- July 23, 1995:
Finally, one week from tomorrow, we start filming on year three, with
episode #301, "Matters of Honor," which also introduces a new recurring
character named Marcus.
- Actually, the lead guest character in the first episode of year three,
one Mr. Endawi, is a Nigerian, and our new recurring character, Marcus
Cole (a Ranger) is British, and played by Jason Carter. So you have two
non-American accents occupying major parts of the first ep next year.
- New sets: yes, and we're creating situations in which we can see more of
Earth, Mars, our other local planets, plus Narn, Centauri, Minbari and
one other major world. As the Shadow War cranks into gear, you're
going to need a place to meet in security and plan for it, so we're
also building that. We'll see more of Draal's place on Epsilon 3.
And there's one other major set that we'll see in the first episode,
and quite a bit thereafter.
New characters: well, there's Marcus Cole, a Ranger assigned permanently
to Babylon 5, played by British actor Jason Carter; we'll see Lyta
Alexander more this year; and Theo...what can I say about Theo...well,
perhaps better to let you see for yourself.
- It's predictable that I'd put someone into the show with
who's a guy with thick, long hair...since every time I look in the
mirror I realize more and more that where I'm concerned, thick, long
hair will always be an unattainable, science fiction concept....
- About the title sequence
"Why are starfuries firing on starfuries?"
Noticed that, eh?
Wait and see.
- Any significance to some characters' heads turning in
the opening credits?
No, I don't think even I could ever manage to be that obscure.
- Overall, I'm very happy
with how this season's main title sequence came out.
- Why aren't there many scenes from season three in the
Because we have to make the season 3 title sequence *very* early
in the shooting process; we need shots to go out in the first episode
title sequence, but we've only shot a few episodes by the time we need
to deliver. So most shots tend to come from the preceding season.
- What's with Ivanova's line? Isn't peace a more
desirable goal than victory?
Peace can be a surrender as well as an achievement, especially
when facing an enemy dedicated to something unpleasant. Chamberlin
returned from a visit to Germany with a so-called agreement in his
hands, and announced that by granting concessions to Hitler, he had
achieved "peace in our time."
Peace is a byproduct of victory against those who do not want
- We had considered refurbishing C&C, but didn't get
around to it this season.
- Will the station still be damaged?
Repairs will be visible being done in the first episode.
- When the fighting staff expanded, it was CGI; physical otherwise.
- What was that noise after Morden and Londo spoke?
No, you heard something, all right...just a little bit of shadow whisper
for those who got it; those who don't, won't notice.
- Are Morden and his "associates" equal partners?
Well, he may sometimes *think* of his associates as equals...and my cat
thinks he actually owns this house....
- Delenn lied! A continuity glitch?
Re: Minbari lying...it has been established, repeatedly, that the
Minbari do lie *when it means saving someone else's honor*. That was
even stated, openly, in the very same episode about Sheridan's frame
job, "There All The Honor Lies." Londo says, right there, that the
Minbari will lie for a greater cause, another's honor. The same was
done in "The Quality of Mercy." Delenn fibbed about the ship in
"Matters" because in so doing, she saved Sheridan's honor.
This is not a plot hole, it's been established clearly in the series
on multiple occasions. We have never, ever, at any time said
conclusively that Minbari never, ever lie. This is another example of
certain persons simply not paying attention, and then blaming the show
for their own lack of continuity in attention.
- Yes, Endawi is more or less a good guy, in that he's totally
uninvolved with Morden or anyone on that side. He was doing what he
said he'd been assigned to do.
- Was that Bester in the senator's office?
No, it wasn't Bester at the Senator's office.
- Any reason why it wasn't?
- Was the Shadow ship destroyed?
Be of good cheer; the jumpgate blast destroyed the pursuing vessel.
- It's two separate mechanisms; no one has been able to open a
jump point in a jump point because of the hideous amount of energy
needed by the ship in question. They used the White Star to open a
jump point within a standing *jump gate* that was already there, and
had a secondary source of power. The competing energies were
impossible to control, and blew the whole thing.
