Ask JMS #11

Babylon 5 Cast & Crew /Ask JMS #11
Subj: Grey 17 Question
Date: 10/6/96 5:03:56 PM
From: TheLadyT
Posted on: America Online

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I read in the Lurkers Guide that you weren’t very happy with the “Jeremiah thread” in Grey 17 is Missing. Although I haven’t seen it yet, a friend in the UK sent me a synopsis. I have a few comments:

The truth need only be heard to be believed. Perhaps your problem was with the way Jeremiah delivered the truth. In all instances with Delenn, and most recently in Walkabout with Cailyn, when the truth is spoken, it is spoken quietly and simply. Was that the problem?

If so, then I don’t see a problem, simply *because* you were not ready for Garibaldi to *hear* the truth. Perhaps if he’d heard it the way it should have been delivered he would have been changed, which was not in keeping with the progression of the tale you are telling.

I look forward to seeing for myself how you portray this group of “new-agers.” As a twentieth-century student of the metaphysical, I’m curious as to what’s the twenty-third century metaphysical-types are doing (grin). Don’t worry about criticism from me, though–the twentieth-century “new-agers” are as vast in their beliefs as there are plants on this planet (just about), and I would expect no less in the twenty-third century. ;^)

With Light and Love,
The Lady T

PS See ya in Tampa!Subj: Re:Great Show (As Usual)
Date: 10/6/96 5:06:11 PM
From: TheLadyT
Posted on: America Online

<<We fans tend to like to stick our own 2 cents in even when its not wanted.>>

If JMS had every 2 cents we throw on this board alone, he could retire!

The Lady T tosses another 2 cents at the Great Maker….Subj: Re:Walkabout & New Vorlon
Date: 10/7/96 11:06:38 PM
From: Archer C1
Posted on: America Online

<<1. Are the residents of Babylon 5 that stupid that they will not notice that “Kosh” looks, acts and sound differently. >>

99.99% of station residents have had NO contact with Kosh. So some might notice the different looks, but only those close to him like Delenn, Sheridan and Lyta might notice that he acts or sound different.

<<2. What’s with a part of Kosh still in Sheridan.>>

As JMS would say, that would be telling ๐Ÿ˜‰

<<3. Why didn’t Dr. Franklin use the Lifegiver to heal the singer? >>

The lifegiver can’t repair damage to organs, merely rejuvenates the “life energy” of the patient.
Here is a few more…

<<5. Why didn’t the Minbari cruiser take out a shadow vessel while it was holding the three? There wasn’t even an attempt made by them and they were monitoring the whole situation. Yet, the narin just happen to jump in in time and fire immediately to hold the shadow vessel. It took them longer to lock on and fire on the centauri ship. JMS, you were trying too hard to validate the Narin.>>

It looked like the Mimbari were out of range.Subj: Vorlons
Date: 10/8/96 1:23:38 AM
From: Tirtzah AS
Posted on: America Online

Ok, I know I posted this before, but I figured I’d give it another try.
My sister note that the Vorlons spoke in musical tones that is translated through into English, which is similar to the way the priest in ancient Israel supposedly communicated with God through “orim veh teoomim” (a very bad English spelling). Was this intentional or just a coincidence?
—TirtzahSubj: Re:JMS: Line of Sight?
Date: 10/8/96 1:45:09 AM
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>> Bester is a pretty strong telepath (for Earth, anyway) and he seems to think that HE needs a line of sight. So what gives?<<

Well, I think he just wants to know who he’s scanning. He probably doesn’t have much trouble reading people around him (as in “Drop the walls” from ARTDP), but he can’t be sure of who/what he’s getting.
He would be a great fighter against the Shadows… As long as the Shadows don’t get “Tenser, Said The Tensor” stuck in their heads…
~Tensor, said the tensor~
Why, yes, I did just read “The Demolished Man…”
~Tension, apprehension, and dissention have begun…~Subj: WWE
Date: 10/8/96 4:01:57 AM
From: BARRIEJ
Posted on: America Online

JMS,

when watching WWE, we saw Delenn’s flash forward where she is watching John sleep.

spoiler space re Convention Music Video shown this summer
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will we ever know which of the 3 nights of watching she saw (was in) at the time The Woman shows up? and why they had to be in their robes and birthday suits to do this slumber and dance routine (John, in Interludes & E, wore pjs, why the change now?)
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thanksSubj: Jms, will you be publishing?
Date: 10/8/96 4:40:52 AM
From: KLStarSong
Posted on: America Online

I was wondering if you’ll ever consider publishing intermediate versions of the story arc, similar to what Christopher Tolkien is doing now from his father’s notes – sort of an “evolution” of B5 – once the five years are completed, of course. It would be interesting to know what your original story line was, before it was changed by input from any source (fans’ guesses, production demands, etc.). Maybe you could get an editor to put it together, if you’re busy with the next great project.
Subj: Repeat question
Date: 10/8/96 5:31:58 AM
From: AmberH
Posted on: America Online

I posted this in the last ask jms folder (#10) so I don’t know if you got to see this so I figured I’d ask it again…

on the Lurker’s Guide, one of the titles for an upcoming 4th Season episode is “The Long Night”. I remember the title “The Long Night of Susan Ivanova” floating around as a possible 2nd season episode which then got pushed out of the way for other episodes. Is the one and the same or just borrowing from yourself?

Also, any chance that at long last we’re going to get a Harlan Ellison or Neil Gaiman script this coming season? (oh please oh please oh please…I realize you have no control over their work schedules!)Subj: Re:Much apologizings….
Date: 10/8/96 6:56:21 AM
From: C12kyd
Posted on: America Online
<<Yeah, that’s the only way I know how. If there’s an offline method, I’ll look into it, but can’t afford a learning curve right now….<<

Heheheh… I could spruce up yer AOL system, Joe.

Just ask Jeff Willerth.

Or rather.. dont.>>

And Here I was getting ready to fill JMS in with all the tech “stuff” and you guys grab the proverbal “bait” … ah well alls well that ends well…

tee hee

Subj: Natoth & Piece of Puzzle
Date: 10/8/96 1:31:18 PM
From: CLZCCasey
Posted on: America Online

JMS:
A while back I read an article you gave in TV guide. In this article you gave us a view of things to come such as the bombing of narn, the wars between species. You also mentioned the differenct characters you had playing Natoth. You were quoted in this article as saying you were considering making Natoth a revolving character like Murphy Browns receptionist but then thought against it because Natoth had an important piece of the puzzle.
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Well, now that Natoth is presumed dead, what happened to this important piece of the puzzle? Was it not so important, or has some other character been assigned to take this piece?Subj: Re:Natoth & Piece of Puzzle
Date: 10/8/96 9:05:25 PM
From: AmberH
Posted on: America Online

I’m not JMS but….

Actually, it wasn’t Na’toth that was supposed to have revolving actresses – just G’kar’s aide de camp would keep changing. And I believe he said elsewhere that the piece of the puzzle was G’kar’s whereabouts around Z’ha’dum/ The Rim at the beginning of Season 2.Subj: JMS: A Thought
Date: 10/8/96 9:55:22 PM
From: Wrngtl
Posted on: America Online

Sir, I’ve read all the comparisons of “Babylon 5″ to Tolkien, or to the Grail legend, or, or, or.
They all have something worth thinking about in them, but I finally realized today what the *feel* of the show reminds me of. The plots have almost nothing in common, and you might call me crazy (many have :>) but: “Watership Down” by Richard Adams. It’s just… well, I can’t explain it. It just is. I’ve been watching since day one, and like the “epic” concept, and the writer’s-style tricks you sometimes use. I don’t mind not knowing everything that’s going on — it’s more fun that way. Mind you, it sometimes makes me nuts trying to figure it out, but that’s part of the appeal, I guess. Keep it up!

LesSubj: Re:Grey 17 Question
Date: 10/9/96 3:06:47 AM
From: TheLadyT
Posted on: America Online

My, my, my….The Lady’s face is red this evening….

I just read the latest update in The Lurker’s Guide. Like I said, I hadn’t seen the episode, and at the time I read the Guide, it said *nothing* about cults…..

JMS: Nevermind……

Blushing Hotly,
The Lady T Rides On….Subj: Re:JMS: Question about EA
Date: 10/9/96 3:17:03 AM
From: ProfsrFate
Posted on: America Online

Just curious whether you see human society in the B5 universe fragmenting into smaller “city-state” planetary units, or will there be a reconciliation?
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EricSubj: Religion and this Forum
Date: 10/9/96 7:35:38 AM
From: BGamb16521
Posted on: America Online

I’ve gone thorugh and read all the messages concerning the “condescending” remark. Most have said that either it doesn;t belong in this forum or that we shouldn’t do anything which might criticize JMS.. I disagree on both points. Any discussion of religion and the show should be permitted.. even if it creates a tidle wave of responses..that’s what a forum is for…Also, I would hope that JMS would be big enough to accept criticism from his fans….Another MAJOR purpose for having a forum….I believe in proper respect for JMS since he does spend his time responding to questions, but I would hope that the answers would reflect the same level of respectSubj: JMS Sighting
Date: 10/9/96 10:30:18 PM
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

The Man will be online Friday night at Necronomicon 96 at 7:30 EST.

Find him at: irc.warnerbros.com

There is an extensive list of IRC servers at:

http://www.stonehill.org/ncom/jmschat.htm

Be there or B^2!Subj: Re:Religion and this Forum
Date: 10/10/96 3:51:53 AM
From: HFMoon
Posted on: America Online

<<I’ve gone thorugh and read all the messages concerning the “condescending” remark.>>

Just to add my two cents to this really quickly.

I think JMS’s comment has been made into more than it was. All it was was a quick little shot not meant to be crippling or flame-spawning or awe-inspiring or meant to touch off any theological (or anti-theological) debates. It was just a quick little shot, not meant as much of anything.(all MHO)

Personally, I saw it as similar to a “That’s what your Mom said last night” style comments. Nothing big.Subj: Re:Religion and this Forum
Date: 10/10/96 10:15:59 AM
From: SarahACnnr
Posted on: America Online

<<<BGamb16521 wrote “Any discussion of religion and the show should be permitted.. even if it creates a tidle wave of responses..that’s what a forum is for.”>>>
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A very reasonable post, BG, but i disagree with you about the purpose of this bb. This board is called “Ask JMS” — I don’t see that as a forum, or a place for discussion — even this post of mine feels ‘off-topic’… Two other points: if JMS has been an atheist for many years, I’m sure he’s had plenty of discussions about religion and ‘conversion’ opportunities. Add to that the fact that JMS has stated more than once that he reads this particular bb in “real time”, and I would have to vote for steering clear of religious discussions, or creating another bb for it.

IMHO
Others?

“Sarah”Subj: Re:Religion and this Forum
Date: 10/10/96 10:26:00 PM
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

There is another forum specifically marked for religion in B5 discussion. THis ain’t it.Subj: ATTN: JMS
Date: 10/11/96 12:24:04 AM
From: LWC123
Posted on: America Online

IN RE: Starburst #218, “TV View” by Paul Mount

Mr. Mount states: “…the central theme of the series is too far advanced to attract many new viewers.” NOT SO! Although a viewer from the beginning, I only caught “B5 Fever” this spring, thanks in part to “mentoring” from a kind acquaintance who loaned me tapes of old episodes and summaries from the Lurkers Guide. I know many others who have only recently become hooked on B5 and are desperately trying to catch up with the backstory. I myself am now “mentoring” someone else with tapes and Lurkers Guide material, and through her at least two others. The show continues to find new viewers every week.

Two disagreements with Mount’s evaluation: Jason Carter is an excellent addition to the cast and is doing a great job as Marcus. Also, Mount neglected to mention the wonderful acting of Mira Furlan as Delenn. Her performance in “Severed Dreams” was absolutely fantastic. I have heard many people praise her performance in the key scenes before the Gray Council and in defense of B5 (“Be elsewhere.”).
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My highest compliments to you and your entire cast and crew on the best show on television. Keep up the good work!

As to a fifth season, will it help if we write to WB at this time?

Thanks again.

LindaSubj: Na’Toth
Date: 10/11/96 1:42:52 PM
From: Matmilam
Posted on: America Online

Will Na’Toth ever return???

It seemed werid her suddenly disappearing.Subj: Who was the first character?
Date: 10/11/96 3:05:52 PM
From: Kkll8300
Posted on: America Online

When you were first thinking about this story who was the first character to come to mind?Subj: Re:Religion and this Forum
Date: 10/12/96 12:16:23 AM
From: BGamb16521
Posted on: America Online

This forum is called ASK JMS…..Therefore the subjuct matter SHOULD incorporate all areas of query…..Including religion.Subj: JMS-Thanks for your answer
Date: 10/12/96 1:21:20 AM
From: CynHicks
Posted on: America Online

Dear JMS-

Thankyou for answering my question about your educational background. I especially appreciate the detail. You answered many of my questions–some of which weren’t even asked. The spirit of my question was “where are you coming from.” (In one of my educational incarnations I was a math major with minors in philosophy and theology.)

I am only sorry that others have used my question as a launchpad for statements of “where you ought to be.” Subj: Conaway’s Poster Problem?
Date: 10/12/96 2:49:44 AM
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

JMS, what is the whole Poster thing about? Can you tell us why you took him off of it?

Boy was he bitter about it! ;-)Subj: JMS – about the dream
Date: 10/12/96 3:40:41 AM
From: BPowell170
Posted on: America Online

Greetings again, JMS …

I’m leaving SPOILER SPACE, as this has to do with Shadow Dancing:
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AFTER season 3 ends in the U.S. and season 4 begins, will there be any additional interpretation(s) of Sheridan’s dream (on the Stribe ship) besides what is laid out in Shadow Dancing? Also, could the man in the middle be Bester, not Justin or Morden? Also, and you may not want to answer this one ๐Ÿ˜‰ — it seems to me that there is some connection (spiritual? friendship? “we have a secret”?) between Delenn and Susan. Will this be developed in season 4? All these questions came to mind as I watched the dream interp. scene in Shadow Dancing.
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Thanks.

as always, a huge fan —

Barb Powell
Rocky River, OHSubj: JMS: Good Sport
Date: 10/12/96 5:04:30 AM
From: Dolimir
Posted on: America Online

JMS:
I just wanted to thank you for being such an incredibly good sport. I belong to a few newsgroups and read people’s questions and comments and I think you take a lot of unnecessary grief.

I just wanted to thank you not only for your wonderful creation, characters, plot lines, etc., but also for being available to your fans (both good and bad).

I hope you don’t get discouraged by people’s comments. I read somewhere that if people were critizing you at least you knew they were paying attention and watching.

I just wanted to thank you for your patience with us and to let you know that there are a lot of us who are enjoying the ride.

May your pages NEVER be blank!!!Subj: The Lights Are On, But…
Date: 10/12/96 8:18:20 PM
From: METonkin
Posted on: America Online

The following contains spoiler info from Z’ha’dum
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If the Shadows are such an advanced race, how come they (1) never consider
the possibility that the B5 folk will detect that Anna’s mind has been tampered
with, (2) won’t kill John because they don’t want to create martyrs and in the
same breath say they’ll destroy B5, and Delenn, the One Who Is, with it, thus
making *her* a martyr (even Boggs had more sense), and (3) don’t think to
search Sheridan for hidden weapons or remove his commlink? Duuhhh…

And if Morden was killed in the nuclear attack, Ken Osmond (aka Eddie
Haskell of “Leave It to Beaver”) would make a great replacement as
Human/Shadow liasion. Consider the possibilities…”Good morning,
Commander Ivanova, you’re looking particularly lovely today.” :-)
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Martha Tonkin
Subj: Re:The Lights Are On, But…
Date: 10/12/96 9:10:20 PM
From: MacManJWS
Posted on: America Online

METonkin, I LOVE that second suggestion!!Subj: Re:Jms, will you be publishing
Date: 10/12/96 9:57:52 PM
From: WifeAgain
Posted on: America Online

<<
I was wondering if you’ll ever consider publishing intermediate versions of the story arc, similar to what Christopher Tolkien is doing now from his father’s notes – sort of an “evolution” of B5 – once the five years are completed, of course. It would be interesting to know what your original story line was, before it was changed by input from any source (fans’ guesses, production demands, etc.). Maybe you could get an editor to put it together, if you’re busy with the next great project.>>>

I cast my vote for this also. I’m very curious how time (& actors) changed your original view, how it grew, matured, etc.
Subj: JMS: NOT Cruel to Bears
Date: 10/14/96 4:09:39 AM
From: TheLadyT
Posted on: America Online

(He gave four teddys a very loving home.)

JMS:

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for making a 5-yr-old Sheridan a *very* happy little girl. Yes, that adorable red-haired recipient of those four bears at Necronomicon last Sunday is Shaylah Ellis Sheridan. Moreover, she comes from a long line of Sheridans with a proud history of Naval service–and her mother is thrilled you put a Sheridan in charge of B5, and made him a Captain!

Again, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! (one for each bear) You are an incredibly good sport, and a real sweetheart. :^)

With Light and Love,
The Lady T

PS For those who weren’t there for the “bear episode” on Sunday at Necronomicon96 and know of the “Bear Tale” here’s the lastest update; for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, ask someone who does (grin):

At JMS’s Sunday video presentation, someone placed five teddy bears–three of which were monogramed–in front of the wide-screen tv for our hero to discover. Our hero first spied the smallest teddy, picked it up, then lobbed it into the audience (as I recall, several people scrambled to get it–hehe); he then realized there were four more and tried very hard to ignore them.
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Meanwhile, the adorable redhead, after seeing The Great Maker’s display of affection for these stuffed critters, asked her mother if he was going to throw the rest of the bears out. Her mother, ever encouraging her child’s inquisition, said “I don’t know, Shaylah, ask him.” [aside–Our hero had answered a question this young fan asked the day before during a JMS Q&A session that had been troubling her for a looonnng (for a 5-yr-old) time.] So, the adorable redhead, standing on a chair in the back row, began waving her arm to attract our hero’s attention. Eventually he did call on her and, quite meekly, this little bundle of cuteness asked, “Can I have one of those bears?”

Our hero immediately jumped down from the stage, gathered up *all* the bears, and–amidst cheers and applause from the audience–rushed to the back of the room to happily deliver the teddys to this little girl’s lap. (Unfortunately, the adorable redhead only saw our hero jump from the stage, which frightened her so badly she scrambled to the floor; fortunately, her mother and I were able to calm her and get her back into her seat in time for our hero to deposit the bears in her lap.) Needless to say, that little girl was thrilled to get all four remaining bears!

I am here to attest to all: JMS is NOT cruel to bears–he gave at least four a *very* loving home…..

BTW, for those of you who were there: No, we did not “grab the bears and run.” (grin) I had to catch a plane–hence, why we were in the back row in the first place.Subj: Re:Religion and this Forum
Date: 10/14/96 4:34:47 AM
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

Yes, it should discuss religion AS IT APPLIES TO B5- this is not the place to discuss religion in general.Subj: Re:Religion and this Forum
Date: 10/14/96 4:38:06 AM
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online
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To think I missed the Sunday presentation…

-Low Income Vorlon (you would not BELIEVE the reaction that thing got! JMS didn’t see me standing in plain sight 20 feet away for nearly an hour!)Subj: Re:Necronomicon
Date: 10/14/96 4:55:16 AM
From: MBARNES959
Posted on: America Online

JMS,

Thanks for a great time at the con. The videos (especially the bloopers) were greatness. And thanks for staying long to sign autographs and not leaving any of us in the hall. And thanks for answering all of our billions of questions. I hope you had a good time there because the rest of us sure did. Thanks again

-MBSubj: Re:Necronomicon
Date: 10/14/96 1:44:35 PM
From: TheLadyT
Posted on: America Online

SHedr wrote:

<<-Low Income Vorlon (you would not BELIEVE the reaction that thing got! JMS didn’t see me standing in plain sight 20 feet away for nearly an hour!)>>

That was YOU? Cool costume (LOL). BTW, I think he noticed you (you could hardly be missed), he just didn’t say anything earlier.

Yup, you certainly missed something on Sunday. JMS also made arrangements (and announced it during the that session) to stick around after the Sunday video presentation to sign more autographs for those who missed it on Saturday.

The Lady TSubj: Minbarri Caste System
Date: 10/14/96 3:52:56 PM
From: AlysGraye
Posted on: America Online

I was wondering if Minbarri are born to Caste or if they select the Caste they wish to belong to as some sort of Adulthood ritual?

Thanks for your time
AlysGrayeSubj: Re:Necronomicon
Date: 10/14/96 5:40:05 PM
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

Lady T-

The Rockettes could have been dancing in front of me for all I could see. I am amazed I didn’t whack more people with those breathing tubes. Had to turn sideways to get on the elevator.

Even more amazing, only three people other than my helpers saw me getting in and out of the costume. People will be wondering for the next few years who that was.
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There sure weren’t anywhere near as many B5 costumes as I expected, though the Centauri was great and Delenn was pretty good.Subj: Grey 17 Question
Date: 10/14/96 5:55:45 PM
From: MAKagle
Posted on: America Online

How did Garibaldi get all of those bullets to fire in sequence instead of simultaneously?Subj: Grey 17 :-(
Date: 10/14/96 8:48:34 PM
From: REBinAZ
Posted on: America Online

The zarg was the worst villian ever! I was shocked that something so schockly would be
on B5.
BTW, why did the ‘monster’ do on that floor all this time? Just stay at one end of the corridor?
Why didn’t he eat the ‘freaks’ at the other end? How did they eat? How did they get there?
Why did they stay there?
RoSubj: Re:Necronomicon
Date: 10/14/96 9:39:41 PM
From: HLBLOCK
Posted on: America Online

You’re costume was Great! I loved it :)))))Subj: Re:Minbarri Caste System
Date: 10/14/96 10:01:16 PM
From: HLBLOCK
Posted on: America Online

I believe I read & if I still were’nt psyched out from Necromicron I could probably tell where I read that Minbari are not born into a caste but choose one. If they find their choice to be unwise they are allowed to change their mind. I remember now, the dust has cleared, check in Voltaire’s
B5 Enclopedia. If there’s something you want to know about any sentient being, you’ll find it
there :) Subj: Another Award for B5!
Date: 10/15/96 12:59:00 AM
From: EQRIS
Posted on: America Online

Many Congratulations to JMS and all the cast and crew at B5!!!
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> “BABYLON 5″ Leadership to receive major Prospace Award
> at October 19th Hollywood Event.
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> Straczynski & Company called “Visionaries” for their
> depiction of Space Settlements.
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>Hollywood, CA (October 12, 1996) — J. Michael Straczynski, creator of the
>popular television series “Babylon 5,” will receive the “Visions of the
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>Foundation as part of Space FrontierConference V, a major pro-space event
>held in Hollywood, California October 18-20. Straczynski, Doug Netter,
>Executive Producer of B5, John Copeland, Producer, and several other members
>of the B5 leadership will receive the award during a banquet scheduled to
>take place in the ballroom that served as the site of the original Academy
>Awards event.
> The Space Frontier Foundation, a national grassroots policy and media
>organization, has chosen to honor Straczynski and his crew for the episode
>”The Fall of Night”, as a pioneering depiction of the physical environment
>within a rotating space colony, the space station Babylon 5. The Awards
>Banquet is part of Space Frontier Conference V, a major prospace event
>hosted by the Foundation that features astronauts Pete Conrad (Apollo 12)
>and T.K. (“Ken”) Mattingly (Apollo 13/16).
> A limited number of tickets for the Awards Banquet will be available
>during Space Frontier Conference V, which begins at 5pm on Friday, October
>18, and which will be held at the Roosevelt Hotel, located on Hollywood
>Blvd, across the street from the famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
>Banquet admission is $50. To ensure a reserved seat for the Awards Banquet,
>call: 1(800) 78SPACE by Wednesday, Oct. 16. Admission may be acquired at
>the door on a space available basis.
> The Space Frontier Foundation, which coined the term “Cheap Access To
>Space”, is a not-for-profit space policy and media organization that has
>been fighting for years to change how America looks at and operates in
>space. Working for the last 7 years behind the scenes in Washington, and
>with the national media and entertainment communities, it is transforming
>our national space agenda into an exciting and inclusive enterprise with the
>goal of the beginning the irreversible human settlement of the space
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> For more information on Space FrontierConference V and the Awards
>Banquet, visit the conference’s site on the World Wide Web at:
>http://www.space-frontier.org, or send e-mail to: davida5625@aol.com.Subj: Ask JMS: spelling???
Date: 10/15/96 1:46:20 AM
From: Jerriem
Posted on: America Online

I seek wisdom. What is the proper lower-case spelling of the Shadow’s homeworld: Z’Ha’Dum or Z’ha’dum?

Jerrie
Subj: Re:Another Award for B5!
Date: 10/15/96 2:12:08 AM
From: BPowell170
Posted on: America Online
Congrats, JMS & Co. !!!!!

— barbSubj: Re:Grey 17 :-(
Date: 10/15/96 3:06:49 AM
From: Don at B4
Posted on: America Online

<The zarg was the worst villian ever! I was shocked that something so schockly would be
on B5.
BTW, why did the ‘monster’ do on that floor all this time? Just stay at one end of the corridor?
Why didn’t he eat the ‘freaks’ at the other end? How did they eat? How did they get there?
Why did they stay there?
Ro>

Ro, JMS apologized profusely for Zarg at Necro this weekend, felt it was his weakest story in a long time.

DonSubj: Re:Grey 17 :-(
Date: 10/15/96 4:48:48 AM
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

Well, I was curious as to what JMS meant when he said at the presentation:

“Has anyone seen Grey 17 is Missing yet?”

<Mixed reation from the audience>

“Well, those of you who havent seen it yet will understand when I say, I’M SORRY!”

Well, now I understand. The Zarg looked like a refuge from one of Brinke Stevens’ movies.Subj: Re:Minbarri Caste System
Date: 10/15/96 4:50:57 AM
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

I had thought the caste was partially dictated by the headbone.

Notice that we haven’t seen much of the worker caste.Subj: Low Income Vorlon
Date: 10/15/96 5:40:03 AM
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

Gary Roen and I played a little joke on Ben Bova.

I got back into the Vorlon suit. Ben was on a panel on “Life in Space”. We couldn’t have timed it better. Just as somebody got to the point where they said “THe problem is, we just don’t have any clear evidence of contact,” Gary opened the doors and I walked in. Everyone stops and turns, and of course the panel falls silent. I slowly slip a copy of his upcoming book “Moonrise” out of a slit in the fabric and everyone laughs. Ben (I think it was him- can’t see a damn thing inside the suit) says, “So, we have been contacted. Speak!” I say, in my best imitation of Kosh (the electronics stopped working), “Buy this book!” At which time the panel lost it. It was nearly two minutes before anyone could breathe enough to talk again, when I got an ovation and then left.
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I wish someone had videotaped it. I would have liked to have seen it :)Subj: Necronomicon96 Comments
Date: 10/15/96 3:00:03 PM
From: TheLadyT
Posted on: America Online

JMS,

Thank you again for making my trip to Tampa more than worth every penny I spent!

However, << drumroll begins… >> I *am* concerned about the con’s organizers and, therefore, the wildlife federation that this con was supposed to benefit.

