Susan Ivanova reaches out to Marcus Cole across the years.
JMS AT RASTB5M SAID:
What's been kind of fun about the discussion of this episode here and
elsewhere has been the bipolarity of it all.
On the one side you have those who think it's a very romantic story with a happy ending.
Which is totally the right response.
And then on the other side you've got those who think it's a morally dubious story or even
worse. Which is ALSO totally the right response.
It becomes a question of what you, the reader, thinks is appropriate, and where the
priorities are. Does Marcus, having laid down his life, and suffered, and lost everything and
everyone he holds dear, deserve a last shot at happiness using a technology that is probably
being used by other people for far worse purposes?
On the other hand, the technology and the invasiveness of it raises very real questions and
concerns. One can say it's an invasion, but is it really? Is it her, or is it a blank slate?
What makes her, *her*?
If, in the end, he is happy at last, and she is happy, who are we to question?
But should we not question the *thrust* of the technology, and the uses it might be put to
I knew it'd drive a wedge right down the middle of the readers, and that's exactly why it was
written...to pose questions and raise issues for heated discussion. Because what's right or
wrong here is a matter of perspective, as it should be.
I think Marcus should have told her the truth. She'll probably
remember her death and his actions sometime in their future, and then their time together
would have been a lie.
She won't remember it, not if I have anything to say about it.
And I do.
The third [...] was written with one express purpose: to set the
proverbial cat amongst the proverbial pigeons with something that's going to send a ripple
all through B5 fandom; it's a story I don't think anyone ever expected to see.
Just the first line alone should stun a number of B5 folks
And that's all I'm going to say about it.