Ask JMS #2

Ask JMS #2 Folder Log File.

Subj: Not just the Brothers
Date: 95-11-18 23:48:57 EST
From: Jedi Lee
Posted on: America Online

JMS,

I have just read the postings concerning the Monks on B5, and I must say, they were great, but they were not the strongest element of that show. The director, I didn’t recognize him, did a FANTASTIC job. It was the best I’ve seen this season. Especially the bit with the elevator. The subtle knod that G’kar gives when Londo says he will take the next one. I loved it. Do you plan to use that director again? He really had a wonderful sense of how to treat the material and pacing.

Thanks,

Lee

Subj: Places in Space
Date: 95-11-19 00:09:35 EST
From: BretFein
Posted on: America Online

As an amateur astronomer, one thing I tend to notice watching any sci-fi (B5 & Trek are the main ones, for obvious reasons…) is the stars mentioned. Now, a while back, you mentioned that the star B5 and Epsilon 3 orbit is one that will be found in about 50 yrs. However, in “And Now For a Word…”, B5 is described as orbiting Epsilon Eridani, which is about 10.7 ly away, and definately not an unknown star. So, which is it? Or is it just a star whose name _sounds_ like ‘Eridani’, but is spelled differently or something? Also, as to the other major players… have you decided on where exactly they are in space – what star and all that? I’m assuming the Centauri are from Alpha Centauri, except Londo said he was 75 ly from home a while back. I know, that was Centauri years, so it’s probably not the exact same distance as an Earth ly, but it can’t be _that_ different… Of course, I suppose they could be from Beta Centauri, about 490 ly away… but that seems a bit much. The Narns are the only ones whose distance from B5 is certain – 10 ly, 12 Narn ly. I’m assuming it’s a red star, maybe a dwarf… but which one is it?

I know, the show’s more character-oriented and arc-heavy, but I was just wondering how much of this aspect has been thought out in advance…

Subj: Narn Eyes
Date: 95-11-19 00:27:57 EST
From: BretFein
Posted on: America Online

JMS –

Just to warn you – this question may sound strange.

I mentioned before that I guessed the Narns are from a system with a red star – that’s based on the lighting generally shown in Narn quarters and so forth. Now, all the Narns shown always have red eyes. At first, I guessed that those were contact lenses, assuming that light common to a much brighter star might be a bit uncomfortable to deal with for eyes accustomed to something dimmer (as suggested by the muted lighting in G’Kar’s cabin), and that they might be wearing contacts to filter it, which makes sense. However, in the latest novel, Blood Oath, G’kar is described at one point as putting on contact lenses to _hide_ his red eyes, and its mentioned that all Narns have red eyes. So, was my guess right, and this was just a little detail that got by, or do they really all have red eyes?

Yes, I’m one of the ultra-detail oriented types that give the Trek writers nightmares… :-)

By the way – the show is just getting better and better. It’s the only sci-fi series I’ve ever seen that never has a bad episode… at most, it has an occasional less-good episode. I’m glad there’s _someone_ out in TV-land who takes this stuff seriously… I’ve been giving ST:VGR a fair shot, but the show, like one of its episodes, seems to suffer from the same problem – too much cheese…

Subj: Re:Places in Space
Date: 95-11-19 00:33:42 EST
From: BDerb
Posted on: America Online

Boy the SF universe is sure getting crowded. Epsilon Eridani is Vulcans sun.

Subj: Telepathic monks?
Date: 95-11-19 00:49:24 EST
From: Tkky
Posted on: America Online

The brothers certainly found that mad bomber quickly. Are they merely efficient or is here a telepathic link there?

Subj: Parallels and things like that
Date: 95-11-19 01:00:35 EST
From: BretFein
Posted on: America Online

JMS –

A few other things I’ve wondered about.

– The situation with the Mars Colony. Maybe its just me, but some of how its described seems similar to the American Revolution. Am I totally off the mark on this one, or just partially?

– Earth/Centauri Aliance and ‘peace in our time’. Sounds familiar… like pre-WWII familiar. I’m surprised that no-one else in the 23rd century has noticed that, aside perhaps from some of the main cast.

Another thing… we’ve got the Centauri working covertly with Morden & the Shadows, and as B5 comics #5-8 suggested, and “Matters of Honor” confirmed, EarthGov & PsiCorps (one and the same by now?) are also secretly working with the Shadows. Pretty chilling situation.

One more thing… about the Shadows. So far, there have been _no_ completely evil main characters, although Morden, some Psi Corps & Prez. Clarke come close… but on the whole, they all have their good & bad sides. How about the Shadows? Will we be finding out about their motivations for being such heavies?

Subj: Re:Places in Space
Date: 95-11-19 01:06:33 EST
From: BretFein
Posted on: America Online

<<<Epsilon Eridani is Vulcans sun.>>>

Only according to the Spaceflight Chronology, which isn’t a canon Trek resource. Officially, its 40 Eridani. Of course, that still gives us a scientific nit to pick: 40 Eri is a red dwarf. Its not as bright as Sol, and a lot cooler. So why did Spock mention in TOS that he hadn’t gone blind because of a defense resulting from the ‘brightness of the Vulcan sun’?

Subj: Re:Places in Space
Date: 95-11-19 02:03:32 EST
From: BDerb
Posted on: America Online

I could of course be wrong… My source was Spocks World by Diane Duane(Pocket books 1988). An excellent book by the way, with a very interesting look at how a public computer net could be used on board a starship (or Space Station). In this book 40 Eridani is identified as Vulcans sun (I stand corrected). The star is potrayed as a variable prone to extreme swings in solar output. This would explain the nictitating membrane as an evolutinary adaptation.

Sorry for the mistaken identification.

Subj: JMS are you tired yet??
Date: 95-11-19 02:07:45 EST
From: BDerb
Posted on: America Online

Given that you intend to write almost every episode this season, will you have time for lunch?
Ever? Ok next not so silly question. Are you suprised at the extensive sub-culture, specifically on the internet, that has grown up around B5? Thanks BD

Subj: Re:”Ellen” Episode
Date: 95-11-19 02:21:28 EST
From: JohnH10337
Posted on: America Online

Songokuten,

<<>>It was on last night 11/15. Spence’s girlfriend, an actress, comes to Ellens dinner party in alien make-up saying she’s doing a Babylon 5 show and has to go back late for more scenes<<
Cool! but if you don’t me asking… Which alien?>>

She was probably playing the Na’Toth of the week… 😉

JohnH

Subj: Nits
Date: 95-11-19 02:48:53 EST
From: JosephK6
Posted on: America Online

JMS,
I have a small nit to pick about Keffer’s recording bouy. Since it obviously couldn’t get out of hyperspace by itself since it’s too small for “jump engines”, how was it found?

It seems to me that it would be pretty lost in hyperspace. It has a homing beacon, but would that work correctly in hyperspace?

Just a thought.

JosephK6

Subj: Guest Role Casting
Date: 95-11-19 11:31:04 EST
From: JoanClare
Posted on: America Online

Given the strength (to put it mildly) of the performances of the guest actors, I’m curious as to how they are selected. The actors playing the Inquisitor and the bomber gave absolutely terrific performances. Were they cast based on previous performances or auditioned?

Like many people, I’ve become addicted to this show. I know that you and Copeland see the comments posted here and on other services and are aware of how much your work is admired. I hope that the actors and other behind the scenes contributors are likewise aware of how much their work is enjoyed – particularly Jurasik, Katsulas and Christian.
Subj: Communication Links
Date: 95-11-19 12:06:15 EST
From: AtmaKeeper
Posted on: America Online

I figured out all the possible explanations for the Shadow ships, the Vorlon ships and even Starfury’s but I cannot figure out how the heck these Communication Links know exactly who to go to at the push of a button and wouldn’t it cuase some sort of cancer in a few years due to the energy it is sending out might be radioactive… or am I wrong?

PS Creative on where Sheridan hid his Communication Link. Very creative…. HAHAHAHAHAH! It’s was just so funny…. in a good way that is…

Subj: Was Divided Loyalties edited?
Date: 95-11-19 12:09:14 EST
From: Kheas
Posted on: America Online

I heard a rumor that a kiss between Talia and Ivanova was filmed for Divided Loyalties and was shown in Europe. In the scene where Talia tells Ivanova that she trusts her, there is a close-up of Talia where she appears to be moving toward Ivanova like she might kiss her but the camara cuts to Ivanova and Talia isn’t moving at all. That is where the suposed kiss is siad to have been cut out. I can’t understand why the scene would be edited out for American audiances, so I assume that the kiss was never filmed. Could you please tell us if European audiances saw something we didn’t?

Subj: Was Divided Loyalties edited
Date: 95-11-19 12:26:10 EST
From: StarFuryD4
Posted on: America Online

No, there was no edit. there was no kiss.

Not in the british release, nor the american release.

Dave

Subj: 40 Eri
Date: 95-11-19 15:31:36 EST
From: FireWalk38
Posted on: America Online

<<<My source was Spocks World by Diane Duane(Pocket books 1988). An excellent book by the way, with a very interesting look at how a public computer net could be used on board a starship (or Space Station). In this book 40 Eridani is identified as Vulcans sun (I stand corrected). The star is potrayed as a variable prone to extreme swings in solar output. This would explain the nictitating membrane as an evolutinary adaptation.>>>

True… except that 40 Eri isn’t a variable star. “Spock’s World” was pretty decent, but it had a lot of glaringly obvious faults… like Vulcans openly laughing, displaying emotions and so forth… also some bad characterization of the main characters…

The bit with the Ship’s BBS was good, though…

Subj: uniform nits
Date: 95-11-19 18:13:19 EST
From: MQuariadi
Posted on: America Online

Ok JMS, on the Earth Force uniform, are the EA pin and status bars worn on the right or left side? I’ve seen it both ways. In the Babylon 5 magazine, there are pictures of Sheridan, Ivanova, Franklin, and Garibaldi wearing the pin/status bars on both sides. This inconsistency seems to be present in the formal dress unifrom as well. In “Fall of Night” when Capt Sheridan is practicing his apology in front of the mirror, the pin and status bars are on his right side. But when he is falling towards the Zocalo from the sabotaged monorail and Ambassador Kosh is saving him, the pin/bar set is on the left side! What’s up with this? Is it that the pins are worn on the right side on Mon/Wed/Fri and on the left on Tues/Thurs, or did the production crew just make a mistake?
I really love your show. Keep up the good work.

Subj: Hyperspace
Date: 95-11-19 21:57:23 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

Hyperspace is a parallel dimension where distances are smaller(thus faster to travel). No one in B5 goes faster thsan light, they use a different dimension.(hyperspace)
Subj: Re:”Ellen” Episode
Date: 95-11-19 22:03:22 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>>She was probably playing the Na’Toth of the week… ;)<<
LOL, but I guess that means she’s out of work now..
(“Star bright, Star light, I wish on the first Star I see tonight… What the Shrock? That Stsar’s getting closer!”)

Subj: Re:Monks in space
Date: 95-11-19 22:52:54 EST
From: Rick9719
Posted on: America Online

I’m suprised that Delenn or Lenier wasn’t there to greet the Monks when they arrived. Considering the reaction when the ‘true seeker’ (the grail questor) arrived before.

Subj: Re:40 Eri
Date: 95-11-20 01:15:38 EST
From: HFMoon
Posted on: America Online

I hate to keep this going in the B5 area, but…

<“Spock’s World” was pretty decent, but it had a lot of glaringly obvious faults… like Vulcans openly laughing, displaying emotions and so forth…>>

Weren’t they laughing and emoting during the “Vulcan past” chapters, before Surak and his “Logic Only” dogma?

Subj: Re:Babylon Past
Date: 95-11-20 01:55:35 EST
From: Adv Lisa
Posted on: America Online

>>Is there anywhere I can purchase the first 2 years episodes so I can figure out all that goes on.<<

Nope, there’s nowhere you can buy (at least legally!) any eps on video in the US. I missed all of season 1 and parts of season 2, so I know how you feel! I got caught up by reading the episode synopses on the Lurker’s Guide on the WWW at http://www.hyperion.com/lurk/lurker.html. You can get there from the B5 area by clicking on the WWW Jumpgate button on the main screen, then clicking on the “B5 WWW Links” button on the next screen, then choosing the “Lurker’s Guide to Babylon 5″ out of the list that comes up next. Warning: Prepare for a HUGE AOL bill because it’ll take you a while to read through all of them!

Happy reading :)

Lisa

Subj: Re:40 Eri
Date: 95-11-20 02:58:49 EST
From: BDerb
Posted on: America Online

Fell slightly odd posting about a ST issue here on B5, But its a big universe.
As far as open expression of emotions, it has always been my understanding that Vulcans have emotions but are trained to suppress and restrain them in order to attain a higher level of awareness through strict logic. As far as bad characterizations, Hey I didn’t write the book, but I did enjoy it.

Subj: Re:Psi Corps Mind Scans
Date: 95-11-20 03:30:27 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Up until recently, there’s been no reason for anyone to suspect Sheridan was up to anything; now that the events of Divided Loyalties have taken place, they DO have a reason…and now our characters are going to have to deal with the threat of an unauthorized scan for the very reasons you citel…which is, in part, a premise behind an episode soon to come along. Not a plot hole; we’re dealing with this very issue in the show.

jms
Subj: Re:”Down Below”
Date: 95-11-20 03:31:35 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

It’s the area near the outer hull, where the gravity is hardest, and where you’re around the industrial equipment that keeps the station running.

jms
Subj: Re:Not just the Brothers
Date: 95-11-20 03:32:13 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Mike Vejar is one of our regular directors; we’re very happy with his work.

jms
Subj: Re:Telepathic monks?
Date: 95-11-20 03:34:51 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

No, they’re not telepaths.

jms
Subj: Re:Parallels and things like
Date: 95-11-20 03:35:59 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Yeah, that comparison isn’t bad for the Mars colony situation; and we’re going to have to explore why the shadows are doing what they’re doing…they do have reasons, but not the ones we might expect.

jms
Subj: Re:JMS are you tired yet??
Date: 95-11-20 03:38:34 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

No, not tired yet; sometimes a little wonky, but it’s the show I worked for 5 years to bring to the screen, so I’m not going to complain.

I guess I’m still trying to come to terms with the notion that there *is* any kind of (to use your term) B5 subculture emerging; I don’t think it’s sufficiently substantial yet, numerically, to really constitute same. It’s vastly rewarding to know that the hard work we put into the show is being recognized, and that it resonates with viewers, however.

jms
Subj: Re:Guest Role Casting
Date: 95-11-20 03:40:30 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

I think the other actors are starting to understand that their performances are valued among the viewers…and that’s terrific, given the effort they put into every take.

The way we find guest actors is this: we put out the casting breakdowns on guest cast, which go out to agents. Agents submit actors. Actors come and audition for a very small group: me, Doug Netter, John Copeland, and the director of that episode. We then hire the best actor to walk in the door.

jms
Subj: Re:Guest Role Casting
Date: 95-11-20 08:00:53 EST
From: Badinov
Posted on: America Online

>> I think the other actors are starting to understand that their performances are valued among the viewers…and that’s terrific, given the effort they put into every take.<<

To complete the feedback loop, do you or anyone on your staff give copies/summaries of online comments directly to the actors and crew??

BTW, the “final four” + the two new ones have been some of the best dramatic and comedic work that I’ve seen on TV in a long time. After dealing with the Yugo crisis du jour, I look forward to coming home on Wed night and cranking up the VCR/cable box. As we say in the Navy “Bravo Zulu”!!

Badinov

Subj: Re: Parallels and things…
Date: 95-11-20 09:13:31 EST
From: TESP
Posted on: America Online

I agree about many similarities, I would like to call attention to the present
paranoia about the “Illuminati” and the “New World Order”. It appears in much text
about complex conspiracies in world governments and sequence of world events.
The Shadows parallel the Illuminati, and I feel the Centauri/Narn conflict is similar to
Nazi/Jew issues. Notice the religious similarities of prayer and bible study the Narn and Orthodox Jew in many episodes. While the Centauri represent a rekindling of a past great empire
such as Hitler’s desire was. (also the costumes appear somewhat Euro-retro).
T.

Subj: Was Shadow ship destroyed?
Date: 95-11-20 09:25:30 EST
From: CORLISS100
Posted on: America Online

Was the Shadow ship destroyed or badly damaged by the jumpgate blast?

We don’t know if the shadow ship was even destroyed. If the ship was destroyed, there would be some wreckage from the craft in the area. Given the discrepancy between the levels of technology and how little is known of the shadows, wouldn’t it be wise to try to salvage the shadow ship wreckage? Learn some of their secrets (as the Narin would say). Yet, Sherridan didn’t even think about it or about going back to look.

That was a mistake not exploiting the destruction of the shadow craft to the fullest. Even passing around shrapnel from the shadow ship could have been inspiring?

Is this the end of the incident or will these aspects be addressed in a later shows?

Keep up the excellent work JMS!

Subj: Re:uniform nits
Date: 95-11-20 17:12:06 EST
From: Dastari
Posted on: America Online

Well, images in mirror are generally backwards…

*DASTARI*

Subj: Re:Psi Corps Mind Scans
Date: 95-11-20 17:14:36 EST
From: Dastari
Posted on: America Online

Now who might scan him, hmm? I gather that Lyta wouldn’t; and we know Susan wouldn’t even if she could(which she really can’t). That leaves, Bester…or Talia. Hmmm.

*DASTARI*

Subj: Re:Was Divided Loyalties edi
Date: 95-11-20 18:02:52 EST
From: WillmoreRv
Posted on: America Online

JMS has said before now that there was never any kiss. One of the acresses made a mistake when they moved the camera, and wasn’t in quite the same position. This sort of thing happens fairly often, but in a show like B5, it gets noticed more.

Subj: Re:Communication Links
Date: 95-11-20 18:05:25 EST
From: WillmoreRv
Posted on: America Online

1. Cancer — probably not. The comlinks would be relayed internally (all the metal used in B5 makes that a necessity), so they would be very low power.

2. They don’t “know who to go to” unless they’re _answering_ a call. When a call is being made, the first thing said is a direction to the computer as to who to ring. Some luxury cellular phones can already do this today.

Subj: Re:uniform nits
Date: 95-11-20 18:07:45 EST
From: WillmoreRv
Posted on: America Online

1 Many of the pictures in the magazine were flipped.

2 The security people are not Earth Force (except for Garibaldi). They’re rent-a-cops, and wear their own uniforms. (Real US military bases do this today.)

3. The scene in the mirror was in the mirror.

Subj: Re:Monks in space
Date: 95-11-20 18:08:47 EST
From: WillmoreRv
Posted on: America Online

Errr…. Delenn was off station, and Lennier was waiting for her.

Subj: Narn Freighter
Date: 95-11-20 19:40:41 EST
From: Spich
Posted on: America Online

JMS,
In “Convictions” during one of the exterior shots of the station, a ship that looks like a Narn
Freighter is leaving. Is it a Narn Freighter? If so, are Narns operating it, in some resistance
effort, or is their fleet being sold off and operated by others? If It’s resistance does Sheridan know about it?

Spich

Subj: Re:40 Eri
Date: 95-11-21 12:30:04 EST
From: FireWalk38
Posted on: America Online

<<<<“Spock’s World” was pretty decent, but it had a lot of glaringly obvious faults… like Vulcans openly laughing, displaying emotions and so forth…>>

Weren’t they laughing and emoting during the “Vulcan past” chapters, before Surak and his “Logic Only” dogma?>>>

Some, but it was also happening in the ‘present’ scenes: Sarek laughing with Amanda, the Vulcans in the auditorium where Kirk & co. spoke laughing at weak jokes (the laughter seemed to be there just to make sure the reader realized it was a joke, since the jokes were _not_ that funny)… Vulcans in the story ended up being no better than humans with pointy ears. Interesting story, but it needed to go through about 3 more rewrites.

Subj: Re:40 Eri
Date: 95-11-21 12:33:29 EST
From: FireWalk38
Posted on: America Online

<<<open expression of emotions, it has always been my understanding that Vulcans have emotions but are trained to suppress and restrain them in order to attain a higher level of awareness through strict logic.>>>

That’s true, but in this novel there was very little restraint of emotion at any time.

<<<As far as bad characterizations, Hey I didn’t write the book, but I did enjoy it.>>>

Hey, I enjoyed it, too… but as with anything, the only way to avoid repeating mistakes is to first acknowledge their existence.

Subj: Re:Was Shadow ship destroyed?
Date: 95-11-21 12:42:01 EST
From: FireWalk38
Posted on: America Online

<<<That was a mistake not exploiting the destruction of
the shadow craft to the fullest. Even passing around shrapnel from the shadow ship could have been inspiring?>>>

Well, JMS said somewhere else that the Shadow ship was definately history… that’s a good point, though, but not just for the inspirational value – having part of a Shadow ship to study would certainly be of some value, in that it would allow them to learn more about the tech. they’re up against. Unless, of course, the ship wasn’t just destroyed, but completely obliterated. Maybe JMS can tell us what the story is on that score.

Subj: Is Brother Theo = Draal?
Date: 95-11-21 14:49:02 EST
From: CORLISS100
Posted on: America Online

Is Brother Theo the same actor as the original Draal in “a voice in the wilderness I and II”?

The same character was used again in two other episodes: The man (Mr. Torino I think?) who sold the “EYE” back to the Centauri Republic was the same man who wouldn’t sell an ID to the fugitive dead presidents doctor. If it is the same man he went from riches to rags.

So JMS is Theo the old Drall?

Subj: John Colicos
Date: 95-11-21 18:02:04 EST
From: Damsel16
Posted on: America Online

Have you ever considered John Colicos for any parts? I think he would be great going toe to toe with Londo. For those who may not know who he is, he played the Klingon Kor on Star Trek and
Baltar on Battlestar Galactica. He does do a good devious character.

Subj: Episodes in Advance
Date: 95-11-21 18:02:40 EST
From: VinAmico
Posted on: America Online

How far in advance are the episodes made? Have you stuck with the 5 year B5 story outline or have you changed episodes to parallel current events or events that have personally moved you? Happy 3 rd birthday, many more!

Vin

Subj: Thanks
Date: 95-11-21 19:07:24 EST
From: STREKJ
Posted on: America Online

JMS

I would like to say thank you for creating such an original and engaging series. B5 has been the center of many philisophical discussions in my home and with friends. It is gratifying to know that there is still quality programing on television. I have followed B5 from the beginning and intend to stay until the end of the series. It is nice to have a television show that really gives you something to think about. Keep up the good work.

Strekj

 
Subj: Other Locations
Date: 95-11-21 21:53:20 EST
From: Moria001
Posted on: America Online

Question: we’ve been seeing a lot more of the station in the third season, like the huge farms and fields “overhead” of the command center. Is there any plan to set some episodes “outdoors” and see more of the agrarian parts of the station?

Subj: Weapons in B5
Date: 95-11-22 02:06:53 EST
From: KIMROC1
Posted on: America Online

JMS, one of my hobbies is weapon technology. I was wondering if you could shed even a little light on the main weapon systems used by the various races.

Earth bought Nairn weapons, presumably the main “laser” (?) on the Agamemnon, is this true?
Has Earth any other heavy weapons at it’s disposal?

The Mimbari have a cutting beam similar to the Shadows (but a different color). Both are older races, so do most of the other older races use similar weaponry?

Interesting improvisation in blowing the jumpgate to destroy the ship, are the Rangers developing specific weapons (besides the White Star) to combat the onslaught?

Thank you, and nice job on creating relistic battle sequences in space (such as the Nairn and Shadows beeing so far away from eachother you couldn’t see both at the same time).

Subj: Talia Question
Date: 95-11-22 12:56:59 EST
From: Dastari
Posted on: America Online

JMS:
I know I shouldn’t ask, and you probably won’t want to answer, but I’m asking anyway. Here goes: might we possibly see Talia again in the future(good or evil, just so long as she pops up)? I thought that Andrea Thompson did a very good job in such a demanding role(it can’t be to easy to find some one to play a telepath with all of the complicated things that it involves). She’s a very good actress in my opinion. If you can’t answer the above question, could you at least tell me whether or not she’s moved on(so I know to look for her in some other show). Thanks in advance.

*DASTARI*

Subj: B5 for dummies
Date: 95-11-22 18:06:16 EST
From: MBHRN
Posted on: America Online

Maybe someone could fill me in on B5. I dont have cable but am getting Direct TV. I have only seen one episode with Bester the Sci Cop and not much of that episode. Maybe you could tell me what everyones personality is, wars, enemys, Babylon fives capabilitys. I would REALLY Appreaciate that. Thanks!

Subj: Morden
Date: 95-11-22 19:01:07 EST
From: DVelasq20
Posted on: America Online

If Morden was testing the waters when he first appeared on B5 why didn’t he ask Sinclair what he wanted? I can understand him not asking the League of Non-Aligned Worlds because it is actually made up of many different political entities none of which are a “super power” in the B5 Universe. However, although he asked the Vorlons, Minbari, Narns, and Centari, he never approached the Humans. Why?

P.S. I used to listen to you every Friday night on Hour 25 when I was younger. I think that is the only radio program to which I was a regular listener.

Subj: Books & Videos
Date: 95-11-22 20:51:05 EST
From: Growlbear
Posted on: America Online

Do the books fall into the same story arc as the TV series, or are they second tier stories?

I thought I saw where videos were available in teh UK, when will they be available here? I REALLY want to get a legit copy of THE GATHERING.

danke,
growlbear

Subj: Race issues
Date: 95-11-23 02:10:53 EST
From: Skelebot
Posted on: America Online

Why don’t you put an Asian as a main character in B5? I’m pretty tired of having all these white guys with English accents as main characters. I’m suggesting Asian because we have white, black, and the only asian character I know in B5 is Morishi which is a guest character. You should make a regular Asian character or “promote” Morishi to being a main character.

Skelebot the B5er

Subj: Re:Guest Role Casting
Date: 95-11-23 02:22:04 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

We don’t give cast members summaries, but there is a wall on which we post some of the more interesting net comments.

jms
Subj: Where’s Lou?!!!
Date: 95-11-23 02:23:17 EST
From: ProfsrFate
Posted on: America Online

Has Lou Welch left the station? For a while there, you had both Zack and Lou…. now…….

Subj: Re:Is Brother Theo = Draal?
Date: 95-11-23 02:23:22 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Yes. Louis wasn’t available to us for the episode where we needed Draal (health reasons), so as soon as he was up and able, John and I recast him as Theo.

jms
Subj: Re:Thanks
Date: 95-11-23 02:23:53 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

The pleasure is entirely ours, thanks.

jms
Subj: Re:Morden
Date: 95-11-23 02:25:56 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

There was no need to approach the humans, since they already had Earth in their pocket, as we’ll see soon enough.

jms
Subj: Re:Race issues
Date: 95-11-23 02:27:53 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Actually, there was the intent to have two asian regulars, Lieutenant Commander Laurel Takashima and Catherine Sakai; the first was in the pilot, but negotiations didn’t work out for the series, and the latter was in many episodes of year one, as a trader and Sinclair’s fiancee, but when Sinclair was assigned elsewhere, that cut into the aspect. We’ll do more as we go.

jms
Subj: Re:Morden
Date: 95-11-23 02:28:05 EST
From: CORLISS100
Posted on: America Online

The shadows had the crew of the Ichorus to find out what they needed about humans.

Subj: Executive Producer of B-5
Date: 95-11-23 09:22:18 EST
From: Myoldstrat
Posted on: America Online

Can anyone tell me if Doug Netter, Ecec. Producer of B-5, grew up in Bronxville New York? I think I might have gone to school with two of his older brothers. I know that Lee Netter and Mike Netter had a little brother named Doug, and that their father worked in industrial film. Is this the same guy? Anyone with information please E-Mail me since I don’t get to this area of AOL too often. Thanks!

Subj: Re:Subspace and Hyperspace?
Date: 95-11-23 13:03:02 EST
From: Ed B Diver
Posted on: America Online

In an early season 2 episode, a Narn is cruiser sent to investigate Z’Ha-Dum. The navigator states that the ship has reached “the point that corresponds to” the
system’s location. This would imply that the Jumpdrive inserts the ship into a “Little Bang” universe that exists parallel to ours, but has expanded to only a fraction of its size so that physical distance between corresponding points is much shorter. This would also explain why a navigation beacon fix is required so you don’t get lost. If you don’t know your position, you could emerge into Realspace inside a star or somewhere equally unpleasant. This type of drive was used in L. Neil Smith’s “The Venus Belt” . It also explains how small ships can remain in Hyperspace. JumpGates/Engines are only required to enter or leave but normal drives will move you through it.

The “Little Bang” theory would also explain the gravity well that lost ships are eventualy supposed to fall into. In a less-than-expanded universe, the Ultimate Black Hole at the center is a lot closer and much easier to be trapped in.

Good topic for some long Chat Discussions.
Ed.

Subj: Re:B5 for dummies
Date: 95-11-23 13:48:12 EST
From: BKnight255
Posted on: America Online

B5 doesn’t appear on cable TV; it’s a syndicated-broadcast series. (Though the rumor is that TNT has picked up the first season of B5 for rebroadcast…)

Subj: Drazi Rangers?
Date: 95-11-23 13:54:36 EST
From: BKnight255
Posted on: America Online

We’ve heard that of the Rangers, some are Minbari, most are human. Then we saw, in “Matters of Honor”, a Drazi sacrificing himself to help Marcus get to B5.

Obviously, some of the Drazi have to be in on the existence of the Rangers, since they were using a Drazi colony as their training center.

But was Drozak merely someone helping the Rangers, or was he a Ranger himself?

And what of other races among the Rangers? Perhaps Narn Rangers — or Centauri Rangers? If the humans and Minbari were drawn to the cause, might not others as well?

Subj: Coexistence of B5 and Trek
Date: 95-11-23 21:46:49 EST
From: RCho
Posted on: America Online

JMS,
Sorry if this is an old topic, but I am a new, and AVID, fan of B5 – started watching it at the end of Season 2. I am a long time ST fan, so I am well aware of the friction that exists from fans of both shows (“fans” does derive from “fanatics”, after all). I love both the B5 and ST universes, and enjoy the respective shows for different reasons.
My question is what do YOU feel about all of this (i.e., the “feud of the fans”, the strengths of the two universes, the coexistence of quality Sci-Fi shows on TV, etc.)? As a fan of both universes, I would be interested in hearing your opinion. Thanks!

RCho

P.S. – Thank you for augmenting the quality of television programming! Keep up the excellent work!

Subj: Re:”Ellen” Episode
Date: 95-11-23 22:16:07 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

so Centauri condoms come in multiples of 6?

Subj: Re:Psi Corps Mind Scans
Date: 95-11-23 22:28:52 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

I would suspect that a DEEP scan would be noticeable to the scanee, but a surface scan might not be.

And if the PsiCorps suspect Sheridan, I have no doubt they would deep scan him. Hire a lurker to kidnap him, take him Down Below, some tranquilizers, and there you go! Unless Bester gets involved- he’s nowhere near that subtle.

JMS- thanks for chatting with us. It’s nice to get some feedback.

Subj: Re:Guest Role Casting
Date: 95-11-23 22:31:32 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

Well, there are lots of “Beam me up, Scotty, there’s no intelligent life here” bumper stickers.

Maybe that old radio show was right-” Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of men? The Shadows know!”

Subj: Re:Was Shadow ship destroyed
Date: 95-11-23 22:34:07 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

Hey CORLISS100- stop spamming! This is three different messages of yours I have seen on more than one board. It is unnecessary and annoying to read the same message more than once.

Subj: Re:Morden
Date: 95-11-23 22:39:18 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

Morden didn’t approach the humans on B5 because the Shadows were ALREADY working with them, as shown in the comic book.

Subj: Talia
Date: 95-11-24 00:40:58 EST
From: ECK1701
Posted on: America Online

Please forgive me if you’ve seen enough of this question, but why was Talia Winters written off of the show? Was it because of Andrea Thompson’s wedding plans to Jerry Doyle and any children they may have? Or was it a career choice (aka fed up with the character, money, moving on)? Thanks for answering. Excellent show, by the way.

Subj: B5 game
Date: 95-11-24 00:43:46 EST
From: ECK1701
Posted on: America Online

Ever thought of developing a computer game based on B5? It could be similar in format to Wing Commander III (if you’re not familiar with it, just ask any computer game junkie). I think it would be waaay cool if it could be a combination of space-combat simulator and role-playing adventure. Anyway, it’s an idea definitely worth investigating, in my humble opinion. Thanks for listening.

Subj: Re:Is Brother Theo = Draal?
Date: 95-11-24 00:48:07 EST
From: JohnH10337
Posted on: America Online

JMS,

<<Yes. Louis wasn’t available to us for the episode where we needed Draal (health reasons), so as soon as he was up and able, John and I recast him as Theo.

jms>>

And I, for one, am very glad that you did include Louis in the B5 fold once again! :)

Still wish he could’ve kept playing Draal instead of that *AWFUL* John Schuck… 😛

JohnH

Subj: Voice in the wilderness pt 1
Date: 95-11-24 10:58:20 EST
From: Drop Puck
Posted on: America Online

When delenn meets draal on B-5, Draal makes the statement that it’s time for him to go to the sea. I was curious if this statement had any reference from the song “time” by the Alan Parsons Project?
also; Will we ever find out who really destoyed the Minbari ship during first contact with the minbari, that started the earth/minbari war?

Subj: Re:Was Shadow ship destroyed
Date: 95-11-24 11:23:26 EST
From: CORLISS100
Posted on: America Online

Just looking for answers. I’m sorry it apparently got in your way.

Long live B5!

Subj: Re:Talia
Date: 95-11-24 12:44:32 EST
From: BKnight255
Posted on: America Online

I have a strong suspicion that Talia was meant to self-destruct late in season 2 — right from the day she was introduced. The character served its purpose — and I suspect Thompson knew about it at least part of the way through season 2.

JMS; you do tell the actors if their characters are doomed, don’t you?

Subj: Greetings and Happy Holidays
Date: 95-11-24 13:12:46 EST
From: WCSmiley
Posted on: America Online

Thank you for B5. We have been captivated since the premiere. We hope you have a really nice holiday season and really good new year. WCSmiley and MChambers

Subj: Why Didn’t They Ask Others?
Date: 95-11-24 14:19:20 EST
From: BrendaW896
Posted on: America Online

Possible spoiler:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In “A Day in the Strife”, why didn’t the B5 crew pose any of the questions to other species, particularly the Minbari? They’re ahead of us, aren’t they? They could’ve died, too, couldn’t they?

Just curious!

Bren

Subj: Re:Babylon Past
Date: 95-11-24 18:26:29 EST
From: Caseysky
Posted on: America Online

>http://www.hyperion.com/lurk/lurker.html. You can get there from the B5 area by clicking on the >WWW Jumpgate button on the main screen, then clicking on the “B5 WWW Links” button on >the next screen, then choosing the “Lurker’s Guide to Babylon 5″ out of the list that comes up >next. Warning: Prepare for a HUGE AOL bill because it’ll take you a while to read through all of >them!

You can avoid the huge AOL bill by saving the file to your hard drive and then downloading an HTML file reader (I-View is pretty good, but there are lots to choose from). To save the file, just display it, then click on the FILE SAVE Icon at the top of the AOL screen (between the PRINT and FAVORITE PLACES icons). It’s still not cheap (because you do actually have to wait for the file to be displayed before you can save it, but it sure beats trying to take the time to read all that stuff online.

Subj: Re:uniform nits
Date: 95-11-24 18:55:02 EST
From: Caseysky
Posted on: America Online

I agree – the pictures are sometimes reversed. I figure it out by noticing that not only was the emblem on the wrong side, but Sheridan’s hair was parted on the reverse side!

Subj: Re:Talia
Date: 95-11-24 21:23:12 EST
From: Innfinity
Posted on: America Online

Dear Mr. S.

Is it true that Talia’s original personality is in a box, by the door?

Subj: Re:Morden
Date: 95-11-24 22:23:36 EST
From: BennyKronz
Posted on: America Online

>>If Morden was testing the waters when he first appeared on B5 why didn’t he ask Sinclair what he wanted? <<

Actually, he was on his way to see Sinclair possibly when Kosh stopped him and told him “They are not for you”. A while later, Ivanova tells Sinclair that Kosh is requesting a repair kit for his encounter suit. Hmmmm……

Benny

Subj: Re:Takashima’s Return?
Date: 95-11-25 05:00:41 EST
From: MPregent
Posted on: America Online

JMS

You alluded to Laurel Takashima (original 2nd in command prior to Ivanova in pilot) possibly returning to show her “secret mission” at the 1995 San Diego ComicCon. I for one would like to see her again. Tamilyn is a fine actress and it would bring some closure to her disappearance which you have yet to mention in the show itself. – B5 Maniac Marcus Pregent

PS Thanks for the ranger Marcus Cole. It ios so cool to have a character share your name on your favorite show. Keep up the good (no exceptional) work. May it go the full 5.

Subj: Re:JMS are you tired yet??
Date: 95-11-25 05:23:45 EST
From: Marc112345
Posted on: America Online

I too enjoy the show and feel this season is the best yet. Is there anyway you can reward the devotion we have to the show. (i.e. Previews of future storylines without giving away surprizes or plots?)

Keep up the good work.

P.S. I am a 39 y/o male who is facinated but not weird about watching this or other sci fi programs.
Some (not all!) need to get a grip.!

Subj: Re:Coexistence of B5 and Tre
Date: 95-11-25 06:10:32 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

What I feel about the feud between some of the fan groups…is that it’s goofy and totally unnecessary, particularly given that it doesn’t exist in the people who actually *make* the show. (Granted, we’ve had some real problems with Paramount doing everything they can to stop this show short of nuking the facilities, but that’s another topic for another day.)

Jeri Taylor, exec prod of Voyager, is a good friend and one of the best writer/producers in town. Many of the folks who work on DS9 as cast and crew are friends of cast and crew working on this show. When they do an exceptionally good episode on either show, our people call them to congratulate them; when ours do a good job, they call ours.

In the last two weeks, our cast&crew softball team has played the two Star Trek cast and crew softball teams; we beat DS9 the first week, and in the second week, Voyager beat us.

So as stated…when I look at the fan schism, it’s kinda goofy on many levels. Which is exactly why Majel Barrett Roddenberry was eager to do a guest shot on BABYLON 5, to help send a message of support for the show.

jms
Subj: Re:Why Didn’t They Ask Other
Date: 95-11-25 06:14:19 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Basically, my logic was this: Delenn isn’t apt to know the answers to questions on molecular biology; she’d still have to send back to Minbar for this sort of stuff. Being advanced isn’t the same as being omnipotent or all-knowing, though that does tend to be the SF stereotype. I’m more (technologically) advanced than an Australian aborigine…but I couldn’t explain DNA splicing or exactly what happens when I log onto AOL; I just know it happens.

Also, if they had gone to Delenn or the others, sure, they could’ve put us in contact with their government…which would’ve added one *more* layer of bureaucracy to the problem, and that would have just slowed down the process even further.

Now, had there been a question that was *beyond* our tech, I’m sure that they would have gone to one of the other races for the info; but as it was, we had it, they just had to pull it all together, and fast.

jms
Subj: Re:JMS are you tired yet??
Date: 95-11-25 06:15:45 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Well, I certainly tend to drop little hints once in a while about upcoming shows, in one folder or another. I can say here, again, that episodes 8-10 may represent some of the best work we’ve ever done on this show, and that they absolutely, totally turn the show on its head, *and leave it that way*. After those three episodes, folks, it’s a whole new ball game.

jms
Subj: Re:Guest Role Casting
Date: 95-11-25 16:52:32 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>> We don’t give cast members summaries, but there is a wall on which we post some of the more interesting net comments.<<
(Warning: this is a lighthearted message, do not waste time answering these questions)

What role will this wall have in the arc? Is it a secret Ranger weapon? Do the Shadows read this wall? Is it 1 by 4 by 9, and black? Is it under our noses? Will this wonderful surface of communication be a member of the army of light or not? And will it have a cameo?

Run for your lives, the WALL is coming!!!

Subj: Re:”Ellen” Episode
Date: 95-11-25 16:55:35 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>>so Centauri condoms come in multiples of 6?<<
I guess “sixpack” has an entirely different meaning to a Centauri…

Subj: Dr Franklin
Date: 95-11-25 23:29:15 EST
From: Rjler
Posted on: America Online

What was the doctor running from, using the stims? Will he be able to face it and stop both?

Subj: Business on B5
Date: 95-11-25 23:46:50 EST
From: Rjler
Posted on: America Online

There are scenes of the arrival/departure areas, the markets, the bars, some living quarters for the residents, and the work areas… but with all the commerce, and general traffic, wouldn’t there be at least one hotel? Did I just not recognize it?

Subj: Re: Re: Talia
Date: 95-11-26 00:19:01 EST
From: WhiplashK
Posted on: America Online

Strong suspicion, eh? Could you elaborate a little more? What made you think that Talia was doomed from the beginning? I’m afraid I didn’t notice any clues, if any exist.

Subj: Opening Credits Voiceover
Date: 95-11-26 00:23:54 EST
From: WhiplashK
Posted on: America Online

Just wondering: why is Susan Ivanova (damn! can’t remember the actress’ name! sorry, ma’am) doing the voice-over for the 3rd season? Isn’t it traditional for the lead actor and commanding officer to do this? Is there some important hint in the fact that the second-in-command is doing the voice-over?

Subj: Wither Natoth?
Date: 95-11-26 01:36:40 EST
From: HarleyHG
Posted on: America Online

Will Natoth ever be mentioned on screen again? It bothers me that she just disappeared without anyone asking G’Kar about her. I think the reason I even bring it up is you have done so well with continuity on every other level. Even minor characters like the Narn Sheraton saved come back and get explained.

Why not Natoth?

Subj: Re:Opening Credits Voiceover
Date: 95-11-26 03:45:44 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

My plan has always been to vary the opening narration every year; the pilot movie was narrated by Londo, season one by Sinclair, season two by Sheridan, season three by Ivanvoa, and seasons 4 and 5 will be by other people. The phrasing and details of the narration also vary by person, who they are.

