Straczynski made the announcement on his web-site, saying that he felt direct-to-tv and DVD and lower-budgeted efforts like Legends of the Rangers and The Lost Tales were made with good intentions but ended up dilluting the overall product that is Babylon Five.
“As well intentioned as Rangers and TLT were, as enticing as it was to return to those familiar waters, in the end I think they did more to subtract from the legacy than add to it,” writes Straczynski. “I don’t regret having made them, because I needed to go through that to get to the point where I am now psychologically, but from where I sit now, I wouldn’t make them.”
In both cases, Straczysnki says that Warner Brothers (who owns the distribution rights to B5) underestimated the built-in audience for the popular sci-fi series.
“B5:TLT was commissioned at a $2 million budget to, yet one more time, “test the waters” for B5. We did what we could with that, and that was that,” he wrote.Â “As we did with Rangers, which also suffered from not having a lot of money because of concerns about “is there really a B5 audience?” Which is, of course, a foolish question from a studio that has never really understood what it has in B5.”
The creator went on to say that he’s given the future of his franchise a lot of thought and has come to a decision.
“B5 as a five year story stands beautifully on its own,” he said. Â “If anything else is to be continued from that story, it should be something that adds to the legacy of B5, rather than subtracts from it.
“At the end of the day, for me, it’s not just a matter of getting more B5. It’s a matter of getting more *good* B5 that respects what came before it and doesn’t have to compromise visually or in terms of action. The original show deserves better than that, the surviving cast members deserve better than that, and the fans who have supported it over the years definitely deserve better than that. A lot better.”