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Babylon 5: A Call to Arms (1999)

Allies of the Shadows seek revenge against humanity. This movie sets up the series, "Crusade," the sequel to "Babylon 5."

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Five years after the events of the Babylon 5 series, a technomage named Galen predicts an imminent attack by the Drakh, the old allies of the Shadows. Through dreams, a thief, a captain, and a president are brought together to head them off. The president is John Sheridan. Because of his irrational behavior, Sheridan's friends begin to wonder about his sanity. It's up to all of them and two prototype battlecruisers, the Excalibur and the Victory, to stop the fleet and their planet-killer. But is there more to the Drakh's plan? Written by Kevin Gillease <gillease@hotmail.com>

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According to Babylon 5 canon, the original Drakh plan had been to use the Death Cloud on Earth, and then use the plague on Minbar. But when the Death Cloud was destroyed, the plague was the only significant weapon they had left. See more »

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It is said that these 2 ships are brand new designs and never seen before but in the transport tube on mars while Bester is taunting Garibaldi one can be seen on a join earth-force poster. See more »

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ISN Reporter: Meanwhile, on Earth and Minbar, preparations continue for next month's celebration marking the fifth anniversary of the Interstellar Alliance. Aside from one brief conflict with the Centauri Republic early in its first year ISA President John Sheridan has delivered on his promise to maintain peace among all its member worlds...
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Good sign-off for Boxleitner, and decent overall
4 August 2000 | by (Oxford, England) – See all my reviews

Nicely plotted, and working a good transition from B5 to the ill-fated Crusade spin-off not just in narrative but in mood - there's a general shift from politics towards mysticism (also adumbrated in Thirdspace, where the dream sequences were rather more powerful, even if they ultimately had nowhere much to go). This change of mood is underlined by Evan Chen's controversial scoring; personally I like his work for Crusade, but found his dry run here deeply mediocre.

It's a measure of how Bruce Boxleitner's stature as Sheridan has grown over four seasons of B5 that he effortlessly and charismatically takes centre-stage here. Jerry Doyle's Garibaldi is equally assured but doesn't in the end have that much to do. Of the newcomers, Carrie Dobro is probably the only one who can match up to the old timers, though Tony Todd is his usual professional self. Opinion is divided about Galen. Specifically it's divided between me and other sensible people who think Peter Woodward should have been drowned at birth, and people who aren't as sensible as me. To be fair, he's not as dreadful here as in the early episodes of Crusade. Be thankful for small mercies.


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