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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Sleeping in Light ( *Spoilers* )
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 10/1/1997 7:23:00 PM  

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The other thing in all this to remember is that once I learned the source of
material for the spoilers' page (the synopses that WB is required to provide
to TV stations), I made it a point ot have WB route the synopses to me for
editing. While I can't force too much stuff out of them or they become
useless to the purpose mandated by the FCC...stations have to be responsible
for, and informed about, what they broadcast...I *can* and do omit certain
little details whenever I can.

Why?

Because the spoilers page pisses me off...because no matter what's in them, I
get grief over them...and anybody who reads these things (altered or
otherwise) and assumes they know the full story and goes off because of it
deserves whatever they get.

The synopses are not for general distribution outside the TV stations; if other
people are getting them, they're breaking the rules and ruining the dramatic
impact of episodes by letting the shape of the episodes get out before
broadcsat, and as far as I'm concerned, that entitles me to fuck with them.


jms
    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Sleeping in Light ( *Spoilers* )
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 11/26/1998 7:22:00 AM  

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Those were lovely words; thank you for them.


jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Sleeping in Light ( *Spoilers* )
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 11/26/1998 7:23:00 AM  

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>I admit: I like tidy endings. Any thoughts (JMS?)
>
>

They don't exist.

jms

From: (jmsatb5@aol.com)
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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Sleeping in Light ( *Spoilers* )
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 11/26/1998 7:24:00 AM  

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I agree about the end credits; as we see their faces the first time, and the
last time, they appear in the series, you can see the years and the story in
their faces.

jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Sleeping in Light ( *Spoilers* )
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 11/30/1998 7:46:00 AM  

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We are bound by contract to use the credits as they were applied in S4, when
SiL was shot. You can't just put people's credits in a show for sentimental
reasons...they trigger residuals, royalties, fees, and other contractual areas.


jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Sleeping in Light ( *Spoilers* )
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 11/30/1998 7:46:00 AM  

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Dear Mr. Tolkien:

I just wanted to say that I think the way you ended THE LORD OF THE RINGS was
crap. You didn't provide any closure. Instead of spending time with the
hobbits clearing out the shire (come on, urban renwal in LoTR? give me a break)
and lots of goodbyes, you SHOULD have shown me what happened to Tom Bombadil,
he was an important part of the story, and you just left his story thread there
unresolved.

You made a big deal out of the elves going to the west, but we never SAW it!
We never found out what was there, or what Bilbo found when he got there, or
what happened to the dwarves, or what happened to Merry and Pippin....

You betrayed your audience by not resolving every single plot thread you
introduced in your book, and as a result, it is never going to be of value to
anyone, ever, and will never go past its first printing.

jms

From: (jmsatb5@aol.com)
B5 Official Fan Club at:
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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Sleeping in Light ( *Spoilers* )
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 11/30/1998 7:49:00 AM  

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>A single 5-mile long chunk of station is a hell of a lot Less of a
>hazzard to navigation in the vastness of space than a tillion small chunks.
>Yes, most will in 100 years de-orbit into the planet below, but surely not
>all.

There are weapons systems on board that station, computer systems, other stuff
that would be too much of a hassle to dig out, and you don't want squatters
setting up residence there, or raiding the place for what they can get, and
maintaining a military presence there to prevent it would be expensive. With
trade no longer coming through, the money to keep the station operating was
gone.

>One ending which would requre less suspension of disbelief (for me) would
>have beren to de-orbit the station, then blowing it up, as it hits the
>atmosphere.
> This would fully consume the material of the station as small chunks burn
>in the atmosphere, eliminating
>free-space and orbital debris, and no big
>chunks hitting the planet.
> Coulda been a cool FX to watch the debris showering down with a camera
>POV on the planet's surface.

I don't see how sending a 5 mile long station plummeting into the atmosphere of
Epsilon 3 is any more or less real than blowing it up in space, where salvage
crews can come in and take the metal. We already *saw* bits of the debris
burning up in the atmospher in the second shot... and as for sending the whole
thing hurtling down, well, I think Draal might have a thing or two to say about
that....


jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Sleeping in Light ( *Spoilers* )
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 12/1/1998 7:03:00 AM  

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>"...if you're going to criticize me for not finishing the whole thing
>and tying it up in a bow for you, why, do us both a favor and write your
>own damn book, only have the decency to call it a romance instead of a
>history, because history's got no bows on it, only frayed ends of
>ribbons and knots that can't be untied. It ain't a pretty package but
>then it's not your birthday that I know of, so I'm under no obligation
>to give you a gift."

I knew there was a reason I liked his books....

jms

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