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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will 215

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He has written for many different comic book titles including Superman and The Amazing Spider-Man, and wrote the screenplay for the Academy Award-nominated movie Changeling, but J. Michael Straczynski (jms) is probably best known as being the creator, writer, and producer of Babylon 5. Recently, jms has teamed up with the Wachowskis and Netflix to create a new original sci-fi series, Sense8, coming out in late 2014. Straczynski has agreed to take a few minutes from writing sci-fi epics in order to answer any questions you may have. As usual, ask as many as you'd like, but please, one question per post.
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

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  • by eldavojohn (898314) * <eldavojohn@gmFREEBSDail.com minus bsd> on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @01:00PM (#43403075) Journal
    I've heard that to be a good writer you need to read and write several hours daily. On average how many hours do you spend reading each day? Writing? Do you have an average word count you aim to produce for each day?
  • As the emergence of more Philip K. Dick movies (and remakes) indicate, there's a lot of great sleeper sci-fi out there.

    Who's your favorite writer that no one else seems to be enjoying?
  • Academic Chops? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by eldavojohn (898314) * <eldavojohn@gmFREEBSDail.com minus bsd> on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @01:03PM (#43403117) Journal
    Do you frequently brush up on physics or cosmology or some scientific field to keep your forward looking ideas sharp and in-line with current academic trends or do you simply rely on your imagination? Any academic journals you subscribe to looking for something to stimulate you into envisioning a future with an interesting twist? Is this common in the writing community or do I have the wrong image in my head?
  • by eldavojohn (898314) * <eldavojohn@gmFREEBSDail.com minus bsd> on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @01:04PM (#43403135) Journal
    Time travel is a sticky area in Sci-Fi stories and is so pervasive it has caught the eye of Chinese censors [slashdot.org]. Since H.G. Wells it's been a major staple of sci-fi movies and has become quite pervasive from fantasy books like Harry Potter to television series like Lost and Futurama. Even modern Sci-Fi stories like Stephen Baxter can still win awards for novels based on time travel. I'm not incredibly familiar with your work so I don't know if you've relied on time travel yet, however, I would like to hear your take on it. Is it a tired cliched mechanism that is overused or do you still find yourself thoroughly entertained with the possibilities it presents? If you wrote it, would/did you go infinite parallel universes or single universe with time travel paradox correcting crumple zones?
    • Babylon 5 does use a small amount of time travel, and it is summed up nicely in a single line from the character Jeffrey Sinclair: "It all happened, just the way I remember it". You can travel backwards in time, but everything happens as if you had done so. There is no changing history.
      • by geekoid (135745)

        False.

        It changes history, but you can never know the other history. That's his point.

      • Larry Niven, "All the Myriad Ways". Of course you change history. Since you're in the same history you started in, you don't know it. And the other history goes on through multidimensional spacetimewhatever and everyone in *that* one thinks that everything is the same too.
  • by AmiMoJo (196126) * <mojoNO@SPAMworld3.net> on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @01:05PM (#43403139) Homepage

    In your opinion is there anything we as viewers can do to get more quality sci-fi on TV and keep it there without being cancelled? It's always too expensive, takes a long time to gain a strong following and syndication, and then gets pushed out in favour of wrestling or some paranormal nonsense. We don't even have a proper sci-fi channel any more, despite there being literally hundreds of channels available.

    I'd love to contribute to the funding of, say, more episodes of Stargate Universe, but at $2m/episode I just can't see how crowd funding would work.

    Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions.

  • by h4rr4r (612664) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @01:06PM (#43403147)

    Do you think a series like Babylon 5 could be made today? Could you please get right on that?

    • by JWW (79176)

      As a kind of follow on to this. Do you ever desire to work at creating more stories in the Babylon 5 universe? If so how likely is that to happen, or are there any major hurdles that would have to be cleared first?

  • You've worked in television, what are the pros and cons in the deltas between Netflix and one of the big networks/cable goliaths? Do they still goad you into putting a cliff hanger at the end of the episode so the couch potato continues to veg-out and just hit 'play' on the next installment? Are you glad you don't need to plan for commercial bumps? Any dark sides to being paid by Netflix?
    • by alexander_686 (957440) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @01:48PM (#43403679)

      For it’s original shows, Netflix tends to release all of the episodes at once so viewers can “binge” on all of the shows at once. What changes does force on the writer? Does the nature of cliff hangers change since you won’t have to wait until next week?

