JMS CIS Digest: 10-Feb-96 21:43:38 through 11-Feb-96 21:24:46 (32 msgs)

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        VOA: Lurkers
        <VoA> Space A&B
        Age of Centauri?
        Season 3 title?
        <DtD praise&nitpicks>
        John Vickery
        WDCA 20 to move B5

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Date: 10-Feb-96 21:43:38
From: Burhaan Ahmad <75754.3065 at>
To: Joel Hilke <102354.1702 at>
Subject: #447065-#<Dust to Dust>
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.449310 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.447065 at>

> I think he really understand now.

Thanks to the one guy who could pound it into his head :-) <<

Yes, but I still want an answer to G'Kar's question.  Why not
sooner?  Kosh could have revealed himself to G'Kar at any time
during the desperate Narn-Centauri war.  I'm curious to know why
G'Kar was allowed to descend to such a depth of despair, anger and
even madness before Kosh reached out to him.  Perhaps he needed to
suffer into truth?

 -ba-  ^^^^
 FEAR RMES - "Join us, or make like a thread and DRIFT!"


Date: 11-Feb-96 14:10:26
From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
To: Burhaan Ahmad <75754.3065 at>
Subject: <Dust to Dust>
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.449739 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.449310 at>

       Because G'Kar needed to hit bottom, real bottom, before he
would be receptive to the message...because time doesn't mean to the
vorlons what it means to us...and because he was finally mentally
receptive due to the dust.



Date: 11-Feb-96 09:02:27
From: The Jawa / Jawa #2 <76371.3057 at>
To: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
Subject: #449355-#>>Dust<<
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.449493 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.449355 at>

> No, insofar as I have been able to determine, in the
> history of TV no one has ever written every episode of a season
> of a dramatic series single handedly.

        I thought so.
        You wrote every single episode this season, didn't you?
        When B5 goes off the, you're gonna be so
*bored* <G>.

                  The Jawa
                  Kidism Patrol
                  12:42 PM,  Sunday, February 11, 1996
                  Survivor of the First Semester


Date: 11-Feb-96 15:18:13
From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
To: The Jawa / Jawa #2 <76371.3057 at>
Subject: >>Dust<<
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.449785 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.449493 at>

     I look forward to being bored for a while.



Date: 11-Feb-96 09:22:57
From: David Cerreta <72630.3433 at>
To: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
Subject: #<Exogenesis>
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.449511 at>


I've heard you describe B5 as being a rollercoaster ride. 
Sometimes you need a breather to help you get ready for the next
big plunge.  Exogenesis is that breather.  Again, I thought it was
a excellent episode, especially in that it helped us get to know
Marcus Cole better.  You've said that he is an important part of
what happens this season and he definitely needed more air time
for us to FEEL more about him.  It's nice to see that his sense of
humor is ever-present.  I liked him from the start, at the
beginning of season three, but I think that says more about how
much an actor can give to a role and a character than how much
screen time he has had.  It also says that if a writer can distill
the most important words for his characters to say, they don't 
need to say much.  Kosh is another good example of this.

It was nice to see Dr. Franklin again.  I sometimes wonder if he
won't get lost in the shuffle when all is said and done with the
series.  Do you have big plans for him later in the season?  It'd
be nice if you did.

Unlike the turn-it-on-its-ear episode of Dust to Dust, the
storytelling was fairly straightforward.  I thought the idea of
this species acting as a recorder for ALL experiences, knowledge,
etc. in the last half million years was excellent.  The fact that
it was in anticipation of some forseen Dark Age gave their future
role great significance.  But, I must say that after watching you
work your skills these 2+ years, I can rarely take anything at 
face value.  Nobody ends up totally altruistic.  Hidden reasons
and motives lurk behind everything new you introduce.  Thanks for
encouraging my already boundless paranoid tendencies, Joe!!<BG>

And in the only arc-related portion of the episode--the upgrading
of the Lt. J.G. to full Lt.-- I thought that it was handled well
and points out one of the biggest problems with a conspiracy. 
It's very hard to keep one a secret. The way the gift synthetic
roses dovetailed nicely with the prospects of romance between
Ivanova and Marcus was well done.  Anyway, now they have someone
at C&C that is a roadblock.  My wife said immediately afterword
that he's a straight arrow that maybe could be bent, but I have my
doubts.  Again, you wouldn't put him there if his role didn't
become important eventually.

