Capt. Matthew Gideon assembles the crew that will be with him on the experimental starship Excalibur. Their mission: explore the reaches of space to find a cure for the deadly Drakh virus that will overrun Earth in five years.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Elizabeth Lochley (credit only)
Carrie Dobro ...
Trace Miller (as Alex Mendoza)
Christopher Comes ...
Aide (as Chris Comés)
Maggie Egan ...
Jane / ISN Anchor
Captain Henson
Mark Hendrickson ...
Drakh Captain
Crew #1 (as Elijha Majar)
Rebecca Markham ...


Following the attack on Earth by the Drakh, a plan is hatched to save it. Excalibur, a new vessel, is sent out to find a cure for the plague, and the man for the job is Captain Matthew Gideon. His first act is to capture one of the Drakh and get him to tell him what he can. Written by

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23rd century | See All (1) »


Action | Drama | Sci-Fi





Release Date:

9 June 1999 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Marjean Holden (Dr. Sarah Chambers) appeared in Babylon 5: A Call to Arms (1999), which served as Crusade's pilot, as Sheridan's navigator. Executive Producer J. Michael Straczynski explained this away saying that it was in fact her twin sister. See more »


[first lines]
Jane: The alien forces that attacked Earth struck without reason or provocation. Although they were driven back by our forces, on their way out, they left behind a biogenetically engineered virus that has completely penetrated the atmosphere. As a result, Earth has been quarantined. Repeat: Earth has been quarantined.
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Worth Watching
11 November 2006 | by (PA, United States) – See all my reviews

While "War Zone" has its weak points (mainly the TNT-mandated stuff, the fight scene, the riot footage, the exposition, etc.), it is definitely worth watching, even if only for Eilerson's scenes. Damn, that guy's good! I really miss that character.

The episode picks up right after the events of "Babylon 5 - A Call to Arms" (the TNT TV movie), and immediately goes into a TNT-mandated fight scene (a scene which makes no sense when you think about it.). "War Zone" was the pilot episode that TNT wanted because they decided, late in the game, not to air "A Call to Arms" right before the first episode of Crusade. It does a decent job of introducing the characters, but most of that wouldn't have been needed if they'd aired "A Call to Arms" and then gone right into "Racing the Night" (JMS' intended first episode of Crusade.). Also, "War Zone" ends on pure exposition, sort of a connect-the-dots bit for people completely unfamiliar with Babylon 5 (the TV show).

Anyway, give it a full viewing and you might be surprised at how much of it you end up liking.

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