New Babylon 5

Came across some news that J M Straczynski is going to be making some new Babylon 5 tales for the direct to DVD market, using some of the original actors (alas not Richard Biggs or Andreas Katsulas since they have passed on, Biggs , who played the doctor, shockingly young). I’m cautiously optimistic – I want to see them because it was such an exceptional series, building an incredible, connected story arc over years, but I’m a little worried because earlier sequels to the main five-year series all proved disappointing. This ongoing story approach influenced Trek to produce the much better later seasons (notably the Dominion War arc) which were more satisfying than the normal standalone episodes; arguably the fine new Battlestar Galactica also owes some debt to Bab 5.