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The Zocalo Today

Welcome! I am REALLY glad you dropped by. Take your shoes off, get comfortable and stay a while.

The Zocalo Today is an interactive newsletter. If you have suggestions, please send them along. The Zocalo Today is as much YOUR newsletter as it is mine! I'm just pulling together things for you! Join our weekly discussion topic. It is just one way you can interact with other Z readers. Send along letters, sightings of B5 cast and crew in other projects, convention reports, photos, etc. Don't miss our back issues. There is a LOT of information contained there and you'll not want to miss anything.

If you have questions, drop me a line at sgbruckner@aol.com or b5web@aol.com.


January 19, 2002 5:37pm

What's New

BACK UP AND RUNNING: Yes, we're back! Server problems put us off the air for nearly two days. Thanks to Doron for all the hard work to get us back up and running again. I created a new back-up site at http://sgbruckner.tripod.com that has the current information on it right now. It will take me a bit to move the new stuff over here.

TODAY IS THE DAY: "Legend of the Rangers" premieres on SCIFI tonight. Don't forget, you can watch it at 9pm ET -- and at 11pm ET -- and 5pm ET on Sunday!

NEW WEBSITE MATERIAL: Over at www.scifi.com/b5rangers, you'll find some new photos, interviews with Mike Vejar, Andreas Katsulas, and Dylan Neal.

RANGER REVIEW: www.cinescape.com has a couple of items on the "Legend of the Rangers". Unfortunately, the only thing open to non-subscribers is a critical review of the telemovie. The Behind-the-Scenes article looks as it might be more positive, but only paying the price of subscribing will get you confirmation on that.

SUNDAY CHAT: I don't know if anyone will feel like chatting on Sunday -- after the telemovies have aired here in the US, but if you do, meet me over at The Zocalo's Yahoo site at 7pm ET. We can share views of whether it was good, continues the story, etc. The address is http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/thezocalotoday.

SNEAK PEEK: An absolutely awesome Sneak Peek was waiting for me in my mailbox this morning. It is truly cool and is intended to be shared. Go to http://www.scifi-player.tv/index.html?cid=1016&uid=5614 and preview the video clips for everyone from David Martel to Citizen G'Kar. Forward the preview to friends and you have a chance to win a Legend t-shirt!

Building a Better Spaceship: The Production Design of Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers: See how production designer Steve Geaghan created the new environment for "Legend of the Rangers" at http://www.scifi.com/b5rangers/features/fea_design.html.

TV GUIDE: I hear there is a small article about "Legend of the Rangers" in the new TV Guide (with Harrison Ford on the cover).

B5 SHIPS: Mark Savela, Visual Effects Supervisor for "Legend of the Rangers" talks about the design of four new ships (The Liandra, The Valen, The Enfalli and The Hand ships) over at www.b5lr.com

MYRIAM SIROIS: Prevue magazine has an interview with Myriam Sirois over at http://www.prevuemagazine.com/Articles/Flash/307.

B5LR REVIEW: There is a new review of the upcoming movie over at SciFi Wire. In comparing the B5LR pilot with that of "Enterprise", Melissa Perinson says, "Throughout Babylon 5's existence, there have been comparisons made to the long-standing mainstay of sci-fi television, Star Trek,—and this movie, which comes in the same TV season as the latest Trek series, Enterprise, will be no different. The bigger-budget Enterprise pilot may have looked more polished, but The Legend of the Rangers feels as if it has more substance; by comparison, it was the more exciting pilot of the two. Legend not only stands on its own, but lays the groundwork for future. "

Page Ad for B5LR SCIFI has been doing a terrific job of advertising the upcoming "Legend of the Rangers" movie. This ad has appeared in a LOT of publications. I saw it yesterday in the new Wizard magazine; others have mentioned seeing in in MAD. Thank you SCIFI for all your support.

CAR WRAP: There are some great pictures of Bonnie Hammer (President of SCIFI) with her own car wrapped to promote "Legend of the Rangers" at http://www.scifi.com/b5rangers/carwraps/.

Over at www.b5lr.com there are new exclusive interviews posted with Enid-Raye Adams and Alex Zahara.

B5 POSTCARDS: Over at B5LR.com, you can find some B5 (as well as ST, Andromeda, X-Files) postcards to send along to friends. Too bad there isn't one for the new "Legend of the Rangers" movie. It would be a great way to remind folks of the movie SATURDAY!

DAVID ALLEN BROOKS: David has opened up his own website, to feature not only the TV/screen productions has has been involved with, but to display some of his artistic talents. Be sure to drop over to www.davidabrooks.com and have a look-see.

