From: "Plain and Simple Cronan" <cronan@DeathsDoor.com> Subject: Crusade: A Fiscal Repackaging of B5 Date: 11 May 1998 00:00:00 GMT Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Organization: Wierd Newsgroups: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated Anyway...and I know some people are going to yell at me, but this really is the truth...Crusade is basically a fiscal repackaging of Babylon 5. For the following reasons: 1) JMS, when he made the deals for B5, made them...for five years. He has built in a bomb that makes the story impossible to continue onward in its original format. 2) A series only begins to make money for the studio when it goes into full-syndication (meaning they stop making new episodes and just rake in the cash). This is particularly true when a show has been on the air for a long time. See, each year, programmed increases in salaries and other areas go up and up and up. By year five, you're paying a HELL of a lot more than you paid for year one. So how are they saving money by doing a NEW series? 3) Pay scales for production staff and cast are always lower for a new series. It's sort of the studio Going Rate. Saving money on the annual 10% bump every year alone ought to make the WB very happy indeed. When you take all of that into consideration, and factor in the fact that the series takes place in the same universe, with the same basic scenario, same races, same Alliance, even some of the same characters, what you come down to is essentially this: that B5 is a repackaging of the same thing, under a different name, for basically economic reasons. There is no sudden new vision behind it, it's just a less costly extension of the old show. Which is not to say it ain't gonna be a good show. It might be a very good show. If it is, that's terrific, the more good SF around, the better. It's important for anyone reading this to make that distinction: this issue is completely apart from quality, it's strictly economics. This is the reason there IS a Crusade. Where they go from that point _good, bad, or indifferent_ is another discussion entirely.
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