First, do these folks really care about wildlife? They dropped the ball on so many opportunities to educate and enlighten the attendees. How many folks who attended really knew that their money was going to a fund for wildlife preservation? There were no advertisements or presentations anywhere that I could see. They could have had slideshows with background music/sounds (*very* cheap to do) going in every empty panel room and ballroom promoting what Stonehill does. Also, they only had the one couger, which if you hadn’t walked by or attended the auction you wouldn’t have known was there. Many organizations in Florida would have happily brought in eagles, hawks, aligators, etc. for FREE to this thing just for the opportunity to bring a little more awareness to folks.

Second, did these folks want to raise money? Again, they dropped the ball. Okay, so they sold out by noon Saturday; however, they could have sold out by noon Friday if they’d just advertised locally. Also, to my knowledge, they only had four money-raising events: the Wildlife Rescue auction, the “yard sale” auction, the art auction, and the “carnival” during the Eye-Scream Social. What were they thinking–that no one would care? (They also should have had a donation bucket up in the hospitality room to help defray costs for all the food/drinks they had there–a great spread, btw.) I sincerely hope that these folks made some money off of the pics of you with the couger (btw, do you know where I can get one? I had to leave the con early and so didn’t have time to check). I watched both you and the couger as the photos were taken and the expressions on both faces were well worth any money they could ask for them. Were you able to autograph a few for fans to purchase?
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Third, don’t they realize how well loved you are by your fans? Okay, as you said, no one believes you when you tell them the rooms are always too small. However, only one autograph session, for only one hour? Only four strictly JMS/B5 presentations? (JMS Q&A[1hr], Saturday and Sunday’s video presentation[2hrs each], and Babylon 5[1hr]) It’s no wonder people were packing themselves into every panel you attended, although that gave the attendees no right to “turn every panel JMS is on into a B5 panel.” (I *still* can’t believe that panel moderator implied that was okay.) Yes, I went to Necronomicon to see you, and I attended nearly every panel you were on because you were on it, but I went to each to listen to what you had to say about topics other than B5.

I apologize for using this folder to rant and rave, and this in *no way* reflects poorly on you because you were terrific there and did everything you could for the fans. However, I was first attracted to the con because you were there, upon hearing it was to benefit wildlife I was thrilled to go, yet I was appalled at how little they did with you and for the wildlife federation. Please, if you go back next year, have them at least give you one autograph session per day, and have them put a bucket at the end of the table for donations–this *is* for the wildlife….

Again, JMS, you were wonderful. Thank you.

With Light and Love,
The Lady TSubj: Re:Grey 17 :-(
Date: 10/15/96 5:27:07 PM
From: REBatCandC
Posted on: America Online

Don,
Thanks for the update.
RoSubj: Re:Another Award for B5!
Date: 10/15/96 9:37:59 PM
From: SarahACnnr
Posted on: America Online

Congratulations! I’m glad the rest of the world is noticing what a great job you’re doing.
0002000007550000854474F,Subj: Re:Necronomicon96 Comments
Date: 10/16/96 12:33:30 AM
From: Don at B4
Posted on: America Online

<However, << drumroll begins… >> I *am* concerned about the con’s organizers and, therefore, the wildlife federation that this con was supposed to benefit.

First, do these folks really care about wildlife? They dropped the ball on so many opportunities to educate and enlighten the attendees. How many folks who attended really knew that their money was going to a fund for wildlife preservation?

LadyT, Please read the following from Necro’s web page,

Necronomicon and it’s parent organization, Stone Hill, are a
non-profit group that supports the efforts of Wildlife Rescue.
This group, dedicated to preserving the Florida panther, has
been our main charity for the past 9 years. Our support has
added over $ 26,000 to their work to preserve this magnificent
animal. Each year they bring a Florida panther to the
convention. For a small donation you may pet it, a purr-fect
photo opportunity! To learn more about this dedicated
organization, choose the appropriate link.

Many fan run cons support various charities, but that is not the reason for the con. Cons exist so that fans can gather and fellowship, anything else is gravy.

DonSubj: minnari biology
Date: 10/16/96 1:51:25 AM
From: SchnellJan
Posted on: America Online

JMS – I am curious about the differences in Minbari and Human biology. Are inter racial relationships possible without the transformation? (Yes people, I saw the episode about the “cramps” – that only means she can have children – I want to know about their physiology).

JESSubj: Re:Necronomicon96 Comments
Date: 10/16/96 2:16:45 AM
From: TheLadyT
Posted on: America Online

Dan,

Thank you. I guess I was looking at it from the opposite direction, i.e. the con was to support the wildlife.
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With Light and Love,
The Lady TSubj: JMS: VALEN???
Date: 10/16/96 4:17:58 PM
From: KEG101
Posted on: America Online

Hello, I just got one quick question:

-How did Valen die???
Thanks…

-kegSubj: Re:Grey 17 :-(
Date: 10/16/96 6:39:41 PM
From: JS CJ428
Posted on: America Online

Everybody is allowed a bad day and/or a below average performance. We are all too spoiled. It reminded me of the Gorn being killed by the diamonds shot from the tube in an original Star Trek episode. In this case the Star Trek script was a better one. jimSubj: Re:Grey 17 :-(
Date: 10/16/96 10:41:32 PM
From: Archer C1
Posted on: America Online

<<Everybody is allowed a bad day and/or a below average performance. We are all too spoiled. It reminded me of the Gorn being killed by the diamonds shot from the tube in an original Star Trek episode. In this case the Star Trek script was a better one. >>

Let me say this: if you fast forward past all the stuff with Jeremiah, “Grey 17″ was a pretty good episode. The stuff with Delenn, Neroon, Lennier and Marcus was all top notch drama.Subj: Minbari vs. Minbari
Date: 10/16/96 11:30:30 PM
From: MWFSlover
Posted on: America Online

Dear JMS,

Neroon and Delenn noted in their confrontation that no Minbari had killed another for 1,000 years. When the renegade Minbari Cruiser was destroyed near B5 by another Minbari Cruiser in an EP early in season 2 were they considered “beyond the pale” and therefore no longer Minbari? Subj: Re:Necronomicon96 Comments
Date: 10/17/96 1:33:36 AM
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

I’ve been attending since 1983. This was the first year I remember seeing anything about wildlife.

Not only was this the first year the con was at that particular hotel (and they had finally gotten the staff at the previous hotel trained), it was the first year for the hotel :) I’m truly surprised that things went as well as they did. But then, they had JMS and Brinke Stevens to anchor it.
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In a few days, I’ll have MY version of the convention available for reading. Hint: JMS does NOT get eaten, but does apologize to the monster doing the eating. Email for a copy.Subj: Re:Necronomicon96 Comments
Date: 10/17/96 1:35:48 AM
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

BTW- there were two autograph session with JMS. I was in the Vorlon suit for the first one and there was no way I could have stayed conscious standing in that line. I did managed to make the second one.Subj: Re:Minbari vs. Minbari
Date: 10/17/96 1:37:42 AM
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

The Minbari did not destroy the Trigati. They simply sliced off its drives. The Trigati self destructed.Subj: Re:Necronomicon96 Comments
Date: 10/17/96 2:51:48 AM
From: TheLadyT
Posted on: America Online

<< BTW- there were two autograph session with JMS. I was in the Vorlon suit for the first one and there was no way I could have stayed conscious standing in that line. I did managed to make the second one. >>

Was this later on Saturday? I guess that means there were three sessions then, ’cause he had another one on Sunday after the video presentation.

The Lady TSubj: B 5 Sighting / ? Accuracy ?
Date: 10/17/96 3:12:20 AM
From: JET008SFF
Posted on: America Online

JMS,
I’m responding to an old request of yours to be notified of media mention of Babylon 5. What I heard sounded stunning, but I’ve seen no mention of it anywhere else, so I’m inclined to think it was an uninformed (at best) remark.

Today, 10/16, on WCCO-AM out of Mpls.(100,000 watts & one of the largest audiences in the midwest), during the “James St. James” Hollywood gossip/update portion of the Steve Cannon show, James St. James answered a question inquiring about new Babylon 5 episodes with:
“Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s good news for that show. They are on haitus now. (I think he may even have said “shut down”.) The ratings haven’t been very good for them. Their following is small, but very loyal.”
0002000007A000009C7579A,
Like I said, as far as I know, that’s a bunch of uninformed hot air. (Except for the loyalty part.) However, it was said by a person who does his own network of hollywood gossip talk shows on radio stations all across North America. (BTW, he’s the fellow who managed ? Mark and the Mysterians of “96 Tears” fame.) Who knows how many folks would hear him repeat statements like that? Also, it was said during the drive time show of the region’s #1 station. (Most stations would kill for WCCO-AM’s ratings, demographics, and market share.) So again I wonder, How many viewers and potential viewers heard what, as far as I know, are false, misleading, and discouraging public statements about this years Hugo winner?

Also, Thanks for the presentation and your time at this year’s World Con. Best wishes for full telling of the whole saga.

Regards and Best Wishes, JimSubj: Season 4 theme
Date: 10/17/96 1:32:46 PM
From: StarFuryD4
Posted on: America Online

Hey Joe,

When will we get to see the Season 4 theme that’s supposed to be the best yet? Or have I confused Season Theme with Opening Theme. ITMT, how dos CIS rate and we don’t? You’ve been gone for a goodly while again, and we miss hearing from you.

Hope to see you soon,

DaveSubj: Season 4 Theme
Date: 10/17/96 1:39:02 PM
From: StarFuryD4
Posted on: America Online

Hey Joe,

When will we get to see the theme for season4 that’s supposed to be the best yet? Or have I confused the Season Theme with the Opening Theme? Anyway, how does CIS rate? You’ve been gone a goodly time from here, and we miss hearing from you.

Take care,

daveSubj: That Voice !!
Date: 10/17/96 5:19:20 PM
From: Ceemck
Posted on: America Online

JMS —

Just want to say I was enthralled with John Vickery’s voice (Neroon) in Grey 17 Is Missing. His initial scene with Delenn reminded me of something one would see in one of Shakespeare’s dramas.
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The zarg was a bit off-center, but all your other work is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! I can hardly wait for the remainder of the year 3 episodes and year 4, and year 5.

Thanks for giving of yourself.

CeciliaSubj: Re:Season 4 Theme
Date: 10/17/96 10:30:33 PM
From: StarFuryD4
Posted on: America Online

OOOPPPSSSS!

Didn’t mean to double post. Thought the first one got lost in Cyberspace.

daveSubj: Re:Grey 17 :-(
Date: 10/18/96 1:21:14 AM
From: BARRIEJ
Posted on: America Online

 

<<
<<Everybody is allowed a bad day and/or a below average performance. We are all too spoiled. It reminded me of the Gorn being killed by the diamonds shot from the tube in an original Star Trek episode. In this case the Star Trek script was a better one. >>>>
JMS, when I tally up all the great episodes of B5 against the great episodes of ANY, ANY other show on tv, sci fi or not,

YOU STILL WIN HANDS DOWN. their stack is soooo tiny a fly could see over it without straining its’ neck. and YOUR stack would be so high YOU’d have to strain your neck to see over it!

IMHO

barrieSubj: Re:Grey 17 :-(
Date: 10/18/96 3:31:47 AM
From: TheLadyT
Posted on: America Online

Barrie writes:

<<YOU STILL WIN HANDS DOWN. their stack is soooo tiny a fly could see over it without straining its’ neck. and YOUR stack would be so high YOU’d have to strain your neck to see over it!

IMHO

barrie>>

Can’t agree more, Barrie—especially knowing how tall that man is!

The Lady TSubj: Vir’s weight loss
Date: 10/18/96 3:46:02 AM
From: MacManJWS
Posted on: America Online

Hey Joe!
Did Stephen Furst let you know how the heck he did it??? If he did, **I’D** like to know!!

MackerSubj: Job…adventure
Date: 10/18/96 4:15:36 AM
From: Badinov
Posted on: America Online

In Grey 17:

Thanks for the line about “..it’s more like an adventure”

Somedays life in the real Navy felt like a whole lot of adventure for about what B5 was paying the TP’s…not much
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BadinovSubj: Re:Necronomicon96 Comments
Date: 10/18/96 4:26:38 AM
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

The Sunday session was the one I was referring to.Subj: Re:That Voice !!
Date: 10/18/96 4:28:00 AM
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

The Season 4 opener justifies a group hug.Subj: WOW – Z-Minus11 spoiler
Date: 10/18/96 5:08:30 AM
From: Victoriaaa
Posted on: America Online

Spoiler space’++++++++++++

 

 

 

 
WHADDA KISSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!
OHMYGOD whadda kiss!!!! Thanks JMS, it was WELL worth the wait. And Kudos to Mira and Bruce — YEOWWWW. Steamed up *our* screen anyWAY!

VictoriaSubj: Re: Grey 17
Date: 10/18/96 2:05:04 PM
From: Minbari1
Posted on: America Online

I liked it… especially the intense bits w/Marcus, Neroon, Delenn, Lennier & the rest of the Ranger/Minbari contingent. Some fun bits w/Garibaldi & Zack. Als the reiteration of the Minbari philosophy by Jeremiah not so bad.

Ok, so it wasn’t perfect… so what. With all the fantastic eps. we’ve gotten thus far, it’s a minor gripe to have something to pick at. Considering there’s SO much incredibly fantastic things to analyze… a little ‘oops’ isn’t a big deal. The quality of the show is terrific! As previous posts have compared GREAT B5 eps. to any other SF shows… My comparison would not be to compare the large stack of GREAT B5 eps. to other SF great (small #) eps., but rather to compare in a different manner.

The stacks of GREAT B5 eps. is probably equivalent to the stacks of poor or mediocre eps. of other SF shows. The small pile of not-so-perfect B5 eps. is probably equivalent to the good/pretty good/great eps. of other SF shows.

IMHO there’s no comparison. Babylon 5 is the touchstone of current SF (or at least it should be.)Subj: Babylon 5 on Rosie
Date: 10/18/96 3:55:04 PM
From: REBinAZ
Posted on: America Online

Please check the ‘B5 message center’ under the folder ‘Cast of B5 on Roise!’ for revised
0002000007BA0000B3A67B4,hints on how to post on her boards.(Her site was just changed.)
We must keep the pressure on! (Her board keeper e-mailed me to say that it is working and
that EVERY post helps.) So please post your request to have the cast of B5 on the Rosie
O’Donnell’ show!!! They don’t get enough press.(Outside of the sci-fi world.) Come on, let’s
take B5 mainstream!
RoSubj: Re:Babylon 5 on Rosie
Date: 10/18/96 5:55:44 PM
From: B5 Online
Posted on: America Online

I should point out that the Rosie site is done by the people who sit less than 30 feet from me. ;>Subj: Computer Crashes
Date: 10/18/96 5:56:20 PM
From: B5 Online
Posted on: America Online

I take no responsibility for the crash of any of B5 staff member’s computers.

Dated the 18th day of October, in the year of JMS 1996.Subj: B5 on SF Vortex!
Date: 10/19/96 2:11:56 AM
From: Jerriem
Posted on: America Online

B5 was mentioned on SF Vortex tonight and a fairly long clip from “Z’Ha’Dum” was shown. This show will be repeated on the Sci-Fi Channel at 11:30 p.m. EST tonight, and on Sun. at: 12:30 p.m., 7 p.m., and 11:30 p.m. ESTs.

Subj: Re: Furst’s weight loss
Date: 10/19/96 2:13:01 AM
From: Jerriem
Posted on: America Online

He mentioned at Fantasticon that he had lost the weight under his doctor’s supervision. His doctor was concerned because Furst is a diabetic.

Subj: JMS: TV Zone WWE Special
Date: 10/19/96 2:52:15 PM
From: KMurray513
Posted on: America Online

Finally got my copy of TV Zone Special #22 (a solid *40* pages on B5 and WWE-check it out, everyone! Really nice!)
I was struck by your comment that whenever some one tells you the show would be nothing without the CGI, you write a scene with just two characters in a room talking. I realized how many of my favorite scenes (the ones I know by heart) are just two characters talking:
Sheridan and Delenn in the Centauri prison
Sheridan’s fight with Kosh
G’Kar buying Londo a drink
0002000008510000BB5A84B,G’Kar & Londo trapped in the elevator
Londo telling Refa he poisoned him
Lennier telling Marcus he’s in love with Delenn
the “rain” scene in Messages
Vir telling Morden what he wants
In fact, virtually all of “In the Shadow of Z’ha’dum” is “just” people talking, and that’s one of your best episodes.
And the list goes on….
It’s a college education for any writer to watch what you’re doing. Thanks!Subj: Re:B5 on SF Vortex!
Date: 10/19/96 3:57:43 PM
From: BPowell170
Posted on: America Online

Yep, and while it shows a lengthy excerpt of “Z,” it carefully avoids revealing the crucial plot stuff.

– barbSubj: Furst’s weight loss
Date: 10/19/96 5:32:21 PM
From: MacManJWS
Posted on: America Online

<<He mentioned at Fantasticon that he had lost the weight under his doctor’s supervision. His doctor was concerned because Furst is a diabetic.>>

This is good news, regardless. I wish I could still talk to him for real. Hey Joe, talk to Stephen and ask him if he could do a chat on AOL!

MackerSubj: The Rock
Date: 10/19/96 8:35:13 PM
From: BARRIEJ
Posted on: America Online

JMs, thank you so much for “Rock”
/
/spoilers just in case you haven’t seen it yet
/
/
/
/
/

All J&D scenes were great! It was wonderful to see Delenn laugh and have a little fun with John. Except for when her Minbari poet friend came to visit and she watched cartoons with Garibaldi or her dinner date with John, she’s been knee-deep in metamorphising, Gray Council problems, wars, plagues, inquisitions, and shadow watching, that it’s nice to see her relax a bit and enjoy herself. I know from a Sci Fi mag interview with you that they’ll get married (wonder if it will happen before year 5) and I hope this gives her a little more happiness in her life amid all the danger and sadness war brings.
I also enjoyed the conversation with the minister and John. This is one of those wonderful Classic JMS Treats, the way you help a character develop in a natural way. Beleive me, I’ve seen things happen just as you describe them in real life: they are called serendipity!Subj: Hooray for B5 and JMS!
0002000007BF0000C3A57B9,Date: 10/19/96 8:48:18 PM
From: EQRIS
Posted on: America Online

To all the B5 cast and crew, and of course, JMS.

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR MANY HONORS FROM THE SCI-FI UNIVERSE READER’S CHOICE AWARDS!!!!Subj: Re: Furst’s weight loss
Date: 10/20/96 12:29:33 AM
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

I am a borderline diabetic myself, and I was able to discontinue my medicine after loving 12 pounds. I slacked off, gained the weight back, then had to go back on the medicine.

Can’t blame the man, even though it means more work for the costumers.Subj: Re: The Rock…
Date: 10/20/96 2:00:26 AM
From: RosalindB
Posted on: America Online

Great Maker, you are a wicked one. :) I loved this episode!
Will the hymn, and the song from “Walkabout” be on the next soundtrack album?
RosalindBSubj: Re:Necronomicon96 Comments
Date: 10/20/96 3:31:40 AM
From: Ashton7
Posted on: America Online

<<<Not only was this the first year the con was at that particular hotel (and they had finally gotten the staff at the previous hotel trained), it was the first year for the hotel :) I’m truly surprised that things went as well as they did. But then, they had JMS and Brinke Stevens to anchor it.>>

Actually, no. Several years ago Necro was held at this same hotel. The staff also utilizes this particular hotel for their yearly Vidcon (multimedia fan convention). In fact, last time I stayed at this year’s hotel, I remember I had a very nice suite.

Ann
ashton7

Subj: Totally wasted
Date: 10/20/96 4:23:04 AM
From: Paul H5218
Posted on: America Online

That is how I feel right now.

I just got to see the last 3.

HOLY FREAKIN TOMATO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!

MAN, SHERIDAN JUST OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH!! AND DELENN OH MAN THERE WAS KERBOMMS AND KERBLAMS AND UH OHS! AND HOLY SHITS!! AND NO DONT! BELIEVE THATS! AND OOOHHHSSS!! AND FINALLY!

Subj: Totally wasted Part 2
Date: 10/20/96 4:27:19 AM
From: Paul H5218
00020000085C0000CB5E856,Posted on: America Online

Mr S ,

i gotta say it again! Thank-you for THE BEST sci fi on TV!! I mean, those last 3 just–Of course, I cant go into detail because I dont want to ruin it for anybody, but wow. Thats all one can say. wow.

wow.

-Paul <–won’t be getting any sleep tonight. Too damn keyed up.Subj: a special Thank You …
Date: 10/20/96 4:50:46 AM
From: Sheridan98
Posted on: America Online

You have probably grown very tired of the thanks and accolades you have recieved for your work … not just on this forum but via presentations, award and the hugo …. can you stand one more (will not use the B word…).
As the Mother of the “adorable(????) red haired” from the Necronomicon that The Lady T refered to … I wish to thank you for educating my “red-haired hooligan from hell” as to what is involved in the various stages of television production and story development … she now thinks about the things she sees … unfortunately now I can’t tell her things happened “because it was in the script” …. now I hear ….”why did the writer do that … couldn’t the director have made him say it differently???” …. gee thanks. (snicker snicker) The item she left the hotel with are safely esconced on a storage bin in her room …..next week we will move across town and she has decided to hand carry those … oh well … considering the amount of fluff, fur and stuffing in her room 4 more is nothing … (thank you once again).
From MY perspective — thank you for providing an excellent show …. not only for the sci-fi aspects but for the morals and humanity you display in the episodes …. I revel in the fact that scifi has a show with a base in reality … where mankind HAS survived without massive destruction and devastation …. The show contains the perfect mix of science and dreaming for any viewer….
Regarding your comment at the religion in SF panel about not thinking you would have lasted in the military —- You might be surprised, you are a heck of a lot better suited (commonsense-wise) than some of the dweebs we have in ….. (eepss I shouldn’t say that).
0002000008380000D3B4832, And you can expect to see more of me on here …. just got the computer tonight (shouldn’t have but …….) and this is the first place I went ….
Thanks again for every thing.
V/R Gina.Subj: Kudos on “And the Rock…”
Date: 10/20/96 9:25:43 AM
From: ProfsrFate
Posted on: America Online

Several friends have commented, and I agree, how effective the climatic sequence of the show was – especially considering the juxtaposition of the joyfulness of the music with spiritually challenging and forebodeing nature of the lyrics, and how that all played out.

We also all agreed that Londo has almost-frozen anti-freeze is his veins!

I’d also like to compliment you for your continued insightful and respectful treatment of religion and the religious impulse. Thanks! I especially would like to point that out after seeing you were a bit put off by a rather blunt invitation or two offered to you in this forum.Subj: Re:WOW – Z-Minus11 spoiler
Date: 10/20/96 2:19:31 PM
From: Weezster
Posted on: America Online

spoiler space…………….

 

 

 

 
I totally agree it was a great kiss…however does it bother anyone else that all of Sheridans affections for Delenn seem to be expressed after she’s provided him with tremendous military backup? I suppose she’s too evolved to wonder “Is it really me or just my ships he loves?” :) I guess we’ll see as the story continues!
WeezSubj: Re:WOW – Z-Minus11 spoiler
Date: 10/20/96 2:22:34 PM
From: Sheridan98
Posted on: America Online

spoiler space

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

are you sure it’s not a case of him wanting to ruffle her ridges???Subj: Open Letter
Date: 10/21/96 3:13:08 AM
From: TheLadyT
Posted on: America Online

An Open Letter To The Great Maker:

To: Joe, Maker of Worlds
Subject: Force Multipliers for G-mon-ites

On behalf of the G-mon-ites who hang out in the Garibaldi folder on AOL’s B5 board, Thank You for creating Security Chief Michael Garibaldi–one of the most interesting, humorous, and sensitive (not to mention sexy) charactors on television today.
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However, I believe you are unaware of a morale problem in the Garibaldi folder, or you would have done something by now. We *have* instituted two major programs–the Top Ten lists and The Line–to increase morale in the folder, although we don’t know how long these two “bandaids” will hold.

Sir, morale began plummetting with the rumor that you planned to kill off a major charactor during season three. Even knowing now that Kosh was your intended victim all along, morale is still bad. You see, the Doyle-mon’s announcement on SF Vortex that you had no plans for romance for the G-mon for season four depressed many loyal G-mon-ites. Moreover, because many of us have heard that the G-mon disappears at the end of Z’ha’dum and already knew of your season four second episode title, Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi?, many of us remained concerned as to the G-mon’s fate.

As the self-proclaimed leader of the Battle of The Line, I respectfully ask that you check into the situation and reconsider your decision on “no romance for the G-mon.” Although I highly recommend you read the entire Garibaldi folder to thoroughly grasp the breadth of the situation, please read at least a few of the Top Ten lists as well as any posts on The Line (also, the Eleven O’Clock Update outlines the desperation of the situation). In addition, as publicity *can* bring about public outcry, this memo is being placed in the AskJMS#11 and Garibaldi folders on AOL’s B5 board, and I am also asking that loyal G-mon-ites copy and repost this anywhere on the internet where you hang out.

Very Respectfully,
The Lady T
Self-proclaimed Leader
Battle of The LineSubj: Re:WOW – Z-Minus11 spoiler
Date: 10/21/96 3:18:31 AM
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

Does anyone see the irony here- that it is the WOMAN showing her rocket to the MAN?Subj: Red Clay Ramblers: Rock?
Date: 10/21/96 3:29:50 AM
From: Its a myth
0002000007D90000E3717D3,Posted on: America Online

So do the Red Clay Ramblers do a version of No Hiding Place? I remember you saying that their rendition of Ezekiel in the Valley of Dry Bones was your inspiration for including it in Ceremonies. Just wondering if they were in the CD deck this time around, too.Subj: ATTN JMS: Shadow ships scale
Date: 10/21/96 4:28:50 AM
From: BDOWNS2
Posted on: America Online

Hi, Joe…

Sorry to nitpick, but…

You mentioned over on another service (the one Brent Barrett sends out digests of) that Shadow ships were really big. OK…but it doesn’t always come across on the small screen, at least IMHO. Case in point: Walkabout, when the Shadow ship got hit by 2 or 3 beams at once…it began rocking back and forth rather quickly…much TOO quickly, IMHO, to appear to be the size you intend. That particular shot looked kinda fakey, I think…big ships just don’t move that fast…oh, there may be the initial reaction to the impact of the hit itself, but the quick rocking back and forth just blew the illusion for me. I’d love to see some real scale comparison stuff…kinda like the shot you did when we first saw the Explorer class vessel and the starfury flew past it…and kinda got lost…

And despite my nitpicking, B5 continues to be *the* hottest show on the tube, and there ain’t *nothin’* humble about *that* opinion!

BillSubj: Re:the message
Date: 10/21/96 5:40:31 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

“1) Have you ever read Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time?”

Nope.

“2) Have you ever read Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations?”

Yep.

jms
Subj: Re:2 Questions
Date: 10/21/96 5:42:32 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

“Now that B5 is all seceded and is now the main base of the Army of Light, why don’t they invite Zack into the council?”

Because the council is the Big Guys, and Zack ain’t in that league. It’s like asking why a NY beat cop isn’t sitting on the advisory council of the UN. That ain’t his job.
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jms
Subj: Re:JMS’s Background–Educati
Date: 10/21/96 5:44:03 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Religion will always be around; and really, it’s the flip side of science. Both are attempts to figureout what we’re doing here, how we got here, and where we’re going, albeit using vastly different methodologies. The root impulse is the same.

jms
Subj: Re:JMS’s Background–Educati
Date: 10/21/96 5:44:40 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

“After B5 has completed its 5 yr run, do you have anything planned for your next foray into TV or film?”

