Crusade 1.5 – Patterns of the Soul

Jumping around our strange order again we go from the final episode to one close to the start. Patterns of the Soul is a have a nice self-contained character episode. There is some good developing characters Eilerson (about time) and Chambers while adding some hints for a longer-term arc story that was never fulfilled and some interesting titbits for Dureena. Continue reading

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Crusade 1.13 – Every Night I Dream of Home

This is another episode with some good moral arguments and Lockley/Franklin cameos, but still, why does everyone insist on keeping so many pointless secrets? Continue reading

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Crusade 1.3 – The Well of Forever

The Well of Forever. That is a good, strong title and the episode has real feeling as though this could be a place where mysteries are solved. This could be a great episode, and it works fairly well but it does require you to ignore that EVERYONE INVOLVED IS A MORON!
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Crusade 1.12 – Visitors From Down The Street

The last episode was about a road, this is a street. It would appear that JMS is about as good as recycling episode titles as he is rehashing cliqued tropes.

If this was a Friends episode it would be called The one with a suited madmen in a messy office full of boxes, talk of trusting no one and the truth with his non-believing female red-haired partner even while the government conspiracy bad guy smokes a cigarette. To everyone else this is the X-Files rip-off tribute.

Do they remind you of anyone?

Do they remind you of anyone?

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Crusade 1.2 – The Long Road

Originally in the running order this falls in after the first episode. I think it is best described as a Western (in space) where the big bad from the city wants to build a massive mine and the locals band together with the local Indians (techno-mage) to fight back. It begins with a horrible CGI-fail on the monster, but is otherwise a very strong episode. Continue reading

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Crusade 1.10 – The Memory of War

This episode starts with a minute or so of an ISN broadcast, just to remind everyone about the story back on Earth in case we had forgotten that there is a plague cure that needs finding. It feels like a filler to me. Perhaps the intro tease was too short so they needed to bulking it up. Continue reading

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Crusade 1.11 – The Needs Of Earth

Yes, I know I’ve already diverted from the order I said that I would post in. The simple reason for why is because I’m not happy with my post for Racing the Night, so that will have to wait.

The Needs Of Earth (11)

From the title (and in the JMS order), this sounds like there should be good juxtoposition with the previous episode, Racing the Night. There, a dying species infected with the plague had taken to killing aliens for research and the question was asked just what would Gideon do if he got desperate. In this episode we get to see him beginning to push the moral boundaries. Annoyingly, with so much potential conflict to drive the story, JMS instead decides that everyone should be juggling the character the idiot ball, making their stupid actions the main driver for the story. Continue reading

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Crusade 1.1 – War Zone

Second post in and I’m already having number issues. Should I use the numbering sequence on the DVDs or the order in which I’m view them? Just in case anyone ever views these posts I think I’ll go with disc numbers, in which case, we get the numbering as prescribed above. Continue reading

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Crusade – And So It Begins (Again)

After last year’s decision by Watch TV to show the complete run of B5 on television, I picked up the complete box set of the series, movies and Crusade. I’ve worked through the series and most of the movies (still got the Lost Tales to go) but figured it was about time that I run through the “interesting” experience that is the 13 episodes of Crusade. The net result is this blog reactivation and me attempting to post interesting comment on a couple of episodes each week.

The first thing to decide is the viewing order. It has been a couple of months since I watched A Call To Arms, so I’ll start with the War Zone, which is the first aired episode. The JMS prescribed order begins with Racing the Night, but if I understand it correctly, the Network asked for a more intro-based episode to remind everyone what was going on because they weren’t planning to precede the series with a repeat of A Call To Arms. Then they did which made War Zone a bit of a pointless episode, still there is goes. I am sure there couldn’t possibly be any other examples of the network messing around with things…

The viewing order I’ll be going for (with episode number) is as follows:

War Zone (1) – The JMS order has this as a flashback episode right at the back end between The Rules of the Game and Appearances and Other Deceits.
Racing the Night (9)
The Needs of Earth (11)
The Memory of War (10)
The Long Road (2)
Visitors from Down the Street (12)
The Well of Forever (3)
Each Night I Dream of Home (13)
Patterns of the Soul (5)
The Path of Sorrows (4)
Ruling from the Tomb (6)
The Rules of the Game (7)
Appearances and Other Deceits (8)

It looks as though I will spend a lot of time switching around discs. To keep me sane I will also try to keep an eye out for discrepancies and other craziness that arise from the timeline randomness.

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Nerd Alert: I See Dead Stars

Sometimes I get the urge to rant. Please excuse me. This isn’t anything that I would normally put in my blog, but it’s going here because I have to put it somewhere otherwise I will explode. I should warn you, this is a little on the long side.

"When you're looking at stars, you're actually looking into the past. Many of the stars you see at night have already died."

said by many, tweeted by @SciencePorn

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