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Babylon 5 Reboot in Development

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Lurkndog:

--- Quote from: Stephen Tannhauser on September 28, 2021, 06:46:10 PM ---That said, I have to admit that much as I loved Babylon 5 in the '90s and would love to see a version done with everything that could be brought to bear on it now, there's a part of me that kind of wonders, "What's the point?" I know the story of the Shadow War, the secret of the hole in Sinclair's mind, the arc of Sheridan and Delenn, and everything else, and for JMS to overhaul those to the point of being surprising again he will have to lose all the mythic resonance of the original arcs. So I would probably check this out for curiosity's sake but couldn't guarantee sticking with it.

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Here's a what-if: If they're going with Sheridan from Day 1, are they going to give him Sinclair's back story?

What will the Sheridan/Delenn arc look like if Delenn becomes human, and Sheridan becomes Valen? Do they go back in time at the end of the show, instead of doing Sleeping in Light?

It could be very different, and in a good way.

Ratman_tf:

--- Quote from: Lurkndog on September 30, 2021, 09:53:14 AM ---
--- Quote from: Stephen Tannhauser on September 28, 2021, 06:46:10 PM ---That said, I have to admit that much as I loved Babylon 5 in the '90s and would love to see a version done with everything that could be brought to bear on it now, there's a part of me that kind of wonders, "What's the point?" I know the story of the Shadow War, the secret of the hole in Sinclair's mind, the arc of Sheridan and Delenn, and everything else, and for JMS to overhaul those to the point of being surprising again he will have to lose all the mythic resonance of the original arcs. So I would probably check this out for curiosity's sake but couldn't guarantee sticking with it.

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Here's a what-if: If they're going with Sheridan from Day 1, are they going to give him Sinclair's back story?

What will the Sheridan/Delenn arc look like if Delenn becomes human, and Sheridan becomes Valen? Do they go back in time at the end of the show, instead of doing Sleeping in Light?

It could be very different, and in a good way.

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JMS has said, quoted in the first post, that they won't be using the same characters. At least, not as we saw them in the show. I can't imagine them using all the character and plot beats from the original series. I'd expect some really radical departures and changes, otherwise, it's not even a reboot, but a straight remake.
Hell, the new series could have the same kind of issues come up, and get changed mid-series like the original.

Lurkndog:
I would expect Season 1 to be radically different. For one, the pacing of the original is widely criticized. And two, assuming the Shadows are still the Big Bads, there wouldn't be much point in saving their introduction for the end of season cliffhanger. Everyone will know what's coming.

One big difference is that using a digital projection soundstage like The Mandalorian means you aren't tied down to plywood sets in a hot tub factory. The action can go off-station much more easily. And you can have scenes take place in much bigger spaces inside the station. The nightclub can be a full-sized casino. The bridge of the station can be bigger than a two car garage. The diplomatic spaces can have a proper UN sized auditorium.

Or maybe you keep the station sets small, because B5 is the cheap station they built after Babylon 4 disappeared, but you contrast it with grand spaces everywhere else.

At the very least, you can do the "walking down curved corridors in a station shaped like a drum" shots that 2001: A Space Odyssey did with expensive rotating sets, and B5 had to avoid because they didn't have the budget to do that all the time. 

Pat:

--- Quote from: Oddend on September 28, 2021, 01:41:45 PM ---
--- Quote from: jeff37923 on September 28, 2021, 11:03:23 AM ---Direct from J. Michael Strazynski:

--- Quote from: JMS ---the CW

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lol

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Unlike the stuffy old Babylon 5, in the nu Babylon 5 everyone is young, hot, and takes off their shirts a lot.

Zelen:

--- Quote from: Shrieking Banshee on September 28, 2021, 11:29:48 AM ---Babylon 5 was more hippie dippy and niavely idealistic then friggin STAR TREK.

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What makes you say that? B5 had some pretty dark parts to it between Londo & G'Kar as well as the EarthGov / PsiCorps.


While I enjoyed Babylon 5 for its time, and I'd consider myself a big fan even today, I have no interest in a Babylon 5 remake done by CW or one that adapts to present day political orthodoxy. Not interested, and unless Straczynski and others explicitly state otherwise, I won't even look into it.


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