- As it happens, as soon as I finish the two-parter, this
week, the next script will get a lot more into Lyta and the
Vorlons and all that jazz.
- It came out pretty well; it's exceeded by Shadow Dancing,
Z'ha'dum and Rock, but it ain't bad.
- Re: "Walkabout," thanks...of the final 5, it's not at the top,
but it ain't bad. If you happen to be out of the house this coming
Thursday, and miss "Grey 17 is Missing," you miss a little, but not a
lot. It's okay. But the ones after that are just *killer*.
- Was this supposed to come before "War Without
Correct. Initially we'd wanted to put Walkabout in first, but
that would have meant airing only WWE1 in that sweeps period, and
having to wait until the fall for part 2, which seemed not only
excessive but remarkably stupid. So we reversed the shooting/airing
order to accommodate that, and the fact that we knew we'd need a LOT of
EFX in WWE1, and this would give us time to do it properly.
- Will the order be corrected when TNT airs the
Not really, because it doesn't make *that* much difference to
risk confusing them about it....
Patricia Tallman's misspelled name
Are you sure? We changed it on my copies here.....
- (slow burn)
We delivered a corrected print ages ago.
Someone gon' DIE.
- It's fair to say that Lyta has been...aided, slightly, in
her abilities. But I'm not ready to pull the trigger on that one for a
- The new Vorlon arrives in Walkabout.
- Is the new ambassador the same as Kosh?
Actually, no, the replacement isn't Kosh, as you say, it's
another Vorlon, with a very different personality...the "we are all
Kosh" is more of a conceptual thing....
- I'd say this Kosh has a bit more of an edge to him....
- Will we ever find out what was written on the side
of Kosh's ship?
What, do I look like someone who can speak Vorlon? Oh, sure, a few
words, mainly "Where is the bathroom" and "What's that smell?" but to
translate something like that...pfsh, please.
(Answer: probably not.)
- What did the ship say?
"Welcome to Hawaii."
There was apparently a hideous malfunction...they never talked
about it thereafter....
- Franklin isn't gone from the show; he's in the very next
episode, in a major way, and has a big part in "Shadow Dancing." He
just has a lot to work out right now.
- "When is walkabout a legitimate choice, and when is it
When you're more afraid of what you're running *to* than what you're
- It's not widely known -- I guess
because I haven't ever mentioned it much -- but from time to time I've
written songs. Mainly the lyrics; I know how the music should sound,
but I'm incapable of reading music...I think it's the same mental
glitch that hits me when I try to do certain kinds of math. "X is a
numerical value." "No, X is a letter, 7 is a numerical value." I can't
ever seem to make the one equal the other in my head. Similarly, a
black note on a piece of paper isn't the music...anyway, it's a
So when I write songs, and I have a specific melody I'm hearing
in my head, I'm invariably placed in the humiliating position (since I
can't play a musical instrument) of humming it, or somehow trying to
suggest it to the music-person. Suffice to say it looks really goofy
Anyway...despite this, I do sometimes write songs, and like to
keep my hand in, as they say. I did two songs for an ABC-TV prime-time
Real Ghostbusters special, did a few songs that have been recorded by
small groups (you've never heard of any of them, trust me), another
song that, much to my chagrin, is apparently still being used in church
songbooks (and that's all I will ever say about that)...and when I
decided to do a show with a singer for B5, I wrote a couple of songs
for that one, with Chris Franke providing the music.
They're bluesy, Billie Holliday kinds of songs, updated
slightly. I'm actually very pleased with how they came out (Erica
Gimpel, one of the cast members from Fame, plays the part and sings the
songs). Several folks around here want either or both songs to come
out on the next B5 album, but I"m loathe to do so, on the theory that
the soundtracks work better in the style we've already used, all
instrumental. (There've even been some inquiries from music people
who've heard the songs about releasing them commercially, but that
would mean adding about 30 seconds to each song to make them airplay
compatible, and I'm not sure I want to take on the extra hassle just
- Who did the music?
I wrote the lyrics, Chris Franke did the music.
- Are the songs linked to elements of the
Not coincidences, no, but not quite as tightly linked as you suggest.
Thematically indicative more than anything that points to story specific
- I figured it might be cool to continue the song over the
credits. That happens one more time this season.
- Here's what I think is a bit of cultural short-sightedness.
Everybody keeps saying, "well, if they had that kind of music,
shouldn't it have been shown to be an oldies bar or something?"
