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 CB>small camera which provided an image of the eyeball to a security
 CB>program running on Samantha's notebook computer, for the three
 CB>computers to be linked together.

Like I said, I may have missed it.  I could have sworn that I heard
Samantha say something about Sydney not actually being able to achieve
VR.5 unil her father had reactivated 'the system.'

I'll have to catch it on the rerun.

I, too, enjoyed the advance.  If they had been able to achieve VR.5 or
VR.5 back in 1978, they must have made some advances.  :-)

 CB>DJ> Interesting cliffhanger, though...wheels within wheels...

 CB>You bet!

 CB>It's seemed to me that there could easily be a tie-in between VR.5
 CB>and X-Files: maybe the twins were part of the genetically engineered
 CB>telepathy experiments, and the VR technology was derived from UFO
 CB>equipment - with VR.11 consisting of a direct telepathic link with
 CB>the mothership! :-)

I was thinking something like that when the mystery first began
unfolding.  Looks like it's all for naught.  According to the article
I read, VR.5 and Sliders have been canceled.  :-(

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 From : Mark Jones                          1:105/302.47    . 22 . 95 18:44
 To   : Steven Skaggs
 Subj : Star Wars

On (18 May 95) Steven Skaggs wrote to Jack Butler...

 SS> Well, I think he's had a basic idea for the rest of the movies
 SS> since he wrote the originals. He has stated several times over
 SS> the past few years that Episode I will be out sometime before the
 SS> end of the 20th century. Why would he lie about it?

There are several possibilities:

   ...because he's out of ideas.  He has no clue what to do next, and
is "vamping" desperately, hoping to come up with something.  (People
have been hearing this "any day now" stuff for nearly twenty years.
It would be embarrassing to admit that the well is dry.)

   ...because he doesn't *want* to do it, but can't find a way to
gracefully back out of it.  (People have been hearing this "any day
now" stuff for nearly twenty years.  It would be embarrassing to admit
that he just doesn't want to do it.)

   ...because keeping the hope alive helps fan the flames, selling
videos, toys, games and whatnot to all the fans who continue to slaver
for more; i.e., pure cynical profiteering.

   I don't claim that any of these is accurate--only that they *could*
be.  There are plenty of reasons not to make a new trilogy, possibly
more reasons than there are to do it.
   Lucas has got to have more money than he can every spend; Star Wars
was HUGE.  Not to mention a few little projects like Indiana Jones
that didn't do badly either.  He simply isn't *hungry*.
   Also, everyone will be expecting the new trilogy to be at least as
big as the original films.  That's a huge cross to bear.  If it
doesn't turn into a gold mine, he'll be seen to have failed (Hollywood
has a very short memory).
   If it isn't as mind-blowingly novel as the first film was (and I
don't think it *can* be), again he'll be seen as having failed.
   So...he has a lot to lose (losing money and getting panned hurts
even if you can live on the profits from the earlier films for the
rest of your life) if it doesn't all go perfectly.  And it almost
certainly won't go perfectly.

... I just want to be left alone.  Is that so wrooooong?

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 From : FRANK SWARBRICK                     1:104/825       . 22 . 95 20:57

On 05-18-95  17:21 Skip Shayotovich, the little pine weasel, said:

 SS> = A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Mark said: =

 MH> 5/08/95  216     Knives [Larry DiTillio]
 MH> 5/15/95  217     The Shadow of Z'ha'dum [JMS]

 SS> Ah... did anyone else get these two episodes reversed?  This past
 SS> weeks episode for me out here in Northern California was KNIVES, and
 SS> the week before that was THE SHADOW OF Z'HA'DUM.

Mark's list is a bit old.  "Knives" was filmed first but aired second.
It was done this way everywhere.  Dunno why...


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 From : Pamela Crossett                     1:325/118       .p 23 . 95 04:40
 To   : Demian Katz
 Subj : Re: Earth 2/So Long

I just saw the episode "all about eve" - do you know if that was the final

It sure raised a lot of questions, and boy will I be annoyed to have to make
them up for myself.

Also, was Riley played by a different actor in this episode than in the past

Why did Devon not get an implant? And how does she know she didn't. Has she been
holding out on us?

Tell me you thoughts (and any answers you may have).


