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Old November 30th 09, 21:33   #51
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Re: Does any tv series / book saga / movie saga achieve B5's plot structure?

I've noticed that JMS tends to work in 6 and 7 episode chunks. If you notice, his arcs tend to begin or end about 6 or 7 episodes in to a season, or 6 or 7 episodes prior to the end of the season. This makes sense, as logically everything worth happening isn't gonna' *just* happen on New Years Eve.

The "Earth attempts to destabilize B5" arc from S4 got truncated, and the Retake Earth arc got massively accellerated, but JMS has said that season *would* have ended with Sheridan captured. (Or possibly "Intersections in Real Time", I forget.) That implies that we'd have had the first hunk of S5 be the whole rescue and endgame of the war, which, presumably would have ended around episode 5, 6, or 7-ish, if the fifth season had been assured.

This still gives us 2/3rds of the season for setting up the Drakh, the Fall of Centauri Prime, the telepath thread, etc. If you take out all the standalones in S5, the season feels more consistent. If you cut the telepath stuff and the standalones, the last 6 or 7 episodes are freakin' great.

Understand I'm not saying that Standalones are bad, or that I want it to be entirely arc driven, I'm just saying that the season didn't cohere as well as the others did, and some of that is Byron's fault, and some of that is loosing his notes. As an outside observer - and this is not in any way an authorotative opinion - it looks as if, by pushing stuff in to Season 4, season 5 was about a third empty.

I agree Lyta was something of a doormat up to this point, by I still maintain the story would have been better if she was learning how to lead people by herself, you know? Characters change. They change more in B5 than in most shows.

So was anyone ever able to reconstruct some of the stuff that got lost in JMS' notes when he got hacked? Do we know (roughly) what went missing? Any details?
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