Premise: Five years after the emotional goodbyes
in Babylon 5, the Drakh scaly acolytes of the Shadows
wish to take vengeance on Earth for sending their masters
beyond the Rim. When Sheridan and co destroy the Death Cloud that
they had aimed at Earth, they spitefully release a biogenetic weapon
that will kill all life on the planet within five years. It is now
up to the intrepid crew of the Excalibur to find a cure, and prove
that every Death Cloud has a silver lining.
A spin-off series from the popular Babylon 5 was hinted at
by creator JMS as early as Season Three, but finally emerged when
TNT put up the cash for the final year of the show, taking interest
in turning it into a franchise. The tale began with segue TV movie
A Call to Arms, involving cast members from both shows, that
revealed the Drakh attack.
First Run: TNT
premièred the series on 9th June 1999. UK showings start less
than a month later: 4th July 1999 on Sky 1.
Number of Episodes: Thirteen
episodes were completed before TNT pulled the plug after creative
differences with JMS. It is hoped that fan reaction will
provoke another network to take up the series for Season Two.
As was stated in B5 no one here is exactly as
they seem, and Crusade is no exception. Each of the
characters has a dark side or sinister secret, but these are the
people that you are supposed to identify with: Captain Matthew
Gideon, Technomage Galen, thief Dureena Nafeel, IPX archaeologist
Max Eilerson and Dr Sarah Chambers.
The Drakh, of course. And most of the people that the crew meet
have a dark side or sinister secret.
And Isnt That... Edward Woodward pops up in the
second episode The Long Road as a fellow Technomage to his
real-life son Peter. Both Tracy Scoggins and Richard Biggs return to
their B5 roles, and Sci-Fi veteran Brian Thompson guest
stars in Patterns of the Soul.
Everyone having a dark side or sinister secret, and Gideons
pet Apocalypse Box being so infuriatingly vague it gives Kosh
a shuffle for his money.
Watch out for the amazing changing uniforms that go from black
EarthForce variants, to grey and red numbers, and then back again.
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Racing the Night
Original pilot episode, this is a real ensemble piece for the
cast. The crew examine a dead world for clues and make a
The Rules of the Game
Gideon and Lochley butt heads over a land deal, but they soon
co-operate in more ways than one.
Each Night I Dream of Home
The Drakh virus is almost unlocked, leading to an all-out
assault in Earth Space by the Drakh.
self-righteous The Long Road, involving Peter and Edward
Woodward shouting a lot, and Visitors from Down the Street,
an unfunny poke at X-Files conspiracy theories.
Sky 1, Sundays, 20.00 (from July 1999)
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