- I don't consider the "bonehead maneuver" to be
technobabble, for several reasons. For starters, the "babble" part
isn't there; TB goes on into long explanations of neutrino waves and
particle theory and elements that have to be recalibrated, on and on
Second, a prime requisite for TB is that it's a technology that
comes out of nowhere, artifically invented to create a problem and/or
create a solution. Neither applies here; we've seen jump gates and
jump points now for three years; we've seen them disrupted in "The
Long Twilight Struggle." It was just using the tech we've already
In a way, it's kind of unfair that we get hammered when we use a
little teeny piece of technology because ST has abused it for so many
years. That's not our fault, and one shouldn't develop a kneejerk
response so that ANY reference to technology becomes technobabble. If
that's the case, then the term becomes meaningless.
This is, also, a *science* fiction show; if sometimes we have a
touch of science, it's the nature of the show; you can't have SF
without at least some measure of tech...otherwise you've got fantasy.
The day we do a page and a half of discussions about particles being
recalibrated, particles that didn't exist twenty minutes before the
need became apparent, *then* we can get gigged on technobabble.
- The more people who have to *see* Kosh as one of their
own, the greater the strain on Kosh, as you'll note in the first ep of
- Where Delenn gets all those wardrobe changes is one of those
questions that, in a real world, doesn't warrant close scrutiny.
And yes, her costumes tend to be emblematic of where the character
is, and who she is. Consequently, there will be some year three
additions to underscore her more assertive nature; there's a green
costume in particular that shows up in the first episode that's just
- Was Delenn's bone crest changed?
Yeah, we made some small modifications to the headpiece (good call,
Corun). It merges more seamlessly behind, it's raised slightly at the
crest, and the ends blend more smoothly into the skin in front, to make
the whole thing more natural.
- Will we ever see alcohol's effect on the
No immediate plans for this, but knowing how my brain works,
we'll probably see this sooner or later.
- What was the plant pictured in G'Kar's book?
The leaf shown is the G'Quon-eth, the plant featured in "By Any Means
- Had a Minbari been running that sensor, he would've nailed it instantly;
but Ivanova had never actually encountered that ship before, and was
running off the initial scan reports. (Also it was just phasing in at
The White Star uses local drive engines based on magnetic and
gravitational principles; in a sense, it doesn't so much push itself
toward other worlds as *pull* itself or *repel* itself. One side effect
of creating a powerful gravitational system is the ability to create
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
- The Minbari built the White Star, borrowing some
Vorlon tech, so
it's primarily Minbari, and built with their sensibilities, all the
controls are in Minbari, and so on. They allow Sheridan to command it
because Delenn said to do so, and in battle an unpredictable human
might have options that a more regimented Minbari might not.
- The White Star was always in the plans for the series;
it's an outgrowth of everything that has gone before. We've seen big
warships, dreadnoughts, smaller ships, and personal fighters. This fits
right in. If you're going to have a war over a long distance, you kinda
need something to get in and out with.
- Shouldn't they have taken the White Star on a test
flight? Why aren't they preparing for conflict with the
Yeah, but it's very hard to do a story about preparation in the sense
you suggest. "Well, let's go check out the White Star."
"Well...sure is a fast ship, all right...so, what're the Rangers doing?
Keeping an eye on stuff? Good..good...so, what's for dinner?"
Each individual episode must be *about* something, must have a story
that can stand on its own, separate from the arc, while adding to it.
For what it's worth, "Voices of Authority," which was originally slated
to run in the first 4, *is* a preparation kind of story...it gets into
how they should be gearing up for what's coming, the accumulation of
allies and resources, all that. Had it run as planned as #4, this would
be answered. But the sheer volume of CGI required, which was pretty
hideous, put it into the #5 slot, which we thought would still be in the
first block of episodes. Then we found that #4 was the cutoff point.
All I can tell you is that what you're asking for is *there*, plain as
can be, right in the very next batch of episodes. (Also, do bear in
mind that the "shadow war" referenced in the show operates as more than
just discussing the shadows themselves, but what's going on back home as
- No, the Drazi was not a Ranger, only a supporter/collaborator (if I can
use, or misuse that term.)
At this stage, the Rangers are exclusively either human or minbari.
- The Ranger colony was financially supported by the
Minbari; the Drazi allowed them to use one of their colony worlds as a