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    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Darkness Ascending
      To: CIS  
    Date: 6/3/1998 8:16:00 PM  

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{original post had no questions}

I wouldn't say she has any sexual interest in G'Kar...she had
her pleasure threshold expanded with Byron just recently, and as for
her parting comment, I think it came more under the category of "you
ain't getting it, but since you were still wondering..." A friendly
plink.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Darkness Ascending
      To: CIS  
    Date: 6/3/1998 8:16:00 PM  

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(blocked) asks:
> OK, so is anyone going to try to pass *this* one off as non-arc
> "filler"? You'd think the Royal Court asking about the other races
> shipping schedules would be a dead giveaway on that one - what
> legitimate reason could they *possibly* have for asking about
> that? And what the *hell* was going on with Lyta and Garibaldi's
> dream? Was she just in the dream, or was she actually involved in
> some fashion? And, either way, what does it mean?

"OK, so is anyone going to try to pass *this* one off as non-arc
"filler"?"

Exactly. See, that's where I get nuts about some of the other
comments. A number of folks said last week's was just filler...but last
week we saw the process by which Lennier was sent to White Star 27,
what he was looking for, and why...we were introduced to the captain,
the mission...and now this week it pays off. It seems like the
*result* is considered arc, and the set-up is considered "filler."

Similarly, Lyta's actions in this episode (and those that are
going to follow) are a direct result of the whole Byron thread, which
is going to spiral further in some interesting directions. Some said
the Byron stuff was just filler...but it was there to move Lyta into a
whole new direction that will have a substantial effect on the show and
her character (and at least one other).

It seems to me that repeatedly, people dismiss something new in
the mix as filler or non-arc...when in fact it's ABSOLUTE arc stuff
once you've seen the whole thing. (Except for those who only seem to
feel that results are arc, not setups, which is as nutty a view as I've
ever heard.)

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Darkness Ascending
      To: CIS  
    Date: 6/4/1998 5:38:00 AM  

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{original post had no questions}

I go by Joe. Call me Joe. Joe is fine. Joe is simpler to
spell, quicker to type, friendlier on-screen, one syllable. Michael is
two syllables, and I don't respond to it.

Straczynski, pronounced just right and with the proper force
behind it, can actually strike a cow dead at twenty paces.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Darkness Ascending
      To: CIS  
    Date: 6/4/1998 5:38:00 AM  

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{original post had no questions}

I know...if I do a bunch of arc episodes in a row, certain
people say it's "obviously rushed." If I take a more leisurely pace to
develop certain characters and themes, the same folks say it's
"wandering, lost its way."

The show is what the show is, and what the show is, is what I
wanted to write.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Darkness Ascending
      To: CIS  
    Date: 6/4/1998 2:35:00 PM  

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{original post unavailable}

Having spent a lot of time on Earth at the end of S4, I'd rather
do a few other things this time.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Darkness Ascending
      To: CIS  
    Date: 6/5/1998 7:56:00 AM  

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{original post had no questions}

Thanks, I tend to agree...they are indeed very hard to pull off,
and we only get a few here and there.

The remarkable thing is...there are at least 4 or 5 of them in
the next 3 episodes alone.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Darkness Ascending
      To: CIS  
    Date: 6/5/1998 7:56:00 AM  

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{original post had no questions}

s'okay....

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Darkness Ascending
      To: CIS  
    Date: 6/6/1998 3:27:00 PM  

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Marte Brengle <76703.4242@compuserve.com> asks:
> how *would* a human and a Narn mate, anyway?

Well, as G'Kar said in the pilot, there would have to be rather
substantial genetic manipulation and adjustment to allow for the
different DNA structures to mix.

After that, it would require the usual: dinner, flowers, and
being willing to sit through a chick-flick....

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Darkness Ascending
      To: CIS  
    Date: 6/9/1998 5:44:00 PM  

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Dave Vincent <75460.1133@compuserve.com> asks:
> In space?

That might be a more reasonable concern if it were more of what
one would consider a standard crew that would be concerned about such
things.

Which is all I can say about it for now. More in two weeks.

jms

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