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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
9 June 1999 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Who Do You Serve, And Who Do You Trust? See more »
Plot:
A team of soldiers and scientists has five years to find a cure for a plague decimating Earth. Full summary »
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Great potential bungled by Total Nitwit Television (TNT) See more (51 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 12)

Gary Cole ... Capt. Matthew Gideon (13 episodes, 1999)

Tracy Scoggins ... Capt. Elizabeth Lochley (13 episodes, 1999)

Daniel Dae Kim ... Lt. John Matheson (13 episodes, 1999)

David Allen Brooks ... Max Eilerson (13 episodes, 1999)

Peter Woodward ... Galen (13 episodes, 1999)

Marjean Holden ... Dr. Sarah Chambers / ... (13 episodes, 1999)
Carrie Dobro ... Dureena Nafeel (13 episodes, 1999)
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Series Directed by
Michael Vejar (4 episodes, 1999)
Tony Dow (2 episodes, 1999)
Stephen Furst (2 episodes, 1999)
Janet Greek (2 episodes, 1999)
 
Series Writing credits
J. Michael Straczynski (13 episodes, 1999)
Fiona Avery (2 episodes, 1999)

Series Produced by
Skip Beaudine .... co-producer (13 episodes, 1999)
John Copeland .... producer (13 episodes, 1999)
Douglas Netter .... executive producer (13 episodes, 1999)
Susan Norkin .... associate producer (13 episodes, 1999)
J. Michael Straczynski .... executive producer (13 episodes, 1999)

Tracy Yates .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Evan H. Chen (13 episodes, 1999)
 
Series Cinematography by
Fred V. Murphy (1 episode, 1999)
 
Series Film Editing by
Michael B. Hoggan (1 episode, 1999)

Jeff Hodge (unknown episodes)
Skip Robinson (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
Fern Champion (1 episode, 1999)
Mark Paladini (1 episode, 1999)
 
Series Production Design by
John Iacovelli (1 episode, 1999)
 
Series Art Direction by
Mark Walters (1 episode, 1999)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Jason Howard (1 episode, 1999)
 
Series Costume Design by
Randy Gardell (12 episodes, 1999)
 
Series Makeup Department
Kim M. Ferry .... key hair stylist (13 episodes, 1999)
Shaun Smith .... special makeup effects supervisor / special effects makeup supervisor (13 episodes, 1999)
Gary Yee .... makeup effects mold supervisor (12 episodes, 1999)

Tom Irvin .... special makeup effects artist: Optic Nerve Studios (unknown episodes)
Matthew Jorgensen .... special makeup effects artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Skip Beaudine .... unit production manager (1 episode, 1999)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert V. Acosta .... second second assistant director (1 episode, 1999)
David Fudge .... second assistant director (1 episode, 1999)
Douglas E. Wise .... first assistant director (1 episode, 1999)

Doug Corring .... second second assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Curtis Laseter .... construction coordinator (13 episodes, 1998-1999)
Julie Ray .... assistant art director (13 episodes, 1999)
Tamar Dick .... lead set painter (12 episodes, 1999)
Jerome Johnson .... props (12 episodes, 1999)
John Risso .... paint supervisor (12 episodes, 1999)
Pete Washburn .... leadman (12 episodes, 1999)

George Amaroso .... swing (unknown episodes)
Karl J. Martin .... set designer (unknown episodes)
Sean O'Connell .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Charles J. Bond .... boom operator (1 episode, 1999)
John Chandler .... dialogue editor (1 episode, 1999)
Harry Cohen .... sound designer (1 episode, 1999)
Paul Curtis .... dialogue editor (1 episode, 1999)
Marc Fishman .... sound re-recording mixer (1 episode, 1999)
Elisabeth Flaum .... sound effects editor (1 episode, 1999)
Rebecca Hanck .... sound effects editor (1 episode, 1999)
Don H. Matthews .... production sound mixer (1 episode, 1999)
Michael Payne .... sound supervisor (1 episode, 1999)
Liz Sroka .... sound re-recording mixer (1 episode, 1999)

