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#2 Letters from the Other Side (Part 2) Season 2

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#2) Letters from the Other Side (Part 2)
Orig Air Date  :  Oct.17.2003     Written By  :  J. Michael Straczynski     Length  :  45 mins
Production Code  :  203     Director  :  Martin Wood     Rated  :  TV14
Theo Rating: 9.3   Votes: 18   Rank: 3/25   [ Vote ]
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Kurdy meets the mysterious Mister Smith. Reluctantly, they join others from Thunder Mountain in Lee Chen's danger-ridden plan to rescue Jeremiah, Markus and Erin from Valhalla Sector.

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  • Luke Perry as Jeremiah  Episode Photos
  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Kurdy  Episode Photos
  • Sean Astin as Mister Smith  Episode Photos
  • Joanne Kelly as Libby  Episode Photos

  • Peter Stebbings as Markus Alexander  Episode Photos
  • Ingrid Kavelaars as Erin  Episode Photos
  • Byron Lawson as Lee Chen  Episode Photos
  • Michael David Simms as General Waverly  Episode Photos
  • Robert Wisden as Devon
  • Suzy Joachim as Meaghan  Episode Photos
  • Robert Foxworth as President Emerson  Episode Photos
  • Garfield Wilson as Cell Guard
  • Adam Harrington as Team Leader  Episode Photos
  • Colin Lawrence as Team Leader  Episode Photos
  • Jason McKinnon as Communications Soldier  Episode Photos
  • James Michalopoulos as Sniper
  • Darcy Laurie as Norad Guy


  • The lock-down timer that is shown in Devon's lab appears to be wrong. Otherwise, why did it take Markus almost 5 days to get to VS? Why did Waverly last the full five days when he was the first one infected?
  • Did Lee Chen do the right thing, the necessary thing, both or neither?
  • Is Meaghan's blood going to be helpful in finding a cure? Did Devon remember to take it?
  • Why didn't Meaghan stick around to see if Devon could find a cure for the BigD?
  • Will Devon be able to find a vaccine even for the mutated version of the BigD?
  • How long will the woulds between Kurdy and Jeremiah take to heal?
  • How (or when) will they find Theo and the other VS prisoners from the St. Louis raid?
  • How is Markus going to build the new world and create a "better day".
  • Why does Virginia look remarkably like the Pacific Northwest? :)

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On every possible level ["Things Left Unsaid"] was the big set piece for us -- as is this season's opening two-parter, which also has those same elements. You've got the helicoper jet explosion; you've got troops on the move; you've got a lot of stuff going on, a lot of [stuff] blowing up, and in terms of the plot and characters, things take a very dark turn for some of them.

The first two episodes, a two-parter, deal with Jeremiah, who has been caught by the [military from Valhalla Sector] and reunited with his dad, whom he was looking for all of last season. And our other characters who have been caught with him, they're all kind of stuck in the box. The question, of course, is how are they going to get out of that box when there's almost no support out there for them tactically? They only people running around loose are Lee Chen, who has questionable loyalties, and Kurdy, who is kind of on the zone. And where we eventually end up is in a massive conflict between Thunder Mountain, and the forces there, and Valhalla Sector.

There's actually a way that I found to bring down Valhalla Sector that's probably the creepiest, unsettling, meanest thing I've ever done in writing. I won't tell you what it is yet because you have to have the shock value there. [It will be] chilling.

I think my favorite episode so far is the opening two-parter from season two because there was a scenario set up at the bottom of season one where our characters are being held in an impossible situation and how to get them out of that. And the solution I came up with is so mean so nasty rotten and evil that it gives you the creeps after a while. And to be able to take that story to the far edge and pull it off was, to me, a really cool thing. That plus the scope and the scale of the thing is terrific. It's a huge pair of episodes. And I think almost feature film quality quite honestly. So I'm very proud of that one.

"Am I detecting a point of view shift for this second season?"

Nope. But somebody has to be at the heart of Valhalla Sector, so he's the main guy there.

"Any other titles or news you can share, JMS?"

The season debut is "Letters From the Other Side," parts one and two, followed by "Strange Attractors," "Deus Ex Machina," "Rites of Passage," and "The Mysterious Mister Smith."

Case in point: [Robert] Foxworth, as noted [previously]. We needed someone for an important part in Jeremiah this season, and his name surfaced as one prospect. I'll be honest: when that happened, I kind of got my back up over the Hague situation. But then, at the end of the day, you have to say, "Okay, he pissed you off, but does that mean you don't hire the right guy for the job?"

So we hired him for that episode, "Letters from the Other Side," part one of our series premiere (with a quick shot also in part two).

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