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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.

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September 15, 2001 6:15am

What's New

Flag and Eagle There will be no update to the Zocalo this weekend. I will include new websites where people can obtain more information about the tragedies of this week and sites where they can send contributions or lend assistance.

I don't know how Tuesday's tragedies have affected you. I sit glued to the TV set each evening, watching, waiting for news of rescues and listening to stories of bravery and survival. After first assuring that friends on Manhattan were fine, I began thinking of others that have been affected. The main offices of the SCIFI Channel are at 1230 Avenue of the Americas. While the internet map shows me that they are about 5 miles away from WTC, I'm sure their lives are a bit chaotic right now. The same is probably true of DC and Marvel Comics -- they were about 4 miles away. DelRey Books has offices on Broadway, but I have seen a note from Kathleen David (yes, Peter's wife) saying that they are fine. I've checked message boards to see if chatter friends have checked in, including those who call the Pentagon home. In times such as this, you realize what a powerful tool the internet can be, keeping in touch across thousands of miles.
This morning, there is an eerie feeling in Washington. Barricades are up around the US Capitol, roads are blocked and security is tight. The events of yesterday resembled those of a disaster film -- but it is a reality that all of us will have to face in one way or another. Prayers go out to all those with loved ones affected in these tragedies. I would encourage everyone to give blood if they can.

I've received a report from Ranger Danny on DragonCon. You can share in his experience by going to Reports Page. Thanks Danny. Photos to follow.

Here's a brief note from the Babylon 5 page at SCIFI: Watch the Crusade chain reaction on Oct. 8 for a special announcement about Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers.

JMS has a new graphic novel coming out soon entitled "Delicate Creatures". In talking with Prevue Magazine, JMS said, "I wanted to write, for lack of a better term, a fairy tale, but one with teeth for grown-ups. It takes a lot of the tropes and motifs of the fairy tale and turns them into a more sophisticated, darker point of view." You can read the entire interview over at http://www.prevuemagazine.com/Articles/Flash/190.

Over at B5LR.COM, Warren T.Takeuchi-"Kitaro Sasaki" in the Legend of the Rangers, recounts a very special moment for him and other cast members. They were included in a private screening of the final telemovie on August 27 at Sharpe Sound Studios located in North Vancouver, B.C. YES!!!! January 2, seems very far away!

A piece of B5 trivia is gone! The teapot was no where to be found on "Midnight on the Firing Line"! Guess the fixes are finally catching up with SCIFI and WB.

SHADOW WITHIN: Have you been looking for "The Shadow Within" -- #7 book by Jeanne Cavelos? See details below.

While the clock is counting down (slowly) the time toward the January 2 air date of "Legend of the Rangers", behind the scenes work continues on completing the project. Mark Savela, visual effects supervisor on the project is sounding pretty positive about his responsibilities on the coming pilot. Check out his posting over at B5LR.com.

If you haven't visited B5LR lately, you may want to drop over and see what's going on there. It seems that a number of the "Legend" cast members are having a great time interacting with fans on the message boards. Dylan Neil (Capt. Martel), Warren T.Takeuchi (Kitaro Sasaki), Enid-Raye Adams (Firell) and Dean Marshall (Malcolm Bridges) have all signed onto the site and are answering questions and talking about their characters. This is very cool.

Dylan Neal talks about his role as Captain David Martel in the "Legend of the Rangers" at http://www.prevuemagazine.com/Articles/Flash. The interview gets a bit more play over at Cinescape.com. That's terrific.

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September 14:
RATINGS: Top 10 SF Network Programs: The X-Files 3.1; Futurama 3.0; Night Visions 2.8; Charmed 2.0; Special Unit 2 1.7; Voyager 1.7; Angel 1.4, and All Souls 1.3.

TUESDAY'S TRAGEDY: Many movie and TV productions shut down this week because of the tragedies in New York and Washington. Variety reports that Networks pulled scheduled screenings of movies featuring plotlines that might resemble the tragic events of the day. Fox replaced the planned Sept. 14 broadcast of The X-Files movie--which features an Oklahoma-City-style bombing--and a Sept. 16 screening of Independence Day--in which the White House and the Empire State Building blow up.

