Yeah so after the cryptic messages from Straczynski at comic con, followed by the loose lips of Walter Koenig at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convetion, there were high hopes for some kind of return to the Babylon 5 universe. I personally have been following this story with great interest if you saw my post a few weeks back here. That, however, is not the case according to show creator J. Michael Straczynski, as he has firmly shot down such talk in recent news.
Claiming that Koenig misspoke and that there are no plans for more B5 in the future. There has been some amusing outrage across the net directed at the actor for falsely getting B5 fan’s hopes up. A John Sheridan fan page on Facebook had the status of “Bester, you motherfucker.” And there have been other sites jokingly comparing the mix up of information to a deep rooted conspiracy similar to something orchestrated by the psi-corps.
I can’t really blame Koenig however, he’s always been a major supporter of the show and was clearly just eager to see another B5 project as well. I was actually hesitant to post this newest development in hopes that there might be some clarification or reconciliation between JMS’ rebuff of Walter Koenig and his own comments at San Diego. Alas there has been no further word. It seems odd though, there apparently was something going on, can we just assume that negotiations went south with Warner Bros. execs? Or was there perhaps simply some miscommunication and there were in fact never any plans for more adventures in the B5 universe?
One additional bit of information I find interesting is that very recently all of Babylon 5 was taken down from Netflix streaming, which a friend of mine pointed out could indicate that they are planning for some type of new release. This could mean that the show might be seeing a blu-ray re-release soon. Perhaps ol’ Walter Koenig was being tapped for a few recording sessions to do some commentary for some of his crucial episodes?
Who the hell knows? I still hold out some hope however, despite Joe Straczynski’s recent denials, because there’s just too much potential story telling there to simply leave Babylon 5 on the shelf somewhere.
That is all!