Echoes of All Our Conversations
Fifteen years of "behind-the-scenes" Babylon 5 history, as told by the actors and crew...
while they were making Babylon 5.

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Echoes of All Our Conversations
The complete Echoes set is all 6 volumes of Echoes of All Our Conversations plus the Volume 7 companion. Details of each volume below.

Includes the postcard, bookmarks, audio discs and hand-signed autographs of the Babylon 5 star associated with each book. Therefore a complete set contains the autographs of all seven surviving stars that were in four seasons or more of Babylon 5.

The Echoes of All Our Conversations seven-volume series includes 2,100+ pages of interview transcripts with more than 50 B5 cast and crew conducted while Babylon 5 was in production...from the pilot through The Lost Tales. Completely uncensored.

Volumes 1-6 include a 330-370 page softcover book with 20-40 complete interview transcripts in addition to a mix of 20-30 never-before-seen photos, sketches and insider documents.

It gets better.

Each volume is hand-signed by one of the stars and includes a bonus quote postcard, bonus quote bookmark and bonus audio CD. Scroll down for details.

If you are new to B5 Books, details about the pricing of this series is helpful.

At the 20th Anniversary Reunion appearance in Phoenix the average charged for a B5 star's signature was $25. For this series B5 Books had to compensate the actors for their autographs as well as the printing of the book, duplication of the audio discs, the postcards/bookmarks as well as the rights and editing. For this reason, while the ECHOES series is one of our highest priced products, it is also our lowest in profit.

Volume 1
Hand-signed by Peter Jurasik

Volume 1

Bonus Postcard

Bonus Bookmark

Bonus Audio CD
Peter Jurasik & Andreas Katsulas interviewed together
December 1992 - August 1994
Shortly before the pilot aired through production on the first two episodes of season two.

Babylon 5's growing pains become apparent as the cast and crew struggle to bring the ambitious series from page to screen. A sense of accomplishment sets in as the interviewees settle into production on season two with Bruce Boxleitner as their new leading man.

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Volume 2
Hand-signed by Bruce Boxleitner

Volume 2

Bonus Postcard

Bonus Bookmark

Bonus Audio CD
Bruce Boxleitner & Michael O'Hare interviewed together
September 1994 - December 1995
Production from early season two through the middle of season three.

The cast and crew explore roads not taken as well as series highlights like the Hugo Award-winning "The Coming of Shadows" and near catastrophes like the early third season labor strike which nearly ended the series.

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Volume 3
Hand-signed by Claudia Christian

Volume 3

Bonus Postcard

Bonus Bookmark

Bonus Audio CD
A roundtable interview with nine of the show's stars.
January 1996 - April 1997
From the middle of production on season three through the penultimate episode of season four.

The cast and crew lament the then-unlikely future of Babylon 5 and share their fears about J. Michael Straczynski's daring plan to compress two season's worth of story into what was then believed to be the fourth and final year.

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Volume 4
Hand-signed by Mira Furlan

Volume 4

Bonus Postcard

Bonus Bookmark

Bonus Audio CD
Stephen Furst & Peter Jurasik interviewed together.
April 1997 - November 1997
From production on "Sleeping in Light" through Thirdspace, In the Beginning and the first ten episodes of season five.

A bittersweet tone settles over the interviews as the cast and crew film the final episode, "Sleeping in Light," only to find the series saved at the eleventh hour by TNT. The summer of 1997 becomes a crucible of emotions as the rush to renew the cast's lapsed contracts and get the show back up on the rails for a last-minute cable debut leaves one casualty: Claudia Christian.

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Volume 5
Hand-signed by Jerry Doyle

Volume 5

Bonus Postcard

Bonus Bookmark

Bonus Audio CD
The three producers interviewed together just after season five premiered on TNT in January 1998.
November 1997 - May 1998
From the middle of production on season five through the making of The River of Souls and A Call to Arms.

The cast and crew continue their discussion of Neil Gaiman's "Day of the Dead," the final filmed episode of the series ("Objects at Rest") and everything in between. Emotions run high as they come to grips with having a wildly successful television series with a looming expiration date. Who will be in the next two TV movies? Who will be in Crusade? Uncertainty and resentment permeate many of the interviews as the show wraps production.

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Volume 6
Hand-signed by Bill Mumy

Volume 6

Bonus Postcard

Bonus Bookmark

Bonus Audio CD
A six-actor roundtable interview conducted three years after Babylon 5 ended, while The Legend of the Rangers was in production.
June 1998 - June 2007
From the production of A Call to Arms through Crusade, the aborted Babylon 5 flight simulator video game, The Legend of the Rangers, and The Lost Tales.

Bitterness gives way to fond memories in this nine-year span of interviews as the cast and crew reflect on five years of extraordinary television in the aftermath of Babylon 5. The series experiences short-lived renewal in the forms of The Legend of the Rangers and The Lost Tales and old friends join new faces in an effort to start Babylon 5 spinning once again...

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Series Companion
Hand-signed by Stephen Furst

Series Companion

Bonus Postcard

Bonus Bookmark
Comprehensive Index for All Six Volumes (108 pages, 2,387 entries and 11,949 references); Index for Each Volume; Babylonian Production Timeline; "By-Category" Table of Contents; Illustrated Interview Index, Never-Before-Published Set Plans for Stages A, B & C and much more...attractively priced.

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1) A 330- to 370-page softcover book with 20-40 complete transcripts of interviews with the Babylon 5 stars and key crew members conducted while the show was in production. Each book also includes at least 20-30 never-before-seen photos, sketches or in-house documents.

2) Each book is personally autographed by one of the Babylon 5 stars.

3) Each book features a note to the fans from the autographing star.

4) A postcard featuring a quote from the Babylon 5 character played by the autographing star.

5) A bookmark with a character quote selected by the autographing star.

6) An audio CD interview that includes two or more of the show's main cast or key crew members, recorded at the time the interviews in the Echoes books were conducted. Transcripts of these interviews are NOT included in the book. They are audio only.

Yes. The seven volumes, each hand-signed by one of the Babylon 5 actors, were released one per month in 2012. It is now out of print.

We mean that the B5 star literally signed each book. It is not a printed signature; it is a Sharpie-pen-in-the-hand-of-the-star signature.

It is a word-for-word transcription of everything that was said in an interview by both the interviewer and the person being interviewed. It is the source material for a printed interview. In this series, you'll read the question asked and the entire reponse that was given.

Journalist Joe Nazzaro, who started interviewing the Babylon 5 cast and crew in 1992 before the pilot aired and continued through the conclusion of the series and subsequent television movies (including the 2007 DVD release Babylon 5: The Lost Tales).

When B5 started shooting, a crew member remarked to J. Michael Straczynski that the show was "holographic" because each subsequent script shed new light on all the preceding scripts.

The same principle applies here. Though presented in chronological order, the interview transcripts in this series were conducted at different times, with different people, BUT on the same subjects. Therefore, you get multiple perspectives on the episodes, people and events. Each interview will "shed new light on all the preceding" interviews.

The JMS 15-Volume Limited-Edition Script Series contained 800+ pages of introductions to his scripts that detailed his perspective on events. Echoes of All Our Conversations is the flip-side, featuring 2,100+ pages of detail told by more than 50 cast and crew.

There are no scripts in any of these volumes. This series is strictly a collection of transcripts of "as-it-happened" interviews, never-before-seen photographs, documents and artwork.

These books will never, ever be available again. This compilation under a different title will never, ever be available again. Really. Name any ploy used by an unscrupulous "limited edition" publisher and know that we will not do that.

That said, it is probable some of the content will be available somewhere else, someday, separately. "Separately" is the key word here. For example, one of the interviews could be republished in another book.

The interviews, which are mostly presented in chronological order, begin a few months after The Gathering (the pilot) was shot in the summer of 1992, and conclude just prior to the DVD release of The Lost Tales in 2007. Fifteen years of as-it-happened interviews chronicling Babylon 5's history.

No. Our contract does not include e-releases. We realize this sounds old-fashioned in the age of Kindles and tablets, but our publishing agreement was signed 2 years before the Kindle existed.

G'Kar, "Objects in Motion," Season 5, Episode 21:
I believe that when we leave a place, part of it goes with us...and a part of us remains. Go anywhere in this station, when it is quiet, and just listen. After a while, you will hear the echoes of all of our conversations, every thought and word we've exchanged. Long after we are gone, our voices will linger in these walls, for as long as this place remains.

To preserve audio quality. The masters of these recordings are mediocre. They have been remixed by a top-rate engineer to enhance the clarity of the voices. Transfering them to audio CD -- which is lossless -- means you get to hear all the nuances that would be lost in the MP3 format, including the sound of a modem dialing up. (How 1997!)

Joe Nazzaro, the legendary SF journalist. These cast-and-crew interviews occurred "as it happened," so they are free from any revisionism. These are the COMPLETE TRANSCRIPTS of the entire interviews, not the articles Nazzaro wrote for various magazines in the 1990s. Uncut. Uncensored. Nothing held back.

Editor's notes are included throughout the book describing what was happening in the Babylon 5 production timeline at the time of each interview. This gives each question and response context.

The transcripts are mostly printed in chronological order, giving you the complete behind-the-scenes history of Babylon 5 with a beginning, middle and end.

At least 75% was unpublished. For example, the first time he interviewed story editor Larry DiTillio (who is extremely frank, by the way), that interview was about 26,000 words. Only three or four thousand words ever appeared in print. In volume 1 you get to read the entire 26,000 words, which means that 85% had never been seen before.

From Joe Nazzaro: "Keep in mind that most genre magazines weren't all that interested in covering B5 until season three, which is when everybody jumped aboard. Before that, it was a very tough sell. And secondly, even if a magazine wanted to run a piece, it was next to impossible to get photos from Warner Bros., who were just useless. So if a magazine wanted to run, say, a four-page article, and they only got three photos (many of which had to be used and reused), that four-page story suddenly became only two pages. So all of this material, particularly pre-season three, really started to pile up."

Fans are actually going to be able to listen to interviews that NOBODY but Joe Nazzaro has ever heard. These are additional interviews that do not appear in the print volumes; they're added value. About these Joe Nazzaro remarked, "There is one in particular that is one of the coolest B5 interviews I EVER did. It was recorded in 1996 and is included with Volume 3."

We approached Joe Nazzaro and came to an agreement for the entire archive of 200+ interviews.

According to Joe Nazzaro, "Visual Imagination, who published Starburst and TV Zone among others, went out of business some years ago. Starlog Press, who refused to print any B5 interviews for many years, is also out of business as a magazine publisher and their warehouse burned down several years ago, virtually wiping out every back issue of Starlog and Fangoria they had in storage. And all of those interviews were done before the advent of the Internet, so this is probably fans' first chance to read most of this material."

We personally respond to all emails.

Echoes of All Our Conversations Volume 1

Publication Date: March 14, 2012
Pages: 344
Format: Softcover

Each Copy of Volume 1
Signed by Peter Jurasik

Echoes of All
Our Conversations

A New 6-Volume Series

Fifteen years of "behind the scenes"
Babylon 5 history as told by the
actors and crew who were there.

Volume 1


  344-page book of the complete, uncensored transcripts of 24 interviews with the Babylon 5 cast and key crew while Babylon 5 was in production.

  44 never-before-seen behind-the-scenes photographs.

  Hand-autographed by Peter Jurasik.

  A personal message from Peter Jurasik.

  Collectible postcard with a Londo quote selected by Peter Jurasik.

  Collectible bookmark with a Londo quote selected by Peter Jurasik.

 Audio CD interview with Peter Jurasik and Andreas Katsulas recorded between seasons 4 and 5. Note that this interview is NOT in the book.

Each book personally autographed
by Peter Jurasik

A special note to the fans
written by Peter Jurasik

Postcard with Londo quote
selected by Peter Jurasik

Bookmark with Londo quote
selected by Peter Jurasik

with Peter Jurasik and Andreas Katasulas, together, recorded between seasons 4 and 5

