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Mister Tibbles02 Oct 2021 5:15 p.m. PST

A "Babylon 5" reboot is in development at The CW, Variety has learned. Original series creator J. Michael Straczynski is onboard to write the project. He will also executive producer under his Studio JMS banner. Warner Bros. Television, which produced the original series, will produce the reboot. The new iteration of the sci-fi series is described as a "from-the-ground-up reboot."

Link to the original article in Variety: link

Not too much to go on from the original Variety article. Interesting it will be on the CW. I figured it would be on one of the streaming platforms. The original B5 series 'remaastered' (aside from the scenes with special effects IIRC) is streaming now on HBOMax.

I'm not sure what to think about this reboot. The original series was a huge part of my life at the time and tied into all my memories of being in my 30's and starting a family of my own. I often has to record episodes so I could watch them when the little ones had gone to bed.

I keep feeling this is one of those series that should not be rebooted, but I think JMS could do a good job?

JMcCarroll02 Oct 2021 5:43 p.m. PST

As it was the first TV show to show fleet combat, I hope the re-boot's special effects are up to par with other current Space shows. Same point in my life too Mister Tibbles!

Leadjunky02 Oct 2021 7:16 p.m. PST

Loved the original. I wonder if a reboot will even be recognizable. I hope so.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP02 Oct 2021 7:40 p.m. PST


His Twitter feed – Loved the original – hope springs eternal it will be even better

Zephyr102 Oct 2021 8:55 p.m. PST

Well, at least it will have 'survivability' if it's at CW…

SBminisguy02 Oct 2021 9:55 p.m. PST

Well, at least it will have 'survivability' if it's at CW…

Given it's the CW, I look forward to seeing how Captain Jennifer Sinclair (and later Captain Jane Sheridan) and team Chief of Security Michelle Garibaldi, XO Commander Susan Ivanova, and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Stephanie Franklin, interact with Centauri Ambassador Lana Molari (and her sidekick Vir) and G'Karen of the Narn…

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP02 Oct 2021 10:07 p.m. PST

G'Karen to Ivanova:

"I demand to see the manager!"

"Commander Sinclair is busy right now"

DOUGKL03 Oct 2021 7:54 a.m. PST

From what I've been able to gather it won't be the same characters as the original show. The thoughts being that the story line was complete and that several of the original actors have passed away. I like the fact that it will be on the CW. As an older viewer I don't want to subscribe to 4 or 5 streaming services to watch shows I may be interested in.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2021 8:11 a.m. PST

I'd like to see some clarification about "reboot." Normally, "reimagining" means nothing is left of the original but a few names and a plot point. See the 1932 and 1999 versions of The Mummy. "Reboot" (quoting Wikipedia here) "discards continuity to re-create its characters, plotlines and backstory from the beginning." Given that I loved the previous version, that's not necessarily a vast improvement. (Anyone for a "Maltese Falcon" reboot?) And I'm not sure I trust the 2020's version of JMS as far as I trusted the 1990's. Compare and contrast Classic Trek Roddenberry with Next Generation Roddenberry, for example.

But all will be as it shall be.

SBminisguy03 Oct 2021 9:54 a.m. PST

David Manley +1!

Huscarle03 Oct 2021 10:12 a.m. PST

The original was excellent; just wondering what the reboot will be like and can it improve on the original? Personally, I would rather see something new.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2021 10:16 a.m. PST

I came into Babylon 5 in the middle of its 5-year run. Now I'm enjoying watching from the beginning.

Augustus03 Oct 2021 11:31 a.m. PST

Not sure this can be rebooted. The endless comparisons to the soul of the first really are an uphill battle.

Stryderg03 Oct 2021 12:36 p.m. PST

I think a better idea would be to follow new personalities on their various journeys: A Narn survivor of the mass driver attack and his struggles, a new inductee into the Rangers, the trials and tribulations of a Minbari crew, etc.

But I'll watch this version until it gets too messed up for my tastes.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2021 1:09 p.m. PST

With Stryderg. There were many stories still to be told in the B5 Universe. But we shall see. Or, actually, some of you shall see, and if reports are favorable, I'll buy the DVD later.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2021 8:59 p.m. PST

Hmmm, "I have a bad feeling about this….".

I hope it is good, but am skeptical.

Would love to see old reruns of the original B5, but don't recall seeing those anywhere, which is a shame.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2021 9:27 p.m. PST

No Molari, no Vir, no Delenn, no Garibaldi, no point.

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2021 10:56 a.m. PST

I had no idea the CW even still existed!

But on topic, I would love to see a sequel (not a reimagining) to the show. It would be interesting to see how the various empires have evolved over 20+ years. However, I wouldn't be interested in a nuBSG-style super-gritty soap opera ("She's having my Cylon baby!!") that's so dark that I have to go to therapy afterwards.

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2021 12:12 p.m. PST

Although I could definitely do with a second helping of Claudia Christian…

Grimmnar04 Oct 2021 1:15 p.m. PST




HMS Exeter04 Oct 2021 2:37 p.m. PST

No one ever asks Zathras. Zathras has grown used to this.

If Zathras had been asked, Zathras would have said,

…"universe does not need any more bad luck…"

Reboot Space Rangers, Zathras would say.

Yes, reboot that.

Cmde Perry04 Oct 2021 4:33 p.m. PST

+1 HMS Exeter

Zephyr109 Oct 2021 3:29 p.m. PST

Oh, and since it will be on CW, think of all the cross-over episodes they can have!

"Nancy Drew visits Babylon 5 and solves a mystery"
"Babylon 5 seeks help from The Flash"
"Penn & Teller make Babylon 5 disappear and re-appear on 'Fool Us!' "


alexpainter10 Oct 2021 6:47 a.m. PST

I'm very sceptical about it, with the current trends it could became another disaster such as "Batwoman"

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