Arguably one of the greatest science fiction shows that has ever graced our TV screens. At least, the original series was. The spin off series, admittedly, not so much.
Crusade (starring the fantastic Gary Cole, Daniel Dae Kim and Peter Woodward) was reasonable and could’ve developed into much more as the team further explored the Bayblon 5 galaxy looking for a cure to a deadly virus which had struck Earth, but alas the show was only given the one series to thrive. It didn’t.
From here there were two movie spin off’s, both TV movies. The first was The Legend of the Rangers: To Live and Die in Starlight, which centered around a group of Rangers taking cotnrol of a supposedly haunted Minbari ship in order to escort ambassador’s to a secret archeological which supposedly contained a race older than both the Shadow’s and the Vorlonn’s. The TV movie was set to be the basis of new series which was to be entitled The Legend of the Rangers, however, due to an NFL AFC Divisional Championship game the ratings for the East Coast were low, despite the ratings for the West Coast being beyond their expectations.
Next came a straight to DVD production entitled Babylon 5: The Lost Tales, which told two different stories and saw Tracy Scoggins return in her role as Captain Elizabeth Lochley, Bruce Boxleitner return as John Sheridan and Peter Woodward return as his techno-Mage character from Crusade, Galen.
Could there be more Babylon 5 awesomeness on the horizon? Well Walter Koenig, the actor behind the nefarious Psi-Cop Alfred Bester (yes, that is a tip of the hat to the great sci-fi author of the same name) says yes! Speaking at a Star Trek convention on Friday he revealed that he’d recently had dinner with J. Michael Straczynski:
He told me that he is in negations to re-acquire the rights to Babylon 5 and it looks pretty good. Now what that portends I am not entirely sure. It could be a new series or it could be a feature film, but he was quite animated about it. He seemed very excited and Warner Brothers is dealing with him in good faith. So you might see another Babylon 5 in the not too distant future.
Sounds positive right? I should hope so. J. Michael Straczynski has been eager to follow up on his creation for quite some time, despite the set backs here and there preventing it. But now that he’s got the studio behind him, I wouldn’t be all that surprised if we do see a little more of the universe we all know and love.
Sadly, a number of the cast playing some of the most popular characters have died over recent years, such as Richard Biggs who portrayed Dr Stephen Franklin, Andreas Katsulas who portrayed G’Kar and Jeff Conaway who portrayed Zack Allen but still, I’d love to see another series out of this or at least another straight to DVD production.
What do you think? Has Bayblon 5 had it’s day? Or has this universe got something more to give? Please let me know in the comments section below!
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