The thought of keeping the "conspiracy" a secret came up again as
I watched Marcus gather his information (and thanks for the
Sandman cameo again!).  How much do his operatives know?  In some
regards, the Lurkers in Down Below remind me of neighborhood
people who know who all the drug dealers and bullies and gang
bangers are and guys from EarthForce could get lots of
information if they only asked (tortured, more likely) them.

I guess what worries me is that in setting up his system of
informants, much like Garibaldi, Marcus has to give each a piece
of the puzzle, but not all of it.  Can he get some to honor their
commitment to help him when the time comes if they don't know what
they will be fighting or whom?

Fun Stuff:  Loved the bit about shaking Marcus' collapsing
fighting staff. Saw that coming a mile a way and STILL loved it. 
Some times the predictable can be just as fun as the unexpected. 
Same thing with the tennis ball.  I couldn't wait to hear that
THWACK as the staff smacked the curious guard. Overall, the humor
was lighter, less broad, in some regards.  That suits me just as
well as the LOL stuff.

Good work!  A wonderful hour full of lots of different things. 
As I said in the beginning, a definite breather but by no means a
slow episode.  And of course the preview for next week should get
all the arc junkies excited.<BG>

Best, Dave


Date: 11-Feb-96 15:18:15
From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
To: David Cerreta <72630.3433 at>
Subject: <Exogenesis>
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.449786 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.449511 at>

     Thanks.  Yeah, Exo is the last non-arc episode for a long time,
and the last chance to catch one's breath before the big fall.

     My personal evaluation of the episode is that it's okay.  The
second half, I think, isn't as strong as the first half.  Halfway
through writing the episode, we had a problem come up in production
that unexpectedly took me away from the script for about a week. 
(Nothing major, but it had to be dealt with and it took time.) 
Usually, I write copious notes on a script before I begin writing it. 
In this case, the story was so crystalline clear in my head that I just
dived in, and was blasting away terrific when the hit came midway 
through.  By the time I got back, I'd lost some of the fingerprints of
the story, and had to kind of re-find them again.  Mainly, I think the
expository sequence at the end could've been done better.

     Needless to say, that's the last time I trusted myself without
notes, no matter how well I "see" the episode in my head.  It'd be a
great script for second or first season, but we have to keep raising
the bar, every aspect has to be better than the last thing we did, so
for my money it's not quite up to that standard.  Happily, it's the
*only* episode this season that I feel that way about...the rest are
all just nifty.

     That said, I think it has some great moments for Marcus, Franklin
and others...and yes, there's a lot more planned with Franklin coming
up this season, particularly toward the latter third of the season.



Date: 11-Feb-96 10:06:42
From: Philip Hornsey <74053.2101 at>
To: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
Subject: #449128-#VOA: Lurkers
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.449530 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.449128 at>

> Some are scared of Nightwatch, others feel it's a good thing,
> and darn it, it's about time....

They must be a little less abusive of civil liberties *in

Phil ^^^^


Date: 11-Feb-96 15:18:19
From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
To: Philip Hornsey <74053.2101 at>
Subject: VOA: Lurkers
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.449787 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.449530 at>

    For now, yes.



Date: 11-Feb-96 10:10:01
From: Phil Adams <72470.1156 at>
To: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
Subject: #448712-#<VoA> Space A&B
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.449550 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.448712 at>

> I get this at the start of every season.

Oh.  Okay.  Sorry.  My past stint here in the forum was during
the middle of Season Two.
FWIW, I enjoyed the heck out of a couple of the first five eps
from Season One and Two.

> Second, you cannot -- CANNOT -- sustain the kind of intensity
> you have in the final four over the course of a season.

Agreed.  I guess I (and some of the others in our viewing group)
just disagree over the level or type of lightness.  Can't please

> So my response is, Unless you think I've suddenly turned
> stupid, or I've decided to betray the series I've now worked 10
> years of my life to produce...