Movie productions have also been affected. The upcoming Spiderman movie will remove images of the World Trade Center digitally. Men in Black 2 will change it's ending, which was supposed to involve the twin towers. Warner Bros. is postponing the release of the Arnold Schwarzenegger film COLLATERAL DAMAGE.

September 13:
FIRST WAVE: The future of this show has been in the balance for quite some time. Sebastian Spence, who portrays Cade Foster in the SCIFI original drama, indicates that a decision has been reached and the show will not return for a fourth season. In www.cinescape.com Spence talks his three years on the show, how it affected him and what lies ahead.

DARK ANGEL: Creator and executive producer James Cameron is taking the X-FILES/STAR TREK approach to prime time television, thinking about a feature film. “I think if we have continued success with the series, there is a good possibility that we might want to make a film from it,” says Cameron. “I think we’ve got to see where the series goes. If we grow our fan base and we stay at least where we are and/or grow from where we are, I think that’s a very good possibility.”

September 12:
RATINGS: Top 10 SF Syndicated Shows: The X-Files 3.6; 3rd Rock 3.3; Stargate SG-1 2.8; Andromeda 2.6; Xena 2.4; Invisible Man 1.9; Profiler 1.9; Earth: Final Conflict 1.6; Relic Hunter 1.5, and Voyager 1.5.

ANDROMEDA: James Marsters of Buffy fame recently had a guest stint aboard the Andromeda. "It came very last minute," Marsters said in an interview. "I was already going to be in Canada doing [VH1's] Strange Frequency [which aired in August], and it seemed like fun to do a Gene Roddenberry series."

ENTERPRISE: Roxann Dawson just completed directing the 7th episode of Enterprise. At a scifi convention in Las Vegas, she told fans that "Enterprise will be an enormous hit. I had a ball working on it. The cast is wonderful." What about the fans? "They were looking forward to meeting the fans and entering this world." "Their excitement and enthusiasm is infectious. They have no idea how their lives are going to change."

FARSCAPE: The second part of Rockne S. O’Bannon's interview is available at www.cinescape.com. You will need to subscribe to the service, however, in order to read it.

DARK ANGEL: The coming second season may hold a great deal of changes of the first! Jennifer Blanc talks about some ideas that have been talked about, those she would like to see come to pass over at www.cinescape.com.

LOST WORLD: Good news for fans of The Lost World. New Line Television has secured a third season for SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE'S THE LOST WORLD TV series. The third season has been cleared in 95% of the country with the third season premiere hitting the tube on the week of October 15th.

September 11:
TREK X: All sorts of rumors are popping up related to the upcoming Star Trek movie. This weekend, LeVar Burton dropped a few more hints of things to come at the 35th Anniversary of Star Trek in Las Vegas. He said that a familiar face would appear in the movie. There is speculation that Whoopi Goldberg will reprise her Next Generation character, Guinan, appearing at the wedding of Cmdr. Riker and Deanna Troi.

EMMY AWARDS: Dune, SCIFI's original miniseries based on Frank Herbert's book took home two technical Emmy Awards at the 2001 Creative Arts Awards presentation Sept. 8 in Pasadena, Calif. The miniseries won awards for cinematography and visual effects. Star Trek: Voyager brought home two awards as well. For a listing of award winners, go to http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/art-main.html?2001-09/10/10.00.tv.

FARSCAPE: Over at www.cinescape.com, creator Rockne S. O’Bannon discusses two of three scripts he’s written for the show’s third season, revisiting some favorite characters.

HOW TO SURVIVE A HOTEL ROOM FIRE Steven Soderbergh's next project, HOW TO SURVIVE A HOTEL ROOM FIRE has quite a few big names associated with it. According to the Hollywood Reporter, David Duchovny, Blair Underwood and Mary McCormack are all close to sealing a deal to join Julia Roberts and Catherine Keener. Soderbergh plans to use film and digital video to shoot the pic, set to ramp up production in Los Angeles in November for a three week period.

ASTRONAUTS: According to Variety, ABC TV has placed a put pilot commitment on a project called ASTRONAUTS from 20th Century Fox TV and Industry Entertainment. The pilot and potential series is the creation of scribe Todd Robinson (WHITE SQUALL).

