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    AmyG
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    Thus, Baltimore's Otakon (sf convention).

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  • FuryPilot
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    Originally posted by vacantlook
    Otaku??? I don't recognize that word?
    Japanese slang for someone who is an overtly obsessive fan -- and geeky enough to be proud of it.

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    FuryPilot
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  • vacantlook
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    Otaku??? I don't recognize that word?

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  • FuryPilot
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    Originally posted by AmyG
    I have to say, this seems to be the most pessimistic bunch of fans I've ever seen! We have people on other threads and other message boards saying things like they're still not going to belive it's happening until they have the disc in their hands, even though they are due to start filming this week.
    The fans I've seen doing this are the later-comers. Most coming in during the TNT or Sci-Fi days (or even later than that). To them, they've seen JMS "hype" LoTR, watched Crusade come (and go quickly), and saw the hope that was TMoS blow away seemingly in a puff of smoke.

    I'm not really trying to defend their pessimism, but let's face it: TMoS was announced to "have offices that have 'Babylon 5' printed on the door" (or something similar). Yes, this is different in that WB greenlit and financed the whole thing, but to the more casual fan (unlike the B5-Otaku 'round here) they look similarly precarious.

    Filming starts in what, 11 hours? Heh heh heh...

    FP

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  • AmyG
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    Arius, I did realize that you weren't being pessimistic -- really! But based on the broad picture of the pessimism I've seen expressed here and elsewhere, I'm pretty sure that SOMEBODY is going to read that and take the worst interpretation possible from it. Seriously, people are being completely nuts about this. Glad we seem to be a sane bunch here on this thread...
    AmyG
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  • arius
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    I also would like to thank the Joe's for their informative comments. As to Amy, I never meant to sound pessimistic, all I was trying to do was bring up an interesting quote that I had discovered while reading an old magazine. Trying to get people to discuss it and see where it lead. I am a huge B5 fan, and look forward to anything coming out on the horizon. Maybe you just have too much fiber in your diet :P

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  • AmyG
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    Thanks Joe, and Joe (Joe for the spot-on analysis, and Joe for the larger context of the interview).

    I have to say, this seems to be the most pessimistic bunch of fans I've ever seen! We have people on other threads and other message boards saying things like they're still not going to belive it's happening until they have the disc in their hands, even though they are due to start filming this week. And this was a different kind of pessimism, but pessimism just the same! From where I'm sitting, and the JMS messages I've read (which are the same messages everyone else has seen), this definitely doesn't seem like a gun-to-his-head situation.

    I think people need some more fiber in their diets or something.

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  • Jan
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    Thanks, Joe. I'm definitely one who both wanted more from the B5 universe but would've hated to see it try to continue to a sixth season. Someday, though...someday I really hope to see the Station on the big screen.

    Jan

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  • Joe Nazzaro
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    Just to provide a bit of context to the previous posts, I went back and looked up my original transcript of that original B5 Magazine interview, because I couldnÆt remember where and when I did it. It turns out the interview was done at Netter Digital back on January 21, 1998. IÆve including a chunk of the original conversation below, just so you could see what we were originally talking aboutà

    Joe: The show now seems to be at its most popular just when itÆs about to reach an end. There are a lot of fans who want to see more B5, but youÆve gone on record as saying, æFive years, thatÆs all there is.Æ Will that change because of recent developments with TNT and so forth?

    JMS: No, my feeling is you want to go out on a high note as far as the series is concerned. That the outpouring of enthusiasm is as great is in part because they sense we have kept our word and created a novel which will have a definite finishing point. If we were to violate that promise and just become like any other show that goes on and on indefinitely, then we wouldnÆt be the thing that has gotten their enthusiasm. It would be a betrayal to the fans and to the intention and the purpose of the show. Certainly weÆre looking at a possible follow-up series, æCrusade,Æ weÆre doing two more movies for TNT, there are discussions about a feature film, so in one fashion or another, that universe will keep going. I created this universe and find it kind of a fun place to play in, and I look forward to going back there through different venues, but this particular venue is closed. The universe goes on, but this particular telling of it stops.

    Doug Netter: The five-year arc is over.

    John Copeland: The story is over, and likewise, as Joe has described this as a novel, you have to get to the end of it. In the continuation of this, as this has moved off, because Babylon 5 is the name of a space station; if it not set on a space station, how can you call it Babylon 5 to begin with? WeÆve now left Babylon 5.

    JMS: What no one has really understood on some level, is that for me, this has always been an artistic venture, not a financial venture. If I wanted the money, I could have stayed on Murder She Wrote, where I was getting twice what I got to come here and be executive producer. I came here because this form appealed to me, and if I were to walk away from it now, it would be to abandon everything that IÆve fought so hard to get. The only concern way in the back of my head was if someone said, æWeÆre doing it with or without you,Æ in which case, the last bullet in my gun would be a æTales from Babylon 5Æ anthology series, but that would be a last resort, an emergency parachute thing to keep it from getting into the hands of someone who didnÆt understand what weÆre trying to do.

