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A. J. Black

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  1. Well now, this makes me feel guilty I don't post here very often!

    This is indeed an honour, I have to say. I'm extremely grateful for the recognition, moreso that many of you still enjoy mine and James' take on Millennium.

    Thank you.

  2. Hello there all,

    Hoping for the help of everyone/anyone who may be interested in answering a little questionnaire I've put together.

    Long story short, I'm a writer involved in an online fiction board and I'm looking to set up potentially a new one. I was also one of the creative forces behind the Millennium Virtual Season 5 hosted on here, which some of you may have read. What I'm trying to do is canvas opinion of Millennium fans in regards to, if they were interested, what kind of fiction we could produce.

    I'd be extremely grateful if you could take a few minutes and answer these simple questions as honestly as possible as post responses below in this thread:

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    1) Do you watch/read any webseries' or online fiction?

    2) If so, what is your preferred format? Prose or script-based? Do you potentially enjoy both?

    3) What are your favourite webseries', either you watch or read?

    4) Are you familiar with script-based webseries hubs such as Monster Zero Productions?

    5) How often are you likely to read a script-based webseries? Regularly, infrequently or once in a blue moon?

    6) Do you write for any online web series? Either prose or script-based?

    7) If so, to what extent? Do you run your own series? Write for others?

    8) If not, why? Have you ever liked the idea of writing web fiction? Do you feel the opportunities aren't there for what you enjoy?

    9) What are your favourite past and present TV shows and movies?

    10) Would you be interested in reading or writing for a scripted webseries based on some of those shows or movies?

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    Many thanks in advance for your time.

  3. I will indeed be doing a commentary (as will I eventually with 'Laicite'), but I'll answer those points here.

    The character of Bloom is somewhat underdeveloped. I mean, I find him onedimensional if you know what I mean.

    Fair comment. I think given it was so Peter-centric, I think this was perhaps an inevitability.

    Truth is, Bloom was pretty much a cipher in many ways in terms of Peter's development. His lack of three-dimensions served to enhance Peter's character, that was the intent.

    Second minor point is the ending. What was hinted there? That Legion killed Erin? I am sure that this storyline will have some follow up in the season but I still find it a bit vague.

    That wasn't quite the inference.

    It wasn't Legion who killed Erin. That was the hand of man, the cult established in 'The Begotten'/'Chrysalis'. But their reason for murdering her was to alert Peter to the threat of Evil, of Legion. The end is Legion suggesting to protect his remaining family, he should sit back and not fight Evil.

    It was intentionally ambiguous, so glad you asked the question.

    But I am certainly not complaining. As I said: best one yet and I encourage the members here to read the season. It is of excellent quality.

    Thanks a lot, Moriarty. That means a hell of a deal to us, much appreciated.

  4. The virtual world just got a whole lot bigger!

    The BVC

    Please sign up to our forums and join the community, and also bear in mind the website will be regularly updated over the coming weeks.

    Also, remember...our debut feature, SILVERKNIGHT, premieres today! Look out for it between 6-9pm BST.

    Thank you. Hope you'll join us.

  5. That's a perfectly valid question, and I doubt you're the only one to ask it.

    Now that VS5 is off the ground and happening, I can tell you that the directions we're going in with Frank and the characters around him are very different to those we've had before in many ways, while also getting back to the dark roots of the first season. VS5 is going to be about facing your past and for Frank, about realising his responsibilities in many ways, as he faces a new phase of his life.

    VS4 may have brought closure on many elements of the Millennium mythology, but we're finding new, unexplored territory every day that's very exciting. I can say with certainty, for better or worse, VS5 will be very different from VS4.

    BTW, anyone still interested in joining the VS5 staff should PM me. Right now, we're looking for scriptwriters with a proven record in writing, or at least demonstratable skills in the field.

    :bigsmile:

  6. Must just be me then.

    As much as I love 24 season one, for me I felt S2 really was awesome; X-Files S2 with Scully's abduction & the strength of it's standalones; Alias S2 for being nigh on perfect television for 22 eps; and of course Millennium S2 for going in a fascinating direction, with wonderful standalones too. And daring to do some comedy, and succeeding!

    As I say, though, must just be me. :doh:

  7. Here are my two favourites, even above Frank. *shock, horror!*

    1 - PETER WATTS

    Couldn't agree more with ModerndayMoriarty about this character, or indeed the legend that is TO'Q. Infact, i'll say nothing more on the subject.

    2 - BRIAN ROEDECKER

    How can this guy not be in anyone's top three? Surely the fourth, lost Lone Gunman, ol' Brian really brought some wonderful comic moments to some of the best S2 episodes.

