"B5" DVD (and other) news from JMS

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Joseph DeMartino, Nov 30, 2003.

  1. John Berggren

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    I too wonder why this news just dissappeared.
     
  2. Tony Whalen

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    Geez... you guys must be psychic. I was just wondering to myself "wasn't JMS supposed to announce something big?"

    I take it JMS hasn't said a peep about his eep?
     
  3. nolesrule

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    During deal finalization for a project, JMS tends to keep his mouth shut.
     
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  6. Tony Whalen

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    Philip beat me to "The Mouth of Sauron" [​IMG]
     
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  8. todd s

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    "B5: The Man of Steel"

    A rocketship from a destroyed world lands on B5. Inside is a human looking baby... (cue John Williams theme) [​IMG]
     
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    Where Joseph DeMartino?? [​IMG]
     
  11. Ric Easton

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    Maybe he can't find the new section!

    Ric
     
  12. Joseph DeMartino

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    Oh, I'm here, waiting for the other shoe to drop, like everybody else. Apparently it is taking longer than JMS expected to get all the "i"s dotted and the "t"s crossed, so he's just as stuck as the rest of us until Warner Bros. or somebody finishes whatever is happening on the business side and makes an announcement.

    Following is a list of suggested titles from the moderated newsgroup with time-stamps prior to JMS's "one of you is right" message.

    One of the problems with usenet, of course, is that messages are time-stamped when they're sent, not when they're posted to the group, and when any given individual actually see a given message can depend on his ISP, their mail server and his PC/newsreader. So we can't be sure that JMS saw all of these guesses before he posted his note.

    We should recall that JMS is fond of "working" or "placeholder" titles, so "B5:TMoS" could be nothing more than a covenient way for everyone at the studio to separate the new project from previous B5 stuff that is currently in the DVD pipeline.

    (And made deliberately hard to guess or otherwise odd because JMS is a sadistic bastard who likes torturing fans [​IMG], and otherwise having fun at their expense. After years of hearing how much B5 resembled The Lord of the Rings - which it doesn't especially in terms of story, characters and outcome - he chose the initials "LotR" for the last B5 project, after all. Does anyone think that was a coincidence?[​IMG])

    Finally we should realize that the vast majority of these "guesses" weren't meant seriously, and that even some that were are too silly, ungrammatical or ugly to be serious contenders.

    If it isn't a temporary title like "B5: The Movie of the Series" (because "TMP" for "The Motion Picture" would be too obvious) than I would guess a title like "B5: The Memory of Shadows" is the most likely. (Assuming the first word is "The".) Any story that is likely to involve the original cast would be set in the period after the Shadow War and any threat they encounter, including left-over Shadow technology and the Human telepaths, could be considered a legacy of the long Vorlon-Shadow conflict. (I believe that the success of the DVDs provided the impetus for a new B5 project, and that it is therefore likely that TPTB at Warner Bros. would prefer something that involves as much of the original cast as possible.)

    I'm more interested in knowing if "B5:TMoS" is the title of a theatrical film, a mini-series or a TV movie than in what the letters stand for, but here's the list the JMS says contains the correct "translation" of "TMoS":

    Babylon 5: The Meanng of Spoo
    Theatrical Movie, original Story
    The mother of Sheridan
    The Minbari of Steel
    The Mollari of Spoo
    Triluminary-Modified operating System
    The Man of Steel
    Too Many odd Suggestions
    B5:TMoS - Theatrical Movie of Sorts
    B5:TMoS - Telepaths Move on Saturday
    B5:TMoS - Terribly Mean of Straczynski
    Babylon5: The MIND of Straczynski
    The Meatballs of Swedes
    The Marriages of Sheridan
    The Mutation of Sinclair
    The Men of Space
    The Mammaries of Susan
    The Meaninglessness of Speculation.
    The Minstrations of Sugar
    Telepath Monopoly of Space
    Trans Morphing Optical Stuff
    The Meaning of S***
    The Mighty Obvious Script
    The Mound of Scripts
    The Movie of Surprises
    Time Makes Our Society
    Twenty Minbari Order Sandwiches
    The Movie Script
    The Memory of Shadows
    The Movement of Shadows
    The Mark of Shadows
    The Memory of Sheridan
    The Murder of Shiv'kala
    The Martyrdom of Sinclair
    The Mystery of Souls
    Telepath Minds on Speed
    Babylon 5: The Music of Sondheim
    Babylon 5: The Making of the Series
    B5: The Misdirection of Speculation
    Telepathic Mindwipe of Sheridan.
    Terrific Marvels of Space (a documentary)
    Babylon Five : Total Marmallisation of Spacestation
    That Mean Ol' Straczynski (from B5_Obsessed at b5tv.com)
    The Movement of Starlight
    Two Marsupials on Speed
    Talia, Marcus, or Susan *
    Terribly Mean of Straczynski
    Babylon 5: The Myth of Souls
    Babylon 5: The Myth of Shadows
    Babylon 5: The Mystery of Sheridan
    Techno-Mages of Silliness
    Techno-Mages of Song
    Techno-Mages on Strike
    The Movie on Sunday
    The Movie opposite SuperBowl
    Telepaths: Meet our Sponsor
    Throw Morden off Station
    The Mouth of Sheridan

    * If WB were to consider getting into NC-17 territory, I'd suggest renaming this one Talia, Marcus on Susan. [​IMG]

    I don't know who originally did all the work of compiling this list, which has appeared on a number of web sites, or I'd give credit where credit is due. Certainly it wasn't me.

    Regards,

    Joe
     
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    The Movement of Shadows seems like a title JMS would use.

    capt
     
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    The Memory of Shadows
    The Movement of Shadows
    The Mark of Shadows
    The Myth of Shadows

    I think those are the most likely titles.
     
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    JMS certainly knows how to stir a debate about a title does he not ?

    [​IMG]
     
  16. Tony Whalen

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    I have a question for you all. I saw B5 first when it was run on TNT. I saw ITB first which I'm sure ruined the series just a little for me. Anyway, after my fiancee and I are done watching DS9 (currently 1/2 way through S5) I want to introduce her to B5. Should I just start in S1 or show her ITB first like I saw it? Just curious. She keeps saying she doesn't think she'll like it, but she loves DS9. I told her there are similarities but B5's storytelling is unmatched in any show.
     
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  19. John Berggren

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    In the Beginning actually comes after season 4, and spoils events that occur in the beggining and middle of season 4.
     
  20. PhilipG

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    Save ITB for later. It was B5's finest hour.
     

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