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UPDATES: I know it may be hard to find the things that have been added to the page each day, so I'm going to try a couple of different methods. Today, I'll use this color for all updates. Tomorrow the update's information will revert to the color of the rest of the page. Only updates will be in this color. Hopefully this will help you identify NEW items.


Ranger Kailin has sent in the first part of her report on JMS' panel discussion at Gallifrey last weekend. Drop over to the Reports Page and have a look!


We have a new message board at Three topics have been set up for this week's discussion topic, upcoming conventions and a general Zocalo Today area where we can talk about anything, including the content of the newsletter. Topics can be expanded as needed. There are already some great topics on the board created by the ISN News staff, covering B5 and Crusade. A few brave souls have left messages already. Please give it a try and let me know what you think.


A few of you may have heard about a double issue Cinefantastique has had in the works for quite a long time. Well it's now in it's final stages! Yes, the June 2000 issue (Vol. 31, Number 12) will be an 85-page double-issue with a spotlight on Babylon 5. It will contain:

A long Main Story, 5 essays covering each season, a full 5-season annotated episode guide, sidebar spotlights on J. Michael Straczynski, Bruce Boxleitner, Claudia Christian, Bill Mumy, Andrea Thompson, Patricia Tallman and sidebars devoted to Casting B5, Costuming, Music, Production Design, makeup, Foundation Imaging SFX, and "Final Days."

Here's the interviewee breakdown:


J. Michael Straczynski, Joe Copeland, Douglas Netter, Larry DiTillio, David Gerrold, Neil Gaiman, Christy Marx, Bruce Seth Green, Richard Compton, Adam Nimoy, Jim Johnston, David Eagle, Janet Greek, John Iacovelli, John Vulich, Ann Bruice-Aling, Ron Thornton, John Teska, Adam "Mojo" Lebowitz, John Flinn, Christopher Franke (21)


Bruce Boxleitner, Claudia Christian, Michael O'Hare, Peter Jurasik, Andreas Katsulas, Bill Mumy, Mira Furlan, Andrea Thompson, Patricia Tallman, Walter Koenig, Julie Caitlin Brown, Jeffrey Willerth, Brian Carpenter, Melissa Gilbert (14)

A number of people have asked where to pick up the issue once it's out. Most of the bookstores carry the magazine. The current issue has Voyager on the cover. If you see that in the store near you, you should be able to find the B5 issue once it comes out.


Have you seen the Babylon 5 Chronology yet in the Babylon 5 magazine? If you have, you are amazed at the amount of detail packed into it. Terry describes how he developed the chronology in a brief interview. Check it out on Interview page.


As some of you know, AOL shut down the Babylon 5 Forum on Sunday. I'm told that B5 isn't totally gone from AOL though. There is a new public room -- Town Square-Eclipse Cafe open for b5 chatting. Thanks Ranger Steve for the info.


I picked up issues of the comic before I left town -- so this isn't really NEW news. But the issue looks great. There are letters to the editor in this issue as well as a number of extras. If you are having a problem with getting copies, let me know. I'll gladly send them out to you.


Each month the Babylon 5 Fan Club has been releasing scripts from the series. Over the course of the next few months, the Fan Club wants to release your favorite scripts - from any season of the show. With over 100 to choose from, we need your help in selecting which ones to release next.

If you could choose the 20 top episodes, what would they be? Send your responses to or Deadline for voting will be March 20.

Responses have been wonderful so far. Here are some of the results!

And A Sky Full of Stars - 10
Babylon Squared - 15
Chrysalis - 16
Comes the Inquisitor - 12
Dust to Dust - 16
Endgame - 14
The Fall of Centauri Prime - 13
In the Shadow of Z'ha'dum - 12
Interludes & Examinations - 13
Into the Fire - 11
Messages from Earth - 13
Point of No Return - 13
Severed Dreams - 28
Shadow Dancing - 17
Sleeping in Light - 26
The Coming of Shadows - 15
The Long Twilight Struggle- 11
War Without End - Part 1 and 2 - 54
Z'ha'dum - 24



A new science fiction series is in the works -- "First Frontier". LightWorX Productions is trying to gather general information about potential fans such as demographics, merchandising, preferences in science fiction shows, etc. Basically, they want to find out what the fans want so that they can create the best show possible. The survey will only be available for a few more weeks, closing around mid March to review the results.

