ARCHIVE: (28/09/99) -> (27/01/2000)
Maintained by David
Last Update on February 2000
27th January, 2000
WE ARE NOT DEAD YET!
We apologise for the lack of updates lately, but we are now slowly returning. The future of Crusade
is almost sealed. It seems that it will not be brought back. We are therefore going to concentrate
on everything Babylon 5.
We remind again that Peter David's (Babylon 5/Crusade writer,
various Trek books), first novel from the Centauri Trilogy
has been published. You can get it here.
On the lighter side, there is a new Sevylon 5 comic strip, were
you can suggest punchlines.
05th December, 1999
JMS AND CHRIS CARTER PROJECT DEAD
The JMS/Chris Carter Project was aborted by CBS as Carter's Harsh
Realms was cancelled and they wanted a Carter-only series. jms
will be trying to sell it to another studio.
CENTAURI TRILOGY NOVEL #1 OUT
Peter David's, Babylon 5/Crusade writer (as well as Star Trek), first novel from the Centauri Trilogy has
been published. You can get it here.
19th November, 1999
JMS AND CHRIS CARTER?:
The Zocalo reports that the
Live reports that the X-Files creator Chris Carter
and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5 Crusade creator) are teaming
up for a CBS drama. When asked about this, JMS chose not to
comment at this time.
The truth is out there, but what do you really want?
18th November, 1999
The guys from Sevylon
5 have a new comic up. Its up to you to suggest a punchline.
for it. May the best win!
10th November, 1999
BABYLON 5 BIBLE FOR SALE:
Here is what jms said on usenet:
For the last six years, I've been asked repeatedly -- in email and at
conventions -- "Are you ever going to make the original B5 series writers'
bible available?" My general reaction was to simply say...maybe someday.
After considerable reflection, and as a Solstice present to B5 viewers...we're
finally going to make it available.
TWO such *its*, to be precise.
First: The original Babylon 5 Series Treatment
This is the 23 page document, written in September 1988, that was used to sell
the series for the five years it took to find a buyer. It has different
characters than were ever seen in the show, such as Dr. Chakri Mendak (a role
that later became Dr. Stephen Franklin) and more background on Vice-Commander
Laurel Chang... Sinclair's background is also quite different from what we
eventually ended up with (including the fact that he was widowed, a piece I
pulled away from his character for the series and held for someone like
Sheridan)....the Vorlons were warlike, squabbling aliens....
This was the first attempt to put B5 down on paper, in a process that would
change and evolve over the next 5 years. Ideas that were never used,
characters who would never be seen again, the first stirrings of the Minbari
War story (including a never used alternate explanation for why they
surrendered), Delenn was a male character... Kosh had a mate who came with him
to B5...on and on and on.
Second: The original Season One Babylon 5 Writer's Bible
This massive tome weighs in at over 60 pages, with comprehensive backgrounds on
all the characters as well as guidelines for writing SF for TV in ways that
would be different than all of our predecessors. It lays out the first year of
the arc and warns potential writers away from areas we plan to explore in later
years, has additional backgrounds on regular characters never actually used in
the series (such as a strange fellow named Mr. Jones who would have been
alternately a bane and ally to Garibaldi), stories that would eventually be
filmed, other stories that would never be used, information on the the history
and technology of the B5 universe, Psi Corps, Earthforce, the various
governments, and other areas...this is the Big One, the Grail of the B5
fictional world. The table of contents alone covers 2 pages.
This bible was ONLY given to prospective writers, who were in turn asked to
keep the material totally confidential. The treatment was ONLY given to
network/studio. heads and others in a position to buy the series.
In addition, BOTH of these documents will be peppered with the original
illustrations by Peter Ledger used to sell and visualize the series in its
earliest stage, including the original keyhole logo, many of them reproduced in
full color, others b&w. Some of these images have shown up in various places,
but others will be seen here by the world at large for the first time.
(Note: the page counts given do NOT include the pages of artwork, which expand
the length further.)
I debated long and hard about whether or not I would ever make these available,
but finally decided to give in to the many requests for the release of this
This material will shortly be made available at www.thestation.com and via
phone orders. I don't know how long we'll make them available, but I suspect
it may not be very long.
In reading through the documents, it's like taking a trip back through time to
what was, to the very beginnings of the series, what would be, what might've
been, what never was...what got abandoned on the side of the road, what was
kept. At times the material is coy, informative, deliberately misleading in a
couple of places where I wanted to avoid leaks, rude and sometimes it actually
makes a rough kind of sense.
They're going to cost a bit more than the scripts, because at 60+ pages in the
case of the bible, and with the color illustrations, they're more expensive to
produce, and we're only doing a limited number of these.
Expect the full info to go up on thestation.com in a few days.
07th November, 1999
AIR DATES INFO:
Here is some info regarding air dates in some countries:
For you Australians - Channel Nine has a tendancy to
alter the showing time of Crusade weekly. Last week, it was
on at 11pm. It doesn't start normally before 11pm and no later
than midnight. I hope that helps the rest of the OZ Crusade
fans. (sent by Stuart)
We were told that Crusade will premiere in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and all countries that
have the Warner Channel in South America. More info as to when they will air will come soon.
24th October, 1999
B5 GAME - UPDATE:
'B5': Back B4 U Know It?
By Andy Patrizio
The dedicated fans of a game based on the Babylon 5 television
series are doing their level best to find a new home -- and
life -- for their favorite pastime.
