OMAHA, NE – As Babylon 5 celebrates its 20th anniversary, lets discuss how this ambitious little show that did, broke the mold. Babylon 5 was a dream given form by its talented maker, J Michael Straczynski, also known as JMS. Babylon 5 was a break through in television sci-fi. Touted as a novel for television, Babylon 5 had a beginning, middle and end, with a set time of 5 seasons to tell its story. Babylon also brought a new type of special effects to the small screen, computer graphics. Most television shows, most notably, Star Trek, at the time used models for there ships. Babylon 5 used computer graphics to render the Babylon 5 station and the ships views saw on the screen. Babylon 5 was already light years ahead of its time, even for some movies. Story wise, Babylon 5 was rich in character, intrigue, action and grit. A common saying among Babylon 5 fans was more happened in one episode of Babylon 5 than one season of Star Trek. I think Babylon 5 still has more story to tell us, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we will get more. (Maybe a production for Netflix?)
Below, the first 4 minutes of Babylon 5 to ever air, 20 years ago, Feb 1993.
Babylon 5 celebrated its 20th Anniversary, and it sure showed as the cast reunited for the 20th Anniversary to at several conventions in 2013, including San Diego Comic Con and Phoenix Comic Con. JMS revealed a secret about one of Babylon 5’s stars at the Phoenix Comic-Con. Read the article here. The article contains some wonderful video of the Babylon 5 cast together, reunited. It is awesome seeing this cast come together, makes me even more hopeful that some new material will come from this Universe once again.
And lets not forget some sex and humor, Babylon 5 style.
Remember what Delenn looked like in the very beginning, in the Pilot?