Highlights from the Series Echoes of All Our Conversations
Publication Date: February 12, 2014
WHAT IS "ECHOES OF ALL OUR CONVERSATIONS?"
Fifteen years of "behind the scenes" Babylon 5 history as told by the actors and crew who were there in word-for-word transcripts of interviews with journalist Joe Nazzaro while the show was in production.
The limited-edition, six-volume series (and supplemental index) presented the uncensored and complete transcripts of Nazzaro's interviews with detailed editor's notes to provide a context for each conversation.
While this highlight sampler only contains 13.4% of the total pages from the series, it gives a comprehensive experience by including 27 interviews from across all volumes. Specifically –
J. Michael Straczynski (From Volume 1)
Speaking two months before the pilot premiered on PTEN, the optimistic creator explains how his series differed from the then-ubiquitous Star Trek franchise and expounds on his hopes for its future, without knowing how the two-hour debut will be received.
John Iacovelli (From Volume 1)
Nazzaro spoke to Babylon 5's production designer near the end of the first season. This interview covers the move from Santa Clarita Studios – where the pilot was filmed – to the converted hot tub factory that housed the series, and has the added benefit of serving as a travelogue of the three soundstages and the sets they contained.
John Copeland (From Volume 2)
The Babylon 5 producer gives a comprehensive accounting – literally, in some cases – of what exactly he does and speaks to Babylon 5's technical innovations two years into the series.
Mira Furlan (From Volume 2)
Conducted after her character's metamorphosis, but just prior to Delenn's plunge into the secret war against the Shadows, this transcript is a snapshot of a stranger in a strange land, appropriate for both the character and the emigrant who portrayed the role.
Ron Thornton (From Volume 2)
With a pilot and two seasons of CGI under his belt, the visual effects creator delves into the nuts and bolts – or rather, bits and bytes – of creating Babylon 5's revolutionary special effects.
Larry DiTillio (From Volume 2)
Second only to Straczynski's auctorial voice was that of his script editor, who wrote seven episodes of Babylon 5's first two seasons along with handling re-writes on several freelance scripts. This candid interview followed his departure from the writing staff and recalls both the contributions he made as well as the ideas he'd hoped to develop if he'd stayed on the show.
Peter Jurasik (From Volume 2)
This mid-third season conversation with journalist Joe Nazzaro captured his personal friendship with the actor beneath the hair and provided an enlightening insight into the actor's feelings about his craft in general and the role of Londo Mollari in particular.
Jim Johnston (From Volume 3)
With "Point of No Return" – his twelfth and final directing assignment – behind him, one of the early shapers of Babylon 5's visual aesthetic proffered his sometimes pointed opinions on the series.
Jason Carter (From Volume 3)
Like its subject, this energetic interview bounces among a variety of Marcus-centric subjects and captures the zeitgeist of what was then considered to be the final season of the series: the fourth.
Stephen Furst (From Volume 3)
From the set of "The Illusion of Truth," the actor talked about slipping out of his Centauri wig and into the director's chair, offering his unique view of B5 from both sides of the lens.
David J. Eagle (From Volume 3)
Hot from helming Kosh's swansong, "Falling Toward Apotheosis," the veteran director of seven episodes (with six more in his future) discussed the challenges of bringing Babylon 5 to the screen, including two incidents of premature detonation.
Jeff Conaway (From Volume 3)
The Grease and Taxi star talked about the second chance at Hollywood Babylon 5 offered and how Zack Allan went from a walk-on in "Spider in the Web" to a series regular with his own storyline in year three.
Michael O'Hare (From Volume 4)
Dating from the summer between seasons one and two, this piece reads as an exit interview. When the Echoes books were initially published, the reason for O'Hare's departure was still shrouded in mystery. At the 2013 Phoenix Comicon, Straczynski fulfilled an obligation to the recently deceased O'Hare and told the fans assembled to celebrate Babylon 5's 20th anniversary of O'Hare's courageous battle with mental illness.
Jerry Doyle (From Volume 4)
Speaking from the set of "Sleeping in Light," the ever-loquacious commercial pilot-turned-stockbroker-turned-actor considered the imminent conclusion of his first significant acting gig.
Christopher Franke (From Volume 4)
The composer tackles sound – orchestral, that is – in space in a beat-by-beat discussion of his approach to the music of Babylon 5.
Claudia Christian (From Volume 4)
Another "exit interview" from the summer between seasons four and five finds a volatile actor addressing her controversial departure from Babylon 5. Though she and Straczynski have since come to an amicable understanding, the interview pulls no punches in its examination of the still-bleeding "Ivanova-ectomy."
Neil Gaiman (From Volume 5)
J. Michael Straczynski surrendered a slot in his otherwise unbroken streak of 70 episodes behind the keyboard to get the writer of Sandman into the Babylon 5 universe and allowed him unprecedented liberty, as Gaiman explained in his account of the making of "Day of the Dead."
Bill Mumy (From Volume 5)
The veteran of two iconic SF television series revealed his mixed feelings on Babylon 5's fifth season to Nazzaro from the set of the 100th produced episode, lamenting his curtailed participation in the final year.
Patricia Tallman (From Volume 5)
Nazzaro gets inside the actor's head to see what she made of Lyta Alexander's pivotal part in the telepath arc that dominated Babylon 5's final season.
Andreas Katsulas (From Volume 5)
In the waning days of the final season, the actor reflects, between puffs of his cigarette, on his time as Citizen G'Kar in a philosophically inclined interview that underlines why he was perfect in the role.
Bruce Boxleitner (From Volume 6)
A year after he finished filming the TNT movie Babylon 5: A Call to Arms, the show's leading man looked back on his time in space with the same upbeat charm that made him a leader on set, on and off camera.
Richard Biggs (From Volume 6)
Nazzaro's final interview with the actor came after he reprised the role of Dr. Stephen Franklin for the short-lived spin-off series, Crusade and offers one last glimpse of one of Babylon 5's true gentlemen.
Gregg Maday (From Volume 6)
As Babylon 5's studio liaison from Warner Brothers, he turned a blind eye to Londo Mollari's genitals and okayed the controversial script for "Believers," proving that not all "the Suits" are out to get the creative types.
Douglas Netter (From Volume 6)
Slipping forward in time to 2001 and north to Vancouver for the production of Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers, the other executive producer discusses the role of "business" in the phrase "show business."
Dylan Neal (From Volume 6)
The star of Legend of the Rangers discussed his role when the TV movie still seemed destined to pick up the B5 torch and launch a Babylon 5 spin-off series for the 21st century.
Walter Koenig (From Volume 6)
Between the filming of Rangers and its 2002 broadcast, Nazzaro caught up with the Star Trek-turned-Babylon 5 icon to discuss his visits to the station as Alfred Bester, his aborted appearance on Crusade and the character's afterlife in print.
Tracy Scoggins (From Volume 6)
Speaking from the set of Babylon 5: The Lost Tales, the last addition to the B5 cast discussed her hopes for the direct-to-DVD production, the challenges of working on virtual sets and her belief that Babylon 5 would be remembered.