#FreeBabylon5 Campaign

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Jan, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. Jan

    Jan Commodore Commodore

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    Huge news for the #FreeBabylon5 campaign - We're goin' to Comic-Con!! San Diego Comic-Con, that is. Well, okay, so I already posted that. But I'm now allowed to give details. Our panel is:

    #FreeBabylon5 - A Fan Campaign, Thursday, 7/24/14, 10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m., Room: 29A

    And it's even better! Thanks to the good offices of AZ SF Cons, we'll be sharing a Fan Table on the Mezzanine level, MZ-03.

    Hope you'll help spread the news. Here's the chance for the campaign to reach a portion of the 130K genre fans who'll be there.

    Jan
     
  2. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

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    Yay. "Bring back Babylon 5." :bolian:
     
  3. Tulin

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    In that vein, what form would a "comeback" take?

    Is the goal for a reboot, re-imagining or continuation? With so many of the cast no longer with us and with others now being older, presumably this would not be a direct continuation. Or maybe a potential show could go the "Dallas" revival route and feature a predominantly younger cast while having some of the "classic" cast along for the ride.
     
  4. Sindatur

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    JMS' recent revival Idea for the Streaming Network (I think?) that didn't come to fruition, was to start over again with different characters (Hence Sinclair, Franklin, G'Kar and Zathras not being recast), and the living/healthy cast members could play, new Iconic Roles
     
  5. Reverend

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    The goal is the get the show back on TV, period. What happens after that is out of our hands, but the general idea is to keep the show alive in people's memories and get new people to watch it for the first time.

    IF that results in more B5 in one for or another, then that'll be a bonus.
     
  6. Tulin

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    You mean the actual B5 show is NOT airing anywhere in the US at the moment? I thought in the land of 1000 channels that it'd be on SOMEWHERE at SOME TIME.
     
  7. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

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    Apparently it is being aired nowhere at the moment, so, yeah, the current campaign is just to get the original show seen again. However, I would also love to see that lead to more new material in the B5 Universe.

    I don't like the idea of a remake with new characters and the old actors in new roles. I'd rather see some kind of a "Next Generation" sort of thing. I always prefer continuations or expansions to remakes.
     
  8. Jan

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    Nope, not that we've been able to find anywhere in the USA. Not for over ten years! Other countries from time to time but not here.

    There's been some movement in other countries, though. WATCH in the UK just finished the entire series (plus season one again) and credits the campaign for doing so. There's a channel in Denmark showing it and another in Germany is about to start. Now we need to seriously work on getting it back on in the US.

    Exactly. We've got to get the show in front of people again. Face it, the original Trek didn't become a cultural phenomenon in the three years it was on the air - it was after being on in constant reruns so that people could simply find it on their own. There are plenty of channels showing shows that aren't in hi-def and those are the ones we need to approach in addition to targeting Warner's to make it available. It needs to be on the menu before anybody can order it, after all. Lots of fans are focusing on getting it back on Netflix or other streaming services (not at $2/episode!), too, and that's also fine.

    My goal at San Diego Comic-Con is to get as many letters out as possible. Everybody who comes to the panel will be given a pre-addressed, pre-stamped envelope with a short letter to the head of WB Entertainment to customize and send. There'll be plenty more available at the fan table that AZ SF Cons has generously offered to share with us (sans postage-fundraising wasn't that great!).

    I'm also planning on having fans drop off little 'favors' to the WB booth from time to time over the weekend. Don't know if it'll be possible to reach any execs who will be there but it might start some water-cooler discussion, at least.

    And finally, on the popular 'freebie tables' I'll have postcards and buttons available. People fill bags with the swag they get from this con but the hope is to intrigue them enough that they don't just toss it when they get back to the hotel room.

    ETA: Wonderful new essay up on the website from webmaster Ben Read:
    http://freebabylon5.com/dreams-grow-teeth/

    Jan
     
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  9. kennysmith

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    Here is one question I don't think you or anyone can answer, where is the computers and the hard drives that the tv show that was made on?. And do any one of you know the name of the computers?. I can tell you that the studio just gave them to any one who wanted them but the person wanted to start up B-5 again but he needs the hard drive from the old computer, I know the name of the computers they used to put on the tv show with.


