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Now in its fifth hit season, Babylon 5--TV's hottest interstellar science fiction phenomenon--has spawned its own series of definitive episode guides! Catch up on all the action, show by show, from the very beginning with the Babylon 5: Season by Season guidebooks.

Babylon 5: Signs and Portents, kicks off with a foreword by actor Michael O'Hare, better known to viewers as Commander Sinclair, and features a fascinating look at how series creator J. Michael Straczynski brought his ambitious vision to the screen.

Then launch into a comprehensive overview of the groundbreaking premiere season, including in-depth, episode-by-episode summaries of all of the first twenty-two shows--from the pilot, "The Gathering," through the climactic season finale, "Chrysalis"--with analysis by author and B5 expert Jane Killick.

Veteran viewers or first-time fans, relive the adventure--or find out what you've been missing--with the complete companions to Babylon 5!

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Working on Babylon 5 was quite an experience. Although I have worked on
Broadway, in movies, and in TV, this was my first full-time TV series and
my first venture into science fiction. What little I knew about the genre
when I began the show, I learned from my son, Ben. For years he'd taken me
into comic-book shops and bookstores, looking for all the items children
collect--books, cards, caps, etc. What I discovered on Babylon 5, however,
was quite different.

Working in TV is not all that dissimilar to working on stage. You
follow the instructions of the director, learn your lines, hit your mark,
and do the best job you can with the material. You try to discover who the
character is that you are portraying and make that character come to life,
for you and the audience. With Babylon 5, however, computer graphics are a
large part of the overall production. While standing in front of a blue
screen, you must use your imagination to "see" the creature in "Grail,"
the massive machine on Epsilon 3 in "A Voice in the Wilderness," and the
destruction of Babylon 5 in "Babylon Squared." You can get some idea of
the image from the director, but it's still very much up to you to make
the scene believable.

During that first year of Babylon 5, I was fortunate to work with some
truly talented people--including David Warner in "Grail," Theodore Bikel
in "TKO," and Morgan Sheppard in "Soul Hunter." They were generous with
their insights and advice about the acting profession.

I learned a lot while working on Babylon 5. Joe Straczynski has put
together a wonderful story, and working with people like John Flinn, Mira
Furlan, Richard Biggs, and Bill Mumy made the experience a very enjoyable
one. When I returned to the set to make "War Without End," the cast made
me feel right at home, and I very much enjoyed working with Bruce
Boxleitner.

My favorite episodes are "By Any Means Necessary," "Babylon Squared,"
and "And the Sky Full of Stars." I like these episodes not only because I
had a lot to do in them, but also because each had a significant part to
play in the overall story. While "By Any Means Necessary" is not truly an
arc story, it gives you a lot of insight into the character of Commander
Sinclair.

Going back to Babylon 5 for "War Without End" last year was somewhat
like completing a journey--Sinclair's return from Minbar, taking Babylon 4
back in time to fight the Shadows, transforming into Valen. Joe
Straczynski has worked very hard to tell this story, and I am happy to
have been a part of it.

Michael O'Hare
(Commander Sinclair)
Jane Killick

About Jane Killick

Jane Killick - Babylon 5: Signs and Portents
J. Michael Straczynski is one of the most prolific and highly regarded writers currently working in the television industry. In 1995 he was selected by Newsweek magazine as one of their Fifty for the Future, described as innovators who will shape our lives as we move into the 21st century. His work spans every conceivable genre--from historical dramas and adaptations of famous works of literature (The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) to mystery series (Murder, She Wrote), cop shows (Jake and the Fatman), anthology series (The Twilight Zone), and science fiction (Babylon 5). He writes ten hours a day, seven days a week, except for his birthday, New Year's, and Christmas.

Peter David is the New York Times bestelling author of several popular Star Trek: The Next Generation novels including Q-Squared, Rock and a Hard Place,Vendetta, Imzadi, and Q-In-Law. In addition, he has written nearly two dozen novels and hundreds of comic books including such titles as The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, Star Trek, and Aquaman. He has written two episodes of the acclaimed TV series Babylon 5 and is the screenwriter of the award-winning SF film spoof Oblivion and the co-creator of the Nickelodeon science fiction series Space Cases. David lives in New York with his three children: Shana, Guinevere, and Ariel.

  • Babylon 5: Signs and Portents by Jane Killick
  • March 03, 1998
  • Fiction - Science Fiction
  • Del Rey
  • $15.00
  • 9780345424471

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