Babylon 5 JMS Script Book #3

So this script book commences season two. This in and of itself is of note, but Michael O’Hare who played Commander Sinclair left. JMS discusses this departure and casting Bruce Boxliner as the new Captain Sheridan and how he integrated Sheridan into the cast and the story – starting with one character, Ivanova, who already knew and liked Sheridan. Because of the roles Boxliner had previously played, JMS had to start at one point with the character and gradually move him over into a more serious role – that eventually includes going against his own government. He also talks about another new character, the starfury pilot Warren Keffer how he came to be and why JMS never liked the character (the actor was fine). All of this casting gives us some insight into some of the politics that go on behind the scenes between those who make shows and the powers that be. We have a number of excellent episodes included in this volume, from the introductory “Points of departure” to the sad and amusing “Acts of Sacrifice”. Once again, memos are included that detail script ideas. Some were discarded, some were used but rearranged or went in a different direction. And I agree with JMS, an episode with the alien ambassadors as the command staff and the command staff as the ambassadors would have rocked!

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