To be honest, our concern wasn't so much over your intellect, but
over what sort of pressure the studio sorts might be bringing to
bear on the show.

> Show a little patience.

Along with diplomacy, this isn't one of my strong suits.  Why am
I so sure you won't be surprised to hear that?  8)

> You know what the #1 comment from the pilot was, on the nets
> and elsewhere? "LOSE the guy with the funny hair!  He's just
> ridiculous."

Wow.  Most of the people in our viewing group came out of the
pilot loving Londo and finding Sinclair interesting.  And every
one of us fell hook, line, and sinker for G'kar as the villain. 
Londo's little "shark" comment while looking at his reflection in
the wine goblet was one of those bits we all wondered about at the
time.  Little did we know....

> Next time show a little patience.

As I said, patience isn't my strong suit.  And I'm not a sci-fi
person or a TV-oriented person, so to get my attention B5 has to
be both good and different (I've been with it from the start,
after all).  Most of the other members of the viewing group are
straight up sci-fi types (big-time sci-fi readers, watch other
sci-fi shows, etc.).

> Before people start making sweeping generalizations about the
> season, it might behoove you to see the season first.

Suggestion noted.

> If anything, my concern in looking at what's been done for year
> 3 is that we're too GRIM for the larger portion of it, and maybe
> a bit complex...

Is it as grim as "1984" and "Brazil"?  If not, then I know I can
handle it. 8)

> So that's my response to the generalizations.

And many thanks for them!

> The political officer: improbable dialogue?

Ah.  Well, then, that puts it back into the realm of delivery,
then.  The character didn't work for any of us.

> Go to a Pat Buchanan rally sometime and tell me it's unlikely
> dialogue.

Go to a rally where a guy drives up in a BMW and talks about
Americans losing their jobs (yeah, I know he and his wife sold off
their foreign cars after this was pointed out 4 years ago, but it
was a hoot when it happened)?  Go to a rally where the guy talks
about the concerns of the middle class while making 6-figure
salaries off his media work?  No, thank you.  Shoot me instead.  I
can read his poison in the Op-Ed sections.  8)

> Sheridan isn't a chess master...

Okay.  We inferred incorrectly, then.

> My prediction: by season's end, Marcus will be one of our more
> popular characters.

That wouldn't surprise me in the least, although I have to admit
I feel it's inapplicable.  Most of the characters you list _were_
popular with the group almost from the beginning.  Heck, we still
have one person who swears Londo's just misunderstood.  8)

I don't necessarily share "popular" viewpoints.

> (Y'know, there are days I hate the american culture of immediate
> gratification and kneejerk condemnation and stereotyping with
> insufficient information.

Yup.  It's almost as bad as that darned tendency to shoot the
messenger or unleash pent-up anger on a convenient target.

Then again, I completely understand where you're coming from, so
I'm not squirting blood or anything.  8)

> The White Star was so named as a balance to the Black Star,
> which Sheridan destroyed.  What here is a problem?

That it came across as corny, maybe even silly, to all of us. 
Just like taunting an ancient race into joining an alliance (even
if, as some of us believe, the taunt wasn't what did it... it was
a test of resiliency and determination, it still came across
poorly to our viewing group).

> I don't mean to rag on you, Phil

I knew the risks of this assignment when I accepted it.  8)

> If I knew what I was doing then, why should I suddenly not know
> what I'm doing now?

As I said, we weren't sure if this was you or the brilliant

> But I've always had a problem with people judging the season on
> a sampling. Give it a chance.

Okay.  No problem.  Like I said, I'll pass this message on to the
others. What alarmed us is that this was the first time we'd all
gone five eps straight coming out of them looking like we'd bitten
into a lemon.  I almost didn't send the last message because I
felt it was way too harsh, but I got back e-mails from the other
people saying it was just right or didn't drive home the points
with enough oomph.  I hope there wasn't permanent damage done.

(FWIW) Tina and I watched and very much enjoyed Episode 6 last
night.  I'll find out from the rest of the group what they thought

Thanks again for the time and patience on this.



