Babylon 5 Jamaican vacation promo

Rodney Ascher, whose stupendous short films we've featured on BB before, recently worked on this odd, yet official, Babylon 5 promo clip that, he says, "was styled as a mid 80's Jamaican cruise ship getaway commercial."

Previously on BB:
Jack Chick, animated: "Somebody Goofed," by Syd and Rodney
• "True History: X Equals X" by Syd and Rodney
Rodney Ascher's short film about a freefalling parachutist
Syd and Rodney's "Jack Chick's Titanic" video


  1. excellent oddness.

    I’m finding that I can de-brainwash my 10year old’s krew by loaning out B5 DVDs. The parents find them much easier to watch and there’s something to talk about after a fair number of the episodes.

  2. I presume this is leading up to reruns.

    The vid clip had some blinking artifacts that were driving me absolutely bonkers. I was curious enough to watch through it, but it was verging on painful. Any chance we can figure out what it was and keep it from happening again?

  3. The first thing I thought of was Fhloston Paradise as well.
    But then I got to thinking: Isn’t Babylon a bad place in the dogma of Rastafarians, which finds its home in sunny Jamaica? The whole thing’s kinda funny in that light.

    I’m jus’ sayin’, mon.

  4. I find it unlikely that this was recent and official (maybe one, but not both) for a couple reasons. First, all those scenes are from the first season of B5. Second, it’s got the WB logo, and that network hasn’t been around in forever.

    Still my favorite show of all time and I’m glad to see it get a mention on BB.

  5. This is one reason I love Babylon 5.
    It makes much more of a connection to our time our society, and a very gritty feel, with it’s “hypertext terminals” and sleazy advertisements all over the place.

    JMS said he wanted Babylon 5 to feel like LAX.

  6. Roach: While the promo *is* offbeat, it’s legit. is a new online video portal, offering free (but ad-supported) streaming episodes of a lot of older Warner Bros. and TheWB programming, along with a few new webseries – it’s only just recently gone online…

  7. Huh. Interesting, John – didn’t notice the .com. I just looked and they’ve got the whole first season of B5 on there. Crazy. I already own it on DVD, but maybe some new fans will get created.

  8. Gah, it makes me want to rewatch the entire series! Which would be unreasonable: I’ve already done that twice this year.

    1. Ah, Schmorgluck, in the grand old days of the Republic we had hundreds of servants to watch thousands of re-runs at our slightest whim.

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