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Old September 13th 10, 13:23   #21
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Re: how the characters and concept develop?

Originally Posted by vacantlook View Post
jms wasn't adverse to changing things in the story. In fact, he was well known and explained early on in the show's production that he had designed alternate paths for characters as "trap doors" should he need to take characters out of the story, and that with the exception of two or three characters, he was prepared to lose any of the characters if necessary. It is not uncharacteristic of jms to be willing to change things about characters. His skills as a writer enabled him to do so while also keeping the ultimate story "essentially" the same.
He used to say that B5 was kind of like a platoon fighting in World War II: Individual members of the platoon might come and go, be introudced and die, but that wasn't going to change the outcome of the war.
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Old September 14th 10, 17:41   #22
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Re: how the characters and concept develop?

To see what Joe means when he says the story is what he wanted one should check out these notes where he first sketched out the concept of the show: http://www.cafepress.com/b5books/6587738.
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