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Babylon 5: The Scripts of J. Michael Straczynski, Volume 7

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Publication Date: May 22, 2006
Retire Date: June 30, 2008
Retail Price: $39.99
Pages: 414

SCRIPTS

  • Ship of Tears
  • Interludes and Examinations
  • War Without End, Part 1
  • War Without End, Part 2
  • Walkabout
  • Grey 17 Is Missing
  • And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place

You'd better sit down for this one. There's some very cool stuff coming your way, and we don't want anybody passing out and suing us when they fall down...especially when you get to the little surprises down the road and...no, of course we're not going to tell you about it here. Wouldn't be a surprise then, would it? If you really have to scroll down to find out what else is coming, fine, go ahead, break a mother's heart.

Okay, while they're gone, the rest of you...listen up. You've come on an auspicious occasion: the mid- point on what we have only recently learned is the most ambitious publishing endeavor in the history of print-on-demand. (No, we didn't know either, and don't tell jms, he'd probably burst into flames or something, and we hate it when that happens, just ruins the drapes.)

Seriously, it turns out that nobody in this publishing venue has ever tried something as massive as publishing one volume per month (more or less) with the goal of publishing nearly 6,300 words in 15 months. Never been done. And those 6,300 pages include a planned 800+ pages of original commentary and introduction, two books worth of material all by themselves, painting the most intimate picture to date of the making of a TV series from start to finish.

Good thing we didn't know that it was impossible when we started this, because if we'd known it was impossible, we...well, we probably would've done it anyway, but we wouldn't have gotten nearly as much sleep. (jms being again the exception, having not slept since 1968, when he dozed off momentarily during a presidential debate, which is, of course, what they're for, and what the heck were we talking about? Oh, right. Setting records.)

Volume 7 is the midway point in the (apparently historic) Babylon 5 scripts program, which includes 14 regular volumes. (The full purchase of which entitles you to the 15th volume free, which is chock full of stuff from JMS's vault and can not be bought separately.) That we've gotten this far is a tribute to the many fans who --

-- oh, we see that the folks who jumped ahead to the description have rejoined us. (Yes, we're monitoring your computer, including everything that's on your hard drive, and you should be ashamed of yourself.) Okay, now that everyone's on board...let's get down to the details of Volume 7.

Let's start with the 63-page introduction and commentary, written exclusively for this volume. What will you find waiting for you this month?

  • How about an intimate -- in more ways than one -- description of the year that the Babylon 5 cast and crew began to descend into a near-mad level of eccentricity? Learn all about the previously-classified Breast Bowl...and its shortly-thereafter-hatched companion contest, the Butt Bowl...the practical jokes that began to take place more and more frequently on-set, including the "What's In Lyta's Box?" lingerie story, the day everyone in the cast decided to convince Jason Carter that his character was going to die in "Grey 17 is Missing," and --
  • -- AND...the story of the day Andreas and Peter decided to pull one of the worst practical jokes in the history of the form on none other than jms...a practical joke which, down the road, would lead to a retaliation of near-mythic proportions.
  • The Draal Complication Explained. Fan-favorite two-parter "War Without End" was originally written to heavily feature Draal, but had to be extensively revised when the actor was not available. The commentary examines each of the changes to the script that came about as a result, and how the two- parter was completely restructured in editing. Step by step, readers are taken through the editing process as the episodes are thrown up in the air to come down in vastly different form: the teaser and parts of part two becoming the end of part one, big changes to Sinclair's character, Delenn...possibly the most detailed look yet at the complete restructuring of an episode, invaluable for budding film-makers and people eager to win arguments in bars.
  • Secrets of the Starfury design, and the day that NASA called, asking if they could borrow it, and a rather embarrassing secret of the Book of G'Quan.
  • How to Create Alien Designs for Fun and Profit Using Color and Little Bits of Cloth.
  • Buckets of behind-the-scenes information on the production of some of the most pivotal, fan-favorite episodes, including what happened to the Kosh encounter suit the day that character was no longer needed. (Viewer discretion advised.)
  • The secret methods by which "War" was linked with "Babylon Squared," paying off threads from two years earlier whose meanings had quietly changed behind the scenes.
  • A deeply personal story from jms about how he came up with the story for "Walkabout" based on his time in a religious cult and a tragic experience he endured shortly after.
  • It had to happen...and about time...jms apologizes for "Grey 17" and explains exactly why it all ended up going into the toilet in quite the way it did.

All of THAT...in addition to the scripts, many of which contain material deleted from the final episodes.

In fact, as a SPECIAL BONUS for B5 fans, this volume incorporates the ORIGINAL DRAFT of the script for the two-part episode, "War Without End," which includes over a half-dozen wholly different scenes omitted from later drafts or radically changed when Draal was not available.

PLUS...10 pages of JMS's personal behind-the-scenes photos.