Look at classical music for a moment. Goes back to Beethoven,
Brahms, Bach and lots of composers whose names don't even begin with
B. And earlier. Now, I don't mean to alarm anyone or startle anyone
with this revelation, but classical music is *still being written and
performed* hundreds of years later. Not old stuff, new stuff, of
that school and in that style. The orchestral suites in the Star
Wars movies are strongly based on classical compositions...is that
"oldies" stuff? You've got one of the longest running musical plays
running now in London, in "Phantom of the Opera," a *new* composition
(well, mostly, knowing how Webber works).
Jazz and blues kinda formally began in the 1920s and 1930s, but its
roots run back to spirituals and african-american music in the
1800s. And it didn't just stop suddenly in the 1930s. There's still
new material being written in that style now; so should Stevie Ray
Vaughn's albums or performances have been labeled "oldies?" After
all, it's sixty years later and more.
Certain musical styles will stay with us for a long, long time. Not
performances based on old stuff, but new material in that vein, for
those forms that have shown themselves to be enduring. 200 years
from now, in addition to other forms, you're still going to have
original blues songs, original classical compositions, original jazz,
original compositions in the style of gregorian chants, on and on and
It's odd when people try to apply illogical rules to the future that
don't apply now; no one said, as noted, that a Stevie Ray Vaughn
concert should be billed as an "oldies" event, or an oldies
bar...even though it's over half a century since serious blues
started going...it's just silly.
- Vorlon ships come out backwards when possible to help
Pat has interesting eyes...they're slightly larger than is the norm, and
they take some getting used to. Those eyes are one of the things that
beckoned to me to cast her...they're the eyes of a telepath, who sees
more than should be seen. They're terrific eyes.
- So, were the shadows following Lyta, or were they an image on the
They weren't following Lyta. We were in Kosh's old quarters, and those
images were burned into the wall when Kosh died. Bear in mind that she
doesn't actually meet the new ambassador until the next scene.
It was the same effect you would get in a massive energy burst that
"paints" shadows on the wall, which only he could see.
Those are two different scenes; the first one takes place in Kosh's
quarters, the second one out in the hallway. Perhaps that could've been
- Garibaldi said he went over Kosh's quarters with a
fine-toothed comb. How'd he miss the image?
Watch the scene again; the first time the new Vorlon looks at the wall,
he sees nothing; the next time he looks at it, the lens wide open, the
image is somewhat distorted around the edges, and now he's seeing the
afterflash. Only certain types can see it.
- Is there significance to the different eye-piece colors
of the two Koshes? Why no one would suspect Kosh suddenly
having a different encounter suit?
No signicance to the eyepiece color; no reason to assume Vorlons only
have one encounter suit their entire life.
- Actually, the new Vorlon's encounter suit is more
purple/red than green. The design is a matter of form following
- On differences between the two Koshes:
They're not that far apart in age, but yes, Kosh would be a bit
- The look of the new Vorlon was developed by John Vulich of Optic Nerve
based on my suggestions. I got in after a bit and redesigned/sketched
the headpiece a bit, and recommended the colors used. We're actually
doing a bit of fine-tuning on the new Vorlon prior to next season.
- Re: the new Kosh...yeah, the look is intentional. I
worked with Optic Nerve to get the new lines right, messed with their
sketches until I had what I wanted. It's very effective in some lights,
less so in others, but the sense comes across.
- Is the new Kosh really Ulkesh from the novel
"To Dream in the City of Sorrows?"
The new Vorlon was Ulkesh, yes...the Kosh thing was meant in a
Vorlon philosophical sense. They ain't wired up like the rest of us.
- Sheridan commands the Army of Light, Delenn as second.
If the AOL speaks with one voice on something of importance, they have
to be listened to. When Sheridan put himself on the front lines, he was
then taking on the role of soldier, not commander. They also felt it
risked leaving them without said commander if it went wrong.
Bear in mind that their orders in *no* way compromised his actual
mission, or over-rode his decision. They were sending along a secondary
mission to keep an eye on the primary mission. I don't see a conflict
- Just some comparisons to illustrate...during
WW II, the head of naval operations for the Japanese fleet insisted
on being on board during several of their more pivotal missions. His
subordinates insisted that additional ships be sent as escorts given
his importance to war strategy. That's a very rigid military
structure, but when *all* the subordinates get together on something,
to go against it causes more problems than it's worth.
