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Babylon 5: The Scripts of J. Michael Straczynski, Volume 6

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Publication Date: April 18, 2006
Retire Date: June 30, 2008
Retail Price: $39.99
Pages: 426

SCRIPTS

  • Exogenesis
  • Messages from Earth
  • Point of No Return
  • Severed Dreams
  • Ceremonies of Light and Dark
  • Sic Transit Vir
  • A Late Delivery from Avalon

We're going to do this one straight. No, really, we are. Because this is a very crucial volume, in every sense of that word.

Volume 6 of the Babylon 5 Scripts of J. Michael Straczynski begins with a lengthy and moving tribute to Andreas Katsulas. Deeply personal, and just as affecting, it's a glimpse into the revelations of those last days and how everyone, including the fans, pitched in to do everything possible.

This volume also includes the scripts for the most important trilogy of episodes in the third season (some might even say in the entire series) of Babylon 5: the Earth Civil War trilogy of "Messages from Earth," "Point of No Return," and "Severed Dreams," which became Babylon 5's second Hugo-winning episode.

In the episode commentaries -- the largest part of an original 17,000 word introduction written exclusively for this volume -- you will learn:

  • What happened the day the Pentagon (and, later, the Secret Service) contacted Babylon 5;
  • What "Exogenesis" has to do with Macbeth, 1950s horror movies, and what happened to turn the ending of that script into something that should be strapped to a concrete block and dropped off the end of the nearest pier;
  • How and why the interior of the White Star (aka "that damned plucked chicken") was totally redesigned;
  • The circumstances that led to Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, widow of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, making an appearance on Babylon 5;
  • The blow-up when "General Hague" was a no-show for "Severed Dreams," and the only-now-revealed story of what JMS did about it five years later...and the never-before-told story of how Bruce McGill was cast as his replacement in a way that took everyone by surprise, including JMS;
  • The origin of the Minbari beds, the story behind Jerry Doyle's broken arm, how to defeat the Macbeth curse, how Lennier fell in love with Delenn, and how Ivanova came to express her affection for Talia;
  • How even more of the strange Babylon 5 coincidences that surrounded production came back to haunt not just JMS but Jerry Doyle;
  • Plus more behind-the-scenes photos and JMS's personal memos written during production, in this case dealing in particular with the creation of the opening title sequence, showing how the development was handled between composer, editors and JMS himself.

Index

Alexander, EAS – page 32

Aling, Ann Bruice – page 39

AOL (America Online) – pages 6, 26

Army of Light uniforms – pages 39-40

Arthur (King of the Britons) – pages 49, 51, 53

Beverly Hills, CA – page 6

Boxleitner, Bruce – pages 35, 50

breaching pod – page 36

Britain – page 49

broken arm (Jerry Doyle's) – pages 36, 42-43

broken foot (Claudia Christian's) – page 43

Carter, Jason – pages 13-14, 16

Casablanca (film) – page 35

Centauri hair – page 46

"Ceremonies of Light and Dark" – Commentary (pages 39-44)

CGI (computer-generated imagery) – pages 16, 32

Christian, Claudia – page 43

Clark, Morgan William – pages 18, 25, 34

Clarkstown, EAS – page 32

Cold War – page 34

Cole, Marcus – pages 12-13

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor – page 10

Compuserve – page 26

Conaway, Jeff – pages 7, 36

Copeland, John – pages 13, 29-30, 42

Copeland J-5000 – page 13

Corwin, David – page 12

Cotto, Vir – pages 24, 45

Coyote, Wile E. – page 52

Crusade (TV series) – pages 13, 17

Daffy Duck – page 51

Delenn – pages 21, 35, 37, 39-41

"Divided Loyalties" – page 40

Dobro, Carrie – page 13

dolly in/zoom out – page 34

Doyle, Jerry – pages 3, 13-14, 36-37, 42-43, 51

Draal – page 32

Duffin, Matthew – page 13

Eagle, David J. – page 34

Earth (planet) – page 35

Earth Civil War – pages 24-25, 29

Earthgov – pages 18, 32

Egan, Maggie – pages 33-34

Egyptian God of Frustration – page 52

Ellison, Harlan – page 41

"Exogenesis" – Commentary (pages 9-14)

