Contents: Overview - Backplot - Questions - Analysis - Notes - JMS
Marcus and Dr. Franklin combat an invasion by parasitic aliens that attach themselves to humans. Ivanova investigates the possibility of bringing a new member into the conspiracy. Joshua Cox as Corwin. Aubrey Morris as Duncan. James Warwick as Matthew Duffin.
P5 Rating: 7.34 Production number: 307 Original air week: February 12, 1996 Written by J. Michael Straczynski Directed by Kevin Cremin
The particular Macbeth quotes are from Act II, scene 2:
Methought I heard a voice cry "Sleep no more!
Macbeth does murder sleep" -- the innocent sleep,
Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care,
The death of each day's life, sore labor's bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,
Chief nourisher in life's feast.
Then, a moment later:
Still it cried "Sleep no more!" to all the house.
"Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore Cawdor
Shall sleep no more. Macbeth shall sleep no more."
Glamis and Cawdor are two earl titles that Macbeth holds.
In four more episodes (writing-wise), I'll be at the exact midpoint in the story, which on one level is a little hard to believe; it's gont (gone) by so fast. Seems like yesterday that we just got started. Which is why the overview is very helpful; by constantly reminding me where we should be, it doesn't let me get lost in the neverwhere of TV production.
All things considered...we've had some bumps on the ride, a detour here and there, the occasional flat tire, but doggone it if the old thing seems to have a mind of its own; I started writing #7 the other day, and I'm well past halfway finished writing it, it's coming out almost as though it already existed, and I've just managed to "tune into" it, like the sculpter who knows that inside a block of wood is a horse, he just has to start chopping and cutting until he finds and relases it.
So long answer to a short question...we're still on course, and I'm still quite pleased with where we're going, and how we're getting there.
My personal evaluation of the episode is that it's okay. The second half, I think, isn't as strong as the first half. Halfway through writing the episode, we had a problem come up in production that unexpectedly took me away from the script for about a week. (Nothing major, but it had to be dealt with and it took time.) Usually, I write copious notes on a script before I begin writing it. In this case, the story was so crystalline clear in my head that I just dived in, and was blasting away terrific when the hit came midway through. By the time I got back, I'd lost some of the fingerprints of the story, and had to kind of re-find them again. Mainly, I think the expository sequence at the end could've been done better.
Needless to say, that's the last time I trusted myself without notes, no matter how well I "see" the episode in my head. It'd be a great script for second or first season, but we have to keep raising the bar, every aspect has to be better than the last thing we did, so for my money it's not quite up to that standard. Happily, it's the *only* episode this season that I feel that way about...the rest are all just nifty.
That said, I think it has some great moments for Marcus, Franklin and others...and yes, there's a lot more planned with Franklin coming up this season, particularly toward the latter third of the season.
Agree with you on Marcus. I'm finding I have the same problem with him I have with Londo...getting him to shut up once I wire him up and let him go. He's a lot of fun to write, in that he can do the physical action stuff very well, he can do comedy, more dramatic emotional stuff...the whole range. I can take him places and do things with him that I can't in some ways for the other characters, in that he has only one responsibility, whereas the others have larger responsibilities to more people.
(This is btw the reason why I absolutely *refuse* to wear a pager myself.)