Yes, what you say has traditionally been the way it’s done. One good reason to change it.

jms
Subj: Re:Opening Credits Voiceover
Date: 95-11-26 05:16:49 EST
From: B5 Maniac
Posted on: America Online

Her name is Claudia Christian!!!! Remember it well!!! I’m sure she would like it if you did!

Subj: Re:”Ellen” of SHedr24734
Date: 95-11-26 08:10:02 EST
From: RuaxKodesh
Posted on: America Online

Obviously. Or perhaps dozens, in the grand old days of the republic. Fascinating.

Subj: Is Andrea Coming Back?
Date: 95-11-26 08:40:40 EST
From: Woolfvi
Posted on: America Online

Question for JMS:

You don’t have to reveal any juicy story bits – just tell us, is Andrea Thompson still with the show?

Inquiring minds want to know.

woolfvi
Subj: JMS: Speaking of comebacks
Date: 95-11-26 10:20:59 EST
From: StarFuryD4
Posted on: America Online

Mr. Straczynski,

I had read in a UK board that O’Hare would be returning as a regular character after the two-parter. Will you/ can you deny this rumor?, or, should we just wait and see?

(The comment was supposedly made *by* O’Hare at a UK convention)

Thanks,

Dave

Subj: Blast from the past!
Date: 95-11-26 18:47:23 EST
From: JJacov2997
Posted on: America Online

>>so Centauri condoms come in multiples of 6?<<
Wrap those rascals! <g>

JMS–I was watching a copy of one of my old “Captain Power and The Soldiers of the Future” tapes, and one of the characters, Tank, makes a mention to the time he spent on “Babylon 5.”
Were you planning this series that far back?
Jo.

Subj: A note of appreciation
Date: 95-11-26 19:01:21 EST
From: Combadge
Posted on: America Online

Pardon the longer than usual length but I just want to express my appreciation for your show. As a fan of Star Trek from its first run, when I was in the 6th grade, I have always loved Roddenberry’s original work, though I was never a Trekker. ST did have an enormous impact on my imaginative life, as it did so many others. Though I faithfully watched STNG, it never gained my affection or respect of the original. I’ve liked much of DS9, but after last season’s terrible run, my loyalty was shaken. No comment on Voyager.
I had first watched the B5 pilot and though impressed with the movie-level production values, was not intrigued enough to invest in the 1st season. Last winter, a Trek friend who had been reintroduced to B5 by another friend, got me to watch two back episodes which set up the arc plotlines (“Signs and Portents” and “The Coming of the Shadows”) and my wife and I were hooked.
This came at a time when, deep in my heart, I had begun having doubts about the future viability of the Star Trek series. What more, I asked, can they do after over 300 hrs. of stories? The concept is nigh exhausted. Most eps are recycled from earlier stories.
Watching B5 last year gave me the the excitement I had not experienced since the original ST– the “what will happen next?” sensation. The sense of innovation, expanded boundaries, or old ideas spun in a new way was, to say the least, refreshing. Even the lamer ideas sparkle with a sense of willingness to try something new.
The chief reason for the effectiveness of the show is tied the the concept of closure. Years ago at Regent University’s film school I wrote an article for the film journal titled “The Titan Eats its Children” about tv programming. Like the Titan Uranus of Greek myth, who tried to eat his offspring, tv execs, finding a successful show will seek to perpetuate it until the concept is worn out, and a mere ghost of its original self. The article focused on the “Beauty and the Beast” tv series and how it was then facing, in its third season, artifical perpetuation well past its original potential. Creative atrophy had set in and another good series was going down into a ignominous death. TV execs want a series to dependably bring in ad revenue for as long as possible so a show (“Beauty”) that should have lasted maybe 30 episodes was stretched, Procrustean-like to more than two seasons. How many other times has that happened? I suggested at the time that a limited series with a planned ending was a better idea which would allow for the best realization of the concept and allow the series to have a conclusion of sorts, just like other art forms, like plays, songs, and movies. This, of course, is almost anathema to networkthink which sees programs as commodities to be perpetuated ad nauseaum.
B5 demonstrates the potential for a limited series. A complex, self-contained story can be told without the open-endedness of a standard tv series. These days the creative inbreeding of ST is sadly evident as its making-it-up-as we-go-along nature is more noticable when compared with B5’s structure.
One of the problems with such an approach is, of course, getting new viewers up to speed with the storyline. If I want my friend to read “The Lord of the Rings,”I can hardly give him just volumes 2 and 3 so he can enjoy the rest of the story with me after I’ve already read volume 1. In TV it’s hard to go back to the beginning (even with all B5’s rereruns). How can new viewers be accommodated and appreciate the complexities of the story structure without it becoming tedious for veteran viewers? A new challenge that’s part of a new narrative approach.
Anyway, I hope your epic venture continues to hold and gain new viewers every week. The AOL site will help in this without exploiting or cheapening the show. I can’t imagine not seeing the final season of Babylon 5. This is a show that must go on!

Subj: to jms: a ? about talia
Date: 95-11-26 19:04:47 EST
From: Beep88
Posted on: America Online

JMS- is Talia really gone for good? She seemed so important to the different plots that it seems so strange for her to leave the show.

Subj: Re:Coexistence of B5 and Tre
Date: 95-11-26 19:18:18 EST
From: DelennV
Posted on: America Online

JMS:
Thank you for your comments. I, too, am a loyal trek fan and have become a loyal b-5 fan. The silliness between the fans of both shows does get out hand at times. These are two different shows with different premises. I am also an avid star wars fan. So what does this make me? A true sci-fi fanatic. Keep up the good work. Can’t wait to see Sinclair again. Sheridan is great. Hope Talia comes back. Will the doc get help for his drug habit?

DelennV

Subj: Re:Coexistence of B5 and Tre
Date: 95-11-26 19:34:44 EST
From: Ed B Diver
Posted on: America Online

What feud? Last year there was a Con in Montreal Quebec that had Mira Furlen and Majel Barret (and a host of others) as guest speakers, as well as local fen of B5 and ST in costume all weekend. i found both groups to be quite cordial towards everone, including each other, and quite willing to have intelligent, civil discussions about their respective SF universes. I had fun as a B-Galactica warrior sporting my pet Pyrosaur. SF fen are supposed to be open-minded based on the fact that we all have a LOT of Mundanes to convert. Coexistance (multi-existance for some of us) should be the norm.

After all, it’s possible for one person to enjoy Heinlein, Niven, Aspirin, Pournell, Cherrey, Chandler,
and a few dozen other writers in print. Why can’t we enjoy several TV series, based on their merits. They exist in different universes with their own rules, arcs, and bibles. As long as the writing, acting, and production are of quality, enjoy good Science Fiction video. There is so little of it around!

Ed

Subj: Re: GREAT SHOW DUDEEEE!!!
Date: 95-11-26 19:46:24 EST
From: TheNggr
Posted on: America Online

Kudos to an excellent show. I would like to see if you could conjour up an e-mail listing of all of the stations that Play B5 so I may create an E-Mail drive to keep this show on the airwaves. I do believe that every little bit counts.
Thanx,
The Pimp

Subj: Vir !
Date: 95-11-26 19:52:25 EST
From: Startrain
Posted on: America Online

JMS: From my wife: “Please let us see Vir from time to time! I can’t believe he’s been sent to Minbari!

Really been enjoying the new shows! Thanks!

Startrain

Subj: Re: Re: Talia
Date: 95-11-26 22:09:03 EST
From: MythoPhile
Posted on: America Online

<< What made you think that Talia was doomed from the beginning? I’m afraid I didn’t notice any clues, if any exist.>>

Check out the mirror symbolism. They CONSTANTLY show Talia looking into mirrors.

Subj: Re: Drazi
Date: 95-11-26 22:28:51 EST
From: Rick9719
Posted on: America Online

I’d also like to know. Who did win Green or purple?

Subj: Where’d that link go?
Date: 95-11-26 23:22:44 EST
From: GD11001
Posted on: America Online

JMS-

Perhaps you could shed some light on this question. In “Convictions”, Sheridan took off his link and put it “somewhere” down the back of his pants. Some people say he stuck it in his belt, but coupled with Garibaldi’s suggestion, it seemed to me he stuck it in… a much darker place. Just curious if you could clear this up

Chris

Subj: Talia
Date: 95-11-27 00:08:01 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

Just one thing about Talia that I thought I should say in my direct and succint manner of self-expression:

 

 
WHO CARES!? SHE’S GONE, AND WON’T RETURN UNTIL YOU SHUT UP! Forget trying to argue; if you silence yourselves, I will take that crystal from Kosh and personally imbed it in your medula omblongada until your heart has ceased to function, comprenez-vous? I am SICK of this redundant, repetitive, useless, and totally unecessary topic, and my associates would find it most pleasant if you would end all inquiries about the trashed teep. They are rapidly losing sympathy for the ignorant masses who haven’t figured out that JMS won’t talk about Talia anymore! GIVE IT UP! For the sanity of every sentient being to grace this inhospitable forum, please DROP TALIA! Let it go…

Subj: Re:Talia
Date: 95-11-27 00:10:13 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>> if you silence yourselves,<<
OOPS! I meant: if you DON’T silence yourselves..
heheheh
I am a reasonable person Dave… I have the utmost enthusiasm in C&C…

Subj: Narn Religion
Date: 95-11-27 00:51:26 EST
From: Jevenkah
Posted on: America Online

Just what does one call a follower of G’Quan (sorry I have NO idea how to spell that)?
Great show, Thank you!

Subj: Re:JMS: Speaking of comeback
Date: 95-11-27 05:42:15 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

No, I was with Michael O’Hare at that UK convention, and no such thing was said.

jms
Subj: Re:Blast from the past!
Date: 95-11-27 05:43:09 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Yes. I came up with the basic premise of the series in 1986; wrote the pilot screenplay for “The Gahering” and commissioned artwork in 1987…and spent 5 years trying to sell the darned thing.

jms
Subj: Re:Blast from the past!
Date: 95-11-27 12:16:39 EST
From: Angelica71
Posted on: America Online

> Yes. I came up with the basic premise of the series in 1986; wrote the pilot screenplay for “The >Gahering” and commissioned artwork in 1987…and spent 5 years trying to sell the darned thing.
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> jms

It’s worth the wait.

-erica

Subj: Visions 95
Date: 95-11-27 21:00:55 EST
From: Carolyn772
Posted on: America Online

I just saw the wonderful Michael O’Hare and the lovely Mira Furlan at Visions over the weekend. They were both marvelous, and for their part in the variety show, both read from Dr. Seuss. <g>

Michael obviously knows fans well–he threw chocolate B5 coins at the audience every few minutes. He said something to the effect that the things dear to all fans’ hearts were sex and chocolate…

 

Subj: Psi-Corps’ brain stuff
Date: 95-11-28 14:38:27 EST
From: Skelebot
Posted on: America Online

If the Psi-Corps can do personality overlays (what they did to Talia) and they can amplify psionics and give psychics telekinetic powers (like Jason Ironheart) can the Psi-Corps can the Psi-Corps do a psychic overlay, like surgically reducing or removing psionic powers and doing a personality overlay so when you telepathically “send the password” you just don’t get the type of attitude the Corps want but also the powers?

Skelebot the B5er

Subj: Letter Drive to…. Where?
Date: 95-11-28 19:52:48 EST
From: O2BFUNNY
Posted on: America Online

A few weeks ago my brother-in-law sent me an E-Mail request to start taping some show called “Babylon 5″ for him, as the station in Ames (Iowa) stopped carrying it. He told me of his numerous co-workers who would pay me to tape it for them. I had vaguely remembered reading about the show and I duly set up a VCR to catch it every week. I thought nothing of it until that same brother-in-law visited for Thanksgiving. He asked to see what I had recorded so far, and I sat down to see what all the hubbub was about. Wow! What a GREAT show!!

I was then perusing Entertainment Weekly (12/1 issue) and saw a short commentary from Bruce Boxleitner regarding the show, technology (as it relates to the Internet), and the future of Babylon 5 as a series and possible movie. He suggested that you “need more people writing in their views”. As a brand new fan, I would be delighted to write – but to where? I’ve scoured this site for the proper venue, and cannot seem to find anyplace beneficial to the show.

I hope you can recruit more fans and keep the show rolling. Certainly some more feature articles in the mass media won’t hurt, and maybe even some more advertising might help. Personally, I think the opening “trailer” would make a heck of a commercial, especially with those wicked looking Shadow ships. Best of luck, sorry for the long E-Mail.

O2

Subj: Lyta and Kosh?!?!
Date: 95-11-28 20:18:25 EST
From: Arrghman
Posted on: America Online

Sort of a spoiler, so here is a spoiler space…

 

 
Good enough? No?

 
O.K. That’s good. In “Passing Through Gethsmane” (or however it’s spelled) WHAT WAS LYTA DOING WITH KOSH?!?!?! The head of Kosh’s encounter suit was off, and Lyta wasn’t wearing a breathing mask. She had gills. Then, three beams from Lyta’s eyes and mouth shot out toward Kosh. What was this? Was she mating with him or something? And what did Lyta see on the Vorlon homeworld? Will WE ever get to see it??!

Subj: Re:Lyta and Kosh?!?!
Date: 95-11-28 20:45:05 EST
From: Nermeister
Posted on: America Online

>Sort of a spoiler, so here is a spoiler space…
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>O.K. That’s good. In “Passing Through Gethsmane” (or however it’s spelled) WHAT WAS LYTA >DOING WITH KOSH?!?!?! The head of Kosh’s encounter suit was off, and Lyta wasn’t wearing a >breathing mask. She had gills. Then, three beams from Lyta’s eyes and mouth shot out toward >Kosh. What was this? Was she mating with him or something? And what did Lyta see on the >Vorlon homeworld? Will WE ever get to see it??!

I thought maybe that was Kosh leaving Lyta’s body, sorta like what that alien did to Sheridan in “Knives”. He’s got a new encounter suit! :)

Subj: Re:Lyta and Kosh?!?!
Date: 95-11-29 00:42:29 EST
From: IronKobra
Posted on: America Online

Exactly what I was thinking!! Tho I didn’t notice the gills. I finally decided to start archiving the show, when my VCR went on the fritz. Then the local affiliate pushed it back to accomodate a B-ball game (GO JAZZ!! sorry ’bout that :) ) so it was almost one in the morn, so I was on the fritz myself.

Subj: Bringing New Viewers Up
Date: 95-11-29 03:24:17 EST
From: JVibber
Posted on: America Online

<< One of the problems with such an approach is, of course, getting new viewers up to speed with the storyline. If I want my friend to read “The Lord of the Rings,”I can hardly give him just volumes 2 and 3 so he can enjoy the rest of the story with me after I’ve already read volume 1.>>

This is a big problem. I’ve even encountered it with the Star Wars movies. I have a circle of friends who have seen all three movies since they started. As time passed, and the circle widened, we encountered Star Wars fans whose first encounter with the saga was “Return of the Jedi.” What’s odd (or maybe not so odd) is that several of them perceived Darth Vader as the hero of the piece — sort of a Siegfried-type from Gotterdammerung, who wanted to save the galaxy, fell from grace, then redeemed himself in a last heroic act, killing the evil Emperor. As for that Luke guy, well, he was just a secondary character as far as they were concerned.

Without repeats of Season 1 and Season 2, the best we can do is recap, point to the Lurker’s Guide, or give people “The Treatment” — pull out the video tapes of all the earlier episodes and watch them all (or at least key episodes) with the new fan.

Frankly, I like the limited series idea of B5, just as I like the idea of a multiple-movie series such as Star Wars that has a beginning, middle, and end. (So what if we DID start in the middle.) The question is, if this is to have any chance of becoming the wave of new quality television in the future, is there a way we can provide new fans with the background they need without endlessly re-hashing the past every couple of episodes? Is there anything to be learned, say, from daytime soap operas?

Subj: Re:Lyta and Kosh?!?!
Date: 95-11-29 03:29:20 EST
From: JVibber
Posted on: America Online

Spoiler space for “Gesthmane”

 

 

 

 

 

 
<< What was Lyta doing with Kosh??? >>

Well, MY take on it was that Lyta is Kosh’s new encounter suit.
Joe, if I’m on the right track, feel free to say nothing.
Subj: Why doesn’t Garibaldi know?
Date: 95-11-29 04:01:31 EST
From: MrTryItOn
Posted on: America Online

Why doesn’t Garibaldi realize that the Shadows are in league with PsyCorps? He saw shadow ships on Mars and now he knows whose ships they are. Why doesn’t he put 2 and 2 together?

Subj: B-5 newsgroup
Date: 95-11-29 15:07:09 EST
From: Angelica71
Posted on: America Online

I just read that you’ve resigned the usenet group rastB5. Your original message did not come through (the AOL newsreader is not terribly dependable) but I got the gist of your original from the replies. I’ll miss your input on that group tremendously, and I *completely* support your decision to leave. I had been wondering lately when you would finally decide that no self-respecting human being should deal with the sludge from those few sources that kept sliming what could have been a lovely experience for everyone involved.

Will you stay here, though? Please?

Subj: Re:B-5 newsgroup
Date: 95-11-29 17:01:56 EST
From: Harpoon1
Posted on: America Online

ACCCK!!! SPPPFFTT!!!(Choking on Hariball!) NO! It can’t be!
JMS!
Your really not leaving the newsgroup are you??? MY BBS WILL NOT BE THE SAME!! :(. But seriously, I can see why you are doing this if you are. I cannot for the life of me understand why so few can ruin something so good for so many..:(
LONG LIFE!
Harpoon1
P.s Thanks for one “HEELUVA” good series!
Subj: minor nit-pick
Date: 95-11-29 17:39:59 EST
From: Kylinn
Posted on: America Online

someone (sorry, I can’t lost the message) said:
> B5 doesn’t appear on cable TV

This is not entirely true. It is true that the show is syndicated, but in many
places the local stations don’t carry it, so the only way to get it is to subscribe
to a cable service that carries one of the channels from another area that does
carry it. I’m in upstate NY, but have been watching B5 on WSBK over cable
since none of my local stations had decided to carry it.

–Ky

Subj: Re:Talia
Date: 95-11-29 22:41:44 EST
From: Ciaradh
Posted on: America Online

Whatsamater Songo; did Talia remind you of your mom?

Subj: Re:B-5 newsgroup
Date: 95-11-30 02:49:24 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

I have no plans for leaving here anytime soon, Angelica. I hope to be here for the long haul.

jms
Subj: Delighted that JMS will stay
Date: 95-11-30 13:29:46 EST
From: KnechtDS
Posted on: America Online

I was also disappointed to hear that you (JMS) was leaving the newsgroup, but am delighted to hear that you intend to continue participating on AOL.

I love your wry humor and sly hints! Keep it up.

Donna

Subj: Re:Delighted that JMS will s
Date: 95-11-30 17:32:58 EST
From: GWRepBobby
Posted on: America Online

I don’t keep up with the newsgroup, I have a lot of other things to do. I do go over the quotes from there when they are reposted. Can anyone tell me why JMS has left the newsgroup?

Subj: B5 Universe Questions
Date: 95-11-30 18:34:44 EST
From: Skelebot
Posted on: America Online

In all of the non-Earth Alliance space stations and starship s, there aren’t any rotating sections
like on the Agamemnon or B5 itself. What does the dreaded mass drivers shoot (since there MASS drivers they shoot projectiles, right)? How come Earthforce does not use lasers ar “slice-em” weapons but as “hit-em” weapons, unlike the Narn, Minbari and the Shadows. Were any Minbari crusiers shot down in the Earth-Minbari War besides the Dark Star and her sister ships? Is Earth considered “low-tech” compared to many other starfaring races?

Skelebot the (inquisitive) B5er

Subj: Re:Narn Religion
Date: 95-11-30 20:11:29 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>>Just what does one call a follower of G’Quan (sorry I have NO idea how to spell that)?
Great show, Thank you!<<
…a G’Quistian

Subj: My 2 cents
Date: 95-11-30 20:55:41 EST
From: Lady Heron
Posted on: America Online

I have enjoyed reading your hints and comments here as much as I have enjoyed watching every minute of the B5.
Anticipation of what’s to come makes the show very intriquing and exciting!
Thanks for writing such a great story.
I’m hooked.
Karen )

Subj: Licensing & Your Audience
Date: 95-11-30 22:03:50 EST
From: Zatris
Posted on: America Online

Dear JMS,

Let me first congratulate you on the quality & ongoing excitment that is B5. I have been an admirer of your work since your days on TZ and am never disappointed by what you present. My continued hopes for your success. But to the matter at hand. I’ve read a great deal about how you have been extremely cautious in allowing licensing of any B5 merchandise & logos. This I respect and understand. God knows how TREK has been exploited, as well as any solid francise or property. However, my concerns are more along the lines of WHO you are granting these privledges. I attended a Creation Convention in NJ over Thanksgiving weekend, the usual madhouse we all know and look forward to. I was scoping about for B5 merchadise and came across a baseball cap with the logo. Great, I was satisfied. Then I look inside of the cap and find a tag stating CREATION ENTERTAINMENT!

Say it ain’t so, Joe. Creation may have one of largest convention circuits in the world at present, but this goes along with an equally generous reputation for bad bussiness dealings. They don’t honor the people who pay for those alleged “preferred seating” privledges. They have forced out the smaller, more grassroot fans and dealer who MADE their conventions in the first place. And as they has sewed up the TREK francise with Paramount, no one with even legitimate merchandise, can work their shows. This has cast any TREK, QUANTUM LEAP, BEAUTY & THE BEAST in a very poor situation. HELL, THEY EVEN ANNOUNCED THIS AS THEIR 25TH YEAR AND IT’S A FLAT OUT LIE! PHIL SEULING STARTED THESE SHOWS!

My point is this, I am not a dealer, I am a fan of your show and those I have mentioned. I am asking you not to throw in with this band of charlatans to gain a quick avenue to your audience. Your better than that.

Tim Healy

PS My best to Harlan.

 

Subj: Re:B5 Universe Questions
Date: 95-12-01 03:53:56 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Mass drivers use asteroids freely available in space, accelerated and fired into a planetary atmosphere. EA non-rotational ships have zero g. EA tech is generally much lower in weapons tech and other areas than the Minbari and Vorlons, among others.

jms
Subj: Re:Licensing & Your Audience
Date: 95-12-01 03:59:02 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

We’re aware of the rep that Creation has, and I’ve been very open in my criticism of them when they’ve done something dumb, both in my talks with them privately, and on the nets. They know that if they do a Dumb of Bad Thing, I’m going to call them on it. I’ll also note when they do things right. And thus far, for the most part, they’ve done okay by B5. I’ve worked closely with them on the licensing aspects, and some of it is really quite cool, and the rest is fine. (They have come out with two recent items, a B5 leather jacket (a bit over-priced, I think, but extremely cool nonetheless), and B5 mugs with the logo on one side, and the silhouette on the other in silver against black that’s just *killer*.)

I don’t feel sufficiently comfortable at this time to do a B5 convention with them; but I have made an occasional personal appearance, and found that they are genuinely interested in trying to straighten out their rep. A great deal of the problem stems from the fact that they often work with local folks in the area as hosts who often don’t know what they’re talking about. So now they’re cutting back a little, trying to do fewer, better, than a lot, less efficiently.

jms
Subj: To JMS
Date: 95-12-01 14:50:02 EST
From: Hogan ds
Posted on: America Online

I find B5 to be the best show I have seen in a long time. I am a SCI-FI junkie, and could never find any good shows to watch on the networks. Star Trek is ok, but never really had much story to it. They usually tied everything up at the end of the episode which left me thinking, “that was interesting but what’s next. I love how you build up the plot with every episode. I think that B5 would do alot better if someone forced the networks to give it a better time. When I lived in Ohio it was on at 1:00am Monday morning. When I moved to Idaho it was on Wednsday at 8:00pm, but eventually got moved to Saturday at 4:00pm. I think that the worst problem with TV today is those stupid Nielson Ratings. I think it is unfair that a small percentage of the population gets to decide what the rest of us likes and watches. I have heard many rumors that B5 is going to be cancelled do to lack of interest. If this would happen I would be greatly disappointed I love this show, in fact B5 and SAB is the only two shows I watch on TV anymore. When they are not on I set down and watch the copies of B5 that I recorded off TV. I have every episdoe except for the First season and the pilot, which I want very much. I have purchased every B5 item that I know of and hope that sooner or later there will be a web site, where I can purchase more items. Sorry didn’t mean to ramble on, I just wanted to tell you how much I liked your show.
Hogan DS

Subj: Re:Thanks
Date: 95-12-01 16:08:06 EST
From: Jim008SFF
Posted on: America Online

Ditto and double ditto! The two of us look forward to B-5 each week and we’re always seeking to turn others on to the best SF show on TV. (At least 4 other households in central MN now watch B-5 since we told them about it.) The others have good points and are worthy in their own right, but B-5 is truly something special and very enjoyable. Thanks again!!

Subj: JMS: Another note of thanks.
Date: 95-12-01 17:07:59 EST
From: TMorisak
Posted on: America Online

JMS-
Thanks for a wonderful series! I moved from rastb5 to this site, in full support of what you did, why and when. I just wanted to add my voice to the rest of those loyal to the ‘light’ side.

Thanks again, I look forward to the show every week!
Todd

Subj: Re:To JMS
Date: 95-12-01 17:52:49 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Hogan: thanks. And at this point, we’re in no particular jeapordy of being canceled; the ratings keep improving, slowly, but it’s there, and the folks at WB have openly discussed the notion of our fourth season long before those words would usually ever come out of their mouths, so we’ll probably be okay.

jms

Subj: JMS: Another note of thanks
Date: 95-12-01 17:53:43 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

No, the thanks are entirely mine….

jms

Subj: What happend to the Raiders?
Date: 95-12-01 20:18:07 EST
From: Skelebot
Posted on: America Online

What happende to the raiders? Are there more raiders? Will they be thererateing B5? Hmm…Raiders, sounds like a football team to me.

Skelebot the B5er (and lame joker)

Subj: Re: Leaving rsatb5
Date: 95-12-01 21:05:17 EST
From: LuvB5
Posted on: America Online

About time! How you put up with the moronic rantings of the “fab three” for so long is a mystery
to me. Its too bad that a few goons are always able to disrupt a pleasureable acitivity for many
people. I think spacing the rats would be a good idea.
Regards
Bill

Subj: A Special Note Of Thanks
Date: 95-12-01 21:16:49 EST
From: BCase11464
Posted on: America Online

I wish to thank you again for calling on Monday November 20th. Although I must appologize for my lack of conversation due to my being a bit too star struck for my brain to make any proper connection with my mouth. I am glad that you liked my poem. (The Prophecy). I was inspired by a dream that I had the night before. Most of my poems seem to have come to me that way. I have had one published so far and am trying to get the rest published as well. As for the photograph that I had sent along with the poem, I sent it because I wanted a face to go along with my letter, and that it wouldn’t be just another letter from another faceless fan. Thanks again for the call. It was extremely kind of you and something very special to me, more than you’ll ever know. Thanks too for the great series. I find it’s a great way to escape from the daily stress of this world and carry me off to one that is far, far, away. Even if it is just for one hour a week. Thanks again.
BCase11464
aka–Bobbi S. Case
Battle Creek, Michigan

Subj: VIDEOS
Date: 95-12-01 23:32:43 EST
From: CGuill4457
Posted on: America Online

Sir: I have learned from a relatively reliable source that a strong disagreement exists between you and Time-Warner about the possibility of releasing video tapes of the first two seasons. For those of us that have been unable to continuously partake of the quality show that you have created for one reason or another, please settle your differences to allow the tapes to be made available.

Subj: Re:Guest Role Casting
Date: 95-12-02 00:28:07 EST
From: EQRIS
Posted on: America Online
The wall is part of the universe’s expanding consciousness….

Subj: Without Makeup
Date: 95-12-02 00:34:31 EST
From: BlkSista5
Posted on: America Online

i was just wondering if we’ll ever get to see what the actors who portray the ambassadors look like without their makeup? It would be very interesting to see what G’kar, Londo and Deelen look like.

Subj: What was that….?
Date: 95-12-02 00:51:19 EST
From: EQRIS
Posted on: America Online

In the episode where Morden is asking the ambassadors “what they want”, while he is in Delenn’s quarters speaking with her, her vision seems to go dark and a triangle-type shape appeared on her forehead. What was that thing? and why did it only appear the one time? Also, can you tell us if Morden is going to get what’s coming to him any time soon….he is just soooo smug! I would love to see someone give him a good <pop> in the nose! Lennier maybe?
Thank you for a wonderful show!!!!!!

Subj: Re:VIDEOS
Date: 95-12-02 01:49:28 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

The difference is that we want them to do it, and they don’t think that there’s a market. You tell me how to resolve that difference, and I’ll go for it.

jms
Subj: Re:Without Makeup
Date: 95-12-02 01:50:31 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

It’s been discussed, but the actors, particularly Andreas, are dead against the idea, on the theory that it ruins the illusion.

jms
Subj: Re:VIDEOS
Date: 95-12-02 02:00:28 EST
From: EQRIS
Posted on: America Online

Give us a number to call, or an address to write to, and all the loyal B5 fans can flood their offices with requests for videos…..

Subj: Re:VIDEOS
Date: 95-12-02 02:45:38 EST
From: HarleyHG
Posted on: America Online

It’s always a bit risky to put something out on video that the customer can tape for free off the airwaves. There are a lot of tapes like that out there that haven’t sold, some with the Warner Brothers label.
So I can see there point.

However, I would like to see them try, and I would certainly buy it. With that in mind would a letter writing campaign have any real chance of success? Perhaps we could convince them to put a couple of tapes out to test the waters as it were. If so, to whom should we write?

Subj: Schedules and Reruns
Date: 95-12-02 02:52:47 EST
From: HarleyHG
Posted on: America Online

If the Lurker’s Guide is to be believed, B5 will be in reruns until the last week in January. This sounds all too familiar, they did this last year too.

Is this due to problems getting the episodes completed, or a desire to save new episodes for the “Sweeps” periods?

I understand the need for reruns, but as I tape the show I don’t watch them, and I find it a bit long to go without a fix.

And of course one has to wonder how many season three episodes will be held in stasis until next October.

BTW: Keep up the good work, B5 is easily the best thing on the air.

Subj: Episode #4
Date: 95-12-02 02:59:06 EST
From: MathType
Posted on: America Online

JMS-
Did you intentionally try to make the scene where Sinclair and Co. were questioning the Centaurii Telepath more disturbing? After watching it a couple of times I found myself questioning whether or not I was rooting for the ‘right side.’

Kevin

Subj: Re:Schedules and Reruns
Date: 95-12-02 05:27:09 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

The rerun schedule is to accommodate the PTEN desire to have new eps for sweeps periods, and nothing else. I’m sitting on a bunch of new episodes that’re just gonna sit on the shelf until January. (Hey, everybody come on over to my house, we’ll have a viewing party….)

jms
Subj: Re:Episode #4
Date: 95-12-02 05:28:20 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Yes, that’s definitely the sense I was going for. That scene frankly unsettles and scares me a little, because it does show our characters skirting the line…yes, it’s absolutely necessary, every moment is precious if they’re going to try to save Edward’s life…but it’s still a bit creepy.

jms
Subj: Re:B-5 newsgroup
Date: 95-12-02 06:30:54 EST
From: Marc112345
Posted on: America Online

Thank God!!!

Subj: Re:Schedules and Reruns
Date: 95-12-02 06:39:16 EST
From: Marc112345
Posted on: America Online

Tell us when and where!!!!

Subj: JMS: The League
Date: 95-12-02 11:10:33 EST
From: MrWook
Posted on: America Online

B5 is a great show! Thank you thank you thank you!

Here are a few questions:

1) In the first season, quite a few aliens sat in the seats, about one per each race. Now there are only 2-3 representatives from ~5 races (usually Llort, Markab, pak’ma’ra, and Hyach). In this time/money related or is there a reason fewer League member (or ex-members?) show up in council?

2) I noticed there are around 12 alien “flags” in the upper corner of the Chamber. In the first season, there were a number of alien species, but in the second season it looked like you scrapped those and started over. Any particular reason?

I understand time/money/space constraints, but it always bothered me that the League members always had those cramped seats in the back of the room, and given the supposed number of member aliens, not enough room for all members to sit.

Overall, JMS, THANK YOU for not throwing humans with a funny piece of latex attached to their forehead – the Onteen don’t count 😉 –

BTW – What did the pak’ma’ra see when Kosh “exposed himself”? Nyarlathotep? 😉

Thank you again,
Mr.Wook

Subj: Re:Episode #4
Date: 95-12-02 11:23:31 EST
From: Badinov
Posted on: America Online

>> Yes, that’s definitely the sense I was going for. That scene frankly unsettles and scares me a little, because it does show our characters skirting the line…yes, it’s absolutely necessary, every moment is precious if they’re going to try to save Edward’s life…but it’s still a bit creepy.<<

War is still hell. What’s the moral crisis? Sheridan walks the knife edge of treason as is. He has a warship that doesn’t appear on his T.O.&E. (Table of Organization and Equipment).

He is the defacto commander of an unauthorized paramilitary reconnaissance/strike force.

He is conspiring with other officers in a secret cabal to possibly overthrow the legitimate (albeit corrupt) government.

His station is the conduit for BOTH arms smugglers supplying an unrecognized rebellion AND an underground railroad station for fugitive telepaths.

He is still the commanding officer of a station whose inhabitants he is honor bound to protect.

Therefore, I seriously doubt that using a rogue telepath (in the service of a alien government!!) is going to cause him to lose sleep or kharma points.

This is the stuff they teach about in those leadership courses. Do you have the courage to do what needs to get done, and do the right thing?
:-)

Badinov

Subj: Re:Schedules and Reruns
Date: 95-12-02 11:24:46 EST
From: Badinov
Posted on: America Online

>> (Hey, everybody come on over to my house, we’ll have a viewing party….)<<

You name the time and place…we’ll bring the beer

:-)

Badinov

Subj: Re:Videos
Date: 95-12-02 11:44:09 EST
From: IronKobra
Posted on: America Online

JMS [aka The Master :)] I know this question has been asked before (by me for one), but *who* do we write to in order to convince the powers-that-be to release Babylon 5 videos? I’ve never found an answer to that question. *Please* post that info here so I can carry out my diabolical plan of burying those…umm, people under several tons of mid-grade printer paper. Thanks again for bringing us one of the best shows on TV, a medium that barely deserves it.

Don

Subj: Rangers
Date: 95-12-02 13:49:35 EST
From: MarkDuell
Posted on: America Online

JMS,
This is my first post here, and I just want to get in line and tell you how wonderful B5 is. I am said to see that you left rastb5, but you do what you have to do. My question, How long have the Rangers been an organization? How did they get started? All of the Earthers that come through the station that aren’t government of military seem cautious of the Minbari, but there is now this secret force in training. Will there be more Ranger info in future episodes (I realize that we will get to know Marcus better in future episodes).

Mark Duell

Subj: Re:Rangers
Date: 95-12-02 15:50:07 EST
From: AcDec
Posted on: America Online

<<This is the stuff they teach about in those leadership courses. Do you have the courage to do what needs to get done, and do the right thing? >>

” Don’t ever let your sense of morals keep you from doing the right thing”
The good doctor knows all :)

–AcDec

Subj: JMS:Writing
Date: 95-12-02 16:52:59 EST
From: JMSkelton
Posted on: America Online

I’ve been a fan of the show ever since it came on the air, and the main appeal to me was the writing. In fact, I was happy to find a copy of your book on writing for stage, screen, and TV at our local library. You gave very good advice on how to lay out characters, plots, and settings that I found useful when I started taking a playwriting course here.
Oddly enough, when I used your format for play manuscripts, I was told by my instructor (Frank Higgins, a fairly well-known playwright) that it was incorrect. And although I’ve looked everywhere, I can’t find any other book laying out the correct format for play scripts.
Anyway, I really wanted to know if it was necessary for you to write x number of shows to keep maybe your SWG card or is it just something you’ve wanted to do? I’ve also noted in the two episodes I saw of yours that you used very obvious historical allusions. Of course you had the Jack the Ripper story, and then you had the rise of a new group which so obviously parallels Hitler’s rise that you even had a Neville Chamberlain quote,. “There will peace in our time” being used. Sorry, guess I’m too well versed in these things and prefer a little more subtlety.
Be that as it may, I much prefer your show, plus DS9, because of the realism. At last there are space shows with aliens that DON’T look even vaguely human! Keep up the great work!
JMSkelton

Subj: Re:Without Makeup
Date: 95-12-02 17:01:28 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>> It would be very interesting to see what G’kar, Londo and Deelen look like.<<
Watch “The Fugitive”, “Tron”, and… uh… well, there’s Antigone, but that’s in La only.

Subj: Re:Episode #4
Date: 95-12-02 17:03:36 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>>JMS-
Did you intentionally try to make the scene where Sinclair and Co. were questioning the Centaurii Telepath more disturbing? After watching it a couple of times I found myself questioning whether or not I was rooting for the ‘right side.'<<
You should be…
Well, were you rooting for the Centairi?…

 

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Good!

Subj: Re:JMS: The League
Date: 95-12-02 17:05:26 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>>BTW – What did the pak’ma’ra see when Kosh “exposed himself”? Nyarlathotep? ;)<<
Dahmer? or Cthulhu?

Subj: Q about season schedule
Date: 95-12-02 17:07:42 EST
From: MrSeeker
Posted on: America Online

JMS, you’ve said on several occasions that the episodes “Messages from Earth”, “Point of No Return”, and “Severed Dreams” form a kind of trilogy, wrapping up some major plotlines and ending with a significant and permanent change to the show. Given that they are so closely linked, I would hope that we’d get to see them one after the other. But the season schedule (according to the Lurker’s Guide) appears to indicate that there will be another batch of reruns between “Point of No Return” and “Severed Dreams”. Is this true? I hope not.

Thanks for an outstanding show.
Subj: B5 forever!
Date: 95-12-02 18:02:01 EST
From: Yvka
Posted on: America Online

My question is: When is everyone going to stop comparing B5 to DS9 or any other SF show? It is comparing apples and oranges. And B5 is one heck of an apple! I CANNOT BELIEVE how good it is and how good it’s getting. I wait for it and tape and love each and every episode. I can’t say enough good about JMS, the story, the characters or the science fiction! Keep on keepin’ on!

Subj: Re: JMS’s Place
Date: 95-12-02 19:03:21 EST
From: CynHicks
Posted on: America Online

JMS–

I’d fly down for a B-5 fest at your place anytime. I’d even organize food. Ah, you’re such a tease!

Subj: Coming Changes: JMS
Date: 95-12-02 20:22:06 EST
From: StarFuryD4
Posted on: America Online

Joe,

I’ve heard rumors from a coupl’a friends who’ve been to pasadena cons, that there will be changes made in the EA Uniforms. Is this so?, and if so, what and when?

Dave

Subj: Re:VIDEOS
Date: 95-12-02 20:44:40 EST
From: MythoPhile
Posted on: America Online

<< The difference is that we want them to do it, and they don’t think that there’s a market. You tell me how to resolve that difference, and I’ll go for it. >>
How about all interested fans just send a tape to Warner Brothers and they can dub them for us for a fair price? Too easy?
Subj: Who’s Garibaldi’s Second??
Date: 95-12-02 22:36:04 EST
From: MrWook
Posted on: America Online

Morishi or Zack?

Please say Morishi, I’d hate to think that Zack would be anything higher than a mid-level grunt.

Mr Wook

Subj: Re:Episode #4
Date: 95-12-03 01:41:25 EST
From: MathType
Posted on: America Online

<<but it’s still a bit creepy.>>

A bit?
Other question: Lyta got away with the crime because she couldn’t be identified. How did Geribaldi or Sheridan get away with it? Perhaps the telepath met with an unfortunate accident latter on?
“The road to hell is paved by good intentions”

-Kevin

Subj: Re:Episode #4
Date: 95-12-03 02:05:00 EST
From: GWRepBobby
Posted on: America Online

“How did Geribaldi or Sheridan get away with it?”

I expect Londo was in a cooperative mood, as he was when the Narn killed that idiot Centary last season.

Subj: Who Works For Whom
Date: 95-12-03 05:33:02 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

I post this here only because this was forwarded to me in private mail, and if this utter and absolute lie is being circulated, best to quash it right here and now.

The email comes originally from a certain individual on usenet who does not merit his name being mentioned, and this is, as stated an absolute and total and complete lie of the worst sort I have seen in a while. It concerns my departure from rastb5, predicated in large part by actions taken by this individual who is running like mad to find some other reason to attribute this to. The relevant quote follows:
“And his retreat just happens to correspond to the introduction of the
new Babylon 5 area on AOL. And isn’t it amazing how his “formal
termination” of his presence on this group is 30 November. Bet it
corresponds to his new contract on AOL which starts on 1 December, and
includes a clause regarding his participation on the Internet.”

1) I have no contract whatsoever with AOL concerning my presence here. 2) I am not being paid one thin dime for my participation on AOL. 3) Not only do I not receive anything for being here, I pay for my subscription here just like everybody else on AOL, no freebie account, nothing.

There is no contract, and no cause in that contract. I’m happy to bring my AOL bill to the next convention to prove this. (I think it was $80 last month.)

It’s this kind of lying behavior by a certain few demented individuals that made my departure from rastb5 inevitable. This particular lie is made more disgraceful by the fact that it is stated as cold fact, not speculation, not rumor, but cold fact…and is utterly, 100% untrue.

If you folks have to pay to be here, then I’ll pay to be here. (Though, granted, I do have freebie accounts on GEnie and in one or two forums on CIS.)

Sorry for the interruption; just felt this was necessary to nip in the bud. As you were.

jms

 
Subj: Re:Videos
Date: 95-12-03 05:34:14 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

That info has been given out elsewhere, and it hasn’t done any good, so we’re looking into the possibility of releasing them ourselves.

jms
Subj: Re:Rangers
Date: 95-12-03 05:35:06 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Yes, there’ll be other Rangers in episodes here and there. There was a kind of loose-knit Rangers notion back on Minbar but it didn’t come into full bloom until Sinclair arrived and took charge of the operation.

jms
Subj: Re:JMS:Writing
Date: 95-12-03 05:36:54 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

The play format varies a little here and there; I’m addressing this in a rewrite I’m finishing now of the writing book.

