| In 2267,
six years after the Shadow War, the Drakh, a former ally of the
Shadows, attempt to destroy the Earth with a leftover Shadow
Planet Killer. Interstellar Alliance president John Sheridan
takes command of the Excalibur and Victory and
leads the EarthForce and ISA fleets to victory. During the
battle, the Drakh released a viral weapon into Earth's
atmosphere, infecting every living thing on the planet. In five
years the virus will become active and kill everything. The Victory
was destroyed in the battle, but the Excalibur survived.
Command is turned over to Captain Matthew Gideon who is given a
mission: explore the galaxy to find either a cure or an ally
capable of producing one (Babylon 5 season 5 episode - "War
is a spin-off series from J. Michael Straczynski's Babylon 5.
Its plot is set in AD 2267, five years after the events of Babylon
5, and just after the movie A Call to Arms. The Drakh
have released a nanovirus plague on Earth, which will destroy all
life on Earth within five years if it is not stopped. To that end,
the Victory class destroyer Excalibur has been sent out to
look for anything that could help the search for a
series was released as a four disc set in 2004, almost five years
after the series ended and a few months after the final season and
movie set of Babylon 5 was released. Crusade
was also included in Babylon 5: The Complete Universe, a
set of all B5 shows and movies released in the UK on October 24,
2005. It was not included in Babylon 5: The Complete Television
Series, which was a set released in the US.
showing the episodes out of their intended sequence, there are
several continuity problems, including a huge reason for the
Babylon 5, Crusade was intended to have a
five-year story arc, although as Straczynski notes in the DVD
commentary for A Call To Arms, it was intended to resolve
the Drakh plague after a season or two and move onto other arcs.
However, conflicts arose between the producers and executives at
TNT, and production was cancelled before the first episode was
TNT's research had indicated
that the audience for Babylon 5 did not watch other TNT
programming, and likewise TNT's main audience was not watching
the show, making another related program unattractive to the
network's management. Straczynski believes that the network's
"interference" with the production was an attempt to
get out of their contract by allowing them to argue that he
failed to deliver the series they wanted.
Thirteen episodes were made and
broadcast by TNT, with at least four more scripted. The SyFy
Channel attempted to pick up the show and continue production,
but was unable to find room in its budget.
– Year 2267
true chronological order
episodes were scripted including first episode of season 2
and other Deceits
Memory of War
Needs of Earth
From Down the Street
Night I Dream of Home
Path of Sorrows
From the Tomb
of the Soul
Wall of Forever
Rules of the Game
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