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  • #76
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    So this afternoon was the SDCC SE Babylon 5: Past, Present and Future panel. I felt like it went well and people told me that we had a good panel so I choose to believe that. Alas, there were technical issues with the slides Troy had prepared so I completely spaced recording is. Sorry folks!!

    So Troy and I introduced ourselves and I confessed that it was my screw-up that Jason was still on the panel schedule. We gave a brief history of the genesis of the show and I got to tell the story of how the two ideas JMS had combined into one while he was in the shower one day. We told how it took five years to sell and a little about the changes in character concepts. That was the B5 that Was.

    Then we talked about the #FreeBabylon5 campaign and how reruns finally started happening (thought with the exception of the UK, we never kenw if wposted for a e were effective) and eventually the remastered episodes were appearing on Prime without any fanfare. Troy showed a brief video he'd found online that really showed ther improvement. The B5 that is.

    Then we discussed the reboot/reimagining and the timeline JMS has postred for a possible greenlight. I read a couple of posts of JMS' where he talked about his approach. Thankfully, a good percentage of the (almost filled!) room had already heard that there was a new series in the possible making. We talked about JMS' Patreon where he's making a point that Patrons get at least a little advance notice of new developments and I also mentioned the new commentaries that JMS has been doing.

    About that time folks started raising their hands with questions. There was some concern that JMS might have to pull back from his involvement with fans due to the issue of story ideas. We remembered how the Moderated Usenet group had come about and postulated that something similar might be possible via Facebook, but maybe not Twitter. Everybody knows JMS' desire to stay connected directly to the fans.

    Another fan asked how the fans could help increase ratings for the pilot but from what JMS has said , the decision is likely to be made before or without the pilot airing but hopefully he'd let the fans know if there was any way they could help.

    My favorite question was in response to JMS' post that he'd take the evergreen elements of the original to use in the reimagining. The fan asked what elements that we thought those might be. I mentioned the whole choices and consequences elements that permeated the show as well as the power of one person to make a differentce to the world.

    All in all, I thought everything went really well. Except for forgetting to record! Sorry!!
    Last edited by Jan; 11-27-2021, 08:24 AM.
    "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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    • #77
      Small article about the panel: https://www.comicsbeat.com/sdcc-21-b...-panel-reboot/
      "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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      • #78
        Originally posted by Jan View Post
        WOW! The pic in the article looks like you had an EXCELLENT crowd! 😀👍

        So wish I could have been there. Was the crowd disappointed I wasn't there? 😎😎😎 😁🤣

        Oh it looks like sooooooooooooooo much fun.

        Please everyone keep an idea out for anymore articles, videos, or pictures.
        Susan Ivanova, "I'll be in the car."

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        • #79
          Is it possible some well-meaning-person in the audience might have had their phone pointed at the front of room for the duration of the event?
          "This is not a clear and present danger? I must read the rule book again."

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          • #80
            Originally posted by LateArrival View Post
            Is it possible some well-meaning-person in the audience might have had their phone pointed at the front of room for the duration of the event?
            Looks like some wonderful well-meaning person recorded at least the final third of it! Just found this posted on FB today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EaYu81koU8

            "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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            • #81
              Oh darn. Too short, but still great. Ugggggh I wanted to be there so bad. I am sooooooooooooooo glad we got some video. 😀
              Susan Ivanova, "I'll be in the car."

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              • #82
                Originally posted by nottenst View Post
                There are some panels in development which do mention B5 which are still around, but may still be purged later. One is a debate of which show had the best ending. Another one refers to B5, but doesn't appear to really discuss it (it wonder about music in the future). A third is about Martian Independence and B5 is an example in the notes.
                Hope you had a great time at WorldCon! Did there turn out to be anything B5 related that you found?


                "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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                  Originally posted by Jan View Post

                  Hope you had a great time at WorldCon! Did there turn out to be anything B5 related that you found?

                  I had a fun time and the day I wore my B5 sweatshirt lots of people commented on it with quite a few wanting the shirt. And look who I ran into in the Dealer's Room
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                  • #84
                    By the way, it looks like my B5 Reboot discussion panel has been accepted for Farpoint 29 convention (February 25-27) in Hunt Valley, MD. I just filled out a survey for the convention asking what panels I'd like to participate in and that was one of them.

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                    • #85
                      Originally posted by nottenst View Post
                      By the way, it looks like my B5 Reboot discussion panel has been accepted for Farpoint 29 convention (February 25-27) in Hunt Valley, MD. I just filled out a survey for the convention asking what panels I'd like to participate in and that was one of them.
                      Excellent news! I've always heard good things about the Farpoint cons. With luck by then we may have some real information about the new project. Keep us posted!
                      "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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