      For me, this gives a very different viewing experience. When I am left with a cliff hanger, I get to turn it over in my mind, examine alternative theories floating out on the web, etc. In short, part of the pleasure is the (forced) slow unfolding of the story.

  • Babylon 5 (Score:4, Interesting)

    by benjfowler (239527) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @01:06PM (#43403153)

    Babylon 5 started off very strongly, but many fans feel that the show jumped the shark after Season 3, even as it's suggested that the series story arc was planned from the start. What actually happened?

    • Re:Babylon 5 (Score:4, Informative)

      by MaxToTheMax (1389399) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @01:22PM (#43403349)
      Seriously? B5 was awesome in Season 4, and although Season 5 was kind of a letdown as a whole, it also had a few really good episodes.
      • by noc007 (633443)

        Agreed. Season 4 definitely rocked. Season 5 almost felt like WB wanted to keep the gravy train rolling, but things weren't planned out as in-depth as the previous seasons. I could sworn I heard early on that it was originally intended to run four seasons.

        • Re:Babylon 5 (Score:4, Informative)

          by Dragonslicer (991472) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @02:18PM (#43404085)
          No, it was always meant to be five seasons. The renewal for the fifth season came very late, though, so some of what should have been in the fifth season got moved up to the end of the fourth. If the renewal had been definite earlier, the fourth season would have ended about four episodes earlier, story-wise.
      • by SirGarlon (845873)
        Seriously. I'm glad you enjoyed Season 4, but to me there was a sharp drop in both the plausibility of the plot events, and the amount of character development. Season 4 had way too much plot, crammed in, and Season 5 not enough. (Tracy Scoggins is hot but that was not enough to carry me through the whole season.)
        • Basically, as it was told on the proto-web back in the day:

          Early in Season 4, they were told that there was not going to be a renewal for Season 5, so they crammed it all into season 4 to finish the storyline. Then, late in Season 4, something happened (ratings spiked, fan backlash, I dunno) and Season 5 was back on, but most of what would have been in it was already jammed into 4.

          I always thought that showed most obviously in the lack of any real moral dilemma between the "Obey Orders" and "fight corruptio

      • by geekoid (135745)

        "I wish I was dead."
        "Me too."

    • by Nimey (114278)

      The network kept screwing around with them, so the B5 team never knew if the next season would get made until they were well into the current season.

      It was originally intended as 5 seasons, but they thought they'd only get four so they compressed it, and then the network came back with money to make a fifth season so they had to start a new arc with the telepaths.

      • The telepath story of season five was always meant to be there, though not quite exactly as it played out (Ivanova was supposed to be part of that story). Maybe it would have been one or two episodes shorter, for better or worse. The long-term purpose of that story was to set up the Telepath War, which never ended up appearing on screen anywhere.
        • by JWW (79176)

          The best episode of season 5 in my opinion was "Day of the Dead."

          JMS - If Ivonava had been on season 5 of Babylon 5, which previously deceased character would have visited her: Marcus, or Talia?

        • by noc007 (633443)

          I really wish the Telepath War could have been explored. Really intriguing on what was setup for the story.

      • by PortHaven (242123)

        Close...it was basically cancelled after season 4 by Warner Brothers. TNT saw it's popularity, and came in and picked it up. Giving it, it's 5th season. But many arcs were already ended.

    • Unlike other shows that claim or have the appearance of pre-planning (Lost, Battlestar Galactica), B5 truly did have a fully-planned 5-year story arc. Obviously it had to change a few times to accommodate real-life events (Michael O'Hare leaving at end of season 1, Claudia Christian leaving at end of season 4).

      As a fan, there was never any shark-jumping. That's a very specific act of doing some over-the-top sensational act to make up for lack of stories or loss of viewership.

      However, my *engagement* lagged

    • by PortHaven (242123)

      How did it in any way jump the shark?

    • Babylon 5 started off very strongly, but many fans feel that the show jumped the shark after Season 3

      I'm not well-versed in different cultures worldwide, so I have to ask. Is it Opposite Day in your country?