The site URL is

The survey URL is

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA -- I didn't get to see the Magellan clip Richard Hatch was to bring to the convention, but I did see his Battlestar trailer. It was SUPERB! You can see the care, love and desire to get this project off the ground ooze from this production. Richard Hatch has done something quite wonderful in bringing this to life. Visit Battlestar Galactica for more information.


From: "Jim Green"

Some of us have put together a B5 Poll Site,, and a Crusade Poll Site, .

There are now two for Crusade and two for Babylon 5 from us plus links to four outside polls. This is open to the whole B5 community.

The Deja polls rate Crusade and B5. Thanks to our community, they are now 1 and 2 in the Sci-Fi ratings.

You can suggest topics and question and vote for future ones. We are also looking for links.

Give us your opinion, thanks


There are a couple of regular chats that you might want to take advantage. One is over at Mike Helba has organized a weekly chat on Wednesdays at 10pm EST.

Another chat is starting up at Groucho's Yahoo Club site. The chat is scheduled for the first Sunday of each month beginning at 5:30pm ET on Sunday. Groucho's is a good place to drop over and chat anytime. I've found a pretty good group of people there at lunchtime (12pm EST).


I've added a new page to the reference index. This page covers magazines like DreamWatch, TV Zone, StarBurst and others that have covered Babylon 5 and Crusade over the last several years. This index will expand as I add more issues and new magazines.

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.


Date: 2/22/00 2:02:21 AM EST
From: Jhawks2

Claudia Christian was on Monday's episode of Family Law. She played a transvestite fighting for custody of his/her daughter. --Armen

Date: 2/21/00 9:28:19 AM EST
From: (Cripe, Helen L.)

While watching one of my old "Blake's 7" tapes last night, I spotted Christopher Neame (Knight 2 in "And the Sky Full of Stars") playing a Federation military nasty in the fourth season episode "Traitor". He was younger, thinner, and didn't have anywhere near as much hair as he had in the B5 episode.


Last updated: February 14, 2000

This section has a lot of information, directly from JMS. Read about working with WB in the early days of the show; his upcoming "Amazing Stories" short story and production of "Rising Stars". What does he think of Jerry's upcoming campaign? Check out the latest in the JMS Speaks section.


John Vickery (Neroon, Mr. Welles) is currently starring in a production of "Waiting for Godot" at the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles until April 30. He is not in every performance as the theatre alternates actors in the roles, however you can get more information about the play at .

Tim Choate's play "Medea" by Euripides, opened this past weekend. Tim plays Jason (of the Argonauts and Golden Fleece fame). Performances are every Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 6pm through March 12th at the Knightsbridge Theatre in Old Town Pasadena. The address is 35 South Raymond Street inside the historic Brayley Building. Parking is conveniently located next door. Tickets are $18 (students and seniors are $12). Reservations and other information can be had by calling (626) 440-0821.


OFFICIAL BABYLON 5 MAGAZINE - Issue #20 . The theme of this issue is "Time Travel". Stephen C. Smith examines the nature of time travel and looks at the science behinnd the time travel events in Babylon 5. The special Babylon 5 timeline continues in this issue. War Without End - Part 2 is featured in the Station Log and Zathras takes center stage in a number of features. I have to admit, the feature on The Zocalo Today is really, really nice!

** If anyone needs a copy of Issue #19, let me know. I have a couple extra copies.

TV Zone #123 - Are you interested in visual effects or fantasy art? Then here's an issue for you. Wayne Barlowe, the artist who brought the creepy creatures in "Thirdspace" to life is interviewed in this issue. The sketches showing his early perception of what was needed in this TV movie are awesome.

TV Zone Special #36 - Bruce Boxleitner talks about his new book, "Frontier Earth", his work on the B5 CD-ROM "Into the Fire", shooting the final episode of Babylon 5, "Sleeping in Light" and a lot of other topics.

