Crusade (1999)

USA, 9 June -1 September 1999
1 series, 13 episodes, average 50m
colour, 4:3
Dolby Surround, English

An American science fiction television series created by J. Michael Straczynski. Only 13 episodes were made but at least 10 more were either scripted or planned before the series was cancelled.

Premise

The Drakh, former servants of the alien Shadows, are determined to avenge the besting of their former masters. In search of a new home, they set their eyes on Earth but are beaten back by Earthforce defences. But as they leave, they release a biogenetically engineered Shadow virus that will take five years to adapt itself to its new human hosts and wipe out the species. The only hope lies in the crew of the Excalibur, a unique ship created from Minbari, Vorlon and Earth technology, which scours the universe on a crusade to find a cure for the plague.

Credits

Regular Crew
Created by: J. Michael Straczynski
Executive Producers: Douglas Netter, J. Michael Straczynski
Producer: John Copeland
Music: Evan H. Chen
Make Up Effects Created by: John Vulich
Visual Effects: Netter Digital Entertainment

Regular Cast
Gary Cole (Captain Matthew Gideon)
Tracy Scoggins (Captain Elizabeth Lochley)
Daniel Dae Kim (Lieutenant John Matheson)
David Allen Brooks (Max Eilerson)
Peter Woodward (Galen)
Marjean Holden (Dr Sarah Chambers)
Carrie Dobro (Dureena Nafeel)

Episodes

War Zone (9 June 1999)
Written by: J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by: Janet Greek

The Long Road (16 June 1999)
Written by: J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by: Mike Vejar

The Well of Forever (23 June 1999)
Written by: Fiona Avery
Directed by: Janet Greek

The Path of Sorrows (30 June 1999)
Written by: J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by: Mike Vejar

Patterns of the Soul (7 July 1999)
Written by: Fiona Avery
Directed by: Tony Dow

Ruling from the Tomb (14 July 1999)
Written by: Peter David
Directed by: John Copeland

The Rules of the Game (21 July 1999)
Written by: J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by: Jesus Treviño

Appearance and Other Deceits (28 July 1999)
Written by: J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by: Stephen Furst

Racing the Night (4 August 1999)
Written by: J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by: Mike Vejar

The Memory of War (11 August 1999)
Written by: J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by: Tony Dow

The Needs of Earth (18 August 1999)
Written by: J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by: Mike Vejar

Visitors from Down the Street (25 August 1999)
Written by: J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by: Jerry Apoian

Each Night I Dream of Home (1 September 1999)
Written by: J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by: Stephen Furst

See also
Babylon 5 (1993-1998)

References

Periodicals

  • Cinefantastique vol.31 no.7 (August 1999) pp.56-59 – illustrated article
  • Starburst no.245 (January 1999) pp.18-23 – illustrated interview
  • Starburst no.247 (March 1999) pp.36-39 – illustrated article
  • Starburst no.248 (April 1999) pp.18-19 – illustrated article
  • Starburst no.250 (June 1999) pp.60-65 – illustrated interview
  • Starburst no.251 (July 1999) pp.52-55 – illustrated interview
  • Starburst no.252 (August 1999) pp.48-51 – illustrated interview
  • Starburst Special no.40 (Summer 1999) pp.89-91 – illustrated interview
  • TV Guide vol.47 no.25 (19 June 1999) p.11 – illustrated review
  • TV Zone no.107 (October 1998) pp.7-8 – production notes
  • TV Zone no.111 (February 1999) pp.48-52 – illustrated interview
  • TV Zone no.117 (August 1999) p.4; 24-28 – illustrated articles
  • TV Zone no.118 (September 1999) pp.34-38 – illustrated interview
  • TV Zone no.119 (October 1999) pp.30-34; 72-73 – illustrated article, production notes; review
  • TV Zone no.120 (December 1999) pp.84-86 – illustrated credits, review
  • TV Zone Babylon 5 Special (February 1999) pp.28-31; 40-45; 50-53 – illustrated interview; illustrated article; illustrated interview
  • Variety 7 June 1999 p.28 – illustrated credits, review