    • I see others questioning your statement, so I thought I'd add in. I thought season 4 was great. I thought seasons 1+5 were the weakest. I can barely watch season 1...

      I love the plot, the writing, and the universe, and consider myself a fan, but there are some times--and certain actors--where the acting just kills me.

      Londo+G'kar? Awesome.

      Sinclair...? *wince*

  • by bobdehnhardt (18286) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @01:07PM (#43403169)

    You were one of the first Hollywood writers with an online presence, hanging out in newsgroups during production of Babylon 5. My memories of that were tidbits and insights from you, along with frequent "no story submissions" reminders and threats of your departure if the story ideas didn't stop. How do you remember that experience? Was it worth the hassle? And do you view the seeming explosion of writers, directors, producers and actors on social media as a positive or negative for the industry overall?

  • by Hartree (191324) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @01:12PM (#43403219)

    Purple or green?

  • BBT (Score:5, Funny)

    by Sparticus789 (2625955) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @01:16PM (#43403279) Journal

    Do you have any beef with the writers of The Big Bang Theory? Sheldon seems to mock/complain about Babylon 5 a lot. Did you loose a bet or something?

    • Personally, I don’t the producers have anything against Babylon 5.

      When I was growing up there was a long running geek debate on which one was better – Star Trek (Deep Space Nine in particular) or Babylon 5. Sheldon, dogmatically so, is in the Star Trek camp. Which, I think, is a nice nod to some of the esoteric and seemingly points debates that we geeks get into.

    • by T.E.D. (34228)
      Actually, not a bad question. JMS used to have some really good stories about tit-for-tat writing duels he's had with writers for other shows.
    • Re:BBT (Score:4, Insightful)

      by spagthorpe (111133) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @02:09PM (#43403977)

      Given that BBT is basically geek blackface, and loathed by most that I know, I wouldn't take anything said about B5 to be anything more than a semi-obscure reference the writers put on there to make the primary audience of non-geeks laugh. I'd be wiling to bet that most people that are fans of BBT have never seen a B5 episode.

      • Re:BBT (Score:5, Insightful)

        by Bill_the_Engineer (772575) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @02:31PM (#43404245)

        Given that BBT is basically geek blackface, and loathed by most that I know

        Geek blackface? WTF?

        Quit trying to be a hipster and enjoy the show. I work in a similar environment where the show takes place and sometimes it is spot on. Working relationships between scientists and engineers, scientists competing for tenure while remaining friends, Theoretical physicists views toward Applied physicists, and personality quirks.

        My colleagues and I love it when it cuts close to home but so over the top that it's funny when discussed around the water cooler.

        • Given that BBT is basically geek blackface, and loathed by most that I know

          Geek blackface? WTF?

          I see where he's coming from. Big Bang Theory is the sort of show I really really want to like. I've tried several times. I've bounced off of it ... hard ... after about five minutes each time.

          I can't say I loathe it, because I haven't watched enough of it to develop a loathing. Many people whose opinions I greatly respect love it. I just find it way too annoying -- too much of the "geeks" in the show come across to me as "what the jocks and 'in crowd' think geeks are like".

        • It is geek blackface precisely because Jim Parsons is not Sheldon Cooper. Sheldon Cooper is a stereotype of people with Asperger's. Better than most every other one on TV today, but still, just a stereotype.

        • by geekoid (135745)

          It's not good. Everything after season one became a pandering episode.
          The characters, withing their own context, have gotten stupider.
          The relationship episode are the same as every other show with relationships. Same problems, same 'solution'.

          It is the classic, the 'real person' is right and has superiority over the 'smart' person.

          It's a another bland show; which is sad, because they started off so damn good.

      • BBT is basically geek blackface

        That's harsh, but perfect. Thank you.

    • Re:BBT (Score:5, Interesting)

      by JWW (79176) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @02:32PM (#43404267)

      If asked, would you guest star on Big Bang Theory?

      • If asked, would you guest star on Big Bang Theory?

        Please incorporate this into my question. That would make for a funny episode.

    • by PortHaven (242123) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @03:24PM (#43404929) Homepage

      I think Sheldon's hate of Babylon 5 is a way for the writer's to pimp a show that wasn't as mainstream recongized. And give it some recognition.

