More than 25 years after the end: One of the best sci-fi series of all time gets a movie sequel

  • Published: 2023/05/04 14:00

    Author: Stefan Geisler


Who would have expected that? More than 25 years after the end of the series, there will be another sequel to the sci-fi cult series "Babylon 5" - as an animated feature film! The sci-fi series aired for five seasons between 1993 and 1998 and still enjoys cult status among fans today. Series creator J. Michael Straczynski ("Sense8") announced the good news via Twitter. Fans should not be put off by the fact that this is an animated film, because according to series creator JMS, who is also responsible for the script, fans can expect a classic "Babylon 5" story, which he tells as a wild ride through describes space and time and a love letter to the fans. It is not yet clear when the hitherto untitled film will be released and whether it will be released in cinemas or played directly on the Warner streaming service HBO Max. However, there is no question that the film will come, because according to J. Michael Straczynski it is already finished and just waiting for release. Within the next week, the series creator wants to reveal details such as the release date and title of the animated film. "Babylon 5" may be in the shadow of the genre giant "Star Trek", but it doesn't have to hide from the sci-fi celebrities: the intergalactic adventures of the crew of the Babylon 5 are considered by many genre fans to be one of the best sci -Fi series of all time, which with an IMDb score of 8.4 is on par with "Spaceship Enterprise" and can be found ahead of classic "Star Trek" series such as "Voyager" or "Deep Space Nine". . The series only sees no light against Jean-Luc Picard's Enterprise crew, because "Starship Enterprise The Next Century" even has a score of 8.7 points. In addition, the stories about the crew of the Babylon 5 space station were further deepened in books and comics. In terms of narrative, the series was a lot ahead of the competition at the time: In contrast to the episodic adventures in "Star Trek", which often worked according to the case-of-the-week principle, "Babylon 5" had a five-year storyline that had already been developed in advance -Plot worked, with each season of the series covering one year of overall action.