Ribbon BLOOD DRIVES: If you are able, be sure to roll up your sleeves and give blood -- both now and in a couple of weeks. The need for blood will be continual. Right now, the tremendous outpouring of volunteers has filled quotas and storage space! FANTASTIC!!! But those supplies will be utilized and a new supply will be needed soon. Check out donation drives near you. I'm signed up already.

The e-mail version of The Zocalo Today goes out on Saturdays. If you would like to be included on the mailing list, just send a blank note to thezocalo-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. If that doesn't work for you, drop me a note at sgbruckner@aol.com. I can add you manually.


January 17:
BLADE RUNNER: Director Ridley Scott told SCI FI Wire that he is overseeing production of a definitive director's-cut DVD of his SF classic film Blade Runner. The new version will be released later this year by Warner Brothers Home Video. "What we're doing is re-mixing digitally and reprinting off the original negative," Scott said in an interview. "So we'll have a new version."

THE VOID: During the hiatus from Stargate SG-1, Amanda Tapping co-starred with Highlander star Adrian Paul in an upcoming straight-to-video SF movie called The Void. Malcolm McDowell (Star Trek: Generations) also stars in the film, which is directed by genre TV veteran Gilbert M. Shilton. The story follows a young woman avenging the death of her father at the hands of a scientist.

SMALLVILLE: To no one's surprise, the WB has renewed Smallville for another full season. Smallville is The WB's highest-rated program this season among adults 18-34, men 18-34, men 18-49, males 12-34 and male teens. In coming episodes, we will get a look at Metropolis and perhaps even run into Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane!

X-FILES: According to the Hollywood Reporter, Chris Carter is calling it quits for the X-Files. Carter said, “I look at it as the ninth-inning situation. I'd rather go out now and celebrate rather than have to make an announcement in the summer… I want to be able to wrap things up for the fans who have been there from the beginning and throughout. My determination was to go out with a series of very, very strong episodes that are going to pull a lot of threads together from the last nine years.”

SPIDERMAN: Though the new movie doesn't arrive at theaters until May 3, Variety reports that Toby Mcguire has already signed to do two sequels to Sam Raimi’s SPIDER-MAN, and Sony Studios is already gearing up for a January 2003 shooting date.

January 16:
RATINGS: Top 10 SF Syndicated Series: Mutant X 2.8; The X-Files 2.8; Andromeda 2.6; Stargate SG-1 2.6; 3rd Rock 2.4; Buffy 2.4; Earth: Final Conflict 2.2; John Edward 2.2; Beastmaster 2.1, and The Lost World 1.7. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 12/10/01 - 12/16/01.

ROSWELL: UPN has picked up an additional seven episodes of Roswell, bringing the season total to 20. Jason Katims, executive producer of show, told SCI FI Wire the season finale, which will count as two episodes, will be aired in a two-hour block. The show is currently filming episode 14. Katims offered a number of spoilers for the show as well, so if you are interested, drop over to www.scifi.com and read all about upcoming episodes.

STARGATE SG-1: Though production on season six begins next month in Vancouver, series star Amanda Tapping told SCIFI Wire that she has no idea what will be happening this season. For sure, Michael Shanks is leaving, but she doesn't know if he will be replaced or whether SG-1 will now be just three members. The show moves to SCIFI this year and new episodes are to begin in June. I, for one, can't wait to see the series from the beginning.

ANGEL: Joss Whedon is returning to Angel to write an upcoming episode "Waiting in the Wings." Airing on February 4, the story finds Angel, Cordelia, Wesley and Gunn at the ballet. When Angel recognizes the prima ballerina from another show -- one he saw 100 years before, he and Cordelia investigate. Read more about this episode at http://tv.zap2it.com/news/tvnewsdaily.html?23145.

January 15:
ELEKTRA: There has been a lot of speculation surrounding the upcoming Daredevil movie. Who would capture of the part of Elektra. Variety speculated the other day about 4 actresses up for the part and Jolene Blalock, T'Pol on UPN's Enterprise, confirmed for SCI FI Wire that she has auditioned for the role. Alias star Jennifer Garner is also in talks for the role. A decision is expected soon.

MIRACLES: Variety reports that ABC has given the green light to a pilot for Miracles, an hour-long suspense drama about a Vatican investigator of the paranormal. Richard Hatem (The Mothman Prophecies) will write the pilot script and serve as an executive producer. The story follows an investigator, who after spending years debunking supposed miracles, begins to lose his faith. He comes across a sick boy whose illness appears to give him the power to heal others.