Some ideas…but it’s too early at this time to speculate.

jms
Subj: Re:JMS’s Background–Educati
Date: 10/21/96 5:46:48 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

“How is wishing you were a Christian condescending?”

The sentence, as written, was “Back as a Christian now and feeling much better Hope that happens to you too.”

Implying that I’m in error, and that I’d feel much better that way, and that therefore I’m not quite right at the moment. That’s not the other person’s decision. Nobody else gets a vote on how I feel or believe.

jms
Subj: Re:JMS -Director ?
Date: 10/21/96 5:50:09 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

“As the writer/creator of the series with a very specific vision of the show’s future and ultimate outcome, how much official and/or “unofficial” direction (if any) do you yourself give your directors with respect to individual episodes?”

First, there’s the script itself, which is *extremely* detailed. (My script for “The Coming of Shadows” was just published in the new and expanded edition of my book, “The Complete Book of Scriptwriting,” so you can go through it shot by shot and see that for yourself.) It includes camera angles, inserts, reverses, indications of fades and dissolves, you name it; and then, when the director finishes his cut, John Copeland and I go in and edit our own cut of the show.

Then the director and I sit down in a tone meeting and go through the script shot by shot, so we’re both clear on what’s going on, subtext and hte like. It’s a very carefully controlled process.
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jms
Subj: Re:JMS -Director ?
Date: 10/21/96 5:53:04 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

“I’ve often wondered how you decide (if in fact YOU decide) which director will do which episode.”

Yes, it’s my decision, in collaboration with John Copeland.

“Is it simply a mater of availability or do the various directors have different syles or viewpoints which you match to your vision of an episode?”

A combination. We review tapes of prospective directors, looking for someone with a style similar to our own…moving camera shots, interesting angles, one shot turning into another smoothly…then John and I meet the director, check each other out…and if things click, we make a deal for the first available slot. If things work out, I try to assign a director to a script that plays to his or her strengths, and vice versa.

” And how did you come to assemble this fabulous team?”

Hire good people, and treat them with respect. No mystery.

jms
Subj: Re:Upcoming episode question
Date: 10/21/96 5:54:02 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

“The Long Night”. I remember a similar title cropping up as a potential 2nd season story — “The Long Night of Susan Ivanova”. Is this the same story or something entirely different? Just wondering…”

Nope, different critter.

jms
Subj: Re: Foundation Imaging
Date: 10/21/96 5:54:45 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

The FX are now being done in-house, and I think you’ll be *very* pleased at the result.

jms
Subj: Re:JMS: non-B5 question
Date: 10/21/96 5:55:19 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

No, the V project is dead as a mackeral. Too expensive.

jms
Subj: Re:”Walkabout” songs
Date: 10/21/96 5:56:15 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

No current plans to release the songs…just did ’em for the show.

jms
Subj: Re:JMS V?
Date: 10/21/96 5:56:38 AM
From: Jms at B5
0002000008020000FB5A7FC,Posted on: America Online

“Hey JMS did you write for the TV show “V”?

Not on a bet.

jms
Subj: Re:Addiction
Date: 10/21/96 5:58:42 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

“I note that two key characters (Garibaldi and Dr. Franklin) and one new one (Caitlan) in one way or another are struggling with addiction. I wondered if you could reveal whether this is coincidence (i.e. simply a good dramatic “fact”), a personal issue for you (i.e. there is someone in your life who is important to you and who you have witnessed struggle with this problem), or an issue that interests you due to its societal and political/moral implications. ”

Not personal in the sense that my only addictions are to coffee and chocolate; I don’t drink, don’t smoke, and don’t do any kind of drugs, not even aspirin if I can avoid it. My brain is the only thing between me and unemployment, and I’ve no desire to mess it up.

But I’ve come out of a multi-generational history of alcoholism in my family, and seen many of my friends cut down by various addictions, so yeah, it tends to come up here and there.

jms
Subj: Re:Great Show (As Usual)
Date: 10/21/96 6:47:53 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Re: Lyta…no, she *apprenticed* with the Psi Cops, as a field assistant.

jms
Subj: Re:Jms, will you be publishi
Date: 10/21/96 6:48:53 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

“I was wondering if you’ll ever consider publishing intermediate versions of the story arc, similar to what Christopher Tolkien is doing now from his father’s notes – sort of an “evolution” of B5 – once the five years are completed, of course.”

*

I think I would go mad.

jms
Subj: Re:Religion and this Forum
Date: 10/21/96 6:55:00 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

“I’ve gone thorugh and read all the messages concerning the “condescending” remark. Most have said that either it doesn;t belong in this forum or that we shouldn’t do anything which might criticize JMS.. I disagree on both points.”
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So do I.

“Any discussion of religion and the show should be permitted.. even if it creates a tidle wave of responses..that’s what a forum is for..”

There’s also a specific forum for discussions of B5 and religion.

“.Also, I would hope that JMS would be big enough to accept criticism from his fans….Another MAJOR purpose for having a forum….”

Kiddo, I’ve been on the nets a long time before you were…since 1984. I can take criticism. If you had to take 1/10th the criticism I get on a daily basis, your hair would fall out. (Suddenly I begin to understand what I see in the mirror.) But there is a difference between criticism of a show, or a concept, and someone taking what appears to be a personal shot, or getting into my personal beliefs in a condescending fashion.

“I believe in proper respect for JMS since he does spend his time responding to questions, but I would hope that the answers would reflect the same level of respect.”

I give in the tone I get. One of the definitions some people apply to “taking criticism” is “shut up and don’t argue.” There is no clause in the AOL agreement that says I must be an unmoving target. I have never responded to a respectful question in anything other than a respectful fashion.

jms
Subj: Re:Who was the first charact
Date: 10/21/96 6:56:58 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

“When you were first thinking about this story who was the first character to come to mind?”

There really isn’t any order to these things…you get bits and pieces, shards of culture or a turn of plot…and suddenly it’s all there. It’s not as systematic as that.

jms
Subj: Re:Conaway’s Poster Problem?
Date: 10/21/96 6:59:16 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

“JMS, what is the whole Poster thing about? Can you tell us why you took him off of it? Boy was he bitter about it! ;-)”

He was never taken off it. Without Lyta being in the cast as a regular at that time, we had 11 people as regulars and recurs. To put 6 on one side of the poster, and 5 on the other, would’ve looked off-balance, and to fit everyone’s face in would’ve meant shrinking their heads down to a point where it wouldn’t have worked. We have a LOT of cast members, and it’s always a hard time fitting them all in.
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jms
Subj: Re:JMS: Good Sport
Date: 10/21/96 6:59:52 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Thanks….

jms
Subj: Re:Necronomicon
Date: 10/21/96 7:02:54 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

I was happy to do it. I’ve stood in lines for autographs, and gotten cut off after being in line for hours, and I *refuse* to do that to anyone else.

It was a great convention.

jms
Subj: Re:Ask JMS: spelling???
Date: 10/21/96 7:04:46 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Z’ha’dum.

jms
Subj: Re:Necronomicon96 Comments
Date: 10/21/96 7:08:31 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

I tend to agree in some areas. It was very awkward for me at times, because I’d go into a panel and the discussion would become a B5 Q&A, and I felt that the other panelists were getting short shrift, with B5 monopolizing the conversation. (I apologized to a couple of folks about it later.)

It probably could’ve been facilitated better, but they honestly didn’t expect that kind of turnout; they normally get 1300 fans, and this one they had to stop the membership at 2,000 because they coudn’t handle any more than that…and apparently those 700 fans were there almost entirely for B5. Had I not been coming down with the creeping crud, I would’ve spent more time hanging out, to make it worth their while having come so far.

jms
Subj: Re:JMS: VALEN???
Date: 10/21/96 7:09:41 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

“How did Valen die?”

There is some debate about this, and who am I to get into the middle of internal Minbari theocratic politics?

jms
Subj: Re:B 5 Sighting / ? Accuracy
Date: 10/21/96 7:11:58 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Our publicists will go and hurt them.

jms
Subj: Re:JMS: TV Zone WWE Special
Date: 10/21/96 7:14:12 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online
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We do some more of those two-person scenes in year four…and they’re killer.

jms
Subj: Re:a special Thank You …
Date: 10/21/96 7:17:27 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Thanks. I still think I wouldn’t have lasted 5 minutes in the military. My first response to any order is “well, okay, but WHYYYY?” You’re talking to someone who was…invited…to leave Catholic high school for mainly being a pain in the ass.

Me, authority figures and uniforms…a very bad combination.

And thanks.

jms
Subj: Re:Kudos on “And the Rock…
Date: 10/21/96 7:18:58 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

“I’d also like to compliment you for your continued insightful and respectful treatment of religion and the religious impulse. Thanks! I especially would like to point that out after seeing you were a bit put off by a rather blunt invitation or two offered to you in this forum.”

Not a problem…always a pleasure.

jms
Subj: Re:Open Letter
Date: 10/21/96 7:20:12 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

 
Garibaldi who?

 

jms
Subj: Re:Red Clay Ramblers: Rock?
Date: 10/21/96 7:20:48 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

No, they didn’t do a version of that, that I’m aware of. I just happen to know that one.

jms
Subj: Shameless Promotion
Date: 10/21/96 7:45:52 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

At the same time as I was attending Necronomicon in Tampa, the new edition of my writing book hit the stands.

THE COMPLETE BOOK OF SCRIPTWRITING was originally published in 1981, then updated a bit here and there over the next few years. After that, however, I let it go out of print because it was no longer as accurate as it needed to be, and I didn’t have the time to update it.

Well, I spent the last 3 years rewriting the thing from stem to stern, completely revising 80% of the book, adding another 100,000 of new material, updating all the information, on and on and on. It covers TV, film, theater, radio and animation, with new chapters on the Writers Guild, Agents, Warning Signs, Computers, and more.
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The first version became one of Writer’s Digest Books biggest all-time sellers (which is why they’ve been bugging me for the rewrite) and became a standard text at a bunch of colleges and universities. The book is also a lot of fun. All the inside info you can’t get anywhere else; the book I wish I’d had when I was starting out.

The new edition also contains the complete script for the Hugo-award winning episode, “The Coming of Shadows,” inclusive of segments cut from the episode for time.

Anyway, it’s selling fast, and for those who might be interested, here’s the info: “The Complete Book of Scriptwriting,” Writer’s Digest Books, ISBN# 0-89879-512-5, cost $21.99. You can order it at your local bookstore, through amazon.com here on the worldwide web, or direct from WD books at 800-289-0963.

jms
Subj: Fan Club
Date: 10/21/96 8:33:30 AM
From: MassPHIL
Posted on: America Online

I must have missed it somewhere, but how does one join this Fan Club?

PhilSubj: Re:Conaway’s Poster Problem?
Date: 10/21/96 1:03:33 PM
From: Matmilam
Posted on: America Online

He was never taken off it. Without Lyta being in the cast as a regular at that time, we had 11 people as regulars and recurs. To put 6 on one side of the poster, and 5 on the other, would’ve looked off-balance, and to fit everyone’s face in would’ve meant shrinking their heads down to a point where it wouldn’t have worked. We have a LOT of cast members, and it’s always a hard time fitting them all in.

jms

From Matmilam:

I guess this includes Na’toth too….or is she gone from the show??Subj: What To Do Re: TV Guide?
Date: 10/21/96 3:08:39 PM
From: KLStarSong
Posted on: America Online

Any specific suggestions about how we can phrase letters to TV Guide, to get them to quit publishing spoilers?Subj: Re:What To Do Re: TV Guide?
Date: 10/21/96 6:37:40 PM
From: GWRepBobby
0002000007C6000123C57C0,Posted on: America Online

“Any specific suggestions about how we can phrase letters to TV Guide, to get them to quit publishing spoilers?”

I have a better idea, just don’t read them.Subj: The Book
Date: 10/21/96 6:50:59 PM
From: Timot26870
Posted on: America Online

JMS-

I’ve been waiting for your scriptwriting book to come out for three months now, and I’ve finally got it. It is EXACTLY the kind of book a guy just starting out needs, and, since I’m just starting out, this is very fortunate indeed.

I’m thirty pages into it and I think I’ve learned more practical information than I did in an entire semester of my college screenwriting class. Thank you.

Tim S.Subj: Season 3
Date: 10/21/96 8:29:59 PM
From: Paul H5218
Posted on: America Online

Mr Staczynski,

I have spent the better part of the morning rewatching the last 5 minutes of “Z’ Ha’ Dum” in the same shock and excitement I had saturday when I first watched it. Wow. If this is how you ended sesaon 3, what have you got in store for us season 4(dont answer, the leer on your face is answer enough!)? What a show. B5 has had more action, intrigue, excitement, character and story develpement than 30 years of Star Trek. You never ever cease to enthrall me Mr S.

-Paul <— still in shock.Subj: Re:WOW – Z-Minus11 spoiler
Date: 10/21/96 10:45:02 PM
From: MacManJWS
Posted on: America Online

ROFLMAO!Subj: Open Letter/JMS
Date: 10/22/96 1:14:29 AM
From: RosalindB
Posted on: America Online

Great Maker said,
<<Garibaldi who?>>

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for that reply! As the Garibaldi admirers stampede over here to lodge their protests, I’ll end up at the head of the line. (Or in the back door.)
You have to read the folder to truly understand. :)
RosalindB
ps-the new Godiva catalog is out. :)Subj: Re:Open Letter
Date: 10/22/96 1:32:40 AM
From: AnnieWheel
Posted on: America Online

Just to give full emphasis to Lady T’s letter…….
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Since you have not, as yet, (still hoping) given him a “special lady.” I did.
On a bet, I (over the last two months) gave him someone. I found that almost
everything you’ve said about writing is true.

Some of it came in flashes…..and some of it just took time for the characters
to find the right words to say. And lots of time….saying nothing said more than
any dialogue I could write.

All I’ll say is the few friends of mine that have read it, liked it. Me, I’m never
satisfied…..always something I see that could have been better.

Even though I started it in August…..nothing so far has had to be changed because
of new information…..though I know it will sometime……used a few threads still out
there that may not have even been threads. But they became threads.

Maybe some decade in the future, when there is not potential legal hassles…I can
send you a copy. His lady is quite something else (and I mean that in a good way).
but as Lady T and the rest of us know…anyone that the Chief was involved with would
have to be something special.

I guess I really should thank you for doing (or in this case, not doing) something that
got me to do something I’ve always wanted to do. Not the writing but actually showing
it to someone else.

As always, AnnieSubj: Book by JMS
Date: 10/22/96 1:33:48 AM
From: Jerusha000
Posted on: America Online

My flyer from the Writers Digest Book Club just came, and the main selection is “The Complete Book of Scriptwriting” by our man, J. Michael Stracznski…..
Can anyone guess what I’ll be sending for this month…..?Subj: Re:Open Letter/JMS
Date: 10/22/96 1:35:58 AM
From: AnnieWheel
Posted on: America Online

Hey Roz……

I’m here….but still in line……ever hear of a notebook computer???

AnnieSubj: B5 Music Part 2
Date: 10/22/96 1:37:02 AM
From: MWFSlover
Posted on: America Online

Dear JMS

Any idea on a firm release date for the second B5 cd?

ThanksSubj: Missing Maker….
0002000007F4000133507EE,Date: 10/22/96 3:29:20 AM
From: TheLadyT
Posted on: America Online

Got an e-mail from JMS after asking him why he hadn’t been around.

Seems someone sent him a trojan horse (I assume that’s a computer virus) which killed half his hard drive. With all he’s had to do lately, plus rebuilding his hard drive and, I assume, restoring his files he’s been pretty busy. He’s also had a “bug” of his own he’s been fighting.

Here’s hoping your health, and your hard drive improves soon JMS!

With Light and Love,
The Lady TSubj: Re:Missing Maker….
Date: 10/22/96 3:51:07 AM
From: TheLadyT
Posted on: America Online

oops….that’ll teach me to read the board more carefully. I just noticed that I actually *missed* the 20 posts he placed!

Blushing, again,
The Lady TSubj: Invasion..
Date: 10/22/96 4:24:37 AM
From: Deco36
Posted on: America Online

jms – Amazing how your characters invade daily life. Just stumbled on an old Irish saying, it occured to me that it seemed like something the character, Ivanova would appreciate:

May those that love us, love us
And those that don’t love us
Subj: Invasion revisited
Date: 10/22/96 4:27:18 AM
From: Deco36
Posted on: America Online

oops….I’ll try that again…

May those that love us, love us
And those that don’t love us,
May God turn their hearts.

And if he will not turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles,
So we’ll know them by their limping. Subj: the California Fires ….
Date: 10/22/96 12:05:46 PM
From: Sheridan98
Posted on: America Online

The news this morning does not bode well for our California friends … Okay so some of you are worshipped …..

I just wanted to wish all of you the best of luck, health AND SAFETY —– there is no house on this planet (or in the B5 universe) worth a life…..

try and keep us posted to how the B5 family fares in this situation.
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take care…. GinaSubj: Re:the California Fires ….
Date: 10/22/96 1:25:25 PM
From: TheLadyT
Posted on: America Online

I echo Gina’s concern. Recall during an earthquake a few years ago that Harlan Ellison barely escaped with his life….

Our thoughts are with you.

With Light and Love,
The Lady TSubj: Comic, etc. news?
Date: 10/22/96 10:17:45 PM
From: CplHicks
Posted on: America Online

Has anyone heard anymore about the comic? Is there still a fight for the rights? I really enjoyed seeing side stories to stuff that happens on the show. Also, what is this about B5 plates from Hamilton? Anyone know how I can contact them? Thanks in advance,

Adam – still hoping B5’s 4th will appear in Philly…..Subj: Re:”Walkabout” songs
Date: 10/23/96 5:32:04 AM
From: STARBEARER
Posted on: America Online

Dear Mr JMS,

I understand your intent about not releasing the songs, but let me point this out….

They will circulate anyway, people will bootleg them. I would rather pay you for a high quality cd format than have to tape them off tv or get ripped in a huckster room. So would you please consider putting them on the next soundtrack cd?

Thanks,

AmySubj: Re:”Walkabout” songs
Date: 10/23/96 9:07:59 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Something Chris Franke and I have been discussing due to the questioning about it is the notion of doing a second insert CD, shaped like a starfury, which would have the two songs on it. But we’ll see…I still want to keep it *off* the main soundtrack album.

jms
Subj: Re:”Walkabout” songs
Date: 10/23/96 10:04:02 AM
From: Sheridan98
Posted on: America Online

Jms – I must concur with starbearers’ remarks regarding the songs … they were fantastic — even got the redhead to sit up and take notice (an she usually only does that for Reba). Please reconsider doing a cd. Take a day or two (ROTFLOL) and consider it a vacation.

Granted the revenues wouldn’t make that much of a diff (considering your “frugal lifestyle” <G>) but I too would much rather pay YOU …. if you don’t want the money — I know a few charities … the manatees need $$$$ badly, Theres alway an ecology/environmental group that could use it.
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Where you supposed to be twins or triplets??? That might explain your excess of talent.

Take Care — hope you are feeling better — GinaSubj: JMS: Re:”Walkabout” songs
Date: 10/23/96 2:10:21 PM
From: Minbari1
Posted on: America Online

JMS…

Fabulous idea! I’d buy it! (As I’m sure many others would do as well.) Just let us know when it’s out!

=)
Minbob1Subj: Original Premise?
Date: 10/23/96 2:50:58 PM
From: TheLadyT
Posted on: America Online

JMS:
(Gee–guess you’re back. Glad to see both you and your computer are feeling better!)

Before O’Hare left, had you originally intended Sinclair to be “the One Who Was,” Delenn to be “the One Who Is,” and David (their son) to be “the One Who Will Be”? From the first episode, “The Gathering,” I had the feeling that Sinclair and Delenn were supposed to get together. And during WWE2 I had the feeling that Sheridan being “the One Who Will Be” seemed kind of stilted.

Just wondering.

With Light and Love,
The Lady T Rides On….Subj: My two credits
Date: 10/23/96 2:58:33 PM
From: AmberH
Posted on: America Online

Jms — do include the songs from “Walkabout” in *some* way — the others have it right re: bootlegging them. My boyfriend is a musician and I know how reasonable it is (seriously) to release a CD on your own — esp. if you know you’re gonna be able to clean up in a dealer’s room later on! There are plenty of pressing companies out there who dont care what you give them as long as you pay and considering *most* ppl won’t know the source, it’s not like they’re gonna question the ownership rights in any way. And yes, if you feel uncomfortable taking money for them, give the proceeds to charity. I’m sure there are plenty of worthy recipients out there.

Subj: question for JMS
Date: 10/23/96 10:22:17 PM
From: HenrichWst
Posted on: America Online

Hi, I live in the Philadelphia PA area and the channel that was carrying Bab 5 has decided not to renew, since then I have heard no definitive news on if any station will pick it up. However I do get NY’s (actully its in NJ) WWOR channel 9. But it shows Airwolf instead of B5. IS there any chance that if a philly area channel doesn’t pick it up WWOR 9 might show it in our area?
00020000075F00014CD0759,Subj: Re:a special Thank You …
Date: 10/23/96 11:38:21 PM
From: Moria001
Posted on: America Online

As someone who was …incarcerated…for twelve years in the Catholic school system, let me be not the first to congratulate you for breaking free…(as the kid in me screams, NOT FAIR! NOT FAIR!!) That must account for the fact that I have “authority” problem, too.

Subj: Re:a special Thank You …
Date: 10/23/96 11:47:21 PM
From: SLV80
Posted on: America Online

Hi JMS!
I was just re-watching the scene in “Ship of Tears” between Ivanova and Bester, and I was wondering if Bester’s comment about her having her mother’s eyes is meant to imply that he knows she is a telepath. Sorry if this has been asked before.
-Lynne

P.S – Congratulations on the Sci-Fi Universe Awards!Subj: Re:a special Thank You …
Date: 10/24/96 12:20:32 AM
From: SLV80
Posted on: America Online

JMS –
I just wanted to let you know that the Politics and History on B5 board has been re-opened, and so far has been flame-free. You made some valuable contributions to the old board, and we would all be very happy to hear from you. Right now we are discussing things like welfare states, moral relevatism, and the death penalty.
-LynneSubj: Re:”Walkabout” songs
Date: 10/24/96 12:21:44 AM
From: Rick9719
Posted on: America Online

There’s an easy solution to keeping the Walkabout songs of the Soundtrack Ablum. Just keep writng more songs and sneaking them in at the end of episodes. We’ve already got the two Walkabout songs and Rock. A few more episodes like this and we’ll have a hit Ablum out in no time. Look out Cop Rocks : ) Subj: B5 Gift shop.
0002000008AC000154298A6,Date: 10/24/96 12:23:12 AM
From: Rick9719
Posted on: America Online

Has Sheridan re-thought the B5 gift shop at all since the Station went independent? Ok, so the Ambasador dolls are still right out. Show me a military base that doesn’t have its own T-shirts. Subj: Re: Catholic School
Date: 10/24/96 12:28:13 AM
From: RosalindB
Posted on: America Online

Hey, I attended Catholic school for eight years. Turned out perfectly normal…except for this urge to keep my pencils sharp. And a dislike for chewing gum. :)
Subj: Re: Catholic School
Date: 10/24/96 12:56:17 AM
From: Wrngtl
Posted on: America Online

<<Hey, I attended Catholic school for eight years. Turned out perfectly normal…except for this urge to keep my pencils sharp. And a dislike for chewing gum. :)>>

I have a nun-trained voice that has come in quite handy at times. ๐Ÿ˜€
Subj: Re:B5 Gift shop.
Date: 10/24/96 2:37:02 AM
From: TheLadyT
Posted on: America Online

To heck with the T-shirts, JMS. I want one of those jackets like the one you wore at Necronomicon!Subj: Re:Religion and this Forum
Date: 10/24/96 3:06:35 AM
From: BGamb16521
Posted on: America Online

I hate to point it out..but since yous stated that you’re open to criticism..here goes
Referring to me as “Kiddo” was just as, if not more than, condescending as the comment about religion.. The writer was paying you a complement and wishing you good health and happiness. YOur response was in the same “tone”? I completely disagree. Often non-christians become hyper-sensitive to comments made by christians which contain religious references. I assume this to be the case. I do not intend to beat a dead horse..but your explanation was insufficient and contradictory. By the way…I do immensely enjoy the show…More than anything else, the show is unique in that it creates speculation and contemplation, the result of which we can see in this forum. I hope I have not unduly criticized you, I just felt compelled to respond. I look forward to seeing if any of the various “theories” which me and my friends have concerning the plot are realized. Again..Congrats on a great, thougt-provoking show.
00020000092200015CCF91C,Subj: Re: Catholic School
Date: 10/24/96 3:38:21 AM
From: Centurian1
Posted on: America Online

I know where you’re coming from!!!! LOL
Subj: Ratings???
Date: 10/24/96 5:11:39 AM
From: ReddGator
Posted on: America Online

JMS,

There used to be a B5 ratings board in the other folder, but its gone. Could you (or someone) bring us up to date on how B5 has fared with ratings during this last part of Season 3, especially compared to last year?

Thanks, ReddGatorSubj: Re: Catholic School
Date: 10/24/96 6:18:35 AM
From: VBS
Posted on: America Online

Years ago, when I was a student at a nondenominational divinity school, a number of students were amused to discover that you could tell which of us had been through the parochial schools *by our handwriting.* “Palmer Method” lives, apparently.Subj: Re:Religion and this Forum
Date: 10/24/96 6:33:04 AM
From: VBS
Posted on: America Online

“Often non-christians become hyper-sensitive to comments made by christians which contain religious references.”

BGamb, if you are aware that such comments are often offensive to non-christians, why keep making them? (I’m assuming that your intent is not to offend, although I can’t imagine any other rational reason to persist in saying things to which you know folks are likely to be “hyper-sensitive.”)

“I know this is likely to bother you and I don’t care how you feel, I am going to do it anyway” — sounds to me more like the rationalization of a flasher on the subway or a twelve-year-old on a bad day, than like a statement of respect from one adult to another.Subj: JMS — Hitchcock Hopes?
Date: 10/24/96 3:16:41 PM
From: Monte01
Posted on: America Online

Dear JMS

I am curious if at anytime in the future (or perhaps it’s already been done in the past) you intend to do as Alfred Hitchcock used to do (and as other directors still do at times) — namely, insert yourself into one of the B5 episodes in either a cameo appearance or through some other type of character role…. And if so, is John Copeland or Harlan Ellison or any of the other outside production team members egging you for a similar appearance? Kinda odd question, by my own admission, but I am curious. As always, thanks for your responses to our admittedly intrusive inqueries…
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MonteSubj: bureau13
Date: 10/24/96 6:28:58 PM
From: JFKheels
Posted on: America Online

Joe:
Early in the 2nd season, “Spider in the Web” gave us a glimpse of Bureau 13, and I thought we’d be seeing more of it (or its impact on the station) shortly thereafter. Was that just a one-time thing, or do you plan to bring Bureau 13 back later on? Subj: Re:Religion and this Forum
Date: 10/24/96 9:10:40 PM
From: I Vorlon I
Posted on: America Online

Can we just drop the JMS the Athiest subject? This forum would be a lot more friendly if we just did.

 

Vorlon
If you have to bash someone, bash meSubj: B5 polys
Date: 10/24/96 9:17:19 PM
From: I Vorlon I
Posted on: America Online

This isn’t the best place to ask, but I’ve always wondered how many polygons the station is composed of in Lightwave 3D. If you have any idea Jms, I would appeciate an answer. If not, who could I email to find out?

