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    Not that it would ever happen, but I wonder what JMS would do with a B5 Spin-off series about Captain Ivanova and her new ship's shakedown cruise?

    Given that that he treated many of the same concepts Star Trek (especially DS9) in i much better, more realistic fashion, I can't help but believe that a JMS starship series might actually go one better, maybe even be more realistic, than even original Trek.

    I was a diehard Trekker for over 30 years. The "Enterprise" series debacle, and the fact that B5 is even more timely now than in the mid-'90s, pushes me to wonder if JMS could do the whole shooting match one better. Any thoughts?
    Good Idea!
    Maybe not...
    Not a chance!

  • #2
    Captain Ivanova and her new ship is an obvious spin off. There are likely to be some good stories there. The magazine article "Hidden Agendas" is an example.

    Her adventures quickly become story ideas; on legal advice JMS boycotts any board carrying story ideas. If you want to talk story ideas try a different board. Such as
    Andrew Swallow


    • #3
      Actually, from personal experience, JMS doesn't like to see or hear any story ideas. I still remember that email very well


      • #4
        Good idea would like to see more stories on Ivanova again.


        • #5
          Captain Ivanova and her new lets put a bald guy instead,now lets redesign the ship a little and call it Enterprise...oh hmmmm..something isnt right
          Sleeping in Light-----Darnit! Shut the Window.


          • #6
            If Claudia had stayed with the series, at some point she was going to take a Warlock cruiser or something, and find something to save Marcus. Marcus was originally going to be in Crusade.

            Whether it begins within BABYLON 5 or outside, the CRUSADE pilot movie will
            start with the Drakh attack, and end with the revelation about the plague.
            It's important to see this happen in current time, rather than hear about it
            after the fact. We need to see first-hand what's at stake, and how we got

            As a result, the pilot will introduce not only our characters, but the full
            situation and setup for the series to come. Because of the attack and
            counter-attacks, it will be primarily action-oriented. The focus is not on
            diplomacy, or negotiations...the focus is nothing less than the very survival
            of our species, and the acts of heroism that result when our characters stand
            against terrible and overwhelming odds.

            As head of the Rangers, Delenn and Captain John Sheridan give the fleet its
            mission, and take part in the pilot movie.

            After that, once the battle is over and the fleet is on its way, they will
            appear either infrequently or not at all. CRUSADE will stand on its own,
            except for possible TNT movie cross-overs.

            Let's meet our characters.

            CAPTAIN MATTHEW DRAKE, Captain of the Excalibur, the high-tech flagship of the
            White Star fleet of ships. (The fleet divides into teams to help increase the
            odds of finding a cure; when they find a possible lead, they call in the
            Excalibur, wait until it arrives, then they move on to the next destination
            while the Excalibur does its work.) In his 30s, dark, brooding, attractive,
            he's a fighter whose own Earthforce ship was destroyed during the initial war
            with the Drakh. (It wasn't his fault, as we will learn; he was up against
            impossible odds and barely managed to save his crew at great risk to himself.)

            Personally assigned to the Excalibur by Sheridan, this mission represents his
            chance to redeem himself. Hard-headed and practical, a man of action who
            doesn't believe in the mysticism practiced by the Minbari and the Rangers; if
            he can't feel it or taste it, it doesn't exist. A loner whose harsh exterior
            covers a heart that has been wounded too many times, and now refuses to let
            anyone near him.

            MARCUS COLE, a Ranger established on Babylon 5 during its third and fourth
            seasons. Energetic, bright, literary, with a poetic quote always at hand when
            it's needed, and a pike or a PPG rifle when force is needed. Trained equally
            in martial arts and philosophy. A dashing, romantic figure noted for a
            that belies something much deeper beneath.


            We had to change Drake to Gideon because of a clearance problem, and obviously
            the Claudia situation threw a monkey wrench into using the character of Markus,
            as originally planned.

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