When Sierra announced in September that it was killing off three games --
including "Babylon 5: Into the Fire" -- as part of a massive reorganization
included 105 layoffs, angered fans went bonkers.
"A lot of people wanted to take out the Sierra servers and do other things to
try and take Sierra out of the business," said Kevin MacNeil, aka Drazi Guy,
of the three coordinators of the FirstOnes.Com, a fan site that had been
following development of the game.
"It took about a week to get everyone under control and to get ourselves
coordinated and decide what direction we were going to
head," he said.
The plan was to spread the news of the game's demise to every gaming site and
Babylon 5 fan out there. It proved to be an effective
One editor for a gaming publication said he'd received more than 2,000 emails
the issue. Wired News has also been flooded with feedback from upset B5 fans.
Another target was game developers, and that campaign has also paid off.
"There are four companies who have shown interest in purchasing B5. We are now
in discussions with all of them," said Dave Williamson, Sierra's senior vice
president of business development. "Some have reviewed what we've got and some
are in the process of scheduling meetings with us. So, we are actively pursuing
The B5 team members, who were all laid off together, bonded quickly with the
FirstOnes crew. "They have been a great help for the team as far as morale,
it all first happened," lead programmer Dan Foy said.
Foy has been in the games industry for 10 years and has never seen anything
the FirstOnes' effort. "The show's popularity is certainly a part of it," he
Another reason for the loyalty is that the developers took an active role in
FirstOnes forums to discuss nuances of the game. "People really enjoyed
participating with us and took it more personally when the project was
cancelled," said Foy.
Even though the B5 team has a good severance package from Sierra, the crew is
eager to renew work on the project. Foy said they need a pretty clear picture
a possible buyer within a month or they'll start losing members to other jobs.
At that point, a new team will have to be rebuilt, which would delay the game
He described the game as 65 percent complete. The engine is pretty much done,
but artificial intelligence and some missions still needed work.
The FirstOnes faithful continue their work as well. A Web ring dedicated to
spreading word of the game and trying to find a new publisher has sprung up. So
far it has 16 member sites. Petitions to find a new publisher have almost 600
signatures, and the message board on FirstOnes.com has 700 users posting to it.
How long will they carry the torch? "We're going to hold out until the
development team has moved on to other projects and there's no hope left," said
CRUSADE IN BRAZIL:
Crusade will premiere in Brazil on November 7th on the Warner Channel.
20th October, 1999
SOUNDTRACK IS OUT:
SonicImages is selling the Crusade CD online
for $13.99 - it will come out to stores this November.
12th October, 1999
SOUTH AFRICA AIR DATES:
Crusade is airing in South Africa on E-TV at 8:30 pm on Wednesdays.
The series started on the 6th of October.
JMS TALKS TO DREAMWATCH:
Here is a report on the interview with jms in the latest Dreamwatch magazine (#62):
There is some detail he hasn't
revealed before on the subject of his mysterious TV movie for CBS. It's a
"Murder She Wrote" TV-movie. He says they were having a hard time getting it
off the ground and thought of turning to him(he used to work on that show).
Since he was available, it worked out. He says that he's a "pain in the
ass", but he gets the job done. He had a great time working on it.
The comic book "Rising Stars" is doing well. The first issue sold 130,000
and they added 25-30,000 to the press run.
From the interview, it appears that he has two series ideas in development.
Both series are 98% mainstream.
He's done an adaptation of "The Marching Morons" for National Public Radio.
The series it will be on is called "Beyond 2000" and is hosted by Harlan
Ellison. There are no details of airing dates. I'm not an NPR listener.
Hopefully, someone will alert us about this series. It sounds interesting.
He says some people at Paramount were interested in him taking over Star
Trek. He turned it down because (1) he doesn't want to do someone else's
show, (2) the "shit fight over Claudia" and the Trek fans to whom he is an
"anathema." He didn't want to deal with it.
Finally, he once again expresses his desire not to be tagged a "one-trick
pony" and doesn't intend to do B5 the rest of his life. "I'm done for the
time being with the B5 universe."
Thanks to DD for sending me the report.
EPISODE 12 & 13 REVIEWS:
The reviews for the last two episodes have been added to the site:
"Visitors From Down the Street"
Overall this is episode had some good moments and an intriguing concept, but
the excessive amount of "X-Files" references is disappointing.
Click here to read the full review
"Each Night I Dream of Home"
Overall this is truly an excellent episode. A great story, excellent character
interaction, and impressive effects all come together making this one of
Crusades best episodes. All the reasons why Crusade deserves to survive were
clearly on display here. How could a show as good as this be cancelled after
only 13 episodes? It boggles the mind. But somehow the Crusade will go
on, the Excalibur will return, and a cure will be found.
Click here to read the full review
Many thanks to Lars Joreteg for his work on all of the reviews!
06th October, 1999
CRUSADE SOUNDTRACK DATES:
Sonic Images reports on
its site that the Crusade Soundtrack will come out on the 2
November 1999. This is the USA release date, but I assume that
internation release will be around the same.
02th October, 1999
MORE CANADIAN AIR DATES:
CFPL (London, ON), CHRO (Ottawa,
ON), CHWI (Windsor, ON), CKNX (Owen
Sound, ON). These stations are all a part of the CHUM
family of stations. They all show Crusade Saturdays @ 7pm
Source: Canada's B5 Information Page.