A team of soldiers and scientists has five years to find a cure for a plague decimating Earth.
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Complete series cast summary:
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 Carrie Dobro ...  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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English

Release Date:

9 June 1999 (USA) See more »

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Babylon 5: Crusade See more »

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(13 episodes)

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Dolby

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1.33 : 1
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Part of Gary Cole's costume was a class ring for "Earthforce Academy". He kept the ring and wore it in his next role, as Lumberg in Office Space (1999). See more »

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Galen: Do you think I'm hiding things from you, Dureena?
Dureena Nafeel: Gideon says we all have things to hide.
Galen: Did he? How unfortunate. I was hoping he'd come further than that. Not that isn't true of course. It's just that one simply doesn't have to say it... Matthew was right. We all have something to hide. We all have something to tell, we all have a secret name, we all have a question.
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Galen: One question that unlocks our hearts.
Dureena Nafeel: And what is your question, Galen?
Galen: [pause] Why.
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"...I repeat, Earth is quarantined..."
23 September 2002 | by bradphipps101See all my reviews

Crusade was a bold step in another direction for the ultra successful Babylon 5 TV series. Set up in the prologue movie 'A Call to Arms' and taking place 5 years after B5 ends, Crusade follows the crew of the experimental destroyer Excalibur in a search for a cure from a deadly alien plague which is slowly killing the Earth, something in itself is amazing. Not many shows would cut off mankind's homeworld for the sake of a story, and in doing so lifted Crusade to a new level of Sci Fi.

The Excalibur is a mixture of Minbari, Vorlon and Earth technology, and resembles the Liberator from Blake's 7. The highlight of the ship has to be the Main Guns which converts all of the ship's energy into one savage laser beam, but renders the ship without power for one minute as it recharges. J. Michael Strackzynski, the show's creator, is a forward thinker, so much so that this ship was first mentioned back in Babylon 5's 5th season episode 'Movement of Fire & Shadow'.

Season One was a mixed bag. Lasting only 13 episodes due to a conflict with JMS and broadcaster TNT, there were only a handful of episodes that stood out. Out of those made, 'Racing the Night' was arguably the best. A desperate species suffering from the same plague as Earth, using any means necessary to find a cure; this episode posed more questions than people think. Had the series continued, it was promised the show would have taken on a new aspect, and the plague wouldn't have been the only thing the crew should be worried about...

All in all the show was definitely killed off before it's time. It had potential to rival or even surpass Babylon 5 in terms of excellence, but it seems we'll never know.


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