Tracy Scoggins, sexy veteran of “The Colbys” and “Dynasty,” might just be the last, best hope for peace in our galaxy. She has signed on to star in “Babylon 5,” the science-fiction saga premiering its fifth season Jan. 19 on cable’s TNT.
Scoggins will play Elizabeth Lochley, the unpopular new commander of Babylon 5, the deep-space station where human beings and alien races meet in uneasy peace.
Her predecessor, Sheridan (Bruce Boxleitner), has been elected president of Earth’s government and has handpicked her to succeed him.
“He chose me because Lochley is good with diplomacy and doesn’t mind a good fight when diplomacy doesn’t work,” Scoggins said. “She has a very strong personal code of ethics, and I think Sheridan admires that quality in her.
“And she’s career military, maybe fifth generation, so she’s a born captain,” added Scoggins, a science-fiction fan who has extensive credits in the genre.
“I’ve done ‘Highlander’ and I played a Cardassian on ‘Deep Space Nine,’ but I don’t think you’d recognize me.”
She was much, much more visible as the Daily Planet’s bad girl in “Lois & Clark,” with Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain.
“A reporter once asked me who designed my clothes for that show,” she recalled. “I said, ‘I believe it’s the prisoners at the L.A. County Jail.”’
Of her costume on “Babylon 5,” she says, “Let’s just say it’s pleasantly tight.”
She’s delighted to be playing a strong, commanding character who happens to be a sexy woman who doesn’t drop her blaster when the bad guys close in.
“There have been parts in the past I haven’t gotten because they said, ‘Oh, she’s too sexy.’ Well, why can’t a captain be sexy? Don’t captains have sex, too?”
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