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The Excalibur crew

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    Matthew Gideon 

Captain Matthew Gideon

Species: Human

Played by: Gary Cole

The captain of the Excalibur.

  • Exact Words: On a particular mission, Gideon is under orders by a diplomat to not to stop for anything, even to rescue a pilot in distress (Lochley). His playing with these orders leads to having the ship "swallow" the distressed pilot's ship as it passes by. Technically, he never stopped...
  • Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: With Lochley after the Lorkans try to kill them.
  • The Kirk
  • Pragmatic Hero: Downplayed later on.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!:
    • Part of why Sheridan chose him is because Gideon would not let diplomacy get in the way of completing his mission.
    • In "Visitors from Down the Street", he sends messages to the alien world's populace about how their government has been controlling them through a conspiracy that blames Earth for their problems. At the end, Matheson comments that there'd probably be people who would see Gideon's decision as bad, but he doesn't care.
    • He manages to rescue a distressed pilot (who turns out to be Lochley) via Exact Words despite an Obstructive Bureaucrat ordering him not to stop for anything.
    • Had the show not been cancelled, he and his crew would've discovered a conspiracy involving EarthForce experimenting with Shadow technology, and they would've attempted to expose it, only to go on the run.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After realizing that the Hyperspace creatures are attempting to mate with his ship, he immediately orders the ship back online (Galen having advised going offline) and to get them the hell out of there.



Species: Human (Technomage)

Played by: Peter Woodward

    John Matheson 

Lieutenant John Matheson

Species: Human (Telepath)

Played by: Daniel Dae Kim

    Max Eilerson 

Max Eilerson

Species: Human

Played by: David Allen Brooks

    Sarah Chambers 

Doctor Sarah Chambers

Species: Human

Played by: Marjean Holden


    Dureena Nafeel 

Dureena Nafeel


Played by: Carrie Dobro


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