Re: the number of episodes I write…basically, it’s just the number I feel is right to communicate the sense of the show in that season. One of the main reasons I *created* B5 in the first place was to make a show I’d like to watch, and to write for. So now that it’s here, I’m following up.

jms
Subj: Re:Q about season schedule
Date: 95-12-03 05:38:09 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

At this point, it looks like there may be a break before #10, though I haven’t seen a final schedule on this. It ain’t what I would do…but it ain’t my call, alas.

jms
Subj: Re:Coming Changes: JMS
Date: 95-12-03 05:38:40 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Yeah, there might be some changes here and there….

jms
Subj: Re:Who’s Garibaldi’s Second?
Date: 95-12-03 05:39:11 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Zack.

jms
Subj: Re:Episode #4
Date: 95-12-03 05:41:23 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

How Sheridan and Garibaldi got away with it?

“Telepath? What telepath? Never happened. Can you describe her? No? I see. Well, I don’t remember seeing anyone in there, Mr. Garibaldi, do you? We’d check the logs to be absolutely sure, because we’d hate for this sort of thing to happen, but we had a small glitch in the software, and the recorders didn’t work…still, we’re working on it, and we hope to have it taken care of in the next few months. Would you like some more tea, Ambassador?”

jms
Subj: Re:Episode #4
Date: 95-12-03 09:48:37 EST
From: Badinov
Posted on: America Online

>> “Telepath? What telepath?<<

What’s a little short-term amnesia between professionals?
Badinov

Subj: Gesthemene observations
Date: 95-12-03 10:16:22 EST
From: StarFuryD4
Posted on: America Online
Probable spoiler…
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Has anyone else noticed that there are similiarities between the closing scene of PTG, and a certain scene in Knives? Maybe we <have> already seen a Vorlon( and so had Sheridan).

Dave

Subj: Re:Who Works For Whom
Date: 95-12-03 12:42:36 EST
From: GWRepBobby
Posted on: America Online

Anyone with half a brain can see through that. It is utterly redicoulous. I had thought you did have some sort of deal with America Online (through Warner Brothers and this forum), however, if you did it would not only be right and a good thing (too bad it isn’t true) it would be none of my, or anyone else’s, bussiness. You don’t have to justify your existance to anyone here. I am just grateful you are here and you now have some more time for us here.

By the way, I know America Online better than most. They don’t make those sorts of idiotic stipulations in their contracts. Just in case anyone was wondering. Oh, by the way, as far as I understand it, the contract for this forum is with Warner Brothers, as an extension of thier existing forum here, and not with Babylonian Productions or anyone associated with them.

Disclaimer: I am not an employee of America Online. I have just been around a VERY long time.

Subj: Re:Was Shadow ship destroyed
Date: 95-12-03 13:14:41 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

Corliss- it’s ok to look for answers, just look for them in the right area. It is considered rude to post the same item multiple times, especially in different areas. You are expected to put forth a certain amount of effort to find the right area before posting. It really gets annoying to reread the same thing repeatedly.

Subj: Re:B-5 newsgroup
Date: 95-12-03 13:34:28 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

I must admit, I am truly amazed at the restraint I’ve seen here. I know you said your continued presence depends on our following the rules. I continually see on other boards where people say “wow, this is neat” and jump right in without ever bothering to read what has already taken place, thus reviving old arguements and such that have already been covered (and furthermore- flame you when you suggest that their point has already been made, all they have to do is start hitting the left arrow instead of the right). Yet there seem to be very few people here breaking those rules. Maybe B5 just has a better class of viewers! It’s certainly a better class of show.

Subj: The TPA
Date: 95-12-03 13:35:54 EST
From: MrWook
Posted on: America Online

How organized is the Transport Pilot’s Association? Why would aliens join a mostly human organization?

Thanks!

Subj: Re:B5 Universe Questions
Date: 95-12-03 13:43:49 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

What hope did the humans have against the Minbari? Well, here, in a much more realistic universe, we don’t have to worry about some race being immune to another’s technology, ala the Borg. That is total crap. We’re talking about force, pure and simple. About being able to deliver enough force, fast enough, so that it cannot be dissipated.

Even a .22 pistol can eventually stop a tank, if only from the weight of the lead in the bullets that stick to the armor (‘course, ya gotta reload a time or two)

Regardless of the technology levels, if enough Earth ships could focus enough weapons on a Minbari (or Shadow, or whatever) ship and keep them focused long enough, they will deliver enough energy faster than the cooling system can drain it, and damage or destroy the ship. We saw this with the Narn vs. Shadows. Enough Narn ships (I’d hazard a guess several dozen) could have destroyed the 3-4 Shadow ships we saw, in spite of the differences in technology.

A pygmy blowdart can kill me just as dead as the substantial firepower I keep handy can kill the pygmy. I’m much more likely to see him and kill him before he can get a shot, but if there are enough of them they will eventually get me.

Subj: Re:VIDEOS
Date: 95-12-03 13:48:48 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

Maybe if we all started mailing checks for 14.95 + s&h to whoever is in charge of marketing at WB, along with a note as to what it was for, it would get their attention.

More than anything, actually sending a check would indicate the level of seriousness, especially if they received several hundred a day. They would know that we weren’t just hoping, that we really want to buy.

What do you think, JMS? I know they’ll just return the checks, but they would know that we are willing to put our money where our mouth is.

Subj: Re:Without Makeup
Date: 95-12-03 13:50:54 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

Well, I’ve seen them without their makeup, and I tend to agree. Why does Earl Hindenmen(sic) try to avoid showing his face even in pictures not involved with Home Improvement? It would somehow take away the mystique of his character.

BTW- where’s the insect crime boss? Havent seen him for a long time. Surely Morden’s talked with him too.

Subj: Re:Who Works For Whom
Date: 95-12-03 13:55:57 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

Only $80 for AOL? You slacker!!!

Subj: Another schedule Q
Date: 95-12-03 16:55:48 EST
From: BBOvenGuy
Posted on: America Online

I believe it was mentioned somewhere that PTEN was rerunning “Hunter, Prey” again to give audience newbies a chance to get prepared for the next batch of new shows.

Given this reasoning, can we expect to see a rerun of “Babylon Squared” sometime before the first broadcast of “War Without End?”

Subj: Re:Places in Space
Date: 95-12-03 18:30:28 EST
From: TBRED 53
Posted on: America Online

Epsilon Eridani is our nearest G-type singleton star. ST hit on it as a likely abode of sentient life. B5’s reference to EE is not inappropriate since B5 is more of a “hard” SCI-FI series than ST.

Subj: Re:Who Works For Whom
Date: 95-12-03 18:45:25 EST
From: AlanI95975
Posted on: America Online

It’s amazing what some people resort to to fill their time (I wish I could buy a few extra hours from them). Who cares if jms is being paid to be on this area? What possible right would anyone have to be upset by this? I’ve NEVER seen any kind of show supported so heavily by the personal time of its creators (as opposed to the studio’s marketing dollars) as B5. I know for a fact that I spend more time on B5 than I would if these message boards weren’t here (thus AOL profits).
Subj: Re:VIDEOS
Date: 95-12-03 18:57:18 EST
From: Rjler
Posted on: America Online

Are you *sure* WB would return the checks? Be patient (hard though it is) and save your pennies for when JMS gets the tapes distributed… :)

Subj: Re:syndication/wb network
Date: 95-12-03 21:29:44 EST
From: POOBIEBROS
Posted on: America Online
What are the chances WB will air B5 on their network instead of syndication?

Subj: Ivanova and dating
Date: 95-12-03 22:00:35 EST
From: Stormy1776
Posted on: America Online

It seems to me that Ivanova has been ignored for far too long. She is a good strong character and should be used to the benefit of the story. The fact that the only strong female lead is an alien is rather strange.
If you don’t give her a good story then at least give her someone to date. She seems just a bit lonely.
Stormy

Subj: Re:JMS: More Kudos
Date: 95-12-03 22:22:57 EST
From: Irelandc
Posted on: America Online

JMS – Love the depth of the weave on this story. Hope to see it through a full 5 yr. run. Thanks for taking us on the journey.

Subj: Re:Who’s Garibaldi’s Second?
Date: 95-12-04 00:06:49 EST
From: ProfsrFate
Posted on: America Online

Dear JMS,
Is there a chance of any Lou Welch appearances in the future?

Subj: Re:Another schedule Q
Date: 95-12-04 00:50:41 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Y’know….that ain’t a bad idea…let’s see if I can convince TPTB on this one.

jms
Subj: Re:syndication/wb network
Date: 95-12-04 00:51:32 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

I’d say the odds are about zero.

jms

Subj: Re:Who’s Garibaldi’s Second?
Date: 95-12-04 00:52:09 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

The actor who played Lou wanted to go off and do other things.

jms
Subj: Re:MUSIC
Date: 95-12-04 00:54:20 EST
From: La Bubble
Posted on: America Online

Yes.. I live in NYC and just bought the Babylon 5 cd….from Tower Records.> They have a site on the internet, and I am sure that you can order the cd from them on there.
Happy Listening.

Scott Hollander

Subj: Re:Episode #4
Date: 95-12-04 01:11:57 EST
From: HFMoon
Posted on: America Online

<<He is conspiring with other officers in a secret cabal to possibly overthrow the legitimate (albeit corrupt) government. >>

If the theories of the involvment of the Vice-President in the assasination of the President are true, then the current government is in fact the product of a very quiet coup d’etat and is not legitimate. I agree with all your other points ,though, except the first.

“Where’s the moral dillema?”

The dillema is in the difference betweenfighting a “great wrong”, and violating an individual who just happened to take the wrong job.

Subj: Re:Without Makeup
Date: 95-12-04 01:15:13 EST
From: HFMoon
Posted on: America Online

<<>> It would be very interesting to see what G’kar, Londo and Deelen look like.<<
Watch “The Fugitive”, “Tron”, and… uh… well, there’s Antigone, but that’s in La only.>>

I was about to ask “who the hell did Peter Jurasik play in Tron?”, but then I remembered. That ol’ “I’m-gonna-kill-you-oops-fell-off-my-platform-hey-don’t-push-that-button-aaaaahhhhhhh” guy.

Subj: Re:Without Makeup
Date: 95-12-04 09:54:08 EST
From: Paul H5218
Posted on: America Online

Ther was an interview with Mira Furlan in an Issue of STARLOG earlier this year. She’s a very beutiful lady. I am very glad that you cave her a new Hair style this year. Make her look soooo much better on the show.

-Paul

Subj: Re:Episode #4
Date: 95-12-04 11:10:15 EST
From: Badinov
Posted on: America Online

>>The dillema is in the difference betweenfighting a “great wrong”, and violating an individual who just happened to take the wrong job.<<

Under normal circumstances, legalisms such as miranda rights and probable cause apply. But, as a commander of an installation on an “almost” war footing, Sheridan is not bound by any of those. He only has to answer to the 2260 version of the Geneva convention, and his ROE (Rules of Engagement), which stipulate that he may use any method necessary to defend his station and those individuals under his protection (e.g. Bro. Edward).

If Sheridan was a law enforcement officer, or PsiCorp, then I could understand the concern as he trampled on that Centauri’s civil rights. However, in this case, since the Centauri is on Sheridan’s military outpost, Sheridan has the command prerogative to “perform search and seizure at his discretion”. Check the sign at the gate of any military base.

:-)

Badinov

Subj: Re:Schedules and Reruns
Date: 95-12-04 14:22:02 EST
From: ChetDsmond
Posted on: America Online

I can’t understand this! I’m sure that JMS followed Twin Peaks & understands what led to the demise of that great show ( leaving an issue :: Laura Palmer murder :: unresolved for too long ). Just when we get hyped about the Shadow war the gears are switched & back to B stories. Fine, ok. They have been entertaining. But to go into reruns this soon? Great Maker!

Subj: JMS: TNT syndie question
Date: 95-12-04 17:46:58 EST
From: DementoMan
Posted on: America Online

I always thought syndication packages were a great idea until I discovered how badly most shows would be mauled in the transition. This could be fatal to an intricate show such as B5… are any cuts going to be made in the episodes when they’re packaged for TNT in 1998?

 

Subj: Re:Schedules and Reruns
Date: 95-12-04 17:48:30 EST
From: XFILEadict
Posted on: America Online

What killed “TWIN PEAKS” wasn’t the fact it took them too long to solve Laura Palmer’s murder,
it was the fact that the show was based on “Who killed Laura Palmer?” and when we found out who did, the show just fell apart. (Not that I stopped watching….damn, I loved that show). JMS has the right idea….set the stage before hand, and stick to it. 5 years and then see ya. David Lynch should have done that with “TP”.

Subj: Kosh Opening Narration
Date: 95-12-04 19:37:18 EST
From: MAKagle
Posted on: America Online

I’ve noticed the opening narrations are getting shorter. Are you going to use Kosh to open season 4? Now THAT would be confusing.

Subj: Re:Who’s Garibaldi’s Second?
Date: 95-12-04 19:47:22 EST
From: GWRepBobby
Posted on: America Online

“The actor who played Lou wanted to go off and do other things.”

Too bad, Lou Welch was a great character. I always thought you didn’t use him enough. Perhaps we will see him again, I hope so.

Subj: Re:JMS: TNT syndie question
Date: 95-12-04 19:51:15 EST
From: GWRepBobby
Posted on: America Online

“I always thought syndication packages were a great idea until I discovered how badly most shows would be mauled in the transition.”

Remember one thing, B5 is already in syndication and is made to fit that format. Each episode is only 42 minutes minus comercials and credits. There isn’t much more that can be taken out of them. By the way, they do seem longer, don’t they?

Subj: Distribution via JMS
Date: 95-12-05 01:14:19 EST
From: KIMROC1
Posted on: America Online

Please keep us updated on the video situation. I know I’ll pick it up, and I could probably convince a few video stores in the area to pick them up as well. This would definitly raise interest in current and upcoming episodes. Please keep us posted, thank you.

Subj: Re:Schedules and Reruns
Date: 95-12-05 02:25:51 EST
From: JVibber
Posted on: America Online

<< (Hey, everybody come on over to my house, we’ll have a viewing party….) >>

Dangerous invitation. If I thought for a moment you were serious, I would be one of thousands in line camped in front of your house.

Subj: Re:Telepaths
Date: 95-12-05 02:36:14 EST
From: JVibber
Posted on: America Online

<< What telepath? Can you describe her? >>

I find it interesting that you have apparently chosen NOT to have a telepath identifiable by a mental “feel” — one of the frequent staples of telepaths in SF. I say apparently, because of course, the only way for the Centauri telepath to identify Lyta by her mind would be to contact her mind again — which is something I suspect she would tend to avoid. Nevertheless, it impresses me as a more “mechanical” approach to telepaths than I have encountered in most other stories, Anne McCaffrey’s for example.

Subj: Some technical questions
Date: 95-12-05 02:48:43 EST
From: TPolgar
Posted on: America Online

Hello JMS, i found the spot “all by my self”

Two technical nits about B5 that have bothered me. I hope you can tell me whether i’m just wrong or is this literary license?

1) Most things that get destroyed in the B5 go BOOM. Most of what goes boom has fusion reactor but by the very nature of fusion reactor i don’t think it can go boom. it is a “safe” energy source unlike matter/antimatter that would go boom if put together. Loosing fusion reactor containment (and there isn’t a whole of of mass in plasma form at any one time anyway) and the reaction just stops. Likewise the statement by garabaldi in b5^2 that he rigged the reactor to blow, just doesn’t seem possible (at least in the 20th century.

2) How does a methane breather work, like apparently our new B5 human? The human body works on oxidation reactions which is why we need oxygen. every cell in our body uses suger (glucose i think) to burn. The result is carbon dioxide and water, hence what we pee and exhale. Also what on earth would “gills” do for an oxygen based life for?

Finally i don’t know if you saw the post on rastb5 regarding “non-arc” eps involving major characters and B5 in general. In Convictio ns and aDitS, B5 station was threatened but you’ve already esablished that B5 is going to “blow” at some later time. SO intended excitement/suspense in these two eps just didn’t happen for me. Not to say i didn’t enjoy the furthering of character development and into of the brothers. You definitely got a winner with Theo & Co.

I’m picky about this ’cause you just raised the bar so much yourself with regards to good SF.

Thanks,
Tibor

Subj: Post to rastb5 (re:Who Works
Date: 95-12-05 03:08:01 EST
From: RKawakami
Posted on: America Online

Damn subject line limitations :)

Do you mind if I re-post your original article to rastb5 on Who Works For Whom
or do you think it will just give TF another reason to shoot his mouth off?

BTW, thanks for being here. I *knew* my AOL account was good for something!

Raymond Kawakami
Subj: Re:JMS: TNT syndie question
Date: 95-12-05 03:31:37 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

I don’t know; my guess is that we’re pretty close to the right time as it is, so I can’t see what would be accomplished by cuts.

jms
Subj: Re:Post to rastb5 (re:Who Wo
Date: 95-12-05 03:36:02 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Yeah, I suppose it can be reposted. May stop some of this. I hear people are saying, “Hey, it’s okay if he makes money being on AOL,” defending it, when it isn’t true to *begin* with. If I were doing so, if AOL thought a B5 presence were important enough to pay for it, heck, I’d be taking out ads in the Times. But as far as AOL is concerned, I’m just one more subscriber, and I pay my way same as everybody else.

I just hope somebody’s called the little twit on the fact that he went around calling others liars, then went out and posted his message about my alleged “contract with AOL” as though it were an absolute fact, even referred to a clause *within* that contract…and clearly, obviously, flatly lied about the existence of a document that isn’t there. It’s a *deliberate* lie…it isn’t a speculation, wasn’t phrased in the form of a question, he deliberately went out and posted an out and out *verifiable lie* to the entire usenet, knowing it was a lie.

Never ceases to amaze me….

jms
Subj: jms:X-files w/ B5
Date: 95-12-05 09:01:49 EST
From: Jimrudd
Posted on: America Online

Dear JMS

I was a heavy poster on the usenet groups the first year of B5, but became a lurker for the reasons that you left. I know you are a fan of the X-files. Wanted to let you know that someone over there is a fan of yours. In the most recent 2-parter, Fox and Muldar are looking at the japanese prisoner they got and they look down the hall and see their boss, the asst. FBI director coming down the hall. Fox says, “Look, a beacon in the night.” Homage to your show, me thinks sir.

Glad to know you are still around. Sorry you have to leave the usenet. I stopped reading anything from the trinity of evil over a year ago. Don’t understand why people kept going and reading their stuff.

By the way, my wife and I loved the elevator scene with Lando and G’kar. When Andreas softly says, “I hear you.” we couldn’t stop laughing. Increadibly well written.

Do you have something with elevators? G’kar’s die, die, die speach; Lando and G’kar agrueing and missing the elevator, Lando is caught by Modorn at the elevator, etc. Just wondering

James

Subj: Re:Post to rastb5 (re:Who Wo
Date: 95-12-05 10:22:41 EST
From: Lisala
Posted on: America Online

All of JMS posts in this forum are being posted to rasftb5info; I myself cross posted AOL portion of the post re: JMS’s subscriber status to rasftb5 from rasfinfo.
I often notice mythological parallels between B 5 and other epics; lately I’ve been noticing parallels between the ‘net and B 5 as both begin to show the effects of shadows, creatures who prey on our weaknesses in order to sow disent, yet never fully reveal themselves.

Subj: Re:Post to rastb5 (re:Who Wo
Date: 95-12-05 11:17:57 EST
From: GWRepBobby
Posted on: America Online

Yeah, I know what you mean. I was just saying that if such a contract existed, and I KNOW that America Online does not use that sort of contract, that it is nobody’s business other than your’se and America Online’s. And even if it was the case, so what?

In my opinion, which is never humble, I think you should have some sort of compansation for being online in this forum since you are the prime draw for it. This comapnsation need not be money, it could be in the form of the time you spend here and it need not go directly through America Online, it could be through the sponsors of this forum.

In any case, the whole argument is silly and I in no way say that you should not have called that liers bluff.

Subj: Re:Some technical questions
Date: 95-12-05 12:34:40 EST
From: Kirara
Posted on: America Online

I’ll take a shot at question #1, although this might not be the right place to discuss this.

Right now, in our current technological state, the only way for us to get a fusion reaction is by using a fission reaction to start the fusion reaction. In the one episode where Sheridan is captured by the Strieb, the pilot who escapes has a problem with his reactor and is suffering from “lethal levels” of radiation. Maybe their fusion reactions use a small fission reaction to get them going and keep them going?

Oh, by the way, Oxygen burns too, so that could be part of it.
Subj: Devil With A Glass Hand?
Date: 95-12-05 13:10:15 EST
From: Tube Wyrld
Posted on: America Online

Hi, I’m new to this board so please forgive me if this has been brought up already……

I remember reading that because Harlan Ellison had been involved as a consultant, that there might be a connection made between ‘B5′ and the great episode he wrote of ‘The Outer Limits’ titled ‘The Demon With A Glass Hand’. This starred Robert Culp as Trent, Man’s Last Hope. (I won’t say anymore about it since it’s a fantastic episode still after all these years and it’s available on video. Check it out!)
As the leading proponent for the idea of connecting every TV show to another, I would love to see this happen. But the last time I spoke to Jerry Doyle, (don’t want it to sound like I’m bragging, really – he’s the cousin to one of my co-workers and I think he rues the day he met me because I pepper him with so many questions! <g>), he said the idea was cast aside.
Is this true? Any chance the idea might be revived? I think it would be fantastic to tie in both storylines together!

– Toby of Tubeworld

(anybody with any info, I’d appreciate it if you e-mail me. I seem to keep getting ‘error’ messages when I come in here and then I get knocked off-line!)

Subj: Re:Without Makeup
Date: 95-12-05 13:13:44 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>>i was just wondering if we’ll ever get to see what the actors who portray the ambassadors look like without their makeup? It would be very interesting to see what G’kar, Londo and Deelen look like.<<

If you want to see what G’Kar looks like watch The Fugitive. He’s the one armed man
Pumukl

Subj: Re:Schedules and Reruns
Date: 95-12-05 13:17:23 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>> The rerun schedule is to accommodate the PTEN desire to have new eps for sweeps periods, and nothing else. I’m sitting on a bunch of new episodes that’re just gonna sit on the shelf until January. (Hey, everybody come on over to my house, we’ll have a viewing party….)<<
Four words: GIVE ME THE ADDRESS

😉

(just kidding, I’m *not* a sociopath, really I’m not. Really)
Pumukl

Subj: Re:Episode #4
Date: 95-12-05 13:19:38 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>> Yes, that’s definitely the sense I was going for. That scene frankly unsettles and scares me a little, because it does show our characters skirting the line…yes, it’s absolutely necessary, every moment is precious if they’re going to try to save Edward’s life…but it’s still a bit creepy.<<
Yes, I found this scene to be extremely disturbing. It struck me as a scene that we probably would never see in the first season, where everything seemed more hunky dory. Very powerful, especially the sack over the head. My compliments to the chef.

Pumukl

Subj: Re:Episode #4
Date: 95-12-05 13:24:49 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>>>>>>>>>>War is still hell. What’s the moral crisis? Sheridan walks the knife edge of treason as is. He has a warship that doesn’t appear on his T.O.&E. (Table of Organization and Equipment).

He is the defacto commander of an unauthorized paramilitary reconnaissance/strike force.

He is conspiring with other officers in a secret cabal to possibly overthrow the legitimate (albeit corrupt) government.

His station is the conduit for BOTH arms smugglers supplying an unrecognized rebellion AND an underground railroad station for fugitive telepaths.

He is still the commanding officer of a station whose inhabitants he is honor bound to protect.

Therefore, I seriously doubt that using a rogue telepath (in the service of a alien government!!) is going to cause him to lose sleep or kharma points.

This is the stuff they teach about in those leadership courses. Do you have the courage to do what needs to get done, and do the right thing? <<<<<<<<<<<<<
Because in each of the cases you sighted he’s doing what he feels is right and honorable. Noone is getting hurt. You have to understand that what he did to that Centauri telepath was essencially rape, as well as abuse him physically. The ends justified the means, but it’s got to be making him think a little.
Pumukl

Subj: Re:Episode #4
Date: 95-12-05 13:28:43 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>> A bit?
Other question: Lyta got away with the crime because she couldn’t be identified. How did Geribaldi or Sheridan get away with it? Perhaps the telepath met with an unfortunate accident latter on?<<

Diplomatic Immunity? I doubt many would believe that the Head of Security and the Commander of B5 would physically and mentally assauly a Centauri telepath.

Pumukl

Subj: Re:Who Works For Whom
Date: 95-12-05 13:31:16 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>> There is no contract, and no cause in that contract. I’m happy to bring my AOL bill to the next convention to prove this. (I think it was $80 last month.) <<

That’s all?? (heh. lightweight 😉

just kidding, Michael (still not sure which name to call you)
Pumukl

Subj: Re:Some technical questions
Date: 95-12-05 13:49:55 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>>>Right now, in our current technological state, the only way for us to get a fusion reaction is by using a fission reaction to start the fusion reaction. In the one episode where Sheridan is captured by the Strieb, the pilot who escapes has a problem with his reactor and is suffering from “lethal levels” of radiation. Maybe their fusion reactions use a small fission reaction to get them going and keep them going?<<<

That’s not totally accurate. Today scientists have been able to get a fusion reaction by dropping pellets of duterium and tritium into an immencely high power laser. There’s also the “Donut Accelerator”. Despite misconceptions by some, scientists *have* been able to reach the “break even” point where energy output is greater then energy input, and in fact surpass it. The problem is two fold:

1) The main group of scientists working on fusion power were the Princeton group. They were able to surpass the “break even” point, but using Deuterium. Problem being that due to radiation (yep, deuterium causes the reactor to become “hot” eventually) they’ve had to shut down the old reactor. No problem, they took that into account. The big problem is that they have no money to biuld a reactor in order to do tritium tests. No one in the government has enough forsight to fund a group who;s results are ten to twenty years away. At current they’re trying to make a new reactor but they’re having trouble in a big way with the funds.

this leads to

2) The process isn’t perfected yet. They can reach the “break even” point, but can’t sustain it fully. With a new Tritium fusion reactor they would in all likely-hood be able to do it. Unfortunately, see above.

Kirara, what you are referring to is a fusion *bomb*, were a small-yield fission bomb is detonated first to get the heat, and I suppose pressure, to cause fusion to take place. I’m pretty positive that this same practice is *not* used when using a fusion reactor.
Pumukl

Subj: Mad Bomber’s silly idea
Date: 95-12-05 13:55:30 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

OK, JMS (Joe? Michael?), here’s my question.

The mad bomber was, we assume, trying to detonate his big bomb next to the fusion reactor in order to, I can only assume, get the fusion reactor to explode.

Here’s the problem tho.

Fusion reactors don’t do that. When they run out of power they simply stop, it is not (well pretty much not) a self sustaining reaction. The hydrogen feed would stop, or the laser would shut down (depening on what type of reactor you were using) but in any event ot would simply stop.
Admittedly blowing up the fusion reactor would cut off the entire station’s power, including life support and all that, but surely there’s a backup power generator.

So was this guy simply an idiot, or does he know something that we don’t?

Subj: Talia
Date: 95-12-05 18:16:32 EST
From: Swampmyst
Posted on: America Online

JMS I’ve just been scanning the “Talia” posting, and noted it running almost 100% in favor of bringing her back. Also a pretty high number speculating/hoping for a romantic development between her and Ivanova. Please. please ..take pity on us poor female B5 fans and have Talia back. (the guys seem to like her a lot too!) a little romance would definately be welocme as well. many many thanx for a T.V. scifi show whose caliber was only dreamt of before.
P.S. It’s a darn fine show in general, quality-wise, scifi or not.

 

Swampmyst

Subj: Re:Talia
Date: 95-12-05 18:28:27 EST
From: GWRepBobby
Posted on: America Online

You know, this is interesting. Swampmyst is right when she said that the vast majority of the posts on the subject seem to support the relationship between Ivanova and Talia. I wonder why this is. Could it be for the same reason that almost all dirty movies made today have at least one oblitory lesbien scene, or so I am told? I also wonder if the reaction would be the same if, let us say, Garibaldi and Franklyn wound up in the same bed. Do we tolerate lesbien relationships more than male homosexual ones? Is so, why? I don’t have the answer to any of these questions, except that I think a Garibaldi/Franklyn reaction would have been far different. It is interesting, though.

Subj: Re:Some technical questions
Date: 95-12-05 18:43:30 EST
From: Leathon
Posted on: America Online

I think I would like to take a crack at the fusion reactor problem. The other person was correct we use fission reactions to set of fusion ones like it bombs. You are right that there is not much mass in a fusion reactor but there is a lot of energy, thats what it is there for. When ever you release that kind of energy, remember it is enough to power a ship, you are going to get explosions. Maybe not the same as if you ignited regular explosives but there still would be energy as well as ignited explosion, hydrogen is the primary source for fusion to make helium and release energy.

As for the methane breathing and gills I am not really sure. Gills in earth fish and other animals not only are used to get oxygen but also to release carbon dioxide built up in the blood. In a methane environment I see no reason why the second function wouldn’t work. As to breathing and receiving oxygen it is possible that a “methane” environment is not pure CH4. Remember our oxygen environment is only 21% oxygen so it might be that the methane environment contains oxygen but only at trace levels that our lungs can not process due to air pressure or something else but gills that rely on surface area and direct contact might work. Just some educated guesses. Am I close JMS?

Leathon

Subj: JMS:Matters of Honor
Date: 95-12-05 20:27:48 EST
From: TMorisak
Posted on: America Online

JMS,
I would like to confirm a minor point. In the third season opener, MoH, in the early scene between Londo and Morden, was there some communication between Morden and the shadows when he rose from the bar, crossed behind Londo and said he needed to confer with his associates. In the sound track of the episode there appeared to be a shadowlike screech that did not seem like background noise. Could you please confirm or deny this?

Thanks,
Todd

Subj: Re:JMS:Matters of Honor
Date: 95-12-05 20:39:44 EST
From: Startrain
Posted on: America Online

I’ve watched (and listened) to the episode at least four times. There is definite communication at the point you described.

Startrain

Subj: Thanks for being here!
Date: 95-12-05 20:43:02 EST
From: Startrain
Posted on: America Online

I’ve been off line for about 10 days. After catching up, it seems that a forum (or forums) you used to participate in have lost your support. I just want to thank you for being here! You’ve answered a few of my posts & I really appreciate it. B5 is by far, the best television being produced today and the interaction with you and Pig-Dog (where has he been, by the way?) adds to the enjoyment all the more.

If anyone at AOL is listening, JMS’s being here is a large reason I stay with AOL, even though I’m stuck with 2,400 baud access! Thanks, JMS!

Startrain

Subj: A very different question
Date: 95-12-05 22:40:48 EST
From: Darrkman
Posted on: America Online

Yep I felt like being different so here it goes…. Jms what type of computer are you using and how fast is your modem?

Subj: Question about the actors
Date: 95-12-05 22:42:35 EST
From: Darrkman
Posted on: America Online

JMS I was just wondering how do the actors on your show get paid?? Is it one lump sum when the sign the contract or is it a weekly check like the rest of us?? Hey include yourself in the question.

Subj: Re:B5 and DS9
Date: 95-12-05 23:40:07 EST
From: Rick9719
Posted on: America Online

By now we all know about the ‘connection’ between B5 and DS9 in the creation of the two series. My question is this: Have there been recent apparent similarities between the two series which you can definitivly state are entirely coincidental. When I hear people talking about B5 ‘copying’ the White Star from the Defiant, I have to wonder if we aren’t getting too parinoid. I doubt the initial storyline for B5 was THAT detailed or that you would intentionally copy anything from ST. Maybe its all the conspiracy theories floating around B5.

Subj: To JMS
Date: 95-12-05 23:53:50 EST
From: STUDIO GO
Posted on: America Online

Love the show, and we all miss ya over on rastvb5. It’s nice to know you’re hangin’ in there here on AOL. But please, please, PLEASE don’t a few no-life losers get to you! Several years ago I did a ROBOTECH comics series that stretched the boundaries a little–and the reader reaction was generally good. However, a tiny minority of the “hardcore” ROBOTECH fans really gave me the business for the “sacreliges” I’d committed with their precious ROBOTECH. I got hate mail, phone calls, even a death threat. But the ONLY WAY to deal with the kind of person who freaks out over a TV show or comic book is to TOTALLY IGNORE them. I mean 100%, flat-out ignore them in every way. All they want is attention, and by denying them that you defeat them. In time, such people simply “dry up”, then the tumblebugs emerge from the cracks of the Earth and roll them away. I understand why you left Usenet, but should you ever desire to return to the ivy-covered halls of rasftvb5, I hope you’ll simply killfile or just refuse to acknowledge people like the Unholy Trio. Honest criticism is fine, but the kind of crap I saw them posting about you is psychotic, plain and simple. Anyway, love the show! Keep up the good work!

Bruce Lewis
Studio Go!

Subj: Re:Talia
Date: 95-12-06 00:17:37 EST
From: MythoPhile
Posted on: America Online

Another point about those percentages. Those of us who hated the character of Talia don’t frequent that folder, and those of us not lobbying for more lesbians on tv got pretty sick of the whole subject…

Subj: Re:Talia
Date: 95-12-06 01:34:07 EST
From: GWRepBobby
Posted on: America Online

“Another point about those percentages. Those of us who hated the character of Talia don’t frequent that folder, and those of us not lobbying for more lesbians on tv got pretty sick of the whole subject…”

I wasn’t talking about the Talia folder, actually I don’t read that one much myself. I was talking about posts elsewhere online. I have admit though, that I find those who are advocating more of it interesting because they missed the entire point. At least in my view.

Subj: Re:Kosh Opening Narration
Date: 95-12-06 02:43:14 EST
From: JSheaJShea
Posted on: America Online

Kosh, narratingte opening … I love it! Single nouns denoting separate but linking thoughts.

 

Subj: Re:Kosh Opening Narration
Date: 95-12-06 09:32:45 EST
From: StarFuryD4
Posted on: America Online

Music cue:

Kosh: In the hour of scampering,…

More music:

Kosh: Understanding is a three- edged sword.

Music swells:

Kosh: I will miss it, when it is gone.

Music soars:

Kosh: Yes.

Run Opening credits, Music.
<LOL>

Dave

Subj: JMS:- Throwaway Dialogue
Date: 95-12-06 09:43:31 EST
From: StarFuryD4
Posted on: America Online

Joe,

You mentioned awhile back that some very important throwaway dialogue was coming up.
Was it Ivanova’s “know all, see all” line, or Lennier’s “Minbari, but not born…” line?
Or did I miss it altogether?

If so, Which Ep.?

Thanks

Dave

Subj: Re:Kosh Opening Narration
Date: 95-12-06 10:13:06 EST
From: MAKagle
Posted on: America Online

I was thinking more of:

Music swell
Kosh: “Babylon 5″
Show the actors and their names.

But I think were verging on story ideas.

Subj: Thanks#2
Date: 95-12-06 14:38:09 EST
From: KS EMG
Posted on: America Online

Thank you JMS for being loyal to your fans. I hope that when B5 has run its course you will either continue with the B5 vtheme or write another Sci-fi show. I was not intrigue by the 2-hour pilot, but at the urging of my fellow Sci-fi friends I became hooked on your show.

 

KS EMG

Subj: Re:VIDEOS
Date: 95-12-06 14:42:28 EST
From: BruceHH
Posted on: America Online

>> The difference is that we want them to do it, and they don’t think that there’s a market. You tell me how to resolve that difference, and I’ll go for it. <<

I think there would be a huge market for the videos. Look at the success the HIGHLANDER TV videos have enjoyed. There are a number of people who would enjoy owning all of a “saga,” including me. Please use this as one more vote towards releasing videos.

Bruce Harlick

Subj: Re:Who’s Garibaldi’s Second??
Date: 95-12-06 14:46:47 EST
From: BruceHH
Posted on: America Online

>>Please say Morishi, I’d hate to think that Zack would be anything higher than a mid-level grunt.<<

Morishi struck me as more of a specialist, a bomb/forensics guy. Zack, on the other hand, has been Garibaldi’s sounding board for quite some time. Is he the second? GOod question.

Bruce

Subj: Re:Videos
Date: 95-12-06 14:48:18 EST
From: BruceHH
Posted on: America Online

>>That info has been given out elsewhere, and it hasn’t done any good, so we’re looking into the possibility of releasing them ourselves.<<

If you do that, I guarentee that I will buy a set. (Just so you can start counting up your pre-orders… :) )

Bruce Harlick

Subj: Re:B5 Universe Questions
Date: 95-12-06 14:51:44 EST
From: BruceHH
Posted on: America Online

>>Regardless of the technology levels, if enough Earth ships could focus enough weapons on a Minbari (or Shadow, or whatever) ship and keep them focused long enough, they will deliver enough energy faster than the cooling system can drain it, and damage or destroy the ship. We saw this with the Narn vs. Shadows. Enough Narn ships (I’d hazard a guess several dozen) could have destroyed the 3-4 Shadow ships we saw, in spite of the differences in technology.<<

This was the problem that the EA had with the Mimbari ships: They couldn’t get weapons lock-ons. This makes it EXTREMELY difficult to fight in space; the distances are vast and I would imagine you would need some kind of sensors to aid you.

It’s not so much that they didn’t have a chance, they just didn’t have a good one. That’s why Sheridan is such a stud; he found a way to destroy a Mimbari capital ship.

Bruce

Subj: Re:Talia
Date: 95-12-06 18:02:05 EST
From: Dastari
Posted on: America Online

JMS-
You said that you wanted us to be shocked ala “The Shining” when we found out Talia had an artificial personality, it worked. We were shocked. You did it. Now, since you have a completely credible way out(several even- data crystal, Ivanova TP, Ironheart’s gift), I don’t think it would be bad to bring Talia back- she rules! Failing that, Andrea Thompson is(was) my favorite actress on B5- so at least let’s see Ms(?) Thompson back sometime down the line(please feel free to pass that on). I understand about losses in war, but I can’t believe that with all her powers, Talia could really be gone- Lyta, for example, seems to have an incredible talent with hiding her memories(“so far back in the smallest corner of her mind where no one would find it”, etc.)- so might Talia have done something like that and still have at least part of her in the back of her head(could she be listening in the back of her mind as the AP was doing earlier?)? Please bring Talia back :) Thanks- and it’s great that you’re here to listen to us!

-Damon

Subj: Re:Who Works For Whom
Date: 95-12-06 18:48:16 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>>Disclaimer: I am not an employee of America Online. I have just been around a VERY long time.<<
“The Shadows were old even when the ancients were young…. and then there’s GWRepBobby- who was around before the Shadows had evolved opposable digits, even before the Monolith makers had evolved legs and lungs… And he does not work with Aol, PsiCorp or the Nightwatch.”

Subj: Re:Another schedule Q
Date: 95-12-06 18:54:29 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>>Given this reasoning, can we expect to see a rerun of “Babylon Squared” sometime before the first broadcast of “War Without End?”<<
No, but we should expect Gropos/Hunter-Prey (the tied “#1 most reran episode”s) to show another dozen times (bringing them to an even 50 each) before we can see another new episode.

Subj: Re:Schedules and Reruns
Date: 95-12-06 19:01:42 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>><< (Hey, everybody come on over to my house, we’ll have a viewing party….) >>

Dangerous invitation. If I thought for a moment you were serious, I would be one of thousands in line camped in front of your house<<
And I’d be the one who grabs the blooper tape and disappears…

Subj: JMS:crossposts/AOL”contract”
Date: 95-12-06 19:12:47 EST
From: Adv Lisa
Posted on: America Online

>>I just hope somebody’s called the little twit on the fact that he went around calling others liars, then went out and posted his message about my alleged “contract with AOL” as though it were an absolute fact<<

Your AOL messages were crossposted to rastb5 and rastb5.info by me this past Sunday, and your message about the above-mentioned person was part of that group of messages. Since then it has been quoted in several postings, so most rastb5 readers should have seen it by now. There have also been plenty of people who have been quick to point out to him the error of his ways.

I don’t read every message on rastb5 (I do have to work some time!), but I’ve been keeping an eye on the subject of your alleged “contract”. I have seen more people defending that you DO NOT have a contract with AOL and that your motivation in leaving rastb5 had nothing to do with AOL than I have seen defending you for leaving rastb5/coming to AOL for financial reasons and/or condemning you for leaving for any reason. I also personally posted a response as an AOL’er stating that, contrary to what a few have said, your time on the AOL B5 message board has neither increased nor decreased since your resignation from rastb5.

FWIW, most of us are ignoring him, and those who don’t usually have something constructive to add. There are only a few people who question your motivation in participating in AOL, and I think most of those misunderstandings (except for…. HIM) have been straightened out. As far as HE is concerned, many are considering placing him in cyber-quarantine for an unspecified period of time. (Sounds like a good idea to me.)

Well, with all that said, I hope you don’t decide to stop the crosspostings. We really do appreciate the time you invest with your online audience and I would hate for people who can’t afford/don’t want to pay for an online service to have to totally do without your insights.

Thanks!

Lisa

Subj: Re:Episode #4
Date: 95-12-06 19:15:03 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>>Because in each of the cases you sighted he’s doing what he feels is right and honorable. Noone is getting hurt. You have to understand that what he did to that Centauri telepath was essencially rape, as well as abuse him physically. The ends justified the means, but it’s got to be making him think a little.<<

…..OJ Sheridan?
It’s weird that we started with a discussion of ethics and treason and ended up saying that Sheridan almost raped a Centauri male telepath…
I can’t wait to see where we go with Theo’s acceptance of an amnesiac killer and his killer!

Subj: Re:Talia
Date: 95-12-06 19:19:32 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>>. Could it be for the same reason that almost all dirty movies made today have at least one oblitory lesbien scene, or so I am told?<<
….. or so you were told…
You’re right… according to what I hear…

Subj: Re:Who Works For Whom
Date: 95-12-06 20:58:27 EST
From: Jennif4183
Posted on: America Online

JMS-

Lets be very clear on this, we enjoy your appearence here and I’ve read the stuff on rastb5 and understand why you stopped.

very good season so far can’t wait for rerun to end.