ANGEL: David Boreanax talks about his experiences as an actor, his role as Angel, and a lot more over at http://www.thewb.com/Faces/Interview/0,8114,2127,00.html.

SPIDERMAN: There are new clips and a new Spidey store available at http://www.spiderman.sonypictures.com/nmmerchandise/index.html.

September 10:
BOX OFFICE: "The Musketeer" claimed victory this weekend over the box office with an estimated $10.7 million from 2,438 theaters. Last weekend's champ, "Jeepers Creepers", plummeted 53 percent to an estimated $6.17 million, consuming $24.3 million after 10 days.

FALL SEASON: The new season begins on some of the networks tonight. There are some interesting shows being offered up this year. However, there are a lot that don't seem to have "legs". I guess time will tell.

RATINGS: Top 10 SCIFI Channel Shows: Farscape 1.4; The Outer Limits 1.3; Star Trek VI 1.2; Lexx 1.1; The Chronicle 1.0; The Invisible Man 1.0; John Edward 1.0; Escape From Mars 0.9; First Wave 0.8, and Star Trek 0.8.

September 9:
STARGATE: Did anyone catch the marathon yesterday? I was a little disappointed that it was not a mixture of old and new episodes, but I enjoyed the event none the less. And the 100th episode, "Wormhole Extreme", was really good. For those who missed it, the episode will be repeated on Friday night at 10:00pm in the regular Stargate timeslot on Showtime. Also, Melissa Perenson has an article on Stargate reaching this milestone and show producers talk about the upcoming sixth season at www.cinescape.com. I am very much looking forward to the series coming to SCIFI. I missed the first few years of the series and can't wait to see the older episodes.

STAR TREK: With TNN having purchased the airing rights for Star Trek, they have also developed a new documentary entitled AMERICA LOVES...STAR TREK. It will pave the way for a week long STAR TREK: NEXT GENERATION marathon. It will look at the characters, dramatic storylines and casts over the years that helped to make it television's most enduring series. The special also traces both the influence and impact the series has had on society, how storylines have helped to explain the political climate, inspired scientists to create new technology and the lessons it has taught us about tolerance and diversity. You can read more about the documentary over at www.cinescape.com. The 5 day marathon, NEXT GEN ON TNN: A 5-DAY MISSION, will feature three of the STAR TREK movies and 77 of the most popular episodes of the first spin-off series, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. The marathon will telecast daily during that week of October 1-5, from 9:00 AM - 3:00 AM, ET/PT.

September 8:
FARSCAPE: It seems as if the new season just started, but Ben Browder talked about how the season ends with SciFiWire during the recent Farscape convention in California. He says the third season's final episodes will be "really big." "I actually think that perhaps the best episode of the season is in the final four." "It's huge in scale, from a practical standpoint of shooting it, and effects, and emotionally. It's big. It's really big." You can read more about Farscape at http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/art-main.html?2001-09/07/14.00.sfc. Also included are comments by David Kemper, regarding the fourth season.

HARRY POTTER: Reuters reports that the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone will take place Nov. 4 in London. The film will debut in a huge gala celebration in the city's West End. (In the United Kingdom, the film will be called Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, as was the book.) Potter opens to the public in North America and Britain on Nov. 16.

MUTANT X: Marvel Comics announced the delay of the comic-book version of the upcoming series Mutant X. Mutant X is set to debut in syndication the week of Oct. 1. Marvel Comics marketing communications manager Bill Rosemann said, "By moving the launch of our Mutant X comic book from October to a later date, we'll give the program time to build audience awareness and loyalty, rather than delivering a product before the source material actually hits. Then, once the show has generated excitement, we'll capitalize on that recognition by releasing the comic."

September 7:
LORD OF THE RINGS: A special screening of Lord of the Rings was held on Aug. 5 for SciFiWire and other invited guests in Los Angeles offering a glimpse at the films' elaborate production design and a peek at a few key sequences. The 26-minute reel highlighted a harrowing and action-filled battle sequence in the Mines of Moria between the nine members of the Fellowship of the Ring, an army of orcs, a huge Cave Dweller creature and the demonic Balrog. For more information about the screening, visit http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/art-main.html?2001-09/06/14.00.film. The film opens on December 16.

