J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
The epic mysticism of Star Wars finally came to the small screen. The special effects are now dated, the acting was occasionally stiff, but this amazing series was groundbreaking. Babylon 5
introduced us to the five-year-story-arc. It was written as a series of novels plotted for episodic television, and it worked. The show captured the mystery and microcosm of an alien-filled universe, blending it seamlessly with myth and spirituality. The plotting is a lesson in Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey. Of course, die-hard fans will immediately recognize that I've borrowed a plot revelation from the Shadow War and used it in my own books. Straczynski himself acknowledged that he drew his inspiration
from a Babylonian creation myth, the same mythology I reference in my own story.