Jennifer–Ranger assign to Earth.

 

Subj: Question about Delenn
Date: 95-12-06 21:02:03 EST
From: Kheas
Posted on: America Online

In the pilot movie we saw a number of rings in Delenn’s quarters, one of which could control gravity. Could you tell us what happened to them?

Kheas

Subj: Re:Some technical questions
Date: 95-12-07 02:13:48 EST
From: TPolgar
Posted on: America Online

Actually, a fission reaction is only important w.r.t. fusion if ya want to make a bomb. For a sustained fusion reaction current technology using either magnetic containment (of plasma) or laser. (but we digress). I was just curious if JMS has some technical reason of “BOOM” or was it just for effect. The radiation Level comments that have been in B5 also grade me for the same as above. Fusion is, as far as i know, a “clean” reaction, no radiation.

Tibor

Subj: mimbari – human connection
Date: 95-12-07 02:32:37 EST
From: TPolgar
Posted on: America Online

Would a valid extension of Valen “mimbari but not born Mimbari” be Delenn “human but not born human”?

Subj: Re:jms:X-files w/ B5
Date: 95-12-07 05:05:41 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Don’t know if the beacon reference was toward us or not; but it’s still a great show, though it’s getting a little convoluted even by their standards lately. Still, I’ll keep watching….

Re: elevators…at risk of repeating stuff I’ve said elsewhere…every so often, I’ll see a note from somebody saying that this show only gets by because of its effects, that without that part it ain’t nothin’…and just to honk ’em off I’ll sit down and write a killer scene with just one or two characters in a room, no EFX, sometimes not even any music…and I often go for the smallest room in the station…and that happens to be the transport tube.

jms
Subj: Re:Who Works For Whom
Date: 95-12-07 05:08:37 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

“(still not sure which name to call you)”

It’s just Joe.

jms
Subj: Re:JMS:Matters of Honor
Date: 95-12-07 05:09:28 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Yes, that was a little hint of the shadows around Morden for those sharp enough to catch it.

jms
Subj: Re:A very different question
Date: 95-12-07 05:12:24 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

I’m working on a Dell Dimension 90mhz Pentium, 2 1-gigabyte drives, 4x CDrom, 32 megs memory, 17″ Nanao monitor, Soundblaster sound card, #9GXEpro 64 bit video (identical system in office, I’m at home now, except office system has 128-bit Imagine video card)…and I’m using a US Robotics v.Everything Courier modem at 28.8 speed.

jms
Subj: Re:Question about the actors
Date: 95-12-07 05:14:43 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

In the case of the regular actors, and the producers, you are paid a certain fee per episode contracted for (22 episodes for regulars, 13 or 8 for recurring cast members, 22 for producers). That amount is then broken up into about 50 weeks (I think maybe 40 or so weeks for actors, John Copeland can probably be more specific on this), and you thus get a weekly check based upon that.

jms
Subj: Re:B5 and DS9
Date: 95-12-07 05:16:48 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

The White Star was always in the plans for the series; it’s an outgrowth of everything that has gone before. We’ve seen big warships, dreadnoughts, smaller ships, and personal fighters. This fits right in. If you’re going to have a war over a long distance, you kinda need something to get in and out with.

I actually don’t watch DS9 as a rule, so I really can’t comment on its current storylines.

jms
Subj: Re:To JMS
Date: 95-12-07 05:20:30 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Thanks. If it were just me, I could try to ignore some of the nonsense; but the problem was that it soon involved vast numbers of other people, who were being flamed or driven off the system, and every thread was contaminated by it. A number of folks came to hang out at rastb5 because I was there, as many of them have stated since; that wasn’t/isn’t the only draw, theres’ lots of good conversation, but that was a component…so my being there put people in the position of being available to be attacked, derided, flamed, insulted and assaulted, and I can’t allow that to happen. And it began to have an impact on my writing, and that I *definitely* can’t afford.

One way or another, that particular chapter in the experiment will find a way to continue, in the fullness of time. I’m a patient man.

jms
Subj: Re:JMS:- Throwaway Dialogue
Date: 95-12-07 05:21:18 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Ah, now I can’t make it *too* easy, now can I…?

jms
Subj: Re:JMS:- Throwaway Dialogue
Date: 95-12-07 09:24:21 EST
From: StarFuryD4
Posted on: America Online

Joe,

Could you at least repost your original comment? Or date it? I can’t find it in the Stacks(it may have already been “vaporized”.

Detail matters to me, and I hate missing a foreshadowing(ok, so maybe I enjoy B5 a bit much, but at least I haven’t tried hiring a technomage to cast a spell of learning and self-control on my kids at work(9th & 10th graders). Okay, I thought about it. If I contract through you, could I get an educator’s discount?).

<g>

Thanks,

Dave

Subj: Lou Welch
Date: 95-12-07 12:31:41 EST
From: Sir Jon 01
Posted on: America Online

I want Lou back!!! Can we get to see him again? I much preferred him over Zack Allen… although the Nightwatch/Zack thing is very interesting… Bring Lou Back!

BTW… love the new opening sequence. Claudia Christian should’ve done the voice over from the start… it’s quite moving.

Subj: Re:Episode #4
Date: 95-12-07 12:36:52 EST
From: Badinov
Posted on: America Online

>>Noone is getting hurt. You have to understand that what he did to that Centauri telepath was essencially rape, as well as abuse him physically. The ends justified the means, but it’s got to be making him think a little.<<

For a guy who mined an asteroid belt to get the only kill in the E-M war, I doubt it bothers him in the slightest. This incident ranks on par with blasting the Centauri cruiser in self defense; CAPT Sheridan has to defend his station and its personnel with every weapon he can get his hands on.

We all look at CAPT Sheridan as being pure and good, (someone we sympathize with) but sometimes we forget that he is a warrior with a very overgrown sense of mission (his “holy cause”)
I am not claiming that what he did was right or just from an objective POV, but from his own command perspective he does what he has to do to protect his station and troops. (I wonder, as we head into Bosnia, if I was in some similar situation would I do the same…)

To extrapolate this line of reasoning would start heading into “story line ideas” but I’ll close with this thought…If Sheridan isn’t careful, remember what happened at the end of the movie “A Few Good Men”??
Badinov

Subj: Hunter Prey
Date: 95-12-07 13:15:48 EST
From: Lisala
Posted on: America Online

Is there is distinction between Vorlons and their ships? I notice there doesn’t seem to be one between the shadows and theirs; Kosh seems to be fond of Vessels, (his ship, his encounter suit, Leyta).

I love the ship by the way; truly a wonderful episode.

Subj: release of series on video
Date: 95-12-07 16:30:12 EST
From: K94ever
Posted on: America Online

Hi There!

I’m soo glad that somebody has given us Sci-Fi fans a “thinking person’s” show. I really like the idea of writing a show where you have to use your memory, and deductive reasoning to follow the plot.

Are there any plans to release the series on home video? My VCR is 12 years old and my TV only 2. Alas, the technologies just aren’t compatable and I can’t record your show.

Also, tell Mr. Doyle to keep putting his hands in his pants pockets and walking away from the camera. NICE shot. :)

Subj: Re:A very different question
Date: 95-12-07 20:38:36 EST
From: Darrkman
Posted on: America Online

>> I’m working on a Dell Dimension 90mhz Pentium, 2 1-gigabyte drives, 4x CDrom, 32 megs memory, 17″ Nanao monitor, Soundblaster sound card, #9GXEpro 64 bit video (identical system in office, I’m at home now, except office system has 128-bit Imagine video card)…and I’m using a US Robotics v.Everything Courier modem at 28.8 speed.<<

jms

Oh so you like using beginners computers!!!!! :-) Damn JMS why don’t you just hook the thing up to a car since they don’t get much faster than that!!!

Subj: Rasta?
Date: 95-12-07 22:46:26 EST
From: GigSims
Posted on: America Online

Is there any connection between the selection of the title of the series and the Rastafarian belief that the white man controlled “Babylon” is evil and will ultimately fall? I’m sure there’s not, but it would be interesting to add some Rasta characters who listen to 300 year old raggae and believe that Babylon 5 must be destroyed — Mon.

Subj: Surfing & B5
Date: 95-12-07 23:16:27 EST
From: WAVERIDER
Posted on: America Online

Dear JMS,
In the episode where the pilot sacrficed himself to
take pictures of the shadow craft, I noticed that he had a surfing picture on his locker door. Knowing that
you give a lot of attention to details & the picture was preety prominent , makes me wonder if you surf .
The shot looked like Pipe Line on the North Shore. I take it that surfing will still be popular in the future & it is good to know that the oceans won’t be so polluted that we can’t go in the water!
I LOVE your show !
Waverider

Subj: Re:Some technical questions
Date: 95-12-08 02:15:02 EST
From: HFMoon
Posted on: America Online

<<Fusion is, as far as i know, a “clean” reaction, no radiation.

Tibor>>

Oh,no. There’s quite a bit of radiation involved(look at the sun), it’s just that there is almost no radioactive waste.

Subj: Re:Some technical questions
Date: 95-12-08 03:16:00 EST
From: STUDIO GO
Posted on: America Online

Actually, the kind of fusion reaction most likely to be used for power production produces copious neutron radiation. Neutrons have the property of knocking into the nuclei of whatever element absobs them; this leads to the material itself becoming radioactive (and emitting alpha, beta, and gamma radiation in turn.) A fusion reactor would, over time, render itself and its nearby surroundings radioactive–and you’ve got a radwaste problem again.

There ARE fusion reactions (p>p, for example) that are “clean”, but no one knows how to make them work. One cool way would be to pipe hydrogen into a captive micro-size black hole and let its gravitation crush the hydrogen into helium for you. Of course, a civilization capable of making or catching a micro-black-hole will probably just skip fusion altogether and use straight antimatter, or quantum energy, or PFM.

Bruce
Studio Go!
(My opinion–it ain’t necssarily Go!’s)

Subj: Re:Some technical questions
Date: 95-12-08 09:27:29 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>>I think I would like to take a crack at the fusion reactor problem. The other person was correct we use fission reactions to set of fusion ones like it bombs. You are right that there is not much mass in a fusion reactor but there is a lot of energy, thats what it is there for. When ever you release that kind of energy, remember it is enough to power a ship, you are going to get explosions. Maybe not the same as if you ignited regular explosives but there still would be energy as well as ignited explosion, hydrogen is the primary source for fusion to make helium and release energy. <<

Doesn’t work that way. fusion reactors can simply be shut down. Unless there’s some sort of containment bleach, causing plasma to leak out, which would cool rapidly BTW, I can’t think of anything that would be a problem big enough to blow the thing sky high (aside from, of course, loss of power to the station).

Pumukl

Subj: Re:To JMS
Date: 95-12-08 09:43:40 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>>>>>Love the show, and we all miss ya over on rastvb5. It’s nice to know you’re hangin’ in there here on AOL. But please, please, PLEASE don’t a few no-life losers get to you! Several years ago I did a ROBOTECH comics series that stretched the boundaries a little–and the reader reaction was generally good. However, a tiny minority of the “hardcore” ROBOTECH fans really gave me the business for the “sacreliges” I’d committed with their precious ROBOTECH. I got hate mail, phone calls, even a death threat. But the ONLY WAY to deal with the kind of person who freaks out over a TV show or comic book is to TOTALLY IGNORE them. I mean 100%, flat-out ignore them in every way. All they want is attention, and by denying them that you defeat them. In time, such people simply “dry up”, then the tumblebugs emerge from the cracks of the Earth and roll them away. I understand why you left Usenet, but should you ever desire to return to the ivy-covered halls of rasftvb5, I hope you’ll simply killfile or just refuse to acknowledge people like the Unholy Trio. Honest criticism is fine, but the kind of crap I saw them posting about you is psychotic, plain and simple. Anyway, love the show! Keep up the good work!<<<<<

Several years ago? sub that with approximately 1 year ago. I read your comic and thought it good writing, but it wasn’t robotech in the sense of the word. I didn’t really turn negative towards you until I’d heard from others about how you’d gone on the usenet and started just blasting away robotech fans. That, and the conversation between you and Peter Walker where you said you essencially did it for the money, and to hell with continuum.

You think what you got is bad? Imagine what would be the reaction if a Star Trek story was told about everyone on the enterprize deciding to betray the Federation and then getting killed. I wonder what kind of mail that poor SOB would get. As for the death threat. Well, I’m sorry for that. On behalf of the majority of robotech fans I apoligize for it. I didn’t send it, and I can’t condone such behavior. I prefer intelligent critisism. (and I’d watch that “small minority” bit if I were you. small Minorities generally don’t send large volumes of hate mail 😉

Anyway, I’m sorry I brought this up, but I felt that I should get it off my chest and present The Other Side Of The Story ™. I do agree with you that the crap JMS has gotten has been plain ridiculus. I hope we can keep the robotech stuff off here for the most part and leave it in the Robotech folders where it belongs.
Pumukl

Subj: Re:Who’s Garibaldi’s Second?
Date: 95-12-08 09:47:24 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>>Please say Morishi, I’d hate to think that Zack would be anything higher than a mid-level grunt.<<

>Morishi struck me as more of a specialist, a bomb/forensics guy. Zack, on the other hand, has been Garibaldi’s sounding board for quite some time. Is he the second? GOod question.
Morishi also struck me as a good actor, and I like the character a lot from what little we’ve seen of him. I ho pe to see more of the man.

Pumukl

Subj: Re:Episode #4
Date: 95-12-08 09:54:42 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>>>>Because in each of the cases you sighted he’s doing what he feels is right and honorable. Noone is getting hurt. You have to understand that what he did to that Centauri telepath was essencially rape, as well as abuse him physically. The ends justified the means, but it’s got to be making him think a little.<<

>>…..OJ Sheridan?
It’s weird that we started with a discussion of ethics and treason and ended up saying that Sheridan almost raped a Centauri male telepath…
I can’t wait to see where we go with Theo’s acceptance of an amnesiac killer and his killer!

No he just watched. It was Lyta who did the raping. Woman’s lib must be going crazy with glee over this one 😉

Pumukl

Subj: Re:Some technical questions
Date: 95-12-08 09:58:10 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>>Actually, a fission reaction is only important w.r.t. fusion if ya want to make a bomb. For a sustained fusion reaction current technology using either magnetic containment (of plasma) or laser. (but we digress). I was just curious if JMS has some technical reason of “BOOM” or was it just for effect. The radiation Level comments that have been in B5 also grade me for the same as above. Fusion is, as far as i know, a “clean” reaction, no radiation.<<

Yes, exactly as I said.

Pumukl

Subj: Re:Who Works For Whom
Date: 95-12-08 09:59:49 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

< “(still not sure which name to call you)”

It’s just Joe. >

no prob.
yo. . . . . . . .joe. . . .

sorry, couldn’t resist 😉

Pumukl

Subj: Re:A very different question
Date: 95-12-08 10:01:59 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>> I’m working on a Dell Dimension 90mhz Pentium, 2 1-gigabyte drives, 4x CDrom, 32 megs memory, 17″ Nanao monitor, Soundblaster sound card, #9GXEpro 64 bit video (identical system in office, I’m at home now, except office system has 128-bit Imagine video card)…and I’m using a US Robotics v.Everything Courier modem at 28.8 speed.<<

Just curious, but WHAT THE HELL DOES SOMEONE DO WITH 32 MEGS OF RAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pumping up on electric ‘roids, are we?

Pumukl

Subj: Re:Episode #4
Date: 95-12-08 10:08:04 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>For a guy who mined an asteroid belt to get the only kill in the E-M war, I doubt it bothers him in the slightest. This incident ranks on par with blasting the Centauri cruiser in self defense; CAPT Sheridan has to defend his station and its personnel with every weapon he can get his hands on.

>We all look at CAPT Sheridan as being pure and good, (someone we sympathize with) but sometimes we forget that he is a warrior with a very overgrown sense of mission (his “holy cause”)
I am not claiming that what he did was right or just from an objective POV, but from his own command perspective he does what he has to do to protect his station and troops. (I wonder, as we head into Bosnia, if I was in some similar situation would I do the same…)

>To extrapolate this line of reasoning would start heading into “story line ideas” but I’ll close with this thought…If Sheridan isn’t careful, remember what happened at the end of the movie “A Few Good Men”??

I can’t quite agree with this statement. When you kill a ship, that’s just it: a ship, you’re not really thinking about the people inside it. You are also (in this case) doing it because you believe you are doing something *good* and *right*. I’m not saying that Sheriden isn’t capable of putting a bag over someone’s head and then ripping information out of it, but I am saying that it must have taken a lot of rationalization to do so.

Pumukl

Subj: Re:Some technical questions
Date: 95-12-08 10:15:37 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>>Actually, the kind of fusion reaction most likely to be used for power production produces copious neutron radiation. Neutrons have the property of knocking into the nuclei of whatever element absobs them; this leads to the material itself becoming radioactive (and emitting alpha, beta, and gamma radiation in turn.) A fusion reactor would, over time, render itself and its nearby surroundings radioactive–and you’ve got a radwaste problem again.

>>There ARE fusion reactions (p>p, for example) that are “clean”, but no one knows how to make them work. One cool way would be to pipe hydrogen into a captive micro-size black hole and let its gravitation crush the hydrogen into helium for you. Of course, a civilization capable of making or catching a micro-black-hole will probably just skip fusion altogether and use straight antimatter, or quantum energy, or PFM.

That’s true, todays fusion rectors have generally used deuterium, which eventually leads to rad contamination (that’s why the reactor at Princeton was shut down). From what I understand tho, Tritium (and I hope I’m spelling the dern thing right) reactors are *much* cleaner. There is radiation released, but no waste, and it take a loooong time before the reactor itself is contaminated.

That black hole theory sounds interesting. I must confess that I’ve never heard of that one before, but it is theoretically possible. Good luck making one tho %p

Pum

Subj: The probe
Date: 95-12-08 13:56:01 EST
From: MAKagle
Posted on: America Online

Did the probe (the one that threatened to blow up B5) come through the jump gate or did it just coast there?

Either way, won’t they have a good idea where it came from soon?

Subj: Ivanova and Kosh
Date: 95-12-08 14:59:33 EST
From: Leathon
Posted on: America Online

Ivanova was called to Bay 13 to meet Kosh. She arrived just as the ship was docking, it was still moving when she opened the door. Kosh came up behind her and started talking to her and she acted like she didn’t expect him to be on the transport. The last time a Vorlon transport docked everyone expected him to be on it. Why didn’t she expect to see him come off it this time? Why did he ask for her and not Sheridan who he usually deals with? Any guesses anybody? All I can think of is that she and Kosh are sharing a secret, there are enough secrets floating around B5 so no big surprise but why was Sheridan left out of the loop initially?

Subj: Re:A very different question
Date: 95-12-08 16:16:35 EST
From: GWRepBobby
Posted on: America Online

“Just curious, but WHAT THE HELL DOES SOMEONE DO WITH 32 MEGS OF RAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Lots of really cool graphics. At least that is what I would do with it if I had 32 megs.

Subj: Re:Schedules and Reruns
Date: 95-12-08 19:03:05 EST
From: Lolysmagpy
Posted on: America Online

I’m there, babe, I’ll bring the Diet Soda.

Subj: Question about Lyta
Date: 95-12-08 20:56:13 EST
From: Dastari
Posted on: America Online

Was it always planned that Lyta would return, or is this just a recent development? Also, what is Lyta’s Telepathy Power Rating- she seems very skilled.

Thanks,
Damon

Subj: JMS, I commend you…
Date: 95-12-08 23:20:10 EST
From: EarthDome
Posted on: America Online

JMS,

I have for the better part of the show been lurking on rastb5, and most recently here on AOL. From reading your posts and hearing how you grew up, I find it fascinating that you didn’t: 1) go crazy 2) climb to the top of a tower with a rifle 3) start taking pot-shots. I am just glad you found the inner-strength to perservere <sp?> and create a show with depth and clear understanding of the human struggle.

I thank you for a show that should have been here a lot sooner, and I thank you for your originality and imagination.

Thank you.

EarthDome
<pca>

Subj: Re:jms:X-files w/ B5
Date: 95-12-08 23:23:01 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>> Don’t know if the beacon reference was toward us or not; but it’s still a great show, though it’s getting a little convoluted even by their standards lately. Still, I’ll keep watching….

Re: elevators…at risk of repeating stuff I’ve said elsewhere…every so often, I’ll see a note from somebody saying that this show only gets by because of its effects, that without that part it ain’t nothin’…and just to honk ’em off I’ll sit down and write a killer scene with just one or two characters in a room, no EFX, sometimes not even any music…and I often go for the smallest room in the station…and that happens to be the transport tube.

jms<<

It’s that attitude that makes JMS So respectable on AOL… (we all aspire for that New York/LA-ish “I’m goin’ outta my way jus’ ta piss ya off” mentality that makes this place the most fun of the online services! :-) Kudos to you!)

Subj: Re:JMS:Matters of Honor
Date: 95-12-08 23:25:01 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>>Yes, that was a little hint of the shadows around Morden for those sharp enough to catch it.

jms<<

… I caught it, and now my little brother makes that sound whenever he wants to communicate with his invisable friends–er associates..

Subj: Re:Episode #4
Date: 95-12-08 23:38:30 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>>To extrapolate this line of reasoning would start heading into “story line ideas” but I’ll close with this thought…If Sheridan isn’t careful, remember what happened at the end of the movie “A Few Good Men”??<<

Sheridan: “You can’t handle the truth!”
Kosh: “Truth is as the eye sees; without it we are blind to falsehoods”

Sheridan:”Did you order that code red?”
Kosh:”What is color but a wave in a sea of light?”
Sheridan:” ..er, yeah … But did you order it?”
Kosh:”No one can ever, truly give orders, we only find them to follow them.”
Sheridan: “…. Can we just execute him right here?”
Kosh: “But you have yet to prove my crime
your justice is worth not a dime
If you never saw Lyta’s gills
You can’t blame me for the kills
The Hand/Glove thing is coincidence
I trained you to see my innocence…”

Subj: Kosh, Lyta, Talia
Date: 95-12-08 23:38:47 EST
From: Rjler
Posted on: America Online

Thanks for B5- it’s really great !!!! (I meant to say that before…) Is Kosh or the ship the Vorlon (it does seem very alive in itself)? Could it be he is just its agent among the humans??? Having come in late, I didn’t know Lyta, but she seemed a bit forgetful in this return from Vorlon episode… handled Molari well, but as if bluffing her way out of something. Has her form been “borrowed” by a Vorlon, adding another “reason” to why she didn’t mind blasting that Centauri? As for Talia- let her stay gone. True, I don’t see why the gift from Ironheart didn’t protect her in some way (maybe it was given too late), but the break was clean and made sense in the story line.
BTW, how is Vir? Will we see him again? How is Molari going to manage without him? And who will commiserate with Lennier?

Subj: Re:Who’s Garibaldi’s Second?
Date: 95-12-08 23:44:00 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>>Morishi also struck me as a good actor, and I like the character a lot from what little we’ve seen of him. I hope to see more of the man.

Pumukl<<

Every ten years, for the Mortal Kombat… or the Rising Sun (tea anyone?… that was _low_)

Subj: Re:Episode #4
Date: 95-12-08 23:46:31 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>>No he just watched. It was Lyta who did the raping. Woman’s lib must be going crazy with glee over this one ;)<<
LOL! Now I’ve heard just about everything!

Now if she would just give Packwood a taste of his own.. er medicine.

Subj: Re:Who Works For Whom
Date: 95-12-08 23:48:47 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>>yo. . . . . . . .joe. . . .

sorry, couldn’t resist 😉

Pumukl<<
Uh oh… looks like PUMUKL is going to have a brush encounter with the NARN BAT SQUAD..(probably the infamous “G’Louisville Slu’Ger branch”)..

Subj: Re:Episode #4
Date: 95-12-08 23:49:59 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>> I’m not saying that Sheriden isn’t capable of putting a bag over someone’s head and then ripping information out of it, but I am saying that it must have taken a lot of rationalization to do so.<<

Sounds like a scene from Casino…

Subj: Re:JMS, I commend you…
Date: 95-12-09 01:09:27 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Thanks, though I’m not entirely sure I emerged from all this totally sane…if I had, I wouldn’t be working in TV….

jms
Subj: Re:Episode #4
Date: 95-12-09 02:06:05 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>>> I’m not saying that Sheriden isn’t capable of putting a bag over someone’s head and then >ripping information out of it, but I am saying that it must have taken a lot of rationalization to do >so.<<
>
>Sounds like a scene from Casino…
>
>
Thpppppbth~ :p
Pumukl

Subj: Re:Ivanova and Kosh
Date: 95-12-09 02:17:33 EST
From: Zerf
Posted on: America Online

Kosh was extending a courtesy to Ivanova to let her know the Lyta was returning. I don’t think Kosh was on his ship, it went to pick up Lyta.

Subj: Well done, Michael
Date: 95-12-09 15:34:59 EST
From: TS Jessica
Posted on: America Online

At Westercon in Phoenix, July 1992, I remember leaving early one of the panels I was on, so I could get to your presentation on Babylon 5. You hadn’t sold it yet, but I knew you from GEnie and I remember thinking at the time of the presentation, “If he gets this concept on TV, he’ll own broadcast science fiction.”

See, I was right! Well done. -Jess

Subj: Miscellaney for Joe
Date: 95-12-09 16:11:16 EST
From: WSudderth
Posted on: America Online

(1) Regarding the conversation in “A Day in the Strife” between Ivanova, Garibaldi and Franklin concerning Sheridan’s capability as B5’s Captain: did you intend that to be a response to the fans who are making noises about wishing Sinclair would return in a more regular fashion? The “we need a soldier, not a diplomat” line stood out.

(2) In “Divided Loyalties,” was Garibaldi warned by the Rangers to be present when Lyta’s ship was brought in? It seemed just a bit too convenient for Garibaldi to be there to confirm her identity; might he have been warned that someone who needed protection was on the ship?

Your humble servant,
Will

Subj: Re:Episode #4
Date: 95-12-09 20:23:09 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>>Thpppppbth~ :p<<

…well, double Thpppppbth on you~ >I-b…

BTW, what does Thpppppbth mean anyway (or is it just a ‘raspberry’)?
I>;;;> (I :-p c<:::<I

Subj: Re: telepaths
Date: 95-12-09 20:41:43 EST
From: POOBIEBROS
Posted on: America Online

in pilot episode, G’Kar inquired if Leyta would be willing to mate with him as Narn has no telepaths of their own. What is the current status of Narn producing their own? Was G’Kars mate really aware of his requests for service?

Subj: Re:Episode #4
Date: 95-12-09 22:48:25 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>>>Thpppppbth~ :p<<
>
>…well, double Thpppppbth on you~ >I-b…
>
> BTW, what does Thpppppbth mean anyway (or is it just a ‘raspberry’)?
>I>;;;> (I :-p c<:::<I
>
>

Nope, it’s just a raspberry
Pumukl

Subj: Mira’s Past
Date: 95-12-09 22:51:50 EST
From: StarFuryD4
Posted on: America Online

Joe,

I just saw “My Antonia”, and Mira was in it. But when I looked for her in the credits, I saw “Mira”, but couldn’t catch the last name. Has she been married long? Acted under a different stage name? Or just decided to go by Furlan for B5?

Three days of dish duty rides on her being in that movie, so any help would be appreciated.

: )

Thanks,

Dave

Subj: JMS: Spousal Overunit’s name
Date: 95-12-10 02:06:20 EST
From: Horshutree
Posted on: America Online

I remember reading somewhere you posted your SO’s name, and that she too is a writer. I can’t recall what her name is, and I would like to recognize her work if I ever chance to see something she wrote. Do I remember correctly that she wrote an episode of B5? If so, can you comment on the experience? Would you like to go through it again? You certainly don’t have to answer that last one!

RRS

Subj: To Jms
Date: 95-12-10 12:12:03 EST
From: Mutate
Posted on: America Online

what is the deal with some of the affiliate stations taking B5 off of their schedules. Will this be forever.

Subj: Re:Well done, Michael
Date: 95-12-10 21:22:00 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

I remember that presentation, and it shares something special with LosCon right before that. At the time of the convention, all I had was my word on the kind of show I wanted to do, my rep, and about 30 seconds of a clip showing a ship docking at a beta version of B5. That’s it. And even though producers for TeeVee series are always coming in proclaiming that their new show is the best thing since sliced bread, even though time and time again we (speaking as a fan myself) it ends up being just another awful show with genius kids and cute robots…even with all that, and so little to show for what I had in mind…fans both in Phoenix and at LosCon sidled up to the video clip, considered it, and the few other elements I brought to the table…and said, basically, “Let’s give the kid a chance.” It speaks volumes of the willingness of SF fans to extend themselves, despite getting repeatedly burned, when most needed.

I’ve always been very moved by that, and whenever I’ve gone back (though I forgot this last time), I’ve always asked, “Did I keep the promises I made back then?” The answer has always been yes.

jms
Subj: Re:Miscellaney for Joe
Date: 95-12-10 21:23:31 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

No, Garibaldi was there because the ship’s ID# didn’t check out, as he stated, and it could’ve been in the process of smuggling or who knows what. The “soldier/diplomat” comment came more from shaping where this season is going.

jms
Subj: Re:Mira’s Past
Date: 95-12-10 21:24:19 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

No, her credit there reads Furlan; that’s her name. Her husband’s name is Goran Gajic.

jms
Subj: Re:JMS: Spousal Overunit’s n
Date: 95-12-10 21:27:40 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Her name is Kathryn M. Drennan, and yes, she wrote “By Any Means Necessary” for B5. She has written for other shows, mainly in the animation area, and has worked as a journalist or feature reporter for newspapers and magazines, including Twilight Zone Magazine, Women’s World, and others.

It was difficult at times with her doing a B5 script because I kept second-guessing myself too much on my reactions, and I ended up making her jump through a lot of hoops that nobody else had to go through because I have a real problem with even the *appearance* of nepotism, so she ended up working twice as hard as was probably necessary. So far this season she hasn’t come across a story she’d like to write, so it’s a moot point.

jms
Subj: Re:To Jms
Date: 95-12-10 21:28:59 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Only a very few stations have dropped B5, mainly because there isn’t room any longer on their schedules due to an influx of UPN and FOX shows to which they have prior commitments. These number less than about 5 or so out of something like 198 stations, and in several cases other stations have jumped in and happily picked up the contract.

jms
Subj: The Third Age/Season 3 intro
Date: 95-12-10 21:37:20 EST
From: ExCretan
Posted on: America Online

It has been noticed by some (not myself, I’m just a messenger) that the phrase “dawn of the third age…” is not in the Season 3 intro voiceover. Although I consider the chances pretty low of getting a non-Kosh’ed answer to this question:

Is this because 2260 is not the “dawn” of the third age, but actually *during* the third age, i.e. the dawn is passed?

Patrick A. Bowman

Subj: Re:The Third Age/Season 3 in
Date: 95-12-11 03:53:21 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Who can say…..?

jms
Subj: Delenn’s physiology
Date: 95-12-11 08:14:27 EST
From: R CRANTZ
Posted on: America Online

Ok. I’m really not the type to get this picky. One reason I like Star Wars and don’t like Trek (and now love B5) is that the technobabble is kept to a minimum. I really don’t care how things work. I’m an artist, not a physicist. I’ll accept something on faith as long as it looks cool enough. That said, I’m really bothered by something. Mia Furlann is a spectacular actress and a very pretty lady and I’m glad we see her face more since her change. However, can you explain just how that bone is attatched to her head? (I’m talking about Delenn, not a practical makeup question.) Her hair somehow hangs between the bone and her skull. I was under the impression that the bone was an extension of the skull. I know she’s been through some changes, but this is neither a human nor a Minbari trait.

Marc

Subj: Re:Delenn’s physiology
Date: 95-12-11 17:47:45 EST
From: TBrush1090
Posted on: America Online

During Delenn’s transformation, her head crest shrank, and developed gaps through which her hair could be threaded; think of it as a pair of antlers growing out of her temples that have fused together at the back of her head.

Subj: actors
Date: 95-12-11 17:49:25 EST
From: Leathon
Posted on: America Online

Are any of the actors online and reading the B5 messages or just you JMS? I can’t keep but wonder what some of their reactions are to the messages placed here.

Leathon

Subj: To JMS re.the women
Date: 95-12-11 19:30:49 EST
From: CrushaTroi
Posted on: America Online

hello JMS… I do hope you’ll answer this post…

1- will you be bringing in more women as lead characters? I really appreciated having a decent percentage of women on B5 instead of making it the boys’ game that Star Trek and ST:TNG and even DS9 seemed to be hitting on… With the female narn and Talia gone, there are only two main female characters… Even with Lyta, there are only three, and there are also some men who have recurring bit parts, and so sort of weigh out Lyta’s presence..

2- Will you PLEASE answer the question re. Talia? I mean, I know you would like to keep some sort of surprise to it (I s’pose), but so many people have so many questions. I also really hope that Talia and Susan can have their relationship.. . there are so many things unresolved about Talia and her relationships with the other cast members, especially with Susan… Is Andrea Thompson (or some other actress) going to come back as Talia?!

3- Also, even if Talia doesn’t come back, are you going to have a gay characters around as simply part of the tapestry of B5? I thought that was going to happen…

Subj: Re:actors
Date: 95-12-11 21:05:49 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Generally speaking, very few actors are online; Pat Tallman is over on Compuserve here and there, Stephen Furst and one or two others come online here from time to time…bits and pieces here and there. Mainly, if there’s a message of interest, cast members find out by its being posted on the News From The Nets wall over on stage A.

jms
Subj: Re:To JMS re.the women
Date: 95-12-11 21:11:04 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

I do see Lyta’s role growing in the show, in the hopes of her becoming a recurring character (main title) in time, and there are a couple of other female characters I’m thinking about, but I don’t generally think in terms of quotas, 4 to 2 or 5 to 3 or whatever…you have to decide what works best for the show and the story.

As for Talia/Ivanova…there’s some closure to that right around mid-season, which definitely clarifies their relationship. Suffice to say I think you’ll be pleased.

jms
Subj: Re:Who’s Garibaldi’s Second?
Date: 95-12-11 21:21:35 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

No more Lou? Serious bummer! Well, it would still be nice if he could make the occasional guest shot- you know, passing on through:

Gar: Lou, how the hell are you? How’s the new post?
Lou: Well, Mike, <insert name> Colony bites, but the promotion and money sure feels good! Any pointers you wanna give to a new Chief of Security?

<whereupon, if this were Bonanza, by the end of the episode Lou would be:
1. Dead
2. Get the girl, to prevent a series major character from doing so
3. Be revealed as the AntiChrist (or some other old friend turned bad) >

Subj: Re:Episode #4
Date: 95-12-11 21:30:44 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

It’s been said that JMS is an atheist. Well, after watching Passage to Gethsemane, I sure wish we could have more atheists that respect religion as well. An atheist does not have to respect a religion, but certainly should respect the power of faith. JMS has shown religion in an extremely positive light, without making it overpowering. We have seen individual believers work good and evil, and we have seen what can happen when faith alone is used as a guide. I salute you, sir- please keep it up. Would that our government could use B5 as an example- you CAN discuss religion, and even permit the exercise somewhat thereof, WITHOUT necessarily promoting a specific religion or even religion in general.

Subj: Re:Some technical questions
Date: 95-12-11 21:38:23 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

Fusion bombs set off all the energy at once- fusion reactors do not. When you open a fusion reaction chamber, the reaction shuts down, because it requires pressure to work. No pressure = no reaction, hence no explosion.

The hydrogen used for fuel would not explode under the circumstances. If the tank were ruptured by anything less than a nuclear device, you’d just get a real big leak.

Still, while the station could survive a short while on batteries and solar power, a sudden switchover (such as would occur when the reactor is blown up) might take down the entire power grid.

BTW- not even a fission reactor will blow up like a bomb. In the case of Chernobyl, it was a hydrogen bubble from the dissociation of the cooling water that built up enough pressure to blow the top of the reactor off. Fission reactors are fueled mostly by a type of uranium that doesn’t release neutrons fast enough to sustain a reaction.

Subj: Re:B5 Universe Questions
Date: 95-12-11 21:43:26 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

Exactly- but then, how do you hit a ship you can’t lock on to? You use a whole bunch of weapons set to explode around the target, or visually aim what you can.

Shock waves don’t travel through a vacuum, so you’d have to get real close.

Besides- why wouldn’t TV guided bombs work? Stick a camera in the nose of the missile and have the pilot or gunner track it through a screen in the cockpit. We poor humans have been using that technology for years!

Subj: Re:jms:X-files w/ B5
Date: 95-12-11 21:47:44 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

Well, I can certainly tell that TPTB who designed B5 are an advanced species- no muzak in the elevators!

No, really, keep those elevator scenes. They can reveal so much about characters who are one-on-one, not needing to keep up appearances.

And if necessary, the dialogue can go straight down the tubes…

Subj: Re:JMS:Matters of Honor
Date: 95-12-11 21:48:36 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

So why hasn’t anyone bumped into a Shadow in some of the more crowded places- or is it that they are still mostly in another dimension?

Subj: Re:B5 and DS9
Date: 95-12-11 21:50:58 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

This season, DS9 definitely lifted from the B5 opener, an improvement. Now I think of DS9 as an actual working station, instead of the more abstract feeling from earlier seasons.

Then again, they changed the music slightly, which I don’t like. And the B5 opening theme bites this season.

Subj: Okay, how about Zathras?
Date: 95-12-11 23:13:31 EST
From: ExCretan
Posted on: America Online

Well, I shoulda expected that last answer (on The Third age)…

Howzabout this one: As a late starter on Babylon 5, I’m still catching up on first season episodes, and I saw A Voice in the Wilderness just the other day.

While Sinclair and Ivanova are wandering around in the planet, they find a skeleton in one hallway, one that warns them of a trap that is set there. It’s not on screen for very long, but I thought I saw tufts of hair in familiar positions on the skeleton, which made me wonder: Is the skeleton one of Zathras’ race?

Patrick Bowman
Just biding my time until the end of January….

 

Subj: Vir on Chicago Hope…
Date: 95-12-12 01:39:51 EST
From: HFMoon
Posted on: America Online

Ahhhh! Stephen Furst’s a Vet! And he’s hitting on the emperimental specialist! And he got a Hair cut!

(actually, I just hope they don’t kill him like the did the lawyer.)

Subj: Re:B5 Universe Questions
Date: 95-12-12 01:43:41 EST
From: HFMoon
Posted on: America Online

<<Shock waves don’t travel through a vacuum, so you’d have to get real close.>>

Shock waves do travel through a vacuum, but rather than being composed of air or water, the waves are composed of the material that just exploded.
i.e., a bomb explodes, you’ve got vaporized metal and gas flying at you. A star explodes, you’ve got stellar matter and hydrogen flying at you.

Subj: Re:Okay, how about Zathras?
Date: 95-12-12 03:30:55 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

No, the skeleton was of a three-armed intruder who once tried to force his way in, long ago.

jms
Subj: Re:B5 Universe Questions
Date: 95-12-12 15:03:32 EST
From: CORLISS100
Posted on: America Online

<Even a .22 pistol can eventually stop a tank, if only from the weight of the lead in the bullets <that stick to the armor (‘course, ya gotta reload a time or two)

SHe Dr 24734- This is a true but impractical statement. You are an intelligent woman but look at the big picture. A local victory or two is possible (ie. the destruction of the shadow vessel near the jumpgate. Though I have no Idea why it stopped pursuing the white start to turn around and look at it. Like it had eyes or something)

However, these local victories wouldn’t win a war. Look at the price the Narin paid to cripple one shadow ships (in Londo dreams there are thousands). It cost them the last of their offensive ability (Their main fleet) they were then unarmed. This was a very one sided engagement and without protection, homeworlds are gone. Production of new ships are gone. Hope of improving your existing technology is gone as well. Then the war is over. The loser has lost any say in the matter.

The Narin’s were a very militant race that was building up to attack the Centauri. They then were forced to fight the shadows who way out class them. Yes, a local victory is possible, but to what end. It wouldn’t make a difference in the big picture. The Narins lost their entire fleet of their best ships for a little damage on just one shadow ship. In the words of embassador Kosh “The avalanche has started it is too late for the pebbles to vote” I think that applies to everyone except the Vorlons.

Subj: Re:Vir and Garibaldi
Date: 95-12-12 15:14:37 EST
From: CORLISS100
Posted on: America Online

Geribaldi was on Renegade (I think) playing a bad guy. I don’t see him in that bad guy role to easily. But It was good to see him anyway.

JMS your actors are expanding their horizons. Please don’t lose them.
Keep up the excellent work

 

Subj: Re:JMS:Matters of Honor
Date: 95-12-12 15:19:43 EST
From: CORLISS100
Posted on: America Online

Yea, good point. JMS what is the deal with the Shadows living on B5. They can be seen using IR and are able to talk. Are they in a different dimension?

Could some have been killed during the bombings. That may make staging a fake terrorist bombing worth while to get a body for examination.

Where are they JMS?

