Jun 182017
 

Sigh. So today news broke that Stephen Furst, Vir Cotto of Babylon 5, died of diabetes complications Friday at the age of 63.

Stephen Furst, actor who played Flounder in ‘Animal House,’ dies at 63

So, to update the list:

Stephen Furst, played Vir Cotto, died June 2017

Jerry Doyle, played Michael Fraggin’ Garibaldi, died July 2016.

Robin Sachs died in February 2013, played a number of aliens… Narns Na’Tok, Na’Kal; Minbari Coplann and Hedronn

Turhan Bey, played the Centauri emperor, died in September 2012.

Michael O’Hare, who played the station commander Jeffrey Sinclair for the first season, died in September 2012, two days before Bey.

Jeff Conaway, played Zack Allen, died in May, 2011

Johnny Sekka, played Dr. Kyle in “The Gathering” pilot, died September, 2006.

Andreas Katsulas, played the inestimable G’Kar, died February, 2006

Tim Choate (Zathras) died in September, 2004.

Richard Biggs, played Doctor Franklin, died May, 2004

Paul Winfield, played Doc Franklin’s dad, died March, 2004

 

Gah.

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The Babylon 5 cast in their prime.

 Posted by at 9:48 pm
  • Robbie

    Wow, that is freaking eerie, cause I just started watching B5 on go90.com.

  • Robbie

    I am about halfway through the first season now, and my god, this is one of the best sci-fi shows I have ever watched, and I hear it gets even better.

    • Scottlowther

      Speaking as a B5 fanboy from within half an hour of the beginning of the Babylon 5 pilot movie “The Gathering,” Feb 22, 1993, I can assure you that season one, compared to the rest of the series, blows.

      As with many shows, B5 had a lot of issues early on, not least of which was bad dialog, bad acting, low budgets and some terrible scripted. But starting in season 2, JMS took over total control and the show really started coming together. Season 3 ranks among the best seasons of any series EVAR. And I defy anyone to tell me with a straight face that the series finale, “Sleeping in Light,” wasn’t just about the most affecting hour of television ever broadcast.

      • Siergen

        When did Mr. Morden show up asking “What do you want?” That’s the point that I recognized that the show was something special…

        • Scottlowther

          Season one episode “signs and portents”

          • Robbie

            Yep, I just watched that episode! Literally got chills up my arms.

            See, the first season may be clunky, but you gotta watch it because it sets up the Shadow War.

          • Scottlowther

            You’d implied that you hadn’t watched B5 before.

          • Robbie

            I haven’t, but I read about it.

          • Scottlowther

            Don’t read too much about it, beyond “it was friggen’ awesome.” Granted it’s two decades in the past now and spoilers are kinda hard to miss, but one of the great things about B5 back in the day was watching the slow progression and arguing with other fans about what such-and-such meant. People were going through their VHS tapes of each episode frame by frame looking for all the little details that were added in, often in just *one* frame. (Garibaldi going into “god mode” in one frame was a hoot).

          • Robbie

            One of the things I love about B5 are the realistic energy weapons. The plasma/pulse guns fire projectile-like bolts and the laser/particle guns fire lightspeed continuous beams.

          • Robbie

            The use of Newtonian physics alone makes this series the best sci-fi ever made, only The Expanse can rival B5 for realism.

          • publiusr

            “Severed Dreams” was my favorite episode.

    • allen

      season 4 will probably seem a bit hectic near the end…they were told that was the last season, so they were trying to tie up all the loose ends they had planned to finish in season 5.

      then season 5 happened, and they weren’t quite sure what to do with it.