- Today Walter Koenig and Bill Mumy had a scene together;
this (saith Bill) marks the first time a Lost in Space regular and a
Star Trek regular have acted together in the same scene.
- How does Bester fit into the Shadows/Psi Corps connection?
This question will be dealt with in "Ship of Tears," around mid-season.
- The Christmas hiatus ends after the 1st, so we're back at work on
the 2nd shooting "Ship of Tears," with Walter Koenig returning as
Bester. Expect some major revelations about Bester's background, and
where his character is going.
- Was Bester's first name a reference to Alfred Bester, the writer?
Yes, it's certainly a tribute to Alfie, a giant in the field.
- Where did the prop for the book come from?
The book was made by Mark Walters of our prop department; and
when all is said and done...it'll likely end up in my office....
Creation hath its perks.
- Where did you put the war room set?
Since we're not using the casino much this season -- not a lot
of room for frivolity -- we yanked it out and put up the war room on
- How were the reflections on Sheridan's faceplate done?
The reflections you cite were all done real-time with an LCD projector.
- Was Garibaldi's voice dubbed?
If this refers to the War Room scene with Garibaldi at the end...yes,
there was some looping done. The best performed scene had some
unacceptable noise in it from the chair Jerry had been sitting in at the
first part, then he went slightly off-mike at the second point.
- Who's behind the shadows? Nobody. The shadows are the shadows (though
that's not the name by which they call themselves), a race of their own.
Question is, why are they doing what they're doing?
You'll find out by season's end.
- Why did Garibaldi need a computer to read the Book of G'Quan?
To follow the book, there still has to be a knowledge of the language.
You need to have a dictionary around, which is what was used.
The comparison, I suppose, would be those who say that Jorge Luis
Borges' work can only be most truly appreciated in the original
Spanish. There's a *translated* version, which someone has gone through
and made the translation for you, written it all out in English...or
you can learn the language, and then read the original manuscript.
Garibaldi doesn't know Narn, so how other than with a dictionary could
he read the original material, except by sleeping with it under his
pillow and praying for divine intervention.
- How could G'Quan and the Narn telepaths fight the Shadows if the
Narn telepaths were all killed?
Those were the last remaining ones, the older telepaths, their
children all killed, too old now to produce any further children, and
the technology of cloning or genetics was still way beyond them.
The story of the last crusade of G'Quan is actually quite
interesting; I hope to get it into the show at some point. Right now
it's mainly background, even though I've worked it out fully.
- How about an episode showing G'Quan's crusade?
No, because that would mean doing a story without our main
characters, since G'Quan's story took place about a thousand years ago,
and I don't think I could sell that. (Unless I did another time travel
number, and I only intend to go to that well once, with the B4
- Then how about telling us the story online?
I think I'd rather hold it for now, on the chance that I can use
it somewhere, or in time turn it into something larger.
- That's one of the things about the show that makes it
very appealing to write; you can go from fall down funny, broad comedy
in "Vir" to something more emotional, almost lyrical but serious in
"Avalon," then right into something vaguely horrific in "Ship." You
get to use all your muscles, not just the same ones over and over. I
like to stretch, try something I haven't tried before. Which means
from time to time I fall on my face, but that's okay; it's the only way
to learn. I have absolutely no qualms about making an ass of myself
and failing if it means that the next time, I can do it right.
I didn't give Mira or Andreas any instructions on that scene
except what was in the script, which was minimal. When you have two
performers that solid in the room, just give them the lines and run
Speaking of going back and rewatching episodes...part of this
goes right back to the *pilot*, where, you'll recall, G'Kar tried to
seduce Lyta, mentioning that there are no Narn telepaths, and they feel
very strongly it's important to their survival that they start breeding
them at the first opportunity.
- Did the lack of Narn telepaths give the Shadows an extra advantage
during recent encounters?
Certainly, that there were no teeps on Narn made them easy
targets, as were their ships. They would also have a vested interest
in subduing them because of the knowledge they have, revealed here. If
you'll remember, in "Matters of Honor," they mention to Morden that
they've only been able to track down some Narn legends. Morden's
reply: "Well, we've taken care of that problem." Had G'Kar not been
out and about, they might have succeeded.
- Why didn't all the Narn support G'Kar's request to
send an expedition to Z'ha'dum in
if G'Quon wrote about the Shadows?
Narn is somewhat factionalized itself, as is every world; there are
different followers of different denominations of sometimes similar
basic beliefs. Catholics and Protestants are both members of the same
faith, but a Protestant doesn't recognize the power of the Pope; neither
does a Mormon, or a Lutheran. Similarly, not everyone invests G'Quon
with the same amount of reverence or credibility. And G'Kar can call
upon those who believe similarly to send out an expedition, but may not
have the clout in the rest of the government to do much more afterward.
And yes, initially the shadows had no interest in the Narns, until
such time as the Narns, led by G'Quon, began to engage in sabotage and
direct attacks to drive them off their homeworld. Then the killing
- Minbari telepaths can also have an effect, as we'll see
- Bester's line about being the only thing standing
between humanity and the abyss in
"Dust to Dust"
wasn't as arrogant as it sounded.
