October 2, 1999

What's New


The 2nd Annual Galaxy Ball, hosted by Robert Beltran from ST Voyager, will be held on October 30 in Los Angeles at the Marriott Hotel Los Angeles Airport. It supports the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles. Robert has gathered a stellar (no pun intended) group of individuals this year -- the guest list is phenominal! Included so far are:

Bruce Boxleitner
Jason Carter
Robert Trebor (Xena & Hercules)
Kate Mulgrew
Robert McNeill
Ethan Phillips
Tim Russ
Garrett Wang

I think that it is marvelous that this individuals are giving of their time for this very worthwhile cause!

You can learn all about it over at Galaxy Ball . Send an e-mail note to: If you aren't on the web, you can write to Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles, Inc., 8949 Reseda Blvd., Suite 109, Northridge, CA 91324-3943 or call (818) 718-6363; fax (818) 718-6362. THE GATHERING SCRIPT -- DEADLINE EXTENDED

Because of problems existing with the ordering system in The Emporium at, the deadline for ordering "The Gathering" script has been extended to October 8. Use this link to place your order for The Gathering Script.

BABYLON 5 CALENDAR FOR 2000: The new official Babylon 5 2000 Calendar can now be viewed at CalendarMart. I believe it's being done by SlowDazzle in the UK.


From JMS: As an FYI to those who've been waiting, RISING STARS #2 makes its appearance this week at a comics store near you. It's a good one, concerning invulnerability, what it *really* would mean, what good or bad results would come of living with it...and the mystery of how you kill someone who can't be killed.

BABYLON 5 SIMULATION GAME: People over at have organized a petition to voice fan support for the game. If you would like to participate in the petition, please use this link Petition 2 For those of you who prefer the more direct approach, a letter can be dropped to the following address: David Grenewetski, President, Sierra On-Line, Inc. 3380 146th Place S.E., Suite 300, Bellevue, WA 98007.

Precedence Entertainment and DelRey Books have entered into a cross-marketing agreemnt for Babylon 5 products. What does this mean? When you buy the next DelRey Book -- "Final Reckoning" -- there will be a mail-in coupon in the back of the book. You will send that into Precedence for a special promotional card, completely tournament legal in the CCG.

You can read the entire press release on the News Page .

Babylon 5 Profiles Cards: One of our Rangers tells me that the card set has been delayed until October 13.


I'm trying to line up some guests for chats, so stay tuned!

JMS Speaks

I have gathered some of the more interesting and important postings from JMS on various on-line services. Click here for JMS Postings Last updated: September 27, 1999. JMS recently made a statement regarding the future of the Babylon 5 Fan Club. Read Fan Club Transition .


Bill Mumy has a new CD out. It's entitled "In the Current".

Gary Cole will appear in "Side Man", Warren Leight's story of a jazz musician and his family and career, for the Steppenwolf Theatre Company this fall. Gary will be joining the cast, which features Rondi Reed, midway through the run, starting sometime in mid-October, and continuing through November 7.

RUMOR MILL: Bruce Boxleitner will star, along with Kevin Sorbo, in the new Gene Roddenberry series "Andromeda"! This was mentioned in the "SFX" magazine -- and also posted at the Cinescape site .

Bruce has a new book coming out in November, "Frontier Earth" There is a review available at

Sept. 13: Mira Furlan will be performing in the New Group world premiere of CRANES, a play by Dmitry Lipkin at the Theatre at St. Clement's (423 West 46th Street in New York City). Previews begin October 8 and the play officially open October 20th. The show closes on November 14. For tickets call (212) 279-4200. Visit for information about ticket prices and show times.

Jason Carter should be turning up in an episode of "G vs E" soon. He also has a unique item in our Trading Post section. Take a peek Trading Post item.


Remember this section? If you see one of the B5 or Crusade cast in a new or old production, let us know!

Date: 25 Sep 1999

Hi Sandy,
While watching the opening credits on the season premiere of Martial Law, I saw Jerry Doyle's name. He played a wealthy business- man who became strapped for cash, arranged to sell his art collection for $50 million dollars and then had the museum robbed so that he could get it back. Jerry ended up being used as a shield, a weapon and a punching bag.

Immediately afterward, I was watching the season premiere of Walker, Texas Ranger and recognized the chief air traffic controller as having played the jerk in the Post Office on B5 who refused to turn Garibaldi's box over to him without collecting a very hefty fee for their increased costs.