Index

2001: A Space Odyssey (film) – page 40

8615 Tamarack Avenue (Babylonian Productions) – pages 61-62

Alexander, Lyta – pages 7-8

Aling, Ann Bruice – page 31

Allan, Zack – page 54

"And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place" – page 55, Commentary (pages 57-63)

Babylon Contract (IATSE agreement) – page 51

"Babylon Squared" – pages 29-31, 40

Berg, Steve – page 15

Bester, Alfred (Babylon 5 character) – pages 17-18, 21

Biggs, Richard – pages 22, 24-25, 43-44, 48

Boxleitner, Bruce – pages 10-11, 25, 29-30, 48

Breast Bowl – pages 1-2, 9

Butt Bowl – pages 2, 9

Carter, Jason – pages 9-12

casino (set) – page 58

Centauri – page 18

Centauri Royal palace – page 61

Chekov, Pavel (Star Trek) – page 17

Chicago, IL – page 29

Christian, Claudia – page 10

Cole, Gary – page 29

Cole, Marcus – pages 9-13, 54-55

"Coming of Shadows, The" – page 22

Copeland, John – pages 1-2, 8-9, 15

Crusade (TV series) – page 29

Dark Star (nightclub) – page 58

Delenn – pages 32-34, 39, 54-55, 58, 61

Doyle, Jerry – pages 10-11

Draal – pages 32-34

Earhart's – page 58

editing – pages 35, 37-38, 62

Ellison, Harlan – page 46

encounter suit – pages 26-27

Epsilon 3 – page 33

exposition – pages 32-33

Flinn, John C., III – pages 51, 53-54

Florida – page 22

Forward, William – page 59

Franklin, Stephen – pages 24, 44, 46

Furlan, Mira – pages 33, 58

G'Kar – pages 48, 58-59

G'Quan, Book of – page 19

Garibaldi, Michael – pages 24, 26, 54

Gideon, Matthew – page 29

Grand Slam (convention) – page 4

"Grey 17 Is Missing" – pages 9, 11, 23, 51, Commentary (pages 53-55)

Howard, Rance – page 22

Howard, Ron – page 22

Iacovelli, John – pages 61-62

In the Beginning (Babylon 5 TV Movie) – page 40

"Interludes and Examinations" – Commentary (pages 21-27), page 55

Ivanova, Susan – pages 17-18, 26, 32-33, 61

Jurasik, Peter – pages 5, 26, 40, 59-60

Katsulas, Andreas – pages 4-5, 48

keeper – page 40

Koenig, Walter – page 17

Kosh – pages 22-23, 25-27

Lennier – page 55

Lochley, Elizabeth – page 24

lunch – page 6

Lyta's Lingerie – pages 6-9

MegaCon (Orlando, FL) – page 22

Meyer – page 61

Michelangelo – page 18

Midnight Nation (comic) – page 48

Minbari – page 19

Mollari, Londo – pages 21, 26, 40, 58-59

Mumy, Bill – pages 9-11

Murphy, Fred V., II – page 51

music – page 62

Narn (homeworld) – page 61

Narn (species) – page 18

NASA – page 16

O'Hare, Michael – pages 29-30

organic technology – pages 49-51

Pasadena, CA – page 4

Poe, Edgar Allan – page 62

Psi Corps – pages 17-18

Rangers – page 30

Refa, Antono – pages 59, 62-63

religious commune – pages 44-47

San Diego, CA – page 46

Schuck, John – pages 32-33

Scoggins, Tracy – page 24

sets – pages 57, 61

"Shadow Dancing" – page 46

Shadow vessels – page 51

Shadow War (23rd century) – page 21

Shadows (Shadowmen) – pages 16, 21

Sheridan, David (John Sheridan's father) – page 22

Sheridan, John – pages 22, 25, 31, 34, 39, 43, 58

"Ship of Tears" – Commentary (pages 15-19), pages 21, 55

"Signs and Portents" – page 21

Sinclair, Jeffrey – pages 30-34

soul – pages 25-26

spitfires – page 16

Stage C (Babylonian Productions) – pages 57-58

Star Trek (franchise) – page 23

Star Trek (1966-9 TV series) – page 17

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – page 60

star-laces – page 26

starfury – pages 15-17

stims – page 24

Sykes, Carolyn – page 21

Tallman, Patricia – pages 6-9, 22-23

Thornton, Ron – page 15

Thunderbolt – pages 15-16

time stabilizer – pages 38-39

Tyree, Adira – page 21

University of Florida – page 49

Valen – page 34

Vejar, Mike – pages 16, 39-40

Vorlon (species) – page 26

"Walkabout" – Commentary (pages 43-51), page 55

walkabout (Aboriginal journey) – pages 46-47

war room – pages 57-58

"War Without End" – Commentary (pages 29-42)

Warner Bros. – page 8

Willerth, Jeffrey – page 25

Zarg – pages 53-54

Zathras – pages 31, 33

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