‘Babylon 5’ (1994): A Cinema Static Classic Reflection

by on April 10, 2011

in Entertainment

Today I’d like to take a look back at one of my favorite sci fi shows: Babylon 5, a Cinema Static Classic Reflection.

'Babylon 5' logo

Babylon 5 or B5, (fan shorthand) is chock-full of first-class actors, writers and has a stellar group of creative forces with impeccable credentials. Too bad it was premiered at the same time as another sci-fi show with a similar setting (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine).  However, creator J. Michael Straczynski originally pitched his concept of Babylon 5 five years previous to various network kingpins, it just took them a long time to say “yes.” Apparently they thought there was only one franchise that could successfully grab the sci-fi ratings at that time, Star Trek.

Up until then J. Michael Straczynski had previously been a writer on such shows as Murder She Wrote and Jake and the Fatman, so B5 was his first real foray into prime time TV as an executive producer, creator, writer and den mother on a major network.

'Babylon 5' space station

Unlike other shows, B5 had a definite story arch that began in season 1 but really took off in the second season. (They were also the first to use extensive CGI for the shots outside the station.)  During its 5 year run, B5 at times struggled for recognition from the network even though by then they had won a few Emmys and had a large following of devoted fans. Thankfully Straczynski, while under the threat of cancellation, was able to finish out the fifth and final season and thus end the series.

'Babylon 5' - Andreas Katsulas and Mira Furlan

The first season sets up the B5 universe by introducing the characters, the background history of the station (it’s called Babylon 5 because it was the fifth one built), and relationships between the various alien races. It also set the premise of the space station itself: that it was built after a long war between Earth and a race called the Minbari, in order to give the different races a place to conduct diplomacy so as to prevent further wars.

Babylon 5 is an excellent series and one of my personal favorites that I still enjoy watching to this day! (-Sybil)

Recent Babylon 5 News Bytes:

Recently, prior to Tron: Legacy opening in theaters Bruce Boxleitner had this to say about the show in an interview:

“[Babylon 5] lends itself cinematically. That was done on a weekly basis, animation for that was basically on a laptop, you know what I mean? But we sold it. It was great for its time — it came up with the rise of the home computer, chat rooms, all those things. It was one of the most talked-about shows on the web at the time. So for being such a non-technological person, I’ve been in these things that were at the forefront of pushing technology”

Back in early 2010 J. Michael Straczynski was asked about a Babylon 5 movie, but JMS’s replied saying,

“I’ve kind of drawn a line in the sand, saying no to any more low-budget DVD releases and the like. It’s a big-budget movie or nothing. Oddly, WB — which is being very nice to me at the moment, given how things are going film-wise — has been coming around to say “So how much money would you need to make this work?” so there may be something to this. We’ll see.'”

Since we’ve not really seen or heard any news on that matter, we can assume exactly where that’s gone for now.

Where are they now?

Bruce Boxleitner in 'Heroes'Bruce Boxleitner (Capt. John Sheridan) has done some TV movies and series like Syfy’s Bone Eater, Chuck, Heroes, NCIS and such. On the silver screen, his latest and most notable role was that of Alan Bradley in Tron: Legacy.

Jerry Doyle (Michael Garibaldi) has done singular episode appearances in JAG, NYPD Blue and his latest movie credit was the 2004 movie Open House.

Claudia Christian (Cmdr. Susan Ivanova) has hit up TV shows like NYPD Blue, Everwood, Nip/Tuck and has had recurring roles in Broken News, Starhyke and Look. She’s been pretty busy on the silver screen with mid-popular movies such as Love & Sex, Half Past Dead and the Syfy movie Meteor Apocalypse.

Mira Furlan (Delenn) has had recurring roles on Vratice se rode, Lost & Najbolje godine. She’s had one-ups on NCIS and Law & Order: Los Angeles. She’s had work in smaller movies in 2010 and 2011, but nothing huge.

Andreas Katsulas (G’Kar) sadly, passed away in February of 2006.

Peter Jurasik (Londo Mollari) has done some guest stints on 3rd Rock from the Sun, Sliders, NYPD Blue, Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill and was in the TV movie, Quantum Apocalypse. (The title has Apocalypse in it. Guess which network it showed up on?) Curiously enough, he appeared in the 1982 Tron. He also seems to have some new projects in the works: Superhero, Litte Red Wagon… and a documentary titled Changing Course, slated for a 2012 release.

Stephen Furst (Vir Cotto) went on to voice Booster in the animated 2000 TV series, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command and has been in a few Syfy channel movies like Path of Destruction, Basilisk: The Serpent King and such. He also directed those movies under the work name of Louie Myman and has produced a few other projects. He’s gone a similar route with big screen projects with directing or producing.

What’s J. Michael Straczynski Been Up To Lately?

After Babylon 5, J. Michael Straczynski (or JMS) went on to pen the TV Series Crusade & Jeremiah.  On the silver screen he’s penned such hits as Changeling and Ninja Assassin.  But he’s also had a screenplay credit or two pop up in movies such as Thor and Underworld 4: New Dawn.    For future projects, he’s been forever associated with a rewrite of Forbidden Planet & Lensman while some of his newest rumors include World War Z and a Silver Surfer project.  Since most of his projects keep being noted in the script phase of development, I’m not going to hold my breath until I start hearing about casting and such for any of these films.  Though, to be honest, I’ve been patiently excited for a few of these hoped-for movies!

That’s where some of the gang went afterwards.  (-Bruce)

[ babylon5.warnerbros.com ], [ Babylon 5 on IMDb ], [movieline.com: bruce boxleitner] [ newsarama.com: jms ]

Quotes and ‘Where are they now’ bits co-written by Bruce Simmons.

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