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    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Walkabout
      To: CIS  
    Date: 8/18/1996 2:15:00 PM  

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Simon Pallett <101523.507@compuserve.com> asks:
> I found myself wondering if Franklin shall eventually find what
> he seeks, or if has he already discovered it, and just needs to
> realise that for himself? And as for the songs...well, Joe, what
> can I say? Is it pure co-incidence that all Vorlon suits shown so
> far, with the exception of that belonging to Kosh, are similar in
> design? Why is his the only encounter suit that I have seen so
> far, that is predominantly green?

Actually, the new Vorlon's encounter suit is more purple/red
than green. The design is a matter of form following function.

And yeah, I figured it might be cool to continue the song over
the credits. That happens one more time this season.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Walkabout
      To: CIS  
    Date: 8/18/1996 2:41:00 PM  

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(blocked) asks:
> Did you notice Lyta was wearing her gill dress when she first
> came on board? Who did the music?
> Where did the Narn heavy fighter come from?

"Who did the music?"

I wrote the lyrics, Chris Franke did the music.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Walkabout
      To: CIS  
    Date: 8/18/1996 2:41:00 PM  

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Laurence Moroney <100546.50@compuserve.com> asks:
> Quickie question : What did Kosh2 see on the door behind Lyta?
> They sure looked like Shadow warriors to me, but what are they
> doing following _her_? And why did Kosh2 ignore them?
> Surely they also followed her onto the White Star....why not
> wreak havoc then?

They weren't following Lyta. We were in Kosh's old quarters,
and those images were burned into the wall when Kosh died. Bear in
mind that she doesn't actually meet the new ambassador until the next
scene.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Walkabout
      To: CIS  
    Date: 8/18/1996 7:01:00 PM  

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{original post had no questions}

I don't suppose I could ask that synopses of the episodes that
are this detailed be kind of not-done? Brief ones, sure, but a
blow-by-blow breakdown of every scene is rather disheartening to see in
a public forum, even one set aside for spoilers.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Walkabout
      To: CIS  
    Date: 8/20/1996 6:51:00 AM  

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Juanma Barranquero <100044.2131@compuserve.com> asks:
> Is that fine to you?

Nothing to apologize for; nothing wrong with asking for a
synopsis, it was just the extent of it that brought me up short.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Walkabout
      To: CIS  
    Date: 8/20/1996 6:51:00 AM  

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{original post unavailable}

No signicance to the eyepiece color; no reason to assume
Vorlons only have one encounter suit their entire life.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Walkabout
      To: CIS  
    Date: 8/20/1996 6:51:00 AM  

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{original post had no questions}

Chris Franke did the music.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Walkabout
      To: CIS  
    Date: 8/20/1996 6:52:00 AM  

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{original post unavailable}

My concern about detailed synopses comes from a number of
elements. One of the foremost...a not as detailed synopsis leaves some
room for surprises. Even if you want to know what happens, to have
every breath, every line given to you ahead of time diminishes the
*impact* of what you're seeing. If someone says, "In this episode,
Kosh dies," then okay, you know it's coming...but you don't know *how*
it's coming, and that's half the fun.

Second, when someone attempts to recreate a scene, inclusive of
dialogue and action descriptions, the episode itself becomes a hostage
to how well that's presented. I can't tell you how many times I've
gotten email from people who said, "I read a detailed synopsis of this
episode before I saw it, and from the way it was described, it felt
really stupid...but then I saw it, and I liked it a lot better than the
way it was presented in the synopsis." It can mitigate against the
impact, and the quality, of an episode if it's not well presented. A
simple by-the-numbers, blow-by-blow synopsis can flatten out any of the
drama.

Will they watch it? Likely yes. Will the impact be
diminished? Yes. Can people approach the episode from a prejudiced
perspective thanks to a too-detailed synopsis? Yes. There are other
concerns even beyond this, but those will do for now.

(And my problem with the other fellow wasn't so much the
synopsizing, as that was all he ever did, moments after the show, just
to be first, and never took part in anything else.)

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Walkabout
      To: CIS  
    Date: 8/20/1996 6:52:00 AM  

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{original post had no questions}

Again, you don't have to apologize, and I'm not looking for
one. You can synopsize all you want...I was just encouraging a briefer
one that leaves some room for surprises here and there.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Walkabout
      To: CIS  
    Date: 8/21/1996 2:09:00 PM  

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(blocked) asks:
> Do you see what I'm getting at?

So where is the problem with, let's say, a person putting up a
spoiler that says what basically happens in the episode, adding, "If
you want a more detailed analysis, email me and I'll send it along."

But bear in mind, again, folks can post here whatever they want;
I'm not in a position to stop anyone. If I have any moral authority on
an issue -- dubious since I'm not sure where I left my morals anyway --
that's fine, but I'm not going to pressure anybody to do
anything...that ain't how I work. How people perceive me is beyond my
control, and when the poster here apologized for the long synopsis, I
told him he didn't have to do so.

This really ain't a big issue, folks...I saw something, had a
gut reaction to it, and said what was on my mind. I can't start
censoring what I think because someone might take it too much to
heart...yes, the person has a right to post what they want, and I have
an equal right to respond as I feel is appropriate. I'm being as
honest in my reactions as anyone else. Who in this room has a problem
with that?

Unless you're saying I should just shut up when I see something
I feel strongly about...which seems to me just as bad as anything else
being discussed here.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Walkabout
      To: CIS  
    Date: 8/21/1996 2:09:00 PM  

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Laurence Moroney <100546.50@compuserve.com> asks:
> Who was that?
> Not me????

No, that ain't you, don't worry, that's old news.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Walkabout
      To: CIS  
    Date: 8/22/1996 5:28:00 AM  

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Scott Miller <70562.3656@compuserve.com> asks:
> Wouldn't this image have been worth mentioning?

Watch the scene again; the first time the new Vorlon looks at
the wall, he sees nothing; the next time he looks at it, the lens wide
open, the image is somewhat distorted around the edges, and now he's
seeing the afterflash. Only certain types can see it.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Walkabout
      To: CIS  
    Date: 8/25/1996 8:36:00 AM  

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(blocked) asks:
> Would it be possible (and not too much typing) for you to post
> those lyrics here? Maybe upload them as a library file, so that
> they wouldn't go away? Pretty please?
> With a virtual (no calories) hot fudge sundae?

Will try to remember to do that soonish....

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Walkabout
      To: CIS  
    Date: 8/27/1996 7:57:00 AM  

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{original post had no questions}

Since I didn't write Gropos, it didn't happen there....

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Walkabout
      To: CIS  
    Date: 8/27/1996 2:51:00 PM  

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{original post unavailable}

Yeah, I kinda wear my heart on my sleeve more than I should;
sometimes even I'm appalled at what I find my subsconscious has given
away once I can step back and look at a script objectively.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Walkabout
      To: CIS  
    Date: 8/29/1996 5:06:00 AM  

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{original post unavailable}

Not coincidences, no, but not quite asx tightly linked as you
suggest. Thematically indicative more than anything that points to
story specific elements.

jms

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