Site Columns By Caillan
July 3, 2001 - 12:26 PM

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Only a few years after its cancellation, I have finally seen all of Crusade, the aborted Babylon 5 spin-off. I have to say that I am rather in two minds about the series.

On the one hand, it had two episodes I'd class as excellent ('Each Night I Dream Of Home' and 'Path Of Sorrows'), but the rest of the thirteen produced varied from the average to the downright awful. What I really liked about the premise was its use of 'archaeological SF' - something that would have been a nice departure from B5, yet still set in the same universe that we know and love.

However, there's every indication that had the series not been cancelled, it wouldn't have continued in that direction. Instead, the show would have taken off on another, heavily derivative path. For instance, the unproduced scripts would have established the story arc centring around the use of Shadow technology by Earthgov. Apparently, the crew of the Excalibur would have gone on to become renegades, pursued and hunted down for what they knew.

Forgive me for being cynical, but this sounds exactly like another series - what was it called? Oh yes, Babylon 5. Not only do we have Galen spouting "And so it begins..." in the first episode, but another technomage talks of a "great darkness coming," and Captain Gideon suffered a horrible event in the past, which haunts him to this very day. The very idea of the crew being renegades was a large part of the original B5 plot.

Of course, the show could have turned out very differently in reality, but these indications show that the original "search for a cure" storyline would have been sidelined. And that's a pity, because I certainly found that the most interesting part of the series.

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