alien makeups: Babylon 5 – Lyndisty

Babylon 5 – Lyndisty

In ‘Sic Transit Vir’ Vir returns to Babylon 5 to find that he now has a wife, and that two Narns seem to be out for his blood.

His new wife, Lyndisty (Carmen Thomas), was born into a noble House of the Centauri Republic: well educated and trained in self-defense, she was brought up to be a traditional Centauri woman. She was also brought up to regard the Narn as nothing more than animals, personally responsible for all the troubles of the universe and a firm believer in the Centauri’s ‘final solution’ to the Narn problem. Her father was a military officer assigned to Narn during the Second Centauri Occupation of Narn with responsibility for ‘culling the herds’ and it turns out that it’s Lyndisty the Narns are trying toi kill in revenge for her father’s actions.

The makeup

The makeups for Babylon 5 were originally designed by John Vulich and Optic Nerve Studios; Everett Burrell was the makeup effects creator (seasons 1 & 2); Jeff Farley was the special makeup effects supervisor (season 5 & the TV movies); Mike Measimer was shop supervisor and also an on-set makeup artist.

They explicitly set out to lift the bar for Sci-Fi TV shows: ‘not just a forehead’. They largely succeeded – setting a standard which only Farscape has beaten. The Narn makeup was particularly ground-breaking proving it was possible to put leading characters in neck-up prosthetics within the time and budget constraints of a TV series – although there were problems in finding actresses prepared to wear it.