  • The part of his contract that Peter Jurasik felt he had to negotiate before he even discussed his salary.
  • Find out why Stage A was called the "opera set," the definition of "wild" when referring to sets and why Sinclair got a "captain's watch" when the show went to series.
  • The joke Michael O'Hare and Pat Tallman snuck into the pilot.
  • Why Warner Bros. said "Don't f--k with G'Kar."
  • The details on the "screaming match in the parking lot" between Andreas Katsulas and the makeup designers.
  • The writer who wrote his script parked in a car in Beverly Hills...for 8 hours a day.
  • Which of the stars enrolled in a real estate course right before their big break.
  • The no-detail-spared description of the holographic games played in the casino in "Survivors."
  • The poem that JMS says is "very important to the tenor of the show."
  • Why Bill Mumy was glad that Lennier was not "Kato to Delenn's Green Hornet."
  • Why Stephen Furst prefers working in TV to film, and why he specifically asked his agent to focus on small-screen roles (much to her surprise).
  • Why the pilot originally ran 25 minutes too long.
  • How the death of Jerry Doyle's 41-year-old dad impacted his life choices.
  • Why it was decided that G'Kar would wear gloves...and it's not because Andreas has "really big hands."
  • The actress who was hoping her character would have a relationship with G'Kar.
  • Why Jerry Doyle never sat in his trailer between scenes.
  • The reason why Mira Furlan would have to look to the left or right when talking to another character...who was standing right in front of her.
  • The situation in Andreas's personal life that made G'Kar's makeup look different.
  • Why G'Kar's makeup did not make Andreas unrelatable.
  • The context in which Peter Jurasik refers to the "sick little mind of J. Michael Straczynski."
  • Who designer John Iacovelli considered the biggest villain on Babylon 5, and it wasn't one of the characters.
  • Claudia's favorite episodes from Season 1, and why.
  • Why Peter Jurasik believed that he would not be returning to the show after season one.
  • The situations in which JMS would tell the crew not to do a "walk-and-talk" scene with the characters.
  • Why the makeup artists on the pilot waited years and years, and then, when they got the green light, only had three weeks to complete the look of the makeup...from scratch.
  • Why the production design team believed it was OK to change the Babylon 5 sets between seasons.
  • Director Jim Johnston's reasoning for always wanting to spend more time in casting...even if he found the perfect actor for a part right away.
  • Why Claudia Christian, after 15 feature films, was totally OK working in television.
  • Why the SF element of Babylon 5 was difficult for Stephen Furst.
  • What the makeup designers would do when everyone else was asleep.
  • How the key makeup folks spent five years designing Delenn, and how they changed the look with only three weeks' notice.
  • How the producers telling the makeup designers to "make anything you want" motivated the team in unexpected ways.
  • The crew member who confessed that he thought Londo's hair was "dumb."
  • Who said, "All the interesting things that happened in that show were all within Sinclair's mind or memory." (Hint: It's not Michael O'Hare.)
  • Which behind-the-scenes crew members got the scripts before the directors.
  • How eskimos living in Los Angeles influenced the approach to the alien costumes.
  • Why director Richard Compton agreed to direct the B5 pilot even though he directed an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation and didn't like the experience.
  • The kind gesture Peter Jurasik made to the makeup artists that most actors will never consider.
  • The promise that Michael O'Hare made to the crew if the show got picked up for a second season.
  • What you would find if, walking through the halls of Babylon 5, you popped off the head of one of the aliens.
  • The situation on the Babylon 5 set that would cause Claudia Christian to scream, "Isn't this glamorous?"
  • What was considered the goal of episodes that had nothing to do with the arc.
  • How actor Andy Griffith made it so that Peter Jurasik had extra time to design Londo with the hair and makeup people.
  • What Jerry Doyle believes is the reason that actors who are more talented than him don't get the jobs.
  • Exposed: The episode Bill Mumy doesn't like that is considered a Babylon 5 classic.
  • Why G'Kar's makeup design contains more foam than normal.
  • How Babylon 5 is more New York than Las Vegas.
  • Why Londo was made to look younger for the series than he was in the pilot.
  • Why Caitlin Brown would confront J. Michael Straczynski and exclaim Na'Toth "wouldn't say that."
  • Why the furnishings in G'Kar's quarters are stone and why there are so many trunks in Londo's quarters.
  • How G'Kar's makeup forced Andreas Katsulas to "stay as human as possible."
  • Why one of the makeup creators compares Star Trek's makeup designs to an M.C. Escher painting.
  • Why Claudia Christian refers to the Babylon 5 set as "the most unhealthy" she's ever worked on.
  • Why the first reading of the pilot script was a total "deja vu" for Andreas Katsulas.
  • The instance where Andreas Katsulas "freaked out" and screamed "that's too old."
  • The scene director Jim Johnston refused to rehearse.
  • Why Peter Jurasik felt he was never really done for the day, even after the director called "wrap."
  • Find out who said, "Actors are not puppets."
  • The different ways Jerry Doyle tried to play Garibaldi.
  • Which character pleased JMS most during the pilot.
  • The importance of "Universe Today" in the pilot.
  • The one piece of criticism about the pilot the producers took the most seriously.
  • Which prosthetic made Andreas Katsulas feel like the Pillsbury Dough Boy.
  • How Cheers and Seinfeld gave Jerry Doyle perspective about Babylon 5.
  • Why Claudia Christian was shocked to find out that Ivanova was Russian.
  • The situation in which Harlan Ellison told one of the writers "break our hearts."
  • The thing that really drove Claudia Christian "crazy" on the set.
  • Why not having a big budget is often more fun.
  • How director James Cameron influenced the design of G'Kar's makeup.
  • Why the producers of Alien Nation asked Andreas Katsulas to wear earplugs, off the set, when he wasn't in make-up.
  • Who said, "There's an alarming lack of imagination in this town known for its creativity."
  • What Bill Mumy considered the hardest part of playing Lennier...and it was not the 3+ hours in make-up.
  • Why Jerry Doyle and Peter Jurasik might not see each other on the set for two months while filming Babylon 5.
  • Details: Caitlin Brown's complete backstory for Na'Toth.
  • The quirky movement used by Soul Hunter Morgan Sheppard that would make you think he was on wheels.
  • What director Jim Johnston would do when Mira Furlan's makeup would pull away from the sides of her face because the lights were melting the adhesive.
  • The aspects of the pilot that J. Michael Straczynski did NOT want changed in any way.
  • How The Empire Strikes Back influenced the makeup department to NOT do something.
  • The one character in the pilot whose makeup JMS did not like.
  • The actor who insisted the makeup department redo their character's prosthetics over and over and over again.
  • The character Claudia Christian played that was "a lot snippier than Ivanova."
  • Why Deathwalker was female, and why writer Larry DiTillio put a lot of women in his scripts.
  • Why Jerry Doyle and Peter Jurasik would just say, "Do whatever you want to" to each other before a scene.
  • Why Doug's Dugout was created and what it really symbolized.
  • The reason Peter Jurasik believed that it was important for the look of a character to change.
  • How Bill Mumy came to rely on Huckleberry Finn and the TV show Kung Fu to fill out his perspective of Lennier.
  • The original story to "Survivors," and how it was massively changed from first draft to production...and the door left open in Marc Scott Zicree's script that was closed in the version that aired.
  • The genesis of Londo Mollari's accent, and how Woody Allen influenced it.
  • How the talking cat from the movie Hocus Pocus influenced the B5 makeup creators.
  • How Jerry Doyle's Wall Street background influenced his acting...and why acting is "like a vacation."
  • Why Andreas could watch the dailies of his performance of G'Kar when he couldn't stand to watch any other parts he had played.
  • Why Andreas Katsulas would refer to G'Kar as the "J. R. Ewing/Captain Hook of Space."
  • The one job Andreas Katsulas has his heart set on when he was a kid.
  • The look that made Peter Jurasik's wife's heart stop.
  • Why Babylon 5 audiences never got to hear Londo say, "It doesn't matter whether you win or lose; what matters is the nobility in the struggle rather than the success."
  • Andreas Katsulas's reaction the first time he popped in his contact lenses.
  • The one quality every actor had to have to be cast by Janet Greek, even more important to her than how well they could act.
  • What Andreas Katsulas loved that Pat Tallman said would have made her crazy.
  • How the phrase "Hey, isn't that the guy from Gremlins?" would haunt the makeup designers.
  • Why Andreas Katsulas didn't think Babylon 5 was going to be anything significant when he auditioned for G'Kar.
  • How Bruce Willis indirectly helped Jerry Doyle get his first role.
  • In what circumstances Andreas Katsulas said he could never play G'Kar.
  • Andreas's all-or-nothing proposition to play G'Kar for the entire series.
  • How Bill Mumy found Babylon 5 similar to shooting Papillon with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman.
  • Which character the makeup department considered the most full of "crazy, harebrained ideas" and why the costume weighed over 40 pounds.
  • Why JMS did not like the delay from pilot to series but believed, in the end, it helped the show.
  • How Peter Jurasik and Stephen Furst were friends long before Babylon 5.
  • Why writing even one line of dialogue for Kosh was a "difficult job."
  • Why Peter Jurasik thanked J. Michael Straczynski for the episode "Born to the Purple."
  • The truth about the Grey Council...well, the chamber, anyway.
  • What the entire Babylon 5 crew would do each time G'Kar had a scene.
  • How Andreas Katsulas's personality was completely different as G'Kar, according to Claudia Christian.
  • The person who really "hated" the way Delenn looked and called her "ugly."
  • How the most unlikely person on the crew wanted to play Delenn, the one thing that stopped that from happening (other than the casting of Mira Furlan)...and the Minibari he did end up playing.
  • Why Stephen Furst wants to be a combination of Clint Eastwood and Woody Allen.
  • Why Delenn's original contact lenses were the color blue.
  • Why Pat Tallman considers Lyta a "Spock-like" character.
  • An entire storyline that was cut from "Born to the Purple."
  • The character whose chin was cut off between the pilot and the series...and why the actor was so happy it was gone.
  • The unusual question costume designer Catherine Adair asked before she started designing the costumes.
  • Why the Earth Alliance costumes had to be comfortable...having little to do with the actors' actual comfort.
  • Why direct Janet Greek never "pulled Andreas back."
  • Revealed: the inside jokes hidden on the Babylon 5 sets.
  • The one thing that happened with the Babylon 5 cast that Andreas had never seen before.
  • Why director Jim Johnston tried to stay away from the colors red and orange.
  • Why the sets started as 3-walls but evolved to include 4-walls...and why this was a joy for some of the crew.
  • The cast member who auditioned with a 103-degree temperature and doesn't remember a thing about it.
  • How the Babylon 5 stages were a "shell game."
  • Which sets were expanded after the pilot and why.
  • Claudia Christian reveals why she played Ivanova as "militaristic and uptight" in the first few episodes.
  • Director Richard Compton's uncensored criticism of Babylon 5...discussed after he left the show.
  • The episodes which were originally titled "Raiding Party," "The Resurrectionist" and "Trick of the Mind."
  • Why Peter Jurasik repeated Garibaldi's name over and over as he developed Londo.
  • The reason why 15th century Venice, Italy figured so prominently into the vision for the costumes on the show.
  • Why the episode "Believers" was held back after it was shot.
  • What Harlan Ellison meant when he told a B5 writer to "put a spike in it."
  • Why "Deathwalker" is Caitlin Brown's favorite episode.
  • Why production designer John Iacovelli described the sets as Tinkertoys.
  • The actor who thought his character was "one dimensional" in the pilot.
  • The no-holds-barred interview with Caitlin Brown (Na'Toth) after she left the show...and why she couldn't go back after Season 1.
  • Who took acting classes with Bob Dylan and Harvey Keitel.
  • How Jerry Doyle sees acting as a "party he's crashing," and what one quality he believes will get you the part more than talent, every time.
  • JMS's rules for alien design.
  • Details of the unfilmed fight scene between Na'Toth and Deathwalker.
  • Na'Toth as Ivanova? Yes! Caitlin Brown talks about auditioning for that part too.
  • The person who thought that Ivanova's line "I have to go to the bathroom" was "the least favorite of any ever written by J. Michael Straczynski."
  • Peter Jurasik - Londo Mollari (15 Jan 1993)
  • J. Michael Straczynski - Writer/Co-Executive Producer (21 Dec 1992)
  • Jerry Doyle - Michael Garibaldi (18 Jan 1993)
  • Catherine Adair - Costume Designer (20 Jan 1993)
  • Andreas Katsulas - G'Kar (21 Jan 1993)
  • Greg Aronowitz & Rob Sherwood - Makeup (27 Jan 1993)
  • Patricia Tallman - Lyta Alexander (29 Jan 1993)
  • Richard Compton - Director (2 Feb 1993)
  • J. Michael Straczynski - Creator/Executive Producer (7 Dec 1993)
  • Jerry Doyle - Michael Garibaldi (7 Dec 1993)
  • Everett Burrell - Makeup Effects Creator (7 Dec 1993)
  • Stephen Furst - Vir Cotto (14 Feb 1994)
  • W. Morgan Sheppard - Soul Hunter (20 Feb 1994)
  • John Iacovelli - Production Designer (14 Mar 1994)
  • Andrea Thompson - Talia Winters (15 Mar 1994)
  • Richard Compton - Director/Co-producer (16 Mar 1994)
  • David Gerrold - Writer (circa 29 Apr 1994)
  • Marc Scott Zicree - Writer (28 June 1994)
  • Claudia Christian - Susan Ivanova (13 July 1994)
  • Caitlin Brown - Na'Toth (22 July 1994)
  • Peter Jurasik - Londo Mollari (26 July 1994)
  • Bill Mumy - Lennier (28 July 1994)
  • Jim Johnston - Director (4 Aug 1994)
  • Bruce Boxleitner - John Sheridan (5 Aug 1994)
  • Julia Nickson - Catherine Sakai (5 Aug 1994)
  • Janet Greek - Director (6 Aug 1994)
  • Lawrence G. DiTillio - Executive Story Editor (16 & 19 Aug 1994)












Echoes of All Our Conversations Volume 2

Publication Date: April 11, 2012
Pages: 358
Format: Softcover

Each Copy of Volume 2
Signed by Bruce Boxleitner

Echoes of All
Our Conversations

A New 6-Volume Series

Fifteen years of "behind the scenes"
Babylon 5 history as told by the
actors and crew who were there.

Volume 2


  356-page book of the complete, uncensored transcripts of 24 interviews with the Babylon 5 cast and key crew, conducted while Babylon 5 was in production.

  34 never-before-seen behind-the-scenes photographs accompanying the interviews, 9 concept sketches and 1 storyboard.

  Hand-autographed by Bruce Boxleitner.

  A personal message from Bruce.

  Collectible postcard and bookmark with a Sheridan quote selected by Bruce Boxleitner.

 Audio CD interview with Bruce Boxleitner and Michael O'Hare, recorded between seasons 4 and 5 (this interview is NOT in the book).

Each book personally autographed
by Bruce Boxleitner

A special note to the fans
written by Bruce Boxleitner

Postcard with Sheridan quote
selected by Bruce Boxleitner

Bookmark with Sheridan quote
selected by Bruce Boxleitner

with Bruce Boxleitner and Michael O'Hare, together, recorded between seasons 4 and 5

