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Old August 6th 06, 17:15   #91
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If this is an alternate universe, I'm not going back.

This one has a lot going on in it for JMS.

Yea, it is great to hear he's got some much goingon and he's so happy.
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Old August 6th 06, 19:07   #92
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I am so happy for JMS and agree with JoeDM. I do hope he doesn't take on tooooo much that he makes himself sick.

He sure does deserve the opportunites that are being presented to him. I can hardly wait for everything to get to either screen.
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Old August 7th 06, 00:24   #93
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I am happy for JMS and he certainly seems to be as well.
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Old August 7th 06, 09:23   #94
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Unfortunately he's removed his credit from the episode he'd written for Masters of Science Fiction after Sam Egan re-wrote it extensively.
Having seen what Sam Egan achieved on Jeremiah ... suddenly that doesn't sound quite so interesting anymore.
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Old August 7th 06, 11:57   #95
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Unfortunately he's removed his credit from the episode he'd written for Masters of Science Fiction after Sam Egan re-wrote it extensively.
Having seen what Sam Egan achieved on Jeremiah ... suddenly that doesn't sound quite so interesting anymore.
My feelings, exactly. Except...well, this is the article that prompted me to ask JMS about 'Watchbird' and I can't deny that Professor Hawking's involvement as well as the cast list does pique my interest. Some, at least.

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Old August 11th 06, 11:54   #96
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GH, I love the animated avatar thing...

On a general note, the idea of more B5 in an up to date way, if done properly, now has me totally stoked. It seems to have taken a while to sink in though...
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Old August 13th 06, 15:39   #97
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I haven't been here for a while and look what happens

Although more B5 will be great, I do have some doubts as to what can be done in a half hour story? It would feel like it was over before it really began.

Does anyone else feel the same about this? Or is it maybe because we have become used to epic tales of galactic proportion?
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Old August 13th 06, 15:49   #98
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Although more B5 will be great, I do have some doubts as to what can be done in a half hour story? It would feel like it was over before it really began.
If one takes a lot of regular B5 episodes and only runs the A-plot, excluding the B-plot (and depending on the episode also the C-plot), the one primary plot would end up being much the same amount of time that each of these minis are going to be.
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Old August 13th 06, 18:25   #99
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Although more B5 will be great, I do have some doubts as to what can be done in a half hour story? It would feel like it was over before it really began.
Less commercials an entire "one hour" episode only ran about 42 miniutes, and that, as vacantlook rightly points out, usually included one and sometimes two subplots. Not to mention extra little scenes that were planted to provide links to the arc, so 30 minutes is more time than you might think.

Even setting TV aside, length isn't always important. Er, size doens't always matter. Um, -- Well, in terms of stories, a really good short story can sometimes pack a punch that even a great novel can't quite. A novel (or series of novels) can tell the story of a whole life, but a short story is a kind of drama concentrate - stripped down, with no frills or extras. The Twilight Zone was at its best when it was a half-hour (25 minutes or so in the 1960s) At an hour the show often seemed padded and sloppy. TZ scripts were often like well-told jokes with narratives that were just enough to get you to the punchline that was the point of the story.

Depending on the kind of tale JMS plans to tell, 30 minutes could be just tine.

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Have you lot ever watched 'Wallace and Gromitt'?

I'm always amazed that they only last half and hour.
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