UPN and CBS: According to the Hollywood Reporter, CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves quelled speculation on Monday that UPN will significantly scale down its spending on original programming and more time to reruns of CBS series. "There's been some suggestion that UPN will become CBS 2," Moonves said. "While we're going to make the most of joint opportunities, it's safe to say that is absolutely not going to happen. It will continue to be an independent brand with a distinct personality and distinct target audiences. As far as we're concerned, it's a real strength and a real opportunity."

ANDROMEDA: More changes are ahead for Andromeda. Recently series developer Robert Hewitt Wolfe departed and then came word that Brent Stait who played Rev Bem would be leaving the show. Now Ethlie Ann Vare, co-producer of "Andromeda," has announced that she, too, has departed, citing "creative differences". To fill the gap, Tribune and Fireworks Entertainment announced that veteran writer-producer Robert Engels has been name the new head of the "Andromeda" writing department. Engels is best known for his work on the 1990 television series "Twin Peaks" was well as the David Lynch film "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me." He also was a co-executive producer for the NBC series "SeaQuest DSV."

January 14:
RATINGS: Top 10 SF Channel Shows: Willow 1.5; Stephen King's It, Pt. 2 1.4; Stephen King's It, Pt. 1 1.0; Center of the Earth, Pt. 2 0.9; Making of Rings 0.9; Center of the Earth, Pt. 1 0.8; Amityville Horror 0.8; The Shadow 0.8; Star Trek 0.8, and John Edward 0.7. Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 12/3/01 - 12/9/01.

BOX OFFICE: "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" became the first film since "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" to hold onto the #1 spot at the box office for four consecutive weeks. The film's estimated gross of $16.15 million, off a moderate 30% from a week earlier, bringing its North American total to a sterling $228.3 million. Universal's "A Beautiful Mind" held its own in the second spot with an estimated $15.8 million, down a scant 5% from the previous weekend.

HUGO AWARDS: This year's WorldCon will be held in San Jose, CA. In preparation for the convention, fans have a chance to get their favorite novel, movie, television show, and -- for the first time -- their favorite science fiction Web site nominated. Since ConJose officials recognize the importance of the internet in today's environment, they have decided to use their special Hugo Award to honor the best Web site featuring science fiction. Nominations are sent in by members through the end of March through this year's Hugo's official Web site, www.conjose.org.

January 13:
HAUNTED MANSION: Disney has been busy developing a series of movies based on their amusement part attractions. They recently announced COUNTRY BEARS and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN movies. They are going to follow those up with HAUNTED MANSION. The screenplay was written by David Berenbaum and will be produced by Andrew Gunn. The film focuses on a man who happens to be a neglectful father. His life goes through dramatic changes, though, after he encounters a ghost while on a job interview.

January 12:
JAMES BOND: Production has begun on the latest James Bond film. British actor Toby Stephens has been cast as the lead villain in the as-yet-untitled film; the director is Lee Tamahori. Pierce Brosnan returns as 007 with Halle Berry as Jinx, as well as Rick Yune, Judi Dench, John Cleese, Samantha Bond and Rosamund Pike. For more information on the project at it moves forward, check out http://www.jamesbond.com/

TERMINATOR 3: Variety reports that Warner Brothers has selected Industrial Light & Magic to create the visual effects for Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines. ILM created visuals for Terminator 2: Judgment Day and the latest venture will be a challenge, requiring more than 300 effects shots. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in April, with an eye to a summer 2003 release.

STAR TREK: NEXT GENERATION: Next Gen DVDs are coming! Paramount will release the entire first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation on DVD on March 26. According to the official Star Trek Web site, the seven-disc set will include all 26 episodes of the season, plus four newly created documentaries and other extras. A new season will be released every other month. All seven sets will be presented in newly remixed Dolby digital 5.1 surround sound and packaged in a collectible box, with a pull-out booklet of episode information and a panoramic montage of the crew. Now that's the way to release a series!

DAREDEVIL: There has been a lot of speculation as to who would play the female assassin in the upcoming Daredevil film, starring Ben Affleck. The Hollywood Reporter indicates that the field has been narrowed to four candidates: Jolene Blaylock (T'Pol from UPN's Enterprise); Jennifer Garner (Sydney from ABC's Alias); Mia Maestro (Timecode) and Rhona Mitra (Get Carter).

JEREMIAH: While I have a separate item on Jeremiah, 13thstreet.com has the pictures and a wrap-up of the story. It's a handy way to catch up on what's going on with JMS & Jeremiah.

BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF: I have to say, the clips advertising this film are really interesting! Over at 13thStreet.com they talk to director Christophe Gans about the project. Over at www.scifi.com Mark Dacascos, the American-born actor who co-stars in the film, talks to SCI FI Wire about some of his martial-arts fight scenes. You'll have to buy the DVD version to see the entire opening fight sequence!

Legend of the Rangers


SCIFI continues it's B5 viewing. Today at 1:00pm ET, you can see "War Zone " episode of Crusade.
At 5pm ET, you can watch the original B5 episode, "No Surrender, No Retreat".
At 9pm ET, you can watch my favorite B5 movie, "A Call to Arms".


Are you hosting a gathering of B5 fans to celebrate the "Legend of the Ranger" movie? Ranger Lisa was the first to send along a note about their get-together. If you are having a viewing party as well, send along the information and I'll place it on the "B5 Gathering" Page.


Here is a recent note from JMS into the B5 newsgroup. As we all know, the fans and the ratings will decide the fate of "Legend of the Rangers". We all need to get out and make sure people know the show will air on January 19.

Date: 12/4/2001 7:24 PM Eastern Standard Time

One thing I've always tried to do was to avoid obvious promotion; I like talking about the writing of a show, the making of a show, what I liked (or didn't) like about the end result...going out there and blatantly saying "Hey, watch our show!" is something I've never been comfortable with, only because I think people are smart enough to make up their own minds. If it's something you want to see, you'll see it; if it ain't, you won't. ("If you like that sort of thing, it's the sort of thing you'll like." Abraham Lincoln.)

One thing, however, is self-evident about the coming broadcast of The Legend of the Rangers: if enough people tune it, there will be a series. If enough don't, there won't.

At conventions, I'm asked constantly when more B5 stuff will be coming down the pike. I've always said it's in the hands of the networks and the studios. This time, it's the fans who have the power to make that decision. If every B5 fan tunes in, it happens. It's really that simple and straightforward.

The rest I leave happily to your own disrection.

While it is important to remind everyone to view "Legend of the Rangers" on January 19, it is even more important for those who do not currently have SciFi on their cable network to write and call to ask that the network be added to your cable service. In many areas, cable providers will not offer a service unless they can be assured there is an audience for that channel. Call them and ask that SCIFI Channel be added to your basic service. Encourage your friends to do the same. Who knows. By January 19, you might be able to watch "Legend of the Rangers" on your own TV set!


Legend of the Rangers

There are new sketches of the Liandra available at the "Legend of the Rangers" website under the gallery.

The transcript of Enid-Raye Adams' chat is now availabale at the site. Soon to come -- exclusive interviews with Dylan Neal and director Mike Vejar, new trading cards and more galleryimages. So check the site often.

A new article entitled "RangerWear: The Costumes of Babylon 5: Legend of the Rangers" is now available at the Legend website. Read about how the original G'Kar costume found it's way into the movie -- from the Warner Bros. Museum in Los Angeles!

SCIFI has been doing a terrific job of refreshing the Ranger website with new material. Right now, you will find at www.scifi.com/b5rangers trading cards for David Martel, Sarah Cantrell, Citizen G'Kar, Malcolm Bridges, Na'feel and Tirk. There are short videos and flyers as well as interviews and features. Don't miss the feature about Mark Savela, visual-effects supervisor from GVFX.

Chat transcripts for all cast members, Dylan Neal, Alex Zahara, Dean Marshall, Warren T. Takeuchi and Myriam Sirois are all available at www.scifi.com/b5rangers.

I found a new site this morning that has the "Legend of the Rangers" trailer in a number of formats, including Quicktime, Real and Windows Media Player. Go to http://www.hollywood.com/multimedia/detail/media/1097976 and pick the player that best suits your connection to the internet. The trailer is terrific -- but only if you can see it!

SCIFI PROMOTIONS: Well the cars have been wrapped! Saw a note over in the newsgroup from a fan who even posted pictures of her now "beautifully wrapped Saturn". Check it out at http://www.fjordstone.com/gcar.html


Here is an excerpt from the latest MGM newsletter:

Jeremiah, the new series from acclaimed writer/creator J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5), will premiere in March of 2002 on Showtime. The series, which stars Luke Perry (Jeremiah), Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Kurdy) and Peter Stebbings (Markus Alexander), is currently in production in Vancouver, BC. Jeremiah is set in a future post-apocalyptic world where, almost a decade before, a deadly virus wiped out the world's adult population, sparing only those who hadn't reached puberty. Now in their 20s, the oldest survivors of the pandemic include Jeremiah (Perry) and his good-natured but cynical pal Kurdy (Warner). Jeremiah is on a personal quest to relocate a mysterious place called Valhalla, which his father claimed might hold some hope for the survivors. View the exclusive new images from MGM Jeremiah site. Also, keep your eyes on the MGM Sci-Fi Newsletter for up-to-the-minute news and interviews from the set of this exciting new series…


B5 Calendar 2002 The folks at CalendarMart have a 2002 Babylon 5 Calendar available. Go to
http://secure.venus.co.uk/bluemask/calendar_babylon_5.html to place your orders. Slow Dazzle hasn't come up with any new photos to use in this version of the calendar -- but it is Babylon 5 and will look terrific on your wall.