  • The scenes that were filmed in one take that JMS believes really "showcases how talented the cast is."
  • What Michael O'Hare did with 40 people that blew away the cast and crew.
  • What the cast and crew would do on-set when they were shooting the show at the same time an episode of Babylon 5 was airing on TV.
  • Step by step, beat by beat, how the CGI department would create a space sequence. (Don't try this at home.)
  • How Post-It notes figure into how ships were designed.
  • Why Bruce Boxleitner found "staring into those beady red eyes was a bit strange."
  • Which directors were not good at showing off the details of the costumes.
  • In explicit detail: how the Earthforce uniforms changed from the pilot to series, right down to the piping.
  • The thing that Jerry Doyle spent two years bugging the writers for, and why, when it was finally written for him, he said he didn't want to do it.
  • The performance that JMS described as "Laurence Olivier shot as a dot."
  • The changes J. Michael Straczynski made in the pilot because of the effects the CGI company could then do.
  • Why the introduction of the Shadows drove the folks working on Babylon 5 crazy.
  • Which episode was originally called "Blood and Thunder."
  • Why Jerry Doyle's relationship with Andrea Thompson was the worst-kept secret in Babylon 5 fandom.
  • Richard Biggs's main concerns in season one...and why, in season two, he said, "I have no complaints."
  • Which lead actor said, Let me go someplace warm, where the girls look good, and the sun is always shining." (And no, it's not Jerry Doyle.)
  • The recurring character JMS wanted to develop that never made it into a B5 episode.
  • Which season two episode became the standard to which all future episodes would be compared.
  • Why the White Star was "a bastard to design."
  • The secret behind the Shadow vessels' sound effects. (It's kind of creepy...)
  • The evolution of the Soul Hunter's costume...and why it included yak hair.
  • Why CGI rendering time on the pilot was 24 minutes per frame, and on the series it jumped to 70 minutes per frame.
  • The episode that prompted Warner Bros. to say, "No studio in their right mind would ever go ahead with the story, but it's a good story. Let's go with it."
  • Why Jerry Doyle was annoyed that Londo was the first B5 character to have sex.
  • How the producers were able to bring the pilot in $1,500 under budget.
  • The point at which Jerry Doyle believes that the relationship between Garibaldi and Talia really changed.
  • The country in which John Copeland had to stop wearing his crew jacket while on vacation.
  • How Ed Wasser would compare his character to a central Biblical character.
  • The story that JMS declares "will never see the light of day."
  • Why Larry DiTillio considers "Eyes" his worst script, followed by "Knives" as a close second.
  • The reaction of Richard Biggs's dad (Col. Biggs) to the character based upon him.
  • Why JMS says that "the stronger the reaction, the better the writing is."
  • The situation in which Mira Furlan sang Phil Spector's "Be My Baby."
  • The hot-potato script that kept being passed around because none of the directors knew how to handle it.
  • Who said, "If Joe doesn't like it or if I don't like it, it doesn't happen."
  • What JMS meant when he said, "This one had the grace to remain sick and then leave the station at the end."
  • The specific episode where JMS began planting one person per episode in a Ranger uniform.
  • Attention photography buffs: how the director of photography would photograph Delenn so that her head didn't glow.
  • Why Bruce Boxleitner felt that the casting of Russ Tamblyn in "A Distant Star" went too far away from type, and what Bruce would have done instead.
  • Why "The Geometry of Shadows" is one of Peter Jurasik's favorite episodes ever as an actor.
  • The clever way JMS revealed to director of photography John Flinn that he had an acting part in "Grail."
  • The part that was played by one of Jerry Doyle's old girlfriends.
  • The performance that director Jim Johnston considers Michael O'Hare's best.
  • Why the Babylon 5 stunt coordinator could not slam people into the walls on the set.
  • The first season script that no one was happy with...and details of the guest actor for that episode who nearly had a nervous breakdown on the set.
  • Which actor said, in season two, "There's no work left to be done except to trust yourself, Joe and the words."
  • The set that was converted into the mammoth docking bay.
  • The inadequate legal search that created a major problem for the show.
  • Which shots in "Midnight on the Firing Line" are a direct tribute to The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Why the original CGI shot count for the pilot ballooned from 20 to 70.
  • The episode JMS considers the strongest of the first season...and how the second season is profoundly different than the first.
  • Why the CGI department was disappointed in the Battle of the Line.
  • The scene in "There All the Honor Lies" that JMS wrote in Peter David's script, and the trouble it caused later on.
  • Why believing that the episode "Confessions and Lamentations" is an AIDS allegory misses the point, according to JMS.
  • What actor June Lockhart carved with a knife into the back of the alien healing machine.
  • The reaction from the crew when actor June Lockhart stopped production so everyone could go outside and see a rainbow.
  • Why JMS violated his rule of no kids and no robots.
  • Why, in the episode "Eyes," director Jim Johnston was "never quite happy with the relationship between the colonel and the telepath."
  • What happened when Ed Wasser said to JMS, "Why don't you put me in two more episodes, and I won't touch my hair ever?"
  • This scene that story editor Larry DiTillio believed demeaned Ambassador Delenn.
  • The cast member who really longed to be an astronaut.
  • The situation in which Claudia Christian had to be guarded even at the cost of a crew member's own life.
  • What happened to "Chrysalis, Part II."
  • How the CGI team approached space battles with an eye toward accurate physics.
  • The episode Larry DiTillio believed was hated by as many fans as it was loved by others.
  • Why director Jim Johnston hated Gray's telepathic attack on Ben Zayn being cut short by Sinclair's punch in "Eyes."
  • Why JMS believes that "The War Prayer" worked as well as a "brick through a plate glass window."
  • Who said, "I don't think there's anybody on this set who's happier than I am."
  • Director Jim Johnston's attitude towards the teaser, and what he really thought of the "Babylon Squared" breakfast opening.
  • Janet Greek's secret to getting Peter Jurasik and Stephen Furst to do anything.
  • Specifically, what the producers wanted to keep and get rid of with respect to the costume design as the show transitioned from pilot to series.
  • What JMS considers one of the most ambitious set pieces of season two.
  • The dialogue that JMS had to delete after Claudia Christian broke her ankle.
  • The specific reason the producers chose certain actors with theatrical backgrounds.
  • The Babylon 5 actor who went to acting school with Wesley Snipes.
  • The only thing that Mira Furlan feels loyalty toward.
  • Why the CGI folks designed the Minbari cruiser to look like a cross between an angelfish and a butterfly.
  • How Larry DiTillio was trying to portray a different point of view about the Centauri and the Narns in his episode "Knives."
  • Jerry Doyle's heart-warming explanation about how Babylon 5 evolved "from a house to a home."
  • What the makeup department referred to as "the stable" that saved them tons of time and money. (This is a great tip for filmmakers.)
  • The shot that Warner Bros. wanted in "Points of Departure," and why director Janet Greek responded, "If they want it, somebody else is going to do it, because I'm not gonna do it."
  • The episode that caused JMS to exclaim, "Nobody is moving, nobody is reacting; it's like a f---ing photograph."
  • What it means when a shot is "locked off."
  • JMS's first rule for Babylon 5.
  • Details of the five Drazi looks.
  • JMS's secret to writing an interesting character.
  • What Richard Biggs worried about at the end of season one, and how he met with the producers to seek assurance that his fear was unfounded.
  • In which shot you will find a Christmas-tree-shaped air freshener.
  • What Bruce Boxleitner suggested when the ratings for Babylon 5 were tied with Baywatch.
  • The big makeup secret from season one that was inspired by Mr. Potato Head.
  • Why director Jim Johnston was disappointed when he was asked to shoot "Eyes" instead of "TKO."
  • Why director Michael Vejar used a wheelchair dolly, and the effect he got that had people asking, "How the hell did he get that shot?"
  • How the Icarus proved to the CGI department which ships looked good and which ones didn't.
  • Why JMS just wanted to get Lennier in front of a stripper.
  • How Bruce Boxleitner adjusted to fan feedback from the Internet, and why that frightened him.
  • What Ed Wasser bought at a store to mentally connect his character with the dark side. It cost him $120.
  • Why two thirds of the stunts filmed for "TKO" were edited out.
  • Why shooting scenes in the interrogation room of "Eyes" were a "real nightmare."
  • Why Richard Biggs did some rodeo riding every summer, and why the producers didn't like that, even though Claudia Christian had broken her ankle tripping in her backyard.
  • The episode that was shown to focus groups who had never seen Babylon 5, and their unexpected reaction.
  • The aspect of the show the producers felt they needed to do much better in season two.
  • What Peter Jurasik was referring to when he said he and Andreas were "highlights and sparks and flavors in the script."
  • How director Richard Compton really blew the direction of "Grail"...and why it was filmed ninth but aired fifteenth.
  • Why John Flinn needed stuntmen in tip-top shape for the fight sequences in "TKO."
  • Everyone's favorite topic: The arguments between the CGI department and Harlan Ellison about the issue of sound in space.
  • Why the producers were not really interested in a director's experience with special effects.
  • The lost concept of a species that considered Vorlon ships a delicacy not unlike sushi.
  • Why JMS told writer Larry DiTillio that he couldn't do a storyline about Sheridan's father having a stroke.
  • Why the duel in "Knives" did not contain any footage with stunt doubles.
  • The situation in which JMS told the fans to "Shut up. Sit down. And listen."
  • Why the Vorlon ship in the pilot does not resemble the biomechanical designs of H. R. Giger.
  • Why Peter Jurasik was in love with Bruce Boxleitner.
  • Why Richard Biggs believed he could play Dr. Franklin "in his sleep."
  • Why Mira Furlan refers to her makeup as "the major experience and the major problem and the major issue."
  • Surprise: the largest expense for the pilot's CGI -- and it wasn't the technology.
  • Why the CGI designers for the pilot felt "There's nothing where we have to turn around and say, 'No, we can't do that.'"
  • Director of photography John Flinn's secret when he works with directors to establish a style for a specific episode.
  • Larry DiTillio's plan for the clandestine force behind Abel Horn's attacks in "Spider in the Web."
  • The details of what director Jim Johnston did to differentiate Babylon 4 from Babylon 5 in "Babylon Squared."
  • Find out what was described as "B5 Big Hole Gray."
  • The situation in which costume desinger Ann Bruice would say, "Do you want to build six Rangers from your house?"
  • Who Bruce Boxleitner would call the "Mob Dude."
  • The situation in which Bruce Boxleitner and Claudia Christian would pretend they were Nancy and Ronald Reagan.
  • The day that Richard Biggs walked into Jerry Doyle's trailer and found him doing something quite unexpected.
  • Why Harlan Ellison was beside himself when he first saw the Vorlon ships.
  • The main aspect of Babylon 5 that costume designer Ann Bruice found the most frustrating.
  • The guest actor who, according to Stephen Furst, could not remember his lines in the middle of the scene.
  • The actor who said, "I just go in there and try to chew up the furniture."
  • The scene in "The Coming of Shadows" where Janet Greek edited out most of the dialogue, only to have the producers put it back in.
  • Foundation Imaging (7 Dec 1993)
  • Jim Johnston - Director (7 Sept 1994)
  • John C. Flinn III - Director of Photography (10 Sept 1994)
  • Richard Biggs - Stephen Franklin (19 Sept 1994)
  • Jerry Doyle - Michael Garibaldi (19 Sept 1994)
  • Bruce Boxleitner - John Sheridan (8 Dec 1994)
  • Robin Curtis - Kalika Qwal’Mizra (23 Jan 1995)
  • Ann Bruice - Costume Designer (3 Feb 1995)
  • John Copeland - Producer (3 Feb 1995)
  • Ed Wasser - Morden (3 Feb 1995)
  • J. Michael Straczynski - Creator/Executive Producer (6 Feb 1995)
  • Douglas Netter - Executive Producer (6 Feb 1995)
  • John Vulich - Makeup Effects Creator (6 Feb 1995)
  • Mira Furlan - Delenn (14 Feb 1995)
  • Richard Biggs - Stephen Franklin (15 Feb 1995)
  • Janet Greek - Director (20 Feb 1995)
  • Stephen Furst - Vir Cotto (21 Feb 1995)
  • Kerry Rossall - Stunt Coordinator (22 Feb 1995)
  • Ed Wasser - Morden (3 Mar 1995)
  • Jeff Conaway - Zack Allan (9 Mar 1995)
  • Jerry Doyle - Michael Garibaldi (11 Mar 1995)
  • Michael Ansara - Elric (10 July 1995)
  • Ron Thornton - Visual Effects Designer (24 Aug 1995)
  • J. Michael Straczynski - Creator/Executive Producer (29 Sept 1995)
  • Lawrence G. DiTillio - Writer (4 Dec 1995)
  • Peter Jurasik - Londo Mollari (5 Dec 1995)
  • Christy Marx - Writer (12 Dec 1995)






Echoes of All Our Conversations Volume 3

Publication Date: May 16, 2012
Pages: 373
Format: Softcover

Each Copy of Volume 3
Signed by Claudia Christian

Echoes of All
Our Conversations

A New 6-Volume Series

Fifteen years of "behind the scenes"
Babylon 5 history as told by the
actors and crew who were there.

Volume 3


  380-page book of the complete, uncensored transcripts of 39 interviews with the Babylon 5 cast and key crew, conducted while Babylon 5 was in production. See table of contents below.

  40 never-before-seen behind-the-scenes photographs accompanying the interviews, 8 concept sketches and 7 key documents.

  Hand-autographed by Claudia Christian.

  A personal message from Claudia.

  Collectible postcard and bookmark with an Ivanova quote selected by Claudia Christian.

  Audio CD roundtable interview with Bruce Boxleitner, Jeff Conaway, Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Stephen Furst, Peter Jurasik, Andreas Katsulas, Bill Mumy and Patricia Tallman. This interview is NOT in the book. This is a rare opportunity to experience how the cast of Babylon 5 interacted with each other without cameras or an audience. Contains adult language and discussion.

Each book personally autographed
by Claudia Christian

A special note to the fans
written by Claudia Christian

Postcard with Ivanova quote
selected by Claudia Christian

Bookmark with Ivanova quote
selected by Claudia Christian

Never-before-heard group interview. This interview is NOT in the book. See below for the "Guide to the Voices in the Bonus Audio Interview"


