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    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Deconstruction
      To: CIS  
    Date: 10/31/1997 3:42:00 AM  

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Pam Jernigan <75540.2554@compuserve.com> asks:
> 2262 (ISN NightSide): Was it just my imagination, or did the
> Paris speechwriter seem an awful lot like James Carville? Wonder
> why Delenn lives so long, considering that Minbari live to 120,
> tops, and humans live less than that? 2762 (propaganda holograms):
> My, we humans don't improve with age, do we? he doesn't know his
> own history, does he? I noticed the little roman numerals that
> kept appearing in the lower left hand corner of the screen - I'm
> guessing they referred to cameras? Part of the automatic tracking
> system that Brother Alwin mentioned? More clues here, too: "the
> blessed Sheridan, who lived and died and lived again and who was
> taken bodily into heaven"? "Marcus the Purehearted," anyone?
> I wonder if the Rangers are all recruited on Earth, or if a lot
> of them come from the old colonies? So, humans are now energy
> beings, with encounter suits? PJ ^^^^

Good comments. One note:

"The credits were interesting. Claudia Christian has been almost
completely excised from them, which, considering that Jason Carter
still has a credit, seems kinda petty."

WB called us after we'd done the credits for that episode, about
5 days before the uplink, after realizing that if her credits were in
that episode, AND in "Sleeping in Light" which appears in S5, that it
could very possibly trigger another salary payment, which is
substantial. So we could credit her in one or the other, and since she
wasn't in DoFS, it's S5, that was the one to take out. Since Jason
wasn't in "Sleeping," it was okay to leave him in.

It was a WB mandate from business affairs, nothing more.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Deconstruction
      To: CIS  
    Date: 10/31/1997 3:42:00 AM  

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Deonaha M. Conlin <102531.2627@compuserve.com> asks:
> Just how much of it has been altered or edited to satisfy the
> sensibilities or agendas of a given time? How will Watergate look
> in 2072? How did WWII *really* look?
> And again - how much of what we read in the news has been altered
> or spun by the authors, their papers or networks, etc.? Di Conlin,
> Wielder of the Lesser Salmon of Discipline, TUS (AKA Tigger)
> Great Maker, huh?

The interesting thing about revisionism is, as you say, that so
much of it goes on already. John Copeland over lunch the other day was
outraged over a situation where new Japanese textbooks are being
introduced indicating that the rape of Nanking never happened, and that
the bombing of Pearl Harbor was in retaliation for Hiroshima.

I'm constantly amazed....

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Deconstruction
      To: CIS  
    Date: 11/1/1997 2:26:00 PM  

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Doug Gordon <71610.247@compuserve.com> asks:
> a direct decendant of Brother Theo's order on Babylon 5?
> And, if it doesn't reveal any great secrets, is there any chance
> we'll see Brother Theo in Season 5?

"By any chance, is the post-apocalyptic religious order shown in
"Deconstruction . ." a direct decendant of Brother Theo's order on
Babylon 5?"

It's altogether possible....

And Theo is only awaiting a story worth bringing him in for.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Deconstruction
      To: CIS  
    Date: 11/1/1997 2:35:00 PM  

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Ronald Legro <75136.2066@compuserve.com> asks:
> Three-camera setup?
> Or just a well-done sim?
> The female senator?

Stephen filmed that sequence by having all of the cast on the
set at the same time, running multiple film cameras to get each version
"live."

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Deconstruction
      To: CIS  
    Date: 11/3/1997 3:47:00 PM  

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{original post unavailable}

No, Stephen also directed The Illusion of Truth.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Deconstruction
      To: CIS  
    Date: 11/4/1997 2:11:00 PM  

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{original post had no questions}

The painted letters were on the *right* side of the shuttle as
it went in. The CGI inside the bay showed the left side.

We don't miss these things.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Deconstruction
      To: CIS  
    Date: 11/4/1997 6:20:00 PM  

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(blocked) asks:
> What was the insignia on the Human "vorlon" ship as it apparently
> went with humanity beyond the rim? Is there a need for symbols in
> 1,000,000 years? Do the humans take their social grouping needs
> beyond the rim?

It's a Ranger symbol.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Deconstruction
      To: CIS  
    Date: 11/5/1997 4:55:00 AM  

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{original post had no questions}

Actually, no, it wasn't an urban myth...the web site he found
the info on actually posted the pages of the textbook, as I recall.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Deconstruction
      To: CIS  
    Date: 11/7/1997 5:36:00 PM  

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DougP <70760.2440@compuserve.com> asks:
> Was that what you had in mind, or am I sitting too close to the
> screen again? Doug

One can read that scene in many ways.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Deconstruction
      To: CIS  
    Date: 11/8/1997 6:43:00 PM  

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(blocked) asks:
> Is it OK to ask how many of the remaining episodes are written at
> this time?

I'm writing #14 right now.

jms

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