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  • 1999
  • 1 Season
  • 6.7  (5,369)

Crusade was a science fiction series that aired on TNT in 1999. Set in the year 2267, the show followed the crew of the spaceship Excalibur as they traveled the galaxy in search of a cure for a deadly virus that threatened to destroy all life on Earth. The series starred Gary Cole as Captain Matthew Gideon, a man with a troubled past who was chosen to lead the mission to find the cure for the virus. Tracy Scoggins played his second-in-command, Lieutenant Commander Susan Ivanova, a tough and capable officer who had previously served on the Babylon 5 space station. Daniel Dae Kim played Lieutenant John Matheson, the ship's telepathic communications officer. David Allen Brooks played Max Eilerson, a brilliant archaeologist who was recruited to help find the cure for the virus. Peter Woodward played Galen, a mysterious and powerful techno-mage who offered to help the crew in their quest. Marjean Holden played Dr. Sarah Chambers, the ship's medical officer, and Carrie Dobro played Dureena Nafeel, a thief who joined the mission after her people were destroyed by the virus.

The plot of Crusade revolved around the crew's efforts to find a cure for the virus, which had been unleashed on Earth by an alien race known as the Drakh in retaliation for the events of the Babylon 5 television series. The virus was designed to slowly kill all life on Earth, and the crew of the Excalibur had only five years to find a cure before it was too late. Along the way, they encountered various alien races, some of whom were willing to help in their quest, while others posed a threat to the crew and their mission.

One of the strengths of Crusade was its well-developed characters. Each member of the crew had their own unique personality and backstory, and the show did a good job of exploring their relationships with each other. Additionally, the show tackled some interesting themes, such as the nature of sacrifice and the burden of leadership. Captain Gideon, in particular, was a complex character who struggled with both the weight of his responsibilities and the guilt he felt over past mistakes.

Another highlight of Crusade was its special effects. The show featured some impressive space battles and alien creatures, and the production values were generally high. The costumes and sets were also well-designed and helped to create a believable future world.

Unfortunately, despite its strengths, Crusade only lasted for one season. The show was plagued by behind-the-scenes problems, including conflicts between the show's creator, J. Michael Straczynski, and network executives. Additionally, the show suffered from poor ratings and an unpopular timeslot. As a result, the show was cancelled after just thirteen episodes, leaving many storylines unresolved.

Overall, Crusade was an ambitious and well-crafted science fiction series that had the potential to be great. While its short run and lack of resolution are disappointing, the show remains an interesting and enjoyable watch for fans of the genre. With a talented cast, strong character development, and impressive special effects, it is well worth checking out for those looking for a sci-fi adventure.

Crusade is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on June 9, 1999.

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Each Night I Dream of Home
13. Each Night I Dream of Home
September 1, 1999
The Excalibur is sent on a top-secret mission to Earth and faces an attack by the Drakh.
Visitors from Down the Street
12. Visitors from Down the Street
August 25, 1999
A pair of aliens is encountered by The Excalibur who claim their world has been visited by humans and their government is conspiring to covering up the contact.
The Needs of Earth
11. The Needs of Earth
August 18, 1999
The crew comes across an alien refugee who might have useful secrets about the Drakh plague, but isn't willing to hand over the information easily.
The Memory of War
10. The Memory of War
August 11, 1999
The crew explores the ruins of a planet that's been dead for a long time and discover the remains of a terrible weapon.
Racing the Night
9. Racing the Night
August 4, 1999
A planet that was devastated by a plague similar to the one threatening Earth is discovered by the crew.
Appearances and Other Deceits
8. Appearances and Other Deceits
July 28, 1999
To improve the image of the Excalibur, a group of propaganda specialists come on board. Meanwhile, the crew comes across a derelict alien ship and rescue the sole survivor.
The Rules of the Game
7. The Rules of the Game
July 21, 1999
Gideon negotiates with aliens to bring his team to their "sacred" planet, forcing he and Lochley to avoid an assassination attempt.
Ruling From the Tomb
6. Ruling From the Tomb
July 14, 1999
When a group of religious zealots threaten a conference on the plague. The Excalibur heads to mars and clashes with Lochley.
Patterns of the Soul
5. Patterns of the Soul
July 7, 1999
A group of refugees who escaped from Earth during the battle with the Drakh, may be spreading the Drakh plague off-world.
The Path of Sorrows
4. The Path of Sorrows
June 30, 1999
The discovery of a mysterious alien has caused the crew to reflect on significant events throughout their lives.
The Well of Forever
3. The Well of Forever
June 23, 1999
Galen persuades the team to take a trip into hyperspace to look for the legenday Well of Forever, which he knows will help them find answers to all their questions. Meanwhile, a representative for the Seanate Committee on Metasensory Abilities checks Matheson's progress, to learn whether he has breached the rules for telepaths.
The Long Road
2. The Long Road
June 16, 1999
The team discover a planet rich in a virus-fighting mineral - but before they can claim their booty, Gideon is forced to mediate between the hostile natives and Earth miners.
War Zone
1. War Zone
June 9, 1999
Sent by Earth, The Excalibur sets out on it's mission to find a cure for the Drakh plague.
Where to Watch Crusade
Crusade is available for streaming on the TNT website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Crusade on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    June 9, 1999
  • IMDB Rating
    6.7  (5,369)