Shawn Kennelly .... foley mixer (unknown episodes)
Mike Olman .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Dov Schwarz .... dialogue editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Damian Fisher .... special effects technician (12 episodes, 1999)
Alan McFarland .... special effects electronics (12 episodes, 1999)

Shea Clayton .... special effects technician: mold maker (unknown episodes)
Steve Fink .... prosthetics technician (unknown episodes)
Matthew Jorgensen .... special effects makeup (unknown episodes)
Steven Munson .... mold/technical department (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Kim Anderson .... compositor (1 episode, 1999)
Ken Busick .... compositor (1 episode, 1999)
Timothy M. Earls .... visual effects art director (1 episode, 1999)
Luc Mayrand .... conceptual designer (1 episode, 1999)
Steve R. Moore .... visual effects supervisor (1 episode, 1999)

David Carlson .... 3D animator (unknown episodes)
Kevin Gendreau .... 3D digital artist (unknown episodes)
Justin Hammond .... 3D digital artist (unknown episodes)
Edward Helmers .... 3D digital artist (unknown episodes)
Tom Helmers .... visual effects (unknown episodes)
Andrew Romine .... digital artist (unknown episodes)
Terry Whiteside .... digital producer (unknown episodes)
Chris Zapara .... digital artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Kerry Rossall .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 1999)

Diana R. Lupo .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Carrick O'Quinn .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Mike McEveety .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (13 episodes, 1999)
Carlos M. Torres .... gaffer (13 episodes, 1999)
Bryan Delorenzo .... camera loader (12 episodes, 1999)
Michael Dronge .... grip (11 episodes, 1999)

Brian Cantrell .... electrician (unknown episodes)
 
Series Animation Department
Larry W. Bowman .... supervising animator (1 episode, 1999)
Tim Everitt .... cg animator (1 episode, 1999)
Justin Hammond .... cg animator (1 episode, 1999)
Andrew Harlow .... cg animator (1 episode, 1999)
Edward Helmers .... cg animator (1 episode, 1999)
Tom Helmers .... cg animator (1 episode, 1999)
Harry Hendrickson .... cg animator (1 episode, 1999)
Jim Hoffman .... cg animator (1 episode, 1999)
Rich Jeffreys III .... cg animator (1 episode, 1999)
Jeff Montray .... cg animator (1 episode, 1999)
Tim Petre .... playback animator (1 episode, 1999)
Andrew Romine .... cg animator (1 episode, 1999)
Chris Zapara .... cg animator (1 episode, 1999)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kim M. Holly .... costume supervisor (1 episode, 1999)
Linda Huse .... key costumer (1 episode, 1999)
 
Series Editorial Department
Pam Oseransky .... post-production coordinator (1 episode, 1999)
Maritza Suarez .... assistant editor (1 episode, 1999)
Jennifer Vejar .... assistant editor (1 episode, 1999)
 
Series Other crew
Grant Kaufman .... assistant accountant (12 episodes, 1999)

Chris Bustard .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Clark Credle .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Jaroslava Fernandez .... special effects contact lenses (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
44 min (13 episodes)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Crusade creator J. Michael Straczynski's recommended episode viewing order is as follows: Racing the Night, The Needs of Earth, The Memory of War, The Long Road, Visitors from Down the Street, The Well of Forever, Each Night I Dream of Home, Patterns of the Soul, The Path of Sorrows, Ruling from the Tomb, The Rules of the Game, War Zone, Appearances and Other Deceits. However, because of dialog looping during post-production and costume changes mid-season this viewing order will introduce minor continuity errors.See more »
Quotes:
Captain Matthew Gideon:What if you're wrong, Galen?
Galen:Well, that hardly seems likely, now does it?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Office Space (1999)See more »

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67 out of 71 people found the following review useful.
Great potential bungled by Total Nitwit Television (TNT), 1 January 2001
Author: david.richmond from Richardson, TX

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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