      • by T.E.D. (34228)
        Personally, I always figured it was the writers' way of showing how flawed Sheldon's judgement is in matters of taste, but YMMV. :-)
  • by frakfrakfrak (1049468) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @01:18PM (#43403307)
    Hey, someone else was going to do it if I didn't!
  • by MaxToTheMax (1389399) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @01:20PM (#43403331)
    Can you list any examples of shows that have changed your approach to Science Fiction since Babylon 5 was written? For example, the latent success of Firefly showed how smaller-scale science fiction can be effective. How have you been influenced by Firefly or any other show post-B5?
  • _Legend of the Rangers_ was, at one point, a very promising pilot. What happened to keep the show out of production, how would history be different if it had gotten made?
  • by Marrow (195242) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @01:31PM (#43403469)

    And why?

  • by LateArthurDent (1403947) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @01:33PM (#43403489)

    There's a trend lately with TV shows writers to build mystery and suspense episode after episode without any consideration to the resolution of those arcs. The most famous instance of this is with JJ Abrams' Lost, but we saw the same thing happen to Battlestar Galactica. That's when we're even lucky enough to get a finale, often shows in danger of being cancelled will elect to end the season in a cliffhanger in an attempt to get an increased audience and help their chances of getting renewed. In contrast, with Babylon 5 you've shown great respect for the fans by coming up with a full storyline, complete with several outs in case of unexpected problems, such as actors being unable to return for one reason or another. In addition, when you thought Babylon 5 was going to get cancelled on its fourth season, you filmed the series finale to ensure we would get the full story, as much as it was possible. I truly thank you for that.

    My question to you is whether you believe the type of long-term thinking into developing a good and complete story directly harms your overall numbers. After all, if Lost angered most of its viewers with the season finale, by then it doesn't matter anymore: the important thing to the bottom-line is that they were watching while the series is on. Have DVD sales helped somewhat in that people are more likely to buy the series if it's fully developed, and do studios take that into consideration in addition to Nielsen ratings? Do you have a complete story planned out for Sense8 similar to how you developed Babylon 5 and if so does working with Netflix make this process easier or harder than working with a traditional studio?

    • It is a great question, even if I might disagree about some of the details suggested. It is worth noting that until recently even novels were most often chapters strung together in only somewhat coherent larger arcs. For example, we consider Dickens as an important early novelist, but most of his work were serials that faced many of the same kinds of pressures expected in a TV series. We remember the shining exceptions (LotR, Dune, etc.) but forget how many novels were quite appropriately forgotten.
  • by hrieke (126185) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @01:33PM (#43403491) Homepage

    You have been one of the best known writers to interact with the community at large.
    How do you feel that this has improved on your writing and character developments, and have there been any particular netizens which have caused you to stop and think about the stories your are telling in a different way or fashion than you initially thought?
    (Is there anyone that you miss seeing?)

  • by Jerslan (1088525) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @01:33PM (#43403497)
    Are you still working on the remake/reboot? Can you share any details (expected release date, etc..)? The original is one of my all-time favorite movies and I feel that there are very few writers/producers these days that could do it justice (possibly just you and Joss Whedon).
  • by conspirator23 (207097) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @01:40PM (#43403593)

    As a former Amiga owner, I remember how excited the community was to learn that this new TV series called Babylon 5 was going to have it's visual effects developed on the NewTek Video Toaster [wikipedia.org]. Many considered it a vindication of the Amiga platform as well as a milestone in the evolution of digital video. My understanding is that you moved away from this platform in later seasons because it wasn't scaling up to meet your needs.

    Today desktop video is commonplace, and there are a million billion Youtube videos whose quality is only limited by the talent and time invested by the creators rather than any technological barriers. How do you feel about the progression from then till now and the role you played as an early adopter?

  • I was just watching my He-Man collection from 1983 (I am 12 years old) and noticed in the episode credits:

    "Written by J. Michael Straczynski"

    In your opinion, what makes He-Man the greatest television show in the history of the universe? Was it the great story and dialogue? Or the groundbreaking animation? Or the fact that it was the last major show to be animated in the U.S.?

