

Clark, Morgan William – page 53

Cold War – pages 13, 51

Cole, Marcus – pages 20-22

"Coming of Shadows, The" – pages 4, 6

Conaway, Jeff – pages 48-49

Constitution of the United States of America – page 13

"Convictions" – Commentary (pages 27-34)

Copeland, John – pages 18, 28, 32, 38

Cotto, Vir – pages 10-11, 37, 55

Crusade (TV series) – pages 19, 31

Crystalnacht – page 53

"Day in the Strife, A" – Commentary (pages 35-42)

death of personality – page 43

death penalty – pages 43, 45

Delenn – pages 11, 29, 45

DGA (Directors Guild of America) – page 38

Doyle, Jerry – pages 22, 45

Drazi – pages 11, 27

Dust – pages 55-56

"Dust to Dust" – Commentary (pages 53-57)

Dyson, Freeman – pages 36-37

Dyson Sphere – page 36

Edward (Brother) – pages 44-45

electric bleachers – page 45

Ellison, Harlan – pages 28, 55

"Exogenesis" – page 40

"Fall of Night, The" – page 7, Commentary (pages 9-16)

Flinn, John C., III – pages 28-29, 39, 41

Foundation (religion) – page 44

Franklin, Stephen – page 37

Free Mars – page 29

Furlan, Mira – page 45

Furst, Stephen – page 37

G'Kar – pages 29-30, 32-33, 38, 55-57

G'Tok – page 12

Gaiman, Neil – page 17

Gandhi, Mohandas – page 56

Garden – page 16

Garibaldi, Michael – pages 12, 44-45

Gethsemane – page 44

Gideon, Joe – page 19

Gideon, Matthew – page 19

God – page 43

Hitler, Adolph – page 53

Homeguard – page 29

House Sciences Committee – page 35

Hugo Award – pages 4-6

"I've been Vejared" (phrase) – page 32

Iacovelli, John – page 25

Illinois – page 1

Inglewood, CA – page 3

Institute for Advanced Study – page 36

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) – pages 38-41

Ivanova, Susan – pages 14, 21, 29

Jeremiah (TV series) – page 31

Jurasik, Peter – pages 16, 22, 31, 33

Kankakee, IL – page 1

Katsulas, Andreas – pages 22, 33-34, 56-57

Keffer, Warren – pages 9-10, 24

King, Stephen – page 15

Koenig, Walter – pages 54-55

Kosh – pages 15-16, 24, 56

labor action – pages 38-40

Lantz, Frederick – page 13

Legend of the Rangers, The (Babylon 5) – page 31

Legrande – pages 23-24

Lennier – pages 10-11, 28-31

Los Angeles, CA – pages 1, 39-40

lunch – pages 22, 45

Matawan, NJ – page 3

"Matters of Honor" – Commentary (pages 17-26)

McCarthy era – page 13

Miller, Craig – page 5

Minbari fighting pike (denn-bok) – page 22

Minbari Hawaiian shirt – page 55

Minbari philosophy – page 43

mindwipe – pages 43-44

Ministry of Peace – pages 12, 23

Mollari, Londo – pages 11-12, 16, 29-32, 37-38, 55-56

Mumy, Bill – page 31

Musante, Julie – pages 49-50

Napa, CA – page 1

Narn (homeworld) – page 23

Narn (species) – page 29

Nazi Germany – pages 11, 13, 53

Netter, Douglas – pages 29, 41

Netter's Syndrome – page 29

Newark, NJ – page 1

New Scientist Magazine – page 27

New Jersey – page 1

Night Watch – pages 12-14, 49-51, 53

Obnoxious Man – page 28

organic technology – page 25

pak'ma'ra – page 11

Pasadena, CA – page 36

"Passing Through Gethsemane" – Commentary (pages 43-45)

Paterson, NJ – page 1

Poe, Edgar Allan – page 3

PPG (phased plasma gun) – page 22

"Prince Mishkin, and Hold the Relish" – page 28

Princeton, NJ – page 36

probe, alien – pages 35-37

Psi Corps – page 54

PTEN (Prime Time Entertainment Network) – pages 7, 23

quantum computer – page 27

Rangers – pages 20, 22

Richardson, TX – page 1

Robinson, Edward G. – page 11

Rusler, Robert – pages 6, 9-10

SAG (Screen Actors Guild) – page 38

Sagan, Carl – page 35

San Diego, CA – page 1

Santiago, Luis – page 12

Saul of Tarsus – page 56

Shattuck, Shari – pages 49-50

Sheridan, John – pages 12, 44, 50

Skeletor Syndrome – page 54

soul – page 43

Stage A (Babylonian Productions) – page 31

stims – page 37

Ta'Lon – page 37

Tallman, Patricia – pages 44-45, 48

Teague, Marshall – page 37

Teresa, Mother – page 23

Texas – page 1

USSR (The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) – pages 11, 51

Vejar, Mike – pages 30-33

"Voices of Authority" – Commentary (pages 47-51)

Warner Bros. – pages 6, 18, 40-41

Welles, Mr. – pages 13-14

WGA (Writers Guild of America) – pages 38-39

White Star (fleet) – pages 20, 24-25

World War Two (WWII) – page 13

Worldcon – pages 4-5

Yeats, William Butler – page 15

Z'ha'dum (planet) – page 12

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