Tired of Babylon 5 being an obscure pop-culture reference? Want the show back on the air? Well, creator J. Michael Straczynski has some advice for you.
The beloved '90s sci-fi series was never a major hit when it was on the air, and since the series ended, it has mostly lived on in fans' hearts or on their shelves via DVD box sets. But after the show got a nice shout out in a recent episode of Breaking Bad, Straczynski fired back at fans fussing about why the show isn’t on the air anymore.
Now, we’re talking about the original series coming back to air in syndication — not new episodes. To make it happen, Straczynski urged fans to get organized and start a campaign to get a network interested in re-running the old series so new fans can discover it. He adds that if sufficient buzz gets rolling, there’s no telling where things could go from there.
Here are some of his tweets from the other night after the Breaking bad episode aired:
Honestly, if fans want the original Babylon 5 back on the air as more than an obscure reference, then y'all need to get organized and loud.— JMichael Straczynski (@straczynski) September 2, 2013
Ain't never gonna be sufficient heat for any new B5 as long as the original sits on a shelf gathering dust instead of viewers. #FreeBabylon5— JMichael Straczynski (@straczynski) September 2, 2013
@Violaytor Can't kickstarter anything B5 related, I don't own it, Warners does.— JMichael Straczynski (@straczynski) September 3, 2013
After responding to dozens of fans, Straczynski apparently got tired of Twitter’s character limit and jumped on Facebook to make a longer post recapping his point:
"To the online backinh and forthing...some hard facts. Because Babylon 5 isn't on the air in the US anywhere, it's impossible for the show to add new viewers except one at a time, friend to friend, or if you've heard about it enough to want to shell out the money for the DVDs. Casual viewers can't stumble across it while channel surfing. (As we all know, after Trek was canceled for poor ratings, it found its audience in syndication.) So in answer to the photo below, either WB has to be convinced to release the show somewhere, or a network like Syfy or Chiller or another along those lines has to be prompted to pick it up. If not, quite honestly, and without any way to add new viewers, the show will eventually slide into obscurity. This ain't something I can do, or even directly participate in. It's up to the fans now."
What do you think? Is it about time for a Babylon 5 renaissance?
(Via J. Michael Straczynski)