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Babylon 5: The Scripts of J. Michael Straczynski, Volume 1

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Publication Date: October 29, 2005
Retire Date: June 30, 2008
Retail Price: $39.99
Pages: 448

FEATURING

  • A 53 page (13,000 word) introduction with episode commentaries written specifically for this volume. Learn the genesis of the Babylon 5 series, the five year journey of selling it, the day B5 almost died, and behind-the-scenes stories, many never told before, about the making of the landmark pilot movie and these five episodes.
  • 30 pages of memos from Straczynski written during production, detailing the history of the many alien races, prop and set design, casting...nearly every aspect of creating the Babylon 5 universe is revealed here for the first time.
  • 11 pages of candid, behind-the-scenes B&W photos of cast and crew taken by Straczynski, drawn from his personal archives, seen here for the first time.
  • This is much more than a script compilation; it is the story behind the making of the Babylon 5 series, told from the inside.

SCRIPTS

  • The Gathering (Original 1989 Pilot Script) Alternate Version, Never Previously Released
  • Midnight on the Firing Line
  • Soul Hunter
  • Infection
  • The Parliament of Dreams
  • Mind War

Please note that this volume contains the equivalent of 7 scripts because the Gathering is a 2-hour double-length script.

J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI TALKS ABOUT VOLUME 1
When we went to sell Babylon 5, I wrote a pilot screenplay to take around. When we made the deal, the notes process began...and the script went through considerable changes. But this is the ORIGINAL draft, the one only seen by the studio and the other producers on the show.

What's different? How about Garibaldi trying to get hold of his dying father back on Mars...how about a shape-shifter instead of a Minbari assassin with a changeling net...Londo as a part-time pick-pocket...Dr. Chakri Mendak instead of Dr. Kyle...new scenes between Lyta and Laurel, Delenn and others that were later cut...a LOT more character scenes with Sinclair and Garibaldi...a discovery about Delenn's lifestone and what that means to the Minbari...where Sinclair is NOT put on trial, but finds a whole different and more interesting way to solve the mystery of Kosh's assailant...and the introduction of Kosh's life-mate, Velana, who plays a very important role in the script. (Didn't know Vorlons had life-mates, did you?)

This script is HUGELY different from the one we filmed -- funnier in places, with more character moments -- and it has been kept under lock and key all this time. Now, for the first time, it will has been officially released in the first volume of this 15 volume set.

In this volume, readers will also discover:

  • The secret meaning of the title "Midnight on the Firing Line"
  • How Londo ended up with all that hair
  • Why Lyta was in "The Gathering" but not the first two seasons.
  • And the Christmas bombshell that almost destroyed the chances of Babylon 5 ever coming on the air

Index

Alexander, Lyta – pages 16, 26

alien sector – page 21

Andromeda (TV series) – page 8

Arnold, Richard – page 10

Babylon 5 (Station) – page 20

Battle of the Line – page 18

Bester, Alfred (author) – page 51

Bester, Alfred (Babylon 5 character) – pages 51-52

Biggs, Richard – page 27

Blackpool, England – page 53

Boxleitner, Bruce – pages 4, 72, 102

Burbank, CA – page 9

Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future (TV series) – pages 2, 5

Centauri – page 44

CGI (computer-generated imagery) – page 9

Chang, Laurel – page 15

changeling net – page 19

Chekov, Pavel (Star Trek) – page 52

Christian, Claudia – page 27

Collari, Londo – page 16

Copeland, John – pages 5, 32

Cotto, Vir – page 26

"Deconstruction of Falling Stars, The" – page 50

Delenn – page 17

Demolished Man, The – page 51

Doyle, Jerry – page 19

Earth: Final Conflict (TV series) – page 8

Earth First – page 38

Earth-Minbari War – page 19

First Ones – page 49

G'Kar – pages 15, 41-42, 49

Garibaldi, Michael – page 16

Gathering, The (Babylon 5 pilot) – page 5, Commentary (pages 15-21)

gravity ring – page 18

Grey Council – page 45

Iacovelli, John – page 17

"Infection" – page 25, Commentary (pages 35-39)

IPX (Interplanetary Expeditions) – page 37

ISN (Interstellar News) – page 35

Ivanova, Susan – page 28

Jackarr – page 15

Jarvis, Jeff – page 36

JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) – page 33

jumpgate – page 16

Jurasik, Peter – pages 20, 44

Katsulas, Andreas – pages 20, 42, 49

Kennedy, John F. – page 39

Kim, Lyta – page 16

Knight Two – page 52

Koenig, Walter – pages 10, 52-53

Kosh – pages 17-18, 28, 42

Kyle, Benjamin – page 16

labor action – page 1

Ledger, Peter – page 7

Lennier – page 45

lunch – page 52

Mendak, Chakri – pages 16, 18

"Midnight on the Firing Line" – Commentary (pages 23-29)

Minbari lifestone – page 18

"Mind War" – Commentary (pages 49-53)

Mollari, Londo – pages 16-17

mundanes – page 50

Netter, Douglas – pages 5, 9, 32

Night of the Living Dead (1990 film) – page 19

Night Watch – page 38

North Hollywood – page 20

O'Hare, Michael – page 19

organic technology – page 37

Paramount Pictures – pages 8, 10-11

"Parliament of Dreams, The" – Commentary (pages 41-47)

Psi Cop – page 51

Psi Corps – page 51

PTEN (Prime Time Entertainment Network) – pages 8-11, 15, 26

Robertson, Dick – pages 8, 11

Sakai, Catherine – page 43

Santa Clarita, CA – pages 20, 23

seaQuest DSV (TV series) – page 39

Sekka, Johnny – pages 19, 27

sets – page 24

Shadow War (13th century) – pages 37, 45

Shadow War (23rd century) – pages 49-50

shape-shifter – page 19

Sinclair, Jeffrey – pages 18, 28, 45

soul – page 31

"Soul Hunter" – pages 11, 25, Commentary (pages 31-34)

Star Trek (franchise) – pages 6-8, 31-33

Star Trek (1966-9 TV series) – page 52

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – pages 10-11, 19, 24, 31

starfury – page 24

Stargate: SG1 – page 24

Sun Valley, CA – pages 23, 46

Sykes, Carolyn – page 18

Takashima, Laurel – pages 15, 28

Tallman, Patricia – pages 19, 26

telepath – page 51

Telepath Crisis – page 50

telepathy – page 50

Thompson, Evan – pages 8, 11

Tomita, Tamlyn – pages 19, 26

Toronto, Canada – page 1

TV Guide – page 36

Twilight Zone, The (1985 9 TV series) – pages 1, 5

UPN (United Paramount Network) – page 10

V (1985 TV series) – page 6

Valen – page 45

Velana – pages 17-18

Virell – page 26

Vorlon (homeworld) – page 50

Warner Bros. – pages 8-11, 15, 26-27, 39, 46

warping space – page 16

WGA (Writers Guild of America) – pages 1, 5, 12

Winters, Talia – page 26

Wolf 359 (convention) – page 53

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