Take care,
Charles Mohapel

From: DelennToo

I heard from some friends on my email list that Marjorie Monahan, (aka "Number One" and "Tessa Holloran" on B5) was on last night's episode of "Becker" on CBS.


It has come to my attention that some people have been circulating a very detailed synopsis of "Value Judgements" -- a Crusade script written by Fiona Avery. Talk about copyright infringement! Even though the script was not filmed or aired, it is the property of Fiona Avery only. While a brief synopsis can be permitted, the copy going around is in NO WAY brief. Fiona is a fledgling writer and has been selling the script at some writing conferences, like NASFIC last month and WFC in Providence, RI Nov. 2-4. Needless to say, a document like the synopsis can't be doing her any good, in fact, I'm sure there are many who would feel it is unnecessary to buy the script when it can be read on-line! I hope that people who have posted the synopsis will delete it.


For readers in Canada, visit the Babylon 5 Information Page for the latest on Crusade and Babylon 5

The lucky folks in Bellingham, WA will begin viewing Crusade on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 9pm. It's available via Roger's Basic Cable out of Vancouver, Canada.

Channel Nine in Australia will begin showing "Crusade" on September 30.

Norway's TV2 has purchased the rights to Crusade. No air date has been announced.


October 2
7 am ET/PT -- "Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi""
8 am ET/PT -- "The Summoninng"

October 9
7 am ET/PT -- "Falling Towards Apothesis"
8 am ET/PT -- "The Long Night"

October 16
7 am ET/PT -- "Into the Fire"
8 am ET/PT -- "Epiphanies"


------------------------------------- BABYLON 5 FAN CLUB NEWS ------------------------------------- "The Gathering" script is still available through October 8. --------- "Midnight On the Firing Line" -- Episode One/Season One -- went on sale yesterday at It's $20 and available only during October! --------- Something you all have been waiting for -- JACKETS! Yes, Crusade jackets are now on sale -- during October only -- for $250. Here's the description: [Available to the public for the first time: the original Crusade cast and crew jacket. This oversize wool jacket features Dolman sleeves, a satin lining and a snap closure. This special order item is only available for the month of October only. For December delivery.] --------- Membership Credits: The Club has a chart up at that shows what credit you will receive based on your membership expiration date. If you don't have access to the web, drop me a line and I'll send you a copy of the chart via e-mail! --------- Ordering Information: There are a number of ways to order merchandise from the Club: Credit card purchases can be made on-line, by mail, by phone at 1-888-777-8517 or 1-818-623-1198 or fax to 1-818-753-7655. If you are outside the US/Canada, the phone number is 1-425-643-9939. Phone lines are open Monday thru Friday, 9-5pm PST. 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. ------------------------------------- Right now, the Fan Club has a number of unique items for sale:

Crusade Writer's Bible

This is a 25+ page publication that gives background on the series, the main and supporting characters and even a little on the Apocolypse Box! This is just like the document given to potential writers of episodes for the series. Use this link to purchase a Crusade Writer's Bible from The Fan Club.


The Fan Club plans to make scripts available - one a month - in episode order. For October, "Midnight on the Firing Line" will be available. Orders for the script will not be taken prior to October 1.

If you would prefer, use the toll-free number to order - 1-888-777-8517.


Babylon 5 Profiles

A new set of cards is on the horizon from Fleer/Skybox. The Profiles set will concentrate on the main characters over the 5-year span of the series. The basic set will consist of 100 cards in various categories:

Directors Chair - A 9-card set will include all the head Directors from behind the scenes with their biographies. This insert set will also include a color-foil stamp.

The Prop Cage - An 18-card set printed on uncoated paper and gold foil, will accent the most memorable props used throughout the series.

The Optic Nerve - A 9-card Alien Make-up set featuring Artist Concept Sketches on the front and finished Alien heads on the back as created by "Optic Nerve" studio. This set will include a foil stamp and be printed on uncoated paper.

Autograph cards - Autographs from the main cast as well as special guest stars.

Harlan Ellison Card - One card highlighting the career of Harlan Ellison. This very limited card will be printed on a holographic prisma-foil paper and be hand numbered to only 1000.

The set release date was September 15, 1999. I haven't seen the cards yet, so I would guess they are running a little late.