** Bruce at www.uncomyngifts.com also has the calendar. So you have two places where you can pick up this great calendar for 2002!


Next week, we can talk about the new telemovie. As we look forward to seeing that project, I thought it might be interesting to see what fans are expecting from "Legend of the Rangers". What do you want to see in this new project?

Send in your comments to TheZocalo@aol.com or B5web@aol.com. I'll post them on the Discussion Topic page for everyone to share.


Babylon 5 -- "In the Beginning" and "The Gathering" are available on DVD. SCIFI has a review of at http://www.scifi.com/sfw/issue243/screen.htm. At the bottom of the page is a request for feedback. You may want to use this method to feed WB your desires for MORE B5 on DVD.


DYLAN NEAL: Dylan Neal (B5LR's David Martel) will be starring in an upcoming episode of Relic Hunter along with his wife, Becky Southwell, Relic Hunter writer. The episode is called "Women Want to Know", and airs on Monday January 21 2002.

JASON CARTER/RICHARD BIGGS: We know these two guys love working together. They got a chance to do so again in a new film "Starship II: Rendezvous with Ramses". This is the sequel to the 1996 film Rock n Roll Starship. Starship II is a feature length sci-fi comedy being produced in the towns of Logansport and Lafayette, Indiana by MagicHouse Productions, Inc. and Digital Fury. Using the new wave of digital video cameras, computer-generated effects and the talents of a crew that can only be described as "eclectic", the goal of Starship II is to produce a story that is a leap above the low-budget norm. Rick Biggs plays Officer Franklin and Jason Carter plays Commander Deckins. The film also features John Astin as Professor Peabody. You can get more information at the film's website.

JASON CARTER: Pre-production has begun on a new project for Jason, Demon Under Glass. Here's a description of the movie from the Yahoo Groups announcement: The pursuit of a serial Killer leads to a deeper evil. When the government captures a vampire, Simon Molinar (Jason Carter) he is imprisoned in a VA hospital and subjected to brutal medical experiments to figure out what makes him tick. With the project's original MD dead at the creature's hands, a rookie from the clinic downstairs, Dr. Joe McKay(The Sentinel's Garett Maggart), is brought in as a last minute replacement. As the procedures become more gruesome, he is torn between sympathy for the patient's suffering and concern for the evil that threatens to consume everyone involved. Get more information at groups.yahoo.com/group/Demonunderglass/ and www.dugfanclub.com.

JEFFREY WILLERTH: The Koshman has been really busy. After completing his "The Most" series for the History Channel, he began work on an hour-long special, "The Planet's BEST Animal Commercials" slated to air in early January. A second hour, "The Planet's WILDEST Animal Commercials" should air at the end of the same month. Jeffrey reports that both shows are filled wall-to-wall with TV ads from around the world. "We collected over 1200 commercials) and feature many pretty-damn-funny commercials that most people have never seen." Jeffrey was recently in Michigan collecting background materials for an upcoming PBS series on Henry Ford. The show will air in January as part of the celebration of Ford's centennial.


A number of you have written to ask about having an index of the chronology published thusfar. Terry has given permission for this so I'm working on it. You can now find the index to the timeline published thusfar at B5 Chronology Index .

Terry Jones created a FANTASTIC Babylon 5/Crusade Chronology that was published in the Official Babylon 5 magazine. He has not stopped with the end of the series though. He has included items from the latest novels as well as things from the Crusade series. Here's a note from Terry to tell you all about it.

To look at the timeline in a different way, I have been working with Terry Jones on personal chronologies for the Babylon 5 universe. At The Galactic Gateway you will fine Parts 1-4 of the chronology for John Sheridan along with Part 1 for KOSH. Others will follow. I hope you will visit GG and give the chronologies a look.

Terry has provided a new segments of the Babylon 5 Chronology The Coming of Shadows.