Date: 11-Feb-96 15:18:21
From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
To: Phil Adams <72470.1156 at>
Subject: <VoA> Space A&B
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.449788 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.449550 at>

       For what it's worth, if your concern is with the suits, we
haven't had a single writing note from WB since episode 2 or 3 of
season 2.  Not one. Nada.  No nots at all on our cuts of the episodes. 
Nothing.  They completely trust us, and they leave us to tell our



Date: 11-Feb-96 14:47:03
From: Gerald Himmelein <100417.3703 at>
To: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
Subject: #Age of Centauri?
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.449761 at>


For some reason, I've been wondering:

How old do Centauri get usually? I mean: What's their average
life expectancy?

>From what we've seen, I assume they do pass through puberty. At
what age approximately?

Is the life expectancy different for male and female Centauri?

We really need a B5 Omnipedia... <g>

 - Kind regards,
   Gerald Himmelein
   [who is tired of this Fever thing]


Date: 11-Feb-96 21:18:40
From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
To: Gerald Himmelein <100417.3703 at>
Subject: Age of Centauri?
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.450087 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.449761 at>

     A Centauri can get to be about 150 or so, sometimes older.



Date: 11-Feb-96 15:44:48
From: Rowan Kaiser <74160.473 at>
To: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
Subject: #447306-#<Dust to Dust>
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.449812 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.447306 at>

> And yes, you'll learn more about what happened to the Narn
> telepaths in coming months.

And Catherine Sakai.
And Zathras.
And Talia.
And . . .can we have some clues?

Rowan Kaiser   Mistie, Montie, PITAS and Kidism Patroler
"If I had a baseball bat, I could tie you to the ceiling play


Date: 11-Feb-96 21:18:46
From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
To: Rowan Kaiser <74160.473 at>
Subject: <Dust to Dust>
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.450089 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.449812 at>

     No, you can't have any clues.  What am I, a clues closet?



Date: 11-Feb-96 15:45:34
From: Rowan Kaiser <74160.473 at>
To: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
Subject: #448713-#Season 3 title?
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.449831 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.448713 at>

So you aren't going to give me the next two season names :-(

Rowan Kaiser    Mistie, Montie, PITAS and Kidism Patroler
Coramoor, Lord of Morning, He Who Comes With the Dawn, Car'a'carn
The Dragon Reborn


Date: 11-Feb-96 21:18:48
From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
To: Rowan Kaiser <74160.473 at>
Subject: Season 3 title?
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.450090 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.449831 at>

     No; one thing at a time.  Now finish your broccoli....



Date: 11-Feb-96 16:30:10
From: Mara K. Malovany <102750.1414 at>
To: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
Subject: #<DtD praise&nitpicks>
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.449850 at>

Hi, Joe.  I've watched Dust to Dust a few times since it aired
here yesterday, and caught up on the spoilered threads, so I'll
try not to be redundant.

First of all--WOW!  Amazing episode!  Pretty box indeed.
        Christopher Franke did a great job on the music in this
one.  It was never intrusive, always right in synch with the
scene.  And that piece used during the flash of images from
Londo's mind was perfect, was it new?  And, speaking of the flash
of images, after watching it a few times for the music, I watched
it in freeze-frame to try to figure out just what he saw. 
Interesting stuff.  (I hadn't realized it until then, but the
vision of Londo being crowned as Emperor looks to be the same age
he is now.   Urk...)
        Bester was great.  I loved the bit about the uniform
giving the benefit of intimidation.  I mean, Garibaldi has always
used threats and intimidation in his interrogations, I found
myself glad that Bester had been able to take him down a peg.  In
fact, I'm starting to like Bester a whole lot.
        It was wonderful to see Vir again.  I loved the contrast
between Lennier's solemn pronouncement about Londo's fate, and
Vir's optimistic "He'll surprise you."  And I liked the "robe of
welcoming."  I was half expecting him to come back bald.  (I
wonder if Sinclair has gone native at all?)
        Peter and Andreas have, yet again, done a fantastic job. 
It's already been mentioned how stunning it was to see Londo
crying, but I'll say it again. "Thud!" (the sound of me falling
over, stunned.)
        Also, it's interesting that when G'Kar started crying, he
was looking at his hand.  On two previous occasions, we've seen
G'Kar take solace in clenching his fist (defiantly?) during times
of defeat.  This time, it was as if he started to make a fist, and
then realized that that option was no longer open to him, that his
fight had changed, and it was at that moment that he broke down.
        Kosh is looking pretty damn grey now.  (Which is a polite
way of saying he's a manipulative bastard, grr...)

