Back in 2014, it was announced that a feature film reboot of '90s sci-fi adventure series Babylon 5 was in the works. No details on the film’s story or characters have since been released, although a 2016 production kick-off has been threatened by the show's creator.
Fans — yes, the series still has fans — have been skeptical about the project, with many calling for a continuation of the TV show rather than a remake with a new cast. However, if the film (or TV show, potentially) were to be a reimagining of the original series, I don’t think it would be a terrible thing.
As good as the show was, there are many arcs that were left incomplete due to production issues. A retelling of the story would be a good opportunity to flesh out those storylines. Let's take a look at some of those storylines.
Commander Sinclair’s Role Could Be Expanded
In the first season, it’s quite obvious that Sinclair is the show’s protagonist; he’s the character we’re set up to follow on what would become a five-year journey. So it feels abrupt when, at the beginning of Season 2, Sinclair is nowhere to be seen.
Michael O’Hare, the actor who portrayed Sinclair, unfortunately had to leave the show due to issues with his mental health. Here, series producer J. Michael Straczynski talks of O'Hare's struggles:
What kind of show would Babylon 5 have been had Sinclair remained for the show's duration? A reboot featuring five films — or seasons — could be the answer. Sinclair suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and was haunted by 24 hours he couldn’t remember. He’s a favorite among fans, and seeing his backstory further explored and dramatized would make for a great Babylon 5 film.
The Romance Between Commander Susan Ivanova And Marcus Cole Could Be Elaborated On
Ivanova and Cole endured a relationship that was constantly in a state of flux — the classic will-they-or-won’t-they saga. They were completely different individuals with little in common who didn’t seem to mix, yet they occasionally displayed hints of affection for each other. The story didn’t really get to flourish as, by the end of the fourth season, Marcus was killed off and Susan had left the station.
If a reboot was to come to fruition, a reattempt at this love story would make for great romance complications and further installments. Having a love subplot among all the devastation and conflict on the station would give the film(s) a sense of emotional engagement.
There's Room For Improvement For Bot Seasons 4 And 5
Most B5 fans know of the tension the production team experienced when approaching Season 5, as they weren’t sure if it was ever going to happen. So as a precaution, beats originally planned for Season 5 were put in Season 4.
Apparently, Season 4 was supposed to end with Episode 18, "Intersections in Real Time," in which Sheridan was captured, and Season 5 would have been about the crew taking on the government. That would’ve made for one fantastic cliffhanger, and a reboot could provide us with that viewing pleasure.
Once again, if it’s successful, the promised installment, in whatever form it takes, could end with Sheridan (or Sinclair, in this case) being captured and brutally interrogated. It would be so much more intense and exciting than the rushed ending Season 4 received, and the mediocre fifth season that followed.
So those are the benefits of a Babylon 5 reboot. I know a lot fans are unsure of a film, but what are your thoughts? Could these ideas make for a good storyline? Let me know by voting in the poll below.