Rittenhouse Archives and www.scifihobby.com are pleased to announce several important details about our current and upcoming products:

1. Babylon 5, The Complete (trading cards). We just got approval to include cards from the upcoming SCI FI Channel special airing later this month ("Legend of the Rangers"). More details will be provided as we have them, but this is very exciting news and certainly gives this comprehensive series of cards an even more well-rounded flavor. Many thanks to Warner Bros. for their cooperation with this one! This series in currently available on a pre-sell basis in our online store.


Starburst #282 Starburst #282: This month's issue offers quite a bit of variety. The Time Machine will be released in March and you can read about those responsible for the latest version of this HGWells classic. Also in this issue, Robert Patrick & Annabeth Gish talk about this season of the X-Files; Brent Stait discusses his departure from Andromeda and we hear more from Sir Ian McKellan, Liv Tyler and Peter Jackson on the Lord of the Rings.

Xpose #64 Expose #64: Mutant X's Lauren Lee Smith graces this month's issue. She portrays Emma, an empath on the new series. She and Forbes March (Jesse) talk about the rigors of making this series. Also included in this issue: Danny Strong on Buffy; Renee Palmer on Earth: Final Conflict; Patrick Warburton on The Tick and JC Mackenzie on Dark Angel.

TV Zone #147 TV Zone #147: Chris Carter talks changes on and off the set of X-Files minus Mulder. Dominic Keating (Malcolm Reed in the new Enterprise series), talks about the challenges of a new Star Trek series. John Shea was a villain in "Lois and Clark". He's now fighting a noble cause in Mutant X. Also in this issue, TZ looks at Xena: Warrior Princess and Roswell.

Cult Times #76 Cult Times #76: Scott Bakula takes center stage this month as Enterprise premieres in the UK this month. Also included in this issue are articles on Amy Acker, Angel's latest cast addition, a look at upcoming Buffy episodes and Dark Angel.

SciFi Magazine, Feb '02 Good news. SciFi magazine is back! The latest issue is out now. G'Kar is on the cover and articles provide more information about the Liandra crew. Also in the magazine will be information about Steven Spielberg's "Taken".


Craig over at ThirdZone.com dropped a line to say Happy New Year and to say that he has some sought- after merchandise that fans might be interested in. He has, in stock:

Pewter Babylon 5 station statue & Black Omega Starfury statue by Factory X
(Originally $169.95 each, now $84.95 each)
Limited Edition Hardcover of Rising Stars v.1 - Signed by JMS

Advance Order items:

Rising Stars: Patriot and Poet resin mini busts
Rising Stars: Limited Edition Lithograph
The entire listing can be found at: http://www.thirdzone.com/BSF/Th/B5.html


Amazing Spiderman #37 AMAZING SPIDERMAN: Issue #37 of Amazing Spiderman is now out on stands. There is a review of the issue over at www.cinescape.com.


BABYLON 5's Schedule: Airing at 5pm ET

January 16 Moments of Transition
January 17 No Surrender, No Retreat
January 18 The Exercise of Vital Powers

Crusade - 1:00pm ET:

January 16 The Rules of the Game
January 17 War Zone
January 18 Appearances and Other Deceits

Babylon 5 Movies - 9:00pm ET:

January 16 River of Souls
January 17 A Call to Arms

January 20 The Gathering -- special time, 3:00pm ET

January 19 Legend of the Rangers - 9:00 pmET and 11:00pm ET
January 20 Legend of the Rangers - 5:00pm ET


Carrie Dobro Tim Choate

You do NOT have to pay the prices asked for over at e-bay! Here are photos of B5 and Crusade cast members at fantastic prices. Check out Photo Shop. Ordering is easy -- and you can't beat the prices! Just let me know which photos you want and I'll check to make sure they are still in stock.


John Cook has a new cartoon contest going. Try your hand at a punch line.

Sci-Fi TV Cartoon Contest header
Sci-Fi TV Cartoon Contest. Copyright 2000 by John Cook.



Sometimes you just can't find the e-mail address for someone you know you have -- it's someone who responded to a discussion topic or you met in one of the chat rooms. You'd like to send a personal note, but .... No address!!!!

We've started a White Pages of Zocalo Readers! It's a handy way of keeping track of people -- and putting together a birthday/greeting card list as well. If you would like to be part of the listing, just send me your name, state, e-mail address and (if you'd like to have it listed) birthday (without year) to sgbruckner@aol.com. Check out the Directory of Readers.