This volume is the most candid so far. In the midst of the fourth season, the actors and crew were secure in their positions and had been interviewed by Joe Nazzaro enough times that they were relaxed and trusting.
  • Revealed: the truth behind the fondue steam in "A Distant Star." (It was Jerry Doyle's idea.)
  • How costume designer Ann Bruice developed the Ranger pin.
  • It's true: Peter Jurasik never thought Londo would make it the entire five years. Find out why.
  • The development of Claudia Christian's "sex dance" in "Acts of Sacrifice."
  • Andreas Katsulas's reaction to a possible prequel TV movie.
  • Who director Jim Johnston was talking about: "She's not an actress...I stayed off of her as much as I could because I just didn't think she was very good."
  • Which episode is considered by writer Peter David to be "the last gasp of funny Londo."
  • The case in which the producers were (jokingly) told they'd have to pay $15,000 just to use someone's last name.
  • What Mr. Toad's Wild Ride has to do with the Babylon 5 pilot, according to Peter Jurasik.
  • Why Bill Mumy "never had to take a job that he didn't want."
  • No-detail-spared description of actor Ed Wasser's first appearance at a Babylon 5 convention. Live the moments.
  • Specifics about the things JMS did on Babylon 5 that Star Trek would rather go off the air than do, according to conceptual consultant Harlan Ellison.
  • Why being confined to a viewscreen in "Knives" let actor William Forward be more angry.
  • How the departure of Na'Toth affected G'Kar, according to Andreas Katsulas.
  • Why "a good Centauri party always starts with a chained Narn."
  • The reaction of the costume department when, in a letter from an outraged fan, they were accused of sinking to the standards of "Charlie's Angels, Baywatch and Buck Rogers in leather bikinis."
  • The actor who loved doing commercials and considered it his "greatest success."
  • How one of the actors was "busted" by one of the producers for asking for opinions on his character in a Babylon 5/AOL chat room.
  • Where actor Wortham Krimmer had worked with Bruce Boxleitner, Richard Biggs and Peter Jurasik before Babylon 5.
  • How the main characters' costumes evolved in seasons three and four...and the suggestions from the actors that costume designer Ann Bruice integrated into them.
  • Chutzpah alert -- how Jim Johnston would have directed "And Now for a Word."
  • The one quality Jeff Conaway believes is essential for a director to be good.
  • Who said, "I draw from myself--the need to be wanted and needed and to feel some self-worth."
  • Jason Carter's opinion on the differences between the American and British press, and how it impacted him personally.
  • Details, memories, reminisces, snapshots, anecdotes -- okay, a lot of information -- from Harlan Ellison about what he did specifically as Babylon 5's conceptual consultant.
  • Find out what Jerry Doyle said he got more of than anyone else on Babylon 5.
  • Details of Richard Biggs's research for "Believers" and the choices Dr. Franklin made.
  • How Andrea Thompson's departure affected Jerry Doyle.
  • Why Bruce Boxleitner was compared to Errol Flynn.
  • Specifics of the problem Richard Biggs had with the episode "Gropos."
  • What Jason Carter believed was the one thing you had to prove before you could work in America.
  • The scene that Andreas Katsulas described as the "crowning jewel of difficulty."
  • Why Peter Jurasik believed that viewers were upset by the choices that Londo made.
  • How actor Turhan Bey -- who played Centauri Emperor Turhan -- used Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph as a basis of comparison for his part.
  • The actor who bumped into an old college buddy who didn't know they were both on Babylon 5 until they saw each other in the same episode.
  • The sets that caused the crew the most frustration.
  • Why Bill Mumy rarely appeared at conventions.
  • The episode Richard Biggs wished he "could have back."
  • The episodes Claudia Christian was asked about most often.
  • How the Vindrizi creatures were created without CGI.
  • The differences between directing Bruce Boxleitner and Michael O'Hare.
  • How JMS incorporated elements of Claudia Christian's personality into Susan Ivanova.
  • Why Peter Jurasik wasn't sure that Londo was telling the truth when, after Kosh was revealed at the end of season two, the character said he hadn't seen anything.
  • What actor Walter Koenig said he could do on Babylon 5 that he could never do on Star Trek.
  • The evolution of Kosh's suit, as told by the man who wore it.
  • Rangers with capes. Rangers with dusters. Who got which, and why?
  • Actor William Forward's reaction to the Centauri hair.
  • The violent scene that was edited for the original UK airing.
  • The classic novel that conceptual consultant Harlan Ellison said most resembled Babylon 5.
  • What happened when PTEN ran eight new episodes in a row.
  • The guest star that forced Andreas Katsulas to raise his game.
  • The thing director Tony Dow didn't understand about the Grey Council.
  • The actor who was never seen onscreen, but who described Babylon 5 as "the occasional jewel from heaven that drops in my lap."
  • The situation in which actor Jason Carter would barely move his head when shooting.
  • The "recipe" producers would use to select which directors would be assigned which episodes.
  • The two-sentence springboard writer Peter David was given by JMS to write "Soul Mates."
  • What Mars and Z'ha'dum have in common, from a production-design perspective.
  • Why Claudia Christian was convinced that she was going to die in a Starfury.
  • Which scene was described by one of the actors as "they're all going off to the Super Bowl."
  • Why it was believed that if the Babylon 5 crew were unionized, it would "be the economic death of the show," and how the producers got a landmark labor contract that had zero negative impact on the budget.
  • Why, over the hiatus between seasons three and four, half the makeup crew left the series.
  • The actor Jerry Doyle disliked so much he would barely speak to him.
  • The actor who would only watch his episodes when he was building a new demo reel.
  • How, when Morden was killed off, actor Ed Wasser thought he might return to the series.
  • What Jerry Doyle would do at the studio to make the best out of the fact that he "spent more time with the cast and crew" than he did with his own family.
  • How actor Walter Koenig's short stature helped his approach to playing Bester.
  • How Bob Dylan's song "Like a Rolling Stone" helped Peter Jurasik approach certain scenes.
  • Andreas Katsulas explains how his "evil twin" was responsible for the practical joke he played on JMS at a particular convention, and how he was afraid afterward that his character would suffer "seven more deaths."
  • The secrets behind how the show's digital effects were designed.
  • The two sets that production designer John Iacovelli said "will always stay there."
  • The actor who "fell in love" with his character's face.
  • The one word Richard Biggs said described what Franklin was looking for in season four.
  • The person who said of Babylon 5, "This is why I became an actor."
  • How director David J. Eagle intended to edit a pivotal scene with Refa, G'Kar and the Narn mob, and how it was re-cut by the producers.
  • Why Jason Carter was pissed off at Jerry Doyle for being "so brittle."
  • Why, in the episode "Revelations," director Jim Johnston cut out all traces of Sheridan's sister, only to have JMS put them all back in.
  • How the Lennier dummy from "Convictions" became a long-standing joke between Peter Jurasik and Bill Mumy.
  • How the elimination of the Earthforce uniforms and their leather trim created new problems just as frustrating to the costume department.
  • The question asked of Andreas Katsulas that struck fear into him.
  • Andreas Katsulas's favorite moments on Babylon 5.
  • Why Claudia Christian believed that Ivanova was the character most like her of the roles she had played.
  • Why actor Ed Wasser didn't like the episode "Falling Toward Apotheosis."
  • The specific reason JMS felt he had to write every season four episode, and how he likened his quandary to Frankenstein's monster.
  • The cinematic craft Babylon 5 producers would employ when they needed a huge set or location, but needed a really cheap alternative.
  • Why the character of Lorien was fitted with finger extensions.
  • Why director David J. Eagle would finish lunch ten minutes before anyone else.
  • What Bruce Boxleitner would do on set to make guest stars feel at ease.
  • Which guest actor gave hair and makeup signed copies of his autobiography.
  • Why there were so many new directors in season four.
  • The guest actor who played three different characters...and was married to one of the crew members.
  • How Wortham Krimmer said he was able to play Cartagia as "completely out of his mind, but not crossing over into cartoon."
  • The "fight" between Mira Furlan and JMS...over a bone.
  • Why actor Walter Koenig believed that an actor should never scream.
  • Andreas Katsulas's explanation of how his approach to acting differed from Peter Jurasik's.
  • Who said, "It's really Joe's song and we're all there to sing it."
  • What director Janet Greek did when Andreas Katsulas was struggling with a scene in the Zocalo.
  • Why the crew had to dismantle the medlab at the end of season two, and how that affected the set in season three.
  • Why actor Ed Wasser originally wanted a role like the part of Lt. Corwin, and why his logic was wrong.
  • The technique director Jim Johnston would use to prevent his actors from "thinking" during a take.
  • The thing that happened to Babylon 5 between seasons three and four that producers felt "raised the show to another level."
  • Jason Carter's version of the story where Bill Mumy and JMS led Jason to believe that Marcus was going to be killed in "Grey 17 Is Missing"...and how Mira Furlan reacted to their gag.
  • Why Jeff Conaway believed that "playing a hero is one of the most difficult things in the world."
  • Which Babylon 5 star got a good review in The Hollywood Reporter...but the paper used his character's name instead of his real name.
  • How did Jeff Conaway complete this sentence: "What an actor really needs, more than anything else, is _________."
  • Jason Carter's "weird confession" about why he had never seen Michael O'Hare's acting work.
  • Why, with Refa dead, Londo would need a new source for bagels. (Yes, bagels.)
  • Why a situation on the show Taxi gave Jeff Conaway extra empathy for Michael O'Hare when he returned in season three.
  • Which Babylon 5 star said he was developing a line of vitamins for the Home Shopping Network.
  • How Richard Biggs altered his approach to playing Franklin in the wake of his near-death experience in season three.
  • Why Ivanova's costume was consistently one of the toughest to fit.
  • The element of Kosh's encounter suit that always looked black onscreen, even though at one point the fabric was metallic purple.
  • Details about Peter Jurasik's videotape library of Babylon 5 episodes -- how he rated each of them with stars, why so few had more than three stars and the ones that earned his highest rating.
  • Which department head said, "I feel they are lucky to have me." And why that same person also said, "I don't even think I was a fan of Babylon 5 in the first year other than it was my show."
  • Take a guess: how many people does it take to fill up the central corridor set to prevent it from looking sparse? Find out in director Jim Johston's interview.
  • The scenes in which Richard Biggs was the only actor on set, why he had to film the last scene first and how he kept all the out-of-sequence scenes straight in his head.
  • Which costumed actor ran into JMS's office shouting, "Please, please, can I keep wearing it?"
  • The situation in the writing of the show that JMS compared to "the three queens who took Arthur back to Avalon."
  • The action producer John Copeland took that really "ruffled a lot of feathers" at Warner Bros., but which helped raised the profile of the show.
  • Which scene Mira Furlan and Andreas Katsulas refer to as "the crybaby scene."
  • The recurring character director Jim Johnston referred to as a one-beat thing.
  • What made Londo so interesting in season three, according to Peter Jurasik.
  • Why director Jim Johnston dreaded any scene set in Fresh Air or Earhart's.
  • What Jason Carter meant when he said, "You get a stunt guy to blow your nose."
  • How JMS turned PTEN's decision to air the season four premiere one week after the season three finale "to his advantage, rather than having it be a hindrance."
  • The thing Michael O'Hare would do (or not do) that would slow down the production.
  • According to Richard Biggs, the one skill Dr. Franklin didn't have that he really needed. (It's not medical.)
  • The instance where JMS would instruct an actor to say a character's lines exactly as the writer heard them in his head.
  • The movie Jeff Conaway wanted to be in so badly, he offered to pay the producers to be in the film.
  • The scene the producers thought was too gory for the show and had re-edited.
  • Which actor, when they did NOT get a part, would watch the show to see who did.
  • Who complained that, "I looked like I had a nose the size of Brooklyn" in the episode "In the Shadow of Z'ha'dum."
  • What quality an actor has to have so that there's little danger in stage fighting.
  • Find out which Babylon 5 star said, "I'll flirt with women and men because...I think it's amusing to watch people's reactions."
  • Which B5 star confessed, "I always look at the work and think that could have gone better."
  • Learn about how the costumes were used to hide deficiencies in the makeup.
  • The Marcus Cole backstory given to Jason Carter by JMS when he was cast -- everything from the character's work on Arisia to his arrival on Babylon 5.
  • The situation in which Andreas Katsulas was told he looked like Paul Newman.
  • How director Janet Greek handled the awkward process of filming the final episode of season one midway through the season and then following it up with the episode that set up the situation in the previous show.
  • Why production designer John Iacovelli thought the war room was the series's best-looking set.
  • Who would have said, "Without Sheridan's presence, we have become scattered like leaves," and why the line was cut from the edited episode.
  • Why Richard Biggs thought the line, "The only thing we've got is that we're alive" was important.
  • Which character's costume took three women two weeks just to manufacturer the fabric.
  • Why the Llorts were repeatedly redesigned by Optic Nerve.
  • The scene that caused conceptual consultant Harlan Ellison to exclaim, "I found that absolutely amazing. What other show would do that?"
  • The only series regular that actor Ed Wasser did NOT read with when Babylon 5's pilot was being cast.
  • What gym members would shout at Richard Biggs when he went for a workout.
  • Why Lyta's wardrobe was always bought-from-the-store stuff that was later tweaked prior to season four, and why she was put in a black quilted vest when shooting on the White Star.
  • What Jason Carter did when he was nervous during a scene.
  • The reason Stephen Furst was the only cast member who got the chance to direct.
  • The actor who considered himself primarily a writer.
  • The actor who had once directed Bruce Boxleitner.
  • Why JMS avoided back-to-back effects-heavy episodes.
  • Why actor Paul Williams couldn't remember anything before 1989.
  • Details about why many of actor Paul Winfield's lines were cut from "Gropos."
  • The "retro" method in which Andreas kept up with Internet feedback about his work.
  • Why Jeff Conaway chose Babylon 5 over the road tour of Grease, which would have paid "a lot of money."
  • How an article about Biosphere II in Science News impacted how Babylon 5 would shoot scenes in a certain locale.
  • What Jason Carter meant when he said, "It was like gong to a trainspotter's convention and you just happened to be the train, and they're busy writing your number down and photographing you."
  • The specific effort actor Michael York made that impressed Richard Biggs.
  • The problem with every story idea Andreas Katsulas suggested to JMS.
  • Why Peter Jurasik had to stop drinking coffee the day he played "Old Londo" in "War Without End."
  • Details of Andreas Katsulas's prank on his castmates about a pay-cut for the fourth told by the one person who did NOT fall for it.
  • The script that inspired Peter Jurasik to call JMS and ask what drugs he was on when he wrote it.
  • What Claudia Christian meant when she said, "I'm still waiting for my big 'Mira scene.'"
  • Why JMS loaned actor Walter Koenig money...without being asked.
  • And last but not least, is it just us, or as you read this volume, can you not help but notice actor Ed Wasser's obsession with his hair?
  • Jim Johnston - Director (3 Jan 1996)
  • Jason Carter - Marcus Cole (4 & 15 Jan 1996)
  • Harlan Ellison - Conceptual Consultant (29 Jan 1996)
  • William Forward - Antono Refa (30 Jan 1996)
  • Jeff Conaway - Zack Allan (2 Feb 1996)
  • Ed Wasser - Morden (4 Feb 1996)
  • Peter Jurasik - Londo Mollari (7 & 9 May 1996)
  • Jerry Doyle - Michael Garibaldi (2 Aug 1996)
  • Richard Biggs - Stephen Franklin (4 Nov 1996)
  • Ardwight Chamberlain - Kosh (voice) (13 Nov 1996)
  • Turhan Bey - Turhan (13 Nov 1996)
  • Ann Bruice - Costume Designer (15 Nov 1996)
  • Claudia Christian - Susan Ivanova (15 Nov 1996)
  • Susan Norkin - Associate Producer (15 Nov 1996)
  • Jason Carter - Marcus Cole (18 Nov 1996)
  • Eric Chauvin - Matte Artist (18 Nov 1996)
  • John Copeland - Producer (18 Nov 1996)
  • Tony Dow - Director (18 Nov 1996)
  • Stephen Furst - Vir Cotto/Director (18 Nov 1996)
  • John Iacovelli - Production Designer (18 Nov 1996)
  • Bill Mumy - Lennier (18 Nov 1996)
  • J. Michael Straczynski - Creator/Executive Producer (19 Nov 1996)
  • Jeffrey Willerth - Associate to the Producer (19 Nov 1996)
  • John Vulich - Makeup Effects Creator (20 Nov 1996)
  • John C. Flinn III - Director of Photography (20 Nov 1996)
  • Douglas Netter - Executive Producer (20 Nov 1996)
  • Netter Digital - Visual Effects (20 Nov 1996)
  • Wayne Alexander - Lorien (9 Dec 1996)
  • Wortham Krimmer - Cartagia (9 Dec 1996)
  • David J. Eagle - Director (10 Dec 1996)
  • Peter Jurasik - Londo Mollari (10 Dec 1996)
  • Andreas Katsulas - G’Kar (12 Dec 1996)
  • Walter Koenig - Alfred Bester (16 Jan 1997)
  • Wortham Krimmer - Cartagia (5 Feb 1997)
  • Majel Barrett Roddenberry - Morella (6 Feb 1997)
  • Ed Wasser - Morden (14 Feb 1997)
  • Peter David - Writer (19 Feb 1997)
  • Jeff Conaway - Zack Allan (10 Mar 1997)
  • Mira Furlan - Delenn (22 April 1997)

This guide can also be found on the last page of Volume 3.

Echoes of All Our Conversations Volume 4

Publication Date: June 13, 2012
Pages: 369
Format: Softcover

Each Copy of Volume 4
Signed by Mira Furlan

Echoes of All
Our Conversations

A New 6-Volume Series

Fifteen years of "behind the scenes"
Babylon 5 history as told by the
actors and crew who were there.

Volume 4


  375-page book of the complete, uncensored transcripts of 52 interviews with the Babylon 5 cast and key crew, conducted while Babylon 5 was in production on "Sleeping in Light", Thirdspace and In the Beginning...and beyond. Also included are the "lost" Michael O'Hare interviews dating back to pilot. See table of contents below.

  39 never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes photographs accompanying the interviews, plus a storyboard, concept sketch and production schedule.

  Hand-autographed by Mira Furlan.

  A personal message from Mira Furlan.

  Collectible postcard and bookmark with a Delenn quote selected by Mira Furlan.

  Audio CD of an 1995 interview with Stephen Furst and Peter Jurasik.

  Introduction by Joe Nazzaro (the first one he's written for the series) detailing how he found the "lost" Michael O'Hare interviews featured in this volume.

