Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Crusade The Complete Series|
Actors: Gary Cole, Peter Woodward
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
2267 A.D. The battle is won, the war may be lost. After fending off the fierce attack of Drakh combatants, Earth faces an unseen yet even greater foe - a microbial, biogenetic plague that will destroy all life on the plane... more »
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Great Potential cut down in its prime...
Iona Sun | Detroit, Michigan USA | 10/08/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Crusade was a well casted series with the potential for a great future.
It started slow like B5 without a lot of definition to the story arc, and the special effects were not all that at times... but the show had already developed a community feel to the well drawn characters, and as usual the dialog was top notch per jms standards.
After the cancellation jms eventually laid out what would've been the future of the story arc, and I gotta say that with this cast this is one story I would've loved to seen come to fruition.
As for the reference in the following review that the show was cancelled due to lack of popularity, this does not appear to be the case at all.
According to jms (and granted its a biased source, but he's not one to modify the facts), TNT just decided the show didn't fit into their type of programming. Audiences were tuning in for that show only, and not staying. So they tried to mess with the show and then eventually pulled the plug. And because they don't didn't want to look stupid if the show were a success elsewhere, they wouldn't let the rights go for any reasonable sum of money.
Crusade was a good show with great potential and a good cast. The show grew on me with repeated viewings. Not to be missed - especially by B5 fans."
Exellent series killed before it was born!
Michael Malloy | Columbus, OH USA | 09/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Crusade had the perfect cast, the perfect creator and primary writer (J. Michael Strazynski), wonderful characters, beautiful music, and it was killed before a single episode was aired. I admire the creator of the series and loathe those who killed it.
If you have seen any of Babylon 5 or the special movies made for TV related to Babylon 5, you know the quality of production and writing potential Crusade had going for it. Crusade was to be another arc of an unfolding story from JMS within the Babylon 5 universe. In the precious 13 episodes that were completed the viewer gets only a small look at what might have been. The Babylon 5 TV Movie "A Call to Arms" was the lead in, not really a pilot, but a way of setting the stage for Crusade with some characters from both series.
If there is justice in the universe, JMS will one day be permitted to make Crusade as he envisioned it. Then the rest of us will watch it, and later when it is available, we will purchase it."
Brainless TV executives
TV conoisseur | Canada | 09/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Crusade was to put it shortly a screw up from day one. The problem was not with the creator, cast, central idea, stories or potential for it to last 5 seasons which was the plan all of which were excellent. As other reviewers have stated if this had gone all the way I am sure it would proudly have stood alongside Babylon 5. Instead some cretinous short sited moronic powers that be tried to put pressure on JMS to turn this into Baywatch in space. He quite rightly pulled the plug rather than watch the show degenerate into something it was not meant to be. Over the course of the 13 episodes we were only given tantalising glimpses of what could have been. Gary Cole in particular was excellent as the mercurial Matthew Gideon. I knew he was absolutely right for the role as he brought that essential blend of authority, and humour while being of-kilter at the same time. The rest of the cast over the 13 episodes showed signs of settling well into their characters. The search for the cure to the Drakh plague was only the beginning of the story and was due to take in the long term consequences of shadow Technology not just the virus. Buy this set and wonder what would have come next. I personally imagine that Gideon would have found the cure and at the end married Captain Lochley. One can only hope that the story mght be finished in some way at some time but in the meantime I will make up my own ending. Buy this set and dream. Peace. Out."
Flawed show grew on me
Thomas Farrell | Massachusetts, United States | 01/31/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Much has been made of the concept that this show isn't as good as Babylon 5, and it's true, but I found to my surprise that every time I see Crusade I like it a bit more. There weren't enough episodes for the actors to convey a full sense of their characters, but with such strong characters it starts to come through pretty early anyway, and these people are, by and large, very likeable, and the actors are very talented. The effects are good. The music leaves something to be desired, but I can ignore that pretty easily.
One thing that I found helped me a lot in understanding the show is to know that the author intended the episodes to be shown in a specific order, but then the station paying for them insisted that they be re-ordered and that a new pilot episode be created. Because of this, characters occasionally refer to something that hasn't happened yet, and character development seems weird because it no longer progresses in the intended sequence. If you search the web, you can find out what the *intended* episode order was, and some swapping around of discs would allow you to watch them in that order."