classic reflections

'Babylon 5' s1 classic review

This “classic reflection” is an updated look at one of my favorite sci fi TV shows: Babylon 5. And in the process, a quickie update on the cast and show creator J. Michael Straczynski.

B5, (fan shorthand for Babylon 5) 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 (Deep Space Nine).

However, creator J. Michael Straczynski originally pitched his concept 5 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 (Star Trek).

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 the executive producer, creator, writer and den mother on a major network.

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Unlike other shows, B5 had a definitive story arch that began in season 1 but really took off in the second season.

The first season set up the universe of the series, introducing the characters, the background of the station (called Babylon 5 because it was the fifth station built), and relationships between the various alien races.

The story of the station was that after a long war between Earth and an alien race called the Minbari, it was built as a place to give the different races a neutral place to conduct diplomacy to prevent further wars.

During it’s five-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. (They were also the first to use extensive CGI for the shots outside the station.) Thankfully Straczynski, while under the threat of cancellation, was able to finish out the fifth and final season and thus end the series properly.

It’s an excellent series and is one of my personal favorites.

'Babylon 5' review

Since its cancellation, some of the cast are still working within the industry.

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