Even within the context of a conventional military situation, there's
flexibility. If a commanding officer gives an order which is
immoral, illegal, or against the rules of engagement, a subordinate
can refuse to implement that order, even give a countermanding order
which, depending on the situation (such as a nuclear missile firing)
would take precedence over the CO's order (though you'd first have to
relieve the CO of command, and if you do that, you'd darned well
better be prepared to back it up with every legal and moral means at
your disposal, or it's mutiny). Heck, it was just this kind of
dilemma that was at the core of the movie "Crimson Tide," and was
brought up in the recent war crime trials going on investigating what
happened in Bosnia, with a soldier being asked why he didn't refuse
to carry out an order to kill civilians.
Ain't a lot of black-and-whites in the world, but a whole lotta
- There's nothing dangerous at all about a fleet coming out of
hyperspace or a jump point together.
- The UK cut Lyta's line from the Shadow battle, "Burn, you
They cut that? How curious...I didn't know that. From what I'd seen of
British TV, some shows use the word bastard like I use a comma, they're
- Why not use Bester in the test?
Because Bester is on Earth or Mars, can't just drop everything and come
when beckoned, and it would take 3 days to get there, and they were in
kind of a hurry to test this. Besides, P10s are very few and far
between; they're more likely to have lower levels as their main weapons,
so best to see what impact those will have.
- The fragmentation or fractionalizing is also
visually cued by the last shot of Franklin through the window, split
into many versions of himself.
Re: the hand-on-shoulder gesture, from Marcus it was an
upbraiding, stop-him motion, whereas from Sheridan it was one of
- It's imagery, yes, of his still being fractured, still
looking to find himself, as it were.
- Why isn't Sheridan setting up propaganda to help
turn the Shadows' allies, such as Earth, against them?
There's really no need for propgaganda. By about now, everybody out
in this part of space knows the situation...and what's going on back
home is secondary to winning the war. Also, you can be sure that if
they set up a network -- and who has time in the middle of a war -- you
can be sure Earth would find some way to jam it.
- You're the leader of an isolated space station with a
quarter million inhabitants, who need air, food, supplies, space,
support. You no longer have ties to Earth, no support from there, no
money, so you have to rely on whatever docking fees you can get from
other worlds. You're in the midst of a war in which you have few
resources, little money, allies that have a tendency to turn on one
another, nobody's giving you a break, your position is tenuous as
hell, you're constantly undermanned, shorthanded....
Now you tell me where the heck you're going to get the time,
resources, money and manpower to launch a propaganda operation, which
if you're going to broadcast (and what's the point otherwise?) on an
interstellar basis is going to require extensive and expensive
facilities, broadcast repeaters, tacyhon carrier wave generators to
get around the time-delay aspects, writers, directors, broadcast
engineers, spokespersons, propaganda specialists, psychologists,
technicians, camera equipment, space in which to PUT all of this
stuff...on and on and on.
- The Minbari could help with the propaganda.
For starters, having just had a MAJOR WAR with the Minbari, which
nearly wiped out Earth, and many folks back home *hating* the
Minbari...do you think for one second that they're going to believe a
word of what the Minbari say to them? Do you think the government
would allow this to go through unjammed? Hell, EarthGov would have a
field day with this..."See? It's all alien propaganda, just like we
told you, they're trying to destabalize Earth."
Second, I don't think the Minbari have the propagandists, writers,
directors, and others needed to put together a propaganda network,
and would find the whole idea immoral to begin with...and a couple of
paragraphs of text are meaningless...Earthgov says "it's not true,"
and it's your word against theirs. That's why you must have
absolute, unvarnished PROOF, otherwise it blows up in your face,
which any journalist worth his or her salt knows.
- Does the Army of Light have access to any of the
Yes, they do...but bear in mind that the Minbari are currently having
their own problems. The Grey Council has fallen apart, the Military
Caste (as we'll see in one of the next episodes) is having some
serious doubts about how the Religious Caste is handling things, and
that much of the support given Earth (by way of B5) has been covert;
the White Star program was launched in secret, and the greater amount
of the Minbari population aren't aware they're so much "in bed" with
the humans (as it were). As far as they're concerned, we're
apparently necessary to the plan, but not much more than that. So I
think they wouldn't be warm to the notion of extending their services
overmuch to Earth.
- Is the White Star more powerful than a regular Minbari
cruiser because of the Vorlons' involvement in its design?
The Vorlons were cooperating in the recent past, yes, and it
still takes a couple of Minbari cruisers under most circumstances to
take out an immobilized shadow vessel, though one can do it if the
firepower is concentrated and prolonged.
Originally compiled by Jason Snell.