In my adventuring along web trails during the past month, I’d run across Space Westerns, a niche ezine dedicated to scifi westerns — yes, scifi westerns — and its proprietor, Nathan Lilly.
The site is a paying market for stories, serials and articles, and has a few stories in an inactive podcast, but it was a series of old blog posts that caught my eye when I revisited the site this week.
Back in 2009, he’d begun a Babylon 5 rewatch, but it looks like he only got through “The Gathering” and “Midnight on the Firing Line”.
But he’d also written an article, 10 Most Influential Space Westerns, where he lists Babylon 5 at number 6, right in between Battlestar Galactica and Firefly.
So, do you think Babylon 5 counts as a space western or not? I’m not 100% sure because I haven’t fully mulled it over yet, but if you look at everything from “Severed Dreams” through the end of Season 4, I would have to say “yes”.