Dreamwatch - Issue #65 takes a look at the Babylon 5 movies, "In the Beginning", "Thirdspace", "River of Souls" and "A Call to Arms". I'll agree with the assessment of Wayne Barlowe's graphic effects in "Thirdspace". Awesome! There is also a review "Crusade" along with some nice photos.


This week's discussion topics:
Which character had the MOST influence on the story of Babylon 5? Why?

Responses will either be posted on the discussion topic page or you can put them on the new message board. Follow this link to Current Discussion Topic page. Send an e-mail message response to either The Zocalo or bruckner@isnnews.nt..




Bill Mumy - February 1
John Schuck - February 4
Michael Beck - February 4
Ardwight Chamberlain - February 16 (the voice of Kosh)
Karen Harrell - February 21
Majel Barrett Roddenberry - February 23
John Iacovelli - February 25
Matt Plummer - February 26

Babylon 5 History

2260 - The Babylon 5 War Council decides to contact the First Ones
2260 - Michael Garibaldi received the Book of G'Quan from G'Kar
2259 - The first Rangers arrive on Babylon 5
2221 - Birth of Michael Alfredo Garibaldi

February 22, 1993 - The Gathering Premieres in the US

** These dates are taken from the SlowDazzle calendar. I hope they are close!


The Gang The B5 Fan Club has just made available a Season 3 jacket, just like the one worn by Bruce Boxleitner and John Copeland in this photo. This black, brushed twill jacket has a blue satin lining and is pleated in the back. There is an embroidered B5 on the front, a starburst on the back, a ranger patch on the right sleeve and a B5 shield on the left sleeve. With each purchase you also get a free B5 Fan Club button and Agamemnon hat.Visit The Station for details. The Fan Club has opened up Gold Channel for all Babylon 5 and Crusade fans. Be sure to drop in to see the exclusive photos and background material on the show. It will be updated soon.

For February, the B5 Fan Club has two scripts available.

"A Voice in the Wilderness", part 1 can be ordered using this link.

Voice 2 The autographed version of "A Voice in the Wilderness" is available via this link.

Voice 3 To order "A Voice in the Wilderness" - Part 2 use this link.

To order the autographed version of Part 2, use this link.

Babylon 5 Bible -- The original Season One Babylon 5 Writer's Bible. This massive tome weighs in at over 60 pages with comprehensive backgrounds on all characters and story arc; as well as guidelines for writing SF for TV. This document is peppered with original (color and B&W) illustrations by Peter Ledger. Use this link to place an order Babylon 5 Writer's Bible.

Babylon 5 Series Treatment -- This beautifully bound original Babylon 5 Series Treatment written in September 1988, was used to sell the series. It contains different characters than were ever seen in the show. This treatment was ONLY given to Network/Studio heads. This document is peppered with original color illustrations by Peter Ledger. Use this link to order your copy from the Emporium Babylon 5 Series Treatment.

Ordering Information: There are a number of ways to order merchandise from the Club:

Credit card purchases can be made on-line, by mail, or by fax. The Fax number is 1-818-771-1677.

FOR PHONE ORDERS: Here are the numbers to use: 1-888-777-8517 or 1-818-623-1198 . Phone lines are open Monday thru Friday, 10-6pm PST. If no one answers the phone, please leave your credit card information on the voicemail. Val and Tony do process orders based on the time-stamped voicemail messages. Be sure to leave your phone number as well, just in case they have any questions.

You can send a check or money order for merchandise -- made payable to Babylon 5 Fan Club -- to Official Babylon 5 Fan Club, P.O. Box 856, North Hollywood, CA 91603.

** For all orders done by mail, it's best to send in an order form with your check or money order. Use this link to get a copy of the Order Form. There is a new reference list as well, so that you can check to see what merchandise is still available. Ref List.


cartoon Another toon from Todd.

I'm moving some cartoons from Todd and Tye over to a new page so that you can enjoy them longer than just a week. Check out the new Toons Page!

There's an interesting competition going on right now over at ToonZone. It's asking people to submit a "punch line" for a B5 cartoon. Pop over and try your hand at filling in the bubble!

