Although I hadn’t seen this before, it has apparently been ten years since Joe Straczynski revealed his very first notes on the idea that became Babylon 5. In a column published in Babylon 5 Magazine (huh? there was a magazine?) he reproduced the rough outline he scribbled immediately after the idea came to him in the shower.

It’s well known that the specifics of B5 underwent a number of changes over the years, responding to JMS’s evolving ideas and the real-world impact of cast changes. Given all of that, it’s pretty remarkable how close the finished product was to that original vision.