Yeah...we're slippery that way....
- Everybody's agendas remain the same...but for the
moment, they are on the same alignment. As soon as it's over, as
Ivanova says, he'll turn on them, no mistake. Enlightened
self-interest, nothing more.
The new command center was cobbled from what's on the station,
with some additional Minbari funding. And yes, by now, pretty much the
whole crew knows what's at stake with the shadows. And now that
they're not hiding anymore, the whole *thing* is out in the open.
- Was the cargo ship's pilot the same species as the surgeons?
Yep. Same species.
- There's no relation between the aliens working for the shadows
and the Streib. The ones you saw in the flash were "doctors" of a sort
doing the work; there was no abduction required except of course the
covert kidnapping from the Psi Corps Re-education Center. As for
Bester's look behind, he was just looking to the guards behind him, and
the ones in front of him.
- The implants are part of the preparation process Delenn
referred to in "Messages."
- Did Bester read Ivanova when she slapped him?
I think the contact would've been too fleeting, and too much a shock
(and it likely hurt like the dickens) that by the time he knew it was
there, it was too late, and she would've sensed it in either event.
- "Was it just me, or did anyone stop to think just how
Bester got to B-5 space in a Starfury without using the local jumpgate.
Who brought him and more important, why?"
He simply tagged along with an Earthforce jump-capable ship, and asked
to be dropped off. I considered bringing this up, but it was just dead
exposition; it would be easy enough to do.
- Why didn't B5's sensors pick up the jump point when
he was dropped off?
It's far enough outside B5...about an
hour or so in normal space...that they wouldn't have picked it up.
- Why didn't Bester stay with Carolyn?
Logically, he can't just go away indefinitely, and it's going to
take a long time before they can get Carolyn in shape. A very long
time. If he stays, he'd be noticed and hunted down by the Corps, which
ends his usefulness. His staying served no purpose.
- It'll be a long time before Bester's ladyfriend comes anywhere
near being whole again.
- Will Bester covertly help B5?
Yes, that'll be something Bester will do now.
- Was this change of heart planned from the start?
Yes, this was definitely intended from the start with Bester.
- "If the theme of the relationship is "All Bester needed was to love
and be loved, or he wouldn't have been the slimeball he is today", I
will be a bit disappointed."
Then you won't be.
"It's just a little too simplistic."
One mongoose can love another; that won't change its attitude toward
- Bester's connection to Carolyn was too much of a coincidence.
It would have worked better if they'd brought him a list of names and
he'd seen her there.
Yeah, they could've brought him a list...and he'd have seen the
name instantly, and wouldn't have been hit with his own "blip" careless
attitude right in his face...also, she needed to be already being
defrosted at that point, and you can't defrost all of them at once.
Yeah, it was a coincidence. Synchronicity. It happens. It
doesn't happen much on this show, hardly ever. I figured she'd be one
of the last in, and thus the first out. Synchronicity and coincidences
*do* happen. How many times have you reached for the phone to call
someone to find the phone ringing, and it's them on the other end?
What're the odds of Oedipus killing his father and marrying his mother
out of all the possible kingdoms in the area? It happens. As long as
it doesn't happen to excess, it's not something I'm worried about.
- "Then out of the hundred popcycles in the Shadow transport,
we just happen to pick the one guiding light in Bester's life. God,
aren't we lucky."
Yes, and how amazingly coincidental that of all the women
around, Oedipus would just happen to murder his father and
marry his mother without knowing he had done so. Okay, it was
a coincidence, I'll own up to that. We have very, very few of
them on the show. And the reason the word "coincidence"
exists, and the word "synchronicity," is that sometimes stuff
like that does happen. You ever pick up the phone to call
somebody and have that person already on the line calling you?
You ever think of someone you haven't seen in a while and run
into them the next day? It happens. As long as it doesn't
happen to excess, and become a venue for sloppy storytelling
every week, it doesn't bother me, it's a legitimate plot
And you misspelled popcicle.
- There are a number of medlabs, which are broken into various
areas; each has a larger wing attached to it, which we've seen on
occasion, such as when the young girl in "Legacies" is in the infirmary
in bed, same with Shon in "Believers." They each have a pretty fair
capacity for patients.
- Why aren't other TV networks available? What happened to the two
reporters at the ISN desk when it was shut down?
ISN is one of the only interstellar networks bounced via the
tachyon relay systems from Earth to the outer colonies and beyond.
There are lots of other channels back home, but to get this far out you
need the support of the government.
The other two reporters are, to say the least, in deep guano.
- That's Brakiri space they attacked; more on that in the next
episode. (They're a League world.)
- Ivanova isn't a strong
enough teep for the incoming shadow vessel to really even notice.
- How close does a telepath need to be to read
The person has to be in their line of sight;
they don't have to look into the person's eyes or anything as silly as
that. It doesn't matter if the person's head or body are covered, as
long as there's a definite "focus" for them.
- If the person is behind a door, or otherwise can't be
located visually, it's difficult to impossible to scan.