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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: The Deconstruction of Falling Stars. ( *Spoilers* )
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 11/2/1997 4:27:00 AM  

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We hear this every season. It's okay.

The season will be better than this one, which was better than the one before.


It's what we do.


jms
    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: The Deconstruction of Falling Stars. ( *Spoilers* )
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 11/4/1997 12:19:00 PM  

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Spoilers for The Deconstruction of Falling Stars.

























>JMS... how can I put this... we know the ending. I mean, we KNOW it. We
>know
> it. We know it. They get rid of the virus. There is no virus in 100
>years.
> There is no Telepath domination in 100 years, and there is DEFINATELY an
> Alliance in 100 years.

I think that, if we all put on our logic caps for a moment, I'm not liable to
wipe out all of Humanity in the course of pursuing the Crusade series. (It
would wreak havoc with residuals, for one thing.)

As with anything else, B5 (in whatever incarnation) is about *process*. You
saw Londo being strangled by G'Kar...but you didn't know how they got there.
You know the result of the Earth/Minbari war...but I suspect there will be a
lot of surprises in "In the Beginning."

As with all things, the joy is in the going. We all know we're going to die,
that as the poet said, "we are born astride the grave." But knowing that
inevitable reality has never stopped human endeavor before....

It's the journey and the doing that matters.


jms
    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: The Deconstruction of Falling Stars. ( *Spoilers* )
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 11/5/1997 5:33:00 AM  

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You hit it dead on the nose there every time...great and insightful message.


jms
    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: The Deconstruction of Falling Stars. ( *Spoilers* )
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 11/5/1997 5:34:00 AM  

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>you've provided characters and cultures that the fans of B5
>really come to appreciate, and it would have been a cool thing to have
>seen how all these facets of the B5 universe fared during the 100, 500,
>1000, and ultimately the million years later perspective that
>"Deconstruction" gave us.

With another 45 minutes, would've loved to.

>So what else has been happening with everyone all this time?
>
>
KEG PARTY!!!


jms
    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: The Deconstruction of Falling Stars. ( *Spoilers* )
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 11/5/1997 7:03:00 AM  

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If you listen to the computer system it mentions "atypical solar emissions"
causing the problem...someone or something's messed with the sun.


jms
    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: The Deconstruction of Falling Stars. ( *Spoilers* )
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 11/6/1997 12:41:00 PM  

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>When Sinclair referred the sun going cold and burning out in Season 1 in
>the ISN interview, was he prescient or was Desconstruction mapped out then?

One needn't be prescient...it's *going* to happen one day.

And to the second half...yeah, Deconstruction (or at least the events that
would go into it) was mapped out back then.


jms
    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: The Deconstruction of Falling Stars. ( *Spoilers* )
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 11/26/1997 3:14:00 PM  

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Re: the whole money thing...if I'd been in this for the money, I would've
stayed where I was on Murder, She Wrote. I took a substantial pay cut to come
do B5, even though the position here was higher than my position on M,SW.

The script fees for syndication are a little over half what they are for a
network show; the residuals are more in network; the producing fees are double
what I'm getting in network...there ain't no pile of gold in syndication, boys
and girls. If I was in this for the money, I'd go back to nework TV.

Thing is, I can't tell these kinds of stories in network TV. So I'm here.

Nobody's put a pile of gold in front of me yet. Not that I'm opposed to the
idea, it'd be nice if someone did it, I'd certainly be inclined to be
grateful...but it just hasn't happened.


jms
    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: The Deconstruction of Falling Stars. ( *Spoilers* )
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 11/26/1997 3:15:00 PM  

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>1) Will TNT 'shave' the show to put in more commercials?
>

Nope.

>2) Is there a book or CD or site that you, JMS, would recommend
>as a way for someone to pick up the story.

There's the lurker's guide (www.midwinter.com) and thestation.com, and the new
B5 informational CDrom which just came out has heaps of info about the B5
universe.


jms

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