Each book personally autographed
by Mira Furlan

A special note to the fans
written by Mira Furlan

Postcard with Delenn quote
selected by Mira Furlan

Bookmark with Delenn quote
selected by Mira Furlan

Never-before-heard interview from 1995 with Stephen Furst and Peter Jurasik. This interview is NOT in the book.


The interviews with the cast and crew in this volume occurred during the period of time that included the filming of "Sleeping in Light," Thirdspace and In the Beginning and beyond. The only exceptions are the "lost" Michael O'Hare interviews. See the table of contents below.
  • Proof that Echoes of All Our Conversations is uncensored: the COMPLETE interview with Claudia Christian two weeks after she left Babylon 5. (She wasn't happy.)
  • Revealed: why Michael O'Hare played Sinclair "so contained."
  • How Mira Furlan almost died while shooting "Atonement."
  • Who Patricia Tallman was referring to when she said, "I hope I never have to work with him again. I think he's a prick, and you can quote me on that."
  • The articulation exercise Jason Carter used to warm up his speaking voice...from The Picador Book of Erotic Verse.
  • First-hand reactions to the gag script (featuring Londo and G'Kar's sexual liaison) from Peter Jurasik, Richard Biggs, Bruce Boxleitner and Patricia Tallman. Who called whom and said what, the voice messages the cast left each other, the star who was the most upset by the premise (not Peter or Andreas) and why Pat was the most disappointed of all that it was a joke.
  • Teller speaks. A detailed interview with Penn's silent sidekick, where he talks about why he and Penn accepted the offer to appear on Babylon 5, why he doesn't like Harpo Marx (who "gives [him] the creeps") and the exchange between Teller and Neil Gaiman when the writer crashed the interview.
  • Why a scene between G'Kar and Londo in "No Surrender, No Retreat" annoyed Bill Mumy...and he wasn't even in it.
  • Why director Jesús Treviño approached directing Kosh the same as he would have a child or a dog.
  • Which star of the show said that the key to their religious beliefs was based on the Romper Room song "do be a good bee; don't be a bad bee."
  • How props intended for medlab might end up as a bomb detonator.
  • The scene one actor described as "walking into a sauna with a fur coat on."
  • The specific reason Penn wanted to be on Babylon 5, the confession that he knows nothing about SF and why he's been happy since June 12, 1973.
  • Who said, "I'm dead today but I come back next Wednesday to finish up."
  • What Peter Jurasik meant when he said, "I call it the crybaby scene just to drive them both crazy."
  • JMS's belief that if an actor cries on camera, they steal the tears from the audience.
  • Why Michael O'Hare had mixed feelings about traveling first class.
  • How the TV movies delayed a feeling of closure for some of the actors.
  • Which crew member Michael O'Hare believed was the "true commander of Babylon 5." (Hint: it wasn't JMS.)
  • How the illusion of the extending pike was created.
  • Why director David J. Eagle cut away from Daffy Duck in his edit of "Conflicts of Interest," and why he believes the producers stayed on the cartoon in the final cut.
  • The scene between Marcus and Franklin in "Atonement" that director Tony Dow declared was "one of his favorite scenes."
  • Which Babylon 5 star said, "I went to drama school knowing I could sing and dance and I left drama school with the full knowledge that I couldn't."
  • Why director Jesús Treviño cast Shari Belafonte as Dr. Elizabeth Trent in Thirdspace, and who else was up for the role.
  • Tracy Scoggins interviewed the day BEFORE she began playing Elizabeth Lochley.
  • The thing that frightened Claudia Christian most about the ending of Babylon 5.
  • Why "The Coming of Shadows" was Christopher Franke's favorite episode to score of the first 88.
  • Why actor Wayne Alexander was given all six scripts featuring Lorien before the first one was filmed, and how it affected his performance.
  • The thing Babylon 5 did that no other science fiction series in the history of television managed to achieve, according to producer John Copeland.
  • Why old Londo in In the Beginning was filmed in one block of three days.
  • Why Michael O'Hare compared director Richard Compton to French filmmaker Jean Renoir.
  • Why Claudia Christian didn't have to memorize any lines for the "Voice of the Resistance" scenes.
  • The prop maker's favorite prop: the Centauri Pizza box. Found out why.
  • The actor who thought the pace of season four was "a little quick for me."
  • How the look of the Narn homeworld was extrapolated from G'Kar's Babylon 5 quarters.
  • Why JMS directed Bruce Boxleitner not to touch Mira Furlan in their final "Sleeping in Light" scene until the very end...and how that made the emotions stronger.
  • The high-profile film Patricia Tallman considers "some of the hardest work [she'd] ever done"...and for which she didn't get a screen credit.
  • What legendary actor would send Tracy Scoggins flowers on her opening nights in the theater, with a card signed "Daddy."
  • Richard Biggs's first reaction to "Sleeping in Light," and how he approached playing Dr. Franklin twenty years in the future.
  • Name the speaker: "If I never work again, I have a beautiful son and a beautiful wife and I got a lot of money, so I'll be alright."
  • The thing Andreas Katsulas said to production designer John Iacovelli that turned out to be a first in the latter's career.
  • The reason Londo was constantly unpacking and receiving deliveries in the first season.
  • Makeup effects creator John Vulich's approach to how people in the future might age differently than they do today.
  • Bill Mumy's suggestion of what to watch closely in "Atonement," and why.
  • Why the prop maker put so much work into the Dreaming chalice from "Atonement"...when it was seen only once, and fleetingly.
  • The context in which Michael O'Hare said that looking into Mira Furlan's eyes "is one of the easiest things in the world to do."
  • Why Lennier was rubbing his hands when he walked into the Dreaming.
  • The suggestive wording on a memorial plaque in Admiral Ivanova's office.
  • The new title for Babylon 5 that production designer John Iacovelli suggested better reflected what was going on in the storyline.
  • Why working on In the Beginning made production designer John Iacovelli want to "reshoot the pilot entirely."
  • What the actors did with their "Sleeping in Light" scripts.
  • The director who watched the show every week, just like a fan, and who would be "blown away by episodes."
  • The two people Michael O'Hare most wanted to live near so he could "bump into them a lot."
  • What Patricia Tallman could have done that would have made her "four times the amount of money in one year" that she did on Babylon 5.
  • The approach director Jesús Treviño took to Thirdspace to make sure it didn't play like "two Babylon 5 hours."
  • Which parts of Sinclair's backstory were revealed to Michael O'Hare...and his reaction to them.
  • The Babylon 5 star who said they didn't mind playing their character; they just didn't want to be their character.
  • How the director of "Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi?" misunderstood the intent of a pivotal scene, causing the company to do re-shoots.
  • The thing actor Tim Choate got 40 or more of every time he did Babylon 5.
  • The difficulties in shooting the Minbari temple in "Moments of Transition."
  • The one-take scene with Zathras and Ivanova in "Conflicts of Interest" -- find out how many takes were filmed and which one appeared in the episode.
  • Christopher Franke's approach to the theme music and sound of the Centauri, Narn and Psi Corps, and why one of them built on an experience he'd had in Barcelona.
  • Actor William Forward's reaction to the 35 pages of chat-room transcripts that talked about his character, Refa.
  • The actor who always cried off-camera for the actor on-camera.
  • Which character provoked more snail mail from fans: Lorien or Sebastian?
  • Precisely how Christopher Franke would record with the Berlin Orchestra, why it was difficult to work with German musicians at first and why he paid them by the year instead of by the session.
  • Michael O'Hare's belief that "Jeffrey Sinclair is...a metaphor for our country."
  • Patricia Tallman's biggest regret about Babylon 5. (It's personal.)
  • Why there are outdoor images from Earth in Lochley's quarters.
  • Which guest actor was given an unprecedented chance to re-shoot his early scenes, and why the unique nature of the episode allowed for the opportunity.
  • Why director Jesús Treviño was "bowled over" when he read Thirdspace.
  • Why director Jesús Treviño "didn't even get" the implied relationship between Ivanova and Talia while directing "Divided Loyalties."
  • The person who was UNDER-credited for the show being renewed each year according to producer John Copeland, who describes him as "the irritation that won't go away."
  • Why production designer John Iacovelli thought that the Centauri royal palace looked like the bottle interior from I Dream of Jeannie.
  • The specific behavior in fellow actors that Bill Mumy said he had no patience for.
  • Was Stephen Furst kidding or not when he said he prepared to play old Vir in "Sleeping in Light" by eating strained peas and letting them drip out of his mouth? You decide.
  • The aspect of playing Lennier that Bill Mumy said was the hardest thing (and it's not the makeup).
  • The actor JMS called at their home to say, "Whatever you ate for breakfast, whatever you did that day, do that some more; it was incredible!"
  • Jesús Treviño on the difficulties of directing Kosh's death scene.
  • Why Michael O'Hare was proud of his choking scene in "Soul Hunter."
  • Why Claudia Christian was "shocked" when she read the script for Thirdspace.
  • Why actor Wayne Alexander had to wear two sets of contact the same time.
  • The joke played on Patricia Tallman on the set while she was giving an interview to Joe Nazzaro that provoked her to say, "They mind-fuck me all the time, so I don't know what's real anymore."
  • The quality Michael O'Hare said Mira Furlan would have even if she was a "scullery maid."
  • Why Michael O'Hare shook hands with JMS During the shooting of the pilot and "exchanged words of honor."
  • Why the prop maker needed a Barbie doll with a tennis racket.
  • The revelation that Babylon 5 did "the beginning after starting the show and the end before the show was finished."
  • Why Jason Carter never totally believed the practical joke suggesting that Marcus was going to die in "Grey 17 is Missing."
  • The actor who said he's a better director than actor because he's "never going to get better as an actor."
  • The role given to Dilbert creator Scott Adams's girlfriend the day he guest starred on Babylon 5.
  • Bill Mumy discusses the changes in Lennier's makeup over the first four seasons, and how the application time went from 3 hours 20 minutes down to 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • Christopher Franke's technique for coming up with themes for the various alien cultures.
  • Details on the "guy on the floor operating the gills."
  • Director David J. Eagle's surprising response when congratulated for the Hugo award nomination for "Severed Dreams."
  • The two reasons JMS decided to appear on-screen in the finale, after emphatically stating that he would never do so.
  • The actor who didn't read the scripts unless their character had dialogue in the episode.
  • The interesting difference between German and American directors, according to guest actor Reiner Schöne, who played Dukhat.
  • What happened to Rick Biggs that caused him to declare that he would never ask to do something that wasn't in the script again.
  • What Refa was thinking while he was listening to Londo's hologram in "And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place."
  • Why Patricia Tallman thought "Moments of Transition" was her best episode of the fourth season.
  • Why Christopher Franke re-recorded the music for the first two Babylon 5 soundtracks, and how well they sold.
  • Was "Into the Fire" intended to be a two-part episode, and would it have worked at twice the length?
  • The situation where the decision "reverts back to Joe's vision."
  • What Bill Mumy thought of the Minbari Civil War's end in the "Moments of Transition" temple scenes.
  • Why JMS told actor William Forward that it was a compliment for Lord Refa to be killed off.
  • How Michael O'Hare believed the structure of Babylon 5 was similar to Hill Street Blues.
  • What Michael O'Hare meant when he said he was just trying to "get the widgets out."
  • Why director Jesús Treviño looked over Tony Dow's shoulder while the latter was directing "Atonement."
  • The actors who would make "little kid noises" when they shot their guns, and the director who encouraged it.
  • Why director Tony Dow was disappointed in the scene where Franklin installed G'Kar's prosthetic eye...and how the use of the artificial organ in "Rising Star" added to his disappointment.
  • Why Christopher Franke believed that "there are still architects who can build you a house if you give them a melody."
  • Why Richard Biggs found that SF fans would say "Good work," while another genre of fans only want an autograph.
  • What Jason Carter said that ended with, "You have to include that phrase if you print any of this: I don't have any messianic tendencies but my initials are 'J.C.'"
  • Why JMS was NOT concerned that "Sleeping in Light" would be spoiled before it aired.
  • How the matte paintings of Narn buildings were based on an abandoned factory in San Diego.
  • The unusual action taken by a director that actor Tim Choate (Zathras) thanked him for.
  • Michael O'Hare's thoughts on what makes an interesting scene.
  • How the cast teased Tracy Scoggins when she joined the show, and how it made her feel welcome.
  • Why Claudia Christian believed that being on Babylon 5, a science fiction show, wouldn't be harmful to her career.
  • Patricia Tallman's complaints about season four.
  • Mira Furlan's favorite moments from season four.
  • How Christopher Franke provided Kosh's voice.
  • What Richard Biggs thought Dr. Franklin's drug addiction did for the character.
  • The "psychological game" director Tony Dow played with the actors to make them think he was paying more attention to them.
  • The circumstance in which Patricia Tallman was able to "pick up pieces of Kosh."
  • What JMS was referring to when he said, "To make it more attractive you show it to people and then yank it away. If you see it for too long, you start to get bored by it."
  • Why producer John Copeland chose to direct the ambitious "Endgame," and how "Captain Action" influenced JMS during the writing of the episode.
  • The episodes Michael O'Hare considered his favorites.
  • Why director Mike Vejar was singled out as "The Director" for In the Beginning.
  • Which successful movie credited Patricia Tallman as "Patrick Tallman."
  • Patricia Tallman's nickname for "the bad Kosh."
  • The importance of Zathras's teeth to the portrayal for actor Tim Choate. (It's more than just the look.)
  • The reason producer John Copeland was only pleased with 75% of his work directing "Endgame."
  • How the production of the TV movies in 1997 differed from the creation of the pilot in 1992.
  • The first scene shot for "Sleeping in Light."
  • The production similarities between "Sleeping in Light" and "Chrysalis."
  • Why Patricia Tallman didn't watch dallies.
  • The scene that literally terrified Patricia Tallman.
  • Andreas's suggestion that Londo be a ventriloquist and have a little G'kar doll on his knee.
  • The cute thing actor Tim Choate did at age twelve that he started doing again on the Babylon 5 set.
  • Why director Tony Dow let the cameras roll and had Jason Carter continue to sing at the end of "Atonement."
  • Why JMS used Jerry Doyle during Tracy Scoggins's audition.
  • Why JMS wanted to direct "Sleeping in Light," and how he used a tornado metaphor to explain his reasoning.
  • The director who believed his job was to "safeguard and protect the performance and the drama in the story."
  • How a bottle of glue would have made life so much easier for the prop department in season one, if only someone had thought of it.
  • What Michael O'Hare meant when he said, "It's an abuse of the mail and the Internet, and I certainly don't approve of it."
  • Inside the head of Christopher Franke: why he wanted to do "the sound of space," the relationship between the music and the storyline, how he approached big, dramatic setpieces and why using musical counter-point to what is happening makes it much more interesting.
  • How the non-musical JMS would communicate what he wanted in a Babylon 5 score to Christopher Franke, and why a scene in "The Face of the Enemy" is one they "worked on very hard together."
  • What Jason Carter really thought of Dr. Franklin and Marcus's Martian adventure.
  • How Bill Mumy felt when he read the "Sleeping in Light" script and discovered Lennier wasn't in it, why he immediately spoke to JMS and what Bill Mumy had in mind instead.
  • The mistake made during the chase sequence in "Conflicts of Interest" that was left in because it made the scene better.
  • Why JMS had his characters spend so much time searching for the First Ones, only to have them appear briefly in "Into the Fire" and then leave.
  • The scene and take in "Sleeping in Light" where director JMS shouted, "Print that one and forget about the other ones."
  • Introduction by Joe Nazzaro - The "Lost" O'Hare Interviews (June 2012)
  • Michael O'Hare - Jeffrey Sinclair (21 Jan 1993)
  • Michael O'Hare - Jeffrey Sinclair (30 June & 12 July 1994)
  • Michael O'Hare - Jeffrey Sinclair (7 July 1995)
  • Patricia Tallman - Lyta Alexander (22 & 30 Apr 1997)
  • Richard Biggs - Stephen Franklin (30 Apr 1997)
  • Bear Burge - Prop Maker (30 Apr 1997)
  • Wayne Alexander - Lorien, et al (30 Apr 1997)
  • Jason Carter - Marcus Cole (30 Apr 1997)
  • Peter Jurasik - Londo Mollari (30 Apr 1997)
  • Claudia Christian - Susan Ivanova (1 May 1997)
  • Jerry Doyle - Michael Garibaldi (1 May 1997)
  • Ann Bruice Aling - Costume Designer (2 May 1997)
  • John C.Flinn III - Director of Photography (2 May 1997)
  • Christopher Franke - Composer (3 May 1997)
  • John Vulich - Makeup Effects Creator (12 May 1997)
  • Jesús Salvador Treviño - Director (13 May 1997)
  • Jeffrey Willerth - Producer's Associate (13 May 1997)
  • John Copeland - Producer (20 & 28 May 1997)
  • Wayne Barlowe - Concept Artist (5 June 1997)
  • J.Michael Straczynski - Creator/Executive Producer (28 May 1997)
  • Mira Furlan - Delenn (28 May 1997)
  • Jeff Conaway - Zack Allan (28 May 1997)
  • Stephen Furst - Vir Cotto (28 May 1997)
  • Claudia Christian - Susan Ivanova (29 May 1997) -- 2 weeks after leaving B5
  • Shari Belafonte - Elizabeth Trent (29 May 1997)
  • John Iacovelli - Production Designer (29 May & 4 June 1997)
  • Clyde Kusatsu - Bill Morishi (29 May 1997)
  • Douglas Netter - Executive Producer (29 May 1997)
  • Jesús Salvador Treviño - Director (29 May 1997)
  • "The Exercise of Vital Powers"
  • David J. Eagle - Director (3 June 1997)
  • Tony Dow - Director (5 June 1997)
  • Claudia Christian - Susan Ivanova (29 July 1997)
  • Bill Mumy - Lennier (5 Aug 1997)
  • Reiner Schöne - Dukhat (6 Aug 1997)
  • Tim Choate - Zathras (23 Aug 1997)
  • Tracy Scoggins - Elizabeth Lochley (25 Aug 1997)
  • David J. Eagle - Director (29 Aug 1997)
  • Scott Adams - Mr.Adams (29 Aug 1997)
  • Peter Jurasik - Londo Mollari (29 Aug 1997)
  • John Lafia - Director (29 Aug 1997)
  • Wayne Alexander - Lorien, et al (30 Aug 1997)
  • Raye Birk - William (8 Sept 1997)
  • William Forward - Antono Refa (2 Sept 1997)
  • Damian London - Virini (3 Sept 1997)
  • Doug Lefler - Director (12 Nov 1997)
  • Bridget Flanery - Zoe (17 Nov 1997)
  • David J. Eagle - Director (17 Nov 1997)
  • Marie Marshall - Elizabeth "Dodger" Durman (17 Nov 1997)
  • Fabiana Udenio - Adira Tyree (17 Nov 1997)
  • Tracy Scoggins - Elizabeth Lochley (17 Nov 1997)
  • Teller - Zooty (17 Nov 1997)
  • Penn Gillette - Rebo (17 Nov 1997)