DARK ANGEL: As a way of promoting the show's move from Tuesday to Friday night, Fox has made a new second season poster of Dark Angel available at http://darkangelfriday.com/.

AUSTIN POWERS: Yes, #3 is now on the fast-track. New Line Cinema announced that AUSTIN POWERS 3: GOLDMEMBER will begin production in mid-November with a fast release date of July 26, 2002.


Here are some telephone numbers and websites that have information on how you can help the victims in Washington and New York City:

New York City information:

To Give Blood:
American Red Cross 1-800-HELP-NOWhttp://redcross.org

New York Blood Center 1-800-933-BLOODhttp://nybloodcenter.org

To Make Financial Contributions:
American Red Cross 1-800-HELP-NOW http://redcross.org

United Way 1-212-251-4035 http://www.uwnyc.org

Salvation Army 1-800-SAL-ARMY http://www.salvationarmy.org

To Volunteer Services (New York):
FEMA World Trade Center Relief 1-800-801-8092

National Prayer:


Disaster response: How you can help


As some of you Farscape fans know, a number of the cast was in NYC for a convention over the weekend. Ranger Lee passed along a posting made by Claudia Black to assure fans and friends that they are well.

Date: 09/12/2001
From: chickwithgun

The purpose of this message is two-fold.
Firstly, thank you for a successful and very enjoyable convention tour.
Secondly we would like to send out our best wishes to everyone in New York. We walked into town and lit a candle on the steps of a closed church last night. What else is there to do but try and give blood and pray for everyone.

We are here in town until the planes start running and are being taken care of by a large and caring group of collegues from the Henson Group. So lucky to have members of our work family with us at this time.

As much as I have wondered how Aeryn would be dealing with this the very human me has been a little teary, a lot scared and very grateful to be alive.

Ben has plying me with chocolate and has firmly established himself as a real life hero.

Chick with gun and black tee signing out for now somewhere in nyc.....

* Yes, chickwithagun is Claudia; black_t is Ben


I just received this note from a reader that I thought worthy of sharing. I think it brings together the strength of conviction that everyone will need in the coming days.


I had a thought last night after talking with my son about yesterday's events in New York and Washington. He wanted to stay home from school today, and I admit I wanted to stay home from work. But as I explained to him, that is *exactly* what these terrorists want us to do: to hide in our homes, to succumb to fear, to surrender. And that's exactly what we cannot do.

And it occurred to me that this is a great encapsulation of B5. Think about the things Sheridan and Lorien said, about the ideals espoused by the Rangers: you fight the darkness by doing what is right, alone, unrecognized and unpraised. Not for fame or glory, but because it's the right thing to do. Period. How beautifully this came to fruition in B5 (that's one of my favorite things about the show, in fact - how the war was won by words and ideals, not by weapons), and how relevant this is to our lives right now, how we can fight this just by living our normal lives: going to work, doing our best, being parents and partners as best we can. And even beyond yesterday's events: living this way every day strengthens the web that binds us together as a community and as a nation. We are where we are as a people thanks to those who have gone before, who lived good lives, and who rest in eternity unremembered by posterity. We are all connected.

This is our cause, one life or a thousand, it doesn't matter.....

Hats off to JMS for wrapping these ideals into such a great story. And to all the B5 "family" as they live today and everyday, opposing the darkness alone, simply because it is right.

Thanks, Sandy.


Here's a project update from JMS (posted 8/6):

This'll be fairly quick because it's nearly 1 a.m. and I'm constantly under the gun these days...just wanted to give folks (who've been very patient with both my absence and the momentary glitch in getting stuff through the pipeline whose ends come out my wrists and onto the keyboard) some brief updates on coming stuff. (I always feel awkward doing this, like it's some kind of commercial or something -- "It's NewJMS! New, improved, less fattening!" -- feh. But people ask, so I answer....)

Tomorrow at 1:58 p.m. we nailed the first shot on the two-hour opener for "Jeremiah," shooting a couple of quick preliminary second unit shots before the real start of filming tomorrow, when we begin banging down pages in earnest. As I write this, we have six more scripts already in hand, well in advance of getting to the episodes. Titles include "To Sail Beyond the Stars," "Tribes," and "Man of Iron, Woman Under Glass," all jms scripts, with "The Bag," "The Touch," and "City of Roses" by Sam Egan, previously show-runner on The Outer Limits.

