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GOD!!!!! If someone asks if he's a god you say YES. 8 22.22%
An ego maniacal award winning writer who THINKS he's god. Might as well go for the really satisfying ones. 2 5.56%
man taken for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again. 3 8.33%
talented man who has accomplished some great things and touched many peoples lives with his words. What he does in the privacy of his own home we may never know...... 22 61.11%
nom de plume for Judy Blume. Who'd have thunk it...... 1 2.78%
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Old December 18th 04, 10:24   #21
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Re: JMS: The man and the legend

I'm glancing through this thread and wondering: what is/was its purpose?
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Old December 18th 04, 12:49   #22
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Re: JMS: The man and the legend

That sounds like the bast that we can probably do here Jan. Best if left behind. I don't like leaving someone unhappy but it seems the topic has brought it out one way or another. It is my hope that it does not need to be so between us. .....But I want GKE to kneel down and say he's wrong RIGHT NOW......
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Old December 18th 04, 13:04   #23
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Re: JMS: The man and the legend

Yah. I dunno Hyp. I was reading about people's response to JMS's response to inquires about the movie and thought I might drop a new thread comparing the personalities of "creator" figures like a JMS or a Gene Roddenberry with the impressions their series' fans have of them. I put forth the suggestion that there may be a sort of phenomena of fans seeking more about the figure than they might actually have information to base it on.

Then the thread became a very specific thing about JMS and people shouldn't be prying or something like that and now my only hope for the thread is that it might return to a forum for people to express their views on the topic.

I don't know ... it has gotten so wierd I'm not confident of where anything stands in it at this point.

The concept was/is:
Do fans of B5, for example, notice a kind of "glow" regarding JMS and what do people think of him in general?

I can't say much for myself as I have not kept on top of ALL his online chat material and the like....but I am guessing he is something like the classic creator/prime mover, that he desires final control over his creations, is perhaps a shade eccentric as are many in the Sci Fi Creator line, and may even be so skilled with online, written, and verbal communication that we really don't know what kind of a person he is. Something everone I would imagine has an opinion about or impression of. He seems like an ethical, philisophical sort of person, but with a desire to not be challanged by others in regard to his creations.

That's my impression of JMS. Offered for the record. All I would like from the thread is an airing of the general B5 population's impressions of the man that started it all.
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Old December 18th 04, 13:40   #24
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Re: JMS: The man and the legend

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Do fans of B5, for example, notice a kind of "glow" regarding JMS and what do people think of him in general?


I am actually relatively new to his newsgroup postings. What I can say about JMS and my inmpressions of him:

1) he is passionate. [That is definitely a two-edged sword at least )

2) Buddy. That's all I need to say there (are you aware of the cat-rescue story?)

3) He can seem to be very short-tempered. But nothing like Harlan Ellison.

He seems to be an interesting guy, but what can you really say knowing someone only through his work and his online postings?
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Old December 20th 04, 09:47   #25
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I can't say much for myself as I have not kept on top of ALL his online chat material and the like....but I am guessing he is something like the classic creator/prime mover, that he desires final control over his creations, is perhaps a shade eccentric as are many in the Sci Fi Creator line, and may even be so skilled with online, written, and verbal communication that we really don't know what kind of a person he is. Something everone I would imagine has an opinion about or impression of. He seems like an ethical, philisophical sort of person, but with a desire to not be challanged by others in regard to his creations.
JMS may seem to be a person who demands full control to some people. But Babylon 5 was his creation, he dreamed it up, wrote it and fought for many years to get it to television. He put up with keeping his dream alive to finish the 5 year arc, many time not knowing if he could until the 11th hour. So does he not deserve to have the control of how his story should be told.

His JOB is writing stories, that is the profession he chose. I personaly think he does that very well. There are very few writers who would try to get a 5 year arc on television and all the while he still takes time to answer fan questions not only about the show but on how to write, something he seems (to me at least)to LOVE and want to help other people with.

I respect the man for all he has accomplished, his public face is what I see and his public face is all I care about
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Re: JMS: The man and the legend

2amageing, allow me to interject where I feel this may have gone wrong from the beginning.

As stated, JMS is a very passionate artist. He undertook a phenomenol task bringing a 5 year arc to the little screen, and raising the bar of scifi television.

He has been put through the wringer many times by various different "Powers that be".

Depending upon who you listen to, or what you read you may have the impression that JMS "doesn't play well with others" or has a God complex, or any other insulting analogies, or you may believe he is a passionate artist, who has a grand vision, and "Powers that Be" interferring in that vision, try to water down that vision.

