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Monday, 22 November 2010

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Space is big. Unimaginably big. You may think that it is a long way down to the shops, but that is nothing compared to space.

Cult nineties sci-fi drama, Babylon-5: the poor man's Star Trek, the hungry man's Star Wars, the tired man's Battlestar Galactica, the bored man's V; is set to return to the small screen for the twenty-first century.

When it was receiving it's first airing, the computer generated imagery was so much better than anything else around that it received plaudits for it's visuals. However, it did not have the same following as Star Trek, Star Wars, V or Battlestar Galactica.

"The main reason," said science fiction guru, Simon "SiFi" Fisher, "Is it was crap. The stories were all too realistic. Stunning to look at, yes. Dull as dishwater, also yes. They had this crazy five year story arc idea that made most people barf."

Stemming from a British film-making company it suffered from the British tendency for realism, not something that science fiction fans wanted from a SciFi series.

This is all set to change as the show as it attempts to follow in the footsteps of Battlestar Galactica's remake footsteps, and the remake footsteps of the remake of V's footsteps.

"I hated the remake of Battlestar Galactica," said Fisher. "It was like an office based drama that occasionally noted the fact that they were on a space craft hurtling through the void, and not, as many episodes looked, set in Slough."

Fisher has been lucky enough to be sent some of the early scripts of the remake of Babylon 5: "I've been sent some of the early scripts for the remake of Babylon 5, and I'm happy to say that it is everything that Galactica isn't. It's got plenty of space fights, lots of flashing lasers, exploding space craft, aliens coming out of it's ears, and the first ever full frontal nude Betelgeusian seen on terrestrial television."

And that is episode one of the first series.

Fisher and other Sci Fi afficianados cannot wait until Spring 2012 when the first series will be completed.

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