The show has a pretty solid pedigree...me from B5 and Twilight Zone, Sam from Outer Limits and Northern Exposure, director Russell Mulcahy from the first two Highlander movies and the On the Beach miniseries, designer Steve Gaeghan from Stargate and B5: Rangers and Outer Limits, stars Luke Perry and Malcom Jamal Warner from 90210 and Cosby respectively...it's a real good lineup and both MGM and Showtime are enthusiastic about everything they've seen. It's a nice merging of a lot of TV SF and mainstream worlds.

On other fronts....

My new hardcover graphic novel, "Delicate Creatures," story by jms and art by Michael Zulli, will be appearing at the end of this month from Image/Top Cow/Joe's Comics. It can be pre-ordered from Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1582402256/qid=999761876/sr=8-1/ref =aps_sr_b_1_1/102-3608192-2288166.

The script for the Rising Stars feature is nearly in final shape, and will be going out to directors within the next few weeks. We already have one very well known director (as in oscar winning) interested in directing it, so we'll see. But this is being fast tracked for Summer 2002.

After letting the comics work for Top Cow kinda go fallow while I did everything else on my plate, I just turned in the script for issue 9 of Midnight Nation, "Explanations, Valid and Otherwise," so we're getting that train back onto the rails again. Should have the next Rising Stars comic script in next week.

(feh...there has to be a better way to do this....)

This weekend the final version of "Babylon 5: Legend of the Rangers" goes to scifi channel. We'll see what we shall see...but from a production standpoint I think it may be either the best or one of the best MOWs we've ever done.

My next issue of "The Amazing Spider-Man" (#35) should hit stores in about two weeks, and I strongly commend it to people for a twist in the story and the character, and the finale of the big conflict that's been going on now for 3 issues. We pull a big thread in Peter Parker's life, and I have a hunch that this one is gonna disappear as fast as #30 did.

I should be able to announce one other project, the last I could take on at this point, in about a month or so. The contracts only now got signed. And I'm now about halfway through the new novel I'm writing, which should be going out to auction in January (assuming work allows me to finish it by then). Also this fall we should see the debut of my new anthology comic from Top Cow, each issue presenting a different story. We haven't nailed down a title yet; I suggested Eccentric Tales, they like Joe's Comics Presents or Tales of Joe.

Finally: I have air dates for both Rangers (January 2) and the debut of Jeremiah (January 11).

Heading back to the shadows now to grab a few hours sleep before the cameras begin rolling again tomorrow (this) morning at 7.



Ranger Jamie has sent along the notice about their role-playing site. It has been around for quite a while, but they are always looking for new players:

The ISA Phoenix is a email based, RPG sim based in the Babylon 5 universe. The players portray a group of Rangers on a prototype ship. We are very interested in having new players join us! For more information, please visit the Phoenix website at www.sailbourne.com/phoenix/ or email Jamie Lawson at Sailbourne@aol.com.


Invoking Darkness The third book of the Technomage trilogy is scheduled for released on November 27, 2001. You may order it now at amazon.com.

Book #7 "Shadow Within" by Jeanne Cavelos has been very hard to find over the past year. However, the author has a few copies she will let fans purchase. If you are interested, let me know and I'll get details.

DelRey has a few Babylon 5 projects in the works. DelRey's Steve Staffel is trying to acquire the rights to the Babylon 5 novels published by Dell. His plan is to begin with the two favorites--by Jeanne Cavelos and Kathryn Drennan--and see what kind of response they get from the Babylon 5 fans. In addition, DelRey is considering publishing the short story collection, if they can pick up the license.


FALL SEASON: The new season begins on some of the networks tonight. There are a couple that could fall into the "interesting" category. Send in comments for the new shows you are watching. Let's see if there are any "favorites".

Send in your views to either TheZocalo@aol.com or b5web@aol.com.. You can also post your comments on the message board at www.isnnews.net/board. To see what other readers have posted on this and other topics, follow this link to Current Discussion Topic page.


Crusade Cast David Brooks

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.