Name: Justin Fisch
State: Ohio
E-mail address: jfisch2042@aol.com
Birthday: January 1

Name: Lessa Redding
State: Colorado
E-mail address: queendragonrider@juno.com
Birthday: January 26

Name: Arwen Rosenbaum
State: New York
E-mail: arwen@panix.com
Birthday: Jan. 1

Name: Michael Rosenthal
Birthday: January 12


The Official Babylon 5 Magazine is indexed here as well. With the closure of the magazine in May, you'll want to see which magazines you have -- and which ones you will want to collect. The index may help you make a decision on which ones to choose. The Fan Club has many of the issues at thestation.com , making it very easy to complete your collection.

Universe Today -- the Babylon 5 Fan Club quarterly can also be found here. The index gives you a rundown of what articles were presented, what interviews published.

If you have magazines that have featured Babylon 5 or Crusade that are not listed, send along their issue number and a note to indicate what the article was about. It would be nice to have a fairly comprehensive listing of Babylon 5 publications here.

I have added a listing of all the Babylon 5 novels and now the B5 comic books to the reference page. If there are other items that you feel should be included, let me know.



NW-B5 is a mailing list devoted to bringing critical information to the Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, and Northern Washington areas. More specifically, anyone north of Seattle. B5 is broadcast on SPACE:TIS in Canada, and Sci-Fi channel in the US. By subscribing to nw-b5, you'll be able to know info bringing you up to date on the current scheduling and events happening in the community related to B5. You'll also be subscribed to the list itself, which means that you'll receive email when there is a scheduling change or critical information needs to go out to you (for example, if we need to start another mailing campaign).

For further information, see http://www.nw-b5.com
John Francis
Webmaster, Listowner, and Co-Moderator

Reports of "The Gathering" are beginning to turn up on the list. John posted a mini-report, with photos, over at http://www.geocities.com/jnf.geo/nw-b5/gathered.htm#0501. You may want to check it out. It was a terrific event in which JMS showed clips from the new "Legend of the Rangers".


The Babylon 5 discussion mailing list is for any and all discussions and/or news pertaining to or related to Babylon 5 and/or Crusade. The list has been in existence for the past three years now, and has recently moved. The new location is http://lists.apparition.org/cgi-bin/lyris.pl, and you can subscribe by sending a blank e-mail message to join-babylon_5-l@lists.apparition.org.


Here's a unique site for you! Jeffrey Willerth, Patricia Tallman, Mira Furlan, Claudia Christian, Robin Atkin Downes, Rick Biggs, Jerry Doyle, Bruce Boxleitner, Melissa Gilbert, Peter Jurasik and Bill Mumy are under it's umbrella. Actors from other shows have joined the Gateway. Ted Raimi and Robert Trebor from Xena and Hercules are now at GG. To subscribe to a mailing list for GG, send a blank note to thegalacticgateway-subscribe@egroups.com.


There is never enough time to keep in touch with friends! To help out, a mailing list has been started for chatters over at the Galactic Gateway. If you are interested in joining, send a blank note to gateway-chatter-subscribe@egroups.com.


Are you looking for a particular Babylon 5 collectible? Do you have some items you'd like to trade? Then this is the list for you. To join, send a blank note to gateway-trader-subscribe@egroups.com.


The Art Gallery at The Zocalo Today is open. There are SO MANY talented people in our Babylon 5 community. We have enjoyed works by Todd Brugman and Tye Bourdony on our toons page, but there are a host of others who enjoy drawing, painting, sketching their favorite characters. Here are a few works that have been received. I have some others that will be added soon.

If you would like to share your work with us at The Zocalo Today, please send along a digital photo of your work and I'll begin putting the gallery together. If you do not have your work in digital format, drop me a note and we'll see what we can work out.


OTTAWA: Ranger Dave is trying to start up a B5 group in Toronto. He has asked me to post this information to see who is in the area and interested in getting together:

I live in the area of Toronto, Ontario and am starting up a sci fi/fantasy club/group and am looking for members. I am hoping any members who join will be more than just Trek & B5 fans. Our meetings will be at least once a month in the area of downtown Toronto on Sunday afternnons. The next meeting is scheduled for Sunday Nov. 18th at 1:45pm. If your interested, need more info and or have any questions please feel free to e-mail me at akalel@hotmail.com.

SYDNEY: Amanda, a member of the club 'Friends of Science Fiction' in Sydney, Australia, dropped a note to say that they will host an event with Marjean Holden on September 9. More information can be found on the convention calendar. If you are in beautiful Sydney, you may want to check out the Club. It meets at: Lidcombe Catholic Club; John St; Lidcombe. If you have questions, drop Amanda a note at Amanda_Beachcroft@msn.com.au.

