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    From: J. Michael Straczynski <>
 Subject: The Last ep (wow)
      To: CIS  
    Date: 10/30/1997 1:21:00 PM  

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Randy <> asks:
> How can this story ever end??

And of course we had those who wondered what else there would be
to fill in a fifth year...not understanding that I have this story
worked out in at least broad strokes for the next 1,000 years....

"How can this story ever end??"

The story never ends. It's this part of the telling that will

    From: J. Michael Straczynski <>
 Subject: The Last ep (wow)
      To: CIS  
    Date: 10/31/1997 3:58:00 AM  

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{original post had no questions}


    From: J. Michael Straczynski <>
 Subject: The Last ep (wow)
      To: CIS  
    Date: 11/3/1997 3:19:00 PM  

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(blocked) asks:
> Was this a deliberate act on the part of _Man_?
> they caused Sol to explode?
> Your input?

If you play back the segment, the computer notes that the
"atypical solar emissions" are getting clearly something
not natural is going on with the sun.

    From: J. Michael Straczynski <>
 Subject: The Last ep (wow)
      To: CIS  
    Date: 11/22/1997 2:53:00 PM  

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{original post had no questions}

Thanks; it's one of the things I try to do sometimes...I
basically give you my playbook, I tell you I'm coming right up the
middle, which makes the challenge on this side that much
already know where I'm going to be, now I have to do it in such a way
that it comes as a surprise regardless.

This is actually more a literary device than a TV device; there
are any number of books (and some movies) which start at the end,
proceed to the middle, and end on the beginning.

Because my background is in theater and prose, my natural
inclination is to play with the form as much as possible. So each
season there's been at least one episode that's "off-format" for
us...Intersections was one, And Now for a Word was another, The
Illusion of Truth, Deconstruction...and in S5 so far almost half the
episodes have been off-format in one fashion or another. With this as
the last year, I figure I may as well go for broke and try some unusual
things. If you can't do these things when you're starting out, because
it's too odd, you should at least do them when you're doing well and
can afford the risk.


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