While it may not have been your intention, your poll gives the impression, that you are perpetuating the stereotypes, that he indeed "doesn't play well with others", and even trying to dive deeper into by dragging out any possible information from his personal life.

Naturally, those of who feel, he has gotten raw deals, (Rising Stars or Midnight Nation [not sure which one], Crusade, LotR, Spiderman, Crusade DVD commentary, now apparently TMoS, and probably several we may not even have heard of) and have seen some of the really insulting posts on the moderated boards (which he has rightly slashed the impertinence of question posers to bits with his literary gifts and humor), we have a tendancy to react with, an "Enough is enough" attitude. It's not that we actually think he is a God, but, he is a visionary, and as much as we have seen him be disrespected at times, we have a tendancy to feel the need to defend him when we see yet more attacks.

As I've said, it seems from your shock and your later posts that a lack of respect or a perpetuating of stereotypes was not your intention, but, it did come off that way.
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Old December 20th 04, 15:32   #27
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JMS 'IS' Kosh.

after all 'We are ALL Kosh!'

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Old December 20th 04, 16:18   #28
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Re: JMS: The man and the legend

I would dare to say that is probably a reasonable summation. I would hope those that are familia with me would know that if had a claim about someone to make I would make it directly and not waste time with backhanded allusions and inferences.

I have too much respect for the work he has done to have any inclination to tear the man down..... especially since I have never even met him and would be in an asinine position to talk about someone in detail without having ever met him in the flesh.

At most I would be saying that what you see, even via what he writes to people on-line MAY not be what you get....and that fans of a great show may have elevated expectations of that show's creator....I think this is probably the best summary of where I have been coming from.

But now I am inclined to say it is kind of sad that, due to sensitivity created from OTHER peoples tresspasses that so much negetive can be read into a JMS thread topic so quickly and with such confidence, that it seems like JMS has become an unapproachable subject, at least in some circles....and that does not seem good since B5 and JMS are inextricably linked for time and eternity.

Anyway, a skillfully, and largely impartial description of the big picture, Sindatur, IMHO.

As I was inclined to do from the beginning I would prefer to not have (or have had) much pressence in this thread as I was hoping for others input and had already placed mine at the beginning......so perhaps people can continue to gain some benefit from the thread and I will be QUITE happy to do what I always like to do, listen. I am now doubtful that a debate of the concept I had in mind is going to be able to happen in a calm and disciplined way, given the circumstances surounding the primary example....and I suppose that's fine......the thread would be just as well served as a sort of place for people to pay their respects and opinions of JMS....if this is acceptable to others??
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Re: JMS: The man and the legend

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after all 'We are ALL Kosh!'



Mmmm, deep. But JMS can't be too much Kosh....he doesn't seem to be cryptic enough for it...... ....then again......
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Old December 20th 04, 16:40   #30
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Re: JMS: The man and the legend

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Actually it seems like frequenly the above average accomplishments come from someone of above average eccentricities.
First, plant the seeds of suspicion.

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With great strengths and skills there must also come great weaknesses and inabilities.
Second, misquote Spiderman

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As fans we tend to glow to great extremes about the material the people who brought it into existance. But it seems like we sometimes assume more than we have evidence to base the judgements upon. But than again maybe I'm way off here and there really are near perfect people running around cranking out great Science Fiction.
Third, suggest that fan's feelings are misguided (as they may well be) and finish with a little sarcasm.

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Note: JMS is a great writer, it shows in multiple series, and I wish to take NOTHING away from that.
Next, preface your conclusion with an apologetic platitude.

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But Homeruns and Hugo winning tv shows don't speak to the character of a person.[quote]


Before reaffirming initial statement.

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I won a Starfox jacket for my skill in the US based competition for that Nintendo game. It does not mean I'm the most skilled ladies man alive.......although it could still be true despite the lack of evidence........
That's the kicker, ain't it? Even if you were only gauging fan's personal opinion of jms, (which as others have pointed out, is useless since it based only on his work and occasional posts) your survey is filled with baseless remarks.


All I know is jms is a busy man, married, somewhat down to Earth, will fight if backed in a corner, likes cats, and doesn't really enjoy the cult of personality. Don't forget, for every fan that loves you, there are several others ready to attack. We've seen it happen. He's not always right, sometimes he sees it, sometimes he doesn't. More often than not, he's been straight with the fans and tried to please us as best he could. What else is there?

p.s Congrats on the jacket.
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