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The W - Movies & TV - Michael O'Hare (May 6, 1952 - Sept 28, 2012)
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According to J. Michael Straczynski on his fan page on facebook, he is reporting that Michael O'Hare (Commander Sinclair from Babylon 5) has died today.

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    Originally posted by J. Michael Straczynski
    I regret that I must convey the sad news that Michael O'Hare passed away today. He suffered a heart attack on Sunday and was in a coma until his passing this afternoon. This is a terrible loss for all B5 fans and everyone involved with the show wishes to convey their condolences to the O'Hare family. He was an amazing man.


I haven't seen a news source or press release, but O'Hare dropped off the radar in recent years and JMS was able to hunt down his location only last year after using his fan page to find info on him after losing touch with him.




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Its a big shame to some degree. He was fairly wooden on B5 in season til the last episode where he knocked it out of the park. Then Bruce nailed Sheridan scene one, day one that almost all the B5 fans forgot about Sinclair. His return in season three is still one of the most shocking moments in sci-fi TV. I do wish B5 was around a bit more, so he could have gotten so more love from the fans or another good acting job. RIP The One Who Was.

(edited by lotjx on 28.9.12 1919)


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I thought he was wooden too, but looking back at his characters arc, he brought this gentile frailty that I can appreciate in hindsight. It really fit Sinclair with how they changed the character.


Originally, Sinclair was to stay through season 4 but JMS felt it was WAY too much for one character to go through. Bruce did NAIL it as Sheridan, I firmly agree there. They moved the rest of the Sinclair arc to Sheridan and moved up the War without End to season 3. That was to happen in season 4 and that was going to be Sinclair's exit, after the end of the current shadow war.

It is very interesting reading how different the series would have been if they didn't have the cast turn over (Lyta, Dr Kyle, and Laurel not coming back from the pilot movie, and Sinclair and Ivonova leaving) and the plans that had to be changed.

Laurel was in on Kosh's failed assassination plot and would have been revealed as a mole in S2E19 Divided Loyalties. She would have been booted from the station and a morbid Russian Lt from the command deck would have been promoted to the new #2. If Andrea Thompson didn't make unreasonable demands from JMS, she would have been brought back with her old personality from the strange encounter she had with the VCR and Kosh who recorded her personality as a failsafe. Thread had to be dropped when she left the series at the end of season 2.

Ok, enough rambling about B5. It is my all-time favorite show and I could talk about it non-stop.



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I thought Andrea left because she was married briefly to Jerry, Garibaldi on the show, and then they had a bitter divorce. So, she left and got the NYPD Blue job. The weird thing is with B5 is minus Ivanova to Lochley all of their re-casting decisions were the right moves.

I do wish we would have gotten a Valen story as the Lost Tales story instead of the Lochley in a re-tooling of the Exorcist. I do think he went out well in Babylon 5, but that character had a ton of potential and a lot of great stories to be told.



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    Originally posted by lotjx
    I thought Andrea left because she was married briefly to Jerry, Garibaldi on the show, and then they had a bitter divorce.


Season 2 was 1995, they were married from 95-97.

This is from JMS via his usenet posting on the subject of Thompson as they happened:

    There are a number of actors who feel that if they're in a story then they should be at the *center* of the story. Andrea seemed to feel that if she was in an episode, the episode should be about her character, and was consistently lobbying for this, despite the fact that it would cut into the arc, and time for the other characters on-screen. Babylon 5 is an ensemble show; time on screen is determined by the story, not by whim or personal insistence.
    Yes, we used her 8 or 9 times in a given season; but by contract, we paid her for a full 13 episodes, whether she appeared in them or not. We were never under any obligation to give her *any* guarantee; we did so to make her feel comfortable taking on the job. For the first year he was on the show Jeff Conaway didn't have a guarantee of episodes; he was used as he was needed, and that grew with time. Andrea wanted time away from the show to do other projects; we accommodated where we could, as we do with all our cast members, but if a request comes in at the last moment, or conflicts with our schedule, we can't comply. We feel that if we're paying someone a great sum of money to be available to us, for episodes they may not even appear in, this is not unreasonable.

    Finally, it was never Warner Bros. who hired her or pushed her on me. WB didn't care one way or another. I was the one who hired her, with Doug Netter. If I hadn't felt she was right for the role, I wouldn't have hired her. But I was also under no constraint to make the show into the Andrea Thompson Show. Andreas and Peter have often appeared as many times in a season as Andrea, and didn't even *have* a guarantee for the first two seasons. (Now they do.)

    We did what we could to accommodate her without destroying the story arc. I regret that she has taken out her frustrations in this way. Either one is a team player, part of an ensemble, or one is not. We are very proud of the fact that the cast members as they stand now are all ensemble, team players.


Re: Valen
I always wished they could do a movie with Valen and the last war and what became of him. I love "fish out of water" stories and the story of Valen is just that. Well, other than comics, it can never be now.



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What sucks more is that almost half the main cast have died now. Richard Biggs (Dr. Franklin) in 2004, Andreas Katsulas (G'Kar) in 2006, and Jeff Conaway (Zack Allen) passed away last year. Even if Straczynski got the backing to continue Lost Tales, there's not many characters to work with.



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    Originally posted by Cerebus
    What sucks more is that almost half the main cast have died now. Richard Biggs (Dr. Franklin) in 2004, Andreas Katsulas (G'Kar) in 2006, and Jeff Conaway (Zack Allen) passed away last year. Even if Straczynski got the backing to continue Lost Tales, there's not many characters to work with.


He can still do the PSI Corp War to some degree even though I think Lyta wihout Zack would be tough to pull off since that is where I think Zack got hurt. Jerry Doyle, Pat Tallman and Water Koenig are still around. He can even finish Crusade if he got the money for Cole and now Kim. The Centauri Trilogy is out the window unless they just re-use the scenes. Which by the way, I recently reviewed at

http://www.babylonpodcast.com/

To be honest, those are the only three stories worth telling unless they do an epilogue where Delenn is taken beyond the rim by Sheridan. Even then, Centauri Trilogy is out in the books and the last PSI Corp book tells you the PSI Corp War as well as them finding a cure for Earth. I love B5, but the fact of the matter is Warner Brothers doesn't and it will take a massive miracle for us to have them do more with it. Thanks Zeruel, I didn't know that story about Andrea. Learn something new every day.

(edited by lotjx on 2.10.12 0725)


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