Responding to a fan on Twitter, Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski confirmed that he was approached to write for Star Trek: Enterprise, the ill-fated prequel which ran for four seasons from 2001 to 2005.
“There was some talk…barely mumbles…about bringing me onto the show, but as a writer/producer, not showrunner, which normally means I wouldn't be able to follow my own voice, so I let it die on the vine,” Straczynski said.
“Would love to do Trek though someday, and do it right (by my lights anyway).”
It’s a pretty mind-boggling what-if, given both the lukewarm reception that Star Trek: Enterprise received from some Trekkers, and the awkward fact that Straczynski initially pitched Babylon 5 to Paramount in Summer 1989.
Not only did they turn him down, but they launched their own morally complex and mystical space station show, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, in 1992...
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