Credit Where Credit Is Due
A lesson in tweets, courtesy of Babylon 5.
I’ve been rewatching Babylon 5, a 90’s science fiction show about a space station and humanity’s interaction with alien races. It’s been one of my favorites since I was a kid — I was 8 or so when it first aired and I remember watching it with my parents, and my dad recording all the episodes on VHS, complete with commercials.
During my rewatch of Season 5, Episode 8 — Day of the Dead — I noticed this little tidbit:
I was tickled — as often as I’ve watched this show, I didn’t realize that one of my favorite authors had written one of the episodes. I took a quick screencap and posted it on Twitter, tagging Mr. Gaiman.
He retweeted it.
After I got over the fan-girling of having one of my tweets noticed and retweeted by an idol of mine, it was fun watching the Babylon 5 fans come out of the woodwork in support of this amazing show.
Then, to my utter shock, amazement, and more fangirling, I saw this tweet:
In my delight at seeing Gaiman’s name on the screen, that little tidbit hadn’t even occurred to me. The show as a whole was an amazing experience and while J.Michael Straczynski wrote the majority of the episodes (92 out of the 110 total) there were some stunning stories told by other writers.
In addition to Straczynski and Gaiman, these writers wrote episodes in season 1 and 2 of the show:
- Peter David (“Soul Mates” — Season 2, Episode 7 and “There All The Honor Lies” —Season 2, Episode 14)
- Kathryn M. Drennan (“By Any Means Necessary” — Season 1, Episode 12)
- Lawrence G. DiTillio (Executive Story Writer, 7 episodes credited)
- D.C. Fonatana (“The War Prayer” — Season 1, Episode 7)
- David Gerrold (“Believers” — Season 1, Episode 10)
- Harlan Ellison
(Harlan Ellison was also a conceptual consultant throughout the entire show.)
The show itself wouldn’t have succeeded as long as it did without the stories told by all of these writers. Each episode helped to carry they story one step further
It’s a good lesson for anyone who wants to tell stories, whether those stories are in a novel, on the small screen, on the big screen, or anywhere in between. Stories are nothing more than the sum of all their parts.
Babylon 5 is arguably one of my favorite shows of all time and the entire show, from the pilot to the series finale, deserves all the love. All you can do is say thank you to the writers and show creators of your favorite shows for giving you a world that you can enjoy, especially if that world is one you love going back to.