Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski has reflected on the legacy of his cult sci-fi serial.
Speaking in a Zap2It piece, Straczynski looked back on the lasting impact Babylon 5 has had on the serialized TV landscape:
We were the first show to have a five-year arc. Before we did that, television was very episodic. There were no recurring developments along the lines of a novel, which is how the story was built.
Once we did it, then Battlestar Galactica picked up the thread and said they were actually looking at what we had done, and then LOST came along and Damon Lindelof said we’ve kind of patterned our five-year arc on your five-year arc. … [Lindelof] made no bones about how they wanted to incorporate a five-year arc like we had done. It’s fun to see the long-term effects from the show.
But how addictive would B5 be in today’s fragmented, more accessible TV landscape? Judging by the continued hunger for B5, Straczynski thinks it would do just as well, if not better, if it launched today:
I think it would do well. The fans are still out there clamoring for it. … If we were to launch that show today, obviously you update the CGI and some of the makeup and wardrobe and some of the stories, but I think it would do as well now as it did then, maybe even better.
His favorite shows since B5 departed? LOST, Fringe and Buffy. Not too shabby.
Give the full piece a read over at Zap2It.