Can’t wait for Shadow Dancing!

Vorlon
a very mean person :(Subj: Re:Open Letter
Date: 10/24/96 9:20:27 PM
From: LEXSNARK
Posted on: America Online

<< Garibaldi who? >>

ROTFL

As long as you were kidding. You were kidding right?

Not quite right since Catholic school myself -LEXSubj: Eggs
Date: 10/24/96 10:00:06 PM
From: Archer C1
Posted on: America Online

Just one question:

If Lord Refa can make it back to Narn in under a day, what couldn’t Garibaldi get fresh eggs from Earth?Subj: World Series? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
Date: 10/24/96 11:07:33 PM
From: LynnRAllen
Posted on: America Online

TV listings said the World Series was bumping B5 from the lineup this weekend in mid-Michigan so I called the WSYM program manager. He comforted me by saying it would still run but at midnight and/or after “Mad TV” if the game is not rained out like last week. He also mentioned he gets a lot of calls from B5 fans (we’re a very proactive bunch, thank you very much), so he was aware we NEED our show broadcast every week. And yes, folks, I was polite and positive in our conversation!
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LynnSubj: Re:Eggs
Date: 10/25/96 12:42:46 AM
From: HFMoon
Posted on: America Online

<<Just one question:

If Lord Refa can make it back to Narn in under a day, what couldn’t Garibaldi get fresh eggs from Earth?>>

Takes three days to get to B5 from Earth. I still maintain that there isn’t a straight correspondence from n-space to Hyperspace.Subj: Next Season
Date: 10/25/96 3:16:13 AM
From: KScott4674
Posted on: America Online

JMS
Your propably tired from answering questions, but I must congradute you for a cliffhanger of a season. These last two episodes are turning out to be the best. I just saw shadow dancing and now I can’t wait for the final episode. you got me at the edge of my seat. the only two questions: will we see the crew of B5 meet and get into the resistance fleet against Earth? second Will John Sheridan still be alive in the Fourth Season. I gotten attached to the character and I will hate to see him removed, which I doubt. Keep the stories going

KScott4674Subj: Re:JMS — Hitchcock Hopes?
Date: 10/25/96 3:40:56 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

No, I don’t do cameos in B5…it’d break the illusion of reality I need to write this thing to see me.

jms
Subj: “…rock cried..”
Date: 10/25/96 3:43:04 AM
From: Rjler
Posted on: America Online

Did I imagine it, or was the reverend a bit surprised when Sheridan started blathering about leaving Delenn out of it? Almost as if he had another lady- perhaps Ivanova?- in mind ….

Super shows- thanks thanks thanks ! (And that ball game **better** not be on tomorrow night!) Subj: Re:JMS: Re:”Walkabout” songs
000200000753000174B874D,Date: 10/25/96 4:51:07 AM
From: Sable229
Posted on: America Online

Thank you for answering my post on the “Walkabout” songs. But please consider releasing them as they were excellent and could have hit potential which would help those “unenlightened” people out there as to what they are missing. The songs are definately worth 4 Godiva Chocolates:)Subj: Re: Catholic School
Date: 10/25/96 4:52:47 AM
From: Sable229
Posted on: America Online

I attended Catholic school too and have this incredible desire to wear blue all the time:)Subj: Entering in Act III
Date: 10/25/96 5:02:19 AM
From: AshTyr
Posted on: America Online

I’ve been finding that, with third season so involved and riveting, it’s hard for friends of mine who are just getting into B5 to really follow what’s going on.
I’m wondering if B5’s complexity discourages people from tuning in, if they haven’t been watching from the beginning? Do you all think this affects how B5 does in ratings?

–Ash
Subj: “Shadow Dancing” (no spoilers)
Date: 10/25/96 5:03:15 AM
From: AshTyr
Posted on: America Online

I’ll keep my comments brief and general, since some people may not have seen this one yet. :-)

Wonderful, “if-this-was-a-book-I-couldn’t-put-it-down episode, Joe and everyone at B5!!! The countdown continues, and I can hardly wait! :-)

–AshSubj: Is everyone okay?????
Date: 10/25/96 4:59:05 PM
From: Sheridan98
Posted on: America Online

just wanted to check and maker sure the entire B5 family (cast and crew) made it throught the recent fires okay. I sincerely hope all are well.

gina.Subj: Re:”Shadow Dancing” (no spoi
Date: 10/25/96 7:43:26 PM
From: Archer C1
Posted on: America Online

JMS –

As I watched “Shadow Dancing” I couldn’t help thinking “The Brits cut this for violence? What a bunch of weak sisters!”
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Really, I don’t quite understand how that episode warranted such censorship.Subj: Snow Globe
Date: 10/25/96 8:52:39 PM
From: NEWWOLCAP
Posted on: America Online

Is David the sled? :DSubj: More song requests
Date: 10/25/96 11:19:19 PM
From: AmberH
Posted on: America Online

Forgot to post this last week — in addition to the 2 songs from “Walkabout” and “And the Rock…”, why don’t have Andreas cut a version of G’kar’s “Fishies” song? He’s got a lovely voice and it’s a great little ditty. Subj: Shadow Dancing
Date: 10/26/96 1:02:28 AM
From: CptKral
Posted on: America Online

Hi JMS, am hoping you can answer some questions about the US broadcast of Shadow Dancing:

1. Was there any of the Franklin “stabbing” sequence that was editing out, like in Britain?

2. Which ships were the “Sun Hawks” was it one that was be sliced apart in one battle sceen?
3. Whose ships are those “Flying Saucers”?

Thanks!

KralSubj: Re: Catholic School
Date: 10/26/96 2:11:38 AM
From: CWheater
Posted on: America Online

>>Hey, I attended Catholic school for eight years. Turned out perfectly normal…except for this urge to keep my pencils sharp. And a dislike for chewing gum. :)<<

Twelve years, myself…and I still have the urge to roll my skirt when no one’s looking.Subj: Re:JMS — Hitchcock Hopes?
Date: 10/26/96 2:56:06 AM
From: MBARNES959
Posted on: America Online

JMS,
would you consider appearing in the show as an alien so no one would recognize you?Subj: Shadow dancing
Date: 10/26/96 3:06:45 AM
From: Rjler
Posted on: America Online

1)Wow.

2) Wow!

3) WOW

4) what happened to the lady doctor- the one that seemed to take over for Stephen?Subj: Re:Shadow dancing
Date: 10/26/96 3:48:43 AM
From: JdiJade
Posted on: America Online

JMS:

First of all, like the teeming masses before me, let me say what a fantastic series you have created…THANKS!
0002000007BC000183A57B6,As for SD, great ep…..is it my imagination, or does Susan seem to be warming up to Marcus? Something in store for those two perhaps??

Also, appreciated the scene where Ivanova has trouble in the sleeping quarters aboard White Star….I couldn’t help but think to myself that had G’Kar been there he’d have noticed that her body made quite a satisfying thump as it hit the floor!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love the show’s humor.

JanellSubj: Re:Eggs
Date: 10/26/96 6:37:24 AM
From: JVibber
Posted on: America Online

<< If Lord Refa can make it back to Narn in under a day, why couldn’t Garibaldi get fresh eggs from Earth? >>

It DOES seem like the station is farther away from Earth than from any of the homeworlds of the other “major” races. It took the White Star 3 days to get to the Earth system (presumably at high speed — whatever that means in hyperspace), while it seems to take a day or so to get to just about anywhere else: Minbar, Narn Homeworld, Centauri Prime, etc. And Narn is, what, 12 hours away from Z’ha’dum?

It would be REALLY nice to have a star map, showing the relative positions of the various homeworld and the B5 station in the galaxy. Perhaps this is something that the Official B5 Fan Club could make available?
Subj: Re:Entering in Act III
Date: 10/26/96 6:42:01 AM
From: JVibber
Posted on: America Online

<< It’s hard for friends of mine who are just getting into B5 to really follow what’s going on.
I’m wondering if B5’s complexity discourages people from tuning in, if they haven’t been watching from the beginning? >>

This is a question that always goes through my mind regarding soap operas. How do people ever get started on the things? Some of these shows have been running continously since they were shows ON THE RADIO! Obviously, there are a lot of people willing to jump into the middle of a story and try to figure their way around. If they’re not willing to make the same effort for B5, that’s their loss!
0002000007CE00018B5B7C8,Subj: Re:Entering in Act III
Date: 10/26/96 9:18:57 PM
From: Striker08
Posted on: America Online

I’ve only seen since “Late Delivery from Avolon” and I’m hooked. I had no problem getting into the show.(Especially with the boards and Lurkers guide.)
Striker

P.S. Great show JMS!!!Subj: taping for sister in Moldova
Date: 10/27/96 1:14:26 AM
From: LEAdmire
Posted on: America Online

JMS/B5
My sister is an officer in the peace corps, stationed in Moldova, very small satelite of Russia. I have been taping a variety of shows for her for approx. 2 years. Last year, on a whim, I send a few B5, later she writes….. and MORE Babylon 5. I now tape all the shows so she can see them. Yet another loyal fan. Thank you.

LEAdmireSubj: Re:Is everyone okay?????
Date: 10/27/96 3:40:58 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

As far as I know, everyone came through fine.

jms
Subj: Re:Shadow Dancing
Date: 10/27/96 3:42:30 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

1. Was there any of the Franklin “stabbing” sequence that was editing out, like in Britain?

Not that I know of, though local stations might do something. But I haven’t heard of anything.

2. Which ships were the “Sun Hawks” was it one that was be sliced apart in one battle sceen?

They’re the more bird-like ships with the angled wings; you got a good look at one in the year 3 debut.

3. Whose ships are those “Flying Saucers”?

Vree.

jms
Subj: Re:JMS — Hitchcock Hopes?
Date: 10/27/96 3:43:00 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

“would you consider appearing in the show as an alien so no one would recognize you?”

Nope.

jms
Subj: Re:Shadow dancing
Date: 10/27/96 3:43:31 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

The doctor would’ve been assigned back to medlabs 2 or 3, from which she would’ve come when Franklin went down.

jms
Subj: Re:question for JMS
Date: 10/27/96 4:13:02 AM
0002000007FB000193237F5,From: Lyndisty
Posted on: America Online

WWOR DOES show B5. It’s on Saturdays at 2pm and again at 8pm.Subj: First Season repeats?
Date: 10/27/96 5:10:48 AM
From: CH 1 Raoul
Posted on: America Online

Hi. I only saw one episode of the first season (the one with the “soul-catchers” or “soul-chasers” or whatever they were called.) I was wondering, is there any possibility of starting with the first episode/pilot and continuing in order through the first and later seasons on the “Sci-Fi” channel or other cable network? In the near future, perhaps? I would like to follow the story from the beginning and also see episodes I missed in the later seasons, also! Thanks for the best series on TV!!
Sincerely, CH 1 RaoulSubj: Where are the Vorlons?
Date: 10/27/96 5:17:33 AM
From: CH 1 Raoul
Posted on: America Online

In the most recent episode “Shadow Dancing” I enjoyed the big battle with the shadows, but was wondering where were the Vorlons? I remember that Sheridan got the Vorlons to attack the Shadows in a prior episode to help get some of the non-aligned worlds to see that they could win against the Shadows. Also, what about the other “old ones” that Marcus and Ivanova went out to contact in another prior episode? They said they would also come to fight the Shadows?!
Thanks!
CH 1 RaoulSubj: Re:Where are the Vorlons?
Date: 10/27/96 5:23:59 AM
From: JVibber
Posted on: America Online

<< what about the other “old ones” that Marcus and Ivanova went out to contact in another prior episode? They said they would also come to fight the Shadows?! >>

Good question. I guess when you are known only by a 10,000-character name, it takes a while to type it all in, and the B5 communications officer hasn’t finished entering it so they can call the “Walkers” for help. (Hmm… 10,000 characters. Sounds like a really *bad* URL. On the other hand, when you’ve got an entire galaxy full of races, you might need that many characters to uniquely identify each Web site.) ๐Ÿ˜‰
0002000008DA00019B188D4,
Subj: Half not shown
Date: 10/27/96 5:30:51 AM
From: WCSmiley
Posted on: America Online

JMS or anyone else out there:
The Fox affiliate in Baton Rouge, in its infinite wisdom, only showed the last 30 minutes of Shadow Dancing, due to the long world series game. B5 is only shown once each week here, so I won’t see it again until the rerun. Could someone give me a brief run down of what happened up to the part where Steven is nearly dead and is talking to himself? Obviously he was stabbed in the back, but what were the circumstances? And what else did I miss? Thanks for any help at all.Subj: RE: half not shown
Date: 10/27/96 6:41:41 AM
From: WCSmiley
Posted on: America Online

JMS,
After having a chance to cool down a little, I remembered the Lurkers’ Guide to B5. Sure enough, they have the episode. So, cancel my previous request.
I called the Fox affiliate to let them know how upset I was about their having chopped Shadow Dancing in half to accommodate a baseball game wrap session, even if it was the final game of the world series. Let them chop some other show, not B5.
Thanks for creating a great show. I really enjoy watching it.

MarilynSubj: Re:Half not shown
Date: 10/27/96 1:02:17 PM
From: CajunFalc
Posted on: America Online

As another BR B5’er, I, too, was more than a little upset by WGMB’s decision to join B5 “in progress”. I’m afraid, however, the show will not be rerun! I’ve already told the station what I think of their decision, and I’m sure I won’t be the only one!

Catherine
Subj: To JMS:Kate Jackson
Date: 10/27/96 2:32:17 PM
From: JJ KEATS
Posted on: America Online

Is there any chance that Kate Jackson would make an apperance, even a cameo, on the show. It
would be nice to see, it could be a “Don’t I know you” type of apperance.Subj: New Season & Philadelphia
Date: 10/27/96 4:46:44 PM
From: Znania
Posted on: America Online

The WB affiliate here has decided not to renew B-5. Do you know if anything is happening that can give the fans here some hope that it will appear on another station? So far the only solution I have to continue seeing it is to try to persuade friends in other cities to tape it for me and hope they remember.
00020000082E0001A3EC828,By the way, I was sorry you found Mensa wanting. I’ve met some weird and wonderful people through it. The friend who introduced me, a mostly non-TV watcher, to B-5 was a fellow Mensa member. There are a number of us who are B-5 fans. The limits to our abilities, however, are obvious as we haven’t found a way to get B-5 back on Philly.Subj: Attn: JMS-Bring Back Na’Toth
Date: 10/27/96 9:17:09 PM
From: DKountz
Posted on: America Online

I would like to see the return of Na’Toth, now that we know she is not dead, and maybe have a lovestory between her and G’Kar–

Julie Caitlin Brown is wonderful as Na’toth and we would like to see her return and finish the character of Na’Toth.

The two of them on screen together (Na’Toth & G’Kar) is sizzling!Subj: Re:First Season repeats?
Date: 10/28/96 12:47:18 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

They won’t be rerun until TNT begins showing the series after it’s completed its original run.

jms
Subj: Re:To JMS:Kate Jackson
Date: 10/28/96 12:47:49 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Don’t think we could make that work.

jms
Subj: Re:To JMS:Kate Jackson
Date: 10/28/96 12:55:17 AM
From: TheLadyT
Posted on: America Online

JMS,

Don’t sell yourself short, sir, you can do anything. ;^)

Respectfully,
The Lady T

PS The Line moves slowly. Any chance of you reconsidering your decision on our brave security chief?Subj: To JMS: Shadow Dancing
Date: 10/28/96 2:15:31 AM
From: KMurray513
Posted on: America Online

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Since everyone else is so busy talking about Anna and the Shadow war, I want to be sure to thank you for a brilliant resolution to Franklin’s walkabout. Battles may be exciting (it was), but this kind of thing is much harder to pull off successfully, and there’s not one wrong note from beginning to end. I jumped out of my skin when the other Franklin appeared (there’s another 2-people-talking scene to add to my list of favorites), and the cuts back and forth to the “other” battle were great.
00020000077F0001AC14779,Looking forward to more displays of brilliance!

KarenSubj: Re:To JMS:Kate Jackson
Date: 10/28/96 2:56:27 AM
From: Rose608265
Posted on: America Online

kate jackson and ivanova. that i could see.Subj: What are we called anyway?
Date: 10/28/96 7:05:51 AM
From: Bippi Boy
Posted on: America Online

Is there a name for “official” title for us B5 fans? B5ers is okay, but it doesn’t have that…that…zing that Trekker or Trekkie does? What about Soldiers of Light?Subj: Forces of Light and Dark
Date: 10/28/96 7:35:58 AM
From: Dreadflame
Posted on: America Online

Dear JMS,
I guess I just really like the details, but I’d like to know if:

1) There will be more explanation into the monstrous allies of the Shadows? There was the energy predator from last season, and the simbiots in WWOE… it seems, as always, you seem to have a brilliant rogue’s gallery.

2) There will be more mention of the other Old Races. Ivanova and Marcus contacted the one tiki/modron style one, and they moaned about the fact of having to chase down quite a few more. Will we see any more alliances with old “buddies” of the Vorlons?

In any case, best regards!

~DreadflameSubj: Re:To JMS: Shadow Dancing
Date: 10/28/96 10:16:49 AM
From: Macboy Leo
Posted on: America Online

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>>Since everyone else is so busy talking about Anna and the Shadow war, I want to be sure to thank you for a brilliant resolution to Franklin’s walkabout. Battles may be exciting (it was), but this kind of thing is much harder to pull off successfully, and there’s not one wrong note from beginning to end. I jumped out of my skin when the other Franklin appeared (there’s another 2-people-talking scene to add to my list of favorites), and the cuts back and forth to the “other” battle were great.
Looking forward to more displays of brilliance!

Karen<<

0002000007F30001B38D7ED,I agree!!! This was one of the few times where I watched a scene where one actor played two parts and didn’t try to figure out how the special effects were done.

Thanks,

LeoSubj: Re:What are we called anyway
Date: 10/28/96 3:53:01 PM
From: TheLadyT
Posted on: America Online

Take your pick:

Lurkers
Babylonians
Babyloniacs
B5ers

Any more suggestions? Those are the only names I can think of off hand that I’ve heard us called.

The Lady T

PS The G-mon-ites hang out in the Garibaldi folder…..just another plug for The Line (grin).Subj: Re:To JMS:Kate Jackson
Date: 10/28/96 5:21:34 PM
From: JJ KEATS
Posted on: America Online

Too bad it would be a nice touch.Subj: Re:Religion and this Forum
Date: 10/28/96 8:06:14 PM
From: JET008SFF
Posted on: America Online

Very well said, VBS.Subj: Re:Religion and this Forum
Date: 10/28/96 9:19:30 PM
From: BGamb16521
Posted on: America Online

VBS obviously looked more at the heading and less at the content of my statement. What christian references or phrases did I use? None! Please take the time to at least read the postings before you decide to pontificate. I simply was stating that the individual was wishing JMS well, but was met with sarcasm and condescension. Subj: Talking back and forth.
Date: 10/28/96 10:04:07 PM
From: RDCoop
Posted on: America Online

There seems to be a lot of talking back and forth between different people. I thought this was suppose to be “ASK JMS.” If you want to talk to others, please do it in one of the many other forums that are provided in the Babylon 5 section, and leave this folder to “ASK JMS”.

Sorry JMS, but I had to get this off my chest.Subj: Full Folder
Date: 10/29/96 12:58:18 AM
From: TheLadyT
Posted on: America Online

Who’s in charge of downloading this folder? I’m not sure if anyone else has noticed, but messages are dropping off from the front. Isn’t a new folder supposed to be created when this one gets full? Where’s Ask JMS #12?
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The Lady TSubj: In-House Creations
Date: 10/29/96 1:06:07 AM
From: SJSteinb
Posted on: America Online

JMS:

Boy you’re not kidding! The F/X battle sequences in “Shadow Dancing” were fantastic!

Keep up the fabulous work. I love what you’re doing with the show :)Subj: Re:What are we called anyway
Date: 10/29/96 1:36:43 AM
From: RosalindB
Posted on: America Online

I’ve heard the term “Babylonians” used from time to time. It has a more exotic ring than “B5ers”.
RosalindSubj: Humans and Mimbari
Date: 10/29/96 2:48:56 AM
From: Rick9719
Posted on: America Online

It is said that Humans and Mimbari must join together to defeat the Shadows. Has this happened yet? I’d say no. Aside from the station and the Rangers, the human race as a whole doesn’t seem too involved in the Shadow war. Even counting the Rangers and B5, I’d say the Narn have supplied about as many troops to the cause as have the Humans. The Drazi seem most involved as anyone outside the Mimbari. Am I underestimating the value of the human rangers or is their more help from the humans to come?Subj: Z’ha’dum
Date: 10/29/96 4:16:01 AM
From: Bippi Boy
Posted on: America Online

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Date: 10/29/96 5:47:45 AM
From: DaveShufon
Posted on: America Online

<<I had thought the caste was partially dictated by the headbone.>>

Actually, as I understand it most Minbari *carve* their headbones. The warriors tend to go for a more jagged look.Subj: The big “Z”
Date: 10/29/96 5:58:50 AM
From: Rylyshar
Posted on: America Online

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jms, my spouse and I were just blown away by “Z’ha’dum”. Powerful, shocking, gut-wrenching, & unexpected! Thank you for the roller coaster ride, but how am I going to stand the suspense until Sheridan returns… of course he was saved somehow??!!?? Right??!!??
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BTW, when Ivanova says, “he’s gone”, she is of course referring to the piece of Kosh that’s in Sheridan, right? A telepath of such minimal ability shouldn’t be able to sense Sheridan’s death, could she??!!??

Thanks again for the best season of TV I’ve ever had the privilege of seeing!

RylSubj: Re:Entering in Act III
Date: 10/29/96 7:22:19 AM
From: MassPHIL
Posted on: America Online

I agree. A few people I know son’t watch the show because they missed the first few seasons. I myself only caught some of the first season, but still lvoe the show! I need videos!! :)Subj: The Raven… or the Crow
Date: 10/29/96 7:49:23 AM
From: Traubulous
Posted on: America Online

Loved “Shadow Dancing.” I only have one problem with the episode. In the discussion between the cast members about Sheridan’s dreams, Sheridan fails to mention that Ivanova has a raven or crow sitting on her shoulder. Since this is usually considered a symbol of death, I find it hard to imagine that Sheridan would overlook this detail in any discussion. Perhaps he’s blocking it out, or perhaps he’s omitting the information for Ivanova’s sake, but…Subj: Can you help?
Date: 10/29/96 12:33:05 PM
From: K94ever
Posted on: America Online

Dear JMS,

Can you help those of us on the East Coast (OK, mostly viewers in PA, DE, and part of MD) who relied on WPHL out of Philly for B5? They dropped the show (gasp! And I thought I was a heathen!) and WWOR out of NY is carrying it. Ok, fine and good, bully for NY. But only three cable companies carry that station, and none of them cover the DelMarVa Pennisula or part of PA. Are the ratings so low? Calls to the station (WPHL) are “sorry, we are now carrying martial arts competitions in that time slot”. How can a show that has gathered so many awards be dropped for WMAC (World Martial Arts Competition)? If you can’t help, what’s next up the ladder after calling your local stations and cable company?
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Help us, Great Maker.

K94ever (aka: The Heathen)Subj: Re:Can you help?
Date: 10/29/96 2:02:26 PM
From: TheLadyT
Posted on: America Online

Heathen,

My parents live in the Dover/Smyrna area and get it on Ch. 29. Not sure how well it covers the DelMarVa area, but you could check it out.

The Lady TSubj: Shadow Dancing ? (spoiler)
Date: 10/29/96 4:25:54 PM
From: ANG n DEB
Posted on: America Online

DON’T READ THIS IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE EPISODE YET!

 

 

In one scene, Sheridan is discussing his earlier dreams/portents with Delynn and Ivonova, and makes a casual reference about Ivonova’s psi abilities. Neither of the women reacted to this comment. Delynn wasn’t surprised, and Susan wasn’t pissed.

Are we to assume there was an off camera conversation about this? The scene seemed odd considering Susan’s secretivness about the subject.

debSubj: Vree
Date: 10/29/96 6:15:36 PM
From: JOHN DANT
Posted on: America Online

Which aliens are the Vree. I know they were in the League and fly the “Flying Saucers”, but what do they look like.
FX in Shadow Dancing was superb, as was the acting.
JohnSubj: Q&A time JMS
Date: 10/29/96 8:43:52 PM
From: GMacary
Posted on: America Online

1) Why didn’t marcus and ivoava (sp?) go after more then one fist one race
draal said their wher alot of them???????????????????????????????
2) Will we see KOSH 1 agein or not??????

3) will we see capt. sheradan (sp?) or did he die???????????????Subj: 2 for JMS
Date: 10/29/96 10:17:59 PM
From: EPSILON 3
Posted on: America Online

1. I just saw “Shadow Dancing” and I loved it. I noticed a new “scout” type shadow vessel and wondered if we will see more new types of Shadow vessels as well as more army of light ships in the future?

2. Did the shadows ever get any of the shipments of telepaths from earth?

EPSILON 3Subj: Z’ha’dum – no spoiler
Date: 10/29/96 10:48:21 PM
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Posted on: America Online

Joe,

I know it’s been said about this episode before, but….

WOW!!!

I didn’t think it would be easy to top the drama of Severed Dreams, but you’ve done that easily with this episode. I’ve already seen it 4 times and I’m glued to the chair each time! For anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, keep the Kleenex handy, you’re gonna need it!

MilesSubj: Question JMS
Date: 10/29/96 11:43:45 PM
From: Qsilver8
Posted on: America Online

Dear JMS,

All I can say about the final 5 is…..HOLY S–T!!!! You have truly outdone yourself with these ESPECIALLY “Shadow Dancing” (Haven’t seen Z’ha’dum” yet) The ending to Shadow Dancing…WOW! My compliments to you and the whole cast and crew of b5 for an exempliary first 4 weeks back into new eps, I’m sure what’s coming will top it all. Have one question:

1. In I&E, the big scene was when Londo confronted Morden about the two realigning themselves to strike down Refa and his cohorts for Refa’s “alleged” involvement in the death of Adira. Yet it “And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place” what Londo did to take care of Refa had absolutely nothing to do with Morden. Is this an inconsistency or will we see more of Londo and Morden together in the future.

Great work,

-Qsilver8
Subj: Thank you for sticking with us
Date: 10/30/96 12:53:42 AM
From: Kkll8300
Posted on: America Online

I learned today that your computer files were damaged several weeks ago by a trojan sent to you via email and I wanted to say that I am so sorry.

I am disgusted with anyone who would do such a thing. I wish I could do something to help. Thank you for continuing to make yourself available to us. It makes a difference.

Subj: Re:Return of Laura Takishima
Date: 10/30/96 3:29:39 AM
From: Jakuo
Posted on: America Online

Tamyln Tomita is one of my favorite actresses. Will you bring back her character of Lt. Cmdr Takishima in a future episode (one shot deal) to clear up some of the loose plot threads left in the B-5 pilot? ( ie. her possible involvement in the assasination attempt on Kosh). Personally, I would like to she her on the side of the angels.Subj: Trading Cards
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From: SCharendof
Posted on: America Online

Joe:

Since you’re impossible to reach by phone, I thought I would leave you this message. I hope that you have received complete boxes, sets and uncut sheets of the new card set. If not, please let me know asap.

So…what do you think? Did we do justice to the show? Is this year’s set better than last year’s? Please share your thoughts. It would help me out quite a bit.