"Fall of Night, The" – page 32

force multiplier – page 26

Foxworth, Robert – pages 29-31

Franke, Christopher – pages 17-18, 37, 51

Furlan, Mira – pages 3, 35

Furst, Stephen – pages 45, 47

G'Kar – pages 4, 6-8, 19, 53

Garibaldi, Michael – pages 13-14, 37, 42, 51-52

"Geometry of Shadows, The" – page 43

Germany – page 25

Goebbels, Josef – page 25

"Grey 17 Is Missing" – page 10

Grey Council – page 35

Hague, William – pages 29-30

Hiroshi – page 33

Hitler, Adolph – pages 19, 25

Howard, Rance – page 35

Hugo Award – page 38

Iacovelli, John – page 28

IMDb.com – page 31

In2TV – page 6

Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations (IDIC) – page 22

internet – page 26

iPod – page 44

ISN (Interstellar News) – pages 33-34

Ivanova, Susan – pages 12, 33, 40

Jennings – page 33

Jeremiah (TV series) – page 30

Johnsen, George – page 32

Jurasik, Peter – pages 1, 5-6, 45

Katsulas, Andreas – pages 1-8, 19, 53

Koenig, Walter – pages 1-3

"Kubla Khan" – page 10

Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (TV series) – page 7

labor action – page 10

Lancelot – page 41

"Late Delivery from Avalon, A" – Commentary (pages 49-53)

Lee, Jacque – page 13

Lennier – pages 40-41

Lois and Clark (TV series) – page 7

lung cancer – pages 1-5

Lyndisty – pages 46-47

Macbeth (play) – pages 12-13, 50

Mandela, Nelson – page 19

Manson, Marilyn – page 44

Mars – page 16

Mars Colony – page 18

McCarthy era – page 18

McGill, Bruce – pages 31-32

McGill, Everett – pages 30-31

"Messages from Earth" – page 13, Commentary (pages 15-20)

MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures) – page 30

Midsummer Night's Dream, A (play) – page 50

Minbari beds – page 20

Ministry of Peace – page 25

Ministry of Propaganda – page 25

Mollari, Londo – pages 24, 45-46

Morella – pages 22, 24

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus – page 44

MST3K (Mystery Science Theater 3000, TV series) – page 25

Mumy, Bill – page 2

Museum of Television and Radio – page 6

music – pages 17-18, 37, 51

Nafeel, Dureena – page 13

Nazi Germany – page 25

Netter, Douglas – pages 3-5, 7, 42

Night Watch – pages 15, 18, 24-25, 33

Nissan, Gilla – pages 4-5

open-door policy – page 33

Out-Take Café – page 30

outlines (writing) – page 9

Pentagon – pages 25-27

"Point of No Return" – page 15, Commentary (pages 21-28)

recurring dream (ships overhead) – pages 19-20

Red Clay Ramblers – page 44

"Requiem for the Battle of the Line" (music) – page 37

Roddenberry, Gene – page 21

Roddenberry, Majel Barrett – pages 21-22

SA (Sturmabteilung/Brownshirts) – page 25

Santa Monica Boulevard – page 7

SAS (British Special Air Service) – page 38

Scoggins, Tracy – pages 3, 7

Secret Service (US) – pages 27-28

Seven Days in May (film) – page 35

"Severed Dreams" – page 15, Commentary (pages 29-38)

Shakespeare, William – pages 12, 20, 46

Sheridan, David (John Sheridan's father) – page 35

Sheridan, John – pages 24-25, 29, 32, 34, 50

Showtime (network) – page 30

"Sic Transit Vir" – Commentary (pages 45-47)

Sifl 'n Olly – page 25

"Sleeping in Light" – page 5

sound effects – page 37

sound mix – page 34

Sparky the Computer – page 41

spotting session – page 51

SS (Schutz-Staffel) – page 25

staff of the Grey Council (prop) – page 35

Star Trek (franchise) – pages 21-22

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – pages 21, 29

starfury – page 32

Steinhoff, Kathy – page 13

Stratford-upon-Avon, UK – page 20

Studio City, CA – page 30

synchronicities – page 43

The Tingler (film) – pages 11-12

title sequence – page 17

Twin Peaks (TV series) – pages 30-31

USSR (The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) – pages 24, 34

"Valley of the Dry Bones" (song) – page 44

Vejar, Mike – pages 16-17

Vindrizi – page 12

Walesa, Lech – page 19

Walters, Mark – page 24

Warner Bros. – page 35

White House – page 28

White Star (fleet) – page 16

Willerth, Jeffrey – page 13

Winters, Talia – page 40

Yeltsin, Boris – page 24

York, Michael – pages 13, 49-50, 53

Yugoslavia – page 35

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