RICHARD BIGGS: Richard Biggs, Dr. Franklin from B5, will be returning to the soap opera circuit, joining the cast of "Guiding Light".

ALEX ZAHARA: Ranger Dennis in Vancouver reports that Alex Zahara (Dulann from the new Legend of the Rangers) has won a recurring role in JMS' new "Jeremiah" series. He will portray "Ezekiel" -- a character as far removed from Dulann as possible, according to Alex.

CHRISTOPHER FRANKE: Christopher has a new album coming out. It is entitled "New Music for Films Vol2". It includes music from “Solo,” “Tarzan And The Lost City,” “The Inheritance,” “Pacific Blue” and “Terror In The Mall.”

CLAUDIA CHRISTIAN: Following her appearance at DragonCon this weekend, Claudia will be off to Canada to film an episode of Relic Hunter.

DYLAN NEAL: Dylan, Captain David Martel in the new "Legend of the Rangers" telemovie is keeping busy while SCIFI waits to see how the movie will do in January. He has returned to "Dawson's Creek" and has won a recurring role in the new series "Thieves" with John Stamos.

BEATA POZNIAK: As if marriage to Jeffrey Daniels wasn't enough, Beata is currently filming an episode of "Family Law" by CBS. She portrays a character named Mary Kobish. We'll pass along more information about when the episode will air.

MELISSA GILBERT: Melissa is set to star and DIRECT a movie for Animal Planet called "Eye of the Wolf". Filming starts filming sometime in Sept.-Oct. This is her first movie as a director. She portrays a widowed rancher with a young son. According to Melissa, it's a very action-packed story with lots of animals to work with, even four wolf cubs!!!!!!!!!!!

BRUCE BOXLEITNER: Bruce begins filming the prequel to TNT's "Gettysburg" "Gods and Generals" this week. The cast list shows he will be James Longstreet. For more information, you can visit Ron Maxwell's (writer, director, producer) website at http://www.ronmaxwell.com/ggenerals_castcrew.html. The story will follow events leading to the Battle of Bull Run. Bruce recently visited the Gettysburg battlefield to get a first-hand look at the site. Here's a link from his website to some photos of his visit to Gettysburg.

PAT TALMAN AND MIRA FURLAN Both Pat & Mira have appeared in upcoming Sheena episodes. In addition, Mira's husband Goran Gajic has directed two episodes. Mira's episode "Treasure of Sienna Mende" will air the week of November 10; Pat's episode "The Darkness" will air the week of November 17. Goran's episodes "Sienna Mende" and "Return of the Native" will air the week of January 26.


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.

Three new installments to the Babylon 5 Chronology are now available. They are 2249-2255; In The Beginning, and The Great War.


Dreamwatch #84 Dreamwatch #84: This month Frank Garcia talks to Doug Netter about the "Legend of the Rangers" project. Doug Netter has done a great deal of behind-the-scenes work for Babylon 5. He rescued the show when PTEN folded and got season five produced at TNT when no one else would fund it. He helped tremendously in getting original costumes from WB in California up to Vancouver for the shooting of "Legend of the Rangers." He has helped mold the new production staff into a team devoted to a quality product.

Cult Times #72 Cult Times #72: Roswell, rescued from oblivion by UPN, returns this year with a number of character-rich episodes. CT talks with co-creator Jason Katims about his plans for Roswell's future. Also in this issue, Josh Wedon talks about Buffy and Angel and Gigi Edgley talks about season three of Farscape.

TV Zone #142 TV Zone #142: LEXX captures the cover story for this month. Inside, you'll find interviews with Michael McManus, Xenia Seeberg and Brian Downey. Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor look at the last episode of Xena; Scott Bakula talks about taking on the next Star Trek enterprise and Andy Hallett talks about his role as Lorne on Angel.

Starburst #49 STARBURST #49: Yes, Starburst has already devoted an issue to the newest Star Trek project - Enterprise. There are location pictures, interviews and more. They also hae a season seven episode guide for Voyager and talk with the Ferengi cast of Deep Space Nine - Armin Shimerman, Max Grodenchik and Aron Eisenberg.

