FREE BABYLON 5 A call to Syndicate the show
Many fans of the popular science fiction series Babylon 5, from the mind of creator J. Michael Straczynski, may have appreciated the reference to the amazing show in recent episodes of both the popular cable series Breaking Bad as well as the hit show Big Bang Theory. But regretfully, that is all fans of their beloved Babylon 5 seem to get now as the show is not currently being run anywhere on syndication.
After the series was mentioned most recently in Breaking Bad, series creator Straczynski, sent out word to the Legions of fans still enamored with the show and the message was simple, get organized and start a campaign to re-run Babylon 5 on syndication!
As a matter of fact, Straczynski actually sent out a Facebook message to the show’s diehard fans saying, “To the online backing 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 . . . either Warner Brothers 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.”
As a fan of the show, I cannot think of a good reason why Babylon 5 is not being shown in syndication as the show had everything a good science fiction show needs to offer a viewer. When I think of B5 I think of simple things like diversity, inspiration, creativity, action, intrigue and acting that was quite literally, out of this world.
The show simply had it all, giving myself and so many others, hours of entertainment and a multitude of characters to fall in love and identify with. Babylon 5 also helped remind us all that the human spirit was stronger than any foe or threat which might try to extinguish it and B5 served to inspire us all if only for a little while. So it is in that spirit that Mr. Straczynski’s call to arms must be not only be heard by the syndication powers that be, but also acted upon by them and by us, the fans.
But what Straczynski has said is that only the fans of such a wonderful show can make the difference. And for all of the joy, entertainment and inspiration we have all drawn from Babylon 5 at one time or another, don’t we owe it Mr. Straczynski if not the spirit of the show itself to do what we can to see Babylon 5 once again run majestically on the air, even if only in syndication?
So in the spirit of resistance and allegiance to this magnificent show, we must all answer the call and do what we can. Write letters, talk to each other, and speak out on social media so as to come together and make it happen! Join the campaign to #FreeBabylon5 and continue to check out the conversation at http://jmsnews.com/forums/showthread.php?t=27474 or over at http://freebabylon5.com/ as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+ and Pinterest.
Likewise, here are some addresses where we can all send in letters supporting the syndication of Babylon 5:
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., NBC Universal – SyFy& Chiller Channels
4000 Warner Blvd 100 Universal City Plaza
Burbank, CA Bldg. 1400, 14th floor
(818) 954-6000 Universal City, CA 91608
NBC Universal – SyFy & Chiller Channels
30 Rockefeller Plaza, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10112
Let’s make it happen my friends, let’s get Babylon 5 on the air again!
Written By: Tye Bourdony Source: isnnews.net
Tye Bourdony is a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, a mediator, science fiction reporter and the U.S. based content editor for Sci Fi Pulse. He is also a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art. Tye currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the Staff Family Mediator, is currently the Public Information Officer for the Osceola County Bar Association and has a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine. You can visit Tye on facebook and at www.thelightersideofscifi.com or send him your thoughts and story/article ideas to TBourdony@scifipulse.net.