The Last Days of Babylon 5

By Joe Nazzaro

Peter Jurasik discusses Londo Mollari's fate in the final season of Babylon 5.

AS Babylon 5 nears the end of its fifth and most likely, final season, series creator J Michael Straczynski is busily tying upsome of the plot threads that have been dangling for quite some time. When an episode is titled The Fall of Centauri Prime, it's pretty obvious what much of the story deals with, and just as likely that it will concern a certain big-haired emperor-to-be.
"It's the check and checkmate part for the Londo character," claims Peter Jurasik, who's seen his Centauri alter-ego moving along a dark and preordained path for the past five seasons. Now, just a few days before starting The Fall of Centauri Prime, the actor is clearly thrilled by the events that lie ahead.
"It's where the circle is fully completed and Joe Straczynski drops him into a spot where he's cornered, that there are no other moves to be made. It's really wonderful, to take this character and let him finish in a sense.
"Very rarely have I felt real true sentiment and deep-felt emotion about the end of a character or a series, but reading this episode that Joe has written so beautifully, I can't wait to do it. It's great stuff, all really broad strokes; it reminds me of the end of a symphony: the final, long extended notes, and Joe has written it in that sense. It's all big steps towards the inevitable end."

Back to the beginning

In a sense, Jurasik has already lived through much of his character's final fate, because of various flash-forward sequences scattered throughout the run of Babylon 5. The most recent of these glimpses took place in the TV movie In the Beginning, where the ageing Londo tells the story of the Earth-Minbari War, and his own part in it as a young ambassador. "The television movie was a wonderful experience all around. Mike Vejar directed it, and he's among my favourite directors. I loved the idea of Londo old and young and telling his story to the kids, and the fact that so much of it is confessional, just pouring out his heart. What's wonderful from my point of view is it adds another bit of Angst and guilt and complexity and neurosis to Londo's already fairly complex psyche. It's one more thing to feel guilty and tense and to worry about."

Read the full interview with Peter Jurasik as well as more Babylon 5 features inStarburst #238, available now

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