Xpose #59 Expose #59: Shiri Appleby and Majandra Delfino talk about their roles as Liz and Maria in Roswell. David Chokachy from Witchblade talks about a big secret related to his character Jake McCarty and Tim Burton talks about making Planet of the Apes.


BABYLON 5's Schedule: 7pm each evening:

Air Date Title

Sept. 14 TKO

Sept. 17 Grail
Sept. 18 Eyes
Sept. 19 Legacies
Sept. 20 A Voice in the Wilderness (part 1)

Sept. 24 A Voice in the Wilderness (part 2)
Sept. 25 Babylon Squared
Sept. 26 The Quality of Mercy
Sept. 27 Chrysalis


SCIFI will conduct a marathon showing of Crusade beginning at 7am on October 8 and running until 8pm -- showing all 13 episodes of the series.


Ranger Alexander has sent along the schedule for Crusade in Slovakia:


09/17/2001 The Memory of War
09/24/2001 The Needs of Earth
10/01/2001 Visitors from Down the Street
10/08/2001 Each Night I Dream of Home


TOP COW: For those of us anticipating the next Midnight Nation and Rising Stars issue from JMS, it looks like we'll have a while to wait! I picked up this note today:

In a press release, Top Cow Productions announced it has made some adjustments to its editorial schedule in the interest of “its continuing mission to publish the absolute highest quality level in comics while maintaining scheduled ship dates.”

Top Cow announced Fathom #13 and #14 and Tomb Raider: Greatest Treasure of All are all being cancelled pending resolicitation once these issues are complete. Midnight Nation #9 and Rising Stars #17 are both being resolicited for December 2001.

“Ultimately our goal is very simple, we want to publish the best written, best drawn comics in the industry and put them out in the month we solicit them in,” said Top Cow President Matt Hawkins. “The changes we’re making in the editorial schedule are being made to help ensure both aspects of this goal. There are a couple other scheduling changes we’ll be making, but we’ll announce those once we have them confirmed.”


Amazing Spiderman #34 Issue #34 has just hit the stands and it's terrific. Over at Cinescape.com you'll find a review of the issue -- and as you can see, it's a keeper!


Rising Stars #16 Rising Stars #162 is on your local comic book shelf now. There is a review at IGN.COM at http://scifi.ign.com/comics/3226.html.

Midnight Nation #8 Midnight Nation #8 is on on shelves now. There is a review -- and a recommendation to "BUY IT" -- out at IGN.COM.

**If you are having trouble finding the comic issues, drop me a line. My comic guy seems to be a HUGE JMS fan and has ordered more Marvel comics than anyone in the area!


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

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 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: Robert Folsom
Birthday: September 16


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.


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.


Sad news. I don't know what the fate of the B5 Fan Club will be. Netter Digital filed for bankruptcy in July and all their worldly posessions were auctioned off on December 7. Thestation.com is back on-line, however the Emporium has been closed.


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.



Lots of updates to the calendar. I hope you will check it out and see if there are any Babylon 5 conventions in YOUR future! Use this link Convention Calendar. Have a convention you would like to have listed here? Pass along the information.


CHILLER THEATRE: The next expo will feature a number of Babylon 5 personalities -- including Peter Jurasik, David Allen Brooks, Claudia Christian, Bill Mumy, Julia Nickson.


Are you attending one of the conventions on the calendar? Or another one perhaps? Do you want to see who else might be there? Drop your e-mail address to TheZocalo@aol.com. We've begun an attendance page so that perhaps we can get together while enjoying the activities of the convention. Convention Attendance .


Vulkon Ft. Lauderdale
September 14-16, 2001; Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Guests: Tim Choate (with Nana Visitor, Bruce Campbell)

More information, visit their website at http://www.vulkon.com.

Cinema Wasteland
September 14-16, 2001; Strongsville, OH
Guests: Bill Blair

More information, visit their website at http://www.videowasteland.com/show.html.

Encounter on the Northcoast
September 21-23, 2001
Guest: Peter Woodward

For more information, visit their website at http://www.regionone.net/2001.

Slanted Fedora
September 28-30, 2001; Durham, NC
Guests: Walter Koenig, Claudia Christian, Wortham (Bob) Krimmer

For more information, visit their website at http://www.sfedora.com/ or call (913)327-8735.

