ONLINE BOOKS Babylon 5 Artifacts from Beyond the Rim Author J. Michael Straczynski – mymaxlinks.us
I enjoyed reading JMS s thoughts about creating Babylon 5 The book is organized chronologically and while it isn t comprehensive I know he has written a LOT elsewhere
ABOUT MAKING B5 I THINK IT making B5 I think it a pretty good snapshot of his process Babylon 5 is my all time favorite TV show While not as well known as Star Trek the Original Series being my previous favorite the Sci Fi Channel remake of Battlestar Galactica or the short lived Firefly all of which are in my pantheon of great shows B5 holds a special place It speaks to my soul in a way that previously only Mr Spock did I watch the series again way that previously only Mr Spock did I watch the series again ear withou. JMS's Handwritten Notes for Season OneSee for FRIENDLY ENEMIES yourself the ideas JMS originally planned to includeat the moment he thought of them We include scans of his original notes along with a transcription of what he wrote Ifou've ever seen JMS's handwriting ou'll understand what a bonus this is These season one notes include The two part episode that was scrapped in favor of “A Voice in the Wilderness” which includes an Earth Alliance ambassador being stationed on B5 The plot for the unproduced episode “Blockade” The original notes for uality of Mercy which in his notes was called “The Resurrectionist”Story Editor Larry DiTillio's Character ProfilesWritten as a personal reference to aid him while developing scripts these dossiers contain fascinating bits of data such as Jeffrey Sinclair’s favorite composer What John Sheridan’s father was named before he became David What Susan Ivanova liked to collect The name of Michael Garibaldi’s brother What celestial body was the birthplace of Dr Stephen Franklin Talia Winters’s favorite movie How Vir Cotto's mother's maiden name linked him to a powerful Centauri family How Na'Toth’s religious beliefs differed from G’Kar’s Which ancient Earth culture interested G'Kar And a wealth of hitherto unknown facts about Delenn Lennier Keffer and Londo Mollariand nothing at all about Kosh Bonus the dossier DiTillio wrote about the teenaged telepath Alisa Beldon who appeared in “Legacies”Some Basic Thoughts on TelepathsAnother lost document from story editor Larry DiTillio Again written for his personal reference this is a list of twenty six telepathic abilities in the Babylon 5 universe Included in the listing are abilities such as The Six Types of Mind Scan Thermal Manipulation The Chaos Maneuver The Empathy ScanThe JMS Interview Conducted Two Months Before the Pilot AiredHighlights include The circumstances in which he'd want someone to hit him over the head with a baseball bat How he’d convince an SF fan to watch Babylon 5 What it means to give a Babylon 5 writer a blind assignment How JMS wanted Babylon 5 to be like Hill Street Blues Which actor had the most difficult time adapting to prosthetic makeup JMS's rules for designing the aliens The real reason he wanted diversity in the cast “The Strange Exhibition of Sebastian D'Arue”This was to be a season two episode featuring Sebastian the character who later appeared in “Comes "The Inuisitor” You Will Get " Inuisitor” You will get see not one but two outlines for the aborted episode They explain how JMS planned to integrate an ISN reporter into the series’s regular cast as well as how Sebastian was originally envisioned a very different take from what he would eventually become The JMS Interview From the Week “The Coming of Shadows” AiredIn this detailed interview JMS reveals Which season two episodes he liked What went wrong with the episodes that fell short of his approval Which guest characters he wanted to use again and which he didn't His thoughts on sex and SF The origins behind the infamous “fasten zip” conversation from “Babylon Suared” Why he didn't regret losing Catherine Sakai when he wrote out Sinclair The amazing thing Michael O'Hare did while filming Parliament of Dreams Why sacrifice is a recurring theme in season two In which episode he thought he did too much preaching Why he was glad Deathwalker was female Why Believers did not violate JMS's no kids rule Why Survivors reuired so much rewriting The reason Grail went off the rails and why it was aired later in the season The complete background on why Eyes was written Which actor's performance he thought could have been better The storyline that divided the fansNever Before Seen Concept Art by Peter LedgerSix pieces total Ledger's simplified English alphabet A really alien alphabet Four posters intended to decorate the walls of Babylon 5 including one promoting the Church of the BeatlesJ Michael Straczynski'.