        On the negative side, I don't think Ivanova's soliloquoy
worked terribly well.  Not the writing or the acting, just the
mechanics of it, of her talking to herself (which I don't find
works very well in television in general), and the sort of deus
        And, while it may be my fault, I didn't realize that the
person Kosh was imitating was G'Kar's father.  After several
viewings, I could match the voices, but it was confusing.  I think
if G'Kar had called him father a second time, or said "I must
honor _your_ name" instead of "I must honor _my father's_ name", I
would have followed it more easily.
        But, those are just nits I'm picking off an otherwise
spectacular episode.  Thanks, Joe, and I can't wait til next week.



Date: 11-Feb-96 21:18:50
From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
To: Mara K. Malovany <102750.1414 at>
Subject: <DtD praise&nitpicks>
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.450091 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.449850 at>

      With some thematic exceptions, most of the music Chris composes
for us each week is unique, and tailored for that episode.  So yes,
it's all mainly new.

      Re: the coat of's a little tidbit...we had to
make up an entire alphabet for most of our major races (and I've been
gradually building up a dictionary here and there for languages).  So
they came and asked if they could embroider something in Minbari on the
shirt Vir's wearing when he comes back.  I said sure.  Did I have
anything in mind?  No, not really.

      So I'm on the set that day, and I see the embroidered shirt, and
I ask what these five letters spell, since I don't offhand read Minbari
yet.  He looked up at me and smiled.  "It spells out ALOHA."

      We have a very demented crew.



Date: 11-Feb-96 16:33:22
From: SysOp Dupa T Parrot <70040.104 at>
To: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
Subject: #John Vickery
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.449853 at>

  Well, Joe, it took me long enough, but I finally recognized
John Vickery in "The Fall Of Night" (I thought he looked and
sounded familiar). From Naroon to Welles: Nice range of acting,

  BTW, in "Dust To Dust", the actress playing the Minbari Teep
standing next to Ivanova looked familiar. Has she appeared as an
extra in other episodes?

        -Dupa T. Parrot [Tech Supp SysOp]
        <OS/2 WarpConnect & GCP>


Date: 11-Feb-96 21:18:53
From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
To: SysOp Dupa T Parrot <70040.104 at>
Subject: John Vickery
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.450092 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.449853 at>

     Don't know offhand...will inquire.



Date: 11-Feb-96 17:26:11
From: Tom Knudsen <72347.1626 at>
To: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
Subject: #449133-#<Dust to Dust>
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.449898 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.449133 at>


        <Yes, it helps if the person's mind is in a different
state -- asleep, exhausted, in a heightened state of awareness --
for the Vorlons to make contact, which is why their presence is
often associated with dream imagery.>

        Hmmmmmm.......why do I get the feeling that the Vorlons
see what we would define as physical reality just a bit
differently than humans do.  The "I have always been here" comment
is starting to make a little more sense.


    Guardian of The Republic
    General Pain in the Butt


Date: 11-Feb-96 21:18:55
From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
To: Tom Knudsen <72347.1626 at>
Subject: <Dust to Dust>
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.450093 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.449898 at>

     Correct.  They see reality, and time, and space somewhat
differently than we do.



Date: 11-Feb-96 18:51:27
From: Timothy C Schell <71174.2414 at>
To: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
Subject: #449135-#<Dust to Dust>
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.449960 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.449135 at>


So lemme one gets back (so far) from Z'ha'dum except
Morden and no one has ever returned from Vorlon space (yet) except
for Lyta.

Would it be valuable to rewatch "Soul Hunter" and "Deathwalker"



Date: 11-Feb-96 21:19:06
From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
To: Timothy C Schell <71174.2414 at>
Subject: <Dust to Dust>
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.450096 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.449960 at>

       Soul Hunter probably wouldn't be a bad idea at some point prior
to the middle of the season...or the two-parter....



