And so, it begins (again)…
Deadline reports The CW is developing a “from the ground up” reboot of Babylon 5. The original series — which aired in syndication and TNT from 1993 to 1999 — told the tale of an interstellar conflict focused around the activities of an Earth-built space station in neutral space. Meant to be a sort of United Nations in space, Babylon 5 proved to be the last, best hope for a galaxy on the brink. And, as the program’s fiction history told us, there would never be another Babylon station.
But that does not preclude a new telling of the story.
Thankfully, B5 creator J. Michael Straczynski is once again at the helm. But this time, the program follows John Sheridan (Bruce Boxleitner in the original series) from the start. Described as an “Earthforce officer with a mysterious background,” Sheridan is assigned to Babylon 5 just as “an exploratory Earth company accidentally triggers a conflict with a civilization a million years ahead of us, putting Sheridan and the rest of the B5 crew in the line of fire.” Certainly, some of these ideas will sound familiar to fans of the program. Is there a hole in Sheridan’s mind? Is his wife now called Katharine Sakai? And the most intriguing question to us: what became of Jeffrey Sinclair?
Also, you can’t help but wonder if ideas about Dr. Benjamin Kyle, Laurel Takashima, or even Technomage Galen will filter their way into the new version. Although, knowing Straczynski, this telling of B5 could be wildly different while still using the same themes and ideas.
Since the proposed series is still in the development stage, it is unclear when it will arrive on screens. Nevertheless, it is pretty exciting to see the Babylon 5 re-emerge after all this time.