ATTN JMS: Holographic storytelling and irony

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Subject: ATTN JMS: Holographic storytelling and irony
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s  1: Feb 13, 1997: Justin Donnelly <jd at>
*  2: Feb 14, 1997: jmsatb5 at (Jms at B5)


From: Justin Donnelly <jd at>
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(posting blind since I don't have usenet access)


	I've been thinking about the "holographic storytelling" Bab5 uses
- each new piece of information learned altering one's perception of the
previous ones, layer upon layer.  It seems that this method of
storytelling, as well as making old episodes still interesting, creates a
huge potential for irony.  Thus we have Neroon fighting for Minbari
traditions by attacking Valen himself in "Legacies", Anna being taken by
the Shadows which causes Sheridan to concentrate on his career and
eventually command Babylon 5 where he becomes their biggest threat, and
the real kicker : the Minbari's jihad to wipe out humans, in the process
killing their own saviour (Sinclair/Valen).

	I'm wondering how much of this is deliberate and how much springs
accidentally by following the logic breadcrumbs back to their full



From: jmsatb5 at (Jms at B5)
Lines: 13

I'd say that about 75% of the ironies are deliberately planned, and 25%
come out of the general ether as I'm writing.


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