Date: 11-Feb-96 19:40:58
From: Al Lipscomb <75204.2225 at>
To: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
Subject: #449357-#<DTD>
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.449994 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.449357 at>

Did you pattern the Star Fury after a war plane? I cannot think
of a model called a Fury, The Wildcat  comes to mind (or the later
Hellcat). I would love to see other models of fighters from Earth
Force. Living where I do in Florida I have had the honor of
meeting several WWII pilots. The B17 being my childhood favorite.


Date: 11-Feb-96 21:19:08
From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
To: Al Lipscomb <75204.2225 at>
Subject: <DTD>
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.450097 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.449994 at>

       No, didn't actually pattern the starfury after a plane, but
rather tried to see what would work most accurately in zero-atmosphere.



Date: 11-Feb-96 19:49:53
From: Rebecca Eschliman <76072.2345 at>
To: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
Subject: #448712-#<VoA> Space A&B
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.450003 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.448712 at>

> -        And natch, I'll go through this all over again in year
> four, because they'll say it doesn't move as fast as year three
> did.  You can't win. I appreciate the concern, Phil.  Honest I
> do.  But I've always had a problem with people judging the
> season on a sampling.  Give it a chance. - 

Having just seen DtD, I suddenly realized that B5 is for me like
being placed inside a 3-dimensional (or maybe 4!) kaleidoscope. 
Each new episode, arc or non-arc (and there always seem to be arc
elements in non-arc episodes) turns a ratchet that reveals new
connections and new patterns.  It is probably, in that way, the
most involving series I have ever seen.  One of the patterns in 
DtD seemed to be to be strain, various people already under
stress from the continuing covert war preparations and other
situations, coming close to the breaking point due to the added
strain of Bester's presence.  As much as I may anticipate the
upcoming episodes, to have missed any of the previous season 3's
would have lost subpatterns.

        - rje -


Date: 11-Feb-96 21:19:09
From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
To: Rebecca Eschliman <76072.2345 at>
Subject: <VoA> Space A&B
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.450098 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.450003 at>

       I agree.  We're slowly ratcheting up the tension, and this has
got to take a toll on people.  Franklin probably wouldn't be doing as
many stims as he is otherwise.  Actions have consequences.

       And yes, having seen prior episodes adds more texture.  Still,
one can follow the episode for what it is.  The more you watch, the
more you get out of it.



Date: 11-Feb-96 20:28:43
From: Mark Koro <70252.3354 at>
To: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
Subject: #WDCA 20 to move B5
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.450039 at>


For what its worth, I wrote a letter to the program manager at
WDCA 20 in Wash D.C. to add my voice as a supporter of B5.  The
station sent me a nice letter back saying that Babylon 5 "is one
of our highest rated programs based on the Nielsen ratings.  It
will be moving to Fridays at 8pm beginning in March, with its
repeat continuing to air on Sundays at 7pm." The part about the
Nielsen ratings was nice to hear.  Keep up the great shows - the
Columbia, MD volleyball-B5 group (12 strong) continues to watch
with great interest.

Mark Koro


Date: 11-Feb-96 21:19:12
From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
To: Mark Koro <70252.3354 at>
Subject: WDCA 20 to move B5
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.450099 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.450039 at>

       That's great to hear, thanks.



Date: 11-Feb-96 20:37:06
From: Michael Beemer <71551.1670 at>
To: Neil Blevins <102226.3566 at>
Subject: #449439-#<Dust to Dust>
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.450042 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.449439 at>


> Then who did he appear to sheridan as?

        Joe identified the figure Sheridan saw as the angel


.from GCP 2.1 [11-Feb-96 23:24]


Date: 11-Feb-96 21:24:46
From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644 at>
To: Michael Beemer <71551.1670 at>
Subject: <Dust to Dust>
Message-ID: <forum.sfmediaone.450109 at>
References: <forum.sfmediaone.450042 at>

     "Joe identified the figure Sheridan saw as the angel Gabriel."

     No I didn't.



End of JMS CIS Digest 10-Feb-96 21:43:38 through 11-Feb-96 21:24:46

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