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 From : Tony Trujillo                       1:280/9         .p 23 . 95 09:07
 To   : Kay Shapero

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 KS> Hanged if I know (be it noted that that particular rumor seems to be
 KS> chronic among tv shows everytime it looks like there might be a cast
 KS> shakeup). Or care frankly - the character I least wish to see vanish
 KS> from the lineup is the Professor. I happen to like John Rhys-Davies.

I thought the end of that episode was written the wrong way
round. I thought they should have shot Wade instead of
Quinn...on the basis that I felt they could probably lose
her without upsetting the cast balance too much. The only two
characters I think should remain the same should be Quinn
and Arturo.

BTW: They need to ditch the dog ASAP!

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 From : Brion Lienhart                      1:213/700.2     .p 23 . 95 13:36
 To   : Jack Butler
 Subj : CGI

On Sat May 20, Jack Butler said to Shawn Mcgrath:

 SM> No, there were _never_ any people in raptor suits. No raptor suits
 SM> were ever made. There were various raptor "parts" used, like the feet
 SM> for the counter- top closeup, and the head that breathed on the
 SM> window, but there were no godzilla-style raptor suits. People can't
 SM> move that way.

 -JB>     The closest they came to "raptor-suits" was "raptor-gloves", used
 -JB>for the "foreleg talons only" scenes.

Well, then I guess _The Making of Jurassic Park_ is just chock-full-o-lies then,
because there are lots of pictures and drawings of almost full body suits, legs
only rigs, head & body puppets, and all kinds of non-cgi things. Almost none of
the raptor scenes were done in CGI.

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 From : Jan Rooth                           1:135/23        .p 23 . 95 16:00
 To   : Gary Warren
 Subj : Re: SLIDERS season final

 -=> Quoting Gary Warren to All <=-

 GW> In spite of the simplistic storylines and the program's
 GW> basic hokiness, I stuck with the Fox network's science fiction series
 GW> SLIDERS because the show's parallel earth premise showed promise.

Actually, I think the basic hokiness, along with the little jokes,
are the show's most charming traits. Parallel earths, as a premise,
is a pretty old, overused idea.

[...] (critical review of season conclusion skipped)

 GW> episode would be a sure winner.  MY grade for this ep would be a
 GW> D-minus, with a C-minus for the overall season.

I'll give both a B-minus. But I think you're expecting more from
this show than I am. To me, it's just a bit of mindless fun. Look
too close, and a lot of flaws rear their ugly heads.


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 From : Mark Jones                          1:105/302.47    .p 23 . 95 18:24
 To   : Kay Shapero

On (22 May 95) Kay Shapero wrote to Tony Limbert...

 KS> Hanged if I know (be it noted that that particular rumor seems to
 KS> be chronic among tv shows everytime it looks like there might be
 KS> a cast shakeup). Or care frankly - the character I least wish to
 KS> see vanish from the lineup is the Professor. I happen to like
 KS> John Rhys-Davies.

Ditto--if Rhys-Davies takes a powder, I'll be mighty disappointed.

I also have nothing against Quinn.  And I like Wade.

It's *Rembrandt* I can't stand.  When the Lottery Police were driving
him off to a long and painful death, I was *cheering* them on.  (And
while I've come to like the actor playing the part, I don't think I'll
ever like the character.)

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 From : Joel Jessup                         1:2613/105      .p 23 . 95 20:55
 To   : Arsenal
 Subj : SeaQuest DSV 5/21/95

 A> Lucus,Darwin is What his name(blank) are on a raft

Dagwood's the name

 A> I heard from the ups that some of the crew won't be returning.
 A> heard that Bridger is being reasigned and only
 A> returning once in a while..
 A> anyone heard any thing to the truth?

I haven't heard, but will post if I do...

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 From : Starwolf                            1:163/214       .p 23 . 95 22:07
 To   : Jack Butler
 Subj : Military values

JB>  "Defend"?  As in "they never attack"?  Sure they don't.

And they don't do all that great a job of defending, either.  In an early
episode of VOYAGER, one of her crew is kidnapped by the phage victims and has
one of his lungs removed forcibly against their will.

Capt. Janeway tells the miscreants that it was a naughty thing to do and that
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