    Oh, and can I just say that Lara Means was a close second. Or, sex on legs, as I call her. :gaba:

  8. You know, I'm finding it really hard to recall my first Millennium experience. I remember making a point of watching it on Sky One around the '97 period because I was, as most of us were, a die-hard X-Files fan. I remember liking it, but it never really grabbed me and I stopped tuning in about halfway through Season One. (what can I say, I was young, foolish... :bigsmile: )

    Anyway, I remember it was tuning into the Second Season that made me fall in love with the show. Everything about The Hand of St Sebastian & The Mikado especially made me riveted, plus the ending to Roosters, which I still think to be a beautiful piece of television.

    Again, I lost interest in Season Three, but I treasure S2 like a child.

    Plus, i've noticed a TV phenomenon through this: every show I've ever loved, it's Second Season has been the best. Millennium, X-Files, 24 and now Alias. Is it just me or have others noticed this?...

  9. Okay, here's the team so far. As I say, i'm not yet regularly back on the Net to get the project going, but we do have a number of people interested. Here's the list:

    <O>

    The Old Man

    Walkabout

    Zeus Faber

    Lonegungrrly1121

    JoeM

    Zohar

    Zombieromero

    Anyone else who wants in is MORE than welcome. Hopefully, now we have a few interested people, the Old Man might be kind enough to set us up a forum to begin the project when I return to much more regular Nettage.

    :bigsmile:

  10. Just an update:

    Glad there's interest, and thanks for the offer of a forum, Old Man.

    I'm currently on holiday with almost zero Net access for the next few weeks, but upon my return, i'm gonna get this Virtual Season 5 organised. I really want to get it going.

    And, JoeM, we'll see about that s/v :mabiuswoz'ere:

  11. Hello, everybody.

    I was just reading around in here and I saw how much everyone wanted a virtual Season 5 to follow on from the outstanding Virtual Fourth, so I got to thinking: why don't we do one?

    I'm a writer, not professional, but i've written many a fan-fic for all sorts of genres, and to carry on the virtual Millennium storyline would be an exciting task. But, I can't do it alone...

    I just want to know if anyone is interested in getting this started. If there is an interest, i'll pursue it, but if not i'll let it lie and just bask in the Millennium on TV and script we already have.

    Let me know.

    This Is Who I Am.

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  12. I personally loved the way they let you wonder about the monsters and mysteries and very rarely came back to them. Bear in mind, too, when they did, the results were often weak.

    Pusher for instance was one of the best ever episodes, but they brought him back and underused him in Kitsunegari. They didn't even make him the main villain. It weakened the character.

    So, maybe it was best they left the truth out there. :bigsmile:

    (I do like the idea of them bringing a great monster back for the movie, though.

    What about Mrs Paddock, the freaky devil teacher from Die Hand Die Verletzt, the scariest EVER episode by a mile?. She's my favourite.) :mabiuswoz'ere:

  13. I must admit, I liked the fact they did something unexpected with Samantha. I think everyone expected Mulder to one day burst onto a UFO with a big gun, shoot down some EBE's and rescue her in a blaze of glory. To be fair to the show, that's not what the X-Files was about. It was about a man against the odds, fighting on in a battle he probably can't win. The final moments of 'Closure', everything about it, was actually quite moving.

    I do agree, though, that the show went on too long and losing Duchovny was it's death-knell. The sad thing is, Seasons 6 & 7 had some of my all-time favourites, great comedies like 'Triangle', the 'Dreamland' two-parter (who can't smile at Michael McKean), 'Je Souhaite', and the terrific 'X-Cops'.

    Where they went wrong was killing off most of it's interesting supporting characters or giving them nothing to do for two seasons (Krycek, anyone?), and not knowing where to go with the mythology. Turning the last two seasons into Terminator-lite was a mistake, and it just wasn't the same without regular Mulder and turning Scully into a third wheel, despite what Carter & Spotnitz tried to say.

    Let's just forget the last two seasons never happened and look forward to the sequel movie (if they ever get around to making it.) :praying:

  14. I've just read Twilight Years and I have to admit, i'm hooked. There is just so much care and attention put into these scripts, that you can SEE them in front of you, imagine them on screen. It's some of the best fan-fiction I have ever read, of any show.

    I'd have to say my favourite episode thus far is The First Prophet, though Blood and Water comes damn close. They're all good, to be fair. Feels much like S2, a growing sense of plot throughout.

    My one gripe is that Peter Watts was killed off, he's my favourite Millennium character, mainly because of the awesome TO'Q, who's one of the finest character actors in the world. The new characters work well, though. Finley is typically Group-nebulous and Ryan Frost is a good occassional companion to Frank.

    I'd love for someone to pick up the baton and do a Virtual Season 5. I'm a writer myself and I'd love to be part of it. Would anybody be interested in getting this started?...

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