62 of 73 people found the following review helpful
Show had potential, episodes are mediocre, DVD set is weak
, January 9, 2005
This review is from: Crusade: The Complete Series (DVD)
Everything I know about "Crusade" indicates that it would have grown up into a TV show nearly as spectacular and flawless as B5. Everything I've read about JMS's plans, everything I know about the cast, and everything that's laid out in these first few episodes points to that inescapable conclusion.
This show was gonna be good.
However... it wasn't good. It didn't have a chance to get good. The cast and crew hadn't quite worked out the kinks yet. The writers hadn't found their groove. The CG effects weren't *quite* where they needed to be to do landscapes. The musical scores overreached. The costuming... sigh. In short, this half-season of TV was pretty bad.
Hold your horses, though. Let me repeat: It was *going* to get good. Every scene, mediocre, bad, or funny, all seemed to say, "Just wait 'til the end of the season when we're going full-steam. We'll knock your socks off."
But the TV executives, short-sighted as they were, killed the show before it got revved up. Then they added insult to injury by packaging these few episodes in a weak set, skimping on features, and overpricing it.
My advice? If you don't already love "Crusade," don't buy it. I firmly believe that it could have become a great show, but there is no greatness evidenced in these episodes, this box set, or this price. Go watch B5 instead. At least *those* overpriced sets are worth their weight in gold.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews
Was this review helpful to you?