    John: But even that is not Babylon 5, it really isnÆt. This novel is done, and even if it comes back, these are stories set in familiar places that we have discovered during the past five year, with characters that people have met or spent a lot of time with over the past five years. The spin-off is set in the universe of Babylon 5, so thereÆs going to be a lot of familiarity there, there will places that are familiar to viewers, and there will be all sorts of new and exotic places that weÆve never seen before, so there will be a real wonderment again, just like the beginning of Babylon 5, of starting to discover these new characters and new worlds, so thereÆs going to be that same sense of wonder and exploration.

    JMS: ItÆs kind of funny that the critics at first were saying, æyou wonÆt go for five seasons because the money is against you,Æ and now theyÆre saying, æWell of course you will go past five seasons because the money is in your favour now!Æ Money ainÆt the issue for me, it never has been. When Michaelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel, he got to the edge of a ceiling and stopped; he didnÆt keep on going down to the walls.

    John: No, but he went somewhere else and did other statuary and other paintings. Maybe it didnÆt take him the same number of years it took to paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling, but it went on and if you look at MichelangeloÆs work, itÆs all a related body of work. Back then, the biggest patrons of the arts were either families like the Medicis or the church.

    Joe: Would you say if thereÆs a future for Babylon 5 as an entity, it would either be in longer forms, such as TV movies or feature films?

    JMS: Absolutely, thatÆs the key to it. The fact that the fan population is there now and we know there are 11 million core viewers of the show, means that if we were to do a $25-30 million feature film, youÆre going to make a profit, so our job becomes to do those as we come up with nifty stories; if I havenÆt got a nifty story, we ainÆt doing it. If we do it, the audience will come and find us.

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  • Jan
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    It seems that JMS has wanted to do an anthology series...probably since his days on TZ. Witness this post of his from '95:

    From: [email protected] (Jms at B5)
    Subject: ATTN JMS: What happens AFTER B
    To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated
    Date: 8/22/1995 7:00:00 AM

    There's always been the possibility of a side-story that would go off
    in the B5 universe, after the B5 main story, but frankly the odds on that
    happening are extremely slim at best, I think.

    Other than that...if B5 goes its full 5 year run, as I've noted here
    before, at that point (1998) the tentative plan is for me to retire from
    TV, go back to writing plays and novels. I figure I'll have said all I
    have to say in TV, and at that point you get off the damned stage.

    About the only thing that could lure me back, aside from a B5 side
    story, would be an anthology series, because I love that form dearly, but
    the odds of that are even smaller; there seems such growing discontent
    with the genre at the studios, despite some small successes here and
    there.

    jms
    I'm glad he left the door open to television or we wouldn't have gotten 'Jeremiah'.

    Jan

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  • Joseph DeMartino
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    Shabaz pointed me to a JMS usenet post where he said essentially the same thing - about a year earlier:

    Now, in theory, WB could do B5 without me, since they own the copyright, and that would be the last bullet in their gun if I got real difficult about it.

    The only other option would be to do a "Tales from Babylon 5" sixth season, which would be an anthology series, to all intents and purposes, using our characters almost like a repertory group.

    But we'll see...it's still a long way off, and as Ted Kennedy once said, we'll drive off that bridge when we come to it.

    jms
    Regards,

    Joe

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  • arius
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    The question asked in the B5 magazine, was whether B5 would go on past its planned 5 year arc, in light of the increased visibility on TNT.

    JMS then goes on at length about why it will not, then he mentions other things in the works, like 2 more tv movies (which at the time hadnt been filmed), mentions Crusade (which had just been picked up), and the possibility of a feature film.

    What I got from the part I posted earlier was that if WB had wanted to continue B5 on TV, then as a last resort to keep someone else from coming in, he would do the anthology series.

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  • Joseph DeMartino
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    Originally posted by arius
    "The only concern way in the back of my head was if someone said, 'We're doing it with or without you,' in which case, the last bullet in my gun would be a 'Tales from Babylon 5 anthology series, but that would be a last resort, and emergency parachute thing to keep it from getting into the hands of someone who didn't understand what we're trying to do." - points of departure article in B5 magazine vol 2 no 2 September 1998
    BTW, I was guessing at the context based on the reply quoted above. Could you post the question he was responding to?

    Thanks,

    Joe
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  • Joseph DeMartino
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    Originally posted by Garibaldi's Hair
    Well, as you yourself said earlier in that very post, JMS owns the rights to a B5 feature, so I doubt they could threaten to do that anyway.
    You're absolutley right. I think I meant to write "B5 project", but had movies on the brain at that point, so what came out of my fingers was "feature". (Damn fingers, can never trust them. ) Thanks for catching that.

    Regards,

    Joe

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  • Garibaldi's Hair
    Busy! Busy! Busy!

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    I doubt WB would have threatened to do a B5 feature without JMS - they know that he's the only one who could write a story the fans would want to see.
    Well, as you yourself said earlier in that very post, JMS owns the rights to a B5 feature, so I doubt they could threaten to do that anyway.

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