By the end of this week, we will be completely sold out. The same cannot be said for too many other card products made this year, including any of our Star Trek products.

Please let me know what I can do for you. I still have some Kingdom Come Extra autographed cards left over.Subj: Re:Third Age of Mankind
Date: 10/30/96 7:05:22 AM
From: SHERzipp
Posted on: America Online

JMS:

Now that we know there’s a piece of Kosh surviving on in Sheridan, is the Third Age of Mankind the birth of a Minbari-Human-Vorlon hybrid: David? I know you said David was not the Third Age as such. But does his birth signal a blending of the three races, an evolution of a new race?

SherrySubj: Re:Names
Date: 10/30/96 7:06:39 AM
From: SHERzipp
Posted on: America Online

I was called a Babylidiot by a fellow DS9 fan — reminds me of the Trekkie/Trekker argument.

SherrySubj: Re:Can you help?
Date: 10/30/96 9:10:06 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Unfortunately, there’s literally *nothing* I can do in these situations; they won’t listen to me, they only listen to local viewers.

jms
Subj: Re:Question JMS
Date: 10/30/96 9:11:43 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Londo rose in his position due to the money and power he’s accumulated working with Morden, which will be mentioned more clearly later, in 322.

jms
Subj: Garibaldi in G17iM
Date: 10/30/96 11:39:37 AM
From: Woogazoid
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Jeremiah.
Ezekiel.
Michael.

A sign of anything to come?

The WoogazoidSubj: Inspired by “Shadow Dancing”
Date: 10/30/96 3:03:47 PM
From: JET008SFF
Posted on: America Online

I posted the following in the Millisa Gilbert board a few days ago. After thinking about it some more, I don’t see how this could possibly be an unsolicited story idea. (Unless you’re thinking of doing “Cop Rock” in space. *Please don’t*) This was in part inspired by the entrance MG made on B5.

>To the tune of the theme from the Momkee’s TV show:
“Here she comes,
walkin’ down the street.
Gets the funniest looks from
everyone she meets.
Hey! Hey! She’s a shadow!
But people say it’s just a lifestyle.
Hey! Hey! She’s a shadow!
She’ll ask – WHAT do you WANT? – with a smile.”

Greetings from Minnesota! We sure enjoyed seeing and hearing you at the World Con.

Regards, JimSubj: Re: Questions for JMS
Date: 10/30/96 5:46:54 PM
From: Beaded
Posted on: America Online

Every episode this October has been absolutely GREAT! I haven’t seen Z’ha’dum yet (tomorrow night) but I just read the synopsis. I have to look ahead on stuff like this – my best friend who watches B5 with me has a real problem with cliffs she doesn’t know are coming and/or the death of a character. (It took me six months to talk her down after we saw Empire Strikes Back – had to come up with a conclusion for the story before she could stop worrying about it. As it happened we were pretty much right.) Since B5 is a very special show (all the characters are great and we can’t think of one in the ensemble we could do without) I’m getting a little anxious as we get toward the end of the cycle. Are we getting close to losing anyone? I know you are not going to give away the plot lines – just need a hint so I can “prewatch” each episode before I show it to my friend.

The other question I have is WHY, WHY, WHY are the video episodes available in England and not in the USA? I was in a bookstore in England, preparing to walk away with what I thought were VHS format tapes of practically the entire first season (which I missed) when another customer told me the VHS format in England would not play on my machine at home. I’ve been bugging my local video store about B5 but they haven’t heard even a whisper of a release date. Can’t be because the new episodes are still playing – Star Trek Deep Space Nine has just started releasing videos of their first season and they are still on the air. Please release them here – at least put out the Pilot? I only got into B5 when my local station started airing them at a reasonable time (not after midnight) and quickly got hooked. Now would not dream of missing one.
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Keep up the good work.

BeadedSubj: B5 on Sci Fi Channel
Date: 10/31/96 12:03:34 AM
From: EQRIS
Posted on: America Online

Just wanted to pass the word on…..

Just heard — Mira Furlan, Bill Mumy and Peter Jurasik will be
in the “War Room” segment of the Vortex this Friday (and
again on the weekend sometime) on the Sci Fi Channel.

— Brent

Thanks Brent, for posting the original message!Subj: Re:Garibaldi in G17iM
Date: 10/31/96 12:35:27 AM
From: Miles1005
Posted on: America Online

<<Jeremiah.
Ezekiel.
Michael.

A sign of anything to come?

The Woogazoid>>

A little prophetic, huh?Subj: Re: Questions for JMS
Date: 10/31/96 1:49:16 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Tapes aren’t our choice; it’s WB video which, domestically, doesn’t sully its hands releasing TV shows, only major blockbuster movies.

jms
Subj: Hey Mr. JMS!
Date: 10/31/96 3:13:16 AM
From: J9Jaguar
Posted on: America Online
I just got to thinking, Apparently, we are still hashing out the meaning of Sheridan’s dream. I had come to a question, knowing a little of the future for Ivanova(thanks TV Guide)…..Does the Raven on Ivanovas shoulder represent ‘ what’ she is rather than who? Or say, she is not entirely Human….? Or am I just wandering in the dark here…..

Thanks for a great shoe….. Joe RSubj: Other Species Social lives.
Date: 10/31/96 3:40:04 AM
From: Matmilam
Posted on: America Online

You know JMS, it seems that throughout the entire series there has been very little that we know about the social lives of the alien races on the show.

We haven’t gone into alot about the Narns, and when we do it always seems to involve the war.
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It seems the same way with the Centari and the Minbari and Even the Vorlons. None of them have ever been given a chance to explore there cultures.

This is the kind of problem that is somewhat simlar to the sudden dissapperance of Na’toth…We saw in the first two seasons, a growing realtionship between them. But when Mary Kay Adams abandoned ship, it suddenly appeared that she had vanished.

Now being a screenwriter (just learning)…I know for a fact that when a character disappears for no given reason or isn’t given a clue to where he or she is, The story is left with a of hole. And too often in alot of shows, the supporting characters are never given any more depth to there lives other than just being there.

Please listen to what i’m say if i am violated your “Don’t give an idea” rule.
Matmilam Subj: Shadow Dancing
Date: 10/31/96 3:50:12 AM
From: Juli17
Posted on: America Online

Great episode! I do have a question regarding the scene where
Delenn is watching Sheridan sleep and Anna comes in. Although
the scene proceeds pretty much as it did in WWE2, there is nothing
in Delenn’s manner indicating that she is uncomfortable, feeling a
sense of deja-vu, or knows what’s coming. Does this mean that
Delenn does not remember the flash into the future she experienced
in WWE2?

Thanks again for a wonderful show! I’m looking forward to the next
two years.Subj: Crysalis
Date: 10/31/96 5:55:22 AM
From: BARRIEJ
Posted on: America Online

 
JMS, in WWE part 2, Delenn said she went into the crysalis to correct the imbalance caused when Sinclair became Valen.

Is that the only reason (we know Minbari don’t tell you everything)?

If there are other reasons, will we ever know them all?

thank you!
and thank you for a great year 3!

*how many* alligators are you going to pull out of your hat next year???
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barrieSubj: CHICAGO CABLE ALERT
Date: 10/31/96 11:16:06 PM
From: CHICOPJIM1
Posted on: America Online

Prime cable of chicago is sending out a survey of channels it may add or drop. WPWR Ch 50 is on this. Make sure to send back the reply nameing Ch 50 as one of your 2 favorites or call 1-800-885-9999. PRIME CUSTOMERS ONLY. If you have tried to tune in channel 50 with an attenna then you will have all your friends with prime to call in too.Subj: This Forum
Date: 11/1/96 12:58:59 AM
From: BGamb16521
Posted on: America Online

Some thoughts concerning this forum…When contemplating the types of questions which we should ask JMS..it would seem that they should be directed at the aspects of the show which we son’t see on the screen..i.e. production techniques..future plans..etc. It bothers me that there are an abundance of questions concerning the plot. If we are supposed to “know” something about a certain event or person, that should be evident from the episodes. If it is not evident, then the episodes should be more clear so that people can fully understand the show without having to go to a newsgroup. This also applies to questions which concern upcoming events…If the episodes haven’t dealt with that issue..we shouldn’t know it yet..if at all. Please feel free to respond to this. Just a thought.Subj: Z’Ha’Dum
Date: 11/1/96 1:41:44 AM
From: Jerusha000
Posted on: America Online

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Good golly, Miss Molly!
The end of “Z’Ha’Dum” is equal to the end of “Empire Strikes Back” with Han Solo in carbonite! Boy, am I glad I won’t have to wait several months for a resolution (or will I?).
“Shadow Dancing” and “Z’Ha’Dum” were powerful, moving, had me at the edge of my seat and exclaming out loud…something I don’t usually do. Delenn’s anguish at the end of John’s message, that look on John’s face, trapped on the balcony between abyss and Anna…chills up my spine. I’m taping for a friend in Idaho. Good thing. I’m gonna watch it again as soon as I’m off the net.
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JerushaSubj: Who was that???
Date: 11/1/96 3:06:20 AM
From: Rick9719
Posted on: America Online

I give up. Who flys the big grey ships? The carrion eaters maybe? Subj: Season Four: Writing
Date: 11/1/96 5:27:41 AM
From: CHICOPJIM1
Posted on: America Online

The Lurkers guide shows that so far all (9) episodes this new season are written by you. Are you going to try and do the whole season again? or just until the shadow war is over which you previously said would be halfway through season 4.Subj: Z,HA,DUM
Date: 11/1/96 6:16:26 AM
From: Dart68
Posted on: America Online

I just saw this episode. I think somebody else put it correctly, “WOW.” The emotional “trauma” was excellent. It was very easy to empathize with John and Delenn!

Excellence is difficult to achieve, but you, the crew, and the cast seem to be achieving it on a regular basis! I whole heartily commend you on ANOTHER fantastic episode. Please pass my commendations on to the cast and crew, especially Bruce. I believe his part was the most difficult and he presented it perfectly!

Thanks again!
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Date: 11/1/96 2:51:16 PM
From: ErinIsberg
Posted on: America Online

I just saw Z’Ha’Dum last night and it left me hanging there seeing the impossible. I was extremely floored. I just wanted you to know there are fans out here that are speechless. Thank you for such a wonderful writing, plot and cast.
Keep that up, will you? :-)
loyal fan,
Erin Subj: JMS: Timov
Date: 11/1/96 2:54:46 PM
From: Minbari1
Posted on: America Online

JMS… is there any chance of us seeing Londo’s remaining wife (played superbly by Jane Carr, I might add) Timov? That character would be great in exposing some sides (not to mention other things) of Londo we haven’t seen, or give us insight into his past. Besides, they play off each other so well. I laughed so hard during her scenes of witty reparte. Especially, “Because I don’t have a *real* sword handy.”
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Thanks again to you & every one involved w/B5, & keep up the FANTASTIC work!!

Minbob1Subj: Caligari
Date: 11/1/96 4:18:50 PM
From: NEWWOLCAP
Posted on: America Online

JMS:

This is a little bizarre. I’m a big fan of silent films and I tend to see references to them everywhere. Did you or the production people have “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” in mind for the scene in the Shadows’ hallway? I have a tendency to yell “German Expressionism” at the drop of a hat but that brief scene really flashed “Caligari” to me.

NancySubj: “Fall of Night” & “Z’ha’dum”
Date: 11/1/96 6:47:38 PM
From: Archer C1
Posted on: America Online

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Big time kudos for Bruce and Mira. This was the best performance I’ve seen from either of them (and after I&E and WWE, that is saying something). You could really hear the pain in both of their voices.Subj: Re:Z’HA’DUM
Date: 11/1/96 9:31:52 PM
From: I Vorlon I
Posted on: America Online

JMS, Z’Ha’Dum was so good I checked my heart rate after the cliamax and it was in the 160’s! I thought nothing could possibly top Shadow Dancing but you have proven me wrong. I commend thee on the best ep I’ve seen to date!

 

VorlonSubj: Minbari females
Date: 11/2/96 12:26:43 AM
From: BrendaW896
Posted on: America Online

JMS-

First, I’d like to say, I knew ZHD would be a great episode, but I was really afraid I’d hate what you’d have to do to Sheridan/Delenn to accomplish it.
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My humblest apologies for ever doubting you. It hit the spot in every catagory!

Now to my questions: We haven’t seen too many Minbari females, and I was just wondering… was it unusual for a female to be appointed to the Grey Council? Are there any females among the warrior caste? Do Minbari select mates only from their own caste? If not, how is the caste of offspring decided?

I haven’t been this hung up on a television show in a long time, thank-you-very-much!

Hopeless romantic and eternally inquisitive….
BrendaSubj: Shadow Hulks
Date: 11/2/96 1:52:11 AM
From: MWFSlover
Posted on: America Online

Dear JMS

I’m curious to know if the “Alliance of Light” secured any of the Shadow vessel hulks from their fight in “Shadow Dancing” for examination? Securing your opponents military tech has always been a number 1 priority for opposing sides in a war. Is this a thread that will be played out later?

Thanks Subj: Door Number 1
Date: 11/2/96 3:01:16 AM
From: PhotoJ95
Posted on: America Online

So what’s behind door number one?Subj: Shadow Dancing & Zhadum
Date: 11/2/96 4:16:29 AM
From: JET008SFF
Posted on: America Online

Dear JMS:
I just wanted to let you know that these last two shows have been very poignant for me. I’m in the process of a family crisis – my Dad is dying of congestive heart failure and I’m also going through some personal dilemmas. The Franklin story was very relative to my personal area and the transitions/revelations to my Dad. It has given me comfort somehow and hope through both shows for each situation. I am a big fan of Babylon 5 and was fortunate enough to meet you at Worldcon 96 and celebrate B5 winning the Hugo. I believe you have some unique quality of seeing things as no one else does, are able to write it down and make it come to life on B5. Thanks so much for the show and the inspirations I have derived from it. I look forward to the future with you on B5. A loving fan from frigid Minnesota. Subj: Re:Zhadum
00020000091100021BCF90B,Date: 11/2/96 4:32:41 AM
From: Lledona
Posted on: America Online

This is just one more voice joining in the chime of praise for Z’ha’dum and for all the episodes through all the seasons since this saga began:

Thank you, JMS.

You truly have a vision, and we can’t thank you enough.
LledonaSubj: Za’Ha’Dum the best yet
Date: 11/2/96 4:43:06 AM
From: ReddGator
Posted on: America Online

JMS,

My thanks to you for Za’Ha’Dum, the best 1-hr SciFi episode I have ever seen on B5 or any series, even all the way back to the 50s. The story was well done, and the ending was superb. You have left youself a large number of alternatives for continuing the storyline in Season 4, and I look forward to seeing what you have done.

ReddGator

P.S. I would still like to know how B5 is currently faring in the ratings wars!Subj: Re:This Forum
Date: 11/2/96 4:45:14 AM
From: JVibber
Posted on: America Online

<< If we are supposed to “know” something about a certain event or person, that should be evident from the episodes. If it is not evident, then the episodes should be more clear so that people can fully understand the show without having to go to a newsgroup. >>

It WOULD be nice to live in such a perfect world, but that doesn’t always happen. Sometimes, minor and even major plot points simply do not come across in the show. This is one of the shortcomings of writing a novel for television — you can’t go back and revise what you’ve already presented when you hit an inconsistency or a new idea, or have to fix up something because of something like the departure of a regular cast member. Also, television is definitely “story telling by committee,” however much control the executive producer may be able to wield, and sometimes things just fall through the cracks.

Among the plot points that we have had explained online that never quite got done right on the show:
1. Delenn explained that all of the races of the ancient ones went away, except for one that stayed behind, then indicated Kosh. A lot of people interpreted that to mean that Kosh was the last of the ancient ones remaining in this galaxy, and that he wasn’t even really a Vorlon. JMS explained that “Kosh is a Vorlon, the Vorlons are still here, and there are many Vorlons” many, many times.
0002000008E3000224DA8DD,2. Vir’s betrothed, Lyndisty, captured a Narn as a present for Vir, so that Vir could have the fun and honor of killing him. Last we saw, the Narn was still trussed up in Vir’s quarters and had been left there, forgotten. There was supposed to be a “throw away” line to the effect that the Narn had been released and was recuperating nicely in MedLab. But the line ended up on the cutting room floor.

There are other such occasions. It’s just part of the territory — no reflection on anybody for incompetance. B5 is such a BIG story, it’s amazing to see it get told at all. But sometimes the story needs a little help from “notes in the margin.” That’s part of why JMS is willing even to participate in such bulletin boards as this one, and it’s a real privelege to have him!

Subj: Z’Ha’Awesome
Date: 11/2/96 7:11:06 AM
From: Eddy baby
Posted on: America Online

Goddam. JMS, you continue to outdo yourself. Z’HA’DUM once again proved why B5 continues to be so compelling; great story, great writing, great cast (Bruce and Peter, especially, in an impossible-to-single-out terrific ensemble, just keep getting better and better) great execution in general. To say you really know how to put together a dramatic moment would be an understatement, given the dynamics of the episode’s climactic moments — the Shadows moving in on Sheridan, the Shadows ships surrounding B5, Sheridan calling down the explosives-loaded Whitestar down on himself and Z’HA’DUM… but enough with the praise and plot synopsis — you wrote it, you know how good it is.

A couple of questions: the cut to Sheridan bleeding, pulling himself along the wall to the balcony over-looking the underground Shadow city made it seem as though there were some missing footage, namely of Sheridan confronting and/or getting in a fight with the Shadows in the room where they all sat down to talk. While actually showing such a moment may not have been your intention (after all, we can certainly figure out what transpired in the ellipsis), the shock of leaving Sheridan as he fires his PPG at the Shadow, then returning to him bleeding, as though he’d been in a knock-down, drag-out fight seem a little awkward to me. Was this intentional? Was anything cut from this sequence?
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Also, wouldn’t the shadows have shields to prevent a ship from flying through that dome as Sheridan had the Whitestar do? Or did they just assume that no one would ever have the audacity to attack their homeworld?

Thanks for bringing care, intelligence, and quality back to SF tv, congrats on the many well-deserved awards B5’s won this year.Subj: False Rumor
Date: 11/2/96 9:30:56 AM
From: BKnight255
Posted on: America Online

There was a rumor floating about Usenet that JMS had collapsed and been hospitalized, with a follow-up that he was suffering from heat exhaustion.

Be advised that this rumor is FALSE. PTEN and JMS both say that no such thing happened; JMS is chugging away as usual.

However, the sets and offices have been swamped with calls concerning this, which is eating away at precious time.

So let’s not mail JMS about this, not for a while; instead, let’s think good thoughts and wish him continued health in our hearts, while wishing various and sundry unpleasantries upon the individual who started this rumor.

Bruce Knight
bknight255Subj: A Brain-Hurting Question
Date: 11/2/96 9:43:51 AM
From: GojiraDesu
Posted on: America Online
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I was recently thinking about “War Without End 1 & 2″ and I came up with a paradoxical Schrรถdinger’s Cat-ish question: How many ships did the Shadows have during the first, second and third season up to WWE1&2…did they have enough to win the war or not? For this question, I’ll define two timelines: Timeline A, in which B4 helps defeat the Shadows and B5 is not destroyed; and Timeline B, in which B4 doesn’t go back in time and B5 is destroyed. Now, for the sake of the argument let’s say that in Timeline A the Shadows had 100 ships and in Timeline B they had 1000 ships. So how many ships did they have up to the events in WWE? Apparently, they had 1000 (enough to win the war) because if Sinclair hadn’t gone back in time, B5 would have been destroyed by their huge fleet. When Sheridan and crew returned to B5, they ostensibly actually returned to an alternate reality–timeline A– in which the Shadows now had only 100 ships. However, JMS has stated that there aren’t any alternate universes in B5, just alternate futures. So, that would mean that the Shadows had only 100 ships during the 1st and second seasons…because, if they had 1000 ships, what happened to them when Sinclair went back in time? Did 900 of them just pop out of existence? For WWE to work, there has to have been two alternate universes–timeline A and timeline B–but the problem is that there doesn’t seem to have ever been a timeline in which B4 hadn’t gone back in time because Delenn had footage of B4 1000 years ago. Since B4’s existence in the past had been established, what would have happened if Sinlair had decided not to go back in time? Would Delenn’s video of B4 change? Would the events of Babylon Squared never have happened? OK…here’s my point put simply as I can: How could the Shadows have ever had enough ships to win the war to cause the alternate future? Where’d this alternate future come from? Obviously, B4 had been in the past and would be taken to the past in the future, so what circumstances could have possibly caused the doomed B5 future in Timeline B? Am I making sense? There was apparently never a past in which B4 wasn’t there, so there could never have been a 1000 ship Shadow fleet, yet in order for the alternate future to exist, there has to have been. Whew. My brain is freezing up so I better stop.Subj: Re:A Brain-Hurting Question
00020000089400023B9C88E,Date: 11/2/96 3:12:03 PM
From: TheLadyT
Posted on: America Online

GojiraDesu writes: << Whew. My brain is freezing up so I better stop.>>

Sometimes it’s just better not to think about it. It happened, and it was figured out by greater minds than ours (hehe).

With Light and Love,
The Lady T Rides On….Subj: 3rd Age????
Date: 11/2/96 8:43:33 PM
From: Qsilver8
Posted on: America Online

Dear JMS,

I am actually posting this message for an acquaitence of mine who doesn’t have AOL but insists stubbornly that I ask you this because he feels that he is right when I know he is wrong.

1. My aquaintence says that the 3rd Age pertains to Sheridan. His reasoning is because that Sinclair would be the 1st, Delenn the 2nd, and so Sheridan must be the 3rd. I know that this is false because of the numerous hints you have dropped and from you have already said about the 3rd age, so if you could just post here saying that this is NOT what the 3rd Age is ( if you think it doesn’t reveal any spoilers) so that I can rub it in his face….I mean casually tell him I was right, I would be most appreciative.

Thanks,
-Qsilver8Subj: Harlan Elison
Date: 11/2/96 8:51:25 PM
From: DMSteiner
Posted on: America Online

JMS

First my upmost praise for your series. The continuity, cast, and, the interplay all blend to
create what has to be one of the best shows I have ever had the pleasure to watch.

Next, my question. As I recall, Harlan Elison had a cameo role on one of this season’s
episodes. Unfortunately, I do not recall which episode. Can you help my memory?

Much THANKS for all your work. Subj: Z’ha’dum questions
Date: 11/2/96 9:12:46 PM
From: BitterDreg
Posted on: America Online

SPOILERS BELOW!
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OK, here’s a few questions:

(1) What did Anna mean when she said that time didn’t work the same way at Z’ha’dum?

(2) Why did Sheridan think that by going to Z’ha’dum, he could change the future? The future he glimpsed was obviously a result of his going to Z’ha’dum. NOT going to Z’ha’dum would have changed the future. Sheridan seems to have a flawed grasp of temporal mechanics.
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(3) Why didn’t the Shadows destroy B5 when they had the chance?

(4) If he hadn’t been killed by the Shadows, how would Kosh #1 have helped Sheridan at Z’ha’dum? Not long before he was killed, Kosh said that if he helped Sheridan now, he wouldn’t be able to help him later at Z’ha’dum. What was he planning to do? And why couldn’t Kosh #2 have done the same thing? In a sense, he did by telling him to jump into the pit (a scene that was nicely reminiscent of the climax of Empire Strikes Back)…so this makes Kosh #1’s statement even more confusing.Subj: Re:taping for sister in Mold
Date: 11/2/96 9:51:19 PM
From: Khundawit
Posted on: America Online

<<JMS/B5
My sister is an officer in the peace corps, stationed in Moldova, very small satelite of Russia. I have been taping a variety of shows for her for approx. 2 years. Last year, on a whim, I send a few B5, later she writes….. and MORE Babylon 5. I now tape all the shows so she can see them. Yet another loyal fan. Thank you.>>

Dear JMS,
On the night before I left for the US Peace Corps in Thailand in 1993, I saw the pilot episode. Unfortunately for me, I had no relatives who taped me B5. I had to figure things out in the middle of the second season, when I got back, but it wasn’t that hard to do.

By the way, I loved it when you showed the Theravada Buddhist monk in the religious delegation in “The Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place”. Although I have one comment about the scene he was in. I seem to recall him putting his hands together to “Wai” Captain Sheridan. A Wai is a form of greeting, and it has social, cultural and religious connotations; a Theravada Buddhist monk would not Wai anyone but Lord Buddha, or His representation. Not even in the year 2813 (Buddhist Era).

I know it is a small point, but you have been very respectful of others’ religious and cultural beliefs in the past. (And since I was going from memory as I write this, I hope I haven’t made a fool of myself for pointing out a non-existant error, i.e. The Monk’s Wai.)
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Yours, Khun Dawit (Mister David)

PS I hope that Minipax isn’t the 23rd century version of the Peace CorpsSubj: Re:Minbari females
Date: 11/3/96 12:26:50 AM
From: Dreadflame
Posted on: America Online

The question was posed whether there are females in the warrior caste. As I recall, one of the top officers on the renegade ship that challenged B5 in the second season was female.

~~DSubj: JMS: Whimpy answer
Date: 11/3/96 1:09:07 AM
From: FalcnFire5
Posted on: America Online

JMS,

I was extremely disapointed with your shrugging off the situation in Philly. We have been promised by various sources at WB that we would not miss an episode of B5 here, yet, as of right now, we are SCREWED!

I understand that you do not control such things, but I would think that if you really care about your fans (i.e. the number 4 market in the country), you would use whatever influence you can muster to fight the good fight!

Channel 48 in Philly has said that they would jump at the opportunity to show B5, but for some reason WB won’t let them have it (i.e., money or the fact that 48 is a third tier station). Rather than let 48 have B5, WB does not seem to care if we miss a few episodes here while they continue to drag thier feet. So your loyal fans loose.

Thanks, we appreciate the help, all alone in the darkness of Philly!Subj: A question of thirds…
Date: 11/3/96 1:23:09 AM
From: Archer C1
Posted on: America Online

JMS,

I’ve been toying with this idea for a while and I wanted to float it for you other to comment:

There is a link, I believe, between the third age of man kind and what Draal called the third principle of sentient life, the capacity for self-sacrifice. Am I even close?Subj: Minbari relationships
Date: 11/3/96 1:29:32 AM
From: BARRIEJ
Posted on: America Online
JMS, In Shadow Dancing, Delenn explains the watching ritual, but what struck us was *how* she did this. She said, this is what we do on Minbar, this is what we’re going to do (she didn’t ask John if he wanted to) and it’s the woman who decides if the relationship progresses. Since year 2, Delenn has been the one to make the little advances in the relationship.
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Would it be correct to extrapolate from the above and conclude that Minbari women take the lead when it comes to pursuing relationships?

thanks!Subj: Way cool episode…
Date: 11/3/96 2:40:37 AM
From: VBS
Posted on: America Online

Just saw the season finale — wow. Thank you for a wonderful ride.

Subj: JMS in drag
Date: 11/3/96 3:52:47 AM
From: Kasanoff
Posted on: America Online

I just saw Micheal O’Hare at a con where he told us a little secret ( which he told us to ask you about ). He said that you write at night, dressed in drag. Is there any truth to this, and if so, does dressing up in drag help you write better?

Jeff

BTW, if it does help, keep doing it! The last few shows have kept me on the edge of my seat. At least I won’t have to wait 2 or 3 months for the resolution to Z’Ha’Dum.
Subj: Re:”Fall of Night” & “Z’ha’d
Date: 11/3/96 6:20:02 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Yes, there’s a certain thematic repetition in the drops, and where they end up, and how, and why.

