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Crusade: The Complete Series
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While Babylon 5 had five years to develop into a powerful saga, Crusade had its plug pulled after a mere 13 episodes (which were reordered for TNT's broadcast), and the series never really got its footing. Galen often took center stage, then disappeared for several episodes. Matheson was underutilized (other than to provide fans with clues about what happened in the Psi-Wars after B5 ended), and tough-guy Gideon bounced back and forth between his desire to save the human race and his own moral code. There were some good action scenes and intriguing concepts (developed in conjunction with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory). Special effects sometimes were impressive and sometimes showed budget constraints, and we never really saw the power and scope of the mile-and-a-half-long ship, other than the cool bullet cars used to traverse its length. But it did have its moments. If B5 was the spiritual companion to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine with its space-station setting and long story arc, Crusade was more like a traditional Star Trek setting, with mostly stand-alone episodes involving first contact with various species (even if, due to the nature of the Excalibur's quest, such species were usually extinct). And there were occasional tantalizing hints of a broader conspiracy that might have allowed the series to soar. Regardless, B5 fans will welcome even a brief opportunity to revisit this universe, especially when the Excalibur visits the station in "The Rules of the Game." John Sheridan's ex-wife Captain Elizabeth Lochley (Tracy Scoggins) even earned a spot in the opening credits for her appearance in a few episodes. --David Horiuchi
- All 13 episodes from the 1999 season
- The Making of Crusade - a behind-the-scenes featurette
- Forging Excalibur - learn about the starship from the inside out
Top Customer Reviews
It started slow like B5 without a lot of definition to the story arc, and the special effects were not all that at times... but the show had already developed a community feel to the well drawn characters, and as usual the dialog was top notch per jms standards.
After the cancellation jms eventually laid out what would've been the future of the story arc, and I gotta say that with this cast this is one story I would've loved to seen come to fruition.
As for the reference in the following review that the show was cancelled due to lack of popularity, this does not appear to be the case at all.
According to jms (and granted its a biased source, but he's not one to modify the facts), TNT just decided the show didn't fit into their type of programming. Audiences were tuning in for that show only, and not staying. So they tried to mess with the show and then eventually pulled the plug. And because they don't didn't want to look stupid if the show were a success elsewhere, they wouldn't let the rights go for any reasonable sum of money.
Crusade was a good show with great potential and a good cast. The show grew on me with repeated viewings. Not to be missed - especially by B5 fans.
If you have seen any of Babylon 5 or the special movies made for TV related to Babylon 5, you know the quality of production and writing potential Crusade had going for it. Crusade was to be another arc of an unfolding story from JMS within the Babylon 5 universe. In the precious 13 episodes that were completed the viewer gets only a small look at what might have been. The Babylon 5 TV Movie "A Call to Arms" was the lead in, not really a pilot, but a way of setting the stage for Crusade with some characters from both series.
If there is justice in the universe, JMS will one day be permitted to make Crusade as he envisioned it. Then the rest of us will watch it, and later when it is available, we will purchase it.
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Potential , eh, acting, shouldn't have used that guy for the captain, he just doesn't pull it off.Published 1 month ago by R. Jabaay
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