Subj: ATTN: JMS Morden?
Date: 95-12-12 17:07:29 EST
From: ShadowAtB5
Posted on: America Online

~~~~~~When are we going to see that handsome Morden fellow again? Such a snazzy dresser… You don’t see anyone on the so-called “side of light” dressed so well. I mean, really, an encounter suit? Tres gauche! Uniforms? Yesterday’s fashion. Though I must admit, that Delenn does have possibilities. Must come from us having a third of her race in our pocket. Er, I mean, as good friends and worthy allies… ::sinister chuckle::

So tell us, Joe, since that was Ed Wasser in “The Gathering,” was he playing Morden even then? I must admit that though we know much, we do not know everything. Close, but not quite. Also, I’m sure that those here of the younger, more ignorant races (such as humans) would like to know.

For those of you who *are* of the younger races, remember… Every Light needs must cast a Shadow, and the brighter the Light, the darker the Shadow… We are agents of change, of counterbalance, and aye, even chaos. But if there is no chaos, there is no release of energy occuring, and without release of energy there can be no light. So you see, it is, indeed, a very vicious circle:our Shadow, our chaos, allows their release of Light, and their Light casts our Shadow, on and on, until the end of time. We shall always be here. The agents of Light, too, will always be here (though theyu tend to be a bit more stultified and boring). However, the sources of Light are many and varying, changing through the ages. You who are here today will, in time be forgotten. The Shadows, however… We are unchanging. Light is the only sourse of Shadow. Thus, the Shadows are always the same. We shall always be here. Our chaos allows us to change, to adapt, and thus to remain. Remember our faces. Your races, your *final* descendants, shall see us again, as youthful and eternal as always, when they lie on their deathbeds, wasting away, suffocating in their old age. Remember us. We *ARE*. <eg> ~~~~~~

~S

Subj: Re:ATTN: JMS Morden?
Date: 95-12-12 18:30:25 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Well, to the question of where the shadows are, I think that just got answered…they’re right here….

jms
Subj: Morden
Date: 95-12-12 19:26:28 EST
From: BHunsic858
Posted on: America Online

A couple of weeks ago (or so) when Morden paid Londo another vist and then showed up on earth I was shocked. Then again it did make the non-agression treaty made sense. I wonder how long before the shadows show up on earth?

 

Subj: JMS – thanks
Date: 95-12-12 19:31:42 EST
From: XFILEadict
Posted on: America Online

When Babylon 5 started two years ago, I was living in the boonies and didn’t have cable tv. Being a sci-fi fan, I had heard about the show and really wanted to check it out. I didn’t get my chance until this spring when a job transfer took me to another state. Not knowing anybody (and having cable for the first time in 3 years), I became completely entranced by the B5 universe. I’ve been lucky enough to see most of the second season episodes (and of course, all this seasons episodes). But I feel like I’m really missing out by not having seen the first season. I’ve read all the episode logs, and visited the lurker’s guide….but it’s not the same. But I digress. I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your show. It’s made a difficult time in my life a little easier (boy, does that sound cheesy…but it’s true). I also wanted to add that Ivanova is my favorite character. I’ve been a fan of Claudia’s for awhile….she really shines on B5.

Now my question – Which episode will explain Talia and Susan’s relationship? (I know, I know … curiosity is a bad thing)

Thanks,
Stacey

Subj: Re:B5 Universe Questions
Date: 95-12-12 23:36:32 EST
From: Badinov
Posted on: America Online

>>Besides- why wouldn’t TV guided bombs work? Stick a camera in the nose of the missile and have the pilot or gunner track it through a screen in the cockpit. We poor humans have been using that technology for years!<<

Not a bad idea. One thing though: most space battles occur at BVR (beyond visual range), plus dark ships in the dark of space are notoriously hard to see. Try an experiment: put a black or dark grey object somewhere on a lawn or street. Then, on a moonless, streetlamp-less night, try to find it using your camcorder.

My guess is that the Minbari were also jamming most of the spectrum (visible and microwave) to prevent the “sensors” and active-homing missiles from gaining lock-on. Even if the gunner can actually use eyeballs, the missile’s TV camera data relay will probably get jammed as well.

Badinov

Subj: Re:JMS – thanks
Date: 95-12-13 01:41:44 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Stacey: thanks, and look for something very significant to that relationship in “Ceremonies of Light and Dark.” (Not as if it’ll take much attention…it kinda jumps out at you….)

jms
Subj: Humans in the war
Date: 95-12-13 02:17:07 EST
From: ApMordred
Posted on: America Online

From what I’ve seen, it would appear that humanity is about to split into it’s own civil war. The Psiforces and their allies vs. the loyalists. To bring the Lord of the Rings into it again. I wonder if humans will find themselves divided on both sides of the shadow war.

Subj: Re:Some technical questions
Date: 95-12-13 11:18:26 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>Fusion bombs set off all the energy at once- fusion reactors do not. When you open a fusion reaction chamber, the reaction shuts down, because it requires pressure to work. No pressure = no reaction, hence no explosion.<

yup.

>The hydrogen used for fuel would not explode under the circumstances. If the tank were ruptured by anything less than a nuclear device, you’d just get a real big leak.<

Basically

>Still, while the station could survive a short while on batteries and solar power, a sudden switchover (such as would occur when the reactor is blown up) might take down the entire power grid.<

Yeah, that’s the only thing I can think of, but it still isn’t “blowing the station up”.

>BTW- not even a fission reactor will blow up like a bomb. In the case of Chernobyl, it was a hydrogen bubble from the dissociation of the cooling water that built up enough pressure to blow the top of the reactor off. Fission reactors are fueled mostly by a type of uranium that doesn’t release neutrons fast enough to sustain a reaction.<

Yes, it was similar to what almost happened at Three Mile Island, where there were giant bubbles of hydrogen floating around and the technicians began to worry that a stray spark would cause an explosion.
Pumukl

Subj: Re:B5 and DS9
Date: 95-12-13 11:23:39 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>This season, DS9 definitely lifted from the B5 opener, an improvement. Now I think of DS9 as an >actual working station, instead of the more abstract feeling from earlier seasons.
>
>Then again, they changed the music slightly, which I don’t like. And the B5 opening theme bites >this season.
>
>

I ****LOVE**** the new opening theme to B5. gives me chills every time I watch it. Sets a new mood for B5 that is in sync with what is occuring. The only thing I vaguely dislike about the entire opener is when they show the cast lineup. IMO: stick with the cut-scenes from the actual show.
Pumukl

Subj: Jms RE: Ivanova
Date: 95-12-13 16:01:40 EST
From: Stormy1776
Posted on: America Online

You have in your midst a great actor that is not being used fully. Why? Claudia Christian is a great actor and has gotten the least amount of time on the show. Her character is still lacking the depth of the other characters and seems to be just a cardboard cutout. Instead of focusing so much attention on less significant alien species such as the Drazi conflict maybe you could spend more time developing one of the only women on board of B5. It is nice to see that women will have a place in the future, but not so nice to see that we will be less important than an alien race’s power struggle that had very little to do with the overall struggle.
So please give some thought to this and realize that this is a matter that needs some attention.

Stormy

Subj: Re:Episode #4
Date: 95-12-13 17:44:51 EST
From: Dastari
Posted on: America Online

>It’s been said that JMS is an atheist. Well, after watching Passage to Gethsemane, I sure wish we could have more atheists that respect religion as well. An atheist does not have to respect a religion, but certainly should respect the power of faith. JMS has shown religion in an extremely positive light, without making it overpowering. We have seen individual believers work good and evil, and we have seen what can happen when faith alone is used as a guide. I salute you, sir- please keep it up. Would that our government could use B5 as an example- you CAN discuss religion, and even permit the exercise somewhat thereof, WITHOUT necessarily promoting a specific religion or even religion in general.<

As an Atheist, I personally feel that only science and learning can explain the questions of life, and that it was for primitives to explain away events explainable by science as religious(ex. lack of rain in cerain areas may have been attributed to angry gods many years ago, but now that meteorology has developed, we know that is ridiculous). I *do* respect the fact that some people need to believe in something, that they need that sort of emotional support and belief that a religious faith provides. I also think that, even if I consider religion false, churches and religious groups are of benefit. I felt a little uncomfortable watching some of “Gethsemane”, such as Edward’s explanation of “the defining moment of his belief” and the death scene at the end, but felt that the rest of the episode wasn’t overwhelming.

Just my $.02,
Damon

Subj: to JMS
Date: 95-12-13 20:41:44 EST
From: Dolby1000
Posted on: America Online

I just want to thank you for the show. I also am impressed by your time spent here. I think it is great that you talk to the fans and exchange ideas and explanations. Please keep going on the show. I have never looked forward to any TV show the way I look forward to B-5. I am new on AOL, so I hope I put this in the right place. Again, thanks for a wonderful show. It shows that Science Fiction TV can go beyond Star Trek (which I do enjoy too, but not nearly as much as B-5.) Your show has it’s own identity, is very intelligent and very exciting. Better writing on Sci-Fi TV has not been done. Try to find a way not only to complete the 5 years, but go beyond.
Signed: A grateful fan—Dolby 1000

Subj: JMS: Kudos and a Question
Date: 95-12-13 20:49:13 EST
From: Javeri
Posted on: America Online

JMS,

My highest compliments to you and your colleagues. I’ve been hooked on B5 since I first saw a copy of a plot outline from the Internet about a year before “The Gathering” aired. The story has turned out to be even more captivating than I anticipated. I am a big fan of the “arc”, and I love trying to guess where it will go next. I’m never right, mind you, but it’s that much more impressive that you keep surprising me. Keep up the excellent work.

My question may sound strange, but it comes from my interest in the storytelling process, especially from the beginning. I know you set out to do a “novel for television”, but my question is, where did the story start? What is the earliest story element that you came up with that made it into the final product? Was it an event (“Hey, what about a war where the winning side surrenders on the verge of victory!”), or a character (“Hey, what about a recovering alcoholic who is in charge of security somewhere!”), or an image (“Hey, what about spidery spaceships with the texture of dog noses!”), or a moral (“Hey, what about a person who gets what he wants, and lives to regret it!”), or something else (“Hey, ‘Delenn’ is a cool sounding word, what about a story about something called Delenn!”)?

I don’t mean to mock the creative process, I’m just curious how it works. The more people who understand this, the more might be able to make their own creations in the future. (I’m not one of them, I’m just looking for something to watch come fall 1998.)

Share and enjoy,
John Averi

PS: For your demographics people, I’m a 34 YO computer programmer from North Carolina. Just about dead center for the PTEN people.

Subj: Re:B5 Universe Questions
Date: 95-12-13 21:20:36 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

Shock waves don’t travel in space- they require a medium. What you were referring to is bomb debris.

Subj: Re:B5 Universe Questions
Date: 95-12-13 21:25:00 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

Actually, CORLISS, I’m not a woman at all. Go look at my profile.

Sorry, my statement still stands. The key point is you have to have ENOUGH. If the Shadows have a thousand ships, the Narns might need 10 million. Nevertheless, if you have ENOUGH little ships, you can win.

Needless to say, it’s extremely unlikely that any one or all of them together will be able to produce that much force. Fortunantly, it isnt necessary. The application of a tiny force in the right spot can produce far greater results. What they need even more than force is intelligence on the Shadows.

Subj: Re:Jms RE: Ivanova
Date: 95-12-13 21:26:13 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

You’re absolutely correct, which is why in the very first episode up in the next batch, we send Ivanova off in the White Star as its commander, and we involve her and her charactder more strongly in subsequent episodes as well.

jms
Subj: Re:JMS: Kudos and a Question
Date: 95-12-13 21:35:52 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

One of the hardest questions for any writer to answer is where did the story come from. It’s often a synthesis of lots of elements that sometimes bursts through all at one shot, other times trickles out a bit here and there.

With B5, I started from wanting to do a saga, wanting to produce an SF show in a fiscally responsible manner (thus encouraging more of it), and to do real SF. The usual strategy used by other shows is the man or show on the run…going in search of new worlds, or escaping from something, or trying to get somewhere. The Immortal, Battlestar Galactica, the various Treks, The Hulk…all these and others used that approach, ’cause it’s the easiest kind of story to construct, and needs the least amount of work. The downside, though, is that you end up creating a venue in which you are constantly distracting your story from your main characters by having to introduce the Alien Of The Week, or the Planet Of The Week, establish them, their culture, the problem they bring in…which leaves you very little room for real character development. And I wanted also to get into some of what’s happening on Earth, do a little extrapolative writing in politics, law, criminal justice, sociology, religion, and other areas.

This led me to the notion — used in shows like LA Law or St. Elsewhere — of creating a place where the stories came to you, rather than vice versa. This led me to the notion of a space station, a freeport in space. Onto this, I began to stitch the notion of a saga, a war, certain mythic and archetypal constructs…anyway I was playing with all this, when one day the whole story just sorta exploded in my head. I saw the whole B5 sage, start to finish, in one big flash. I then spent the next year, as I gathered my notes, and wrote the pilot screenplay, trying to write down and clarify what I saw in that one moment of absolute clarity.

It’s those notes, written in 1986/87, which formed the basis for the arc, and which I’m still using with some modifications today.

jms
Subj: Re:B5 Universe Questions
Date: 95-12-13 21:36:22 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

It is incredibly difficult to jam visual wavelengths. In order to jam them, you have to broadcast in a particular wavelength. So unless the Minbari were launching a bunch of fireworks, forget it. Also, the incoming fire from the Minbari ships would be a good clue as to their general area- so you launch the missile to that area until you get within a few dozen klicks, then turn on the monitors.

Your point about the TV signal being jammed is accurate. My brother was a Dragon missile gunner- he would actually observe the missile via small puffs of smoke- but this is impractical at best in space.

My research on space combat shows that with current technology, lasers would be impractical beyond a few dozen kilometers- the beam would spread too far with any reasonable sized mirror (this is a function of the size of the wavelength, NOT of technology, so it would remain true even in the time of B5). Missiles are the weapon of choice for distance- they can travel 1000’s of kms- but are much easier to evade. I doubt even a Vorlon ship could evade a laser (after all, since it travels at the speed of light, by the time you detect it, compute a maneuver, and send the command, it has already eaten through your hull). Of course, the Vorlons would say something like “One need not evade that which you are one with” or some such.

The key means of defense in space is to avoid being seen. You can’t just paint your ship black- no matter what, you are still going to radiate in the infrared. Dark paint would just absorb energy ad make you even brighter in the IR.

Subj: “Sleeper” spies
Date: 95-12-13 23:24:40 EST
From: DaveShufon
Posted on: America Online

You’ve said that originaly Takashima was supposed to be the one with the implanted personality, but when she didn’t come back after the pilot that storyline was transferred to Talia. But this doesn’t mean that Takashima wasn’t ALSO a spy (without knowing it herself). There are still many things that point to her involvement in framing Sinclair. In fact, it makes sense to me that Psi Corp may have sent more than one “sleeper” to B5. They may have pulled Takashima out and sent her on that mission just to get her out of the way until things cooled down, to minimize the risk of the program being discovered. So right away they replace her with another “sleeper”, Talia.

Will we ever find out if Takashima was also a spy? Are you planning on working her back into the story line at some point, like you did with Lyta?

Also, I’ve heard that you’ve said we should consider Talia gone for good. I don’t know how true this is, but it looks as if you’re keeping the door open to the possibility of a return for her. I mean a return of her original personality. There was that bit Garibaldi remembered about Kosh. Then you dropped that bit about how with mind wipes, all memories aren’t actually “erased”. They’re just sealed away in the deepest part of the brain. But, we saw with Edward, they CAN be reached. With the right prompting. Then there was the part where Lyta said she was able to hide what she knew about Kosh in the deepest part of her mind, where the Corp couldn’t pry it out. If she could do something like this, couldn’t Talia? Especially with her “gifts” from Ironheart.

It looks to me as if you’ve set up a plausable basis for bringing Talia back. The only question is are you going to, or is all of this just to keep us guessing? Or are you still keeping your options open on this question?

Subj: Re:B5 Female actors
Date: 95-12-13 23:34:16 EST
From: Rick9719
Posted on: America Online

My one complaint about B5 at the moment is it is becoming a bit Male heavy. More of Lyta is a good idea, but we could use one more semi-regular female. Maybe a fighter pilot? We could use one now that Keefer has bought the farm. How bout Jesica Stein as a ranger? (neat tie in to Captain Power). Maybe Londo could use his new influance to sponsor a beauty contest on the station or something?

Subj: Previews
Date: 95-12-14 03:52:18 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Since the question of what’s coming up in the next batch of episodes has arisen, I thought I’d go through and, while avoiding spoilers as much as possible, give some glimpses into what’s yet to come.

This list is for the new episodes beginning in late January through the end of February, in order.

“Voices of Authority” – Earth begins tightening the screws on the folks at B5 to try and exert more control there. Steps are taken to help prepare for the shadow conflict. (Here, again, the “shadow war” means both the obvious, and the more subtle conflict brewing at home; it’s description and metaphor.) The White Star voyages to some territory not seen since the first episode, Ivanova helms the ship, a major dramatic turning point is reached, and there is the single funniest scene in probably the series to date. A strong arc story.

“Exogenesis” – The last non-arc episode for some time. Puts Dr. Franklin and Marcus together investigating some odd happenings in DownBelow that may indicate some kind of alien influence. Does, however, introduce a thread that will play out over time.

“Dust To Dust” – Looks like a non-arc episode initially, but by the end it has a strong effect on the overall storyline, and makes some permanent changes in one of our characters. Combines Bester, the telepathic-assault drug Dust, weapons dealers, and brings to a head a major part of the G’Kar/Londo thread.

“Messages From Earth” – This begins the three-episode min-arc within the larger arc that, by its conclusion, totally changes the structure of the B5 universe. A mega-wham episode. Because so much comes to a head so quickly, little can be said about it without spoiling stuff. Our characters begin making the final and irrevocable steps that will put them on a collision course with everything they have believed in until now. There are four or five episodes this season that push the limits of our effects and CGI to the absolute wall; this is one of the biggest.

“Point of No Return” – The same, but moreso. Internal strife threatens to tear apart the command structure of B5. The Nightwatch thread comes to a crisis point. And Majel Barrett Roddenberry guest-stars in a B-story involving Londo’s destiny.

jms
Subj: Re:Hyperspace
Date: 95-12-14 05:29:39 EST
From: TBrush1090
Posted on: America Online

Joe, regarding navigating in hyperspace, I believe you have stated ships follow signals in hyperspace that are broadcast by homing beacons in hyperspace that are anchored to the relative positions of the jumpgates.

The episode “A Distant Star” established that there are strong gravitional fields in hyperspace, and that a ship has to use its engines against the pull in order to maintain position.

My question: are the homing beacons vulnerable to these fields, and, if so, how do they cope with them? Are they fitted with engines of some sort?

Subj: JMS: Questions on Pilot Arc
Date: 95-12-14 12:34:48 EST
From: JimMcM
Posted on: America Online

I was re-reading the Lurker’s Guide, and in “The Gathering” you had been saying that the Laurel thread had parts of it moved to different characters, and that she may have had a different agenda for different reasons. It’s fairly obvious that at least this aspect has been transferred to Talia. But, in the guide, it is also said that the person standing outside of the door in one scene would have also been important if that thread had been carried out. Would you please give us the story of that character and what would have happened to him? Thanks!

Jim

ps If you have any success releasing the videos yourselves, would that also include the widescreen laserdiscs?

Subj: Re:JMS: Questions on Pilot A
Date: 95-12-14 17:10:29 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

I’m not entirely sure what this refers to; the only possibility that comes to mind is that when the assassin finds Del Varner, he gets access via a panel outside the door, and we either hear or see “Laurel Takashima, Cleared To Enter.”

jms
Subj: Regarding Talia
Date: 95-12-14 17:53:06 EST
From: Dastari
Posted on: America Online

JMS,

Did you include that line in “Passing Through Gethsemane” about “there is a lot of redundancy in the brain” bit as something to tantalize Talia fans or was it just a snide Centauri remark and nothing more? If you can’t answer that one, then may I ask- “Is the subject of Talia/Lyta/Psi Corps/Telepaths just Tabboo?”.

-Damon

Subj: Re:Previews
Date: 95-12-14 17:56:51 EST
From: Dastari
Posted on: America Online

So the characters will be “crossing the Rubican” so to speak? What if some people don’t want to get involved in the war; suggestion- keep a character out of it to act as an observer, a non-biased viewpoint for us viewers :)

-Damon

Subj: Re:To JMS re.the women
Date: 95-12-14 18:21:33 EST
From: CrushaTroi
Posted on: America Online

Thank you, JMS. I must say, you are ever more approachable than the Trek folks. Not to flame anyone, I mean, I imagine it must get difficult keeping one’s own creative path with a bunch of fans asking for this and that, but when I brought up the gay/ lesbian issue at a Trek con in NYC almost 2 years ago, I was basically snuffed off (ST:TNG is going off the air– it’s too late, and the ever-popular, there ARE gay characters (somewhere…) and of course, Majel Barrett saying in response to my question as to whether there would be gay characters on Trek, that it was not that kind of show, then sort of added something to the effect of Trek not being a “relationship” show (which is exactly what it IS, I think, relationships come in all stripes…). At any rate, thank you for answering my question and being civil. Now on to the next question–
Where are the gay/bisexual characters on B5? I don’t mean having the B5 “Rejoined” (ST:DS9) episodal equivalent– I mean where’s the Ivanova/Winters style, there as part of the character portrayal queer folk? We’re out here; we’d like to be in there… Thanks.

Subj: Re:story origins, to JMS
Date: 95-12-14 18:29:59 EST
From: CrushaTroi
Posted on: America Online

Hi again, JMS. followup to the where’d the story come from thing…
I’ve read some stuff about B5 books and comics, etc. Where do these things fit in your vision? Did you write them first? Do you write them at all? Are they meant to supplement the show? Will they continue after the 5th year (will the story continue in the comics and in books)? How do they relate to what’s going on on the series? For example, if Andrea Thompson wanted to leave, did you (f you write them) adjust the comics and books to reflect Talia’s departure, or did you put the written storyline on a different track, keeping Talia’s character in the story? Lots of questions– thanks for reading…

Subj: Re:To JMS re.the women
Date: 95-12-14 18:37:43 EST
From: CrushaTroi
Posted on: America Online

Where are the gay/bisexual characters on B5? I don’t mean having the B5 “Rejoined” (ST:DS9) episodal equivalent– I mean where’s the Ivanova/Winters style, there as part of the character portrayal queer folk? We’re out here; we’d like to be in there… Thanks.\\\

Also, I want to point out as a writer (short fiction and poetry, though…), and independent thinker, I certainly don’t want to dictate what goes on– I just wanted you to know, as a fan who is very interested in what alternate/ future universes people think up, I like to see myself (or bits of myself) reflected on TV. FYI, I’m really glad you have a Jewish woman on there… I get a bit sick of the Miles (Murphy Brown)/ Joel (doctor on Northern Exposure) bit… We are NOT all the same!! I really appreciate this universe alternate to Star Trek. Don’t get me wrong, I am a HUGE ST fan as well (though it may be hard to believe after my posts…(-:), but I like to see MANY different futures out there. As Sarah Connor says in T2, the future is not set… Thanks again, JMS!

Subj: Re:Previews
Date: 95-12-14 19:01:38 EST
From: CynHicks
Posted on: America Online

Thanks, Joe! Your previews will keep me going till Feb.–Not quite as good as a B-5 fest at your place but nice all the same.

Thanks, again for the show.

Cyn

Subj: Re:Previews
Date: 95-12-14 20:53:22 EST
From: Dolby1000
Posted on: America Online

Just more reasons to keep tuned every thursday night. Thanks
Subj: Fan of Joseph Campbell?
Date: 95-12-15 01:12:35 EST
From: BadDog 500
Posted on: America Online

From the posts regarding the relationship of B5 to mythology and it’s basic themes, I was wondering if you are a fan of the late Joseph Campbell. Much of what you say sounds very similar to his works such as “Hero with a thousand faces”.

Great show, I only regret not being able to see it until the second season. I’ve sent my mail to WB to lobby for video tapes.

Joe Paperman

Subj: Re:To JMS re.the women
Date: 95-12-15 02:00:56 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Y’know, it kinda seems to me that if two women have a relationship, and one leaves, the other still remains, so that answers at least one of your questions….

jms
Subj: Re:story origins, to JMS
Date: 95-12-15 02:03:22 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

I write some of the stuff — the occasional comic, for instance — or suggest stories for the novels. What I try and do is keep the stuff *complementary* but not *required* … I don’t think you should have to go out and spend money to buy books or comics or other stuff to follow the show. It, and they, should exist independently, but have some areas one where elaborates upon the other. I inserted the panels about Talia on Mars into that comic to foreshadow (so to speak) what was coming. The four-issue arc I’m writing focuses on Marcus’ background; not required, but helps fill in the gaps.

jms

Subj: Re:Fan of Joseph Campbell?
Date: 95-12-15 02:06:44 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Yes, I’ve found Joseph Campbell’s work very interesting; I’ve read “Hero With a Thousand Faces” and his books on various kinds of mythologies, occidental and otherwise. It’s often very illuminating, but you have to be careful not to start using it as a template, or you’re going to go wrong. The analyses are of works after they’re written…if you think about this stuff too much while you’re writing, the result becomes artificial, or self-conscious, like the centipede asked which foot it puts first.

jms
Subj: Kosh, Talia, and the ViCaR
Date: 95-12-15 03:52:25 EST
From: MrSeeker
Posted on: America Online

Okay, I’ve accepted that Talia is not returning. But there must have been SOME reason for the recording Kosh made from Talia’s mind back in “Deathwalker”. Add to that Garibaldi’s flashback to that event in “Divided Loyalties”, and it’s even more obviously significant, though we don’t know how. Will this be explained at some point this season?

Thank you, mister cool writer-producer-man :)

Subj: Q: Parliament of Dreams
Date: 95-12-15 03:56:06 EST
From: MrSeeker
Posted on: America Online

JMS, you’ve said several times that the episode “Parliament of Dreams” should be included in any list of significant “arc” episodes of the first season. The significance of this episode is still not clear to me. Will its significance be made clearer this season?

Thankee kindly! :)

Subj: Pets
Date: 95-12-15 11:57:48 EST
From: MAKagle
Posted on: America Online

I’ve never seen any pets on B5 (and my bird is very upset about it). Would they be too difficult to get through quarantine?

Subj: World Series
Date: 95-12-15 11:59:21 EST
From: TinyDrTim
Posted on: America Online

Who won the sixth game of the “59 series?

Subj: Re:To JMS re.the women
Date: 95-12-15 14:26:24 EST
From: CrushaTroi
Posted on: America Online

Y’know, it kinda seems to me that if two women have a relationship, and one leaves, the other still remains, so that answers at least one of your questions….
jms\\\

Very good point– touche and all… I guess though, I heard SI was supposed to get involved with Marcus– and it seemed sort of like, well, she and Talia were starting something, but now she’s with a guy, so it’s “okay”… I think that it’s not as problematic as it would be on Star Trek, because ST spends more time on relationships. I can really only think of the budding Delenn/ Sheridan thing, but I don’t know. I guess I was hoping (as are others), that there will be gays visible, as in a date, a relationship, a comment in conversation, etc. Maybe I’m getting pickier with each post… I hate to say it, but at the moment it is unfortunately true that a bisexual woman who is with a man will be perceived as straight by a great many, if not most, people, thereby eliminating the gay visibility attained when said woman was with another woman… Sad, but true (I actually know a number of bisexuals who get annoyed by this, but at least some of them do say that it becomes easier when they’re with guys…)

Subj: Re:books
Date: 95-12-15 14:27:46 EST
From: CrushaTroi
Posted on: America Online

so where can I find these comics and books? Are they widely available, or are there only a few available in a few areas? Also, where can I get that screen saver? Thanks!

Subj: Re:JMS: Questions on Pilot A
Date: 95-12-15 15:56:17 EST
From: JimMcM
Posted on: America Online

>> I’m not entirely sure what this refers to; the only possibility that
>>comes to mind is that when the assassin finds Del Varner, he gets access via
>>a panel outside the door, and we either hear or see “Laurel Takashima,
>>Cleared To Enter.” ”

Sorry about being vague the first time; I wasn’t entirely sure of the quote at the time. This time I’m prepared. Your quote that I was referring to is:

“The scruffy person in the Varner files was the same homeless person who we just happen to see sitting right outside Varner’s quarters, watching as he moves along. This was played by Ron Thornton, because we wouldn’t be seeing him in a major role, we’d just have to know someone was there.

Again, this ties into a specific story line that has been modified with a) the departure of Laurel, and b) the length of time since the pilot aired. Who was the homeless man really? It’s no longer an issue, but it was related, yes.

But only in a very small way. ”

This is what I was asking you to please elaborate upon. Thanks again for such a spectacular show.
Jim McMahon

Subj: Re:B5 Universe Questions
Date: 95-12-15 17:38:13 EST
From: HFMoon
Posted on: America Online

<<Shock waves don’t travel in space- they require a medium. What you were referring to is bomb debris.>>

Yes, and the medium is the expanding gases of the bomb. Explosives, and explosions are usually simply rapidly expanding gases, probably very hot. The shock waves that would hit you are the gases from the explosion. The debris would be following right behind.

Subj: Folder Filling Up
Date: 95-12-15 17:49:15 EST
From: B5 Online
Posted on: America Online

Wow!

This folder will probabyly be closed Monday and a new “Ask JMS” folder will open up at that time. Look for the log file in the special transmissions section about a week after. Thanks. :)

Subj: Re:Fan of Joseph Campbell?
Date: 95-12-15 18:29:39 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>> Yes, I’ve found Joseph Campbell’s work very interesting; I’ve read “Hero With a Thousand Faces” and his books on various kinds of mythologies, occidental and otherwise. It’s often very illuminating, but you have to be careful not to start using it as a template, or you’re going to go wrong. The analyses are of works after they’re written…if you think about this stuff too much while you’re writing, the result becomes artificial, or self-conscious, like the centipede asked which foot it puts first.
<<

I’ve read Cambel’s stuff to, as well as seen his taped interview (Hero Myth). He’s got a lot of interesting ideas. I must confess he started my down the road I’m on know.

If nothing else, he gave me a new appreciation for Star Wars 😉
Pumukl

Subj: Re:Q: Parliament of Dreams
Date: 95-12-15 18:50:07 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Well, certainly, the rebirth ceremony is a direct antecedent to Delenn’s rebirth in “Chrysalis,” and we’ll hear about the ceremony again. Mainly, I think of it as a slight arc story in terms of the Delenn stuff.

jms
Subj: Re:Pets
Date: 95-12-15 18:51:29 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Where would you put pets there? Noplace would really be safe. It’s really more like a very large airport than a city…most people are just passing through.

jms
Subj: Re:World Series
Date: 95-12-15 18:53:43 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Mars won the sixth game, but it was a squeaker, 5-4. That tied it up going into the seventh game, which Earth won on an RBI that Mars is still challenging on the belief that the guy was really out at home, but that the umpire was catering to pressure.

jms
Subj: Re:To JMS re.the women
Date: 95-12-15 18:56:02 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Which, of course, is exactly *why* one cannot write to the current political agendas on any side of the issue, because they’re transitory, they’ll change in two weeks. If you start saying, “Well, this kind of person is *now* perceived THIS way this week, so I should change the story,” you’ll end up chasing your tail (also chasing your tale) and soon you lose all sense of direction. So you do what’s right for the story, and let the chips fall where they may.

jms
Subj: Re:B5 Universe Questions
Date: 95-12-15 18:57:45 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Okay, then ‘splain me this: when the Pioneer space probe moved past the speed of sound while it was in space, the monitoring station at JPL recorded a *sonic boom* as the shock wave rolled over the probe as it broke the sound barrier.

jms
Subj: Re:Pets
Date: 95-12-15 21:02:51 EST
From: RGitschlag
Posted on: America Online

>>I’ve never seen any pets on B5 (and my bird is very upset about it).<<

Yeah, why not?

Then how about some PETA people also?

Oh, yeah, they wouldn’t be pets. They would be non-human companion animals (sorry Delenn…)

Subj: Re: Without Makeup
Date: 95-12-16 00:10:39 EST
From: Er00311
Posted on: America Online

If anybody has an old tape of Hill Street Blues, (or if you can remember it), there was a recurring character called Sid the Snitch, aka Peter Jurasik/Londo.
Probably one of the more outstanding characters on that show.

Subj: Garibaldi Left Handed!?!
Date: 95-12-16 01:30:55 EST
From: Skelebot
Posted on: America Online

In the episode where Dr. Jacobs (I never remember episode names) was trapped on B5 Garabaldi pocked 2 PPGs (or whatever) one in the left jacket pocket and the other in a shoulder holster but only when using the left hand you can remove the PPG. Is Jerry Doyle Left Handed? Did you create Garibaldi to be left handed?

Subj: Re:B5 Universe Questions
Date: 95-12-16 01:55:20 EST
From: Jeff Norr
Posted on: America Online

JMS is correct. Most people think of space as a vaccuum, but that is far from true. It is full of dust and other microscopic stuff. You can get shock waves, and propogation of other pressure signals. They are simple very very weak due to the fact that what is in space is to dispersed to act as strong continous medium. Also, because of this lack of a good continuum a lot of physical equations people are taught about in high school don’t apply. One thing to remember is that when Pioneer broke the speed of sound in space it was travelling far faster than ~660 MPH that is the speed of sound in air. This is large speed, if i remember my astrophysics correctly should have been about 10,000 MPH at least, is what allowed the shockwave to form in the vicinity of the spacecraft.
Jeff Norr

Subj: Re:Pets
Date: 95-12-16 02:12:08 EST
From: Lisala
Posted on: America Online

Betcha they have rats and cockroaches…

Subj: Re:Garibaldi Left Handed!?!
Date: 95-12-16 03:08:18 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

I believe Jerry is left-handed, yes; doesn’t really matter to me if Garibaldi is a southpaw or not, it wasn’t a stipulation ahead of time. (Actually a number of our cast members are lefties; funny how that happens.)

jms
Subj: Re:Garibaldi Left Handed!?!
Date: 95-12-16 10:20:50 EST
From: ZenGEOS
Posted on: America Online

hehe.. Us Southpaws tend to be more artistic! ;P

Sorry…couldn’t resist being a Southpaw myself :)

Mark-
Subj: Re:Garibaldi Left Handed!?!
Date: 95-12-16 13:14:15 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>> In the episode where Dr. Jacobs (I never remember episode names) was trapped on B5 Garabaldi pocked 2 PPGs (or whatever) one in the left jacket pocket and the other in a shoulder holster but only when using the left hand you can remove the PPG. Is Jerry Doyle Left Handed? Did you create Garibaldi to be left handed?<<

Huh. . .a fellow left hander.

Jerry and me. . .

 
cool
Pumukl

Subj: Re:Garibaldi Left Handed!?!
Date: 95-12-16 13:16:56 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>hehe.. Us Southpaws tend to be more artistic! ;P
>
>Sorry…couldn’t resist being a Southpaw myself :)
>
>Mark-
>
>

Yup! I’m left handed, left eyed and left footed. I’m the most right gbrained person you’ve ever seen: absent minded as hell, hate math, can’t spell for my life, but boy can I do good pictures and make nice sounding sentences (when I try)

Pumukl

Subj: Religon
Date: 95-12-16 14:48:41 EST
From: MJadot
Posted on: America Online

I would like to know the relationship between the minbari and the ancient Babylonian religon? Are minbari only a reflection of humanity in its prelife? The 2 religons seem to be oppisites, to the babylonians that the after life is a relfection of life, and for the minbari, that life is just a reflection of the after life.

Subj: Quest/suggest
Date: 95-12-16 15:07:01 EST
From: MJadot
Posted on: America Online

First I don’t want answers to all the question,but somme would be nice, I just want to suggest questions that need to be said for me, if that makes any sense what so ever.
1) Are the shadows in encounter suits like kosh?
2)Is koshes encounter suit an actual living life for like his ship, because some of the skin looks the same?
3)Can their be planets in hyperspace?
4)Does B5 get destroyed, is that why the take B4 from the past? (Don’t Answer)
5)Have vorlons toyed with other cultures? Kosh gets mad when Sheriden asks him if we are just toys to him, and demands not to ask that again, and the discussion with Delenn after kosh saved him.
6)Is Captian Sheriden going to have to destroy the Agamemnon, like in the myth when Agamemnons wife kills him for sacrificing his daughter? (Don’t Answer)
7)Are we going to see more privateers, private traders, ect. and see a private lives other than military?
8)Why do the cargo vessels, highly ressemble earth cruisers from the starcontrol seires?
9) Are we going to see an Earth Carrier? I would like too.
10)Lastly I would like to see the Agamemnon vs the Dark(Black) Star?
11) And why is Trent from the Outerlimits going to be on Babylon 5, just a cool idea or what?

If you read this thanks for taking your time, and please respond at least so I know I did something.-Thanks
Subj: Re:Garibaldi Left Handed!?!
Date: 95-12-16 17:47:17 EST
From: JS CJ428
Posted on: America Online

left handed folks are also more sinister. I’m ambidextrous myself, but I don’t know what to do with two right hands. jim

Subj: Re:Rangers
Date: 95-12-16 18:01:43 EST
From: DJANDTINA
Posted on: America Online

I really liked Sinclair. If you guys make Spin off shows like DS9 and Voyager, would you consider making it about the Rangers and then Sinclair could sort of have his own show again. Just so you know I have no beef with B5. It’s 100% Turbo charged in my mind, I just want to see more of Sinclair.

Subj: Re:Garibaldi Left Handed!?!
Date: 95-12-16 19:41:05 EST
From: RGitschlag
Posted on: America Online

Hey!!

Sinister means “Left Handed”.

There is soooo much discrimination against the left-handed. We aught to find ways to
make the world more equitable for us. Even our language is structured to put down the left
handed (ever hear of a “left-handed complement?”).

Then there are the token left-handers on TV. It seems there are about 40% of the
population that is left-handed, but only one left-handed character on B5. Why not correct
this obvious discrimination. Wouldn’t it be more proper to have an affirmative hiring
practice to make sure there are a more representative number of left handers?

How about the civil guaranteed priveledges that we take for granted?

Let’s keep B5 even-handed!

Subj: Experiencing Deja Vu…
Date: 95-12-16 20:30:35 EST
From: Prismatica
Posted on: America Online

How long will the current parade of reruns last?

Subj: Harlan Ellison
Date: 95-12-16 20:45:36 EST
From: Starbase4
Posted on: America Online

My wife and I are huge fans of Harlan Ellison. We are very happy that his involvement with B5 has continued. We were not sure at first if he would be with the show so long what with his history with the new Twilight Zone, Disney Corp., The Starlost. I guess that his high standards have not conflicted with your vision. Would you know if he is still continuing to produce his Dream Corridor comics. Also, I wonder if his short story, Waiting for Kadak, had any influence over Susan Ivanova, celebrating Chanukah onboard the station.
B5 is the best. What seems to be missing for me now when I watch one of the Trek incarnations is the idea of the story arc in that each episode appears to be more meaningful. Thanks for your vision.
Starbase4 @AOL.COM

Subj: Re:Pets
Date: 95-12-16 21:47:13 EST
From: JVibber
Posted on: America Online

No pets on B5?

Didn’t the biological weapon in “Infection” count as a pet?

Subj: Please keep us posted
Date: 95-12-16 21:52:29 EST
From: Rushylon 5
Posted on: America Online

I’m hearing more and more about the fan club almost becoming a realization. I know you take pride in keeping us fans informed, but please let us know as soon as possible when the fan club is formed. I’m sure you will get a lot of instant requests for membership.

Thanks for a great show.

>:::> (shadow, whose design was stolen from Songokuten. Sorry, Songo. ; )

Rushylon 5
Subj: Re:Rights for Left Handed!?!
Date: 95-12-16 21:55:17 EST
From: JVibber
Posted on: America Online

Hmmm. Shouldn’t this be in the Religion in B5 folder?

Or maybe in “I Fear for the Future”? Hey, Joe! I’ve noticed that a large number of the characters portrayed in Babylon 5 are right-handed. Whatsa matter, you got a prejudice against left-handed people? Like that Lucas guy. He takes a left-handed actor (Mark Hamill) and forces him to play a right-handed character (Luke Skywalker). Is this prejudice, or what? I’m a right-handed person myself, but I have several friends who are “lefties.” I know, they don’t like to be called that, it’s perjorative. But they’re okay, you know what I mean? Still, I don’t know if I’d want my sister to marry one. Especially if it was a girl. Of course, I don’t have a sister, so I guess it doesn’t matter.

Somehow, I’m reminded of Mad Magazine’s parody of “Citizen Kane.” The one where the magazine mogul dies and the last word on his lips is, “Satire.” The private eye spends the next four pages interviewing various people trying to find out what “satire” is.

Subj: Re:Rights for Left Handed!?!
Date: 95-12-16 22:27:47 EST
From: RGitschlag
Posted on: America Online

Just like a rightist. That’s why I used the term “Civil Guaranteed Priveleges”.

