Until the syndicated television show, Babylon 5 has run its five year course, the producer/writer of the show, J. Michael Straczynski (JMS) has requested, for legal reasons, that story ideas be kept off the net, otherwise he will not be able to participate with the fans on line. Because many people have been confused by what constitutes a story idea, here are some guidelines.
If you answer "Yes" to any one of the first three and/or "No" to 4, then chances are, it's a story idea.
Someone said, "Wouldn't it be neat if G'Kar and Garibaldi were stuck somewhere and G'Kar said to Garibaldi, 'Don't worry, they can track us from the bug that Sinclair planted in me [from the pilot].' and Garibaldi says, 'Well, ambassador, I have good news and I have bad news.'" JMS responded with, "Damn."
Which means he had something planned along those lines. In this instance, the answers to 1-3 would be "Yes." Also, even though the non-existent bug was introduced in the pilot, there was never a hint of how it might come in to play later so the answer to number 4 would be "No."
Since G'Kar thinks he has a bug in him, there might come a time where his belief that the bug exists will become important.
What made the original speculation a story idea was that a specific event, not suggested by events in the show or by JMS on the net, had been described. It was not that the person was speculating about the bug.
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