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Crusade 

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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Crusade: The Babylon Project See more »

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(13 episodes)

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Dolby

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1.33 : 1
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J. Michael Straczynski had completed the script for the season 1 finale before the series was cancelled, an episode titled "The End of the Line". The episode was to have Captain Gideon discover the origin of the hybrid-Shadow vessel encountered earlier in the series: a secret EarthForce project to combine human and Shadow technology. An EarthForce officer would have subsequently revealed that Techno-Mages were originally agents of the Shadows who rebelled, but still use the Shadows' technology. The friendship between Gideon and Galen would have been strained, not only by the revelation of the Techno-Mages' origins, but by Galen's admission that he was sent by the Techno-Mages to find any more leftover Shadow technology, and that was why he'd been helping Gideon in the first place. The episode, and the season, was to have ended with Gideon on Mars trying to expose the EarthForce experiments, only to be shot by an EarthForce sniper. See more »

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Dureena Nafeel: Look, I don't like having to trust anyone because I'm always disappointed. But just once I'd like to know that I could actually trust someone, that for at least one person everything wasn't about money or power.
Captain Matthew Gideon: That's a benefit?
Dureena Nafeel: For me it could be.
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Follows Babylon 5: In the Beginning (1998) See more »

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Great potential bungled by Total Nitwit Television (TNT)
1 January 2001 | by david.richmondSee 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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