Echoes of All Our Conversations Volume 5

Publication Date: July 11, 2012
Pages: 332
Format: Softcover

Each Copy of Volume 5
Signed by Jerry Doyle

Echoes of All
Our Conversations

A New 6-Volume Series

Fifteen years of "behind the scenes"
Babylon 5 history as told by the
actors and crew who were there.

Volume 5


  A 340-page book of the complete, uncensored transcripts of 39 interviews with the Babylon 5 cast and key crew conducted while season five and the TV Movies were in production.

  28 never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes photographs accompanying the interviews, plus 3 storyboards, 6 concept sketches, 2 production documents and a page of Neil Gaiman’s "Day of the Dead" script hand annotated by JMS.

  Hand-autographed by Jerry Doyle.

  A personal message from Jerry Doyle.

  Collectible postcard and bookmark with a Garibaldi quote selected by Jerry Doyle.

  Never-before-heard interview interview with J. Michael Straczynski, Douglas Netter and John Copeland just after season five premiered on TNT in January 1998. This interview is NOT in the book but a Guide to the Voices is on the book's last page (and at the bottom of this webpage).

Each book personally autographed
by Jerry Doyle

A special note to the fans
written by Jerry Doyle

Postcard with Garibaldi quote
selected by Jerry Doyle

Bookmark with Garibaldi quote
selected by Jerry Doyle

Never-before-heard interview interview with the producers just after season five premiered on TNT in January 1998. This interview is NOT in the book, but a Guide to the Voices is included on the last page (and the bottom of this webpage).


