ALMOST RIDICULOUS-LOOKING wig of upright black hair is in a box,
back in storage. The dark overcoat, resplendent with opulent jewels,
is on a hanger on a rail. And Peter Jurasik, the actor who plays
Centauri ambassador Londo Mollari, has left the Babylon 5
studio, possibly for the last time.
With the exception
of the occasional television movies, and a possible feature film,
production on the saga of the space station has ended - although Joe
Straczynski will spin-off some elements from the show in Crusade.
Sadly, however, it seems that these will not feature Londo, whose
destiny as the emperor of a ruined Centauri Prime has already been
story has been told, and is over at the end of the fifth season,"
Jurasik tells TV Zone. "I know my character is not
going on. Unless something magical happens, his story is completed
after the five years. The fans have been pressing on this point, but
I feel that there is not much more to explore. There is always a
chance that Londo opens a dry cleaning shop or a fruit stand, but I
think the story is completed."
future has already been glimpsed in episodes The Coming of
Shadows, War Without End and the tv movie In the
Beginning, Jurasik admits that he was not aware of the
ambassador's fate until he read the scripts for the last two
episodes of the season. "The truth of the matter is, Joe gives
the opportunity at the beginning of each season to hear the entire
year's arc," the actor says. "I could, if I'd liked, have
gone into his office and found out where my character is going and
get all those delicious spoilers. I chose not to, because you could
fall into playing the back part of the story. What would we do in
life if we really knew what was coming next week? We might change
how we react today.
interesting thing about Joe that I've learned is just when you think
you've got him figured out, and that he's going to go straight down
the middle of the road, he twists and turns the story. He's also not
one to favour sentiment, and doesn't go the sentimental route."
As an example of
this Jurasik cites the marriage of Sheridan and Delenn at the end of
the fourth season, and the formation of the Alliance.
thing about that marriage is you know it's going to be a really
troubled marriage, and God knows how long it's going to last. He's
also put together this universal alliance of all these worlds in the
fifth season which seems perfect, but it's never going to last. Not
with Joe. He doesn't give the fans what they want - he's plotted out
the story over five years and he's going to stick to that
Much of Londo's
arc in the latest season has centred around Centauri Prime, as the
ambassador returns home with a bodyguard - his former enemy G'Kar.
For Jurasik it's been a very satisfying year, and not just in terms
of Londo's development.
proud that TNT has stepped up and supported us finishing this story,"
he smiles. "The really unique thing about Babylon 5 is
how the story is told, this five-year arc. I've been on series where
at the end of each season you're wondering, 'Are we going to get
picked up? Will we continue the story?' There was a little more on
the line with Babylon 5 because we were at a crossroads in
the sense that if we didn't get this fifth season, the story would
not be completed. We were so close to getting it completed - 80%
thing about TNT coming is that in addition to telling the fifth
season story, they are playing the series every single day. That's
the way that the series should be seen, because it's a continuing
story, unlike Star Trek or the other television shows. It's
not the kind of show that you can tune in and jump in on. You can
tune into the middle of the fourth season of Babylon 5 and not know
what the hell is going on if you haven't followed it.
"On a more
personal level, I have been in shows that have gone five seasons.
Hill Street Blues went six and seven seasons, and what
happens is you become this well oiled machine, and it's great to
look around and see that people still care and still push to do a
good job. They enjoy each other, have fun and have passion about the
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