Got toons? Want to share them? Drop me a line at and let's chat!



Walter Koenig and Brad Dourif have been added to the growing list of Babylon 5/Crusade cast attending DragonCon in June

Peter Woodward will attend the Slanted Fedora convention in Kansas City March 11 and 12. Unfortunately, he's not listed on their website -- but his appearance is confirmed on his website at

Tim Choate will be conducting two signings in Germany next month. One signing is in Stuttgart at Cinefest (March 20). The other signing is in Bochum at The Movie Shop (March 19). I'll post more information when it's available.

For further information, check out the convention calendar.


I've added a couple of photos from Visioncon to the photo album. Along with the photos are a couple of works by Jamie Murray, a fantastic artist who also attended the convention. Jamie is not only a super individual -- he's a great talent as well. Love his pictures of Michael, Claudia, Mira and the others. Have a peek.\ Here is a site that display's more of Jamie's fantastic artwork . I think he is AWESOME!

The Convention Reports page includes: Sci-Fi Cruise, Best of Both Worlds (Sydney), Praxis, Tropicon, Slanted Fedora (Raleigh), Vulkon (Orlando) and United Fan Con are now loaded in the Reports section. My report on Far Point, with a few photos is also there.

If you have experiences you'd like to share -- or photos -- send them along. We'd love to see/read them.


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 The Zocalo. We've begun an attendance page so that perhaps we can get together while enjoying the activities of the convention. Convention Attendance .


Best of Both Worlds 8
March 11-12, 2000, Sydney, Australia
Place: Southern Cross Hotel
Guest: Richard Biggs, Robin Atkin Downes, Stephen Austin

For more information, visit their website at Or send an e-mail to

Slanted Fedora
March 11-12, 2000, Kansas City, KS
Place: Adams Mark Hotel
Guest: Peter Woodward

For more information, visit their website at Or call 913-327-8735.

Starfury Millennium
March 17-19, 2000, London, UK
Place: Heathrow Park Hotel
Guest: Andreas Katsulas, Peter Jurasik, Richard Biggs, Jason Carter, Wortham (Bob) Krimmer

For more information, visit their website at Or send an e-mail to


I've received some new photos from John Upton, Paul and Marti Baltrunas and Nancy & Grieg Pederson of conventions to share. They are now in the Photo Gallery Thanks for sending them along. They are wonderful!

If you have photos to add to the convention gallery, let me know. If you'd like to start a reader's gallery, that's possible as well. Just send along your photo and I'll begin a rogue's gallery for everyone to enjoy!

If you have photos you would like to include here, send them on to me at or


Want to know what conventions are ahead for the Babylon 5 and/or Crusade cast and crew? Use this link Convention Calendar.


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

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.

The Zocalo - Today, Issue #3

I just put out a copy of The Zocalo Today - Issue #3 in PDF format, for those of you who like to have a hard-copy version of the newsletter. The Zocalo, Issue #3. You will need a copy of Adobe Acrobat to open the file. If you don't have that, please go to Adobe and download a copy of the software.


We haven't forgotten all the wonderful pages created in support of Babylon 5 or Crusade. They now have their own page! I've added a few new ones, so be sure to use the button at the top of the page or Links Page.


March 4
7 am ET/PT "The Ragged Edge"

March 11
7 am ET/PT "The Corps is Mother, the Corps is Father"

March 18
7 am ET/PT "Meditations on the Abyss"


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!


If you would like to take some flyers to a convention to help spread the word that The Zocalo is Back! drop me a line. I'll be glad to send you some in the mail. I've created a PDF file that can be downloaded and printed. Flyer Thanks for helping to spread the word about The Z!

Take care and I look forward to hearing from you.
Sandra Bruckner (
The Zocalo Today


BABYLON 5 Awards Your web site, "The Zocalo Today", has been chosen to receive the BABYLON 5 UK TOP FLIGHT award ! Your coverage of the J. Michael Straczynski universe of Babylon 5 and Crusade is top flight ! Late breaking news, books, merchandise, cast & crew tid bits and humor, The Zocalo Today seems to be a one stop fan resource.

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