BTW, I thought the question was “Who is Satire?”

;-p>

Subj: Re:B5 Universe Questions
Date: 95-12-17 01:28:51 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

Just how much expanding gas do you think a bomb will produce? You can’t get any more gas than the entire mass of the bomb would produce if completely vaporized, and not even nuclear bombs do that.

Sorry- not even a multi-megaton device will produce enough gas to transmit a shock wave more than a few dozen meters. Check out “The Effects of Nuclear Weapons” Sam Glasstone (ed), Feb 1964 ed., by the DOD and AEC.

In an atmosphere, you can develop a substantial shock wave. As the pressure lessens, there is a decreasing shock wave and an increasing radiation effect. In space, most of the explosion goes into radiation rather than physical force.

Subj: Re:B5 Universe Questions
Date: 95-12-17 01:34:21 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

The Pioneer space probe moved past the speed of sound shortly after reaching delta-Q, about a dozen or so miles above the launch pad. It never travelled slower than several thousand mph once it reached space- after all, in order to stay in orbit you have to travel about 5 miles per second, and 7 mps to leave.

Many of the effects of the solar wind and other particles are described as “sonic”- they have nothing at all to do with sound, but with fluid dynamics. A certain class of effects are know as sonic effects, because the best known example is with sound waves.

Subj: Re:Pets
Date: 95-12-17 01:35:44 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

We know they have ants.

Subj: Re:B5 Universe Questions
Date: 95-12-17 01:40:38 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

True- I should have stated that the first time Pioneer broke the sound barrier, it was a dozen miles above the pad. The speed of sound depends upon the mass, composition, and density of the medium the wave is pasing through. However, because the space environment is extremely rarified, no explosion is going to produce enough of a shock to pop open a spaceship short of a nova beyond a very short distance.

Subj: Politically correct B5
Date: 95-12-17 01:51:19 EST
From: Badinov
Posted on: America Online

So, if I’ve compiled this right, here’s a list of everyone who is being discriminated against on B5….

Lefties
Pets
Non-whites
Gays
Women
Handicapped
Sinclair
Sheridan
Ivanova
….I’m sure there’s more. maybe JMS can create a spinoff show that addresses everyone’s *pet* peeve “PC_B5″ … be all things to all people.

 
Subj: Re:Quest/suggest
Date: 95-12-17 02:21:56 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Unfortunately, the answer to virtually all of your questions is no, with a few being “I can’t tell you at this time.”

jms
Subj: Re:Experiencing Deja Vu…
Date: 95-12-17 02:22:27 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

The next batch of new eps begins airing around January 22nd.

jms
Subj: Re:Harlan Ellison
Date: 95-12-17 02:23:54 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Last I heard, the Dream Corridor books will be coming out in a different form, in larger trade editions, with new stuff.

No, “Kadak” had nothing to do with Ivanova celebrating Chanakuh on B5; the ceremony far predates Harlan’s story….

jms
Subj: JMS>>Straight guff
Date: 95-12-17 10:00:27 EST
From: StarFuryD4
Posted on: America Online

Joe,

I’ve read several recent Mag. articles(Starlog/Explorer; Starburst; TV-Zone), and some of the stuff they’ve printed doesn’t seem to match-up with what you’ve said here. For example, TV-Zone just came out with an Ep. list that called the 3rd season two-parter “severed dreams”, and the 3rd season title “war without end”. I know, big deal; but I’ve also heard that, on occasion, you dis-inform to keep us on our toes. Is this just a real bad typo?, or are you playing the “liar’s club” online edition with us? (no, I’m not calling you a liar, just asking if, perhaps, you indulge in an occasional little game of “I haven’t made up my mind yet, so I’ll tell them both possibilities and let them figure it out”)

BTW, *PLEASE* don’t let Ertl near the table to do B5 Models. I just recently bought the Ent.-B kit, and it looks like they flipped a coin over which details to include. $.02

Thanks,

Dave

Subj: What episodes to be rerun?
Date: 95-12-17 10:53:20 EST
From: Dastari
Posted on: America Online

What are all of the episodes to be rerun?(in this batch). My station airs B5 tonight at 10:30 PM, and is airing “Divided Loyalties”. Thanx,

Damon

Subj: Re:JMS>>Straight guff
Date: 95-12-17 14:26:12 EST
From: Lisala
Posted on: America Online

JMS often omits details, and is very fond of answering in “Kosh mode,” but in the two years I’ve been lurking in Usenet and elsewhere, I have never, ever seen him “disinform,” or indulge in any other polite form of lying. He even has a delightfully odd habit of admitting errors and apologizing for mistakes.

I’m sure JMS will answer the scheduling questions, but remember that printed publications often publish material, that, because of publishing schedules, may be months or weeks out of date.

Subj: Satire
Date: 95-12-17 15:38:27 EST
From: AmberH
Posted on: America Online

Satire, you know, that famous French philosopher who developed the school of parodyism–Jean-Paul Satire

Subj: Screen Saver CD
Date: 95-12-17 17:18:59 EST
From: GWRepBobby
Posted on: America Online

I just installed the CD. It takes forever to install it. It’s neat and all that. I just have one question, what sort of format is BAF or TSS and what do I use to convert them to something that is actually usable?

I have to say that I am very disapointed at how few graphics there actually are, not to mention the fact that they could have been much higher resolution images. I was under the impression that one of the reasons CD roms have become so popular was the amount of space on them. This CD rom is only half full, plenty of room for more higher resolution images. It’s not as though you don’t have the images available. On the good side, at least they are higher (slightly) resolution than the images available in the library here.

Subj: Re:Rasta?
Date: 95-12-17 19:09:16 EST
From: GigSims
Posted on: America Online

JMS: I guess the idea of rastafarianism and “Babylon” was so silly that it did not warrant a response? I thought it was at least a chance for humor.

Subj: Re:Previews
Date: 95-12-17 19:11:04 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>> and there is the single funniest scene in probably the series to date. <<
I’ll say! It was pretty damn funny!!

Subj: Re:Pets
Date: 95-12-17 19:18:36 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>>I’ve never seen any pets on B5 (and my bird is very upset about it). Would they be too difficult to get through quarantine?<<
Yeah, let’s see a bird on B5! The station is rotating FAST, so let’s see some realism when polly takes off, too! Then let’s see the “warning, pets are in danger sign” that is revealed when Polly’s multicolored, splattered corpse is sponged off the wall.

Subj: Re:B5 Universe Questions
Date: 95-12-17 19:24:22 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>> Okay, then ‘splain me this: when the Pioneer space probe moved past the speed of sound while it was in space, the monitoring station at JPL recorded a *sonic boom* as the shock wave rolled over the probe as it broke the sound barrier.<<
Sound can travel through conduction, (in fact it DOES travel through conduction) so the probe would feel a boom. But would another probe also feel the boom? I don’t know ….

Subj: Re:Garibaldi Left Handed!?!
Date: 95-12-17 19:28:42 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>>Yup! I’m left handed, left eyed and left footed. I’m the most right gbrained person you’ve ever seen: absent minded as hell, hate math, can’t spell for my life, but boy can I do good pictures and make nice sounding sentences (when I try)<<
I don’t want to be flamed out, but:
I’m ambidexterous, I draw really well (my oil pastel pictures are awesome), I’m top of my class in Math and English… Chemistry is perfectly understandable to me (I think I’m going to enjoy finishing “The God Particle”), and I write well…
Not to brag… 😉

Subj: Re:Please keep us posted
Date: 95-12-17 19:32:34 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>> >:::> (shadow, whose design was stolen from Songokuten. Sorry, Songo. ; )<<
It’s ok… now about those Rangers… We have to do something….

oh, wait… that’s just between me and my fellow associates.

Subj: Re:Politically correct B5
Date: 95-12-17 19:37:10 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>>Lefties
Pets
Non-whites
Gays
Women
Handicapped
Sinclair
Sheridan
Ivanova

<<

Don’t leave out Shadows and other agents of the coming darkness… I’ve felt hurt by many of the Rangers’ and Delenn’s and Sinclair’s comments. When will the hatred stop?

Subj: Re:Pets
Date: 95-12-17 21:22:13 EST
From: Lady Heron
Posted on: America Online

>>”warning, pets are in danger sign” that is revealed when Polly’s multicolored, splattered corpse is sponged off the wall.<<

Very Sick…Songo….
How about police dogs?…… Labs for sniffing out contraband?…. :)

Subj: Sheridn’s “Divided” flashbak
Date: 95-12-17 21:34:19 EST
From: Innfinity
Posted on: America Online

In the episode “Divided Loyalties” Sheriden has a flashback to a “dream” in which Ivanova shusshes him and asks “Do you know who I am?”

What episode was it in which he had the original dream?

Subj: Re:Pets & Kosh
Date: 95-12-17 23:51:36 EST
From: Rick9719
Posted on: America Online

The ‘no pets on B5′ rule could explain a lot. If Kosh really is a giant chicken (in his true form, don’t be decieved by the images he projected. We know now that he has wings.) the No pets rule might explain why he is so bent on staying disguised in his encounter suit.

Subj: Re:Sheridn’s “Divided” flash
Date: 95-12-17 23:53:39 EST
From: BBOvenGuy
Posted on: America Online

>>In the episode “Divided Loyalties” Sheriden has a flashback to a “dream” in which Ivanova shusshes him and asks “Do you know who I am?”

What episode was it in which he had the original dream?<<

“All Alone in the Night” – one of my favorite season 2 eps. The full dream is chock-full of stuff we haven’t even started to see explained yet.

Subj: Re:Sheridn’s “Divided” flash
Date: 95-12-18 00:07:10 EST
From: WendiQ
Posted on: America Online

I believe the episode was “All Alone in the Night.”

Subj: merchandising question
Date: 95-12-18 00:47:39 EST
From: J J Schild
Posted on: America Online
I know from rastb5 comments that you want to keep merchandise with B5 tie-in to a minimum. But could we please have a calendar next year?

Subj: Re:JMS>>Straight guff
Date: 95-12-18 01:42:10 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

No, I don’t engage in disinformation. I sometimes point one way to distract you from seeing something I don’t want you to see, but I don’t deliberately misstate things. I’ve been on the nets about B5 every day for three years, and in all that time, if you start to leave untrue stuff, it comes out fast. Hasn’t happened.

To the question…no, they just got it wrong. “War Without End,” parts 1 and 2, are the two parter. “Severed Dreams” is the last of the big three episodes in the middle of this season that changes the direction of the show. If it’s in a guide someone else has put together, I ain’t responsible for it…I’m responsible only for what I say.

jms
Subj: Re:What episodes to be rerun
Date: 95-12-18 01:42:41 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

I believe they’ll be rerunning straight through “Passing,” then into the next batch of new ones.

jms
Subj: Re:Screen Saver CD
Date: 95-12-18 01:45:46 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

BTW, on the question of “few graphics,” be careful to go back and check; there are 150 or so images in there, but you have to know how to find them. At the saver setup menu, hit the Install button while the CD Rom is still in your drive. It will find the *additional* images that are NOT automatically loaded when it tells you it’s going to install all the images. Something like 100 or so. You then select those in the left-hand screen, and tell the program to copy them over to your hard drive. You then select the ones you want once they’re in (or pre-select them prior to copying them to your disk). This is an undocumented, or not-very-well documented aspect that I’d like to see clarified in later editions.

jms
Subj: Re:merchandising question
Date: 95-12-18 01:47:58 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

A calendar is a great idea, and I’d support it. Though thus far, that’s one of the licensing areas we haven’t heard from yet.

jms
Subj: Stronger stories 4 B5 books
Date: 95-12-18 03:30:20 EST
From: RedHeadLad
Posted on: America Online

I just wanted to make the plug for stronger story lines in the B5 novels. Thus far the books have been very weak … #1 & #2 both had murder mystery themes, each with a major charatcer as prime suspect. #3 so far looks imspire by stories in tv episodes and the comics.

I’ve grown to like the complex story of the tv series and hope that the books can offer the same.
Maybe some back stories… covering histories of the characters??

Subj: Re:Holiday
Date: 95-12-18 08:29:50 EST
From: DelennV
Posted on: America Online

Dear JMS

One thing I noticed, being a casual observer of sci-fi, there does not seem to be any mention of holidays. Do you think there will be ever an episode that celebrates let’s say, Christmas, New Year’s, Thanksgiving, etc. With having Bro. Leo on board, I’m surprised there isn’t a mention of it at least. Is it typical of sci-fi writers to eliminate mention of specific days like these? I hope you enlighten me with an answer and not consider these questions dumb. What ever your belief, have a Happy Holiday and a prosperous New Year.

Karen
Subj: Re:Holiday
Date: 95-12-18 11:11:13 EST
From: ZenGEOS
Posted on: America Online

Didn’t Ivanova celebrate Chanukah? That’s a holiday isn’t it?

And I think the Narns had a holiday as well….tho I could be mistaken….my memory is awful about these details…

what can ya expect! I’m a ‘leftie’!! 😉

Mark-
Subj: Holidays!
Date: 95-12-18 12:12:12 EST
From: AmberH
Posted on: America Online

We had New Year’s Eve last year in “Chrysalis”, Chanukah and Christmas and Winter Solstice all mentioned in “Fall of Night”, the Narn Holy Day where G’kar needed the G’quon’eth (pardon my spelling) in “By any means necessary” and mentions of various Centauri and Minbari celebrations at various times. Personally, I’m waiting for the Ivanova celebrates Purim episode. :-)

Subj: Re:’59 World Series
Date: 95-12-18 13:18:23 EST
From: TinyDrTim
Posted on: America Online

>>Date: 95-12-15 18:53:43 EST
From: Jms at B5

Mars won the sixth game, but it was a squeaker, 5-4. That tied it up going into the seventh game, which Earth won on an RBI that Mars is still challenging on the belief that the guy was really out at home, but that the umpire was catering to pressure. <<

Wow! Wish I had seen that game! Three questions:
1) Will the Great War prevent the ’60 Series from being played?
2) With the difference in planetary gravities, how can the Martian team ever *hope* to defeat an Earth team? Seems The Earthers would be stronger (and moving the fences back on Mars probably wouldn’t help much).
3) has the Umpires’ Union been infiltrated by the Shadows? A more frightening thought than even the PsiCorps! 😉

And thanks for giving us MLB in the future…

TinyDrTim
Subj: Re:Re:Blast from the past!
Date: 95-12-18 13:24:07 EST
From: RuaxKodesh
Posted on: America Online

Musta felt pretty good when you finally did it, until you then had to actually go out and do what you’d sold. That probably feels pretty good too, at least during hiatus, when you can breathe. Let’s see, five year sale period, five year arc, are we looking at a new phenomenon: producer periodicity?

Subj: Re:Without Makeup
Date: 95-12-18 13:32:39 EST
From: RuaxKodesh
Posted on: America Online

Really? Sounds like Shimmerman, the guy who plays Quark the Ferengi. He says he likes the rubber head, because no one recognizes him on the street. Why not have them play other parts, like EF officers. You could do a comedy routine for shows, where you keep having Londo miss Col. Klink (why not, the copyright must have run by now) and G’kar miss Admiral Gorschkov, Ivanova’s original patron, by seconds. Oh, yeah, and make Vir (I know, I know) bring back a Minbari friend. The interaction of Vir and Londo, now that they are of roughly the same rank, diplomatically, should be interesting!

Subj: Re: Re:Schedules and Reruns
Date: 95-12-18 13:34:56 EST
From: RuaxKodesh
Posted on: America Online

I’ll bring 3 tons of popcorn, you call someone to arrange a gravity flow system to deliver 2*10^6 cubic meters of coca cola.

Subj: Re:Who Works For Whom
Date: 95-12-18 13:43:26 EST
From: RuaxKodesh
Posted on: America Online

What you really need is a pair of EarthForce hip boots, to wade through the (ahem, this is polite company). If you accomplish something, like put a visually stunning and dramatically involving show on TV, someone will feel betrayed when you point out that they had no hand in it. I haven’t noticed maturity or sanity running rampant lately. I guess you have to expect the superannuated infants to pelt you with their used diapers. Ah well. Give them PPGs to play with. (Oh, that’s ALL we need!)

I’m sorry, I have the flu, and this came out extremely incoherent. I meant to say, having done a superior job on B5 to date, why should you bother to notice what a few fools who have not matched your accomplishment are please to call their thought?

Be well.

Subj: Re:Who Works For Whom
Date: 95-12-18 13:49:39 EST
From: RuaxKodesh
Posted on: America Online

Fascinating. I had a physics professor, E.F. Redish, who went by the same name. But if your name isn’t Jawaharlal, or Jingleheimerschmidt, why initialize it?

Subj: Re:JMS:- Throwaway Dialogue
Date: 95-12-18 13:52:42 EST
From: RuaxKodesh
Posted on: America Online

Sure you can, but it wouldn’t be as much fun, for you or for us, in the long run. That doesn’t mean I don’t still want to know what’s going on between Kosh and Sheridan. And will Ironheart play any further role, as an evolved new species?

Subj: Re:The Third Age/Season 3 in
Date: 95-12-18 13:57:01 EST
From: RuaxKodesh
Posted on: America Online

Oh, for heaven’s sake, you can. How *cute* can you get?

Subj: Re:Fan of Joseph Campbell?
Date: 95-12-18 14:01:27 EST
From: RuaxKodesh
Posted on: America Online

What about Moorcock’s eternal champion books?

Subj: Re:B5 Universe Questions
Date: 95-12-18 14:03:45 EST
From: RuaxKodesh
Posted on: America Online

Solar wind? Babbling B.S.? A joke, like a “Fire Phasers” button on the NASA CapCom console?

Subj: Re:Screen Saver CD
Date: 95-12-18 15:54:46 EST
From: GWRepBobby
Posted on: America Online

Joe, your instructions are about as clear as mud, I haven’t been able to figure out what you were talking about. As far as I am concearned it really doesn’t matter. After some experimenting I discovered that those BAF files are apperently BMP files. Why the odd extension? Who knows? Anyway, all those files you are talking about have that BAF extension and now that I can actually use them I am quite a bit happier. Still, I wish they were higher resolution, at least 800×600, and 24 bit, so far they all seem to be 8 bit. Still, they all very nice indeed.

For the next release please consider higher resolution graphics with higher color resolution. Remember, it always works out better reducing the size of an image than enlarging and SVGA cards are the norm these days. One other thing, and I may be wrong here, but, I think more people would be interested in graphics, sounds and video clips rather than some silly screen savers. I know I bought the disk for the graphics and not for the screen saver.

Subj: JMS: Londo’s wives
Date: 95-12-18 17:53:44 EST
From: DementoMan
Posted on: America Online

When Londo was trying to cheer Garibaldi up in “A Voice in the Wilderness,” he mentioned that he’d once married a dancer whose voice “could curdle milk.” Was one of the three wives in “Soul Mates” supposed to be this dancer, or was Londo just kidding about her, or what?

This has been nagging me for quite some time, as I’m sure you can tell. :)

 

Subj: Na’Toth
Date: 95-12-18 18:26:54 EST
From: Moria001
Posted on: America Online

What happened to Na’Toth? Did she return with the “new” ambassador, or did she get caught on the Narn homeworld during the bombing. Is she coming back?

Subj: Re:Holiday
Date: 95-12-18 18:32:47 EST
From: CORLISS100
Posted on: America Online

Happy Holidays!!!
There has been holidays mentioned and even celebrated on B5. Even Birthdays. This does not happen on every show but they are there. There has not been a wedding or birth but a lot can happen over the first 5 years of the show.

Well JMS have you any plans for the following 5 years. That’s a hell of a story ARC to plan.

 

Subj: Re:Na’Toth and VIR
Date: 95-12-18 18:40:34 EST
From: CORLISS100
Posted on: America Online

What ever happened to the old Na’Toth who had a British manner about her. Was she overshadowing G’Kar. I really liked her. Mary Kay is good but not like the original Na’Toth. Good question, where has Na’Toth been lately.

Also, is VIR gone forever? Where is his replacement to Londo?

Subj: Re:merchandising question
Date: 95-12-18 18:43:11 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

To tell you the truth, I find it hard to believe the merchandising area hadnt already been whipped to death before the series even began, especially in light of the merchandising history of Star Trek and Star Wars. The contracts should have been signed back at “The Gathering”. If the show had died, then there would have been little harm done, since the actual manufacturing wouldn’t have begun until after the ratings were in.

Subj: Re:Na’Toth
Date: 95-12-18 18:45:18 EST
From: Dastari
Posted on: America Online

I’d quite like to know as well :)

*DASTARI*

Subj: Re:JMS: Londo’s wives
Date: 95-12-18 18:45:29 EST
From: CORLISS100
Posted on: America Online

I suspect he would not have married a mere dancer. Londo is from a semi-prominent family that would arrange marriages. His story was good though.

Subj: B5 air Schedule
Date: 95-12-18 18:51:37 EST
From: B5 Online
Posted on: America Online

For those wondering…

Air Date Title Episode #
1/31/96 Voices of Authority 304
2/07/96 Dust To Dust 306
2/14/96 Exogenesis 307
2/21/96 Messages From Earth 308
2/28/96 Point of No Return 309

Subj: gills
Date: 95-12-18 20:30:50 EST
From: B5Jim
Posted on: America Online

Is there any connection or similiarity between G’Kar’s gills we saw in “The Gathering” and Lyta’s
gills?

Thanks

Subj: Re:Garibaldi Left Handed!?!
Date: 95-12-18 22:31:16 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>>Yup! I’m left handed, left eyed and left footed. I’m the most right gbrained person you’ve ever seen: absent minded as hell, hate math, can’t spell for my life, but boy can I do good pictures and make nice sounding sentences (when I try)<<
> I don’t want to be flamed out, but:
I’m ambidexterous, I draw really well (my oil pastel pictures are awesome), I’m top of my class in Math and English… Chemistry is perfectly understandable to me (I think I’m going to enjoy finishing “The God Particle”), and I write well…
Not to brag… ;-)<<<<<<<<<

>

>

Thhhhhhppppppppppppbth~!
Pumukl

Subj: Dear Sir,
Date: 95-12-18 22:41:21 EST
From: EQRIS
Posted on: America Online

Dear JMS,
We all know that Babylon 5 has a five year arc. What are you planning on doing when the show has run its course? Do you have any special non-B5 projects in the works your fans should be watching for? Is there any chance of pre-B5 stories on any of the main B5 characters? (“My Life Before the Shadow War”, by Delenn, Molari, G’Kar, Sheridan, Ivanova, etc.) Or will character history be covered in the paperbacks? Do you have a lot of say on what gets written up in the paperbacks and comics? One more question before I start to babble on (sorry, bad pun) too much….what does it feel like to create something that is enjoyed so much by so many? Do you ever just pinch yourself sometimes to make sure you’re awake? Did you ever think the show would be this popular? Oops, sorry one more and then I promise I’ll stop, do you have any plans to come to any events in the Washington, D.C. area any time soon? (Please say yes… I’ll wash your car, I’ll cook dinner for you, I’ll recite Ivanova’s mantra backwards while hopping on one foot…) Happy Holidays to you, sir, and may your success continue unabated in the New Year!

Subj: Re:Na’Toth and VIR
Date: 95-12-18 22:46:23 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>>What ever happened to the old Na’Toth who had a British manner about her. Was she overshadowing G’Kar. I really liked her. Mary Kay is good but not like the original Na’Toth. Good question, where has Na’Toth been lately.<<
Mary Kay had an allergic reaction to the FX needed to make her look Narn. She had to leave. Sorry!
Pumukl

Subj: Just a comment…
Date: 95-12-19 00:51:55 EST
From: Barbara407
Posted on: America Online

JMS,

I’ve been in the process of moving, which is why it’s taken me so long to tell you this.

A while back I sent you an e-mail in which I stated no episode of B5 had made me cry… yet. Well, the episode that did it was Passing through Gesthemane, and considering the characters involved in the the tear-producing scene had 30 minutes and 45 minutes of total B5 airtime development simply astounds me. Cudos.

Barbara Satow
aka Barbara407
Subj: Re:Stronger stories 4 B5 boo
Date: 95-12-19 01:39:43 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Yes, this was one of the things that I noted in the negotiations with Dell for new books. It helps that writers S.M. Stirling and Neal Barrett Jr. signed on as writers, who are known to be great with characters and story.

When the next batch is commissioned after this, I’ve already pre-approved one novel that would get heavily into the background story of the Minbari war; that should prove quite interesting.

jms
Subj: Re:Holiday
Date: 95-12-19 01:41:10 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Actually, it’s been just the opposite. In season one, we close off the season with the New Year’s celebration, at the end of year two we have Ivanova lighting candles for Chanakuh, we track the time for the Worlds Series, so we’ve actually tried to maintain realistic dates for the storyline.

jms
Subj: Re:JMS: Londo’s wives
Date: 95-12-19 01:44:03 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

That first wife was someone Londo was forced to divorce, given her reputation as an exotic dancer, and his position. (Note that Londo has an affinity still for such women, as with Adira in the first season.)

jms
Subj: Re:Dear Sir,
Date: 95-12-19 01:48:44 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Assuming the B5 storyline runs its full five years, there’s always been a sideline story that could go off into a different series, but frankly I think the odds of that are slim and none. So in lieu of that possibility, my sense is that at that point, having done 5 years of B5, I think I may have said all I really have to *say* in TV, at which time it’s best to get off the stage. I’ve given considerable thought to retiring at that point, and going back to writing novels and plays. (Have also been strongly considering the notion of retiring to England, maybe buying a small house outside London.)

Being a TeeVee Producer is not what I’d ever aspired to be, or intended to become; it’s only something that came out of a stubborn desire to protect the words.

jms
Subj: Re:Just a comment…
Date: 95-12-19 01:49:50 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Thanks. Yeah, that episode gets to me as well, every time I see it.

Knew we’d get you, sooner or later. Inch by inch, we’re taking over the planet.

jms
Subj: Speaking of Londo’s family..
Date: 95-12-19 02:29:40 EST
From: AmberH
Posted on: America Online

Jms – in the pilot episode, G’kar mentioned his “mate” to Lyta but since then, we’ve heard nothing at all about his family. Given what’s going on on Narn these days, will we ever hear anything about Mrs. G’kar and/or any little G’kars? Also, I’d assume that one of the reasons for the Centauri to arrange marriages, etc. was to fix inheritances and forge alliances. Does Londo have any progeny from his marriages and will we ever see or hear about them in the future?

Guess all this holiday stuff has gotten me family oriented. Ta very….

Subj: Fan Club?
Date: 95-12-19 02:35:42 EST
From: TimothX
Posted on: America Online

What’s the status of the Fan Club? I’ve subscribe about a zillion times with no response!

Subj: Re:Fan Club?
Date: 95-12-19 11:43:07 EST
From: B5 Online
Posted on: America Online

We are having some technical problems with our server… you only need to subscribe ONCE, doing more just makes more work for me since, currently, the mailing list is in a file on my desktop waiting to be seeded to the server.

Subj: JMS:Pilot question clarified
Date: 95-12-19 12:04:33 EST
From: JimMcM
Posted on: America Online

>> I’m not entirely sure what this refers to; the only possibility that
>>comes to mind is that when the assassin finds Del Varner, he gets access via
>>a panel outside the door, and we either hear or see “Laurel Takashima,
>>Cleared To Enter.” ”

Sorry about being vague the first time; I wasn’t entirely sure of the quote at the time. This time I’m prepared. Your quote that I was referring to is:

“The scruffy person in the Varner files was the same homeless person who we just happen to see sitting right outside Varner’s quarters, watching as he moves along. This was played by Ron Thornton, because we wouldn’t be seeing him in a major role, we’d just have to know someone was there.

Again, this ties into a specific story line that has been modified with a) the departure of Laurel, and b) the length of time since the pilot aired. Who was the homeless man really? It’s no longer an issue, but it was related, yes.

But only in a very small way. ”

This is what I was asking you to please elaborate upon. Thanks again for such a spectacular show.
Jim McMahon

Subj: Re:To JMS re.the women
Date: 95-12-19 12:26:02 EST
From: CrushaTroi
Posted on: America Online

Okay– the PC message and the “political agenda” part of your message, JMS, inspired another post… 1- I consider “PCness” to be when people supress other people’s first amendment rights to free speech and religion. It is not a bad thing to be inclusive– in Star Trek-ese, it would be IDIC (infinite diversity in infinite combinations). There ARE gays, women, handicapped, etc. people out there, and it’s about time television reflected that fact (IMHO). 2- Re. the stuff I was telling you, JMS re. the bisexuality issue, etc., what I mean is that in order to reflect the visibility of various people, you need to have them obvious. I.e., a gay man or woman who is out (a woman talks about a girlfriend in a conversation with a friend in a bar, etc.). I know that television is not the real world, and I know that B5 is a fantasy future-world, but there are some aspects of most programs that are a commentary on humans now. I mean with the whole pre-World War 2 business with the Centauri-Earth treaty, and the wholesale transfer of Chamberlain’s “Peace in our time” speech, it is obvious (IMHO, again) that political commentary IS being made. Gay visibility is NOT some current political issue that will pass, or some lesbian chic trend. Gay visibility is LIFE– it means protecting the 30% plus of the teens who commit suicide who do so because they are gay, and they are afraid; it means speaking out about bashings; it means being true to who you are, and letting people know the fact of your very existence. Sorry for the speech, but I really get irked when PC and current political issues is invoked. Gays having been fighting for their very lives for years. I recommend reading Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg as a glimpse into 1950s lesbian and gay life (police raids and abuse… lots of “fun” stuff). I s’pose it could be the case that the simple act of coming out is in itself a political statement, but some also say that it is not. I only request, as a fan, a writer, whatever, as myself, that the diversity of humanity be reflected– Again JMS, though, I want to also emphasize that I respect your creative integrity, and YOUR first amendment right to provide your own vision of the future. I just want to give my way more than 2 cents’ worth of input… It’s very important for people to see themselves reflected somewhere… and for sci fi fans, there are some people we just don’t see, and among those folks are out gays… Thanks for taking the time to respond to my posts… (-:

Subj: Re:B5 Universe Questions
Date: 95-12-19 12:32:19 EST
From: CrushaTroi
Posted on: America Online

JMS is correct. Most people think of space as a vaccuum, but that is far from true. It is full of dust and other microscopic stuff. \\\

It depends on where in space you’re talking about. I am trying to make sure I get this… Within the solar system, I think you are totally right… it is possible that you are also right re. intra-galactic space. But inter-galactic space IS a vaccuum. I am trying to remember this thing I saw– maybe it is not actually a TOTAL vaccuum, but it is definitely not FULL of stuff– it’s something like in inter-solar system space, there are a certain number of atoms per a certain area; this number becomes less in intra-galactic/inter-stellar space. But in inter-galactic space, there is approximately 1 atom for this area, at such a space that it won’t even bang into it’s nearest atomic neighbor. Sheesh– I ought to remember this better; my astronomy prof would KILL me… (-: But perhaps y’all weren’t talking about inter-galactic space, only inter-stellar…

Subj: Re:Garibaldi Left Handed!?!
Date: 95-12-19 12:38:23 EST
From: CrushaTroi
Posted on: America Online

There is soooo much discrimination against the left-handed. We aught to find ways to
make the world more equitable for us. Even our language is structured to put down the left
handed (ever hear of a “left-handed complement?”).\\\\

I am assuming that this is a sarcastic post; however, I could not resist informing you that at least until my mother’s generation (my aunt, who is left-handed, is now @52), while left-handers didn’t have to worry about losing their jobs, their children, their homes or their lives, as, oh, for example, gay people do, (that I am aware of, of course…)left- handed children DID have to undergo various nasty things, like having their left hands tied up so they HAD to use their right hand, having their left hand thwacked hard when they were caught using it instead of their right, and had other unpleasantries occur (those first two were the common things that I know of…). Not life-threatening, but certainly uncomfortable, probably painful, and quite likely more than a little scary for a left-handed child. Things to ponder and consider…

Subj: Re:Holidays!
Date: 95-12-19 12:41:07 EST
From: STUDIO GO
Posted on: America Online

AmberH wrote:

>Personally, I’m waiting for the Ivanova celebrates Purim episode. :-)<

ROTFL! Hamantaschen in SpAAAAAAAAce!

Thanks for a laff.

Bruce Lewis

Subj: Idea for post-B5 JMS TV
Date: 95-12-19 12:47:20 EST
From: STUDIO GO
Posted on: America Online

JMS:

How about doing a lighthearted comedy about five hip young friends sharing a New York apartment? Come up with a catchy theme song and you might have a hit on your hands!

There for You,

Bruce Lewis

Subj: Re:To JMS re.the women
Date: 95-12-19 13:05:01 EST
From: RGitschlag
Posted on: America Online

Crushatroi:

I would like to recommend that you read the book “Virtually Normal, an argument about homosexuality” by Andrew Sullivan. He is an ‘out’ homosexual who explores the past and current political pro- and anti- homosexual agendas. He very effectively explodes the fundamental errors of what he calls the Prohibitionists, Liberationists, Conservatives and Liberals, in his call for a more caring an open society. And I don’t think he would agree with the way you want to swing JMS into a more proactive inclusiveness.

Rich G.

BTW, what I wrote about left-handers was written as a satire. A spoof, if you will. Although, Sinister DOES mean ‘left-handed’.

Subj: Re:Na’Toth and VIR
Date: 95-12-19 13:13:33 EST
From: MAKagle
Posted on: America Online

I heard Mary Kay wanted to pursue movie (ie non facially hidden) roles.

Subj: Re:Sheridn’s “Divided” flash
Date: 95-12-19 14:56:35 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>>What episode was it in which he had the original dream?<<
All Alone In The Night

Subj: Re:Holidays!
Date: 95-12-19 15:00:38 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>> I’m waiting for the Ivanova celebrates Purim episode. <<
“Mordechai was singing while Hamen was swinging…”

oh… heheh sorry…
achem

Subj: Re:Garibaldi Left Handed!?!
Date: 95-12-19 15:07:47 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>>Thhhhhhppppppppppppbth~!
Pumukl<<
Oh, yeah?

Thhhhhhpppppppppppppbth~! !~htbpppppppppppphhhhhhT

Subj: Re:Na’Toth
Date: 95-12-19 15:10:16 EST
From: TBrush1090
Posted on: America Online

Ko’Dath, G’kar original aide who was introduced in “Born to the Purple,” only appeared in one episode. I believed the actress was Mary Woronov, and she had a bad allergic reaction to the makeup. Her absence was subsequently explained away as having died in an airlock accident.

Na’Toth, G’Kar’s second aide who was introduced in “The Parliament of Dreams,” was played by Caitlin Brown, who, at first, was simply crammed into the makeup appliances originally designed for Woronov. This explains why Na’Toth’s appearance seemed to alter a bit during the first season.

Caitlin Brown declined to be Na’Toth in the second season, and left to persue movie roles in which her features would be more obvious. Mary Kay Adams subsequently played Na’Toth in “Revelations” and “Acts of Sacrifice.” Her presence in “Revelations” was specifically to give G’Kar a trusted associate that he could unload his fears about the Shadows on.

Mr. Straczynski has stated that Na’Toth was on Narn at the time of the Centauri bombing, and is probably dead.

Subj: Re:Just a comment…
Date: 95-12-19 15:11:21 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>>Knew we’d get you, sooner or later. Inch by inch, we’re taking over the planet.<<
Only inch by inch?

The DNRC is moving a space approx the size of a newspaper each move.

Subj: JMS-Legacies Telepath
Date: 95-12-19 15:13:39 EST
From: B5Jim
Posted on: America Online

Will we be seeing the girl telepath Allysa from the episode “Legacies” again? She went to Minbar and it would be interesting to see what happened to her and what she is doing now.

If we will see her again can you say about when or what season?

Thanks.

Subj: Purim thoughts
Date: 95-12-19 15:54:42 EST
From: AmberH
Posted on: America Online

I’m sure Susan would just have gobs of fun making hamentaschen (or however it’s spelled). I was gonna say the Susan celebrates Sukkot episode, but thought that was a bit obscure.

And just to create havoc and make reference to the “I’m scared of the future” board, how come we haven’t seen Dr. Franklin or any other non-existant african-american (or african-any other country of origin) celebrating Kwanzaa on board station?! But then again, I should be offended because we haven’t seen *any* Pagan or Wiccan characters on-board and no one has celebrated any of *those* holidays. Personally, I’d like to see Sinclair and Delenn celebrate Beltane (May Day) together, but that’s another story entirely. 😀

Subj: Re:VIDEOS
Date: 95-12-19 16:13:36 EST
From: BHunsic858
Posted on: America Online

Don’t they ever look at the ratings??

Subj: Re:religions again…
Date: 95-12-19 17:47:04 EST
From: ZenGEOS
Posted on: America Online

Actually.. there was an episode where numerous Earth religions were shown….not sure if Wicca was shown tho.

Mark-

–the BAD episode name memory person

(trying to be obtuse and succeeeding)
Subj: Re:To JMS re.the women
Date: 95-12-19 18:09:47 EST
From: CrushaTroi
Posted on: America Online

I would like to recommend that you read the book “Virtually Normal, an argument about homosexuality” by Andrew Sullivan. He is an ‘out’ homosexual who explores the past and current political pro- and anti- homosexual agendas. He very effectively explodes the fundamental errors of what he calls the Prohibitionists, Liberationists, Conservatives and Liberals, in his call for a more caring an open society. And I don’t think he would agree with the way you want to swing JMS into a more proactive inclusiveness.\\\

Seen it– haven’t read it yet, though– first I’m going to read a few gothic novels, then Urvashi Vaid’s book Virtual Equality. What do you mean by your last sentence? I s’pose I’d know if I’d read the book– with Ju daism, you can show someone lighting a menorah; with Christianity, someone reciting the rosary or whatever; someone who is black, it is USUALLY (though not always, I’ll admit) obvious, as well as people of other races, etc. This sort of hits the debate in the “who gets discriminated against” debate. One can be outed in casual conversation about attractive folks, or when one brings a lover to an event, etc. But unless something like that happens, people are assumed to be straight. There really is no way of including a gay person without having SOME sort of indicator that they are gay (eg., two men are sitting in a bar, bantering about work and other stuff, and one says, hey look at that woman over there- should I say hi- she’s great looking! Should I ask her out? and the other could say, hey look at that guy over there- should I say hi he’s great looking- should I ask him out?)… Not too difficult, and it really is the only way people will even think of someone as gay, and the only way people will KNOW that he is… (or bisexual…).
My $.02

Subj: Re:Holidays!
Date: 95-12-19 18:10:55 EST
From: CrushaTroi
Posted on: America Online

I think she should dress up as Vashti…

“Haman” RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
(go the grogers!)

Subj: Re:Purim thoughts
Date: 95-12-19 18:13:22 EST
From: CrushaTroi
Posted on: America Online

Personally, I’d like to see Sinclair and Delenn celebrate Beltane (May Day) together, but that’s another story entirely. :-D\\\

HAHAHAHAHA! LOL!!!!! But then they’d have to air B5 on the Playboy channel or something… Tee hee…

Subj: Re:JMS: Londo’s wives
Date: 95-12-19 19:22:09 EST
From: RuaxKodesh
Posted on: America Online

Oh, bummer, I thought I’d caught a neat use of my favorite language. I thought she was “Nadira”, Hebrew for ‘rare.’

Subj: Re:Idea for post-B5 JMS TV
Date: 95-12-19 19:25:14 EST
From: RuaxKodesh
Posted on: America Online

sounds like a remake of “the young ones” or “friends” or…or…or…

on the other hand, it could be great. why don’t YOU pursue it?

Subj: Re:Purim thoughts
Date: 95-12-19 19:27:10 EST
From: RuaxKodesh
Posted on: America Online

Sinclair’s Jesuit teachers would probably not like his celebrating a celtic fire festival.

Subj: Joe, quick question…
Date: 95-12-19 22:13:09 EST
From: Gabrie1508
Posted on: America Online

I have to know… what is the population of humanity/earth in 2260? To anyone that this might confuse, I appologize, but I have my reasons.

Now, with all of that out of the way I just want to let you know that Bab 5 is (IMO) possibly the best thing on TV, and certainly is the best SF on TV (again, IMO). Any show that keeps the wheels in my mind turning from week to week can’t be all that bad. The only other show I can think of that did that for me was The Prisoner. Of course, in both there is an overall story, whereas TV in general is episodic. Now, with all that’s been said on both sides of the B5 and Star Trek debate (and I refuse to take sides), I have one more question. How much of a “problem” do you see it being that Babylon 5 is story based rather than episodic? Mind you, I prefer exactly what you’re doing, but I wonder how much work it took to convince the studio execs that a show like this would fly (or at least orbit :-)). I mean, I love the show, but doesn’t this make it a little less accessable, especially considering that season one eps aren’t being shown?

Thanks… keep up the good work, and Merry Winter Solstice.

Subj: Re:Purim thoughts
Date: 95-12-19 22:17:38 EST
From: STUDIO GO
Posted on: America Online

Episode 30x: “The Hamantaschen Affair”

It’s the season of Sukkot, and for Ivanova the situation is grim. JerusaDome rabbis have ruled that enclosed space colony environments like B5’s “garden” are NOT kosher for building a sukkah. (Sukkot must be built out of doors, with stars visible through the roof.) To make matters worse, Centauri warships have intercepted a convoy from Earth carrying the only supply of lulavs and etrogs in the sector! As the holiday grows nearer, Susan joins forces with Delenn, whose triangular Minbari cookies act as a bridge of understanding between the rabbis on Earth, the Centauri, and B5’s Jewish population. Ivanova: Claudia Christian. Rabbi Schulweiss: Abe Vigoda. Bernie: Will Smith.

 

Bruce Lewis
Studio Go!

Subj: Re:Garibaldi Left Handed!?!
Date: 95-12-19 23:41:43 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online
>>>Thhhhhhppppppppppppbth~!
>>
>>
>>Pumukl<<
> Oh, yeah?
>
>Thhhhhhpppppppppppppbth~! !~htbpppppppppppphhhhhhT
Oh yeah? Well Thhhhhhpppppppppppppbth~! !~htbpppppppppppphhhhhhT +*1*

 

So there!
Pumukl

Subj: Re: Rasta
Date: 95-12-20 01:14:31 EST
From: RedQueen5
Posted on: America Online

Gigsims, I have noticed certain “Dreaded” individuals in the zocalo and other public areas, whether they are practicing Rastafarians remains to be seen. I do however like the touch of culture it brings, and would love to see one go up against Kosh. LOL

Red

Subj: Re:Fan Club?
Date: 95-12-20 01:33:47 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

It’s taken us a while to get the fan club paperwork from WB, and to convince them it was worth doing. That’s done, finally, and we will probably announce this as a going venture within the week.

jms
Subj: Re:JMS:Pilot question clarif
Date: 95-12-20 01:35:31 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Honest answer: I don’t remember anymore; it was a minor thread. I’d literally have to go dig out the original, uncut script to figure it out. This was 4 years ago, remember.

jms
Subj: Re:Joe, quick question…
Date: 95-12-20 01:39:36 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Urk…I don’t have that information at my fingertips….I’d have to sit down and work it out.

Re: the ongoing storyline…there’s no such thing, really, as convincing studio heads to go along with anything. They rarely budge. They either Get It, or they Don’t Get It. What we had to do was find some execs who Got It, and thus didn’t need convincing. We found that in the form of our two primary angels, Dick Robertson at WB and Evan Thompson at Chris-Craft TV (the core station group). They got it instantly, and have been great supporters ever since.

