On another note, The Shadow Within was an excellent book. It tells of the expedition to Z'Ha'Dum.
2) Although they had Melissa record the entire video letter to Liz Sheridan so they'd have the option of re-editing the earlier episode, nothing came of the idea.
1) JMS did not noticeably change any of the major character arcs in the process.
...it didn't "feel" as slow in some places. Lucas' extra footage did exactly the opposite, especially in the original Star Wars.
...to allow fans to become emotionally attached to that exact edit.
*thinks of the bruhaha over Lucas changing a character in RotJ*
hmmm. I somehow doubt that B5 fans would have kicked off an almighty fuss if JMS had gone back and changed things. Strange huh.
...how does a feared bounty hunter....
I can honestly say I never once watched ANH and thought of Greedo as a fearsome bounty hunter. I always saw him as a lame lackey trying desperately to make a name for himself because he knew himself to be nothing but a lackey.
But I do see how that can come across as a bit of a change in Han's characterization. I never personally saw the original version of the scene as Han killing in "cold blood," so I guess that might be why it's not a big deal to me.
The journey of Han's character has to start from killing Greedo "in cold blood" to save his neck, otherwise that journey, and the characters development, is lessened.
Anyhoo, I always wondered how the dynamic of Sheridan and Anna would have panned out with Beth Toussaint still in the role, and I don't recall having seen her in anything else. Any ideas?
This has been answered. The starting point for Han's character changes significantly, which in turn alters the shape of the arc of change / growth that his character goes through.
I thought that it (the orginal edit) did a good job of starting slowly enough to get across a feeling of the pastoral life that Luke was coming from, without being too slow for too long so that the audiance lapses into boredom. The re-edit, with its additional footage (not to mention entire additional scenes) in the early section of the movie, starts pushing that limit too much. Ultimately, it hurt the whole tone and feel of the movie, for me anyway.