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Of Sorrows being my favorite as it adds so much that was left Out Of TheSorrows being my favorite as it adds so much that was left Out Of The After Sinclair S of the show after Sinclair s Plus I still have the 5 season episode summary books by Jane KillickThis is of a deep archive tome something only a true fan would appreciate I liken it to owning a copy of The Journal Of The Wils the original script to Star Wars but this is so much There are other collections available about the show but those are all focused and none hold enough interest to me But th. S JournalHour by hour details of how the executive producercreatorwriter spent four days during "THE PRODUCTION OF HIS TV SERIES DURING LATE SEASON "production of his TV series during late season You get to read his innermost thoughts on The uality of Mercy and his definition of Don't Ask Don't Tell What Warner Bros noticed and what they didn't Getting better time slots What Doug Netter really does The importance of lunch especially on Fridays What a spotting session is The crew member that is completely nuts The necessary evil he agrees to that makes him think he's a six foot five inch duck The conversation with cast members about Narn butt The thing most people don't know about how television is made Why JMS stays up most nights until 4 amThe Mysteries of Babylon 5 ProposalWritten between season two and season three this proposal outlined a catch up special designed to familiarize new viewers with the first two seasons of the show Though the special was not to be ou get to read what could have been Approaching BabylonThe complete unedited uncensored text of J Michael Straczynski’s eighteen page article written for the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York In this candid piece JMS details his childhood love of science fiction what inspired him to create Babylon 5 and what his hopes and fears were for the series as it entered its third season The Mind Wipe Story NotesSee for ourself “Passing Through Gethsemane’s” tortuous journey from script to screen Yes this is the episode that nearly had be to aborted after a fan posted a similar storyline in an online forum In addition to the notarized release from the fan allowing JMS to resume work on the episode we've also included two gems the scratch paper featuring a very different plot and additional notes for a version of the story featuring Alfred BesterThe JMS Interview During Early Season ThreeThis brief one on one tells us What he considers the most intense episode to dateThe real life reason behind Vir becoming the Centauri envoy to MinbarThe season three episodes he considers self contained that don't move the arc story forwardWhy he planned to write all the scripts for the seasonThe contingency plan if he ever got sick while writing every episodeThe four words he uses to describe season threeThe Patches of Babylon 5For the first time ever detailed scans of an array of uniform patches thirty one to be exact that were seen on the costumes in Babylon 5 Each one is identified along with where they were shown on each uniform The inventory includes most Earthforce insignia Command Security Medical Engineering Mars Command etc as well as patches from the EarthMinbari War Earthforce vessels Starfury suadrons stationed on Babylon 5 and the EAS Excalibur TNT's Babylon 5 Lives ProposalThis proposal structured as a memo outlines three concepts A Babylon 5 preuel set during the EarthMinbari WarA re edited version of the pilot movie that would form the basis for Babylon 5's TNT premiereA way to reinvigorate each cycle of re runs on the network Includes several intriguing Straczynskian hypothesesAncillary B5 MaterialThis is a page of notes that details the plot of et another unmade Babylon 5 TV movie titled The Trial of John Sheridan You'll also learn the medium in which JMS originally planned to tell the story of Sheridan’s death Hint it wasn’t an episode of the TV seriesThe JMS Interview During Early Season FourA concise interview in which J Michael Straczynski discusses How Stephen Furst became a director on the showJMS's strategy to compensate for PTEN’s peculiar predilection for airing the season finale immediately before the following season’s premiereWhy JMS wrote all twenty two season four episodes after nearly killing himself by writing all of season threeThe TNT Promo SpeechesRemember those fifteen to sixty second spots that aired on TNT around the clock leading up to Babylon 5's January 1998 premiere You know the ones that had Ivanova and G'. Is this