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    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: The Long Night
      To: CIS  
    Date: 1/27/1997 6:26:00 AM  

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David Cerreta <72630.3433@compuserve.com> asks:
> How many could say that now?

Thanks...and yeah, lots of folks were eager to write off Vir at
the start. I think they've all changed their minds by now.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: The Long Night
      To: CIS  
    Date: 1/28/1997 3:55:00 AM  

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{original post had no questions}

Thanks. The White Star mission in that ep has definite roots;
during WW2 to convince the Germans we weren't going to land at
Normandy, our own agents were fed incorrect information, set
loose...and then info was leaked to the Germans allowing them to pick
up the agents and torture the information out of them. This wasn't
quite as bad as that, the crew at least knew what they were getting
into...but there are often no good choices in war.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: The Long Night
      To: CIS  
    Date: 1/28/1997 2:13:00 PM  

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{original post unavailable}

No, this was always G'Kar's path.

I think it also showed the League that he was willing to
sacrifice his own people, that he *means business*...and is prepared to
go all the way for this, and they'd damned well better be as well.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: The Long Night
      To: CIS  
    Date: 1/29/1997 2:45:00 PM  

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{original post unavailable}

It was gonna be Londo right up until 2 pages before the
scene...then Vir said, "Nope."

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: The Long Night
      To: CIS  
    Date: 1/29/1997 2:45:00 PM  

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Roseann M. Caputo <103510.1542@compuserve.com> asks:
> The whole scene with G'Kar and the other Narn and then to have
> them ask, what did he endure????? And Vir, I didn't even see that
> coming? Did he?
> When you write, does it ever feel like that there's this person
> inside your head who keeps bugging you to tell a story about
> them, or do I need that vacation more than I know??? Do you have a
> lute at home?

Certainly there's an obsession to get this story out. And the
characters are alive, on one level...because you have to imagine them
as being real in order to write them. 22 times a year I crack a window
to peer in at them....

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: The Long Night
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/1/1997 2:09:00 PM  

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{original post unavailable}

Thanks...I think a lot of it there has to do also with the
performance of the actor playing Ericsson. He brought a real sense of
presence to the job.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: The Long Night
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/1/1997 2:09:00 PM  

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{original post unavailable}

Nothing about it was at all accidental...he had to go pick it
up, turn, move to Cartagia, stick it in, and then pull the trigger.
Nothing accidental about it. But if we'd shown him doing all the prep,
the shock wouldn't have been as substantial.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: The Long Night
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/1/1997 7:03:00 PM  

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{original post unavailable}

Consider yourself the recipient of a cybernoogie.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: The Long Night
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/2/1997 1:27:00 PM  

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{original post had no questions}

Thanks...yeah, it's great to know you can write *anything*, and
this cast can pull it off.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: The Long Night
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/2/1997 1:28:00 PM  

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Claire Nollet <71232.2556@compuserve.com> asks:
> just how many hearts does the average Centauri have?
> Also, I liked Cartagia's comment about humor "being subjective"
> -- but isn't a mime a terrible thing to "waste"?

Re: heart/hearts...I figured that the two collectively are a
whole from an emotional or spiritual perspective. We say "a pair of
pants" even though it's just the one, as a related example.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: The Long Night
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/2/1997 5:16:00 PM  

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Carl Cantarella <105030.3700@compuserve.com> asks:
> I'm probably going to write to you about this episode in a few
> days because there are some things I wanted to bring up and talk
> about a little, but just where did you get Wortham Krimmer from
> anyway?

Wortham came in to audition, same as everybody else...and we
thought he was great.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: The Long Night
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/4/1997 7:19:00 AM  

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{original post unavailable}

Oh, I got back Andreas bigtime...but I'll save that story for
the next convention.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: The Long Night
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/6/1997 3:39:00 PM  

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{original post had no questions}

He asked if Ericsson was married because, if he was, that was a
call that Sheridan would have to make, over Stellarcom or in person, to
notify her that her husband was dead. And, for Sheridan, I suppose
there was a tinge of relief, knowing that at least he wouldn't be
creating a widow as well as ordering Ericsson to do what was necessary.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: The Long Night
      To: CIS  
    Date: 2/9/1997 5:31:00 PM  

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{original post had no questions}

We're definitely keeping him in mind.

jms

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