And thanks…(also to Erin) for the kind words.

jms
Subj: Re:Shadow Dancing & Zhadum
Date: 11/3/96 6:21:30 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Thanks. I’ve heard from others who’re going through similar situations, and have found some comfort in there. That this happens at all makes the show worth doing. Thanks, and you will come through this. We all do.

jms
Subj: Re:Harlan Elison
Date: 11/3/96 6:23:25 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Harlan provided the computer voice in “Ceremonies of Light and Dark.”

jms
Subj: Re:JMS: Whimpy answer
Date: 11/3/96 6:25:00 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

It wasn’t a whimpy or unconcered answer. You must understand: I HAVE no influence with the individual stations. Zip. Nada. Nothing. How do you force someone to buy something if they don’t want to?
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I’m very concerned about it. But I’m, in essence, the guy trying to sell the show, so I have a vested interest in pushing anyone to buy it. I have NO influence to bring to bear. None.

jms
Subj: Re:JMS in drag
Date: 11/3/96 6:25:51 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Michael was having you on.

I wear a large gorilla suit.

jms
Subj: Re:Way cool episode…
Date: 11/3/96 6:28:54 AM
From: LynnRAllen
Posted on: America Online

I have to say, despite reading all the spoiler postings I could, plus the Lurker’s Guide synopsis for Z’Ha’Dum, I was profoundly affected while watching it tonight. Well done, Joe…Can’t wait to see more!

Lynn AllenSubj: Re:JMS: Whimpy answer
Date: 11/3/96 2:32:28 PM
From: FalcnFire5
Posted on: America Online

The issue in Philly is not whether any station will buy B5. Channel 48 has stated that they want it! But WB will not let them have it (they appear to be hoping that maybe possibly, somehow, channel 57 will buy it). Unfortunately for us in Philly, 57 has said it won’t buy it.

I was hoping you could bring pressure to bear on WB to sell to 48 instead of holding out for pie in the sky!Subj: Re:JMS in drag
Date: 11/3/96 2:56:16 PM
From: MacManJWS
Posted on: America Online

<<I just saw Micheal O’Hare at a con where he told us a little secret ( which he told us to ask you about ). He said that you write at night, dressed in drag. Is there any truth to this, and if so, does dressing up in drag help you write better?>>

I think he’s b———n’ ya, Kasanoff! :) :)

MackerSubj: Re:JMS in drag
Date: 11/3/96 2:57:52 PM
From: MacManJWS
Posted on: America Online

<<I wear a large gorilla suit.>>

NOW I think YOU’RE b———n’ us, Joe!! :) :)

MackerSubj: Garabaldi being taken…
Date: 11/3/96 3:58:31 PM
From: Grey19
Posted on: America Online

When the Shadows took Mr. Garabaldi, did they know specifically that it was him?
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Subj: Re:JMS in drag
Date: 11/3/96 4:23:49 PM
From: LurkerAtB5
Posted on: America Online

>Michael was having you on.
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>I wear a large gorilla suit.
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>jms

I thought it was an encounter suit. 8-)Subj: Re:JMS in drag
Date: 11/3/96 4:36:06 PM
From: BKnight255
Posted on: America Online

<<
>Michael was having you on.
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>I wear a large gorilla suit.
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>jms

I thought it was an encounter suit. ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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Maybe the gorilla suit IS the encounter suit.

Too bad there’s no Kosh-ism about bananas.Subj: Garibaldi
Date: 11/3/96 10:09:11 PM
From: Archer C1
Posted on: America Online

JMS

In the Lurkers Guide, you are quoted as saying:

“There was a very specific reason why Garibaldi was picked up, and there’s a suggestion of it in what Justin says at one point to Sheridan.”

Justin said that if they had Sheridan killed, another would just arise to take his place. So Garibaldi must have been the one the Shadows foresaw as taking Sheridan’s place.Subj: Re:Garibaldi
Date: 11/3/96 10:17:37 PM
From: LynnRAllen
Posted on: America Online

<<In the Lurkers Guide, you are quoted as saying:

“There was a very specific reason why Garibaldi was picked up, and there’s a suggestion of it in what Justin says at one point to Sheridan.”

Justin said that if they had Sheridan killed, another would just arise to take his place. So Garibaldi must have been the one the Shadows foresaw as taking Sheridan’s place.>>

Or it could have been Justin’s reference to taking away Sheridan’s “support system” if he didn’t cooperate. I thought at first they meant all of B5, but it could have been Michael Garibaldi. Subj: JMS in drag, confirmed
Date: 11/3/96 11:44:34 PM
From: Mogwynn
Posted on: America Online

I had breakfast with Michael O’Hare this morning and asked him if he was putting us on about JMS writing in the middle of the night dressed completely in drag. He confirmed that it is true. He said that “Joe dresses entirely in drag except for his nails so that he can type.” Michael never cracked a smile. He swears that its true. He said “Joe is the ‘Ru Paul’ of science fiction.” I didn’t believe him at first either, but he insisted that it is true!Subj: Hour of the Wolf
00020000074400026CBA73E,Date: 11/4/96 12:00:48 AM
From: ShePsych
Posted on: America Online

I just saw “Hour of the Wolf,” and wanted to say, it was great. If the season keeps up at this pace, we’re all going to be basket cases by the end of November. Waiting a week is bad enough, but three months?

*Loved* the Morden stage business. You are one seriously warped individual–that’s a compliment. Dare I call your sense of humor “flaky?” Was it just me, or has Morden become somewhat unhinged as a result of “the incident?”

I’m assuming it’s no coincidence that Emporer Cartagia seems to have a great deal more in common with the Roman Emporer Caligula than a three syllable, eight letter name that begins with “Ca,” has a “g” in the middle, and ends with “a.”

PJSubj: Delenn’s transformation
Date: 11/4/96 12:12:29 AM
From: ShePsych
Posted on: America Online

Sometime last summer, unless I was hallucinating, I saw a post in which you responded to someone who asked whether Sheridan was the reason for Delenn’s transformation. IIRC, your answer was something to the effect that it was about 50% of the reason.

At about the same time, someone also asked whether Delenn’s relationship with Sheridan was part of the prophesy, and I recall your answer as “It is now.”

The issue recently came up in a John/Delenn e-mail forum, and I couldn’t find either post in my archives. I don’t know which service they were on–they were part of a compilation of your posts that I get through e-mail.

Was I imagining things? I know you couldn’t possibly recall the tiny details of every one of the thousands of posts you must make, but do these comments sound at all familiar, or at least, not inconsistent with something you might have said?

PJSubj: Re:gorilla or drag??
Date: 11/4/96 2:23:31 AM
From: Sheridan98
Posted on: America Online
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JMS — Ya know how before you were accosted by bears at every turn? Wellllll, I foresee a strange collection of high-heels and faux-fur outfits in your future…. (heheheheheheh) … You might have been better off (depending on your home security system) to have answered that you write in the buff … besides that would have kept some folk’s fantasies rolling.

snicker snicker — thanks for the great entertainment — THE SHOW, I really mean the show!!!!
Gina.
Subj: Re:Lack of oxygen
Date: 11/4/96 2:55:36 AM
From: Arion214
Posted on: America Online

I am here to tell you that a person CAN watch a 60min show without once taking a breath…
if that show is B5 and Z’ha’dum. But…no..I do not believe those characters are GONE so am keeping my fingers crossed until next week….which makes it durn difficult to type <G>..
Thanks for pouring your heart and soul into your writing..it shows.
~Arion Subj: 2262?
Date: 11/4/96 4:11:10 AM
From: Hepcon
Posted on: America Online

Dear JMS,

Maybe it’s coincidence, but if B5 ends in the year 2262, that’s one year before Kirk becomes captain of the Enterprise (according to the official Paramount chronology). It’d be a delightful tip of the hat if, say, a character in the final season mentioned “rumors that Jim fella’s getting promoted to captain next year” or something like that. Just a thought.

(You’ve certainly done other inside jokes. Was calling Sheridan a “Nexus” a conscious reference to one of Harlan’s–and my own–favorite comic books, by the way?)

Yours,

hepconSubj: Reality intrusion??
Date: 11/4/96 5:26:34 AM
From: Badinov
Posted on: America Online

JMS;

Are the wedding pictures in Sheridan’s quarters of Bruce and Melissa’s wedding, or were they shot for the episode? The tux looked a little retro for a wedding in 225x.
Badinov
(a little sensitzed to the issue, having just sat through the wedding album process myself)Subj: What about B4?
0002000007A400027BB779E,Date: 11/4/96 5:38:28 AM
From: Lord VJAC
Posted on: America Online

To Mr. JMS
RE: B4

Most die-hard B5 fans know that Babylon 4 was transported back in time in WWE(II). It was revealed in the episode that the minbari had lost there own Starbase and needed a replacement – B4. Question – What happenned to B4 after it was used to help win the (first?) shadow war? Is it still in Mimbari Space? Or did they destroy it so the time line wouldn’t be screwed up? Or was it just destroyed in a later war? Just Curious. Thanks.
Lord VJACSubj: Re:What about B4?
Date: 11/4/96 7:16:12 AM
From: BKnight255
Posted on: America Online

There was a note in the Lurker’s Guide to the effect that Babylon 4 survived to the end of the Shadow War, but not much after that — probably got beat up so bad that it was unsalvageable after the war, held together with spit, pins, and prayers, so there wasn’t much point of repairing it…Subj: 10000 letters…
Date: 11/4/96 7:27:53 AM
From: MassPHIL
Posted on: America Online

JMS,
Since you have obviously been putting a lot of absolutely wonderful stuff into this show (I love it!), do you have the real name of the Shadows written (or more likely typed) anywhere? I would really love to see it.
Great work, the show is briliant! Keep up the terrific work!

PhilSubj: Re:Z’ha’dum questions
Date: 11/4/96 7:34:28 AM
From: MassPHIL
Posted on: America Online

Here’s a question I know you won’t answer, but I thought I should post it anyway, just so it would stop nagging at me:
SPOILER SPACE (MAYBE)

 

 

 
When Sheridan became unstuck in time, he ended up in the cell with Delenn. Now, does this mean that he is not dead after ZHD. Delenn didn’t act as if he had been dead in their cell scene. Since, in ZHD, it was said that the future could not be changed, this would mean that he did survive some how, right?Subj: Re:JMS in drag
Date: 11/4/96 9:23:40 AM
0002000007F3000283557ED,From: Woogazoid
Posted on: America Online

From: LurkerAtB5

From: jmsatb5
>>Michael was having you on.

>>I wear a large gorilla suit.

>>jms

>I thought it was an encounter suit. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

No, I wear the encounter suit. It’s to protect me from the gorilla jms will turn into if someone ever starts posting story ideas! (which, by the way, I actually stopped myself from doing in this very message. I’ll try not to talk about it until after season 5 has been shot, but it’s *hard* because of how excited I am! Yipes! Better beat it quick!)

The (running from the Narn Bat Squad) Woogazoid (*thud*)NO CARRIERSubj: Z’HA’DUM
Date: 11/4/96 3:06:38 PM
From: CELT56
Posted on: America Online

JMS: Z’HA’DUM-outta sight. Celt56Subj: Re:Z’HA’DUM
Date: 11/4/96 6:49:06 PM
From: Pinget
Posted on: America Online

I, too, had read the spoiler stuff in the lurker page, yet it did not in any way diminish my enjoyment of the show. Luckliy, here in DC we get to watch the show twice a week and I *needed* to watch Z’ha’dum twice to catch everything! What a great show!

Thanks so much for B5 – one of the few things on TV worth watching!!!Subj: Re:What about B4?
Date: 11/4/96 10:41:35 PM
From: MacManJWS
Posted on: America Online

<<There was a note in the Lurker’s Guide to the effect that Babylon 4 survived to the end of the Shadow War, but not much after that — probably got beat up so bad that it was unsalvageable after the war, held together with spit, pins, and prayers, so there wasn’t much point of repairing it…>>

Which means there is a possibility that there’s some 1000-year-old pieces of Babylon 4 somewhere on Minbar, perhaps? Joe, what’s your take on that?

MackerSubj: Re:Shadow Dancing/Za ha Dum
Date: 11/4/96 11:46:18 PM
From: PICABALALA
Posted on: America Online

I had a lengthly discussion in the cafe regarding the same. If I were Delenn, It would seem the deja-vous would be sounding alarms. Oh no- Anna’s coming- RUN….jms?Subj: WWE – time change
00020000085400028B4284E,Date: 11/5/96 12:08:26 AM
From: Geann
Posted on: America Online

We know where he went in the first time change. Where did he go in the second. He passed out when he came back. Will we will find out? What else does he know?Subj: Re:JMS in drag
Date: 11/5/96 12:17:57 AM
From: MONGOOSEPC
Posted on: America Online

Mongoose went to Starcon Atlanta, too. Michael O’Hare is a jerk.
I call ’em as I see ’em.Subj: Kudos and more….
Date: 11/5/96 12:24:38 AM
From: Justine765
Posted on: America Online

Thanks, Joe (and Pigdog, too) for another fine climatic show this season. I
like the fact that we were treated to a fabulous, intricate episode that will
be followed by the season opener this coming week! No waiting! I’ve also
just read here in this folder that Joe is once again writing all of the new
season’s episodes – bloody amazing! What a wonderful creative machine you
are!

On another note of interest, after watching the first two episodes of the NBC
show “Dark Skies” I left a post on their online area that expressed my dismay
at the silly turn it was taking and wished the creators better luck next go
’round. Imagine my surprise when one of the creators emailed me and we went
back and forth with a few emails discussing the show. Among other things, I
told him that for me “Dark Skies” just didn’t seem to possess a distinct
vision, such as the vision of Chris Carter’s X-Files or JMS’s Babylon 5, in
order for the series to survive, much less develop a sizeable following.

He, of course, disagreed and said from all he had heard from “monster” fans they
were “upset” with X-Files for not portraying “monsters” correctly (I almost
laughed myself silly when I read this…..), and that he personally could not
stand Bab5 because it was so “pretentious.”

My response to this email was along the lines of “Monster fans upset with
X-Files? Why? Because they didn’t like the way Sewer Man was portrayed –
since there were so many DOCUMENTED cases of Sewer Man sightings?” As for Bab5 and JMS, I told the guy to get back to me when he had written an entire
0002000007D5000293907CF,SEASON of successful episodes, not to mention innumerable episodes from
previous seasons of the SAME successful series.

He emailed me back with demographic info as to who watched his show (men, 18
to 49, he claimed) and I emailed back “what a missed opportunity to get
someone like me to watch, a female over the age of 40.”

The point is: conceiving, writing and producing a show as creative and as
successful as Bab5 (or X-Files) is NOT easy, and while there may be many
pretenders to the throne of adult sci-fi, there is only one king and that is
J. Michael Straczynski.

By the way, “Dark Skies” is bombing in the ratings. Let’s hear it for that “pretentious” show, Bab5 – renewed for another season!Subj: Delenn and G’Kar: Choices
Date: 11/5/96 1:01:44 AM
From: JoanClare
Posted on: America Online

This goes back a few episodes, to The Rock Cried Out.., but I just cannot get that scene of Refa’s death out of my head. I`ve watched it over and over and it still gives me chills – especially G`Kar`s expression as he watches.

In thinking about the show, I keep coming back to G`Kar`s choice to go along with Londo`s plan and Delenn`s response to Sebastion in Comes the Inquisitor. It may be my imagination, but I think there`s a very interesting juxtaposition there.

In Rock, I assume that G`Kar decided to cooperate with Londo in order to free 2000 Narn and, probably, to take a just revenge on someone who had killed so many of his people. Since G`Kar is the last remaining member of the Narn government, you could even argue that his ordering and overseeing Refa`s execution was legal. He had much to gain, much to justify him and all he had to do was take one life. In Comes the Inquisitor, Delenn only had to be willing to sacrifice herself to save one life. What did she say? `One life or a billion, it`s all the same.` It`s not that I think G`Kar made the wrong choice (although he certainly looked sinister enough as he turned and walked away), but still …
00020000085400029B5F84E,
Damn, can`t stop thinking about this. Guess you did your job right. (sorry about the weird apostrophe – keyboard did`t react well to that coffee.)Subj: Check out Newsweek
Date: 11/5/96 1:03:50 AM
From: JoanClare
Posted on: America Online

Little blurb on page 8 in periscope section – complete with picture. Think that`s the first time I`ve seen B5 mentioned in mainstream, non-Industry press.Subj: Drag/Buff/Gorilla Suit
Date: 11/5/96 2:49:25 AM
From: TheLadyT
Posted on: America Online

In response to Sheridan98: Gina, Gina, Gina…. Obviously your fantasy life lacks panache. Everyone *knows* that a gorilla suit, like an encounter suit, leaves much to the imagination. It also conjurs up images from LA Law of a certain gorilla-suited defense attourney sweeping a certain prosecuting attourney off her feet. My, JMS, you *are* a romantic.

Still giggling at the image of The Great Maker in drag,
The Lady T Rides On….

PS What’s so hard about typing with long nails? I can’t type *without* mine.Subj: Re:Check out Newsweek
Date: 11/5/96 3:02:38 AM
From: Badinov
Posted on: America Online

All credits to newsweek:

Poor “Star Trek.” its stars can’t return fan e-mail for fear of lawsuits. And now the show that’s begun overtaking it in the hearts and minds of countless space-adventure devotees has become the TV drama of choice at NASA. That’s right. When they’re not testing rockets or planning trips to Mars, dozens of engineers and mathematicians are huddled around the water cooler talking about “Babylon 5″–the Warner Bros. show that’s now going into its fourth season. Why the throng? For starters, “B-5″ stars return e-mail. Also, says Louise Kleba, an engineer at NASA’s astronaut office: “Everything they’ve done in that program is doable, and we’d like to be doing it.” (Their meeting system: send out a memo to a private mail list as a CODE 7R–just like on “B-5″–and the fans come running.) Now they’ve asked stars Bruce Boxleitner and Jerry Doyle to be VIP guests at the Nov. 8 space-shuttle launch at Kennedy Space Center. And it looks like they’ll come.
0002000007B60002A3AD7B0,11/11/96 Periscope/Out ThereSubj: Re:Hour of the Wolf
Date: 11/5/96 3:39:31 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Yeah, I like the weird stuff…and it gets weirder the deeper you go.

jms
Subj: Re:JMS in drag, confirmed
Date: 11/5/96 3:39:52 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

sigh…Michael can do many things with a straight face. He’s kidding.

jms
Subj: Re:Reality intrusion??
Date: 11/5/96 3:41:05 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Yes, those are the actual wedding photos.

jms
Subj: Re:2262?
Date: 11/5/96 3:42:16 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

“Maybe it’s coincidence, but if B5 ends in the year 2262, that’s one year before Kirk becomes captain of the Enterprise (according to the official Paramount chronology). It’d be a delightful tip of the hat if, say, a character in the final season mentioned “rumors that Jim fella’s getting promoted to captain next year” or something like that. Just a thought.”

Most amusing.

Come here.

For that I keel you slow.

(And Nexus was a word long before it was a comic book)

jms
Subj: Re:10000 letters…
Date: 11/5/96 3:42:52 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Yes, I have the name, but every time I try to upload it, the screen goes black….

jms
Subj: Re:Kudos and more….
Date: 11/5/96 3:44:58 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Justine:

Bless your dark little heart…..(smile)

jms
Subj: Re:stories
Date: 11/5/96 4:22:25 AM
From: MBARNES959
Posted on: America Online

JMS,

As prolific as you are, you must have stories other than B5 eps that sneak into your head and scream “WRITE ME! WRITE ME!” (I have stories in my head that yell BITE ME!-but that’s just me). So what do you do with these stories and how do you stay so focused on writing all these great B5 eps?
Big MikeSubj: Re:Kudos and more….
Date: 11/5/96 4:33:05 AM
From: DTuloJr
00020000087F0002AB5D879,Posted on: America Online

‘ya know, I’d understand if FBI fans were claiming that incorrect procedures were being used, but “monster” fans complaining? Oh, please, that producer (and if indeed they exist, those “monster fans”) needs a new line of work if he thinks that Dark Skies is being done up to X-Files quality, let alone the “pretentious” Babylon 5.

Where’s that producer!? WHERE’S THAT PRODUCER!? Lemme at’em! Insult the ONLY decent Science-Fiction series to come along since Battlestar Galactica (1980 never happened), will he! Grrrrr… Where’s my Starfury (Jolly Roger markings)!? Where’s my PPG rifle!?

DavidSubj: Yet more “Z’ha’dum” kudos…
Date: 11/5/96 5:56:36 AM
From: DocForce
Posted on: America Online

Yowwwwsa! Far and away the best hour of “B5″ yet! Not a single wrong note in the whole ep! Perfect tone, suspense, everything…Best work I’ve ever seen from Boxleitner…even Melissa G. was spot-on…incredible! Every break for commercial left me gasping “No f—ing way!” in disbelief. Awe-inspiring…Huzzahs! for JMS and everyone else involved. You outdid yourselves this time, guys!

JeffSubj: Hey, JMS!
Date: 11/5/96 7:07:18 AM
From: MythoPhile
Posted on: America Online

Why didn’t Sheridan just try a telepath on Anna? If she refuses, she alerts suspicion. Was she prepared against this eventuality and if so does that mean the Shadows can already not only jam telepaths but actually fool them a la Bester in “A Race Through Dark Places”? But if it were that easy, they could do that with all their non-telepathic ship-humans and wouldn’t need psi-corp rejects. I’m confused…Subj: Re:Yet more “Z’ha’dum” kudos
Date: 11/5/96 8:04:29 AM
From: DTuloJr
Posted on: America Online

Great Maker,

I must say that Z’ha’dum was by far the best *acted* episode to date. Bruce was at his peak in that episode and illustrated every reason I was delighted that you chose him to helm B5. I have been a large fan of his since Tron. And Mira– well, I must say that she’s just more impressive all the time. And well, Claudia– what can I say? Claudia is just Claudia; AWESOME.
0002000007C90002B3D67C3, I really feel awful for her; first she loses her father, then Talia (ahem?), then Sheriden (a friend and mentor, it seems), and Garibaldi (a good friend) too. I hope, like the great Russian legend, that she rises out of the fire she feels she has fallen into.
And I must say that I was likewise impressed with Melissa Gilbert’s acting. As she speaks lines during especially emotional scenes, she sort of shakes her head and stiffens her neck. Unfortunately, from past experience, this is a trait I have observed when people are trying, VERY HARD, to lie, but in this case, I feel it added more to the villiness character. Thoughts?

David R. Tulo Jr.Subj: Re:stories
Date: 11/5/96 8:32:48 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

“As prolific as you are, you must have stories other than B5 eps that sneak into your head and scream “WRITE ME! WRITE ME!” (I have stories in my head that yell BITE ME!-but that’s just me). So what do you do with these stories and how do you stay so focused on writing all these great B5 eps?”

I write them.

I’m currently writing:

a bunch of short stories I plan to put into an anthology, maybe try to sell; two spec screenplays for films I’d like to see made; several treatments for other series including a possible B5 sequel; some work on a nonfiction book, and I just had the new edition of my writing book come out.

I write. It’s what I do.

jms
Subj: Re:stories
Date: 11/5/96 8:38:44 AM
From: Justine765
Posted on: America Online

>>>I write. It’s what I do.<<<<

And wonderfully, I might add. Your energy and constancy to purpose continues to amaze and delight me… and everyone else. Joe, now we know why we never see you on the talk show circuit – way, way, way too busy. But just once I’d like to see you sit down with someone like Tom Snyder, late at night, just like Harlan does now and then. How ’bout it? And if you do, please let us all know ahead of time!Subj: Re:Kudos and more….
0002000007D00002BB997CA,Date: 11/5/96 8:50:39 AM
From: Justine765
Posted on: America Online

>>>Where’s that producer!? WHERE’S THAT PRODUCER!? Lemme at’em!<<<<
Dave, the co-creator of Dark Skies is online here at AOL in another area that caters to this kind of thing, but I’m not encouraging anyone to box his ears for his private comments to me about Bab5 – which I naughtily have now broadcasted to all BabFivers. I just thought his comments were a bit disingenuous since his product is so obviously inferior to both Bab5 and X-Files – he didn’t make much sense to me, but I guess the only way he could defend his show was to trash two very successful series. Sniff, sniff – I’m sure it was jealously speaking, and he should learn from the masters, not knock them, as I’m sure you would agree. Them that can, do; them that can’t, produce silly wannabes like “Dark Skies.”

Long live Bab5. Subj: Hour of the Wolf
Date: 11/5/96 9:02:58 AM
From: AmberH
Posted on: America Online

Jms–

Not a question — just a chance to rave about “Hour of the Wolf”–

And so it begins — I caught HotW tonight and all I can say is *wow*! Without giving anything away to ppl who don’t want to be spoiled, I can honestly say this is the *strongest* season opener ever! Great acting, incredible script and even more intrigue and stuff to think about than ever. (Can’t say anything about the f/x yet since I saw on a b/w tv on a UHF station — won’t get the “real” broadcast until Saturday) Also *loved* the newest opening credits and the opening/closing music — just gorgeous stuff.

Unbelievable—if this is the *first* episode, I can’t wait to see how the rest of the season turns out!

 

PS My, Kosh 2 is becoming quite a jerk — and when do we get to see a Horse arrive in the Centaurum as a senator? :-)Subj: Re:10000 letters…
Date: 11/5/96 9:39:48 AM
From: ProfsrFate
Posted on: America Online

The name wouldn’t start “Ash nazg durbatuluk, ash nazg gimbatul…” would it?
0002000008D70002C3638D1,
oops, the sun just darkened……

never mind…….

…..a Lord of the Rings joke.

Eric

Subj: Z’Ha’Question & Kudos
Date: 11/5/96 9:47:14 AM
From: ProfsrFate
Posted on: America Online

Good episode – double/double cliffhanger!

Very good work by Bruce B. – the more I see of his work on the show, the more I think he’s doing a very good job!

Spoiler space….. JMS —- Question below
A bit more spoiler space…

 

Question: Did anything get cut from the show explaining why the usual swarm of alien escort ships WEREN’T around the station when the Shadows showed up?Subj: JMS: Na’toth Questions
Date: 11/5/96 12:26:23 PM
From: Matmilam
Posted on: America Online

Here’s the two messages i posted earlier:

JMS:

Will Na’Toth ever return???

It seemed werid her suddenly disappearing.

Matmlam
Subj: Fan mail (of sorts) to JMS
Date: 11/5/96 2:59:27 PM
From: PredatorJi
Posted on: America Online

JMS:
I’ve never been a science fiction “fan” (although I’ve had professional interests in it). Most of the crap that gets passed off as “science fiction” is, to me, substandard fare, with little or no redeeming value. I grew up reading a LOT of science fiction and I can count on the fingers of both hands the number of books that I really and truly love. Film and television science fiction …well, maybe I can count on one hand the truly good examples. I despised “Star Trek” (I watched it, but the characters really annoyed me…and the stories, with maybe one or two notable exceptions were truly awful).
Which is why, with no little trepidation, I have to commend you for your series “Babylon 5″. This may be one of the examples of truly GOOD science fiction that has ever hit the tube. Episodic TV is the pits…its limitations are endless, and the TV landscape is littered with the rotting corpses of shows of promise that were killed off by the format or the insistence of catering to the “wad”.
The best thing about B5 is the fact that you have maintained the concept of the “Big Universe”….face it, ha;f the appeal of the series is the level of mystery you have maintained re: the older alien races. I don’t require that everything be explained…that’s where a truly good show engages one’s imagination.
0002000007B60002CC347B0,Sure I got problems with “B5″…but it is the ONLY television show that I make sure to watch, come hell or high water. And I am really looking forward to forthcoming episodes.
Thanks.

