Babylon 5 Books From Creator Straczynski > Crusade: Other Voices - Vol 1
can you expect to find inside
CRUSADE: OTHER VOICES VOLUME 1?
brand new CRUSADE adventure in a never-before-seen--or even known about--SECOND
SEASON script (What second season? That's our point!). This script was
discovered in 2010, 11 years after it was written.
Oh, did we
mentioned that said script was written by Peter Woodward--as
in the fabulous British actor who portrayed Galen the techno-mage?
As many of you know, Peter is a successful screenwriter and this CRUSADE
story is a quirky adventure so good that JMS slated it for the second
script is called “Little Bugs Have Lesser Bugs" which reveals
- What the
EXCALIBUR crew watched on the vid (23rd century TV). (It’s not
what you’d expect!)
- Find out
if "that day on Mars with Louise meant anything to Brad"...and,
more importantly, who the heck ARE Louise and Brad?
- The dramatic
way Galen gets the attention of the EXCALIBUR crew, causing a panic
in the process.
- The one
thing Galen can do in handcuffs to get a reaction from EXCALIBUR security.
(Hint: Kids love this.)
- The introduction
of a new planet whose surface makes a disconcerting crunching sound
when walked on; you'll cringe when you find out why.
- What Dureena,
and other natives of Zander Prime, have twice the normal number of.
- Why Galen
was willing to swallow a large, living bug.
Woodward’s introduction, written exclusively for this book, you’ll
- Why Peter
was compelled to write an episode of CRUSADE and what he thought about
seeing it again 12 years later.
The reason he chose to feature bugs so prominently in the story.
- Why JMS
failed to comment on the script when it was originally submitted and
how Peter interpreted the lack of response.
other "voice" in this volume is that of Fiona Avery--BABYLON
5's reference editor--who wrote:
of the Soul" (where Gideon confronted Earth colonists who might have
been infected with the plague while escaping the planet) and "The
Well of Forever" (in which Galen hijacked the EXCALIBUR to find a
mythical site hidden in hyperspace). We've included not one, but two drafts
of each of these episodes to showcase the changes made between a writer’s
first draft and the final production script. This way, no aspect of CRUSADE's
history will be unaccounted for. Also included is a complete analysis
of each of these episodes, each one exceeding 40 pages. In these scripts,
you will discover --
- What real-world,
every day inconvenience inspired “Patterns of the Soul.”
(You'll definitely relate.)
- How TNT
wanted Dr. Chambers and Dureena to become "two tough women."
- The obsession
Captain Gideon indulged in the privacy of his quarters.
- What key
scene was missing from the earliest version of “Patterns of the
- Find out
what Dureena did with the Old One after he died.
- What "natural
substances" were prized by Dureena’s people.
- What the
Prozeta Corporation was originally named.
BABYLON 5 character Captain Gideon thought was behind the EXCALIBUR’s
diversion to Theta 49.
- Cut from
the script: the scene where Dureena’s people watched her depart
Theta 49, and how they reacted.
- The big
switch: which EXCALIBUR crew member originally betrayed another in the
first draft of “Patterns.”
- How a
dream suggested “The Well of Forever.”
new set TNT wanted to see in “The Well of Forever” and who
they wanted to inhabit it.
husband was originally scheduled to direct “Well.” (Hint:
think Babylon 5.)
memorable subplot WASN’T in the first draft of “Well.”
trivia: the creepy diet of the Morcetti.
for time: Galen’s explanation of how the rock indicated the location
of the Well of Forever.
- The book
Dureena was reading prior to the search for the Well...and what wisdom
she took from it.
- What experience
was described as "like being stripped naked in front of a room
full of strangers."
- What happens
immediately after you escape an amorous alien jellyfish (a moment not
included in the episode).
- Lost in
revision: the action Max Eilerson took after the Excalibur was molested
by the Fen.
philosophy on the aspect of our own deaths we CAN control.
never-uttered-onscreen "power word." (It's not abracadabra.)
nine pages of never-before-collected artwork showcasing:
- The EXCALIBUR
recreation deck that made its debut in “The Well of Forever.”
close-ups of Galen’s flyer. Learn more about the nuances of the
designs for the over-sexed inhabitants of hyperspace. See them in their
designs for the Well of Forever that highlight aspects of it that could
not be appreciated when seen in the episode.