Precedence Entertainment has a number of collectible card games associated with Babylon 5. They even have announced one for "Crusade"! Check out their website at for release dates and upcoming products.


Final Reckoning will hit the bookshelves on October 5. This story will reunite old friends Alfred Bester and Michael Garibaldi.

NEXT BABYLON 5 NOVELS FINAL RECKONING will include a bonus excerpt from the next "Babylon 5" novel, LEGIONS OF FIRE: THE LONG NIGHT OF CENTAURI PRIME, by Peter David. This novel launches the three-book Centauri Republic series, and THE LONG NIGHT OF CENTAURI PRIME is scheduled to go on sale the first Tuesday of December.

LEGIONS OF FIRE will be followed by two more LEGIONS OF FIRE novels which will weave through Babylon 5 and Crusade territories. In the second half of next year or the beginning of 2001, Jeanne Cavelos (of THE SHADOW WITHIN fame) will begin her Techno-mage trilogy.


The Winter edition (not the current fall issue) of Amazing Stories will contain the second short story by J. Michael Straczynski. The story will follow G'Kar and Lyta as they venture into unknown space. They happen upon a Psi Corps mothership floating dead in hyperspace and discover a planet whose very existence endangers all who come near! Information on how to subscribe to the magazine can be found at their web site .



Joe Nazzarro gives us a look at a typical day at the studio while filming "The Needs of Earth". It's a great study of how a TV series is actually produced and gives you some idea of how complex an operation it is. Two episodes are under production at the same time. We see Mike Vejar putting together notes on the episode as Tony Dow begins work on "The Memory of War".

The best article in the entire magazine, however, is the fold-out piece on costume designer Randy Gardell. Sketches and commentary for some of the various costumes give you some insight into how the operation of design is conducted. With Galen's cloak, "We used simple shapes and then let the fabrics speak for themselves. There are leather-covered buttons, as a double-breasted thing, but they're functional. He can wear it in a variety of ways. The hood folks back nicely and neatly, so when he's not using it, it still looks and works well with the coat. It doesn't look cumbersome - it looks interesting - so getting that right was tricky."


Todd Brugmans has created another wonderful toon for our enjoyment. Thanks Scotsman

Convention Calendar

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

Coming Up Next:

Valley Con 24
October 1-3, 1999; Fargo, ND
Place: City Center Super 8
Guests: Jeffrey Willerth (Kosh), J. Gregory Keyes (author Psi Corps trilogy)

For more information, send e-mail to or visit their web site at

October 8-10, 1999; Baltimore, MD
Place: Hunt Valley Marriot, Baltimore
Guest: Peter Jurasik, Mary Kay Adams, Peter Woodward, Carrie Dobro. I'll be there too with the B5 bloopers!

For more information, send e-mail to or visit their web site at

Rising Star
October 8-10, 1999, Glenvar High School, Salem, VA
Guests: Richard Biggs, Julie Caitlin Brown, Maggie Egan

For more information, call Fred R. Eichleman at 540-389-9400.


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'll start up an attendance page so that perhaps we can get together while enjoying the activities of the convention. Convention Attendance .

Our Photo Gallery

We've captured some of the ComLinkers on film -- yes, at conventions. Here are just a few pictures people have sent along for all of us to share Convention Pictures If you have photos you would like to include here, send them on to me at or

Zocalo Trading Post

We know a number of you collect the B5 trading cards from Fleer/Skybox and collectible cards from Precedence. If you want to trade with others here at The Zocalo, this area is reserved for postings of that sort. Use this link to see what others have to trade. Trading Post. To list items to trade, send a note to The Zocalo. Please put Trading Post in the subject line.


Last week, we had a wonderful response to the topic: What is your favorite B5 First Season Episode?? This week's topic was submitted by Jeff Feroce (

During the movie "In the Beginning", Dr. Franklin refuses to divulge any medical information he has on the Minbari that could be used by Earth Force as a military advantage. Given that earth and humanity was on the verge of complete annihilation, was his stance justified? Discussions on this might include morality, practicality, etc.


Discussion Topic

All submissions should be sent to The Zocalo. Please put Discussion Topic in the subject line.

The Zocalo - Today, Issue #1

Since I know some of you would prefer a hard-copy of the newsletter, here's what could be produced. Use this link to view the PDF file. The Zocalo, Issue #1. 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! Use the link at the top of the page or Links Page.

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.


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