History Series / Crusade

5th Mar '17 11:19:03 AM themisterfree
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This being said, the series suffered terribly from ExecutiveMeddling from day one - it was commissioned by a network whose understanding of the series pretty much stopped at "We'll be [[CashCowFranchise rolling in money]] if this is as popular as ''Babylon 5'' was," and then later learned that this wasn't the case anyway -- and the relationship between creator/producer Creator/JMichaelStraczynski and the network [[ScrewedByTheNetwork broke down completely]] while the first season was still in production. By the time the series went to air, it had already been cancelled.

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This being said, the series suffered terribly from ExecutiveMeddling from day one - it was commissioned by a network network, Creator/{{TNT}}, whose understanding of the series pretty much stopped at "We'll be [[CashCowFranchise rolling in money]] if this is as popular as ''Babylon 5'' was," and then later learned that this wasn't the case anyway -- and the relationship between creator/producer Creator/JMichaelStraczynski and the network TNT [[ScrewedByTheNetwork broke down completely]] while the first season was still in production. By the time the series went to air, it had already been cancelled.
1st Mar '17 3:47:52 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* AlienNonInterferenceClause: "Visitors from Down the Street" explicitly draws attention to the fact that the ''B5''-[[TheVerse verse]] equivalent of Starfleet ''doesn't have one''. And would be rather hypocritical if it did, because Earth was given [[FasterThanLightTravel jumpgate technology]] by the Centauri in the first place. The aliens had actually assumed they did, even ''trying to rub in'' that the crew couldn't interfere. They made sure to include that part of the conversation in the recordings revealing the conspiracy when they distributed them across the planet.

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* AlienNonInterferenceClause: "Visitors from Down the Street" explicitly draws attention to the fact that the ''B5''-[[TheVerse verse]] equivalent of Starfleet ''doesn't have one''. And would be rather hypocritical if it did, because Earth was given [[FasterThanLightTravel jumpgate technology]] by the Centauri in the first place. The aliens had actually assumed they did, even ''trying to rub in'' that the crew couldn't interfere.interfere (presumably they've been watching too much Star Trek). They made sure to include that part of the conversation in the recordings revealing the conspiracy when they distributed them across the planet.
10th Dec '16 8:41:01 AM LarryMullen
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* ScrewedByTheNetwork: The most noticeable artifact is the scrambled episode order, but that's just the beginning of it (see trope page for more).
22nd Nov '16 6:53:59 AM Angelus25
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A SpinOff from ''Series/BabylonFive'', telling the story of the spaceship ''Excalibur'' and the search for a counteragent to/cure for a slow-acting biological weapon that had been successfully deployed against the Earth in the B5 movie "A Call to Arms". ''Crusade'' retained two characters from that movie, Galen the techno-mage and Dureena Nafeel the alien thief. Despite its unfortunate resemblance to ''Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato'' (''Star Blazers'' in North America), ''Crusade'' showed promise before its premature death (only 13 episodes were completed out of a planned five seasons).

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A SpinOff from ''Series/BabylonFive'', telling the story of the spaceship ''Excalibur'' and the search for a counteragent to/cure for a slow-acting biological weapon that had been successfully deployed against the Earth in the B5 movie "A ''[[BabylonFiveFilm04ACallToArms A Call to Arms".Arms]]''. ''Crusade'' retained two characters from that movie, Galen the techno-mage and Dureena Nafeel the alien thief. Despite its unfortunate resemblance to ''Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato'' (''Star Blazers'' in North America), ''Crusade'' showed promise before its premature death (only 13 episodes were completed out of a planned five seasons).
27th Oct '16 1:44:50 PM SeptimusHeap
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Amusingly, this level of Executive Meddling made it into the screenplays : In several of the episodes, the situations the characters run through resonate with the situation in which the creator was deadlocked with the network, and some of the corresponding dialogue is acidic, to say the least. Then again, if the author had resigned to the notion that he wasn't going to get the series to fly, why not [[BitingTheHandHumor have some fun while at it?]]