There are a number of fabulous Babylon 5/Crusade Clubs around the world. I'd like to begin listing them here on The Zocalo Today. Eric dropped me a note the other day providing information about a Club in France. I know there are other clubs in Brazil, Germany, Russia -- and who knows how many here in the US. Let's get a listing together. Perhaps we can share resources, even get together as we travel around. Drop the information about your Club to me at sgbruckner@aol.com or bruckner@isnnews.net. That information will be added to the new B5 Fan Club Listing.


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If you have a newsletter you'd like to have listed at The Zocalo Today, send the information along. It will be posted on the B5 Fan Club/Newsletter page.

Ranger Shane in North Carolina sent in the following note about their "Jumpgate" newsletter.

Hey Sandy! Just wanted to give you an update on the NC B5 group's newsletter, Jumpgate. There's now a dedicated EMail address for submissions - jumpgatemag@bellsouth.net - and any submissions, solicited or un-, can be sent to this address. Also, issues are available for free download at the URL at the bottom of this message.

Jumpgate - The Newsletter of the North Carolina Babylon 5 Fan Club
Shane Killian, Editor


A new HELP WANTED section has been added to the Z. If you need help finding a comic book, getting a special item, etc. here's the place to post a note. Just send whatever help you need to thezocalo@aol.com.



Boskone 39
February 15-17, 2002, Boston, MA
Place: Sheraton Framingham Hotel
Framingham, MA (508) 879-7200
Guest: Neil Gaiman

For more information, visit their website at http://www.nesfa.org/boskone.

Gallifrey One
February 15-18, 2002, Los Angeles, CA
Place: Airtel Plaza Hotel
Van Nuys, CA (818) 997-7676 or toll free at 1-(800) 2-AIRTEL
Guests: Judson Scott, Mira Furlan, Beata Pozniak, Marjorie Monaghan, Julie Caitlin Brown, Carrie Dobro, Mojo, Stephen Austin, Bill Blair

For more information, visit their website at

Be sure to check the entire convention calendar for dates of events around the country. If you know of a convention that will host B5 personalities, drop me a line so that I can include the event on our calendar.


Do you have extra copies of B5, Amazing Spiderman, Midnight Nation or Rising Stars comics you'd like to trade? How about those extra trading cards or B5 magazines? There are a lot of fans looking for these items -- and the Trading Post can help you buy or sell them. To see what's available, just use this link to the Trading Post. To have items included in The Trading Post, send a note to The Zocalo. Please put Trading Post in the subject line.

Pen Pals

If you are looking for someone to talk about Babylon 5 and Crusade with, the Pen Pal section is for you! Check it out! Drop a note to someone who is feeling B5 withdrawal -- BIG TIME!

People thought a Pen Pal page was a good idea. If you would like to meet people who you could chat with or share your opinions of the show with, send along your e-mail or snail-mail address The Zocalo. It will be incorporated on the new Pen Page Page.


January 24 - Peter Woodward
January 27 - Julie Caitlin Brown
January 27 - Tamilyn Tomita

Have I missed anyone? If you know the birthday of someone connected with Babylon 5, pass the information along. We want to include everyone in our Happy Birthday Wishes.


Here's a recent note from JMS on the subject:

Just an FYI to those who've been using the Ventura Blvd. mail drop for fan mail to actors....

As mentioned before, we're phasing out the forwarding of fan mail because we a) don't have the resources, complicated by b) the actors have scattered to the four winds, and it makes it very difficult to get everything to everybody in a timely fashion.

So, having provided prior notice...fan mail to actors coming to the Ventura Blvd. mail drop will be sent back. Mail to actors should be sent via their official fan clubs. I will still be taking mail there, since it's my mailbox, but that's it.

Just so's y'all know and save a few bucks on postage and returns.

JMS' mail can be sent to:

14431 Ventura Boulevard, PMB 260
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423


Warner Bros. Address:

Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522

Warner Home Video:

Mike Finnegan, Vice President
Editorial and Programming Services

Paul Hemstreet, Vice President
Special Features/DVD

Michael Radiloff, Vice President
DVD Marketing

Kristin Grossnandler, Manager
DVD Special Features

Warner Home Video
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522


The front page of the The Zocalo Today changes daily, so be sure to check the back issues to make sure that you haven't missed anything IMPORTANT! I don't want the front page getting too long so I shift information periodically into the archives. So if you aren't a regular visitor to The Zocalo Today, be sure to check out the back issues. Just use the button above!

Take care and I look forward to hearing from you.
Sandra Bruckner (sgbruckner@aol.com)
The Zocalo Today

Copyright - SBruckner, 2001

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