UPDATE 9/28/21:

The news of a Babylon 5 reboot caused a maelstrom on Twitter yesterday. Many hardcore fans of the science fiction series were not happy with the thought of a reimagining of the cult classic on the CW. However, there were just as many hardcore fans who were thrilled. After all, the beloved series premiered almost 30 years ago in 1993 and could only benefit from a reboot. Think Battlestar Galactica.

The series was a first on many levels. Television had not seen space like this yet. The world-building was rich and wonderfully complex. So much so that it was one of the first series ever to employ serial storytelling for its five-season arc. Babylon 5 also had groundbreaking special effects for the mid-90s.

The one thing folks on Twitter had in common, they wanted answers. Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski answered their call when he took to Twitter last night to shed some light on why and how a new Babylon 5 would proceed. He commented on the above and also how his growth and experience as a writer since 1993 could only benefit the show. 

He explained why the original actors wouldn’t be reprising their roles with some real-world sad facts – a good number of the cast has since passed away. He goes on to say that the “evergreen” aspects of the show’s arc will be updated with “fresh but familiar” ideas — Once again, think Battlestar Galactica

Click on Straczynski’s thread below for a fascinating read that should get any B5 fan excited! 

Audrey Kearns

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The CW has announced that they will be resurrecting one of the most beloved space operas of our time – Babylon 5. The plan to reboot the series includes bringing back creator J. Michael Straczynski to pen the new script. The new series will be a full reboot which will focus on John Sheridan (originally played by Bruce Boxleitner), an Earthforce officer stationed on Babylon 5.

His arrival to the ship will alter his destiny forever as an exploratory Earth company accidentally triggers a conflict with a civilization a million years ahead of them. This, in turn, puts Sheridan and his crew in the line of fire and they will become the last hope for the survival of the human race. The series will include a colorful cast of characters that will fill the roles of smugglers, corporate explorers and alien diplomats.

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The original Babylon 5 was released in 1993 and ran for five seasons, 110 episodes and six TV films. There is quite a lot of ground for the CW to cover, but an update could be good. However, in a world where reboots have completely flopped, I am holding my breath on this one. I want it to be good. Really good. I want it to get an update in the worst way. Can you imagine what they would be able to do now as far as CGI, costumes, visuals and so much more? It would be truly fantastic if they could get this right.

This is still early on, so there is a chance that things may fall through. But we will definitely be keeping an eye out for more news as time goes on. If you haven’t gotten the chance to watch the original Babylon 5, we highly suggest it! You can currently stream all five seasons on HBO Max. How do you feel about a reboot? Let us know in the comments below and on social media!

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