jms
Subj: Re:Purim thoughts
Date: 95-12-20 02:29:41 EST
From: MythoPhile
Posted on: America Online

Re: Purim, Beltane, Wicca, etc…

Isn’t it about time we moved this discussion over to the B5 and Religion folder?
I ask merely for information. 😉

Subj: Garibaldi Left-Handed
Date: 95-12-20 02:55:09 EST
From: OwlGrandma
Posted on: America Online

I thought someone would have noticed by now–The Hand is left-handed. Look at Sheridan’s desk: the pens are always on the left side; when he makes a notation (watch when G’Kar comes in to ask for sanctuary) it’s with his left hand.

I noticed some time ago, because lefties tend to notice other lefties. Aha, I thought, here’s another person who gets handed charge slips to sign that are presented upsidedown and backward. On the positive side, it tends to make you flexible and willing to look for other-than-obvious solutions.

Of course, Sheridan bats right-handed. But “billions of years ago” so did I. Not unusual for some people to select left for fine work, like writing, and right for strength tasks like batting or holding rifle.

I haven’t noticed any other obvious lefties, though it was said that there are “several” in the cast. Talia is a possibility; when she grabbed the PPG from Garibaldi, I seem to remember she held and aimed it with her left hand.

Not that Left Hand has any significance in B5 story; JMS says it doesn’t. But I do wonder if there are a significant number of leftie supporters for B5. Once in a class I took on SF it turned out that 6 of 18 students were lefties.

OwlGma

Subj: Re:Purim thoughts
Date: 95-12-20 03:00:56 EST
From: Lisala
Posted on: America Online

Sure the Jesuits would like it, they’d just call it the feast of the Annunciation 😉

Subj: Re:Garibaldi Left-Handed
Date: 95-12-20 10:18:52 EST
From: Badinov
Posted on: America Online

>>Not that Left Hand has any significance in B5 story; JMS says it doesn’t. But I do wonder if there are a significant number of leftie supporters for B5. Once in a class I took on SF it turned out that 6 of 18 students were lefties.<<

Wasn’t there a story by Ursula LeGuin called “The Left Hand of Darkness” ?

I’ve noticed that in my current occupation (the one line officer designator NOT represented on B5 *) there is a larger percentage of lefties than in the normal population. Makes it a lot easier to see a different solution or even notice a different angle of the problem.

Badinov

 

 
(* Aha! another group discriminated against! The PC police will surely be notified of this!)

 

Subj: email question
Date: 95-12-20 10:19:15 EST
From: MAKagle
Posted on: America Online

Is there an email address or phone # where we can contact PTEN to ask for season 1 reruns and series videotapes to be released?

Subj: Re:Garibaldi Left Handed!?!
Date: 95-12-20 10:33:17 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

Don’t forget-
While left-handers may tend to have a presence in the arts and politics far in excess of their actual numbers, and left-handers tend to average serveral IQ points higher than righties, we also tend to drop dead a few years sooner than average.

Also, lefties tend to have an average 11% more connections in their corpus callosium. Might account for the IQ thing.

Subj: B5
Date: 95-12-20 16:26:17 EST
From: Mr PBody1
Posted on: America Online

Dear JMS,
First of all it’s great to see a really GOOD scifi show on TV!!!!

Second there is a huge market for the vidios so give us the name and adress of the STUPID Executive who has no idea how to make money. We the loyal B5 fans will take care of the rest!
Leave it to us. We will fax, e-mail, and send so much mail that they will have to sell the vidios just to shut us up!

Finally, I write books and would love to write some B5 books. I have a number of excellent ideas, I have seen some of my ideas show up on the series on the series before I had the chance to write the book. Great minds think alike! Please let me know who to contact about this.
MrP

Subj: Red Queen Irie
Date: 95-12-20 17:13:14 EST
From: GigSims
Posted on: America Online

I thought the idea of Rastas on B5 was funny. Alas, I’m afraid that JMS disagrees. As you will notice, he did not respond to this most recent post and did not respond to the prior post on the topic. JMS, Harley’s, Babylon and Rasta go together like Garibaldi and soda.

I was beginning to think I was the only one who thought there was comedic value in my idea. Thank you for confirming that there is at least one other who doesn;t just think I’m “strange”

You’re not also Queen Lol by any chance are you?

Subj: Characters
Date: 95-12-20 19:11:26 EST
From: Dastari
Posted on: America Online

Is it a possibility to see dead or long gone characters in B5 via time-travel, dreams, flashbacks, etc. or is this something that doesn’t generally happen? For example, might Na’Toth be on B5 in 2258 when we will see it(I assume) in “War Without End”? Could this happen with other characters? It seems a great way to clarify things or learn stuff about characters…

-Damon

Subj: Re:Holidays!
Date: 95-12-20 20:45:56 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>>I think she should dress up as Vashti…

“Haman” RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
(go the grogers!)<<

Kosh would have an organic groger, and the Shadows’ grogers would make deafening shrieking sounds…

Subj: Re:Garibaldi Left Handed!?!
Date: 95-12-20 20:57:00 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>>Oh yeah? Well Thhhhhhpppppppppppppbth~! !~htbpppppppppppphhhhhhT +*1*<<
Oh, Yeah???

Well:
Thhhhhhpppppppppppppbth~! !~htbpppppppppppphhhhhhT +*1* = the constant [a+b] so:
(Thhhhhhpppppppppppppbth~! !~htbpppppppppppphhhhhhT +*1*)(x=y)^2 = 1000(a + b)(xy)^2
where xy > anything you use… >I-p:-.;’

(is that mechanics? or an iteration?.. I forgot how to state that kind of equation)

Subj: Re:Characters
Date: 95-12-20 22:17:04 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Generally…no, I don’t usually tend to do that sort of thing in terms of creating a new story, and using a flashback structure to bring back a deceased character. I think that has the potential to lessen the impact of what happened.

jms
Subj: Re:Sheridn’s “Divided” flash
Date: 95-12-20 22:23:10 EST
From: RPillow
Posted on: America Online

Infinnity,
The episode where Sheridan originally had that Kosh-induced (or was it?) dream sequence was a season 2 ep entitled “All Alone in the Night.”

Subj: Re:Holiday
Date: 95-12-20 22:28:03 EST
From: RPillow
Posted on: America Online

That’s Brother Theo, not Bro. Leo. And if you saw the season 2 finale entitled “The Fall of Night”, you would have noticed that Mr. Lantze mentioned celebrating the Winter Solstice in Geneva back on Earth. Also note Ivanova’s references to Christmas and Hannukkah when she give Sheridan the piece of Black Star shrapnel. In the next to last scene, Ivanova is also seen lighting her Hannukkah candles. So you see the issue of holidays has been addressed, you just have to look and listen a little more intently.

RPillow

Subj: Valen And Sinclar
Date: 95-12-20 22:28:26 EST
From: Shawnb5
Posted on: America Online

HI: JMS Thanks for the show I have written WB about how great your show is and asked for the videos. I have written and called our local B5 carrier as to how great the show is. And contacted the WB station to convice them to carry it. If there is anything else I can do just E mail me. I have 2 Questions.I have seen enough hints to know that Sinclair and Valen share the same soul. Is this the same soul that was in G’quan and Jesus Christ and others? Second was there a third season promotional poster created. I have 1 and 2. A complete set would be a dream. A fan from day 1. Shawn

Subj: Re:’59 World Series
Date: 95-12-20 22:31:14 EST
From: JSmith9386
Posted on: America Online

Mars beat the Dodgers!!!!! Well that’ll teach the Bums to leave Brooklyn! Thanks also for bringing MLB into the future, now who won the ’59 Super Bowl??

Subj: Re:Joe, quick question…
Date: 95-12-21 03:27:11 EST
From: Gabrie1508
Posted on: America Online

Re: Not having the population figures handy…

<Smirk> that’s cool. Please just tell me that it’s NOT 70 Billion <grin>.

Lee G.

Subj: Please give 2 Ms Christian
Date: 95-12-21 14:31:07 EST
From: RuaxKodesh
Posted on: America Online

Please Pass This on to Ms Christian’ section of the net fanmail wall:

I’ve been reading science fiction for nearly 30 years, and I never liked the tendency to assume that imporant elements of earth culture would “just die out,” particularly since other planetary inhabitants (the Vulcan Kohlinar cult of nonemotion comes to mind) seem to have reached the stars with their religions intact.
As a result, I’ve tended to look for portrayals of religion in predictive history, particularly mine, and I’ve been generally disappointed in what I’ve found.
By now, you probably think I’m about to complain about your performance, which I’m not, so I’d better come to the point.
Your character is well written and researched (the degree to which she appears to consider herself “a Jew at home and a Russian in the street” comes right out of nineteenth century Russian Jewish thought), but all that work would have been wasted if they hadn’t found someone who could appear appropriately comfortable and uncomfortable with her curtural ties.
Yeesh, talk about longwinded. Okay, the point is: I’ve enjoyed watching you portray Ivanova. Having grown up among Russian Jewish women, I think you’ve tuned most of the personality nuances perfectly. Of course, none of the ones I know are military officers 300 years from now. So, thank you for the entertainment, and for portraying an aspect of your character which is disproportionately important to me authentically and well.
Merry Christmas to you, a virtual Happy Hannukah to your character,

RuaxKodesh@aol.com

Subj: Re:Garibaldi Left Handed!?!
Date: 95-12-21 15:46:13 EST
From: Paul H5218
Posted on: America Online

HEY HEY HEY!!!!

LPLPLPLPLLLLLLPPPLLLLL!!!! To alll you guys. Calm down!!

Now I gotta wipe the spit from my monitor, sheesh!!

-Paul :-)

Subj: Now cut that out!
Date: 95-12-21 17:20:04 EST
From: AmberH
Posted on: America Online

Songo, Pumukl, et al, you will cease and desist on all that “raspberrying” stuff or at least move it to a new folder entitled “B5 and Rude Noises” or else. :-) Some of us are tired of having to wear plastic rain ponchos to read anything in this folder. Feels like a fraggin’ Gallagher concert..

Subj: Re:Now cut that out!
Date: 95-12-21 17:24:34 EST
From: RuaxKodesh
Posted on: America Online

Or Tim Allen. Remember what Roger Zelazny postulated in his, er, um, Amber novels: everything is a reflection, a shadow, of everything else. We wouldn’t be who we are if we didn’t have people to make our rude noises for us.

Subj: Re:Videos
Date: 95-12-21 18:24:28 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

I know where to get some videos…

I just got my B5 entertainment facility, and it’s not as easy to use as it could be, but it’s damn cool!
And one of my Hannuka gifts was going to be “Babylon Squared”, but they wont get new ones in at the local (deleted to protect identity of entity responsible for bootlegging) for another week…
All they had left was “Infection”, “Survivors”, “Believers” and “And The Sky Full Of Stars”, but I didn’t want any (besides, ATSFOS came with Infection, so it wasn’t a good deal). I’ll just wait until B^2 or Signs and Portents comes out, those are worth it, I think.
Oh, and the Japanese laserdisk sure makes a big deal about G’Kar…

Subj: Re:Now cut that out!
Date: 95-12-21 18:29:52 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>>Songo, Pumukl, et al, you will cease and desist on all that “raspberrying” stuff or at least move it to a new folder entitled “B5 and Rude Noises” or else. :-) Some of us are tired of having to wear plastic rain ponchos to read anything in this folder. Feels like a fraggin’ Gallagher concert..<<

THHHHHBbbbbbbpppt!
….Gallagher, huh? Only Vorlons know the true aerodynamics of Jello….
I’d like to see the Sledge-O-Matic go to work on that Na Ka Leen Feeder…, could be quite entertaining (oh no, does this go in “entertainment of B5″ or the “Themes and torture in B5″ folder?)

Subj: Garibaldi’s gonna DIE !?!
Date: 95-12-21 18:38:45 EST
From: Skelebot
Posted on: America Online

<<Subj: A bad feeling…
Date: 95-12-20 22:23:39 EST
From: Kelly KA

I have a bad feeling that Garbaldi isn’t going to make it through Season 3. The future events shown in “Babylon Squared” suggest he dies on B5 in a Shadow attack but it’s not just that. After “Divided Loyalties” I kept wondering how you could get away with writing out one actor (Andrea Thompson) who’s married to another actor (Jerry Doyle) on a show. But if the second actor is going to be out of the picture soon anyway, I guess it wouldn’t matter. I’ll be crushed if Garbaldi dies this season but I can’t shake this feeling.

Kelly>>

After reading the above passage in the Garibaldi folder I have one thing to ask you:

IS GARIBALDI GOING TO TDIE IN THE THIRD SEASON???

B5 has lost too many characters, Catherine, Sinclair, Talia, Vir, Na’toth. Please don’t kill Garibaldi.

Skelebot the Garabaldi fan

Subj: Re:B-5 videos
Date: 95-12-21 20:01:41 EST
From: Dolby1000
Posted on: America Online

I don’t know if we will ever get videos, but I read in the paper today (Chi. Trib) that TNT has picked up B-5 for reruns starting in 1997 (or 1998) if we can wait that long. This leads to one question, will they be edited (IE:CUT) for more commercials.

Subj: Re:TO JMS
Date: 95-12-21 20:02:41 EST
From: Dolby1000
Posted on: America Online

I haven’t seen an answer as to whether VIR is going to return or not. I hope so.

Subj: Re:Garibaldi die?
Date: 95-12-21 20:03:29 EST
From: Dolby1000
Posted on: America Online

I sincerly hope not.

Subj: Passing Through Gestheneme
Date: 95-12-21 20:23:11 EST
From: RosalindB
Posted on: America Online

I have to add my compliments on that episode. It made me cry also. I still can’t watch it a second time.

By the way JMS, aren’t you a bit young to retire? <grin>
Rosalind

Subj: Video tapes
Date: 95-12-21 21:34:24 EST
From: J J Schild
Posted on: America Online

Too bad we can’t forcibly drag the Pten powers that be into any video store in the country and show them that Star Trek has a separate subject heading. And explain that nearly every tape purchased in that category is purchased by someone who already saw that episode on TV.

But then, when you think you know everything, it is really difficult to learn.

Subj: Re:Garibaldi Left Handed!?!
Date: 95-12-21 23:57:36 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

> Oh, Yeah???
>
> Well:
> Thhhhhhpppppppppppppbth~! !~htbpppppppppppphhhhhhT +*1* = the constant [a+b] > so:
> (Thhhhhhpppppppppppppbth~! !~htbpppppppppppphhhhhhT +*1*)(x=y)^2 = 1000(a + >b)(xy)^2
> where xy > anything you use… >I-p:-.;’
>
>

Oh yeah?!?!!!??? OH YEAH!!???!?!!???!??!
well thppppppppppppppppbth~!
Pumukl

Subj: Re:Garibaldi Left Handed!?!
Date: 95-12-22 00:01:50 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>HEY HEY HEY!!!!
>
>LPLPLPLPLLLLLLPPPLLLLL!!!! To alll you guys. Calm down!!
>
>Now I gotta wipe the spit from my monitor, sheesh!!
>
>

To which both songo and I respond with a double THPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPBTH~!
Pumukl

Subj: Re:Now cut that out!
Date: 95-12-22 00:06:11 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>>Songo, Pumukl, et al, you will cease and desist on all that “raspberrying” stuff or at least move it to a new folder entitled “B5 and Rude Noises” or else. :-) Some of us are tired of having to wear plastic rain ponchos to read anything in this folder. Feels like a fraggin’ Gallagher concert..<<
hey……….HEY!!!!!!!!!!!! WE’RE BEING REPRESSED!!!!!!!!!! OUR RIGHTS ARE BEING TRAMPLED ON!!!!!!!!!! WE THPPPPPPPPPBTH-ers OF AMERICA DEMAND REPRESENTATION ON THE ELECTRONIC FORUM!!!!!!!!!!! SOMEONE CALL THE PC POLICCCCE

 

I HEREBY DECLARE MYSELF AND SONGO TO BE MEMBERS OF TOA (Thppth-ers Of America) WE DEMAND GOVERNMENT CONCESSIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Songo: start up a lobby. I’ll hand out the bribe money
Pumukl

Subj: Re:Valen And Sinclar
Date: 95-12-22 00:14:46 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

No, there’s nothing much more you can do at this point; you’ve done all anyone could expect, and it’s appreciated, thanks. No season 3 poster was made, I have to say; as for
Valen, you may be on an interesting track, but you kinda jumped the rails at one point.

jms
Subj: Re:Passing Through Gesthenem
Date: 95-12-22 00:17:54 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

“Aren’t you a bit young to retire?”

Bless your heart…

Actually, I’m 40; by the time this show has run its course of all five years, I’ll be 43 or 44. I figure that gives me 15, maybe 20 years of quality writing time left to do the plays and books I want to do, and find something resembling a life.

jms
Subj: Re:Passing Through Gesthenem
Date: 95-12-22 00:18:46 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Oops, I lied, just remembered I’m 41…so add 1 to the preceding computations.

jms
Subj: Re:JMS: Londo’s wives
Date: 95-12-22 00:22:45 EST
From: JVibber
Posted on: America Online

<< That first wife was someone Londo was forced to divorce, given her reputation as an exotic dancer, and his position. (Note that Londo has an affinity still for such women, as with Adira in the first season.) >>

Interesting response, JMS. However, I found it significant that the first thing Timov says in “Soul Mates” sounds JUST like Londo’s imitation of “the voice that could curdle milk.” My entire family jumped out of our seats and shouted, “That’s HER!”

So, while I can’t exactly say your backstory is wrong (you being the author and all), it doesn’t play that way in the series!
Subj: I struck Out
Date: 95-12-22 01:04:32 EST
From: OTRotrOTR
Posted on: America Online

JMS: I’m beginning to think you have no sense of humor. Redeem yourself. How about Don King as a Centauri promoter? He’s perfect in terms of hair and bravado and you can invent some Centauri circus/athlectic event for him to promote. You don’t have to spend a lot of time on this. Just tell me you got the message and either (1) you think its funny or (2) you don’t. Either way, I’ll get a big kick outta hearing from you.

Subj: Sheridan’s Kosh
Date: 95-12-22 10:18:30 EST
From: StarFuryD4
Posted on: America Online

Joe,

In “Fall of Night”, when Sheridan saw Kosh(and we saw *his* Kosh), Kosh appeared to be something other than Human. While watching the Ep. this Morning, it seemed as though Kosh bore a slightly more Minbari look, perhaps even a Human/Minbari look(ears a bit lower than human, no hair/eyebrows/facial hair(or other), occipital ridge more Minbari then human.
Could this be important to understanding anything?, or was this just Sheridan seeing Kosh based on his knowledge that Minbari and humans “share souls”, and projecting that knowledge into his perception of him?
Thanks,

Merry Christmas!

Happy New Year!
Dave

Subj: Dr. Franklin knows
Date: 95-12-22 13:45:08 EST
From: CORLISS100
Posted on: America Online

JMS,

Dr. Franklin was there when the old Centauri Emperor died and gave his last words to Londo. Londo then lied about his last words, but Dr. Franklin would have know they were a lie. Dr. Franklin relayed the message from the Emperor of G’Kar about saying “he was sorry about all that his people did to the Narin”. Why didn’t Dr. Franklin say something if not right there but to the little war council?

Subj: Re:Sheridan’s Kosh
Date: 95-12-22 16:23:54 EST
From: TBrush1090
Posted on: America Online

Starfury, I think you may be seeing something that is not there. The human Kosh looks totally human to me. His halo is so bright it is difficult to see if he has earlobes or not.

When Kosh appeared as a Minbari, the broad nose and brow ridges were apparent, as was the very elaborate head crest; although, as before, the halo obscures a lot of details.

Subj: Re:Passing Through Gesthenem
Date: 95-12-22 19:16:27 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online
>”Aren’t you a bit young to retire?”
>
> Bless your heart…
>
> Actually, I’m 40; by the time this show has run its course of all five years, I’ll be 43 or 44. I >figure that gives me 15, maybe 20 years of quality writing time left to do the plays and books I >want to do, and find something resembling a life.
>
>

Little JMSes scampering about your feet? I think I can picture that.
Pumukl

Subj: Re:Sheridan’s Kosh
Date: 95-12-22 19:18:53 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>> In “Fall of Night”, when Sheridan saw Kosh(and we saw *his* Kosh), Kosh appeared to be something other than Human. While watching the Ep. this Morning, it seemed as though Kosh bore a slightly more Minbari look, perhaps even a Human/Minbari look(ears a bit lower than human, no hair/eyebrows/facial hair(or other), occipital ridge more Minbari then human.
Could this be important to understanding anything?, or was this just Sheridan seeing Kosh based on his knowledge that Minbari and humans “share souls”, and projecting that knowledge into his perception of him?<<
Or perhaps Sheriden, like Sinclair, has a Minbari soul, thereby altering his perceptions of Kosh.
Pumukl

Subj: Re:Sheridan’s Kosh
Date: 95-12-22 19:20:28 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>>Or perhaps Sheriden, like Sinclair, has a Minbari soul, thereby altering his perceptions of Kosh.<<
Although personally I didn’t see much of a Minbari resemblence.
Pum

Subj: Small ? Book #3 – spoiler
Date: 95-12-22 21:51:50 EST
From: BadDog 500
Posted on: America Online

In book #3 G’Kar originally wears brown contact lenses because research showed that they would make him less noticable to humans, but also comments that it would make him more noticable to other Narns. It would seem to make sense that once he reached homeworld he’d take them out to be less conspicuous. In the book though, he continues to wear them (his putting them in is noted a couple of times). Was this a sacrifice of noticablity to match the pictures on his ID card?

Great show, keep up the good work. I haven’t been overly thrilled with the books, not bad but not good. “Voices” was nice in that it added to our understanding of PsiCorp and the Psi mentality, unfortunately “Blood Oath” didn’t do the same for Narn mentality.

Subj: Valen And Sinclair
Date: 95-12-22 22:38:19 EST
From: Shawnb5
Posted on: America Online

Hi:JMS If you do get this message your will probably give me a Kosh like answer. I belive that Valen And Sinclair share the same soul from the clues you left. But is that the same soul that also was in G-quan and Jesus Christ. And are the Vorlons basicly the servants of a higher power. Or I could be 1000 lightyears off. Thanks to you I spend way to much time trying to figure out what you are planing.

Subj: Re:I struck Out
Date: 95-12-22 23:19:33 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Never a trap door around when you need one.

jms
Subj: Re:Passing Through Gesthenem
Date: 95-12-22 23:20:47 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

“Little JMSses…?”

Nope. Had a vasectomy when I was 21. Wouldn’t be a good parent. Nope, this particular mutation ends right here….

jms
Subj: Re:Valen And Sinclair
Date: 95-12-22 23:21:33 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

You were on the right road, but skidded off at an important juncture; don’t worry, you won’t have too much longer to worry about this one.

jms
Subj: Re:B5 Universe Questions
Date: 95-12-23 02:38:55 EST
From: HFMoon
Posted on: America Online

<<In an atmosphere, you can develop a substantial shock wave. As the pressure lessens, there is a decreasing shock wave and an increasing radiation effect. In space, most of the explosion goes into radiation rather than physical force.>>

Sorry, but if a chemical reaction causes an explosive reaction(say, TNT), then just as much expanding gas is produced regardless of the medium in which the bomb explodes.

In an atmosphere, the shock wave is the result of the expanding gases(which expand in a compression wave) creating a compression wave in the air. In space, the shockwave is that initial compression wave still expanding. You are completely right that in a vacuum, the shock wave will become difuse much faster.
The shockwave from, say, 500 pounds of TNT, at a distance of, say, 150 feet(geez, I am estimating my a** off) will lift one off one’s feet and push one back a few dozen feet.
The shockwave from the same amount of TNT at the same distance in a vacuum would let you “hear” the boom, maybe push one away a little.

But there would BE a shockwave.

Subj: Re:Purim thoughts
Date: 95-12-23 02:49:06 EST
From: HFMoon
Posted on: America Online

<<Personally, I’d like to see Sinclair and Delenn celebrate Beltane (May Day) together, but that’s another story entirely. :-D\\\

HAHAHAHAHA! LOL!!!!! But then they’d have to air B5 on the Playboy channel or something… Tee hee…>>

But would Sinclair have to strap on the antlers and go a-running with the deer?

Subj: Starfuries…….
Date: 95-12-23 02:58:01 EST
From: HFMoon
Posted on: America Online

Just a quick little inquiry.

Who designed the Starfuries? I was just looking at my micromachine Starfurie and began admiring the way they present all six degrees of freedom(although I will admitt that the up-down axis looks a bit tricky).

Subj: The 4th Age of Mankind
Date: 95-12-23 03:50:44 EST
From: TrainmanAR
Posted on: America Online

Hi JMS!

I can’t help but notice that Sheridan and Delenn are more than just friends – or that Delenn is always one step ahead of Sheridan (she’s forever *literally* running after him with the answer to the question he’s pursuing so single-mindedly that he doesn’t want to stop to speak to her!) . Are these two destined to be “star-crossed lovers”? Maybe Delenn finds her true spiritual goal is not just to defeat the Shadows, but to bear a new race of human/Minbari beings (hence her transformation – although I think of it more as an “evolution”). Once the souls of deceased Minbari (currently reincarnating into human bodies) are reborn of a parent who has Minbari blood, perhaps the new race will usher in the 4th Age of Mankind?

Merry Christmas JMS! (And thank you and your talented actors for breathing life into such a complex and interesting universe!)

Lyn

Subj: Re:Previews
Date: 95-12-23 05:50:06 EST
From: Marc112345
Posted on: America Online

Thank You!
Thank You!
Thank You!

My hunger pains for more have been partially satiated.

Subj: Re:Fan Club?
Date: 95-12-23 06:14:59 EST
From: Marc112345
Posted on: America Online

What will be the result of registering?

Subj: Thank You & Merry Christmas
Date: 95-12-23 06:32:36 EST
From: Marc112345
Posted on: America Online

I wanted to thank you for a wonderful series. I look forward to watching each week and the quality of the storylines and the performances of the actors are excellent.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Marc

Subj: Kosh in the credits
Date: 95-12-23 11:22:06 EST
From: Dastari
Posted on: America Online

Since Kosh is playing such a major role in the series at this point, probably only to grow, shouldn’t Ardwight Chamberlain be put in the opening sequence? Just a thought.

-Damon

Subj: Mira’s past projects
Date: 95-12-23 18:51:07 EST
From: BlakeTV
Posted on: America Online

Here’s a strange question…

What were Mira (Delen) Furlan’s past acting credits? Specifically, was she in a movie called “Mindwalk”, an independent film that also starred Sam Waterson. The female lead looked just familiar enough and her voice was almost an exact match. Too bad I couldn’t catch the film’s credits. If any can receive the Bravo network and catch it next time it comes on, please let me know.

Thanks for one hellava show, JMS!

 

Subj: Re:Starfuries…….
Date: 95-12-23 19:50:50 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

The Starfury design comes from Ron Thornton, Steve Burg, me to a small extent, and John Copeland. John and Ron are, in particular, aviation nuts. What I said initially was that I wanted ships that would function within the parameters of real science, that would have thrusters on all sides for moving forward, backward, and sideways on a full x-y-z axis. Then the other guys took it from there and came back with the schematics, particularly Steve.

What’s interesting is that the design is so well thought out that we’ve received a number of inquiries from folks associated with NASA about the prospect of perhaps someday actually building working Starfuries, mainly as the space industry equivilent to fork lifts and heavy loaders, able to function just as the ones in the show function.

jms
Subj: Re:Kosh in the credits
Date: 95-12-23 19:52:02 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

SAG rules don’t allow for this kind of credit, as I understand them. Also, Kosh doesn’t appear in every episode, and the main title credits are reserved for regulars and contractual recurring actors.

jms
Subj: Re:Mira’s past projects
Date: 95-12-23 19:53:39 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Mira’s primary work prior to B5 was in her capacity as one of Yugoslavia’s premiere actors, where she won the Palm d’Or (sp) at Cannes. She’s done other work since, and a full list of her credits can be found in the B5 faq hereabouts.

jms
Subj: Re:Mira’s past projects
Date: 95-12-23 23:24:38 EST
From: STUDIO GO
Posted on: America Online

“Palme d’Or.”

Bruce

Subj: Question/Comment JMS
Date: 95-12-23 23:59:10 EST
From: Jmaniha
Posted on: America Online

First the question:

Will the people responsible for the destruction of the first 3 stations ever be revealed?

Now the comment:

Thank you so unbelievably much for Babylon 5. It is the best sci-fi show I have seen in a long time. It is so refreshing to see a show that does not treat its viewers as if they had an IQ of 3 or lower.

Kudos

John Maniha

Subj: About release to home viewin
Date: 95-12-24 00:29:57 EST
From: RuaxKodesh
Posted on: America Online

Y’know, I wonder…..

Whether it might not be appropriate to release B5 on CD for viewing on PCs (I mean Macs, of course, as that’s what I crawl webs with)?

This isn’t “I love Lucy,” or even “Star Trek,” (“Hornblower in Wagon Train to the Stars” according to The Great Bird of the Galaxy himself), both of which broke ground in their day. As a Trekkie from the age of 6 (1967), it rather pains me (Of course, I stopped believing in Spock and the tooth fairy on about the same day, so it ain’t too bad) to say that this is better. Maybe a technical leap into a new release medium would shake the marketing nits loose.

Subj: B5 on home video
Date: 95-12-24 03:02:33 EST
From: DaveShufon
Posted on: America Online

Has there been any movement lately at Warner Bros. regarding the release of B5 episodes on video?

I know it’s been mentioned before the great success Trek has had with selling videos – and all without diminishing ratings (probably boosting them!). But I think there’s another angle here that could make them even MORE helpfull to B5’s ratings. I think the fact that so much has been made of how B5 is a 5 year series telling a complete story, may be keeping some viewers from tuning in. I know that you’re very carefull to set up the episodes so that people can come in at any time and be able to pick up on the story. But for folks who are unfamiliar with the series, they may feel that since they missed the first two years there’s no point in starting it now. They may feel they’d be hopelessly lost. Heck, I’m not sure *I* would want to tune in to a 5 day mini-series on day 3 or 4!

However, if the first two seasons were released to video, people would at least know that they had a way to catch up on what they missed. Even if they didn’t run out and buy their own copies, they could rent the episodes they missed from their local video store. This would make people feel much more comfortable about coming in in the middle of the series. And because of that it would probably have an even more positive affect on the ratings than the Star Trek videos have had for them.

Subj: Re:Starfuries…….
Date: 95-12-24 05:22:01 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>> What’s interesting is that the design is so well thought out that we’ve received a number of inquiries from folks associated with NASA about the prospect of perhaps someday actually building working Starfuries, mainly as the space industry equivilent to fork lifts and heavy loaders, able to function just as the ones in the show function. <<
Now *that* is an honor.

 

Pum

Subj: JMS -Long term thinking?
Date: 95-12-24 10:16:35 EST
From: BORG68
Posted on: America Online

I’ve read somewhere that you have the entire Babylon 5 story plotline thought out, and that it would take five years to completely tell the story.

Considering that PTEN is interested in a fourth season because the ratings are so good, its a very good possibility that season five will a reality.

My question is this: If the story plot is complete after 5 seasons, does the completion of season five leave you with any options for a Babylon 5 feature film? I’ve heard that an X-files movie is being scripted for the big screen. If a new show like that can get backing for a feature film then Babylon 5 will definitely have the credibility to be considered for a movie.

Its possible.

Subj: Foundation Imaging
Date: 95-12-24 10:17:59 EST
From: BORG68
Posted on: America Online

Quick question: What other projects does Foundation Imaging work on and are they publicly traded?

Subj: Re:Kosh in the credits
Date: 95-12-24 11:59:58 EST
From: Dastari
Posted on: America Online

> SAG rules don’t allow for this kind of credit, as I understand them. Also, Kosh doesn’t appear in every episode, and the main title credits are reserved for regulars and contractual recurring actors.

jms<

SAG rules? Something…actors guild? I was just saying that since Kosh appears in alot of episodes, he should be in the credits IMO. Keffer appeared in what, maybe 4 stories last season, and he was in the credits. Maybe you should look at your notes and see how much you plan on using Kosh. Isn’t the minimum like 8 episodes to be in the main sequence? What is SAG? Thanks.

-Damon

Subj: SAG is,..
Date: 95-12-24 14:01:25 EST
From: StarFuryD4
Posted on: America Online

Screen Actor’s Guild
Dave

Subj: JMS: 2 questions
Date: 95-12-24 16:54:09 EST
From: DementoMan
Posted on: America Online

JMS – two quick questions.

1) I seem to remember that, in the pilot, everyone needed to strap themselves into these harness things on the transport cars (the ones that run along the station’s axis.) Now, of course, they don’t. What’s the deal?

2) Is there any chance at all of a VHS release of that “Making of B5″ documentary, hosted by Walter Koening, that aired a few years back?

 

Subj: Re:Question/Comment JMS
Date: 95-12-24 19:51:43 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Yeah, I think it’s fair to say that you’ll be learning more about the first 3 stations before the end of the season.

jms
Subj: Re:JMS -Long term thinking?
Date: 95-12-24 19:54:16 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Yeah, it’s possible, but the question is, is it *likely*? There’ve been casual discussions about a B5 feature, which would be shot between seasons 4 and 5 so that it would come out after the end of year 5 to sorta cap things off…but quite frankly, my gut says the odds are slim. For me, if we get all five years, and tell this story to its conclusion…then that’s the victory. Anything else is lagniappe.

jms
Subj: Re:Foundation Imaging
Date: 95-12-24 19:54:57 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

NO, FI is a private company; I know they’ve done some of the CGI work for DS9, for Viper, and they have their own project going now for ABC, Hypernauts.

jms
Subj: Re:JMS: 2 questions
Date: 95-12-24 19:56:11 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

The straps looked really dopey and were impossible to shoot around. So we put in hand rails and magstrips on the floor. No thoughts on the making of tape; it’s one of those “maybe, I dunno,” questions.

jms
Subj: Re:JMS: 2 questions
Date: 95-12-24 20:20:01 EST
From: TBrush1090
Posted on: America Online

I concur that the Core Shuttle passenger straps in the pilot looked really dopey. They were, however, a bit more practical appearing that the poorly seen handrails in the couches. In zero gravity, if I am not mistaken, it takes a considerable amount of effort to hold yourself in a sitting position if you are not actually strapped down into the chair.

Of course, “Fall of Night” appears to settle the gravity question; the shuttle is far enough from the axis so that the passengers do have some small amount of weight; I would really doubt it would be more than, say 0.1 g in the shuttle, though.

Subj: Re:To JMS re.the women
Date: 95-12-24 23:20:06 EST
From: Rick9719
Posted on: America Online

I have to wonder about people who want to see ‘handicapped’ people portrayed in Science fiction. My hope is that there won’t be many handicapped people around in the future because the medical technology will advanced to the point where we can cure blindness, nerve damage, ect. It depends on how far in the future you go, I suppose.

Subj: re: Season 4?
Date: 95-12-25 03:00:01 EST
From: JGibson879
Posted on: America Online

I’ve either read it here, or on some other forum, that Season 4 is pretty-much assured (for whatever that means to studio executives). I’d also like to know if there are going to be any more “guest” appearences by Michael O’Hare in the future (beyond those hinted for the end of this season)? I remember reading that O’Hare’s return to the cast on a full-time basis was and is pretty much out of the question (“h ard feelings” and schedules aside). Your comments and clarifications would be greatly appreciated.

Subj: JMS – Unfinished Business
Date: 95-12-25 14:50:49 EST
From: BBOvenGuy
Posted on: America Online

JMS:

You’ve mentioned recently that if Laurel Takashima had stayed around, she would have been the one who shot Garibaldi and was revealed as Control. Since she didn’t stay around, then presumably she’s out there on the Rim somewhere and STILL has an artificial personality riding around in her head. Will we ever hear anything of what happens to her, even in passing?

Also, B5’s original Doctor is still out there somewhere, and he knows what Vorlons really look like. Will we hear anything about him, too?

Just asking – I can’t wait to see where this road is going next…

Subj: Londo’s comment
Date: 95-12-25 20:40:05 EST
From: Jennif4183
Posted on: America Online

I was just wondering…..when thing are really happening to or around Londo…..
His main comment always seem to be referring to “Great Maker”???? Is he talking to you ??
jms ????? sounds like it sometimes :)
Jennifer–found out recently now assigned to Babylon 4??? Hummmmmmmm should I worry??

Subj: Re:JMS – Unfinished Business
Date: 95-12-25 23:59:41 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

The problem with bringing them back, of course, is that they have both moved on to other things, and Tamlyn in particular is doing mainly or exclusively features.

jms

Subj: Re:Londo’s comment
Date: 95-12-26 00:01:23 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

What happened was that from the start, I’d created the notion of the Great Maker as kind of the Prime Mover behind the Centauri pantheon of gods. Somewhere along the way, someone on the nets, it turns out, said, essentially, “Hey, I guess that makes jms the Great Maker.” And from that point on, the appellation has kinda stuck….

jms
Subj: Rasta, Raggae and Don King
Date: 95-12-26 20:45:07 EST
From: GigSims
Posted on: America Online

JMS, you’ve just taught me and OTRotrOTR a valuable lesson — never cross swords when you are unarmed. Your “I struck out” response was very funny — I, for one, will never underestimate your sense of humor again. Thanks.

Subj: Re:The Gathering
Date: 95-12-27 00:43:58 EST
From: RedQueen5
Posted on: America Online

Hate to go over the same old ground, but I recently got “The Gathering” on laserdisk, and was surprised to hear Londo say Sinclair was the last to command Babylon 5 (“its final commander”).
I also remember way back when you said that the story of Babylon 5 was basically the story of Sinclair.

I know, with Sinclair you could only do A, B, and C; but, with Sheridan you get to do A, B, C, and D! But still, obviously there was a drastic change in plans somewhere along the line, as this is a prewritten saga. Any light you could shed, other then what you have previously written, would be greatly appreciated (if only to maintain plot consistency with Londo’s comments in The Gathering).

For the record, I am very happy with Bruce Boxlightner , and actually enjoy both characters.

Thanks,
Red
Subj: Re:Now cut that out!
Date: 95-12-27 02:09:37 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>>Songo: start up a lobby. I’ll hand out the bribe money<<
That’s right, Senator, we were brutally beaten… (::here’s $100 now, if things go well, you’re looking at a new summerhome::) They got us in the middle of our message of peace and understanding..

” Can’t we all just get along? THHhhhhpppppbbt!~! >I-p”

Subj: Re:Starfuries…….
Date: 95-12-27 02:15:51 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

>>>> What’s interesting is that the design is so well thought out that we’ve received a number of inquiries from folks associated with NASA about the prospect of perhaps someday actually building working Starfuries, mainly as the space industry equivilent to fork lifts and heavy loaders, able to function just as the ones in the show function. <<
Now *that* is an honor<<
“Yeah, we’ll build your Starfuries… then your B5 station itself…. right after we finish ‘Station Freedom’, scheduelled for construction in ’93…..”

Subj: B5 ontology
Date: 95-12-27 15:15:39 EST
From: YaxPac
Posted on: America Online

First let me say that I think you have by far the best science fiction program ever on television, the aliens are fascinating in precisely the way something alien would be, but appear to share the same basic drives that sentience appears to have given us.

If I might make a small query about the exact nature of the universe in B5 however. It appears to me that some things in B5 (psi most specifically) posit that there is a metaphysical universe that is able to interact in some way with the physical universe. Yet on the other hand, many of the seemingly supernatural phenomena are ascribed to greater technical sophistication (technomages, the technical advancements of Varn’s people, etc.) than humans and others are capable of. In 19th century terms, is B5 taking place in a naturalistic universe, or in a world where the Kantian Numina are also real and interact with the phenomenological? I have nothing against either position, it would just help me to understand what the ground rules were.

Love the show.

 

Subj: Re:Without Makeup
Date: 95-12-27 18:16:32 EST
From: Altair56
Posted on: America Online

Insect crime boss..hmmmm.
What did happen to Nagreth?
Will he return in a future episode. I think he should!

Subj: Re:Fission…Fusion…BOOM!
Date: 95-12-27 18:43:08 EST
From: Altair56
Posted on: America Online

Fission and fusion both produce tremendous amounts of radiation!
Both are capable of detonation! BOOM!
The main difference is in the type of reactions and there ability to be harnnesed as a power source. Not to mention their waste products.
If anyone has conquered the sustaining thermal-fusion reaction problem, the FUSION ENERGY FOUNDATION would really like to hear from you. After more than 40 years of intense research, all they have are a few toys and a lot of data.

Subj: Re:Valen And Sinclair
Date: 95-12-27 20:43:52 EST
From: MAKagle
Posted on: America Online

You forget that jms is an athiest.

Subj: Re:Londo’s comment
Date: 95-12-27 20:52:17 EST
From: MAKagle
Posted on: America Online

I liked Joe Quan better.

Subj: JMS at 106+
Date: 95-12-27 22:22:34 EST
From: Willem
Posted on: America Online

>> Actually, I’m 40; by the time this show has run its course of all
>> five years, I’ll be 43 or 44. I figure that gives me 15, maybe 20
>> years of quality writing time left to do the plays and books I want
>> to do, and find something resembling a life.
>> jms

Writers write. A writer as gifted, inventive, and driven as you are may make it to 106 or better…but you’ll be telling stories with that last, rattling breath.

And (as I am the exact same age you are, and not NEARLY done yet) I hope I’ll be around doing the same thing in my own way…and spending my leisure hours listening to all the great stories *you* tell.

Guy (Willem) McLimore

Subj: Re:B5 ontology
Date: 95-12-27 22:43:24 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Well, there are a number of elements in this question. There are differences between what I believe, what the characters believe, and what may or may not fundamentally *be*. Telepathy has long been a part of legitimate SF; I tend to lump that under “well, could be possible someday, but not now, provided certain conditions are met and changes are made in the basic structure of human genetics.” So that one, for me, falls into a grey area.

As for the rest…souls, reincarnation, spirits, the metaphysical…just because some characters believe it, and do so quite sincerely, and are even able to use that in directing their own lives, does not necessarily mean it’s so. (Also doesn’t mean it ain’t.) Lots of folks believe in astrology, use it to direct their lives. Is it valid scientifically? For my money, no; the gravity of the attending physician is far stronger at birth than any of the planets. That they believe and act upon that belief, addressing it as real, doesn’t mean it *is* real.

Similarly, don’t take it as literal when someone, like Delenn, speaks of souls that the detached universe actually provides such things. They are beliefs, usually not dependent upon proofs but rather upon the exercise of faith. If someone put a gun to my head and said “Okay, look, writer-boy, is it true in the B5 universe or ain’t it?” I’d probably say no. But then, so much of reality is perceptually based, if Shroedinger and his cat are any indication….

jms
Subj: Re:Fission…Fusion…BOOM!
Date: 95-12-27 23:42:52 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>>Fission and fusion both produce tremendous amounts of radiation!
Both are capable of detonation! BOOM!<<

But *not* in the form of a fusion *reactor*. It simply doesn’t work that way

>>The main difference is in the type of reactions and there ability to be harnnesed as a power source. Not to mention their waste products.
If anyone has conquered the sustaining thermal-fusion reaction problem, the FUSION ENERGY FOUNDATION would really like to hear from you. After more than 40 years of intense research, all they have are a few toys and a lot of data.<<

