[B5JMS] ATTN. JMS Life and art

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From: bluebk2 at swbell.net (Phillip Lozano)
Date: 24 Mar 2003 10:11:49 -0800
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It's been frustrating in the extreme seeing the hard right turn to
fascism in this country. There was little enough tolerance for dissent
before, but now most of the "liberal" news media have dropped all
pretense of objectivity and become propaganda arms for the current
administration. It has reminded me uncomfortably of the transformation
of ISN on B5 from straight news organization to the lapdog of
President Clark.

Last night while watch the Oscars I had a relative scream at me for
applauding Michael Moore's comments. "Do you want 9-11 to happen
again?" they thundered. It seems the Bush administration has succeeded
in not only making the American public forget that he was not elected
to office, but convinced us that Saddam Hussein was directly
resposible for the World Trade Center disaster and that any *hint* of 
dissent is anti-American and tantamount to high treason ... anyone one
doing so is obviously under foreign/"alien" influence, ala John

So, just out of curiousity, how does it feel to see your
pronouncements of fictional doom and gloom coming true in such a
dramatic, world-impacting fashion?


From: jmsatb5 at aol.com (Jms at B5)
Date: 28 Mar 2003 08:21:07 GMT
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>So, just out of curiousity, how does it feel to see your
>pronouncements of fictional doom and gloom coming true in such a
>dramatic, world-impacting fashion?

It's a weird bit of synchronicity that has always been the case with my work
when I'm kind of riding the right waves, for lack of a better term.  Riding the
synchronicity wave might be a better one.  They went through B5, echoing now,
and they continue with Jeremiah.

In our story, we're moving toward a truly massive conflagration, a major war,
and in the course of filming one particular episode, as the shit hits the fan,
one character says, "Let's go kill some of the enemy and make some noise."

As it happened, by yet another weird coincidence of timing, at the moment we
shot that scene, the bombs started falling in Baghdad.

Some of the cast are becoming increasingly creeped out by this....


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