September 28-30, 2001; Seattle, WA
Guests: Gardner Dozois, Roger MacBride Allen, Brenda Clough, Alexis Gilliland, Peter Heck, Jane Jewell, Mindy Klasky, Nancy Kress, Charles Sheffield, Michael Swanwick and Lawrence Watt-Evans

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

Praxis 2001 - A Space Odyssey
October 5-7, 2001; Pittsburgh, PA
Guests: Bill Blair

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

October 13-14, 2001
Ford Community Performing Arts Center
Dearborn, Michigan
Guests: KATE MULGREW (Captain Janeway), ROXANN DAWSON (Torres), KEITH HAMILTON COBB (Tyr of Andromeda), VIRGINIA HEY (Zhaan of Farscape), MANU INTIRAYMI (Icheb of Voyager), HUDSON LEICK and KEVIN SMITH from Xena: Callisto and Ares, ROBIN ATKIN DOWNES from Babylon 5

For more information, visit the Creation Entertainment website at http://www.creationent.com.

Babylon 5/Earth Final Conflict Cruise
October 14-15, 2001, Nassau, Bahamas
Guest: Stephen Austin, Jason Carter, Richard Biggs

For more information, visit their website at http://starmagicproductions.ioncannon.com.

Utopia II
October 20-21, 2001, Scheveningen, The Netherlands
Guest: Julie Caitlin Brown, Ted Raimi, Max Grodenchik

For more information, you can e-mail utopia@club.tip.nl or visit their website at http://www.starfall.net/utopia.

Star Trek, Xena, Sci-Fi TV & Film Convention
October 20-21, 2001
Civic Plaza
Phoenix, Arizona
Guests: Kevin Smith, Keith Hamilton Cobb, Roxann Dawson, Virginia Hey, Manu Intiraymi, Grace Lee Whitney

For more information, visit the Creation Entertainment website at http://www.creationent.com.

Chiller Theatre
October 26-28, 2001; E. Rutherford, NJ
Guests: Claudia Christian, Peter Jurasik, Bill Mumy, David Allen Brooks, Julia Nickson

For more information, visit their website at http://www.chillertheatre.com/.


Gatecon 2001
September 20-23, 2001
Best Western Richmond
Vancouver, Canada
Guests: (Not all confirmed) Teryl Rothery, Jay Acovone, Alexis Cruz, Dan Shea, Don Davis, Peter Williams, Tony Amendola, Jay Brazeau, Bill Nikolai, JR Bourne, Gary Jones, Joesph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie.

For more information, visit their website at http:www.gatecon.com.

September 28-30, 2001; Seattle, WA
Guests: Gardner Dozois, Roger MacBride Allen, Brenda Clough, Alexis Gilliland, Peter Heck, Jane Jewell, Mindy Klasky, Nancy Kress, Charles Sheffield, Michael Swanwick and Lawrence Watt-Evans

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

October 13-14, 2001
Ford Community Performing Arts Center
Dearborn, Michigan
Guests: KATE MULGREW (Captain Janeway), ROXANN DAWSON (Torres), KEITH HAMILTON COBB (Tyr of Andromeda), VIRGINIA HEY (Zhaan of Farscape), MANU INTIRAYMI (Icheb of Voyager), HUDSON LEICK and KEVIN SMITH from Xena: Callisto and Ares, ROBIN ATKIN DOWNES from Babylon 5

For more information, visit the Creation Entertainment website at http://www.creationent.com.


There are some new and interesting items in the Trading Post. Take a look. If you have items you'd like to trade, post a note here. If you need a particular item, the Trading Post or Message Board could help you find it. Use this link to see what is listed. 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.


Pat Tallman - September 4
Cinzia Zanetti - September 5
Robin Atkin Downes - September 6
Mira Furlan - September 7
Walter Koenig - September 14
Robert Rusler - September 20
Bear Burge - September 23
Jason Carter - September 23
Manny Case - September 23

WOW, a LOT of birthdays in September! A couple names may not be familiar to you -- but they are special folks. Bear Burge was one of the prop artists (I loved his prop room, it was fascinating) and Manny Case took terrific care putting Mira Furlan's make up on each day, making her the fantastic Delenn we all know and love.

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


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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