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    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Racing the Night
      To: CIS  
    Date: 8/5/1999 2:29:00 PM  

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{original post unavailable}

Thanks....

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Racing the Night
      To: CIS  
    Date: 8/7/1999 8:40:00 AM  

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{original post had no questions}

"Things change...long time gone."

And in later instances when the box talks, it's Gideon's/Gary's
voice. You may take that as foreshadowing if you wish.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Racing the Night
      To: CIS  
    Date: 8/8/1999 7:51:00 AM  

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Graham Smith <74010.764@compuserve.com> asks:
> BTW, why didn't we see anything of the box in the "first"
> episodes?

"BTW, why didn't we see anything of the box in the "first" episodes?"

You did, in Path of Sorrows.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Racing the Night
      To: CIS  
    Date: 8/8/1999 8:09:00 AM  

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Graham Smith <74010.764@compuserve.com> asks:
> But it begs the question, "How long do you keep being polite when
> there are billions of lives at stake?"

"I disliked the actions of the EA strip mining the planet at the
expense of the people living there, and liked Gideons solution to it.
But it begs the question, "How long do you keep being polite when there
are billions of lives at stake?"
"That's the potential of the arc that has been set up here. As time
passes, the EA is going to be under more and more pressure to find a
cure by any means possible. That may mean by violent means at times.
This will mean conflicts between the members of the IA and even
conflicts within the EA itself."

Exactly.

As Eilerson said, "Wouldn't you sacrifice a hundred Narns to
save Earth?" It was a question Gideon didn't answer.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Racing the Night
      To: CIS  
    Date: 8/8/1999 8:09:00 AM  

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{original post had no questions}

"Well, that was TNT's doing, not Joe's, though I wonder if they would
have had this episode ready to air first anyway because it was so SFX
heavy."

Racing was finished last December.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Racing the Night
      To: CIS  
    Date: 8/8/1999 8:09:00 AM  

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{original post had no questions}

Also, no one else on the crew knows about the box. Well,
officially. One other person knows about it, but he's not supposed to
know. And Galen suspects something amiss from his passing comment at
the end of the ep.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Racing the Night
      To: CIS  
    Date: 8/9/1999 9:21:00 AM  

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Graham Smith <74010.764@compuserve.com> asks:
> Does that make sense?

Remember, you're seeing things with the broadcast order all
kafuffled due to the TNT situation, so it would've been better layered.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Racing the Night
      To: CIS  
    Date: 8/10/1999 9:57:00 AM  

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Karen S. Hayes <112230.2454@compuserve.com> asks:
> Do we find out who this is in the remaining four (*sniff*)
> episodes? And if not, can you give us a little hint?
> On the other hand, that uses up all the "he's" doesn't it?

"Do we find out who this is in the remaining four (*sniff*) episodes?
And if not, can you give us a little hint?"

Nope.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Racing the Night
      To: CIS  
    Date: 8/10/1999 10:08:00 AM  

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Karen S. Hayes <112230.2454@compuserve.com> asks:
> And in a way, the darkest part is Gideon's flashback, when the
> ambassadors, looking after their own interests as usual, force
> him into this devil's bargain of abandoning his search in 4 years
> if he's unsuccessful (Too bad, I used to like the Brakiri
> ambassador!) It makes me wonder whether, if push came to shove
> and the cure hadn't been found at the end of 4 years, Gideon
> would actually keep his word?

"JMS has hinted elsewhere that the cure might be found before the end
of the series. He's also said the show we think we're watching will
turn out not to be the show we're actually watching. Put these two
together, and I wonder greatly if, had the next few years played out,
he might have gradually uncovered some other, greater theme or conflict
that would overshadow the plague, and take over the plot for the last
year or so."

If not sooner....

jms

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