is a hodgepodge of various material from the 5 season arc and beyond some of which I ve heard of but have never seen in print in any form anywhere Where else can Crochet you findNotes on unproduced episodesPsi Corps Manual on telepathic abilitiesSeason 5 revised episode note cards after the originals were lost by hotel staff a story I d never heardThe 1998 Motion Picture treatmentAn interview with Andreas KatsulasAn interview with Richard BiggsSeveral interviews with JMS at various points during the showplus various other notes Earthforce patches etcIfou are a fan of the show then I d say this is a must have. Kar speaking directly to the audience and Which Ended With And That's ended with And that's I am on Babylon 5 Guess what There were actually four total The ones featuring Sheridan and Londo were never used For the first time ou'll get to read the ones that didn't air and the two that didThe Psi Corps Manual ProposalThe premise of this proposal written for Del Rey books was that this would resemble an actual manual thin bound in a soft cover similar to those used for accountant's journals and that it had been smuggled out of the Psi Corps We don't want to spoil the contents but we will tell ou that this proposal is written so vividly ou'll probably be able to picture the unwritten final product And that is what makes it so much funThe JMS Interview After Directing “Sleeping in LightLots of insights in this one such as Which season four episode might have been a two part storyHow he kept Kosh and the other First Ones mysteriousHis thoughts on how he got around people thinking they knew what the ending wasWhy he wanted to direct this episode his directing debutWhy none of the actors were moving when they started shooting the first sceneWhy he appeared in the finale though he said previously he would never do soThe reason he wasn't surprised how the Sleeping in Light scenes turned outThe scenes he was most pleased withWhy he instructed Bruce not to touch Mira until the very end of their farewell scene Revised Season Five Storylines Index CardsAs many fans will recall from previously released books J Michael Straczynski's notes for B5's fifth season were discarded by a hotel housekeeping staff despite the fact that they were sitting on a table not in a trash bin After the loss of these vital notes along with the departure of Claudia Christian from the series JMS began revising the season five storylines Copies of these handwritten notes are reprinted here You'll see How JMS structured the fifth season starting with five pages of character specific notesHow he developed those notes into individual episodesThe plots that were abandonedThe three part story in which an amnesiac stirred up trouble for President SheridanThe two part plot in which a central character was kidnappedAn episode featuring Londo Mollari’s replacement as the Centauri ambassador to Babylon 5 it wasn’t originally VirAndreas Katsulas's Last Interview During Babylon 5's ProductionConducted on 22 Jan 1998 by journalist Joe Nazarro Katsulas shares What he believes JMS was really trying communicate by G’Kar becoming a religious iconWhat he enjoyed about season five and why he calls it the G'Kar cropWhy he wasn't bothered by the fact that we was featured less in season fourHow long it took for Tracy Scoggins to settle into the castHis favorite aspect of G'Kar and what type of scripts are his favoriteThe difficulties of adding a spiritual element to G'KarHis thoughts on G’Kar becoming Londo’s bodyguardWhy he would have been "Open To Starring In A " to starring in a based seriesWhat he thinks when he sees fans wearing G'Kar t shirtsThe River of Souls TreatmentWhile most but not all of what was written made it to the screen the footnote may haunt ou for the rest of Desire and Deceive your livesBabylon 5 The Motion PictureThis is one of our favorite finds In 1998 JMS attempted to bring Babylon 5 to the big screen with the original characters Note this is neither the one about the Telepath War that JMS started to develop in 1996 nor The Memory of Shadows from 2004 What makes this premise extra special is how true it remains to the series by presenting a story in keeping with the show's philosophical and dramatic underpinnings though writ on an epic canvasBUT WAITTHERE'S MOREYes there are goodies that aren't even listed including another last interview several with JMS conducted in real time while the show was in production and a few goodies We decided to save a few surprises so thatou can have the same wow response that we got when we uncovered these artifact.