The problem is essencialy a lack of *money*, not of knowledge. If researchers were given the funds they needed then in ten to fifteen year, no more then twenty, we’d have perfectly good nuclear power. Unfortunately, no politicial can see that far into the future.
Pumukl

Subj: toodles
Date: 95-12-27 23:45:24 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

Well, friends. it looks like I’ll be leaving for a while. I simply can’t seem to be able to keep up with my internet fees, and as long as I don’t have a job this will continue. Don’t worry. I’ll be online for the rest of the week, ad I’ll still have internet access at my school. But until I get some work I can’t come back to AOL. it was fun, and I’ll miss you all. I’ll be back as soon as I can.
Pumukl

Subj: Religion & B5
Date: 95-12-28 07:56:49 EST
From: HubertL905
Posted on: America Online

JMS…could you take a moment at this holiday period to comment on the obvious (at least to me) emphasis in your series on the religious aspects of the characters? It seems not an episode goes by wherin the mention or practice of a character(s)’ beliefs becomes part of the story line. I’m almost ready to sit my minister down in front of the tapes and make him watch the whole show (I’ll supply the popcorn, of course). ::> (alien smiley?)

Subj: Man in the machine
Date: 95-12-28 11:12:16 EST
From: LOlson7738
Posted on: America Online

Although I didn’t see the first season ep where Draal is taken into the machine on the planet, I was struck while watching TLTS by how similar that idea and imagery is with an episode of Doctor Who called The Keeper of Traken. In that situtation there is also a machine which needs a human in order to sustain the planet. The machine extends the human’s life span and powers of perception and I wondered if there was any connection knowing that Dr. Who often uses motifs and themes from other myths and stories – is there a common source for this image or is it just coincidence?

Laura

Subj: Re:ATTN: JMS Morden?
Date: 95-12-28 11:56:05 EST
From: RADAR 333
Posted on: America Online

At least until we all meet in the place where no shadaow fall.

Subj: Re:Previews
Date: 95-12-28 11:58:22 EST
From: RADAR 333
Posted on: America Online

Until the new shows start, can we PLEASE see the second season ender again???? I MISSED IT and it is driving me nuts.

Subj: new episodes
Date: 95-12-28 15:38:53 EST
From: Leathon
Posted on: America Online

When are the next new series of episodes coming out. Our UPN network is showing reruns just like everybody else and I have to admit it is nice to catch up on episodes that were run prior to UPN coming into Lubbock but is there a rough estimate on the new season lineup? By the way has anybody thought of a B5 computer game. I know there is the screen saver etc that is out but I work in a software store and a lot, I mean A LOT, of people are asking about a B5 game. Any chance?

Leathon

Subj: Geggy Tah
Date: 95-12-28 19:54:41 EST
From: GigSims
Posted on: America Online

JMS, have you ever heard of a band from LA called Geggy Tah? They do some really bizarre music that would go perfectly with a futuristic concert at B5 or even as a lounge band. Try something like this as background — I think that people would get a big kick out of it.

Subj: Re:Fission…Fusion…BOOM!
Date: 95-12-28 21:31:17 EST
From: Lifeform13
Posted on: America Online

I think politicians will only accept fusion research as wothwhile when they can have instant gratification. U.S. and Russia are not the only ones attacking the problem.
And, money hadn’t always been the problem.10- 15 years…20 at most….that was what was said 40 years ago when plasma physics was born. Thanks MIK-1.

That’s just what I’ve read for about 30 years from physicists around the world. If anyone knew for sure, we would have working models as we speak.
Subj: Re:Physics…ask JMS
Date: 95-12-29 00:20:38 EST
From: JHill52951
Posted on: America Online

I thought this was supposed to be ASK JMS and not a plasma physics discussion
If I wanted to know about fission, fusion, and boom, I would go to the library, as should anyone who does not understand what they are talking about.

So, come on guys! Get with the subject here: Ask JMS your questions

John

Subj: Re:Post to rastb5 (re:Who Wo
Date: 95-12-29 02:21:23 EST
From: Yvka
Posted on: America Online

One of the main draws for me to AOL was the B5 site and the fact that jms is here. I, too, got so sick of the crap on the usenets that I couldn’t deal, so here I am with a subscription to AOL just to keep up on my favorite show. Oh, well…..

Subj: Re:Thanks#2
Date: 95-12-29 02:22:22 EST
From: Yvka
Posted on: America Online

Ditto, kiddo.

Subj: Re:Religion & B5
Date: 95-12-29 02:28:41 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Without getting bogged down into this area, since there’s already another folder for this here, suffice to say that as a writer, I have an obligation to look at *all* aspects of society and how they will translate into the future. If I am to do that honestly, then some aspects — religion, capital punishment, politics — will still be there in varying degrees, and of varying importance to the characters. There’s no attempt at a pro-religion message here, particularly since I’m an atheist.

jms
Subj: Re:new episodes
Date: 95-12-29 02:30:00 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Expect the next batch of new episodes to show up around January 27th, or a bit earlier, depending on your market.

jms
Subj: Marcus and The Shadows
Date: 95-12-29 06:47:31 EST
From: Peredur7
Posted on: America Online

In the first show w/marcus he states he joined the Rangers because a family member was killed in a shadow attack a few years ago. Isn’t this inconsitent with what we have seen so far? I thought the only humans w/previous shadow contact are the survivors of the Icarus? (and any others like him that you may have lurking about!) And Marcus’ statement seems to imply that the incident w/the shadows happened some time ago, giving him enough time to find out about the ranger movement, enlist, and become very adept.
If I seem overly critical, it is because this is the FIRST thing in your show that I have trouble buying easily. I love the show and look for a logical explanation here, as well, since the whole thing seems to be well thought out.

Thanks,
Rick

Subj: We–East end
Date: 95-12-29 18:46:24 EST
From: Songokuten
Posted on: America Online

JMS, in the recent rerun of Comes the Inquisitor, I noticed that Sheridan was dubbed over at the time he said the infamous geographical flub (neverminding the 18 pound cat).
Did you really go back and change the tape for such a small error?
If you try to keep so high a level of perfection, your hair won’t last the remaining two years…

I’m just waiting foe the bomb episode. Will Garibaldi be dubbed over so that he now says “the bomb is in the fission part of our thermal-fusion reactor…” instead of saying just “the fusion reactor”?
does anyone even really care about a sub-atomic misnomer?

Subj: JMS>> Alien ???
Date: 95-12-29 20:05:58 EST
From: StarFuryD4
Posted on: America Online

Joe,

Over and over again, we are given a passing glimpse of an alien(?) being which wears a (USAF)flight-mask looking headgear. I’ve checked back over my recorded Eps., and it appeared in C&L, among others. Is there any info you can give on this one?

Thanks,

Dave

Subj: Re:Marcus and The Shadows
Date: 95-12-29 20:24:28 EST
From: MythoPhile
Posted on: America Online

<<In the first show w/marcus he states he joined the Rangers because a family member was killed in a shadow attack a few years ago.>>
This is one thing that’s gotten VERY confusing this season. All of a sudden everyone’s known about the Shadows, in whispers, for years – and it seems the existence of the Rangers was similarly rumored for years. I REALLY feel as if we’ve missed something. A kind of a cheesy retcon where suddenly important things’ve happened in the past, off camera, that are inconsistent with the spirit of everyone’s knowledge in season one and two. Did an alien probe come along on Jan 1, 2260 and give everyone shadowy, retroactive memories of the Rangers and shadows?
The only thing more confusing than this is who knows what at this point. Without getting started on that Trek moment where Susan “just knows” about the Rangers, who knows about the alliance with Draal? Who knows what Kosh looks like? etc. B5 is built on everyone having secrets and all of a sudden it’s VERY confusing who’s in on what.

Subj: Re:Fission…Fusion…BOOM!
Date: 95-12-29 23:57:30 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>>I think politicians will only accept fusion research as wothwhile when they can have instant gratification. U.S. and Russia are not the only ones attacking the problem.
And, money hadn’t always been the problem.10- 15 years…20 at most….that was what was said 40 years ago when plasma physics was born. Thanks MIK-1.

>>That’s just what I’ve read for about 30 years from physicists around the world. If anyone knew for sure, we would have working models as we speak.
>
>

Whelp, if money wasn’t the problem before it sure is now. The majority of fusion research was conducted by Princeton up until this point. Unfortunately, they had to shut down their reactor due to radiation contamination (fully expected. They were using Deuterium). Now their prob is that there’s no funding to build a a new reactor that will use tritium (I’m probably spelling that wrong. It’s the third-type hydrogen atom.) With a tritium reactor they could run effective tests and work out the rest of the bugs. It aint gonna happen. Not until politicians stop sitting with their thumbs up their butts and start looking ahead a little.
Pumukl

Subj: Re:Physics…ask JMS
Date: 95-12-29 23:58:52 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

>>I thought this was supposed to be ASK JMS and not a plasma physics discussion
If I wanted to know about fission, fusion, and boom, I would go to the library, as should anyone who does not understand what they are talking about.

So, come on guys! Get with the subject here: Ask JMS your questions<<

Well, the whole thread started around a debate over what a bomb on B5’s fusion reactor would *really* do to the station. It sort of mutated, but JMS has yet to answer.

Pumukl

Subj: Countdown to leaving
Date: 95-12-30 00:01:57 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

Two more days. . . . .

Subj: Did the Minbari role change?
Date: 95-12-30 01:13:18 EST
From: KING SHADE
Posted on: America Online

Hi there!

I just re-watched the first season of B5, and a few things came up that I was curious about.

The feelings that I got from the threads running through the story lines was that the minbari and Delenn had something bad in mind for Sinclair ( as in SOul hunter when

Subj: eep..hit the post button early
Date: 95-12-30 01:20:41 EST
From: KING SHADE
Posted on: America Online

Oops, sorry for the unfinished post!

Anyway, I was trying to point out that it seemed that the minbari were up to no good and using Sinclair, there was even the scene in which they threatned to kill sinclair if he found out about what happened to him.

I was curious if by Sinclair leaving, the role of the minbari changed from what was originally planned, or is there something bad about the minbari that we don’t yet know?

Let me also add my congratualtions to you on the best show on TV. Its the only show that I really can’t wait to see!

I am really looking foward to seeing the new shows at the end of January. I am an animal rights activist, and all this month I will be working against a major hunt of tame deer here in New Jersey, and about the time thats through, the new episodes will air. I’ll need them to relax after all that!

Stu Chaifetz

 

Subj: to jms re garibaldi/doyle
Date: 95-12-30 02:55:41 EST
From: Kwl22
Posted on: America Online

Hi,
I think it’s great that you keep up with your viewers here – it’s my first visit, and I went directly to the garibaldi folder, before I discovered that this is where you hang out. So forgive me, but I will just copy the post I left there. I don’t have time tonight to catch up on this entire thread, but wanted to make sure I left this where you’d see it – and thanks again for a great show!

kwl22

Subj: Re: Garbaldi’s Demise
Date: 95-12-30 02:12:12 EST
From: Kwl22

Just in case jms, and/or all the powers in charge, take a look at these comments, I will not lurk, for once, but speak up with all who think garibaldi (& actor who portrays him) is a major continuing attraction to this series. If he left, so would I, as a viewer. Please keep him around, and keep developing the dimensions of his character. The episode(s) which showed his alcoholic relapse allowed him to exhibit depth, flaws, struggles, not only macho-security-guy perfection. We like him, we like him. keep him!
Thanks for a show which has turned into a real “contender”.
kwl22

Subj: Re:Marcus and The Shadows
Date: 95-12-30 05:47:35 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

The background on all this is something that I want to get into in the comic, which will have a 4-part arc dealing with Marcus, and his background. (Some elements of this, though, may be a bit clearer soon on their own.)
jms
Subj: Re:We–East end
Date: 95-12-30 05:48:56 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

The west/east thing was a typo; as soon as it was brought to my attention, it *had* to be changed; I couldn’t go through the rest of my life with that haunting me.

jms
Subj: Re:eep..hit the post button
Date: 95-12-30 05:50:51 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

There’s not something *bad* about the Minbari, as such…but one element that you don’t have yet, which is coming in this season’s two-parter.

jms
Subj: New Episodes
Date: 95-12-30 08:51:06 EST
From: Jakeson II
Posted on: America Online

The Lurker’s Guide schedules new episodes through 2-29-96, the ninth episode of season 3. Will we only see 5 new episodes or will this schedule be updated? When will the new batch of episodes be shown after the January-February batch? Any words on if Season 1 and the Gathering might be repeated? Will we keep seeing the same repeats, over and over again like the summer during season two?

Subj: B5 at midnight
Date: 95-12-30 10:45:47 EST
From: TEKMINATOR
Posted on: America Online

I’m a big B5 fan and I live in Plantation, Florida. The TV station that shows B5 is WDZL 39, and in todays episode they ran a message at the bottom of the screen, saying that in January 20 B5 will be moved to Saturdays at midnight. They did similar thing to TIMETRAX and it was later dropped, I’m afraid they will do the same thing to B5. I would love to know why they are moving Babylon 5 to Saturdays at midnight? Because Saturdays nights people are out, especially me.

TEKMINATOR

Subj: TechnoMage
Date: 95-12-30 13:40:10 EST
From: Lifeform13
Posted on: America Online

Do yo plan on having them reappear?

Subj: ETA to my goodbye
Date: 95-12-30 15:26:50 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

Whelp, only one more day (not counting this one) ’till I take my extended absence of this place.
Pumukl
Who just discovered there was a Narn prophet of leaving, named G’bye

Subj: Re:Physics…ask JMS
Date: 95-12-30 15:35:29 EST
From: Altair56
Posted on: America Online

What a can of worms I opened. I’m sorry I responded. I only said what I know about the subject…especially since Princeton’s TOKAMAK produced 10.7MW in late 94. I thought for sure that was just the beginnig. Again, I’m sorry for the worms.

Subj: Re:Religion & B5
Date: 95-12-30 19:38:54 EST
From: Chmn meow
Posted on: America Online

You are an Atheist? I find that difficult to believe. I don’t mean to be insulting, but considering the religious messages in the show I am puzzled. I’ve enjoyed your show in the fact that in your future you do not ignore religion, vilify it or relegate it to a backwater of society. I like the positive religious messages in many of the episodes and the positive portrail of religion in the show. It appears that religion will have a future despite many detractors predictions to the contrary. I appreciate the efforts of you and your writers to present this positive message.

Subj: B5 and the UN
Date: 95-12-30 19:46:11 EST
From: Chmn meow
Posted on: America Online

What I have really enjoyed about the show is the allegory which parrellels present controversary surrounding the UN. In my work with the UN Association, and listening to various commentary with the contemporary media, I have found that the UN has been vilified in the press despite pollsters findings to the contrary. I found the episode “And Now For a Word” especially interesting. I can see the 60 Minutes disparaging portraial of the UN as an inspiration for that particular episode.
The allegory can be seen in the Narn (shades of Bosnia), Centauri (shades of Russia) and several other aspects of the show.
What I might ask of JMS is– do you observe these aspects i have mentioned and draw inspiration from them?

Subj: Re:We–East end
Date: 95-12-30 20:40:25 EST
From: MythoPhile
Posted on: America Online

<< The west/east thing was a typo; as soon as it was brought to my attention, it *had* to be changed; I couldn’t go through the rest of my life with that haunting me.>>
Frankly, it was better before. Anyone can mis-speak and, Sebastian, taken by surprise, suddenly had more important things on his mind than correcting Sheridan’s boo-boo. The dub-over looks kinda cheesy and detracts from the scene. Why didn’t you just film a close-up of Sheridan saying the new words and edit it in? Focus in on his lips if you have to. Sheesh, it sounds like Bruce’s talking into a tin can.

Subj: comic
Date: 95-12-30 21:10:57 EST
From: Mr PBody1
Posted on: America Online

JMS,
I know there are two new books comming, but is the comic comming back?

Subj: Re:eep..hit the post button
Date: 95-12-30 21:23:22 EST
From: Irelandc
Posted on: America Online

Re: opposing the hunt….Right on Stu!!!

Chris

Subj: Re:New Episodes
Date: 95-12-31 00:27:13 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Yeah, I think it’s five in the next batch through the end of Februray, then some reruns, then new ones again come around April, leading into the May sweeps; my guess is we’ll probably do a larger batch at that time, maybe 7 or 8 episodes. The reruns will be mainly year 3, though down the road a bit they’ll probably drop in some year two eps. They still think that if they show year one reruns, viewers will get confused, and fall down, seeing a different CO running B5.

jms
Subj: Re:B5 at midnight
Date: 95-12-31 00:28:29 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

I can’t answer about local programming; if you’re curious about this, your best bet is to call WDZL and ask them; they only respond to local calls when they put together their schedules.

jms
Subj: Re:Religion & B5
Date: 95-12-31 00:32:11 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

“You are an atheist? I find that difficult to believe.”

Why? Need one actually *believe* in Minbari to write about them? I don’t need to *believe* in any particular belief to write about people who do, as honestly as I would write about a scientist (as someone who barely can handle math). It’s simply a question of the integrity of the work. There seems to be this notion in the public consciousness that if one is an atheist, one hates religion, is out to destroy it, but nothing could be further from the truth for 90% of folks who don’t happen to Believe in one thing or another. We kinda like to be left alone, and our choice respected, and in return, we respect the rights of others to believe. This, to me, seems eminently fair. The day someone moves to shut down all the churches, I’ll be first in line to fight it; and I’d hope that believers would act the same way should the day ever come when differing opinions are ever legislated against. (Which doesn’t seem likely, but what do I know…?)

jms
Subj: Re:B5 and the UN
Date: 95-12-31 00:33:12 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Yeah, I think it’s fair to say that some aspects of the political situation mirror real life scenarios (which is what makes them interesting), and the UN is certainly a part of that, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say that it’s a polemic for any one organization, no.

jms
Subj: Re:We–East end
Date: 95-12-31 00:34:26 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

What you suggest, we can’t do…it means going back, re-editing the episode, re-lighting that sequence, bringing in the other actor…the costs are just beyond our capacity. And whatever we got wouldn’t, visually, be as good as the original performance.

jms
Subj: Skipping “The Fall”?
Date: 95-12-31 03:55:02 EST
From: OwlGrandma
Posted on: America Online

A curious thing — I noticed in the TV guide that next week’s episode would be a rerun of “Matters of Honor.” What happened “The Fall of Night?” Is this schedule national or just a local phenomenon of the Portland, Oregon market? Doesn’t it seem short-sighted to skip the Season 2 finale? Tell me it’s not so. I’m as anxious as anyone else to see the new episodes coming in February, but this scheduling doesn’t make sense to me.

Of the four held-over Season 2 eps, this one is by far the strongest. In terms of drama, performance, special effects, historical resonance, and importance to the story arc, “Fall” surely rates as one of the best of B5. Why waste all that effort by showing it only once, especially after we were treated to “Hunter, Prey” for the umpteenth time?

Surely it will confuse new viewers (and I know of at least one) who hope to use the reruns to “get into” the B5 universe. Without “Fall” they will miss the unvailing of Kosh, the demise of Keffer, and the first media-confirmed appearance of the shadows. Then “Matters of Honor” begins with a direct reference to Kosh’s appearance and goes on to detail the investigation of the mysterious shadow ship. This is programming?

Comments?

OwlGma

Subj: Re:New Episodes
Date: 95-12-31 08:12:32 EST
From: Jakeson II
Posted on: America Online

Jms-
Thank you for your response
How about showing first year episodes as “Classic Babylon 5 Episodes”– send out a poll of people’s five favorite episodes from season one and then replay these– no one will care about the difference in the commander.

Subj: Season Two Repeats
Date: 95-12-31 08:16:05 EST
From: Jakeson II
Posted on: America Online

The last batch of episodes that were repeated from Season Two included “Hunter, Prey” and 3/4 of the Lost Four. How about a rerun block, when reruns come on including “There all the hOnor LIes,” “And Now for a Word,” “In the Shadow of Z’Ha’dum,” “Knives,” “Confessions and Lamentations,” and “The Fall of Night?” How many times can we see “Divided Loyalties” and the “Inquisitor?”

Subj: Re:Religion & B5
Date: 95-12-31 10:51:59 EST
From: MAKagle
Posted on: America Online

As a fellow athiest…

Will you ever have Garibaldi express this?

Subj: Re:To JMS re.the women
Date: 95-12-31 11:44:06 EST
From: CrazyMama
Posted on: America Online

Enough already. As a female fan, I did not mind the lesbian innuendo & wouldn’t mind if it continued on in the background, but it is not of such major import…Quit harping on it Troi!

Subj: Re:B5 at midnight
Date: 95-12-31 11:56:07 EST
From: CrazyMama
Posted on: America Online

Ditto. We live in Fort Lauderdale and are equally miffed about the move to Midnight. Currently B5 airs at 8 on Fridays & is a perfect double feature with the X-files at 9p.m. Is B5 doomed in South Florida? Is this the handwriting on the wall in terms of impending cancellation? Will we have to wait until 2004 when the laserdiscs are finally pressed?

Subj: Re:Season Two Repeats
Date: 95-12-31 12:44:42 EST
From: RADAR 333
Posted on: America Online

I AGREE!!! lets see “The Fall Of Night” AGAIN!!!!!! GOD, I have left 3 messages on several different folders begging for this, and NO ONE can seem to answer me!!! Can I help it if I am a LOYAL fan who wants to see the ONE show he missed? <banging head on monitor> I will weedle and wine till I get an answer.

Subj: Re:New Episodes
Date: 95-12-31 12:49:08 EST
From: RADAR 333
Posted on: America Online

AHHHH so you dont know which re-runs will air?

Subj: Monks & 5 Years
Date: 95-12-31 17:14:03 EST
From: PRHELT
Posted on: America Online

Monks: What religious group if any are they attached to?
5 Years: When you say the show is set for a five year run are you making the pilot the first year?
Where ever the Monks came from I want to say thank you for adding them. I am an Evangelical Christian and so are several friends of mine who watch B5. All other Sci-fi shows show a future in which there is no religion(or at least not religion as we know it). I find your view to be much more believeable. When Christians are seen in other Sci-fi ( or any shows for that matter ) they are generally shown as misguided, dishonest, or not very intelligent. I find this very offensive as I have a Doctorate in my field and so do quite a few of my Evangelical friends, and we are all honest, and the same God guides us that has guided many of the great men of history. You have done what few shows dare to do, which is show the importance of Religion. You have also made the religious characters intelligent and well respected.
I love the way that the show unfolds slowly over 5 years. I guess I like that as the Bible unfolds the same way.(Example: You get a hint of a Saviour in Gen. 3:15 but it is a long time until He arrives). B5 runs the same way. Something I see in one episode doesn’t mean much at the time but a year later I will finally figure out where it is going. You keep me waiting for the next show to see where it is going.
Thanks Again And Keep Up The Great Shows
PRHelt@aol.com

Subj: Re: Repeats
Date: 95-12-31 19:51:33 EST
From: Lraymer
Posted on: America Online

JMS,
From another avid fan who missed the series pilot and first season. I get the impression from responses I have skimmed that Warner thinks we would be “confused” if they repeated season 1 episodes instead of endlessly repeating season 2 and I guess now, season 3 episodes? I for one, am dying to see the first season episodes, and pilot. I certainly would prefer to see episodes that I have never seen in place of the same episodes over and over again! I imagine that all of us ‘newbies’ have similar feelings! What can I, as a veiwer, do to encourage Warner to reconsider this poor judgement call?

Subj: Re: Repeats
Date: 95-12-31 20:11:45 EST
From: Kath093
Posted on: America Online

I agree with Lraymer. I would like to see the pilot and the whole first half of season one that I missed. And I’d like to think that I’m intelligent enough to figure out the reason for the differences in the commanders.

Kathy
Subj: Re:Season Two Repeats
Date: 96-01-01 00:47:07 EST
From: DaveShufon
Posted on: America Online

>The last batch of episodes that were repeated from Season Two included “Hunter, Prey” and 3/4 >of the Lost Four. How about a rerun block, when reruns come on including “There all the hOnor >LIes,” “And Now for a Word,” “In the Shadow of Z’Ha’dum,” “Knives,” “Confessions and >Lamentations,” and “The Fall of Night?” How many times can we see “Divided Loyalties” and >the “Inquisitor?”

Well, all the other episodes you mentioned have already been shown twice, but both “Divided Loyalties” and “Inquisitor” had only been shown once before this recent block of repeats. So I can see why they chose to repeat those instead of the others.

Also, JMS isn’t the one to complain to about the sequencing of repeats. He’s said before that he has NO control over that at all. PTEN calls all the shots as far as scheduling goes.

Subj: Re:Season Two Repeats
Date: 96-01-01 00:54:48 EST
From: DaveShufon
Posted on: America Online

>I AGREE!!! lets see “The Fall Of Night” AGAIN!!!!!! GOD, I have left 3 messages on several >different folders begging for this, and NO ONE can seem to answer me!!! Can I help it if I am a >LOYAL fan who wants to see the ONE show he missed? <banging head on monitor> I will >weedle and wine till I get an answer.

You’re whining and weedling to the wrong person here. JMS has said many times before that he doesn’t call the scheduling shots. PTEN decides when the new episodes will be shown, when there will be repeats, and which episodes will be repeated.

I agree with you 100% about showing “TFoN” again, but I don’t think it does any good to get upset at JMS over this. Now if PTEN had an email address (or if we had the snail mail address), we could flood them with our requests and maybe that would accomplish something.

Subj: Re:Monks & 5 Years
Date: 96-01-01 01:10:23 EST
From: DaveShufon
Posted on: America Online

>Monks: What religious group if any are they attached to?

If I’m remembering right, they’re Dominican monks.

Subj: Re:Monks & 5 Years
Date: 96-01-01 01:57:28 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Thanks. All I’m doing with any religion or any other aspect of the show is portraying the characters honestly; hope you’ll stick with it if from time to time that leads into other areas from time to time. No agenda, just storytelling.

jms
Subj: Re:Religion & B5
Date: 96-01-01 01:58:20 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

If it were to become relevant to the story for Garibaldi to express this, I probably would. So far, except for bits and pieces, it hasn’t come up.

jms
Subj: Re:Religion & B5
Date: 96-01-01 03:58:37 EST
From: Fionnha
Posted on: America Online

Don’t let ’em get to ya, JMS. Alien religions SHOULD be mysterious and mystical. Otherwise
they wouldn’t be alien. Tell the writers to make them even MORE alien. Besides, why are you
up on the board at this time on New Year’s? No hot Hollywood Parties? I think you just like us
better….

Subj: Re:Religion & B5
Date: 96-01-01 06:22:16 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

“No hot Hollywood parties?”

I will confess that I don’t really fit in with that crowd. I generally only go to two parties a year, both of them B5 parties (christmas party and wrap party). I have no personal or social life that has yet been detected by modern science.

jms
Subj: CDR Ivanova’s Last Name
Date: 96-01-01 06:39:33 EST
From: SMYERT
Posted on: America Online

What is Commander Ivanova’s last name? Many Russians have a first name (or imya), a middle name ( or otchestvo), and a last name. The middle name is usually patronymic, i.e. the middle name is a derivative of the first name of the father. For males, the patronymic usually ends in -ich; for example, Peter Khomich (whose father was named Ivan) would be called Pyotr Ivanovich Khomich. The patronymic for females would be -ova or ovna; for example, Katrina Pasturnak (whose father was named Peter) would be called Katrina Petrovna Pasturnak. This suggests that Commander Susan Ivanova uses her patronymic as her last name. So, does she have a last name?

P.S. I truly enjoy your series and I look forward to the next seasons.

SMYERT

Subj: JMS about Gravity
Date: 96-01-01 12:21:19 EST
From: YarlanZey
Posted on: America Online

I posted this in the B5 Technology section. I copied it here.

In order to provide artificial gravity in a ship, wouldn’t it require the removal of inertia as part of the equation. If this is true, then a ship could be move through space with an inertialess drive. Having no inertia would allow a ship to move without the need for vector thrusting. All movement could be performed with a move, stop, change direction, move, stop, etc format. This would mean that you could move at max speed from a standing stop or stop from max speed.

Alternatively, a gravity generator would be set up only to hold people to a relative down and would not be used for inertia compensation. Pretty stupid huh? This alternative sounds too much like Star Trek.

Subj: bye
Date: 96-01-01 12:40:43 EST
From: PUMUKL
Posted on: America Online

Whelp this is it. I’m gone

 

 

bye.
Pumukl

Subj: Re:Religion & B5/JMS
Date: 96-01-01 12:52:57 EST
From: Mikabusky
Posted on: America Online

I seem to fall into the same category that you do on the social/personal life thing. I think it was a scrapped ‘X-File’ episode story line.

I remember seeing Garibaldi reading a copy of “Universe Today” & remembering that EVERY article headline was touched on in that ep. or a later on. BRAVO!! Great tracking. My first comment upon realizing this was, “I’ll be damned! He really is tracking this. Wow!” I tend to be a real detail person. [A friend gave me a button that said: “Does ‘anal retentive’ have a hyphen? How about a colon?”]

I also noticed that the blue line around Delenn’s finger disappeared after the pilot, as did the whole ring thing. Will this ever be touched on again? or was this something that got lost due to production constrictions/change of the character (visually speaking, that is)?

You all are doing a FABULOUS JOB!! B5 is the touchstone of Science Fiction Television.

When I 1st saw the previews I was hooked/addicted. With ST:TNG, it had to prove itself. I’ve never been so jazzed to see a new series in my life. Thanks for bringing a great story, cast, crew, & show into my life of TV viewing! You guys are GREAT!! Keep up the terrific work. Let’s pray the higher-ups keep the show on for the full 5 yrs.

As Ivanova said (when she found out that Garibaldi was agnostic), “Then I’ll say half a prayer.”

<*>

Subj: Going to where B5 is
Date: 96-01-01 13:31:49 EST
From: DRS1348
Posted on: America Online

Dear JMS –

Here in Asheville NC, the local station dropped B5 after season 2. The show means enough to me that I was determined to keep seeing it. Using Sheridan’s “can do” attitude for a model, here’s what I do:

Each Sunday evening, when a new episode is shown on a Charlotte station, I set up a power inverter, a small TV, and my VCR in my car. Then I drive to the outskirts of Shelby – about 80 miles from here – and tape the show in a convenience store parking lot. This means seeing it in black & white the first time, getting home at about 2AM Monday, and (once) assuring a sheriff’s deputy that I wasn’t up to no good.

The question of whether this is worth it entered my mind just once, and only for about ten seconds. I am autistic, and any time I find something I can learn from – and (dare I say in this case) believe in – I’ve got to go for it. This show deserves support, and could be said to choose its fans as much as the fans choose it. So *of course* it’s worth the effort.

I know that copying tapes and so on is illegal. But what about, say, showing an episode after a science fiction club meeting? There are probably other fans in Asheville who would like to keep up. Is this allowable?

Thanks again for doing what you believe in. It is making a difference.

– Dave Spicer

Subj: Re:CDR Ivanova’s Last Name
Date: 96-01-01 13:59:26 EST
From: BKnight255
Posted on: America Online

I think her father’s last name was Ivanov. I forget what his first name was.

Subj: Con Appearances
Date: 96-01-01 14:51:42 EST
From: ConMagic
Posted on: America Online

Just a quick question- how can I contact you concerning your appearance at our Con. This is the first time I’ve posted so if i”m committing a breach of etttiquette in some way please forgive me.
If you can’t appear in person would you apper online to answer questions?
I love the show and have been an avid fan since day one. It’s high time that we’ve had a show that causes you to think instead of sitting there mindlessly watching.
thanks for any and all info I can get.

Subj: Re:We–East end
Date: 96-01-01 15:33:08 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

Saw it last night- it was an obvious dub. However, I must say that I am truly impressed by your dedication to go back and fix it.

Of course, you could have used the old Clutch Cargo method for that one word… :)

Subj: Re:New Episodes
Date: 96-01-01 15:34:31 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

I for one missed the last 6 episodes of the first season because of funky local scheduling. I would very much like to see the B4 episode before we get to that point in the arc.

Subj: Re:Religion & B5
Date: 96-01-01 15:44:04 EST
From: SHedr24734
Posted on: America Online

Its not just the Alien religions that should be mysterious.

I remember a Tom Baker Dr Who episode in which the Doctor did something that appalled his compantion- she called it “inhuman”- and he rightfully pointed out that he wasn’t human. The Colin Baker episodes to me especially showed a moral structure that was distinctly non-human.

In one of the current Superman annuals, in a Year One stroy, Superman is asked by a race of pacifists to defend their planet. When he did so, eventually wiping out the alien armada, the people he saved said “Thanks- now leave”. They couldnt stand the sight of one so violent even though he did what was necessary to save them. Back at Earth, another branch of the aliens he had stopped decided to attack Earth. Once again he saves the day, and finds the alien leader just before he dies. It turns out that BOTH sets of aliens wanted peace- the first pacifists by not fighting at all, the second by killing all life so there would be nobody to fight. They both wanted the same thing, but had very different means of fulfilling that end.

It was a sobering issue. ANd many episodes of B5 end in the same way. However, I would get very annoyed if a lot of things, a lot of issues were left up to the viewer. I want to see what the writer thought about the issue brought up.

Subj: Talia & Athiestism
Date: 96-01-01 16:19:15 EST
From: WifeAgain
Posted on: America Online

I believe you once said Talia was gone, which makes sense since what happened to her was probably the same thing that happens to a criminal when he/she is “mindwiped”. But I find that possibility (Mindwipe) hard to believe/accept. To accept that a person’s personality could be entirely wiped out you must believe that only a person’s environment affects them, not heredity or (and here’s my point) the soul. Not that a person/soul could not be redeemed, but I find it difficult to swallow that all traits/beliefs or innate actions could be removed. Is that what happened to Brother Edward? On another subject, I know you state you are an athiest. I would be interested in knowing the reasoning for this belief. You may e-mail me if you wish. Thank you for a very enjoyable story and many memorable episodes.

Subj: Re:CDR Ivanova’s Last Name
Date: 96-01-01 20:32:05 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

You’re quite right; the name of Susan’s father is her middle name, modified in its suffix. So since his name was Andrei, I *believe* (my notes on this are at the office) it’s Susan Andreovna Ivanova.

jms
Subj: Re:Religion & B5/JMS
Date: 96-01-01 20:35:16 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Thanks. Yeah, I drop things like the Universe Today headlines here and there so that when the episodes are rerun, they’ll somewhat jump out at people, and show that we really have been planning this stuff ‘way in advance and following through on it all. And we’re still doing it; we keep popping in commercials here and there for Interplanetary Expeditions (mentioned in “Infection,” and commercials shown in “Gethsemane” and “And Now For a Word”), ’cause we need to keep that alive for various nefarious reasons….

jms
Subj: Re:Going to where B5 is
Date: 96-01-01 20:37:11 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Dave: ….wow. I’m stunned. The effort you’ve gone through is probably the highest compliment we have or can ever receive. Thank you.

To your question, I can’t see anything wrong with showing it at a local SF club meeting, as long as no actual screening fee is charged. (This is generally the case, as I understand it.)

Thanks again….

jms
Subj: Re:Con Appearances
Date: 96-01-01 20:37:54 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Basically, just send email to my address here re: conventions, and we’ll take it from there.

jms
Subj: Re:Talia & Athiestism
Date: 96-01-01 20:45:56 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

More and more, chemicals in the brain are being found which influence our behavior, and which science seeks to moderate or control. In another 250 years, it’s possible that we will have enough information on-hand to chemically “flush” one’s memory — which exists mainly as chemicla/electric impulses encoded in the synaptic gaps, in fluid or cellular form — and encode another set of memories. I can’t say if its’ *likely*, but I can offer that it’s *possible*.

“On another subject, I know you state you are an athiest. I would be interested in knowing the reasoning for this belief.”

Well, of course, it *isn’t* a belief, it’s a *lack* of belief. Lots of people try to make atheism into a religion by saying it’s a person concluding, “I believe there is no god.” Thus, to them, it becomes a belief. But if that’s the case, then every time someone says, about a new contract, or a new TV show, “I’ll believe it when I see it,” that that’s suddenly a belief system, a belief in non-Contractism. Which is, of course, silly. If I say I don’t believe there are green penguins at the North Pole, I’m not a “believer in non-green-penguinism.”

I’ve just never found a deity that was especially worth believing in, or one that was credibly better or nobler than the average human being.

That said, I’d suggest that any further inquiries of this go into the B5/religion topic, since my thoughts on this subject really don’t belong here.

jms
Subj: Where are you JMS
Date: 96-01-01 21:05:09 EST
From: Fionnha
Posted on: America Online

My Directory function is Clocking me out. Tell me how to email you. I’m Fionnha @AOL.com

Subj: Thanks JMS #?
Date: 96-01-01 21:06:16 EST
From: Chmn meow
Posted on: America Online

So many people have said thanks to you I don’t know what number this is. I appreciate you responding to my posts concerning B5 and the UN and religion. I have endured so much in my appreciation of the UN (including one very bad incident where I confronted some demenstrators defacing the UN flag in 1994). I am not a rabid supporter of the UN, but I think it is underappreciated by this country.
As far as religion is concerned, your comments gave me an insight into B5 that is unique in SFTV.
Keep up the good work.

Subj: Thanks
Date: 96-01-01 21:31:04 EST
From: Jennif4183
Posted on: America Online

Just want to wish all of you a Happy New Year and can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this year.

Jennifer–

Subj: More Thanks
Date: 96-01-01 22:18:16 EST
From: Ed B Diver
Posted on: America Online

Still another fan thanking you for providing one of the few television sereie of ANY kind that treats its audience as intelligent, reasoning beings with attention spans of more than 30 seconds.
The stories are sophisticated, the characters are complex, have depth, background, and are allowed to develop from episode to episode. You have produced a truley superlative program, and I wish you still more success in the New Year!

Unfortunately, I missed about half of the first season because the UHF station that carries B-5 was
not on the local cable system until late ’93. Their
signal was too weak to pick up direct except under just the right weather conditions. Now we get it 3 times a week! Twice from WWVI-27, and again from CFCF-12 in Montreal! The show seems to have a VERY strong Canadian following. I’ve been to a couple of Montreal cons and the local clubs are always out in strength. Keep up the GREAT work Oh Great Maker!
And maybe lobby for a re-run of all of Season 1?
There are plenty of us out here that would like to see it all over again, straight thru.

Thanks again,
EdB

 

Subj: Re:More Thanks
Date: 96-01-02 02:53:33 EST
From: Jms at B5
Posted on: America Online

Thanks to all for the thanks…and the true thanks are all mine, and John’s, and the rest, for your support and appreciation of the show; we work awful hard on it….

jms
Subj: Try God for a month–FREE!
Date: 96-01-02 03:20:27 EST
From: STUDIO GO
Posted on: America Online

JMS:

Love the show! It’s the only REAL science fiction on TV today.

You stated in your last post here that you’ve never found a God particularly worth believing in. Well, may I invite you to try ours? “God”, aka YHVH aka Adonai (I like “God Classic” myself, but it sounds too much like a golf tournament), the God of Israel (and everybody else, it turns out), is yours to try FREE for thirty days with no obligation to convert to Judaism!

You may have read or heard bad things about God, but rest easy: half of it is ancient tribal propaganda (okay, we wrote that part, but it was a long time ago) and the rest of the bad press comes from cheese-sniffing Frenchies like Sartre or depressive Scadinavians like Kierkegaard. Well, I’d like to coin a phrase: “God–Don’t Believe The Hype!” The Big Guy that we worship is NOTHING like the one in the Bible, at least not the bloody or gross parts. Our God is an idea, a concept–a spirit, if you will–that lives in the hearts of The Good Guys. All you have to do is form the concept of God in your mind, and >poof<, He exists, as far as you are concerned! Who CARES if God exists in some supernatural sense–if believing in the idea of God helps you to be nice and ‘do the right thang’, then He’s real for all practical purposes. Kind of like Santa Claus, without the hassle and expense!

Our God’s kind of like faster-than-light travel: no evidence that it exists, but still, it makes the idea of the future a lot more tolerable.

But don’t take our word for it! Try our concept of God for thirty days! Just get up every morning and say, “God exists. He’s an idea in my mind, if nothing else. Today I’m going to do my personal best to make The Big Guy proud.” It’s just that easy! You can look up the Ten Commandments if you need specific help, but remember, our God really has one simple rule, and that’s DON’T DO ANYTHING TO THE OTHER FELLA YOU WOULDN’T WANT THEM TO DO TO YOUR KID SISTER. And that’s it! Nothing more to buy! No salesman will call!

So try God Classic today! It can’t hurt, and it just might help! If not delighted with God after your free trial, simply forget the whole idea and your agnosticism will be cheerfully refunded!

“God–the Original and Best Supreme Being.”
Your Friendly Neighborhood Reform Jew,

Bruce
Subj: oversight
Date: 96-01-02 12:12:12 EST
From: B5 Online
Posted on: America Online

Due to an oversight, I mistakingly thought this folder could contain 500 messages, instead it is only 450 at a time.

Hence, older messages are being lost.

I am going to log this folder (I logged it a while back as well) so we can keep all messages and that file will be placed in the special transmissions area later this week.

in the meantime, please use the Ask JMS #3 folder.

Ask JMS #2 will be deleted when the log file is put online.

Also,

This week’s graphic is a picture of The Great Maker Himself (don’t worry, it was his idea to put it up ;> )
Due to the holiday Im about a day behind, so look for it early today.

Thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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