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BREAKING NEWS: Straczynski launching Studio JMS

Yay, Comic-Con! If there's any event that creates more non-news in the entertainment world, it's Comic-con. It's gotten so big that they're going to have to have another convention just for comics!

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Ever ahead of his time, J. Michael Straczynski (Joe to his friends... and he's let us call him Joe once or twice...) broke the news before the convention officially starts that he's starting his own studio- Studio JMS.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Parliament of Dreams” (Season 1, Episode 5)

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And just like that - bang - Babylon 5 is firing on all cylinders! After a mediocre start and two significant fumbles, suddenly we get a strong sense of what the show wants to be and what it’s capable of.

PLAY BY PLAY

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Soul Hunter” (Season 1, Episode 2)

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This episode is more linear than the previous one, and doesn’t feel quite as ‘in the middle of a busy world’ as the previous one did. It’s still pretty good, though the lack of a subplot makes it feel a bit more like “The entire world came to a stop while we were doing this” than they intended. Still, there’s some neat bits hid in the cracks, and some seeds that’ll germinate later on.

PLAY BY PLAY

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Midnight on the Firing Line” (Season 1, Episode 1)

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Babylon 5 was intended to go into production immediately after the pilot wrapped in 1993, but financing fell apart, and the whole thing lingered in limboland until January of ‘94 when the series itself was launched. As with any series, there are a lot of obvious changes between the pilot and the series proper, but here we have more than most. Not only was there the long delay, but much of the cast was fired, and the entire production was moved to a new studio across town, with many sets being redesigned, abandoned, or trashed in the process.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “The Gathering” (Pilot 1993)

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Babylon 5 was, beyond any shadow of a doubt, the best American SF show since the original Star Trek, and the most influential. Though never amazingly popular here in the states, pretty much every genre program since has owed at least an indirect debt to ground plowed and made fallow by it.

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Why does Superman hate the South?

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In a storyline that launches today with the historic Superman #700 (by J. Michael Stracynzki); Superman, feeling that he has lost touch with America, decides to walk across America to reconnect with his adopted home after a couple of years of cosmic hoopla. I really like this idea, in some ways it serves as a sequel/companion to the famous "Hard Travelling Heroes" storyline. To help promote this story, DC Comics has launched a contest. The contest is simple- write an essay as to why Superman should visit your town, and your town will be featured in a future story during this series.

I like this idea. I think it's a good idea, until you get to the execution. The contest is limited to towns within 50 miles of Superman's planned itinerary...

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BOOK REVIEW: “Crusade: Behind the Scenes” by Joe Nazzaro (2010)

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I’m a pretty obsessive compulsive guy, and Babylon 5 is my favorite show in the history of ever. I’m easily as obsessive over the show - though I like to think I’m a bit more enlightened about it - as diehard Trekies are about their shows. It’s sad, really.

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Happy New Year, and Thank You!

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Happy New Year, and a great big thank you to everyone who’s contributed to making this website a success. We initially went online with tests and some minor content in late December of 2008, but we really consider today to be our first anniversary, if we may be disingenuously allowed to commemorate the occasion the training wheels came off, and not the actual day we got the bike.

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INTERVIEW: Joe Straczynski

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Today we're speaking with Joe Straczynski, the creator, producer, and main writer of "Babylon 5," and "Jeremiah." Mister Straszynski has created and/or produced a half-dozen TV series, he's been a radio host, he's a comics writer, he's a novelist, he's written the best damn book on Screenwriting you'll ever read, he's been nominated for a BAFTA, and won two Hugos, a Saturn, a Bradbury, an Eisner, an Inkpot, and he's the only person I've ever spoken with who has an asteroid named after him. Mister Straczynski, thank you very much for being with us today. It's a huge honor.

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