  • Lately, I've discovered that I've actually been a fan of yours long before Babylon 5. For those not familiar,
    Captain Power was short-lived but ground-breaking live action show that like Transformers, G.I.Joe, etc. was made to sell toys. Looking back at many things that helped define my childhood, this show is one of the few that somewhat stands the test of time through my adult eyes. I attribute that in large part to your high quality writing. It is generally known that a fully conceived secon

  • by Anonymous Coward

    When you visited Andreas Katsulas before he went beyond the veil; you mentioned in an interview that you told him stories of B5 that never got to be told.
    Would you consider telling us here, in a post somewhere, or even a compendium; those stories? I'd love to enrich the B5 Universe.

  • After having just re-watched all bab5/crusade/movies in the past few weeks it's become quite clear to me that Babylon 5 seasons 1-4 had a fairly well thought out story that engaged audiences and while a few movies have filled in some unanswered questions the overall quality of everything that came after was just not there. Why do you think that is and what will be different about your upcoming project?

    A side question: Will you ever revisit http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/master/eplist.html [midwinter.com] and upda

  • When Heroes came out (ie, the first season) many of the plot elements reminded me of Rising Stars. The wikipedia page for your comic mentions that there were some issues to movie rights:

    The comic itself came to an unexpected halt after issue 21 due to internal arguments between Straczynski and Top Cow. Straczynski claimed he was cut out of the loop on the potential Rising Stars movie

    ... but that would've been years ago. If this series with Netflix is successful, is there any chance that we might see a si

  • by mblase (200735) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @01:48PM (#43403685)

    What would you say are the most valuable things you took away from your experience as creator/head writer of "Babylon 5"? In particular, the effort to create a single, long-running storyline over five seasons? Do you think you could have done things differently to avoid the issues with actors leaving mid-show and the network threatening to cancel the final season?

  • What was the final resolution of your "bear-bylon 5" teddy bear [eeggs.com] duel with Peter David?

  • Could you make sure that Ben Aaronovitch gets a decent job??

    For real... the guy wrote "Remembrance of the Daleks!" I found out this week that he has to work selling books. What is up with that? He deserves a decent writing gig.

  • Both Firefly and Jericho put out comics after the shows were prematurely canceled to help tie up some of the dangling plot elements. Are there any chances of Jeremiah ever being continued in some other form, such as novels or comics?

  • by apcullen (2504324) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @01:56PM (#43403801)
    You know you want to.

    Is it going to have a long story ark over several seasons with a definite beginning, middle and end like B5 did?
  • I remember a few years back hearing that you were writing a screenplay for Edward Elmer Smith's the Lensman Series. What has become of that? Isn't writing for that really difficult without it being corny, old fashioned and a parody of itself?
  • Nerd Stunt Casting (Score:4, Interesting)

    by conspirator23 (207097) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @01:59PM (#43403835)
    One of the things about Bab5 that was always fun for the hardcore SF fans was bringing back actors from classic SF television. Casting Billy Mumy (Lost in Space) as Lennier and Walter Koenig as Alfred Bester (a personal fav) were entertaining beyond the performances they delivered. Are there any cool casting choices about Sense8 that you have planned or can dish on?
    • by PortHaven (242123)

      Let's not forget Dilbert talking to Garibaldi how his cat and dog were plotting to take over the universe....

  • 1) First off, thank you for such fun works as Babylon 5 and Jeremiah. I am excited about thew new series. Is there any chance we could see some old friends (Claudia Christian, Jerry Doyle, Walter Koenig) as guests in the new series?

    2) At present there are zero dedicated "space" based television series in production. About the closest we get is the occasional Doctor Who. Why do you think there is a dearth of such series right now? It seems like the timing is perfect to do a show that focus' on colonizing M

  • Do you see any future in the Babylon 5 universe, you do you feel that you have milked it to death.

  • by PortHaven (242123) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @02:12PM (#43404011) Homepage

    The Babylon 5 cast has lost several members - many younger than expected

    - Andreas Katsulas
    - Tim Choate
    - Richard Biggs
    - Jeff Conaway
    - Michael O'Hare

    It's even been referred to as the "Curse of Babylon 5". Can you share a favorite memory of each from your time on Babylon? Or perhaps, the scene that most epitomizes each character/actor?

