Babylon 5 has avoided efforts to remake the well-regarded show for years. For a while, it seemed like it may never happen. Now the CW is circling.
To a young sci-fi fan, the series was a revelation when it was released. The show told the story of the officers and ambassadors onboard the five-mile-long space station Babylon 5, during an uneasy truce between the races of the galaxy. Intergalactic war, extraterrestrial threats, and governmental changes on Earth all played a role.
The show was different in that most of this kind of show featured standalone episodes with a different challenge for the characters to overcome each week. Babylon 5 was serialized and deployed long-form storytelling over many seasons.
Variety reports that Babylon 5 is coming back with original creator/writer J. Michael Straczynski running a new project for Warner Bros. Television and The CW. Wait… The CW?
The new version is described as a total reboot, not a continuation, so don’t expect Bruce Boxleitner or Claudia Christian back. The new iteration is described n the announcement:
“John Sheridan, an Earthforce officer with a mysterious background, is assigned to Babylon 5, a five-mile-long space station in neutral space, a port of call for travelers, smugglers, corporate explorers and alien diplomats at a time of uneasy peace and the constant threat of war.
His arrival triggers a destiny beyond anything he could have imagined, 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 as the last, best hope for the survival of the human race.”
The original Babylon 5 is still available on various VOD platforms in a 4k remaster. This makes me nostalgic for my old Commodore Amiga.