     
  10. Jan

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    I don't think that's a question that can be answered properly. There's no one set or bank of computers like that. The CGI effects were created by the effects company, Ron Thornton's people, and JMS has said that they edited the episodes on Amigas at an editing facility. So there's no single set of computers and the studio isn't likely to have given them to anybody since they generally didn't own them.

    The files, now...those were all turned over to WB per contract and reports are that they've been lost since. Some of the crew seem to have kept unofficial copies I've heard but don't know for sure.

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  11. kennysmith

    kennysmith Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    You got part of it right but every one was told to look out for the hard drive ok please. What is on them had some things that no one did see befor.
    I just need you to keep your eyes open for the hard drives, the person told my friend there there will be about 6 to 8 scsi hard drive and 4 to 6 IDE hard drive with lot of the info no one ever did see befor. The person can't give out no money if they found them.
    But I was also was told that they maybe have a small part my friend give me much info of the size of the hard drives so I can't tell you the size of the hard drives.



     
  12. Brolan

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    No one needs the old 3D models, they would have to build new models from scratch anyway. All they need is the show, and any drawings JMS might have, for reference.
     
  13. Jan

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    Hope they find them.

    Back to topic, the schedule for Thursday at San Diego Comic-Con is out now and the #FreeBabylon5 panel is the very first listing.

    If any of you know anybody who's going to SDCC, please spread the word on this! Cons pay a *lot* of attention to the attendance and this could really effect the future of the campaign.

    Thanks!
     
  14. Mr Light

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    I had a completely random dream this morning that I was channel flipping and came across Babylon 5 in high def quality on cable. I flipped onto an image of Londo and G'Kar and it was totally crystal clear, then it apparently became a version of "Voices of Authority" because it showed the White Star and the Agamemnon flying along the spine of the Sigma Walker footbone ship and let me tell you it looked gorgeous! The texture, the detail...! And when the ships flew at speed, there was this undulating three tentacled blue exhaust plume that just looked amazing.
     
  15. Shaka Zulu

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    There are some channels that could rerun Babylon 5 right now, if possible (many of them are OTA subchannels) :

    Retro TV

    THIS TV

    Antenna TV

    Space (Canadian TV channel, version of SyFy that also shows reruns)

    Apologies if I've already posted these.

    No, the show's not 'cool' enough to be in reruns like Friends, Mad Men, NCIS, CSI, Booker, Everybody Loves Raymond, King Of Queens, Law & Order, Will & Grace, Rosanne (plus a few new others) is. My guess is that since Babylon 5's on DVD, station owners think that it doesn't need to be on TV because 'the geeks will just buy it at Best Buy and Amazon' (and many of us probably already have done so.)
     
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  16. Sindatur

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    Also, The Science Channel has already done Firefly, and is either currently running or not too long ago ran Farscape, so, no reason Babylon 5 wouldn't fit there.

    And of course, Babylon 5 reruns would be right at home on SyFy Channel
     
  17. kennysmith

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    Please everyone, the people are trying to fine the computer hard drive to where the people like you can build on top of what the person did for the tv show of B-5,
    You just need to ask around thru the Internet of where the hard drives are at?.
    And then the rest is just up to who want to see more for B-5,
    Do any one have any of the studio model of the space station?.




     
  18. Jan

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    More B5 content at San Diego Comic-Con!

    Nice to know that #FreeBabylon5 won't be alone.

    Jan
     
  19. RJDiogenes

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    Good suggestions to go along with MeTV. I wish I had Antenna-- they've got some good stuff, including It Takes A Thief and WKRP.
     
  20. Jan

    Jan Commodore Commodore

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    These are wonderful, thanks! I'll send them on to the webmaster and make sure they're up. Hmmm....might make up a small flyer for the convention, too, since the contact info for all of these is for email rather than snail mail.

    Thanks again!
    Jan