Jim.Subj: The Philly Problem
Date: 11/5/96 4:46:31 PM
From: AmberH
Posted on: America Online

jms —

I know you’ve said repeatedly that there is very little you can do for the situation down there but is there *anyone* at WB people in Philadelphia can call/write/fax to pursuade to work a little harder in getting a new B5 station ASAP. It just seems like they’re all getting the runaround big time from the suits at the teevee stations. Perhaps some pressure by Philly viewers on the PTB at Warner Bros. might work better?Subj: Broadcasting in letterbox
Date: 11/5/96 5:23:02 PM
From: Miles1005
Posted on: America Online

Joe,

After watching the opening sequence to Hour Of The Wolf, I was impressed by the letterbox format, especially the scenes from Severed Dreams. I realize that all the openings have been in widescreen, but seeing those scenes from SD made me wonder how much more the effect would have lent itself to the episode. Is there a possibility of showing an episode in letterbox? Oh, by the way, Hour Of The Wolf was great! Thanks Joe.

Miles Subj: Re:Broadcasting in letterbox
Date: 11/5/96 6:27:09 PM
From: AnnieWheel
Posted on: America Online

Took a while to get use to seeing letterbox..but after the eyes adjusted it is better.

But as for the last episodes…….GREAT!

Bruce’s acting was great….I really felt for him…all the conflicting emotions tearing at
him….especially wanting it to be Anna and not wanting it to be Anna……..

Question…….What was behind door #1 at Z’ha’dum (was that where the shadow that
came after Sheridan was staying)?

I can’t get Claudia’s expressions at the end of the show out of the back of my mind.
The response to Garibaldi’s disappearance was so subtle but telling……
0002000007F30002D3E47ED,
And if Sheridan and Delenn could have a relationship during the war….why not Garibaldi?
But I suspect I know the answer……..

Got a copy of your book in Delaware last week and read it the same day.
Pick up enough tips in first reading to almost (but not quite) completely rewrite
something I was working on. Thanks for the reference to Crusader Rabbit……
FInally, a conformation to my son that the show was real….not his mother’s
imagination.

But it is a little frightening when you are writing and the characters start to go
off on their way….should I let them…..? At this point, I am letting them go….
one character even eliminated the need for another character……..

As always,
Annie
Subj: Re:Check out Newsweek
Date: 11/5/96 8:54:48 PM
From: CAMButcher
Posted on: America Online

re:NASA watches B5 << Now they’ve asked stars Bruce Boxleitner and Jerry Doyle to be VIP guests at the Nov. 8 space-shuttle launch at Kennedy Space Center. And it looks like they’ll come.>>

Hey, as much as we like these guys, they are the *Actors*. What about Joe?? He’s the one who writes all of this do-able stuff.

Joe, were *you* invited to the space-shuttle launch?

Carol
Subj: Re:JMS in drag, confirmed
Date: 11/5/96 9:20:48 PM
From: LynnRAllen
Posted on: America Online

<<I had breakfast with Michael O’Hare this morning and asked him if he was putting us on about JMS writing in the middle of the night dressed completely in drag. He confirmed that it is true. He said that “Joe dresses entirely in drag except for his nails so that he can type.” Michael never cracked a smile. He swears that its true. He said “Joe is the ‘Ru Paul’ of science fiction.” I didn’t believe him at first either, but he insisted that it is true!>>

Let’s not start some stupid gossip mill here, you guys. What an inane rumor to spread. Even if, in the unlikely chance it were true (and Joe denies it…), who flipping cares? The man is a hard-working, creative genius. Leave him alone to do his work!
000200000BFA0002DBD1BF4,
Rolling my eyes in amazement at the posting,
Lynn R AllenSubj: shadow scene question????
Date: 11/5/96 9:51:28 PM
From: EPSILON 3
Posted on: America Online

Possible spoiler warning for z’ha’dum

 

 

 

 
JMS,

When anna was asking john to come back inside when he was on the ledge were the Shadows behind her have the intention of killing the Captian??

Epsilon 3Subj: Two questions
Date: 11/5/96 10:13:13 PM
From: SchnellJan
Posted on: America Online

Dear Great Maker:

Questions #1: You noted somewhere that you had seen a TV Guide promo for one of the episodes (Possibly #402?) and that it was a major spoiler so we shouldn’t look. Naturally, the word spoiler instantly sent me running for the new edition of TV Guide. I didn’t see the ad. In which edition did you say it would be published? There was a big ad last week, but I didn’t see anything that remotely screamed “spoiler”. Did I miss it?

Question #2: I have a philosopy paper to write and I am interested in your depiction of the future as seen in Babylon 5. Does the show reflect your personal philosophy and how would you ‘classify’ your view?

Thanks for a show that makes me want to stay in on Friday nights! I’ve been a Boxleitner fan for a long time and I really like the way you have developed the character of Sheridan.

Janice Subj: Re:stories
Date: 11/5/96 10:26:16 PM
From: MBARNES959
Posted on: America Online

jms,

Ah, reck’n I assumed you were too busy with B5 to do too much of anything else (although I did know you were putting out the scriptwriting book). That’s why I was wondering.Subj: Re:Z’Ha’Dum
Date: 11/5/96 10:35:54 PM
From: RDY3
Posted on: America Online

Date: 11/05/96 1705 hrs EST
From: RDY3

Dear JMS,
As a rule, my wife and I work many long hours and don’t enjoy much TV time. However; we are both fanatical fans of your show, and watch each episode with great interest. We have endured multiple scheduling changes, pre-emptions, and the like from our station in Charleston, S.C. (WTAT-Fox24). I have resisted the urge to complain with the station; feeling that, with time (and ratings), these problems would cease. I still expect this result. With all that being said, I would like to ask that you decide NOT to eliminate Sheridan as your critical character. Although I do not believe you will kill him off anyway, it makes sense to me to ask in any case. Quite a bit of time was spent in the formulation of a romantic association between Sheridan & Delenn; perhaps this was your way of showing us the frailty of life…I do not know. He is also referred to as; “the One who will be” (e.g., WWE pt 2); so I hope this precludes his departure from the storyline. My question regarding “Z’ha’dum is; was the voice that Sheridan heard for him to jump his own, Kosh’s, or someone else (spoilerville) ? Let me finish by saying that you are a master storyteller, and that I hope to continue watching your program as long as you wish to make it. (despite the lack of a cohesive schedule from our station).
00020000063F0002E7C5639,Ardent fans…

Dayne & Linda Yates
aka RDY3 & SIMPLYY3

P.S., How can I get selected episodes from previous seasons? Thank you for your time and response.Subj: Re:The Philly Problem
Date: 11/6/96 1:33:01 AM
From: FalcnFire5
Posted on: America Online

Amber,

The real tradegy is that we don’t have to suffer here if PTEN/WB would be realistic! Channel 48 has said that they will take B5, but WB is playing games with them. 48 Has been very clear that they have made an offer, but they get the distinct impression that the WB region manager has another station in mind. So that dumb jerk will get a feather in his cap for getting a couple of extra grand, while we miss some of the best episodes ever.

JMS does not need to lean on the Philly stations, he needs to scream at the WB regional manager!Subj: The Election
Date: 11/6/96 2:25:57 AM
From: MacManJWS
Posted on: America Online

Well Joe…at least President Clark’s party didn’t win! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

MackerSubj: Re:10000 letters…
Date: 11/6/96 3:12:09 AM
From: SarahACnnr
Posted on: America Online

Eric…no one has ever dared speak words of that tongue here…Subj: Re:JMS: TV Zone WWE Special
Date: 11/6/96 5:00:36 AM
From: Sudibelle
Posted on: America Online

Anybody know the address to subscribe to TV Zone? It seems to always have wonderful B5 stuff in it, but I can’t find it anywhere. Thanks.

And, JMS, it’s great to see all the publicity right now for the show: TV Guide, Newsweek, Broadcast & Cable, etc. Finally a thank you to WB for publicity. I’m so glad the word is getting out.
0002000007800002EDFE77A,
SusanSubj: Re:The Philly Problem
Date: 11/6/96 5:20:19 AM
From: AmberH
Posted on: America Online

Falcon fire, if you read my msg, that’s exactly what I was asking jms about — who at *Warner Brothers* can we bitch and moan to about the problem since all the suits at the various and sundry stations are either giving or receiving the runaround. jms has said that he has no control over WB and he hasn’t got any input with the Philly stations. So, the next step seems to be who the heck do *we* talk to at Warner Bros. to get things moving?Subj: Re:Z’Ha’Question & Kudos
Date: 11/6/96 5:53:00 AM
From: MassPHIL
Posted on: America Online

Question: Did anything get cut from the show explaining why the usual swarm of alien escort ships WEREN’T around the station when the Shadows showed up?
-ProfsrFate

Perhaps that was one of the things Garibaldi was asked to take care of, so that no one would notice the captain’s disappearance, not to mention that of the White Star?Subj: JMS’s responses
Date: 11/6/96 6:53:13 AM
From: BGamb16521
Posted on: America Online

Just a thought
JMS seems to (rightly) answer only those question which do not deal directly with the plot. It would seem odd in the first place to give info that either was not in an episode or has not yet appeared…Subj: Re:The Election
Date: 11/6/96 9:03:43 AM
From: DTuloJr
Posted on: America Online

<<Well Joe…at least President Clark’s party didn’t win! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ;)>>

Don’t be too sure about that. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ‘Ya never know when somebody like “Clark” will pop up.

David R. Tulo Jr.Subj: JMS has a keeper
Date: 11/6/96 9:34:33 AM
From: TheDeepOne
Posted on: America Online

>>>JMS seems to (rightly) answer only those question which do not deal directly with the plot. It >>would seem odd in the first place to give info that either was not in an episode or has not yet >>appeared…
0002000007140002F57870E,
My theory is that the shadows have taken over Warner Brothers and given JMS one of those grody keeper things on his neck to keep him from spilling the beans. Remember, JMS… they can’t hold their liquor!!!

-TheDeepOneSubj: Re:Fan mail (of sorts) to JM
Date: 11/6/96 10:51:35 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Thanks…the wonder and mystery of it all is what appeals to me as well.

jms
Subj: Re:Check out Newsweek
Date: 11/6/96 10:52:18 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

“Joe, were *you* invited to the space-shuttle launch?”

It’s at a time when I have to be home, writing.

jms
Subj: Re:Two questions
Date: 11/6/96 10:54:28 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

“Questions #1: You noted somewhere that you had seen a TV Guide promo for one of the episodes (Possibly #402?) and that it was a major spoiler so we shouldn’t look. Naturally, the word spoiler instantly sent me running for the new edition of TV Guide. I didn’t see the ad. In which edition did you say it would be published? There was a big ad last week, but I didn’t see anything that remotely screamed “spoiler”. Did I miss it?”

Purchasing local ads is determined by local stations; not all of them buy ads consistently. But for those who do…watch out for that ad.

“Question #2: I have a philosopy paper to write and I am interested in your depiction of the future as seen in Babylon 5. Does the show reflect your personal philosophy and how would you ‘classify’ your view?”

Only in that my sense is that we don’t change much over the course of 200+ years. I try to use the show to link our past, present and future, and point to it as achievable.

jms
Subj: Re:The Election
Date: 11/6/96 2:00:53 PM
From: StarFuryD4
Posted on: America Online
0002000007600002FC8675A,
Well, don’t be too sure of that.

Let’s see,…
Clarke is a smooth talker with dubious connections…
Our President,…
Clarke seeks to undermine the current form of government…
Our President,…
Clarke spends much time covering up his *real* intentions…
Our President,…
Clarke has created Gvmt. agencies/groups to insure “ideological purity”…
Our President,…
Clarke is not the kind of man you would want your daughter to marry (or date)… Our President,…
Clarke believes himself to be in control of the forces he is in league with…
Our President,…
Clarke believes himself on high moral ground while he brings the ruin of earth…
Our President,…

I don’t know, looks too close to call.Subj: a querry about a comment
Date: 11/6/96 5:18:16 PM
From: Tryel Sana
Posted on: America Online

There has been something bothering me about Anna’s “new personality” comment. And I’m just wondering if similar circumstances could be applied to Marcus.
I get the feeling that there are 2 people running around in his head. The first of course is the Ranger Marcus Cole, The second who we see very little of but is still there is Marcus before the conflict began. Or am I just out in left field.
TryelSubj: Way Cool!
Date: 11/6/96 5:29:25 PM
From: Ceemck
Posted on: America Online

To JMS —

The words to describe how I felt watching Z’ha’dum are, are, . . . just not coming to mind. I was TOTALLY blown away. FANTASTIC show!!!

And I’m still holding my breath.

Also, I don’t care how you dress/undress when you write — JUST KEEP WRITING!

CeciliaSubj: TV Guide ad
000200000896000303E0890,Date: 11/6/96 7:21:42 PM
From: Archer C1
Posted on: America Online

I saw the “…Mr. Garibaldi” ad in next weeks TV guide and I didn’t think it was much of a spoiler at all. It didn’t give away anything that was really critical to the plot (ie, how the character got into that particlar situation and how he/she gets out of it). I mean they have to show SOMETHING in the add, and that was, at least, an eye-catching image…Subj: Re:10000 letters
Date: 11/6/96 9:03:00 PM
From: DQuixotic
Posted on: America Online

The Shadows real name: Shadow-shadow-bo-badow,banana-fanna-fo-fadow… [and so on…]Subj: A REAL question this time
Date: 11/6/96 9:06:38 PM
From: DQuixotic
Posted on: America Online

Joe: Let me just add my thanks to the throng of B5 fans. You’re putting out the best SF on TV, and that’s from a life-long Trekker (got hooked at 7 years old in 1969).

My question: What ever happened to Larry DiTillio? He’s doing a great job filling in for you in Writer’s Digest (are you ever coming back to that, when B5 ends, natch), but I’m curious why he left the show. He stated once that he “had to leave a job [he] loved” and I’m curious as to why. Also, what’s he doing these days? I haven’t seen his credit anywhere.

Again, thanks and congratulations.Subj: Re:stories
Date: 11/6/96 9:55:08 PM
From: SarahACnnr
Posted on: America Online

<<<But just once I’d like to see you sit down with someone like Tom Snyder, late at night…>>>

or how about on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher?Subj: Re:Check out Newsweek
Date: 11/6/96 11:44:48 PM
From: HFMoon
Posted on: America Online

<<“Joe, were *you* invited to the space-shuttle launch?”

It’s at a time when I have to be home, writing.

jms>>

In other words, it was at any time, Right?Subj: Writer’s Self-Ebullience
Date: 11/7/96 12:28:38 AM
From: Monte01
Posted on: America Online

JMS

God, I hope this isn’t a FAQ, but here goes — As the writer of B5, do you regard any one of your scripts as a favorite, or as particularly “meaningful” to you in some way? If so, could you be so kind to tell us (or at least those of us who don’t know) why?
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Thanks as always….

MonteSubj: to JMS: questions
Date: 11/7/96 12:59:09 AM
From: KScott4674
Posted on: America Online

I have just watched Hour of the wolf, and have to say it was great especially the ending Lorien and (****), not mention any names I think it was a great season opener. Now the questions I have are:

1) Will the Resistance fleet ever come back to B5? Will they help protect it. It seems that they have a critical interest in the safety of Babylon 5

2) How is Delenn going to adjust with Sheridan gone. Politically, she needs his help to keep the alliance alive. Also is she going to hold on to the hope that Sheridan is alive?
( To those who haven’t seen Hour of the Wolf do not read question 3)

3) which episode will sheridan make his comeback to Babylon 5. I think it is in your episode the Summoning, but I am unsure , since garabadli is gone also.

till then B 5 rule the TV.
kenSubj: Re:stories
Date: 11/7/96 3:11:42 AM
From: TheLadyT
Posted on: America Online

<<or how about on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher?>>

Oh yes, JMS–Politically Incorrect!Subj: Re:stories
Date: 11/7/96 5:35:01 AM
From: Bippi Boy
Posted on: America Online

{{{{{<<or how about on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher?>>

Oh yes, JMS–Politically Incorrect!}}}}}}}}

Well, it’s in reruns on ComCen until January, then the program jumps over to ABC. Maybe that’ll give him enough time to plan for it. I fondly remember Mr. Ellison appearing on that fine program, so maybe the two of them could make plans to appear together!Subj: Re:HOTW
Date: 11/7/96 7:42:51 AM
From: Lord VJAC
Posted on: America Online

JMS- Just saw “Hour of the Wolf” Very well done. At points it was so well done, I thought I would die. Just thought I’d share that. Subj: 86 & 99?
Date: 11/8/96 12:26:22 AM
From: CntZero
Posted on: America Online
0002000008BE000313DC8B8,
Are we going to see Don Adams and Barbara Feldon on the show? I mean, now that we know the Shadows are “chaos” agents (or was it K.A.O.S.?), somebody’d better tell the chief…

:-)Subj: Re:86 & 99?
Date: 11/8/96 2:46:26 AM
From: TheLadyT
Posted on: America Online

<< Are we going to see Don Adams and Barbara Feldon on the show? I mean, now that we know the Shadows are “chaos” agents (or was it K.A.O.S.?), somebody’d better tell the chief…>>

(LOL) Sorry, I think the agents of KAOS (Shadows) took the Chief.

Still giggling,
The Lady TSubj: Re:86 & 99?
Date: 11/8/96 3:14:00 AM
From: MacManJWS
Posted on: America Online

<<<< Are we going to see Don Adams and Barbara Feldon on the show? I mean, now that we know the Shadows are “chaos” agents (or was it K.A.O.S.?), somebody’d better tell the chief…>>

(LOL) Sorry, I think the agents of KAOS (Shadows) took the Chief.>>

Uh oh…but 86 BECAME the Chief of Control, so they took him too! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

MackerSubj: Re:86 & 99?
Date: 11/8/96 3:28:52 AM
From: ProfsrFate
Posted on: America Online

“We have the entire Vorlon fleet out there, so don’t try a thing…..”

“Would you believe a squadron of Star Furies?”

“No? Would you believe an old Gemini capsule with a Heathkit home-built laser?”
:-)Subj: Re:stories
Date: 11/8/96 3:48:41 AM
From: Justine765
Posted on: America Online

Oh, yeah! Forgot about Politically Incorrect! At any rate, JMS can see that there are those of us out here thirsting to see him sit down with someone, late at night, and give a chat!Subj: Re:Wolfenstein
Date: 11/8/96 4:47:06 AM
From: MBARNES959
Posted on: America Online

jms,
semi-spoiler space

 

 

 
Just wanted to say that “Hour of the Wolf” was one of the best hours of horror-er, I mean sci fi that I’ve seen. really good stuff. It was like EVERYBODY had the wind knocked out of them. No spring in their steps. No wind in their sails. Like they’re running a marathon and they just hit the wall. Reck’n it all goes back to the Japanese stone garden in the Pilot. One person having such a major effect on everyone around him. Well I’m rambling (and using really bad grammar). Thanks for a great show. Subj: Re:The Election
00020000079100031C9478B,Date: 11/8/96 6:33:53 AM
From: DTuloJr
Posted on: America Online

AND…
Both of their last names begin with a “C”!!!

So… do we have a mysterious connection that we’ve discovered, JMS? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Heheheh

DavidSubj: Re:A REAL question this time
Date: 11/8/96 7:51:07 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Larry’s off doing other shows, with more control, and having more fun, and earning more money, than with B5. I’m utterly pleased and happy for him. He deserves good stuff.

jms
Subj: Re:Writer’s Self-Ebullience
Date: 11/8/96 7:52:23 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

I guess I find or put meaning into all of them. There are always some that are personal favorites, but in general they match what most folks seem to react to. For me, the best one is always the one we just finished…because we’re constantly fighting to get better.

jms
Subj: Hey Joe!
Date: 11/8/96 2:09:39 PM
From: J9Jaguar
Posted on: America Online
I was wondering, I’ve noticed that Stephen Furst will be directing an episode in Season 4, has he directed an episode before? Are other cast members intrested in directing future episodes of B5?

Joe RosasSubj: Re:The Election
Date: 11/8/96 2:19:59 PM
From: StarFuryD4
Posted on: America Online

And yet again,

Clarke was involved in a conspiracy to have someone killed to further his career…
Our President,…

It just keeps going, and going,…Subj: Re:The Election
Date: 11/8/96 6:59:33 PM
From: ZenGEOS
Posted on: America Online

>>Subj: Re:The Election
Date: 96-11-06 09:00:53 EST
From: StarFuryD4
Posted on: America Online

Well, don’t be too sure of that.

Let’s see,…
Clarke is a smooth talker with dubious connections…
Our President,…
Clarke seeks to undermine the current form of government…
00020000078B0003241F785, Our President,…
Clarke spends much time covering up his *real* intentions…
Our President,…
Clarke has created Gvmt. agencies/groups to insure “ideological purity”…
Our President,…
Clarke is not the kind of man you would want your daughter to marry (or date)… Our President,…
Clarke believes himself to be in control of the forces he is in league with…
Our President,…
Clarke believes himself on high moral ground while he brings the ruin of earth…
Our President,…

I don’t know, looks too close to call.<<

Hmm.. It’s nice to post your opinion on the message boards, but REALLY, now, this is no place to post your opinions politically re’s our current president. There are NUMEROUS political boards on and OFF AOL for that. Much of what you post is YOUR opinion and unproven. Perhaps you are right…perhaps wrong…but in any case, I think it this is inappropriate.

Mark-
Subj: Re: Mr. Garibaldi
Date: 11/8/96 7:37:12 PM
From: AnnieWheel
Posted on: America Online

What did Michael do during the Earth-Mimbari War?

Thank you.

As always,

AnnieSubj: Re: stories and more stories
Date: 11/8/96 8:58:32 PM
From: ECHO LIMA
Posted on: America Online

jms –

i’m dating myself here, but i vividly remember watching mr. ellison many, many moons ago on tom snyder’s ‘tomorrow show.’ it was a wild hour, and as i recall, mr. snyder extended an open invitation to mr. ellison to someday – and i quote – ” ‘come back and name names.’ ”

i think it’s been long enough. this group of fans would definitely get into seeing mr. ellison return to snyder’s show. would you be kind enough to suggest it to him some time – provided he hasn’t already made good on that return visit?
0002000007FC00032BA47F6,
many thanks for bringing all of us such a terrific show. it really is the only hour of television entertainment worth watching.Subj: New Opening (semi spoiler)
Date: 11/8/96 10:27:14 PM
From: KBaker1998
Posted on: America Online

jms,

a
b
c
d
e
f
g
h
i
j
k
l
m
n
o
p
q
r
s
t
u
v
w
x
y
z

I really don’t expect an answer, but in the new opening Garibaldi never had a line. So I was wondering if this was forshadowing (no pun inteded) for the future?

Thanks
KBaker1998Subj: Ivanova
Date: 11/9/96 12:21:21 AM
From: Miles1005
Posted on: America Online

Joe,

In “And The Rock Cried Out”, when the minister was talking with Sheridan in the Captain’s office, who, exactly, was the minister referring to when he said that he could tell “she” was in love with Sheridan? Now, along with everyone else, it was pretty clear, at the time, that the reference was to Delenn. But, with the way Ivanova’s been acting since his “death”, I’m beginning to think maybe the good minister was talkin ’bout Susan? Was he?

Miles Subj: Re:The Election
Date: 11/9/96 1:55:40 AM
From: HFMoon
Posted on: America Online

Okay, Dave. It was funny the first time, and the Foster rip was in bad taste. Subj: Re:Hour of the Wolf
Date: 11/9/96 3:07:10 AM
From: CAT21762
Posted on: America Online

This show continues to be the BEST thing to watch every week. My favorite part of this last week’s show was the three strong ladies on the White Star II going to save John S. It is not often that one can see strong women on weekly TV programs and movies. Thank you Michael for writing these types of characters in your series. Since I have taken a year off from teaching, I have a lot of time on my hands and seem to spend much time waiting for Thursday night at 8:00 for my next fix. Thanks, DoloresSubj: Where’s Ta’Lon ???
Date: 11/9/96 4:39:52 AM
From: Kamadeus
Posted on: America Online

Hey where is my second favorite Narn, Ta’Lon?? I would really like to see more of him! The name is cool too! <G>
0002000007AF0003339A7A9,
Pax,
L0NSubj: Re:Hey Joe!
Date: 11/9/96 6:29:19 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

No, this is Stephen’s first directing gig for us. At this point, none of the other cast members have expressed an interest in it.

jms
Subj: Re:New Opening (semi spoiler
Date: 11/9/96 6:33:11 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

“in the new opening Garibaldi never had a line”

Yes he does; “the year is 2261…”

jmsSubj: Re:Ivanova
Date: 11/9/96 7:19:09 AM
From: Woogazoid
Posted on: America Online

>>In “And The Rock Cried Out”, when the minister was talking with Sheridan in the Captain’s office, who, exactly, was the minister referring to when he said that he could tell “she” was in love with Sheridan? Now, along with everyone else, it was pretty clear, at the time, that the reference was to Delenn. But, with the way Ivanova’s been acting since his “death”, I’m beginning to think maybe the good minister was talkin ’bout Susan? Was he?<<

I thought that was reeeeal obvious, even before “Rock.”

The WoogazoidSubj: Re: stories and more stories
Date: 11/9/96 8:19:59 AM
From: Justine765
Posted on: America Online

Echo Lima, I saw that Tomorow show(s) with Ellison, too, way back when. I think he was on several times, but can’t be certain (memory loss on that one!), but I do recall Harlan talking about a traffic incident where he rolled his window up on some guy who came in after him and dragged the guy down the street by his arm. Don’t know if the story was true, but it was CERTAINLY memorable. Talk about your macho man….. But sorry to say you have missed the fairly recent Harlan appearance on Snyder’s CBS incarnation, The Late Show. He was on a few weeks after his heart attack and was in fine Harlan form. So DO look for him there – he’s a Snyder favorite (and ours too!)
Justine ;-)Subj: Spinoffs
Date: 11/9/96 8:52:26 AM
From: Lord VJAC
Posted on: America Online

Mr. S.
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Subj: Spinoffs
Date: 11/9/96 9:08:29 AM
From: Lord VJAC
Posted on: America Online

Sorry, lets try this again

Mr. S.
First let me say that I love the series B5 that you have created. It has in the past, and continues to be one of the finest Sci-Fi programs ever created, in my humble opinion. That is why I write you here. In previous years, Star Trek was regarded as a great achievment (which it is), as was Star Trek :TNG. However as many have pointed out, the Star Trek “Franchise” is running out of steam. The series are often repetitve, and tedious, with little surprise. I do not want this to occur with B5, or any subsequent spinoffs. Thus when I heard you were thinking of doing a spinoff based on the Shadow War of 1000 years ago, I thought it best to speak my mind.

Being a capable, (and frankly, quite a good writer) you probably don’t need to be hearing this from some slack-jawed yokel like myself, but please don’t run B5’s memory into the ground like Star Trek. If you are to do a spinoff, go for something different from B5. With Star Trek, it’s always the same, done from 1 point of view-the feds. If you are to write of the war 1000 years in the past, perphaps take it from the perspective of the Shadows. I know from personal experience that it all depends on which side your on, that usually determines who the villians are.