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Amusingly, this level of Executive Meddling made it into the screenplays : screenplays: In several of the episodes, the situations the characters run through resonate with the situation in which the creator was deadlocked with the network, and some of the corresponding dialogue is acidic, to say the least. Then again, if the author had resigned to the notion that he wasn't going to get the series to fly, why not [[BitingTheHandHumor have some fun while at it?]]
13th Sep '16 12:28:37 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* BadBadActing: Galen, talking through his Homunculus. Presumably because [[TheyJustDidntCare he just didn't care]][[note]]To expand this point, Galen is using a projection of himself to scout an apparently deserted planet. Speaking through the projection the character provides a comically flat, deadpan stream of consciousness, right up to the point that his homunculus is destroyed by an automated security system.[[/note]]

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* BadBadActing: Galen, talking through his Homunculus. Presumably because [[TheyJustDidntCare he just didn't care]][[note]]To care[[note]]To expand this point, Galen is using a projection of himself to scout an apparently deserted planet. Speaking through the projection the character provides a comically flat, deadpan stream of consciousness, right up to the point that his homunculus is destroyed by an automated security system.[[/note]]
20th Jan '16 3:50:48 PM hamonrye
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* AllMythsAreTrue: Back on 6th Century Earth, Owain Ddantgwyn adopted the battle name of Arthur and united the Kingdoms of Gwynedd and Powys. He was ultimately slain at the Battle of Camlann. Very few records of these events survive yet Franklin says there's enough evidence to believe there's a real person behind these "Arthurian Legends". One such legend states that Arthur and his sword Excalibur would one day return to Earth in its greatest hour of need. The script seems to be hinting that Gideon is a reincarnation of Arthur, with Galen as his Merlin.
7th Jan '16 1:06:31 PM nombretomado
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A SpinOff from ''Series/BabylonFive'', telling the story of the spaceship ''Excalibur'' and the search for a counteragent to/cure for a slow-acting biological weapon that had been successfully deployed against the Earth in the B5 movie "A Call to Arms". ''Crusade'' retained two characters from that movie, Galen the techno-mage and Dureena Nafeel the alien thief. Despite its unfortunate resemblance to ''UchuuSenkanYamato'' (''Star Blazers'' in North America), ''Crusade'' showed promise before its premature death (only 13 episodes were completed out of a planned five seasons).

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A SpinOff from ''Series/BabylonFive'', telling the story of the spaceship ''Excalibur'' and the search for a counteragent to/cure for a slow-acting biological weapon that had been successfully deployed against the Earth in the B5 movie "A Call to Arms". ''Crusade'' retained two characters from that movie, Galen the techno-mage and Dureena Nafeel the alien thief. Despite its unfortunate resemblance to ''UchuuSenkanYamato'' ''Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato'' (''Star Blazers'' in North America), ''Crusade'' showed promise before its premature death (only 13 episodes were completed out of a planned five seasons).
5th Nov '15 2:52:32 PM ErikModi
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** There are also plentiful (and deliberate) ShoutOuts to Arthurian myth. Aside from the ship being ''Excalibur'', Gideon and Galen are very much Arthur and Merlin.
13th Jul '15 10:57:37 AM StarSword
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* CrossOver: Several episodes had guest appearances by ''Series/BabylonFive'' characters, with more planned.

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* CrossOver: {{Crossover}}: Several episodes had guest appearances by ''Series/BabylonFive'' characters, with more planned.planned, and "The Rules of the Game" has the ''Excalibur'' make a pit stop at the station (resulting in Gideon becoming romantically involved with Elizabeth Lochley).



* ExactWords: On a particular mission, Gideon is under orders not to stop for ''anything'', even to rescue a pilot in distress. His playing with these orders leads to ComingInHot, above.

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* ExactWords: On a particular mission, Gideon is under orders not to stop for ''anything'', even to rescue a pilot in distress. His playing with these orders leads to ComingInHot, above. Technically, he never ''stopped''...



* HeadTiltinglyKinky: The Pak'Ma'Ra-Human porn that Captain Gideon stumbles upon. Right after the ship's doctor mentions that those two species are entirely incapable of mating.

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* HeadTiltinglyKinky: The Pak'Ma'Ra-Human porn that Captain Gideon stumbles upon. Right after the ship's doctor mentions that those two species are entirely incapable of mating. [[spoiler:Turns out to be a ChekhovsGag: later in the same episode, Gideon plays it over some televisions to distract the guards.]]



* RecycledPremise: It's basically ''[[SpaceBattleshipYamato Space Battleship Excalibur]]''. The [[WhatCouldHaveBeen planned five-year arc was going to be]] more like ''Series/BlakesSeven''.

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* RecycledPremise: It's basically ''[[SpaceBattleshipYamato ''[[Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato Space Battleship Excalibur]]''. The [[WhatCouldHaveBeen planned five-year arc was going to be]] more like ''Series/BlakesSeven''.


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* UnresolvedSexualTension: Gideon has a small RomanceArc with Babylon 5's CO, Captain Elizabeth Lochley, which is cut off by the cancellation. In the [[OutOfOrder chronologically latest]] episode of the arc, TheyDo, but then decide to not pursue an exclusive relationship because of the demands of their positions.
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