"Babylon 5" was a dream given form: a science fiction series beyond the "Star Trek" franchise worth
the time and dedication of its fans. Conceived with a five-season master plan by series creator J.
Michael Straczynski (JMS), the series was an ambitious attempt to tell a story with a pre-determined
beginning, middle, and end on television. Despite cast shakeups, syndication struggles, and at least
one premature cancellation, the series come to its intended conclusion in 1998. Though several
TV-movies emerged shortly after the end of the series itself, as well as the short-lived spinoff
"Crusade", "Babylon 5" has largely endured on DVD and in the hearts and minds of its fans.
"Babylon 5" was also one of the first shows on the air with a massive online support system, with fans
leading the charge for each and every annual renewal. JMS was one of the first executive producers
and writers to interact and communicate directly with the fans. It was this interaction that led John to
his initial education in the television medium and the ins and outs of television writing.
John never wrote reviews for the original series. However, almost 10 years later, he finally gets the
chance! "Babylon 5: The Lost Tales" begins on DVD in July 2007, and John will be writing reviews
after each anticipated release. Additionally, John is a regular contributor to the Babylon Podcast as
one of the Voices of Babylon.
As always, John appreciates any feedback he can get, and so he invites all visitors to this site to
E-mail him or reply on the blog.