As an aside, I would personally like to see something that takes place from the perspective of the Narn (whether based on a ship, or whatever) that Overlaps the B5 series currently being done.

In conclusion, well, what can I say, you’ve probably already considered much of what I just wrote already,long ago, but in the event you haven’t ,please do.
In the end, it’s all up to the storyteller as to how the story goes.

– Lord VJACSubj: Michael O’Hare in Atlanta
Date: 11/9/96 11:17:43 AM
From: SGBruckner
Posted on: America Online
0002000008740003431886E,
I can’t believe that so much has been made of Michael’s comments about how Joe writes! I know Michael is very good at doing this with a totally straight face, but can ANYONE really believe this?

I have read some of this stuff to Michael and he particularly loved Joe’s comment about the gorilla suit! But enough already!

Sandy

Subj: Re:The Election
Date: 11/9/96 2:01:04 PM
From: MacManJWS
Posted on: America Online

Gee guys, all I was doing was smirking to Joe something I had heard else where…that Clark was of the REFORM Party…Subj: Re:Hey Joe!
Date: 11/9/96 2:54:19 PM
From: J9Jaguar
Posted on: America Online
Thanks Joe!

Good luck to Stephen, I hope there will be some production photos of “Vir” behind the cameras….what an image! A real “Emperor” for the week!!

Get some sleep!

JRSubj: Re: Questions for JMS
Date: 11/9/96 3:03:03 PM
From: RDCoop
Posted on: America Online

<<Tapes aren’t our choice; it’s WB video which, domestically, doesn’t sully its hands releasing TV shows, only major blockbuster movies.>>

Why can’t Warner get together with Columbia House. They seem to be doing a booming business in recycle old tv shows. I think Columbia House would be perfect for releasing Babylon 5. One could add to their collection every month.

DanSubj: Sparky
Date: 11/9/96 5:43:27 PM
From: K94ever
Posted on: America Online

Dear JMS,

Any chance that “Sparky” managed to save him/it’s self in some far corner of cyberspace? I’ve been a fan of Mr. Ellison for a long time. I enjoyed his character (Sparky, that is!) and would like to see/hear from him again.

K94ever (aka:the Heathen)Subj: Re:Garibaldi
Date: 11/9/96 5:51:16 PM
From: CWheater
Posted on: America Online

>>In the Lurkers Guide, you are quoted as saying:

“There was a very specific reason why Garibaldi was picked up, and there’s a suggestion of it in what Justin says at one point to Sheridan.”

Justin said that if they had Sheridan killed, another would just arise to take his place. So Garibaldi must have been the one the Shadows foresaw as taking Sheridan’s place.<<
0002000007B700034B867B1,
Justin also said that as it was, they would remove Sheridan’s support. I think we heard that originally as meaning they would destroy B5, but in counterpoint to the conversation between JS and MG in which Sheridan says he has come to rely on Garibaldi, I’d venture that Mr. G is the support they’re removing.Subj: Re:Hour of the Wolf
Date: 11/9/96 8:47:09 PM
From: TAPESTRY6
Posted on: America Online

Watching the show that night I remembered the
line from Earthworm Jim ‘O, gee, we got rescued by girls!!!’
And we were laughing too hard, and had to rewind the darn tape :-)
Luckily, though he didn’t hear them, or is he there at all ??
P.S. Bring back my Garibaldi ASAP!Subj: Lorien
Date: 11/9/96 8:58:05 PM
From: Miles1005
Posted on: America Online

JMS,

You’ve mentioned, on another service, that we would finally see what a Vorlon really looks like in season 4. You’ve also said that when we find out who Lorien really is, that we would be surprised. So, my question then is, have you seen that Tribble episode of DS9 and what did you think?

MilesSubj: Spoiler Space
Date: 11/9/96 9:10:34 PM
From: Justine765
Posted on: America Online

Hey, people, please use a spoiler space when talking about the current week’s show (whichever week the current show is showing….) – in my area we don’t get to see the show until the very last day of the current week. I try to run on by those who are discussing the current week, but sometimes it springs out at me with no warning. Thanks in advance.Subj: Re:Garibaldi
Date: 11/9/96 9:18:13 PM
From: METonkin
Posted on: America Online

C Wheater writes:
“There was a very specific reason why Garibaldi was picked up, and there’s a suggestion of it in what Justin says at one point to Sheridan.”

Justin said that if they had Sheridan killed, another would just arise to take his place. So Garibaldi must have been the one the Shadows foresaw as taking Sheridan’s place.<<
00020000086F00035337869,
<<Justin also said that as it was, they would remove Sheridan’s support. I think we heard that originally as meaning they would destroy B5, but in counterpoint to the conversation between JS and MG in which Sheridan says he has come to rely on Garibaldi, I’d venture that Mr. G is the support they’re removing.>>

No, the Shadow ships must have intended to destroy B5 until the nuclear strike on
Z’ha’dum caused them to break off. Why would the Shadows send several ships
to take just one man – even if that man were Garibaldi, that’s massive overkill on the part
of the Shadows.Subj: Thank you.
Date: 11/10/96 12:25:07 AM
From: Qsilver8
Posted on: America Online

Dear JMS,

Well, last Sunday evening, I saw Z’ha’dum. After I threw a bucket of cold water over my head, caught my breath, and was finally able to function properly again, I began to really think about a lot of things.

I have never liked science-fiction television shows. Mainly because they were all too much like Star Trek and its spin-offs which I absolutely hate with a passion and will continue to do so until the end of time. In fact, I have never really gotten into a television show until Babylon 5 came along. It is the ONLY show that I never miss and constantly am amazed by. With the combination of the realistic outlook of the future, the superb CGI graphics, the impeccable acting, and the epic saga that is Babylon 5, I now always have something to look forward to watching every week.

I would like to take this oppurtunity now, especially after seeing Z’ha’dum (Which, in my opinion, is better than Severed Dreams despite what the p5 ratings say.) to thank you for creating such a perfect television show. Z’ha’dum was probably the best episode I have ever seen on any television show ever. The acting was superb by everyone, the CGI shots were incredible, the plot twists shocked me beyond belief, the cliff-hanger ending still has me on the edge of my seat, and G’kar’s closing monouloge brought tears to my eyes. (Andreas truly has a remarkable speaking voice) I can’t wait to see Hour of the Wolf to see what you are taking us next.
00020000093A00035BA0934,
Here on America Online there is a fantasy author, Raymond E. Feist, (Whom I believe you know) who I have talked to about you. He said that he knew you and watched your show and to quote him; “The scene between G’kar and Vir in the elevator on Comes the Inquisitor was the best scene I have ever watched on television.” Thought you would like to know that.

In closing, I would like to thank the cast and crew of Babylon 5, especially you for making the best television series around. The show as well as the people who make it do not get a tenth of the credit they deserve, and you don’t get one-hundredth of the credit that you deserve. Your ideas, concepts, and writings that you have made on this show have truly inspired and touched I want to say again, thank you.

Always a fan,
-Qsilver8
Subj: When did Delenn know?
Date: 11/10/96 1:16:26 AM
From: METonkin
Posted on: America Online

When did Delenn *know* that Sinclair and Valen
were the same person? Was it as early as the
Battle of the Line when his Minbari soul was
detected, as late as when she received Valen’s
letter from the past, or sometime in between
such as the first time she saw B5 and its
resemblance to B4? I find it hard to reconcile
Delenn having a sure knowledge of Sinclair’s
identity with the way she sometimes talked to him,
particularly the way she let him have it when her
poet friend was attacked in “War Prayer”. Would
a devout Muslim scold the Prophet if he suddenly
appeared today?

And many thanks for a great escape from mundanity.Subj: Re:Garibaldi
Date: 11/10/96 4:03:23 AM
From: J9Jaguar
Posted on: America Online
Garibaldi would be the one element that could continue the work started by Sheridan. Remember that Mr. G has the respect of most Reps at B5. And that it was Mr. G that got the Narns to help out at the last minute when Sheridan tested his theory on the shadows ships…I also noticed that in the closing segment of Z’ha’dum…When G’kar quotes G’quon(?) as saying, “Worse than the death of flesh is the Death of Hope…” while showing Garibaldis ship encased in a shadow ship..This speaks to me that Mr. Garibaldi is going to be playing a big role in upcoming episodes…remember he is the one, that in Sheridans dream, has the dove on his shoulder; the symbol of hope. Bad days ahead for Mr. G…….
000200000756000364D4750,
JR Subj: Re:Garibaldi
Date: 11/10/96 4:24:47 AM
From: TheLadyT
Posted on: America Online

METonkin writes: << Why would the Shadows send several ships
to take just one man – even if that man were Garibaldi, that’s massive overkill on the part
of the Shadows.>> Well, they’ve already got advanced technology….maybe they just wanted to study some “advanced” testosterone?Subj: How Long? Spoilers ZHD&HOTW
Date: 11/10/96 3:26:01 PM
From: LurkerAtB5
Posted on: America Online

JMS,

How ambitious are you? You have a main character do a swan dive into a chasm and another main character abducted IN THE SAME EPISODE. To make matters worse, the follow-up episode makes very little reference to the abductee and you don’t show how the dive ended. In fact, brilliantly, you changed the question from “Will he survive?” to “How did he survive? and Who is this person? and Where are they?”. You realize that no other writer on TV would even attempt such a thing; even if they did, they would resolve in the next ep. Thanks for breaking some rules!

Now I’m wondering how long you will drag this situation out.

Just a couple of misc. questions:
1) Where was the patrol outside of B5 when the Shadows showed up in ZHD? We saw them earilier and they were there in HOTW.

2)How much of the Justin’s ‘explaination’ was true versus spinned sales-pitch? My best quess is that some facts were present, but he was putting the best possible spin on them. Even so, the question I have is “Why do the Vorlons and Shadows want to the younger races to evolve? What is in it for them?

BTW, the new CGI looks great! The opening credit are awesome; the best yet(visually and musically). Can you post who says which lines at some point, please?

Finally, the G’Kar/Zach scene in HOTW was excellent. The White Star scene with Lyta/Delenn/Ivanova was superb.
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Keep up the good work!
Subj: White Star 2
Date: 11/11/96 12:34:30 AM
From: Rick9719
Posted on: America Online

If the White Star’s learn from experience, isn’t the difference between White Star 1 and White Star 2 kind of important? If would have been nice if they had said something like “we can take the NEW White Star to Z’ha’doom” the first time we saw White Star 2.Subj: Re:Eggs
Date: 11/11/96 2:31:18 AM
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

Notice that everyone must live in the same tiny corner of the universe. I’m not sure how far away Minbar or the Vorlons are, but we know that Narn is about 10 light years away, Centauri Prime isn’t much farther. Earth is about 25 light years away and takes two days to get there. So, we aren’t talking about control of the universe or even galaxy, but of a rather small part of it.Subj: Re:Spinoffs
Date: 11/11/96 4:07:20 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

“Thus when I heard you were thinking of doing a spinoff based on the Shadow War of 1000 years ago, I thought it best to speak my mind.”

What you heard has no bearing on what we’re doing. That ain’t in any way, manner, shape or form what we’re discussing. There are a lot of reports around the nets on what they’re sure it is, and thus far none of them are correct. (They even got the name wrong, it’s not Crusaders, it’s Crusades, I don’t know *how* that one got into it.)

Anyway, as always, best to see what we’re doing before drawing conclusions.

jms
Subj: Re:Thank you.
Date: 11/11/96 4:09:04 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Thanks. I think this is a show that will gather more appreciation over the coming years.

And Ray’s a good guy, with impeccable taste. Tell him hi for me.

jms
Subj: Re:How Long? Spoilers ZHD&HO
Date: 11/11/96 4:10:24 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Actually, what Justin said was fairly accurate, from their perspective. It tracks with the history of all this.
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And thanks.

jms
Subj: Season 4 Title??
Date: 11/11/96 4:45:04 AM
From: Balance7
Posted on: America Online

What is the title for Season 4? First ep is out and I have looked around quite a bit for it.Subj: Re:Season 4 Title??
Date: 11/11/96 10:33:26 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

That title is only revealed later in the season.

jms
Subj: Re: Season 4
Date: 11/11/96 6:32:25 PM
From: CELT56
Posted on: America Online

As in an earlier post, also for Hour of The Wolf(An Uair Criomthainn): outta sight. Considering the boldness level of Captain Sheridan we are going to nickname him Mad Jack(after a version of the ancient Green Man diety and the character in a ballad sung by Schooner Fare). We are quite sure you will fill us in on just how he managed to survive physically(and in rather better shape than Morden) a double nuclear blast. That Sheridan survived the more than impossible demonstrates indeed that the future(if you go toZ’Ha’Dum you will die) is not carved in granite and that dieties(Kosh) are self appointed and not omnipotent(do we sense that the new Kosh is piqued because human volition (of which Lyta-his plaything(and we feel very bad for her)is an example too) is getting in the way of the Vorlons trying to get some better deal?). Did you think of the Lorelei or other spirits which lure seamen to their death when you wrote the section about Delenn, Ivanova, and Lyta(makes us think of an Arthurian connection too) going to Z’Ha’Dum(only in this case the haunts were male and most of the lured female)? Celt56Subj: Re:Spinoffs/Crusades
Date: 11/11/96 8:39:54 PM
From: Sheridan98
Posted on: America Online

Ya know JMS — right now it wouldn’t matter what you call the project.. It will incite our interest, inflame our lack of patience and continue to be the subject of wild rumor and conjecture…. regardless of what is said, we will be in our appointed seats with rapt attention and undying admiration for the scope of your endeavor…. You write — we eat it up.
0002000007C100037C057BB, Thanks for sharing your talent with us. gina.Subj: Hour of the Wolf
Date: 11/11/96 8:56:44 PM
From: WifeAgain
Posted on: America Online

The ep. was a downer – but the best downer I’ve ever seen! I have a million & one questions & after it was over just sat there, staring at the screen asking “why this? Why that? why, why why?” until my husband told me to shut up & wait til next week (with a smirk – he reads the spoilers) : > Season 4 is better than ever. Spoiler below for those who haven’t seen HofW
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When I saw the 3 ladies all I could think of was the 3 sisters or the Fates. And what is the eye? Evil or just ancient? My congrats (as usual) on great writing.Subj: Re:2262?
Date: 11/12/96 1:51:05 AM
From: Jerusha000
Posted on: America Online

>> >>Maybe it’s coincidence, but if B5 ends in the year 2262, that’s one year before Kirk becomes captain of the Enterprise (according to the official Paramount chronology). It’d be a delightful tip of the hat if, say, a character in the final season mentioned “rumors that Jim fella’s getting promoted to captain next year” or something like that. Just a thought.”<< <<

>>Most amusing.
Come here.
For that I keel you slow.<<

RONTFL
Subj: Re:10000 letters…
Date: 11/12/96 1:52:32 AM
From: Jerusha000
Posted on: America Online

>>Yes, I have the name, but every time I try to upload it, the screen goes black….
JMS<<
ROTFLHTE
JMS – you’re not using that well-marketed virus, Windows 95, are you?

Rue
Subj: JMS: Questions from Rue
Date: 11/12/96 2:13:53 AM
From: Jerusha000
Posted on: America Online

First, let me quickly say that the last three episodes, from “Shadow Dancing” to “Hour of the Wolf” have propelled Babylon 5 from being tied with another show as my favorite TV viewing. Had a friend over Saturday night who had missed “Z’ha’dum” and “Wolf,” watched them back to back, and stoically refused to answer any of her questions.
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Now, watching the two, I thought I heard a subtle different in how Kosh said, “Jump! Jump now!” between the moment in “Z’ha’Dum” and the “previously on Babylon 5″ bit for “Hour of the Wolf.” To me, the former sounded urgent, the latter, angry. Is it my poor battered hearing, or were the tracks different?

Itty-bitty nit-pick bit here: I am curious to find out why the Shadow’s messengers are passing on info to Vir when they know (I presume) that Lando’s gone on to Centuri Home World…

Incredible show. Believe me, it’s all I can do to not go to the lurker page and read whatever’s listed for the next several episodes!

RueSubj: Rumors of spinoffs
Date: 11/12/96 3:24:37 AM
From: Rick9719
Posted on: America Online

<<Anyway, as always, best to see what we’re doing before drawing conclusions.>>

What fun is that? It’s always more fun to draw conclusions before you have any facts. : )Subj: Bergman fan?
Date: 11/12/96 4:13:52 AM
From: Justine765
Posted on: America Online

JMS, are you a Bergman fan – Hour of the Wolf and all…….?

Liked the episode…..

>>>>spoiler space<<<<<<<<

 

 

especially liked the nice touch with Londo’s jacket “out to be cleaned” – he had to choose the purple one to match a previous shot you filmed of Jurasik many moons ago watching the Shadow ships fly overhead, didn’t you? Subj: Morden Goes Flaky
Date: 11/12/96 4:42:49 AM
From: JVibber
Posted on: America Online

Joe, I just wanted to say “thanks and well done” for Morden’s little business pulling off little flakes of skin while he was talking with Londo. It reminded me of a friend who underwent chemotherapy a few years ago. She would sit around talking with people and idly tug at her hair, which would come away in little tufts. Then she would sprinkle the loose hairs on the floor. This was not entirely unconscious — she did it in part for the shock value (it worked!). Whoever thought up this little bit of business for Morden hit on something that was very true to life!
0002000007C800038BCC7C2,Subj: Re: It’s a chess game
Date: 11/12/96 5:37:01 AM
From: AnnieWheel
Posted on: America Online

Could we think of this as a chess game?

Rooks: B4 & B5
Knights: Garibaldi and Marcus
Bishops: Sinclair and Delenn
King: Sheridan
Queen: Ivanova
First Pawn: G’Kar
Other pawns: the non-aligned worlds and the Narn

Their side….still don’t know much there…..
Morden & Anna as Knights….liked how Mr. G disappeared as Anna was getting nuked
Head pawn: Londo
Other pawns: the Centauri and anyone aligned with the Shadows.
Rooks: (since I framed one side with then and now….)Centauri Prime Shadow base
and in the last was the base that G’kar said they had on Narn in the last war….even
the description of it being away and seperate…one a continent and one an island(?)…
Boy would I like to borrow the book of G’kwon while G’kar is away…..

My other question…….why do these things always seem to come to me late at night?

As always,
AnnieSubj: Number Crunching
Date: 11/12/96 3:44:20 PM
From: Monte01
Posted on: America Online

JMS (or perhaps this is really PigDog’s department)–

For those of us hoping to help B5 attain its fifth season, could you explain something about the “number crunching” Warner Bros. utilizes… To wit:

In my market (Denver), B5 is shown on the local Fox television system. During football season, therefore, B5 is shown once a week on Saturdays. Post-football season, the show is shown twice weekly, on Saturdays and Sundays, as it is during the summer “re-run” term. Does WB consider this one of the important 2-showings markets (which I perceived was important to B5 renewal), or one of the dreaded one-run markets (which from your earlier post I understoood counts against the show’s renewal)?

Thanks, MonteSubj: Re:Rumors of spinoffs
Date: 11/12/96 10:05:29 PM
From: Badinov
Posted on: America Online

>>drawing conclusions<<

somedays, the only exercise I get is from jumping to conclusions
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BadinovSubj: on Morden’s make-up
Date: 11/12/96 10:25:33 PM
From: Tryel Sana
Posted on: America Online

Dear Mr. S

Possible spoiler space be warned

 

 

 

 
I noticed as did my S.O. that Ed Wasser looked a hell of a lot like Ms. Furlan coming out of Ep 2 of season 2 or am I just losing it?
PennySubj: In the Dark
Date: 11/12/96 11:21:25 PM
From: JoanClare
Posted on: America Online

JMS, I read on the Lurker Guide that you said the new season had qualities more like film than tv. I can attest to that. I was getting some annoying reflections off the television, so turned the lights out and watched Hour of the Wolf in total darkness. That was definately the right way to watch that scene with Morden and Londo. You are really twisted. It was WONDERFUL. Ed Wasser must have flipped when he saw that script. He definitely seemed to be having a lot of fun.

Question: Ivanova always seems somewhat tense to me around Delenn, which tracks with her attitude toward Marcus in Messages from Earth. If she resented him (admittedly somewhat irrationally) as the symbol of upsetting her world – she could resent Delenn even more. Or am I reading more into this than is intended? Or seeing something that isn`t there?Subj: Mr. Mordon
Date: 11/13/96 1:34:56 AM
From: Jerusha000
Posted on: America Online

….is no longer so a-peeling. In fact, he’s more of a flake now than ever.
RueSubj: Ivonava-psi abilities
Date: 11/13/96 3:29:13 AM
From: ShadsOGray
Posted on: America Online

First of all – I am a long time SF fan, and this is absolutely the BEST series I have ever seen.
THANKS.
If the following is already in place, great. If not and you wish to use it, I hereby place this idea in the public domain and welcome its use.
Ivonava has described herself as below a P1 and has avoided detection. She was able to block Lyta. That is all well and good. However, in a far past episode involving the raiders, Ivonava returns with a beatup starfury but is otherwise unscathed after dealing with a substantial number of raiders.
0002000007E400039BBF7DE, Could it be that Ivonava is really far more potent a Psi than we are led to believe? Are her abilities hidden deep in her subconscious and only manifest when she is in great need? In a firefight, is she able to know which way to move to keep from getting zapped.
I’m sure you get the idea and I am probably just repeating something you have already thought of and/or heard 10-20 thousand times before…
Also, the 3rd season finalle – INCREDIBLE!!! ——- THANKS!
Anyway, thanks for your time (I know you have very little of that) and keep up the unbelievable work! B5 is the only show I make time for anymore. You give me something to look forward to.

Sincerely….. Douglas GraySubj: B4
Date: 11/13/96 3:48:56 AM
From: ShadsOGray
Posted on: America Online

What happened to it and where is it? — Sorry, I forgot to ask this in my previous post.
Subj: Za’Ha’Dum boom
Date: 11/13/96 3:58:11 AM
From: ShadsOGray
Posted on: America Online

Sorry for leaving yet another message, but I just thought of something…
Why didn’t Sheridan also program the White Star to open a Vortex when it got to Za’Ha’Dum?
I expect that would have well and truely made that planet a major chunck of ash…
Just a thought….
Subj: Mollari and Franklin (Ben)
Date: 11/13/96 5:52:54 AM
From: Khundawit
Posted on: America Online

Throughout the Centuri Imperial palace, there are motifs of a rising or a setting sun.

This seems to harken to an observation that Ben Franklin made during the 1787 Constitutional Convention, where in the back of the President’s chair, there was a motif of a half sun on the horizon. During the convention, Franklin could not determine whether the sun was rising or setting, and this worried him, and consumed his thoughts. When the Constitution was finally ratified, and the United States finally had a working central government, Franklin finally figured out what it was, and he was delighted to realize that the sun was actually rising.
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I am sure that Londo Mollari must be looking at a similar motif, which represents Centuri Prime, and thinking that this sun may be sinking, and this must be consuming his thoughts.

JMS, Seeing that there is a bit of symmetry here, was the use of this symbol influenced by Franklin’s observation? Subj: Re:Za’Ha’Dum boom
Date: 11/13/96 6:16:04 AM
From: MassPHIL
Posted on: America Online

But then, unless Sheidan is dead anyway, that would have made it REALLY hard to explain his survival. :)Subj: Re:JMS: Questions from Rue
Date: 11/13/96 8:02:17 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

I can’t recall if we ADR’d the dialogue from Kosh to Sheridan or not…will have to check.

jms
Subj: Re:Morden Goes Flaky
Date: 11/13/96 8:03:40 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

“Whoever thought up this little bit of business for Morden hit on something that was very true to life!”

That would be me.

It’s sick and wonderful, and I like that combination.

jms
Subj: Re:In the Dark
Date: 11/13/96 8:05:08 AM
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

No, Ivanova doesn’t resent Delenn, but it’s in general a tense time for her, and she sometimes lets that show.

jms
Subj: The 3 Ladies
Date: 11/13/96 8:09:43 AM
From: ProfsrFate
Posted on: America Online

I agree with the observation made of the scene in “Hour of the Wolf” with the three ladies…
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Lyta, Delenn and Ivanova each seem to have a different aspect, yet all were focused on the rescue of Sheridan – that 3 or 4 second shot, without dialog, I think, still was very moving, and kind of mythic (getting a little over-blown in the analysis, I know….)

EricSubj: Creation Con
Date: 11/13/96 8:18:01 AM
From: ProfsrFate
Posted on: America Online

Dear JMS,

Which day will you be making an appearance?

Which day will most cast members be there?

EricSubj: JMS: thanks for your support
000200000C1B0003AB2EC15,Date: 11/13/96 7:58:41 PM
From: Badinov
Posted on: America Online

JMS;

Thanks to all the *persuasion* applied to WB and Channel 57, we get to see the “rest of the story” here in Philly, starting Nov 23.

Thanks for your efforts on our behalf
BadinovSubj: Re:In the Dark
Date: 11/13/96 10:22:56 PM
From: Sheridan98
Posted on: America Online

JMS,

Regarding the “tense time” you remarked upon that Ivanova is going through… I wish I could handle the loss of a “shipmate” as well as you have had Ivanova portray. I recently lost a good shipmate who was a close chum that I hoped to enjoy a lifetime of friendship with … Either you are depicting her as a lady with a lot of class or your imagination as to the cumulative effect of having a war, your family dying and your home enseiged “empowers” her.

Hell I still tear up when I think of lost friends, if I added alcohol to the mix I would have flooded the station.

As usual you have taken the essence of existance (no matter the level we all struggle) and made it somehow clearer, more precise, more painful, more endurable and a lot more enjoyable than reality — but Morden peeling like a really bad sunburn — oooo iccck icccck —The little redhead lost it on that one…..

Subj: JMS: thanks for your support
Date: 11/13/96 7:58:41 PM
From: Badinov
Posted on: America Online

JMS;

Thanks to all the *persuasion* applied to WB and Channel 57, we get to see the “rest of the story” here in Philly, starting Nov 23.

Thanks for your efforts on our behalf
BadinovSubj: Creation Con
Date: 11/13/96 8:18:01 AM
From: ProfsrFate
Posted on: America Online

Dear JMS,

Which day will you be making an appearance?

Which day will most cast members be there?

EricSubj: JMS: thanks for your support
Date: 11/13/96 7:58:41 PM
From: Badinov
Posted on: America Online

JMS;

Thanks to all the *persuasion* applied to WB and Channel 57, we get to see the “rest of the story” here in Philly, starting Nov 23.

Thanks for your efforts on our behalf
BadinovSubj: Re:In the Dark
Date: 11/13/96 10:22:56 PM
From: Sheridan98
Posted on: America Online

JMS,

Regarding the “tense time” you remarked upon that Ivanova is going through… I wish I could handle the loss of a “shipmate” as well as you have had Ivanova portray. I recently lost a good shipmate who was a close chum that I hoped to enjoy a lifetime of friendship with … Either you are depicting her as a lady with a lot of class or your imagination as to the cumulative effect of having a war, your family dying and your home enseiged “empowers” her.

Hell I still tear up when I think of lost friends, if I added alcohol to the mix I would have flooded the station.

As usual you have taken the essence of existance (no matter the level we all struggle) and made it somehow clearer, more precise, more painful, more endurable and a lot more enjoyable than reality — but Morden peeling like a really bad sunburn — oooo iccck icccck —The little redhead lost it on that one…..

 

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