Every now and then, I’ll tell the story of how my early history with the Internet is intertwined with being a fan of the TV series Babylon 5.
Babylon 5 was pioneering and influential in many ways, not the least of which was telling a story that was planned to take and took 5 years and 110 episodes to tell. It was a rich and rewarding universe that many fans, including me, hated to leave.
J. Michael Straczynski, affectionately known as the Great Maker of Babylon 5, has revisited the Babylon 5 universe with a DVD of new stories released today called Babylon 5: The Lost Tales.
I watched the entire DVD this evening. I loved it, but there’s no surprise there – I don’t pretend to be objective. I suspect that long-time fans will appreciate and enjoy the DVD more than those who are new to the series because there are references to backstory that it helps to know. There are also very nice tributes to two of the main actors, Andreas Katsulas (who I had the pleasure to meet once) and Richard Biggs.
It’s a joy to see a familiar and meaningful fictional universe return, with some of the main characters returning in new stories that both honor the history of the show and extend the story in new ways. You can go back again. Great stuff.
For new and old B5 fans, I must recommend the excellent Babylon Podcast.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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