"Just so we're clear: once we go, this is my command. I'll do whatever's necessary. If that means turning the entire galaxy upside down and shaking its pockets to see what falls out, that's what I'll do. I'm not subtle, I'm not pretty, and I'll piss off a helluva lot of people along the way, but I'll get the job done."
—Captain Matthew Gideon
A spinOff from Babylon 5
, 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 Uchuu Senkan Yamato
in North America), Crusade
showed promise before its premature death (only 13 episodes were completed out of a planned five seasons).
This being said, the series suffered terribly from Executive Meddling
from day one - it was commissioned by a network whose understanding of the series pretty much stopped at "We'll be 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 J. Michael Straczynski
and the network broke down completely
while the first season was still in production. By the time the series went to air, it had already been cancelled.
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 have some fun while at it?
In the years since its cancellation, more details have come out about where the series would have went. Check out the Trivia tab for more.
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