  • by peter303 (12292) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @02:16PM (#43404063)
    Many readers are attracted to science fiction literature by their attempts to answer the Big Questions like "why are we here?", 'what is out there?", "where are we going?". Especially in the novels written in the decades after WWII. On the other hand many movies are obsessed with action- spaceships, superpower fights and so on. They dont really exercise our brains. Some go even as far to suggest that philosophical science fiction is essentially unfilmable, especially if you want to make a profit. How can you put more provocative ideas into scifi movies and shows?
  • Is there any potential to continue making content in the B5 universe and perhaps producing the stories you've already written or are any potential initiatives dead? I understand getting WB to budge along with funding is a RPITA. I also respect your opinion that no one can replace the actors that have passed away and any future content with those characters wouldn't include the characters on screen. /Big B5 fan. I'm a bigger fan of it than Star Trek or Star Wars.

  • by DrXym (126579) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @02:38PM (#43404313)
    The trailers for the World War Z movie suggest that it is radically different from the source material. Most obviously that would be things such as the whole fast vs slow zombie deal but perhaps more importantly the focus appears to have turned on a single globetrotting protagonist in the thick of the action. What was your original vision for the script and why do you think it has turned out the way it has?
  • Babylon 5 was great on many levels, but I enjoyed the most for its well-thought-out story and as an example of true science fiction. It contained many elements that were based much more in fact than in fantasy, something that was rare for its time, and even more rare today. What research and/or advisers did you have to go on when writing/producing for the show? What do you foresee for the future of science fiction television (or streaming or online) content in terms of using real-world science?

    And thank

  • Will we ever see Babylon 5 remastered in high definition (or even 4K) similar to Star Trek: The Next Generation? How much would you need to raise on KickStarter to make this possible?

  • This covers the same ground as a previously submitted question, but I seem to have some information that poster does not or at least failed to mention that might make this a (hopefully) better choice.

    I read that you were working on a prequel to "Forbidden Planet" which really excited me because I think that the movie is still one of the all time great SciFi movies. I respect your work and I know that you would treat the subject with the respect it deserves. I read that you had a screenplay but it got
  • Okay, so I just watched two of the major space battle scenes on my new LG 3DTV, which has the ability to convert on the fly....just wow.

    But boy would i love to see a "true" conversion. Is there any possibility of this for a Blu-ray edition. It seems to me that it'd be easy to do, and we'd really only need it on the space scenes. The rest could flat.

  • Have you considered doing a Kickstarter to resurrect Crusade with your own artistic vision?

    Also, do you think the whole space station trope has played itself out between Babylon 5 and Deep Space 9, or do you think there's room for other stories out there?

  • Your new series is a collaboration with the Wachowskis. Is there artistic friction there? Do your styles clash, or mesh? Are they fun people?
  • By that, of course, I mean the dream Sheridan had on the Stribe ship in "All Alone in the Night".

    A lot of the imagery was explained later on, but a couple of things still feel unsettled.

    * What was up with the birds on Garibaldi and Ivanova's shoulders?

    * Who was "the man in between?"

    A lot of old discussion seem to have settled on it being Justin, the Shadow agent who refers to himself as "A middle man."

    I always thought it might have referred to Lorien, who finds Sheridan "Between 'tick' and 'tock'", and need

    • by jregel (39009)

      The dream was covered in volume 3 of the B5 scripts books. To paraphrase what it says there:

      Ivanova with a raven on her shoulder: A symbol for Ivanova being the voice of the resistance, the bird being a reference to Norse mythology where they brought news. The "Do you know who I am" refers to her being a latent telepath.

      The "man in between" refers to Sheridan himself, described by Lorien as being "in-between" (life and death).

      However, in one of the other books, there is a scan of some of JMS' notes and next

  • You've worked in TV, film, and comics. Ever thought about adding a video game to that?

  • by jregel (39009) on Tuesday April 09, 2013 @05:05PM (#43406143) Homepage

    Is there any chance that B5 fans will ever get insight into what you actually had planned with Crusade after the Drakh plague was cured? I know it was something to do with Earth wanting left over Shadow technology, but did you have anything specific in mind? Did you have an outline for each year?

    And similarly, will we ever find out who or what The Hand were about (in Legend of the Rangers)?

    And, not a question, but a big "thank you" for B5. I'm taking a friend through it for the first time and we're currently mid-way through season four. She's now totally hooked and has borrowed my season one DVD box set to see it again now she understands some of where it's going.

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