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1
Release Date:
9 June 1999 (USA) See more »
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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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What Could Have Been 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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44 min (13 episodes)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Captain Matthew Gideon:Married? You're telling me that some guy actually managed to land you? Got you to lower your defenses enough to commit and then he let you get away? Huh? God, he must be the biggest loser on the galaxy.
Elizabeth Lochley:Ah. Major loser. They don't come any bigger.
Captain Matthew Gideon:Loser have a name?
Elizabeth Lochley:John Sheridan.
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Referenced in Office Space (1999)See more »

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55 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
What Could Have Been, 18 April 2001
Author: Tiger Hawk from Spring Hill, FL

In talking about Crusade, one must first recognize the fact that we are talking about a series that was cut short before it even aired. Only 13 episodes were produced of the show and of those 13 a handful do not do the series or its predecessor, Babylon 5 justice.

True to form J. Michael Stracynski (hereby referred to as "JMS") set about to tell us a story, albeit one not as tightly plotted as Babylon 5 or as driven by multiple story arcs, but a story nonetheless. A story meant to further the Babylon 5 universe, but a story that was cut short.

Similar to what JMS did with Babylon 5, the first season episodes of Crusade set up A LOT of what was going to be dealt with later on in the series. The result is that these episodes, on a whole, are mediocre at times, because they lacked the effect of having a later episode revisit some themes set up there and bring them to fruition. Several first (and second) season episodes of Babylon 5 seemed mediocre at the time, but when revisited after watching later seasons, they became gems of foreshadowing, plot development, minor details, etc. all of which added to the show.

But, I'm dwelling on the past and like so many others, disregarding the fact that this show is a good example of quality television in and of itself. With only 13 episodes, JMS did set up a whole sub-section of the Babylon 5 universe, showed us new areas to explore, reunited us with some old friends, sowed the seeds of what was to be a very interesting plot development, and even poked fun at the X-Files (fans of that show take heart, JMS and Chris Carter are good friends and it was done more as a homage than to criticize the show).

One of JMS' strengths is in his characters. These are people who are flawed, who are crude, dishonest, have secrets in their past, but still work together and are the team I'd want looking for a cure were we to be infected with a plague like the Drahk one.

Captain Matthew Gideon is perhaps the most flawed. He's a gambler, he doesn't take anything from anyone, he's angry over the loss of a ship he served on, but most of all he's determined. For all that though, he's not one to jump into things head on, he more prefers to have an ace up his sleeve. That `ace' being, at least some of the time, his mysterious `Apocolypse Box,' which started sowing seeds of doubt.

Lieutenant Matheson is the upstanding officer on the ship, loyal to a fault. He's a telepath left with the burden of proving to the world that telepaths don't need an organization to police them, as the Psi-Corp once did. He's got the sword of Damocles above his head and a past history of violence against the Corp.

Doctor Chambers wasn't given much time to develop, but like Dr. Franklin on B5, she cares about her patients and is willing to do what it takes.

Max Eilerson is the resident archeologist, linguist, and pain in the butt. He seems to annoy just about everyone and yet, he's indispensable. Just because he's searching for a cure to save every man, woman, child, and alien on Earth doesn't mean he can't find a way to get rich out of the deal...

Which brings us to Dureena, the thief with a code of honor. Dureena is trustworthier than Eilerson, despite her background. She does provide the important role of being the one person who can pick locks, sneak in and out of places, and search alien worlds for the cure.

Finally, there's Galen, who is the most interesting. He's a Technomage, which means he uses science and technology to simulate magic. That means he's the one with the ability to save the crew and spy on them when needed. He rescued Gideon 10 years in the past, when his ship was destroyed and now cares for him as if Gideon were a stray cat he took in and yet more times than not, it seems he needs Gideon more than Gideon needs him.

It's a shame all this potential was left in the limbo good shows go when they are taken off the air. Even more so when you learn how the first season was to end. Without spoiling things (in the case of some miracle resurrecting the series), it seems that a lot more people than we thought are using the Shadow tech that the virus is based on. President Clark's Shadow enhanced ships in `Between the Darkness and the Light' was just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, it's a lot more recent use of Shadow technology than another group in the Babylon 5 universe that bases what they do on that same technology. The former group, at the end of the season though, was willing to protect their secret use of the Shadow tech at any cost.

For now though, we are left with 13 episodes, most of which do make for good television as stand-alone episodes. And yet, they could have been so much more...

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