Crusade (1999– )

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A team of soldiers and scientists has five years to find a cure for a plague decimating Earth.

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 Capt. Matthew Gideon (13 episodes, 1999)
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 Capt. Elizabeth Lochley (13 episodes, 1999)
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 Lt. John Matheson (13 episodes, 1999)
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 Max Eilerson (13 episodes, 1999)
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 Galen (13 episodes, 1999)
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 Dureena Nafeel (13 episodes, 1999)
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Several years after the end of the Great War (detailed in the main Babylon 5 TV series) the former servants of the now-exiled Shadows attempt to avenge their old masters by introducing a powerful biological weapon into Earth's atmosphere. After five years of adapting itself to humanity's genetic makeup, it will kill every human being on the planet. Since this plague was the product of a technology far ahead of humanity's, there isn't enough time to develop an original solution - instead, humanity will have to comb through the ruins of older alien civilizations with the hope of finding some ancient, advanced technology that can cure the disease. Leading this high-stakes archeological mission is a starship of the new Interstellar Alliance, the Excalibur, and its crew drawn from the Alliance's elite troubleshooting corps, the Rangers. Written by Erich Schneider <erich@csdl.tamu.edu>

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J. Michael Straczynski had completed the script for episode 14 before the series was cancelled, titled "To the Ends of the Earth". The episode would have seen Gideon using the Excalibur and the Apocalypse Box to hunt down the mysterious hybrid-Shadow vessel (the ship, as seen in flashback, that destroyed the EAS Cerberus), setting him at odds with other crew members. After a space battle with the Excalibur, the hybrid vessel would have self-destructed, and the final scenes of the episode would have suggested a connection between the hybrid vessel and EarthForce. The events of this episode would have set up the series' main story arc. See more »

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Dureena Nafeel: Did you find your answer to "why", Galen?
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Great potential bungled by Total Nitwit Television (TNT)
1 January 2001 | by (Richardson, TX) – See all my reviews

The tribulations associated with the production of this show were a drama in and of themselves, and anyone who doesn't know the history should check it out. The first episodes are not representative of the original vision Mr. JMS had for Crusade. The last episodes were actually the first ones filmed and intended to launch the series.

There are actually some sad parallels to the problems Gene Roddenberry had with NBC in trying to get Star Trek made. The NBC execs thought the Star Trek pilot (The Cage) was too brainy. They wanted the regular series plots dumbed down and more action added. As they say, the one thing we learn from history is that no one seems to learn from history.

Given the success of Babylon 5 and the fact that B5 fans were greatly anticipating Crusade, it was a business fiasco for TNT's execs to presume to tamper with something they didn't understand. Unfortunately, tamper they did, and we have been forced to live with the consequences of an unfulfilled vision. Compare Crusade's "Racing the Night", the intended first episode, with "War Zone" to see the result of TNT's meddling. Notice the utterly unnecessary fight scene in "War Zone". Also, notice that the Rangers disappeared entirely from the TNT-influenced episodes.

TNT's final insult was in trying to foist this off as a "special limited series". Since when do you introduce an audience to a story and a bunch of characters, then deliberately fail to finish what you've started? Curiosity prevented me from not watching. Now I'm stuck wondering about what might have been.

I was especially intrigued by the storyline involving Gideon and the mysterious "apocalypse box". JMS never let characters get away with cheating, as Gideon was clearly doing by consulting the force controlling the box. I'd really like to know what fate was in store for Gideon as recompense for taking shortcuts to success. Unfortunately, it looks like I'll have to make up my own ending to this story.

If allowed to develop unobstructed, Crusade could have been a classic series. In spite of TNT's interference, there were still flashes of brilliance in the few episodes that were produced. Instead, it seems that Crusade is doomed to occupy a place in sci-fi history as a memorial to what might have been.


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