The interviews with the cast and crew in this volume occurred during the period of time that included the filming of "Day of the Dead," "The Fall of Centauri Prime" and "Objects at Rest" as well as the TV movies The River of Souls and A Call to Arms.
  • Mira Furlan's reaction to Delenn's pregnancy.
  • Details. Details. Details. Bill Mumy opens up about "Gut Reactions," the script he wrote with Peter David for season five, and how it would have influenced the arc by introducing Londo's successor as the Centauri ambassador to Babylon 5.
  • The situation in which Tracy Scoggins told Jerry Doyle to "kiss my ass!"
  • Andreas Katsulas's reaction to walking through conventions and seeing people wearing G'Kar shirts.
  • The thing actor Martin Sheen did with the Babylon 5 crew that he'd learned from Marlon Brando during Apocalypse Now.
  • Lyta's season five storyline was originally intended for Susan Ivanova. Find out how it would have played out if Claudia Christian had not left Babylon 5.
  • How visual effects designer Ron Thornton first approached designing the jumpgates.
  • The mistake everyone made with Crusade, according to director Janet Greek.
  • Andreas Katsulas's feelings about G'Kar becoming Londo's bodyguard.
  • Tony Dow's "phobia" when directing.
  • The thing that made Andreas Katsulas "squirm like nothing else does."
  • The origin of the title "A View from the Gallery."
  • Why Mira Furlan jokingly refused to come out of her trailer during "And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder."
  • What director Janet Greek did in The River of Souls that you "never do in television."
  • How Mira Furlan's husband, Goran Gajic, found out he was directing "And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder."
  • The award that Babylon 5 received alongside Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.
  • How Babylon 5 utilized virtual locations (versus practical sets) in season five, and the motivation for doing so.
  • Why conceptual consultant Harlan Ellison attacked Babylon 5's tie-in novels -- or "pussycat novels" -- and the one he read.
  • Why JMS was not worried about how The River of Souls would be received, despite having only a handful of Babylon 5 actors in the cast.
  • The scene where it was okay for one of the actors to blow their line on camera.
  • How comedian/actor Jackie Gleason was the inspiration for Rebo and Zooty's catchphrase, "Zooty, zoot, zoot."
  • The alternate ending director Douglas E. Wise shot for "The Fall of Centauri Prime."
  • How Neil Gaiman -- who was beginning to develop his script before Claudia Christian's departure -- altered his approach to "Day of the Dead" once Captain Lochley was in place.
  • What JMS said to John Copleland 36 hours after the Blackpool convention contract-negotiations kerfuffle had ended.
  • Why Andreas Katsulas referred to season five as "another nice, healthy G'Kar crop."
  • The story that producer John Copeland thought JMS believed would be better dealt with in a novel.
  • The aspect of "And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder" that director Goran Gajic found most challenging.
  • Why director Goran Gajic asked the prop department for a five-gallon whiskey glass.
  • The amusing evolution of Harlan Ellison's Babylon 5 title -- from "real important guy" to "conceptual consultant."
  • Which Babylon 5 actor would have received an acting award if Peter Jurasik had been able to bestow one. (Hint: It wasn't Andreas Kastulas.)
  • Why Peter Jurasik joked about "Londo's dry cleaning getting mixed up and he ends up wearing Narn clothes to the big ball."
  • Why, when shooting "Secrets of the Soul," director Tony Dow believed that he'd "overstepped his bounds."
  • The conflicting fan mail actor Denise Gentile (Lise Edgars-Garibaldi) received after her appearances in season five.
  • The information director Janet Greek wished she had known sooner, and how it would have resulted in two of the characters in The River of Souls being played by the same guest actor.
  • Executive producer Douglas Netter's explanation of the financial challenges Babylon 5 experienced as it transitioned from syndication to basic cable and a much lower budget.
  • The thing that British fans didn't like about Babylon 5, according to JMS...and the episode they enjoyed more than American fans.
  • Which alien homeworld was envisioned as "a cross between Egypt and Venice."
  • What Peter Jurasik considered to be the "check and checkmate" part of Londo's character arc.
  • Why the notion of Lennier's betrayal in "Objects at Rest" bothered Bill Mumy.
  • The reason JMS had "always been suspect of the value of" casting name-value stars in Babylon 5.
  • Why actor Ed Wasser choose to wear a light-colored crystal around his neck for his appearance in "Day of the Dead"...and why he was surprised JMS allowed him to wear it.
  • The scene in which director Tony Dow declared, "I used more film on that particular day than I've ever shot," the scene he considered "the best I've ever directed" and the scene he "never understood."
  • How the fifth season contract negotiations changed how Bill Mumy felt about playing Lennier during the final year of Babylon 5.
  • JMS's explanation of what he was trying to accomplish with "Intersections in Real Time."
  • What visual effects designer Ron Thornton showed JMS that caused him to say, "You've got to get me a copy of that big-time!"
  • The reason the cast and crew called Bruce Boxleitner "Buzz Lightyear" in season five.
  • A beat-by-beat account of how actor Martin Sheen was cast as the Soul Hunter.
  • The exact point at which JMS told Tracy Scoggins and Bruce Boxleitner that their characters had been married to one another.
  • The presumption Richard Biggs made about the fifth season of Babylon 5 that was essentially incorrect.
  • Why the crew had to be absolutely silent for three minutes during the shooting of "Rising Star."
  • How makeup effects creator John Vulich addressed his season four unhappiness with the Drakh look, and why he referred to them as "different classes of ants."
  • Whether or not Andrea Thompson was jealous that her then-boyfriend, Jerry Doyle, was having an onscreen relationship with Marie Marshall (as Dodger)...who was his real-life ex-girlfriend. (Say that ten times fast).
  • Why JMS had to adjust Rebo and Zooty's dialogue after the characters were cast.
  • The acting situation which director Tony Dow said, "You couldn't do it with Mira."
  • Why JMS balked when he first saw a Vorlon ship.
  • The storyline Richard Biggs regretted never being able to play.
  • Why Richard Biggs believed that Franklin's emotions about leaving his post on Babylon 5 would not surface until he was ensconced in his new job at Earthdome.
  • Why producer John Copeland chose to direct an episode in the middle of season five rather than at the end of the year when he typically had fewer responsibilities.
  • Peter Jurasik's recollection of his audition for Babylon 5, back-to-back with Andreas Katsulas's, and why, after they looked at the concept art for Londo and G'Kar, they completely disregarded the drawings.
  • The thing that conceptual consultant Harlan Ellison believed ultimately killed Star Trek...and why he had no interest in seeing Babylon 5 continue past its five seasons for the same reason.
  • The reason "The Ragged Edge" was noted by the Hollywood trade magazines as a milestone.
  • Why Peter Jurasik compared "The Fall of Centauri Prime" to a symphony.
  • Why director Janet Greek "softened the Lochley character."
  • The three toughest scenes for producer John Copeland to direct in "The Ragged Edge," and how he approached them.
  • Why John Copeland was known as "Pig Dog 13."
  • What Lochley said to Garibaldi that Jerry Doyle believed was odd and not in step with the storyline.
  • Why a "practical keeper" was more cost-effective during the regent's death scene.
  • How Tracy Scoggins won the role of Elizabeth Lochley over her competition at the final network audition.
  • Which serious design problem conceptual consultant Harlan Ellison's extensive library solved for producer John Copeland.
  • What JMS meant when he said, "The entire Babylon 5 story was always there, I just had to find it."
  • Neil Gaiman's story goals for Lochley, Garibaldi, Lennier and Londo in "Day of the Dead."
  • Mira Furlan's description of what it was like for her to return to the full Minbari makeup for In the Beginning, and how she played 140-year-old Delenn in "The Deconstruction of Falling Stars."
  • The compliment from JMS that actor Damian London (Regent Virini) heard third-hand and considered the "best Christmas present I could ever get."
  • Patricia Tallman's description of filming the Lyta-Byron love scene.
  • Why Patricia Tallman did NOT feel like Lyta was more a part of the show when the Byron storyline surfaced.
  • The "accessory" that Patricia Tallman wanted the Lyta action figure to wear.
  • The opportunity no one had mentioned to Mira Furlan at the time of her interview, and which she said she would have agreed to if asked (but she wasn't).
  • Which of the stars said, "I'm probably more comfortable with crew than I am with the actors."
  • "Rebo and Zooty for President" -- the episode Neil Gaiman wanted to write for Crusade.
  • Why Bruce Boxleitner was told by one of the producers to watch Captain Horatio Hornblower, R.N. starring Gregory Peck.
  • The reason why producer John Copeland wanted Patricia Tallman to wear a bodysuit for her love scene in "Secrets of the Soul," and why director Tony Dow didn't think it was necessary.
  • How producer John Copleand directed "Objects at Rest" to reinforce the episode's title...and how he used the episode to set up "Sleeping in Light."
  • Which Babylon 5 star was offered the role of the brothel owner in The River of Souls.
  • Neil Gaiman's predictions about what fans would say the day after his episode aired.
  • Why director Doug Lefler preferred the dramatic scenes in "Day of the Dead" to the comedic elements.
  • The aspects of "Movements of Fire and Shadow" that were the most exciting to director John C. Flinn III, and why.
  • What Mira Furlan was talking about when she said, "Oh, my God, they treat me like shit."
  • Why the producers believed that they could shoot an episode in six days during season five instead of the seven-day schedule used throughout seasons one, two, three and four.
  • JMS's two goals for The River of Souls.
  • How Marshall Teague designed and financed Ta'Lon's sword on spec.
  • The Babylon 5 actor Patricia Tallman confessed that she was "ferociously attracted to."
  • The emotional scene where Patricia Tallman vowed that Lyta would not cry.
  • Why JMS wrote the Lochley holo-prostitute into The River of Souls.
  • The document Neil Gaiman downloaded from CompuServe to help him write "Day of the Dead."
  • The question asked of director Janet Greek, to which she responded, "When these things air, I pretty much always end up watching them alone."
  • Why Jerry Doyle didn't read scripts prior to shooting the episode.
  • Why conceptual consultant Harlan Ellison equated G'Kar to Chicago's Mayor Cermak.
  • Why Peter Jurasik said, "I don't listen to him when he's a producer and I don't listen to him as a director," in reference to John Copeland.
  • The specific alterations the makeup people did to the Soul Hunter so that it would look more like actor Martin Sheen.
  • What Sheridan referred to as "a real toad-strangler" in a line cut from "No Compromises."
  • Which Babylon 5 character would have been transgendered if JMS had not vetoed Neil Gaiman's suggestion for a secret revealed in "Day of the Dead."
  • REVEALED: The reason Neil Gaiman chose to use the Brakiri in "Day of the Dead."
  • Why director Goran Gajic, Mira Furlan's husband, used to come to the set in the early seasons, and the reason he stopped as the show continued.
  • The reason Patricia Tallman said to the wardrobe department, "You're not spending $300 on that jacket. Take it back!"
  • Why Andreas Katsulas was not able to watch "No Compromises" when it premiered on TNT. (This is surprising.)
  • The game Jerry Doyle and Bruce Boxleitner were playing when Jerry said, "I have to let you win; you're number one on the call sheet."
  • How director Goran Gajic approached directing his wife, Mira Furlan.
  • The thing director Doug Lefler didn't do with Penn & Teller that he later wished he had.
  • How Neil Gaiman selected the characters who would experience the "Day of the Dead," and who would have met whom if other characters had appeared in the episode.
  • The actor that director Tony Dow was apprehensive of working with because "she's so overbearing."
  • Peter Jurasik's tips for successfully auditioning...and the scene he choose to use for his Babylon 5 audition.
  • How visual effects designer Ron Thornton modified the Babylon 5 station so it would not look like a bottle.
  • Why Andreas Katsulas believed that Londo and G'Kar were almost like Abbott and Costello.
  • Why Neil Gaiman experienced "amazing frustration" when he was told that Penn & Teller agreed to be Rebo and Zooty.
  • The "bulldog and bone" analogy director Janet Greek used with Tracy Scoggins and Jerry Doyle.
  • What Andreas Katsulas considered to be the downfall of any religion.
  • What high-profile guest role Tracy Scoggins auditioned for prior to being cast as Elizabeth Lochley.
  • Actor Robin Atkin Downes's fantasy about returning to Babylon 5 as Byron's "evil twin," complete with a bald head.
  • The guest star who left his previous career as an undercover policeman to become an actor.
  • The situation in which Andreas Katsulas said, "Having G'Kar there, it's almost like having a lantern to see things better by."
  • Why director Janet Greek knew about the alcoholism link between Garibaldi and Lochley before Tracy Scoggins was even cast.
  • Why Richard Biggs considered seasons three and four as the high points for his character.
  • How conceptual consultant Harlan Ellison was cast as a psi cop in "The Face of the Enemy," and why his pairing with Walter Koenig (as Bester) was significant to his career.
  • What prompted Bill Mumy to say, "I wasn't happy with the way my fifth season deal went down and I'm not going to pretend that I was."
  • Director Doug Lefler's biggest regret about "Day of the Dead" (it involves Andreas Katsulas).
  • Why Jerry Doyle was "not at all concerned about giving up the residuals for the fifth season," and why he said to his agent, "If you fuck this deal up, I will cut your legs off!"
  • The materials Neil Gaiman requested to prepare him for the writing of "Day of the Dead."
  • How an event hosted by the Television Critics Association created the opportunity to produce The River of Souls.
  • The deleted line from "Day of the Dead" that established how Lennier and Morden had met prior to the latter's one-night resurrection.
  • Why director Mike Vejar was described as taking "us to the edge of the envelope every day and we all get paper cuts."
  • Why Peter Jurasik called "A View from the Gallery" a real treat.
  • Why, when director Janet Greek saw the Minbari fighter for "Darkness Ascending," she "hated it," and how Bill Mumy was able to make her cry while he was shooting his scenes within it.
  • First assistant director Douglas E. Wise's main concern when JMS and John Copeland decided to direct an episode each at the end of season four.
  • Why director Tony Dow brought actor Robin Atkin Downes and Patricia Tallman into his office a week before they shot their sex scene.
  • Why Neil Gaiman wanted a Morden/Lennier encounter in "Day of the Dead" instead of the more obvious Morden/Sheridan meeting.
  • How Richard Biggs would have approached "Believers" if he could play the episode again after five years of being Stephen Franklin.
  • Why Patricia Tallman did not like the way the Byron storyline ended.
  • The guest character the producers believed was more beloved than Zathras.
  • Actor Robin Atkin Downes's backstory for Byron, and how his instincts aligned with what later appeared in the scripts.
  • Why none of the Battle of the Line effects footage from "And the Sky Full of Stars" was reused for In the Beginning.
  • The scene in "The Wheel of Fire" that prompted director Janet Greek to comment that, "When we finished that scene, everybody just wanted to go to sleep."
  • The similarity between Claudia Christian and Tracy Scoggins, according to Richard Biggs.
  • The visual elements director Doug Lefler wanted to shoot for "Day of the Dead" but couldn't due to a lack of time...including storyboards for unfilmed sequences.
  • Why Andreas Katsulas believed that the best place to watch human emotions was the airport.
  • Why Patricia Tallman said of "Phoenix Rising" that, "I wasn't pleased. I was very upset."
  • Who said, "With a crew like this, I can even go to Centauri Prime without any problems."
  • The scene which made Peter Jurasik feel "like I was in an X-Files episode."
  • The kind of scenes Mira Furlan found most interesting to play in season four, and which were scarce in year five.
  • The situations that forced Patricia Tallman to flip out in tears in JMS's office. (Hint: It's NOT about the painful contact lenses.)
  • Why Damian London -- who played Regent Virini -- found himself in a role where he "was the only pageboy in the court of Henry VIII that had a Doris Day flip."
  • Why JMS received letters asking if Stephen Furst had cancer. (He didn't!)
  • Why Mira Furlan was not pleased with her performance in "The Deconstruction of Falling Stars."
  • JMS's one-word response after Neil Gaiman pitched him the idea of featuring Rebo and Zooty.
  • What conceptual consultant Harlan Ellison thought of his Babylon 5 trading card.
  • How Mira Furlan approached Delenn's laughing fit in "Day of the Dead."
  • How the reference to Rebo and Zooty in "Rumors, Bargains and Lies" led Neil Gaiman to revisit those characters in "Day of the Dead."
  • Why, in season five, makeup effects creator John Vulich wanted to incorporate more hair into the alien races.
  • The comment frequently made to actor Lawrence LeJohn -- who played Bo in "A View from the Gallery" -- after the episode aired.
  • The question to which Stephen Furst replied, "I'd rather be unemployed and alive."
  • Why Jerry Doyle described Tracy Scoggins as being "as much fun after 'cut' as she is between 'action' and 'cut.'"
  • Why executive producer Douglas Netter didn't mind being pigeonholed as a science fiction producer.
  • Actor Robin Atkin Downes on the differences between playing Morann and Byron, and the one acting credential he had that fit with both roles.
  • Bill Mumy's nickname for Lennier during the character's tenure with the Anla-shok.
  • What Jerry Doyle missed about having Claudia Christian on the set after she left Babylon 5.
  • The actor who'd had a crush on Efrem Zimbalist Jr. since she was a little girl.
  • Why Richard Biggs received a call on Friday about an "emergency" shoot on Monday...and the regret he had while preparing.
  • Guess which lead actor said, "I'm a guy who likes to eat donuts and watch The Simpsons." (Think outside the box on this one.)
  • Why Jerry Doyle was "a thousand times happier that Bruce was on the show [instead of] Michael O'Hare."
  • The deleted scene from In the Beginning that included actor Robin Atkin Downes mimicking a fan at an Ozzy Osbourne concert.
  • Even more about Lyta's Lingerie -- details neither JMS's commentaries in The Babylon 5 Scripts of J. Michael Straczynski nor Patricia Tallman's memoir, Pleasure Thresholds, revealed.
  • Conceptual consultant Harlan Ellison's take on the JMS-fueled rumor that he was going to write a sequel to his award-winning Outer Limits script, "Demon with a Glass Hand," set in the Babylon 5 universe.
  • The thing that Mira Furlan was "incredibly bitter and angry about," and that she thought was "terribly unfair."
  • Neil Gaiman - Writer (18 Nov 1997)
  • John Copeland - Producer (19 & 21 Nov 1997)
  • Mira Furlan - Delenn (20 Nov 1997)
  • Ed Wasser - Morden (20 Nov 1997)
  • Bill Mumy - Lennier (21 Nov 1997)
  • Peter David - Writer (16 Jan 1998)
  • Goran Gajic - Director (21 Jan 1998)
  • Douglas E. Wise - First Assistant Director/Director (21 Jan 1998)
  • Richard Biggs - Stephen Franklin (22 Jan 1998)
  • Patricia Tallman - Lyta Alexander (22 Jan 1998)
  • Andreas Katsulas - G’Kar (22 Jan 1998)
  • J. Michael Straczynski - Creator/Executive Producer (23 Jan 1998)
  • John C. Flinn III - Director of Photography (23 Jan 1998)
  • Bill Mumy - Lennier (23 Jan 1998)
  • Douglas Netter - Executive Producer (23 Jan 1998)
  • Denise Gentile - Lise Edgars-Garibaldi (10 Feb 1998)
  • Goran Gajic - Director (10 Feb 1998)
  • Jerry Doyle - Michael Garibaldi (10 Feb 1998)
  • Peter Jurasik - Londo Mollari (11 Feb 1998)
  • Janet Greek - Director (12 Feb 1998)
  • Jesús Salvador Treviño - Director (15 Feb 1998)
  • Raymond O’Connor - Mac (14 Feb 1998)
  • Lawrence LeJohn - Bo (17 Feb 1998)
  • Robin Atkin Downes - Byron (19 Feb 1998)
  • Stephen Furst - Vir Cotto (19 Feb 1998)
  • Doug Lefler - Director (23 Feb 1998)
  • Harlan Ellison - Conceptual Consultant (2 Mar 1998)
  • Damian London - Virini (2 Mar 1998)
  • John Copeland - Producer (10 Mar 1998)
  • Douglas E. Wise - First Assistant Director/Director (10 Mar 1998)
  • Richard Biggs - Stephen Franklin (2 May 1998)
  • Janet Greek - Director (7 May 1998)
  • J. Michael Straczynski - Creator/Executive Producer (11 May 1998)
  • John Copeland - Producer (12 May 1998)
  • Jerry Gergely - Special Makeup Effects Artist (12 May 1998)
  • Tony Dow - Director (28 May 1998)
  • Steve Burg - Conceptual Artist (24 May 1998)
  • Ron Thornton - Visual Effects Designer (27 May 1998)
  • John Vulich - Makeup Effects Creator (28 May 1998)

Echoes of All Our Conversations Volume 6

Publication Date: August 15, 2012
Pages: 351
Format: Softcover

Each Copy of Volume 6
Signed by Bill Mumy

Echoes of All
Our Conversations

A New 6-Volume Series

Fifteen years of "behind the scenes"
Babylon 5 history as told by the
actors and crew who were there.

Volume 6


  A 377-page book of the complete, uncensored transcripts of 34 interviews with the Babylon 5 cast and key crew conducted during the production of 3 TV Movies and The Lost Tales.

  41 never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes photographs accompanying the interviews, plus 1 storyboard, 2 concept sketches and 2 production documents.

  Hand-autographed by Bill Mumy.

  A personal message from Bill Mumy.

  Collectible postcard and bookmark with a Lennier quote selected by Bill Mumy.

  Never-before-heard group interview with Richard Biggs, Julie Caitlin Brown, Carrie Dobro, Jerry Doyle, Peter Jurasik, Marjorie Monaghan during the 2001 Chiller Theater Convention. This interview is NOT in the book but a Guide to the Voices is on the book's last page (and at the bottom of this webpage).

Each book personally autographed
by Bill Mumy

A special note to the fans
written by Bill Mumy

Postcard with Lennier quote
selected by Bill Mumy

Bookmark with Lennier quote
selected by Bill Mumy

Never-before-heard interview interview with Richard Biggs, Julie Caitlin Brown, Carrie Dobro, Jerry Doyle, Peter Jurasik and Marjorie Monaghan. This interview is NOT in the book, but a Guide to the Voices is included on the last page (and the bottom of this webpage).


The interviews with the cast and crew in this volume occurred during the time frame 1998-2007, which included the filming of A Call to Arms, Crusade, The Legend of the Rangers, the aborted Babylon 5 flight simulator game and direct-to-DVD The Lost Tales.
  • REVEALED: The entire B-story that was taken out of "Gropos."
  • Why Bruce Boxleitner thought Babylon 5's ending was similar to the conclusion of The Sopranos.
  • Michael O'Hare's reaction to seeing himself in Minbari makeup.
  • The hobbies Andreas Katsulas took up after Babylon 5 that he considered "more challenging than acting."
  • Pop quiz: In the episode "The Wheel of Fire," where did you see a bowl of oranges.
  • Why actor Tim Choate refused to give the actor playing Zathras's workmate, Spragg, any acting pointers, even though he asked for them constantly.
  • Which episode began life as a story about Sheridan's father...before going in a very different direction.
  • The exact words JMS uttered when responding to Bill Mumy's assertion that "Lennier is in love with Delenn."
  • The scene with Mira where, even off camera, Bill Mumy said, "Tears were running down my face...every single time."
  • Why Michael O'Hare would rent convertible sports cars.
  • The reason Lennier's "bone sprouted" between seasons.
  • The connection between Baywatch and Babylon 5.
  • How V almost ruined Babylon 5.
  • The costume that made Michael O'Hare feel like "a waiter in an Arabian restaurant."
  • The process that, according to director Janet Greek, "the producers on Babylon 5 do not ever involve the director in."
  • The thing Patricia Tallman believes Lyta only did "twice in the whole five years."
  • Who really "wrote" one character's dialogue in "Gropos." (Hint: It wasn't writer Larry DiTillio or JMS.)
  • JMS's generosity towards Michael O'Hare, from giving him $5,000 to keep him afloat, to buying a $2,500 ad promoting his guest appearance in The Cosby Mysteries.
  • Why Patricia Tallman believed that, story-wise, Babylon 5 needed a sixth season.
  • The moment producer John Copeland decided that Babylon 5 had a "charmed existence" and would be able to overcome just about any obstacle.
  • How Babylon 5 could have been hit with a lawsuit...over a name.
  • Bill Mumy's five-page account of why Lennier's actions in "Objects at Rest" felt "totally wrong," why he believed he couldn't go to JMS about it and how he would have preferred it to play out.
  • The shot which prompted the crew to give actor Tim Choate "massive applause."
  • The thing that "bred a very strange insecurity amongst the cast," according to Bill Mumy.
  • What made Mira Furlan feel "totally excluded as an actor."
  • The episode Larry DiTillio thought was "mis-cast" and whose "Anglo sensibilities" he blamed.
  • The guest actor who couldn't remember his lines and had to have cue cards hidden in "strategic places."
  • Who believed Robert Rusler couldn't make his dialogue as Warren Keffer believable.
  • How JMS benefitted from having the same agent as Marc Scott Zicree early in both their careers.
  • The guest actor whose real life was the basis for Steven Seagal's Navy SEAL character in Under Siege.
  • What was meant by the statement, "There wouldn't be a Zack Allan if it wasn't for Lou Welch's mistake."
  • Mira Furlan's uncensored reaction to Lennier's eleventh-hour betrayal in "Objects at Rest."
  • Why Peter Jurasik believed that Bruce Boxleitner felt betrayed at the end of the series.
  • The episode that was written to minimize interactions between Jerry Doyle and Michael O'Hare.
  • The actress who said "Thirdspace was basically one big, long bad hair day for me."
  • Why Bill Mumy was "always schmoozing the guest cast."
  • The action in "The Corps Is Mother, the Corps Is Father" that Walter Koenig believed would have left Bester with "absolutely no redeeming quality" if it had been played as written.
  • Why producer John Copeland doubted that Babylon 5 could "have gone on with Michael [O'Hare] on it."
  • The technique popularized by director John Woo that director Mike Vejar would use on Babylon 5 to add an emotional element to everything on screen.
  • Why producer John Copeland said to Babylon 5 directors being considered for Crusade, "If you don't do it this way, you ain't coming back."
  • What Bruce Boxleitner thought about the direct-to-DVD distribution of The Lost Tales.
  • Producer John Copeland reveals his version of the events that led up to the sale of Babylon 5's pilot...and recounts Paramount's handling of the script prior to announcing Deep Space Nine.
  • The scene Michael O'Hare considered one of his favorites.
  • The situation in which Patricia Tallman believed JMS fell into the "clutches of some evil people."
  • What prompted Michael O'Hare to say, "My testicles felt about the size of two small frozen peas."
  • JMS's approach to a long-term story arc for The Legend of the Rangers...if it had gone to series.
  • Which episodes of season five stood out for former story editor Larry DiTillio...even though he hadn't worked on the show in three years.
  • Why writer Larry DiTillio liked writing characters like Garibaldi better than Sinclair or Sheridan.
  • Why director Mike Vejar found it hard to get any drama going while filming on the White Star.
  • The "twisted relationship" JMS and producer John Copeland had with Mattel toys.
  • Which actor said, "Ninety percent of all the heads on Babylon 5 are cast off my head."
  • Why Patricia Tallman "freaked out" when JMS told her to react to Kosh as though "you see God."
  • Why Delenn's black contact lenses were dropped from her makeup (other than the fact that they were painful).
  • What actor Tim Choate did NOT do in his audition that became one of Zathras's key characteristics.
  • The emotion that bled through Peter Jurasik during his farewell scene with Andreas Katsulas.
  • Bruce Boxleitner's glee that he still fit in his Babylon 5 costume...on the set of The Lost Tales.
  • What Peter Jurasik thought of Londo's final appearance in "Objects at Rest."
  • The only moment that Bill Mumy thought "Lennier is completely out of control."
  • The beloved Babylon 5 guest stars that director Janet Greek wanted to bring back in her final episode.
  • How Legend of the Rangers set decorator Barry Kemp used Bissell vacuum cleaners, the backs of Dirt Devils, ice cube trays and cheap, plastic Taiwanese lawn sprinklers.
  • The story that never got written involving Zack killing an alien child, and the subsequent trial.
  • The award that director Janet Greek didn't even know she had won.
  • Why Babylon 5's renewal process was so frustratingly last minute.
  • The actor who said to legendary acting teacher Lee Strasberg, "I have more discipline in my little finger that you've got in your entire class!"
  • Why JMS hired Christopher Franke to score The Legend of the Rangers after employing composer Evan H. Chen on Crusade.
  • Why Peter Woodward, on the set of The Lost Tales, thought it was good that Crusade was "unfinished."
  • What Bill Mumy thought of the big-budget Lost in Space movie.
  • Tim Choate's comparison of Zathras to I Love Lucy's Ricky Ricardo.
  • The exact first words Bruce Boxleitner spoke to Michael O'Hare.
  • The situation that prompted Bruce Boxleitner and Bill Mumy to sit around singing Beatles songs on the White Star.
  • Which set Patricia Tallman referred to as "the Muppet Sector."
  • The story behind this quote: "Listen, I have my head on a silver platter, would you like to try it?" and the reply, "If it's in fairly good shape and your features haven't changed, we'll use it."
  • The one thing Peter Jurasik would fault Michael O'Hare for.
  • The "incident" director Janet Greek had with Michael O'Hare on the set of "A Voice in the Wilderness" that caused her to shut down production.
  • Why an appreciation of JMS in a convention program was titled "Is There Any Stricture Against Kicking Them in the Nuts?"
  • How Bill Mumy and Mira Furlan were arbiters of all things Minbari on the set.
  • Writer Larry DiTillio never agreed with the poisoning of Adira Tyree in "Interludes and Examinations." Find out why.
  • Why JMS brought Mira Furlan a "huge amount of red flowers" early on in the pilot.
  • The subtleties Bill Mumy incorporated into his portrayal of Lennier that some viewers might not have noticed.
  • The post-Babylon 5 audition for the part of an aging ex-action hero to which Bruce Boxleitner brought his Sheridan action figure.
  • Why the Babylon 5 crew never resisted any of director Janet Greek's radical ideas.
  • The day the crew put a toilet seat on Kosh...and there was nothing he could do about it.
  • Why Peter Jurasik didn't see In the Beginning on its initial TNT broadcast.
  • The reason Bill Mumy agreed to guest star on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
  • Which guest actor kept a count of his on-screen deaths and was up to eighty-four at the time of his interview.
  • Which actor said, "...I paid for every single piece of it because I just thought it was something my character would have."
  • The sign on the Liandra that is discreetly placed, but always in view, and which reads, "Fuck TNT" Minbari.
  • The phone call practical joke Andreas Katsulas and Douglas Netter played on Peter Jurasik...who thought it wasn't really Doug but Stephen Furst doing an impersonation of Babylon 5's executive producer.
  • How this sentence was completed by a high-profile crew member: "There are two people who have a big impact on the mood on the set. One is the _____ and the other is the ______."
  • Jerry Doyle's "irrational" behavior about consummating his character's relationship with Dodger.
  • The situation where producer John Copeland would "leave room to be surprised."
  • Why Peter Jurasik thought that the regent's death scene lasted too long.
  • The cutting-edge tech used in 1987 to send Captain Power scripts back and forth from Canada.
  • Why Ivanova was a fan of jazz, why Sheridan played baseball and why Vir loved opera.
  • Peter Jurasik's approach to Londo's final scene with Sheridan and Delenn.
  • What was so confusing for Peter Woodward while shooting The Lost Tales, and how Bruce Boxleitner and he approached the difficulty.
  • Which high-profile Babylon 5 guest star read some of the B5 novels, and what he thought of them.
  • How Peter Jurasik completed this sentence: "I'll reveal something to you, I've done this twice in my life and I'm not proud of it, but I will actually __________."
  • Why director Mike Vejar was taken with the stage direction in the script for "The Face of the Enemy" that read "Sheridan is taken down as if by hyenas."
  • The scene Patricia Tallman describes as a "Three Stooges routine!"
  • Richard Biggs's one complaint about the Franklin addiction storyline.
  • The season that Bruce Boxleitner considered to be the show's strongest.
  • Which actor was "in tears" when telling Patricia Tallman, "Claudia is leaving."
  • How the experience of shooting Crusade was different from Babylon 5, from an actor's point of view.
  • The episode that producer John Copeland felt was the first one to be "hitting on all cylinders."
  • Why Martin Sheen had a hard time with the alien nature of the soul hunter in The River of Souls.
  • Peter Jurasik's poignant perspective on the ending of the series.
  • The recurring guest actor who originally read for the role of Garibaldi.
  • Janet Greek's account of directing the actors for the Babylon 5 flight simulator game (and why it took some actors as many as twelve takes), the Babylon 5 game's plot and which character was taped telling the game's prospective player that s/he had died in eight different, imaginative ways.
  • Why JMS wanted somebody from Babylon 5 in The Legends of the Rangers, and how a "bowl of ice cream the size of Latvia" led him to Andreas Katsulas.
  • The thing that caused the producers to lose their objectivity about their production choices, including the hiring of directors.
  • What Bill Mumy meant when he said, "I think the show should be spanked for not doing it consistently."
  • The actor who said, "Everybody in my family was a professor of some language."
  • Would Bill Mumy play Lennier again if he were asked?
  • How actress Maggie Egan, who played the long-unnamed ISN anchor, discovered her character's name was Jane.
  • The suggestion producer John Copeland made to fans who wanted a "different perspective on the characters and alternate points of view of what happened to them.
  • The actor who knew nothing about B5 but whose parents "went nuts" when they learned she was playing a Minbari.
  • How Mira Furlan created Delenn for her audition with only one scene to work on.
  • What prompted Bill Mumy to say, "It was the only episode out of the 110 that were made that I was acting in."
  • Why director Janet Greek wanted an "androgynous woman to be Kosh."
  • Producer John Copeland's answer to the question, "If you did the pilot now [after season five], would you do it with the same actors?"
  • Surprise: two photos of Andreas Katsulas in his G'Kar costume BUT without his makeup and mask. It is believed that these are the only two photos of him like this ever published.
  • A reflective Peter Jurasik sharing his uncensored opinions of key episodes: "Objects at Rest," "Darkness Ascending," "The Fall of Centauri Prime," "Day of the Dead," "A Tragedy of Telepaths," "The Quality of Mercy," "Soul Mates," "The Geometry of Shadows"...and the song he wrote with Bill Mumy memorializing the experience.
  • Introduction: The Antepenultimate Word
  • John Copeland - Producer (3 June & 3 Sept 1998)
  • Mira Furlan - Delenn (15 July 1998)
  • Janet Greek - Director (17 & 20 July 1998)
  • Bill Mumy - Lennier (28 July 1998)
  • Maggie Egan - Jane, the ISN Anchor (10 Aug 1998)
  • Mike Vejar - Director (12 Aug 1998)
  • Bill Mumy - Lennier (19 Nov 1998)
  • Curt Lowens - Varn (2 Dec 1998)
  • Patricia Tallman - Lyta Alexander (28 Jan 1999)
  • Michael O'Hare - Jeffrey Sinclair (29 Jan 1999)
  • Lawrence G. DiTillio - Writer (1 Feb 1999)
  • Peter Jurasik - Londo Mollari (2 Feb 1999)
  • Tim Choate - Zathras (6 Apr 1999)
  • Janet Greek - Director (10 Apr 1999)
  • Bruce Boxleitner - John Sheridan (12 Apr 1999)
  • Richard Biggs - Stephen Franklin (3 May 1999)
  • Marshall Teague - Ta'Lon (17 May 1999)
  • Gregg Maday - Warner Bros. (24 Aug 1999)
  • D.C. Fontana - Writer (10 Sept 2001)
  • Walter Koenig - Alfred Bester (6 Dec 2001)
  • Introduction: The Penultimate Word
  • J. Michael Straczynski - Creator/Executive Producer (30 May 2001)
  • Dylan Neal - David Martel (1 June 2001)
  • Myriam Sirois - Sarah Cantrell (1 June 2001)
  • Dean Marshall - Malcolm Bridges (1 June 2001)
  • Stephen Geaghan - Production Designer (1 June 2001)
  • Warren T. Takeuchi - Kitaro Sasaki (1 June 2001)
  • Enid-Raye Adams - Firell (1 June 2001)
  • Alex Zahara - Dulann (1 June 2001)
  • Douglas Netter - Executive Producer (1 June 2001)
  • Andreas Katsulas - G'Kar (5 June 2001)
  • J. Michael Straczynski - Creator/Executive Producer (10 Dec 2001)
  • Introduction: The Last Word
  • Tracy Scoggins - Elizabeth Lochley (4 June 2007)
  • Peter Woodward - Galen (13 June 2007)
  • Bruce Boxleitner - John Sheridan (14 June 2007)
  • Guide to the Voices in the Bonus Audio Interview

Echoes of All Our Conversations Companion

Publication Date: October 17, 2012
Pages: 296
Format: Softcover

Vir Finally Gets His Chance. Read on.

Each Copy of the Companion
Signed by Stephen Furst

Echoes of All
Our Conversations

A New 6-Volume Series

Fifteen years of "behind the scenes"
Babylon 5 history as told by the
actors and crew who were there.

Echoes Companion

Releasing a seventh volume allowed Stephen Furst--the only remaining star from Babylon 5 who appeared in all five seasons--to sign this volume. This means that fans who have the entire series will also have the signature of all surviving Babylon 5 stars who appeared in four or more seasons of the show: Peter Jurasik, Bruce Boxleitner, Claudia Christian, Mira Furlan, Jerry Doyle, Bill Mumy and Stephen Furst.


Each book personally autographed
by Stephen Furst

A special note to the fans
written by Stephen Furst

Postcard with Vir quote

Bookmark with Vir quote

With the addition
of Stephen Furst,
the ECHOES series
now includes
all the major cast


Comprehensive Index for All Six Volumes
108 pages, 2,387 entries and 11,949 references. When you want to find all instances of a person, place or episode across the entire series, this is the document to use.

Index for Each Volume
These stand-alone indexes function as granular tables of contents, roadmaps for each volume, with quick access to the information you most want to learn more about, without having to plow through the 100+ pages of the master index. Averaging 12 pages--each in a condensed layout--these indexes are more manageable than the master. BONUS FUN: After you read a volume, quiz yourself by reading that volume's index.

Babylonian Production Timeline
This never-before-seen document was compiled by ECHOES Editor Jason Davis as a guide for his personal use, but the details and insights were too good to keep it in the vault.

These category-specific tables group each interview subject by his or her occupation and then provide a chronological list of each interview across all six volumes. This lets you move quickly through the series one topic at a time, giving you fresh perspectives on the making of Babylon 5.
  • Regular Cast
  • Guest Cast
  • Producers
  • Writers
  • Directors
  • Pre-Production & Production Crew
  • Post-Production Crew

Sample Page from the "By Category" Section

Illustrated Interview Index
Puts the names to faces and includes all the interviews and references for each person in each volume. This handy tool makes sure you don't miss any details about any Babylon 5 personality.

Sample Page from the Illustrated Interview Index

Never-Before-Published: Set Plans
These four set plans--one each for Stages A, B and C, as well as a diagram illustrating how the stages were arranged in the Sun Valley warehouse where Babylon 5 and Crusade were filmed--show you where the sets were in relation to each other during the early days of season five. When the folks interviewed refer to the stages (which they often do) you will be able to SEE what they are talking about.

Blow-up of one part of the Stage C Plans included in the Companion.