This release completes the 2-volume CRUSADE: OTHER VOICES series.
If this book weren't already titled CRUSADE: OTHER VOICES, we could have
named it "THE LOST TALES" because this volume includes THREE
never-before-published CRUSADE scripts:
Judgments,” is the infamous unfilmed CRUSADE script featuring the
return of BABYLON 5’s Alfred Bester.
and True,” features a one-on-one confrontation between Dureena and
her Thieves’ Guild mentor, Mafeek of Tripani 7 (if the name sounds
familiar, it’s because he was mentioned in BABYLON 5: A CALL TO
Story,” is the first episode of an unfinished three-part story that
would have seen Dureena abducted by a mysterious alien ship after a huge
battle with the Drakh.
also “Ruling From the Tomb,” in which Captain Gideon and the
EXCALIBUR crew seek to capture a murderer bent on derailing a conference
seeking a cure for the Drakh plague. For this episode, we’ve also
included writer Peter David’s original outlines, one featuring the
return of a fan-favorite BABYLON 5 character who DID NOT appear in the
ever longed for more than the thirteen produced episodes of CRUSADE,
this material will take you on a guided tour of the latter half of season
one, showing you what might have been. Unrealized storylines
including Lieutenant Matheson face-to-face with Alfred Bester, Dureena's
life in the Thieves’ Guild and Earthforce Marines in an all-out
battle with the Drakh.
you've got the overview, let's get to the details:
David’s introduction, you’ll discover:
- Why the
Mars police lieutenant was named “Carr.”
- The reason
he added Max Eilerson to the story when the character was not present
in JMS’s premise for the episode.
- How the
Joan of Arc element found its way into the story.
- How a
misremembered name from a Broadway musical led to the character called
beloved BABYLON 5 character shared Max Eilerson’s sense of humor.
- Why Peter
David was disappointed with the portrayal of Joan of Arc in the finished
- How budgetary
restrictions threw a monkeywrench in the wheels...er...hover mechanism
of a skimmer chase across the Martian surface.
- Why the
bomb’s countdown clock stopped at 018 (instead of James Bond’s
preferred 007 or the even more cliched 001), and how that tied into
the theme of the episode.
- The story’s
original ending, which David changed when he remembered he was "writing
CRUSADE, not TWILIGHT ZONE.”
in-depth interview reveals:
- How a
writer who’d had no involvement with BABYLON 5 came to write an
episode of CRUSADE.
- What parameters
JMS established for the writing of the critical episode in which Dureena
was to have been kidnapped.
- What historical
naval battle informed his CRUSADE story and why.
character he had to rein in lest they become the star of his episode.
- Why his
script for “War Story” exists, even though he was never
given the official go-ahead to write it.
not all—in addition to the four scripts, Peter David’s introduction
and the Richard Mueller interview, you’ll get:
handwritten notes for the episode that eventually became “Ruling
From the Tomb,” which featured “MIKE,” A BRAND NEW
CRUSADE CHARACTER who never made it to the screen.
JMS wrote for Peter David to work from in crafting “Ruling From
the Tomb.” In it, you’ll learn how the cure to the
Drakh plague would have been distributed once it was discovered,
and why Dr. Chambers might have had a problem with the plan.
of IPX archaeologist Maximilian Eilerson written by actor David
Allen Brooks, as well as a trio of poems (one R-rated) that
he wrote from Max’s point of view.
A May 2011
interview with Dureena Nafeel actress Carrie Dobro, where she describes
her feelings about the two new Dureena-centric scripts featured in this
volume that she had never seen before. Find out how
she felt when she revisited the character after a dozen years.
with Warner Bros. executive Gregg Maday, who served as the studio’s
liaison for both BABYLON 5 and CRUSADE, where he offers his perspective
on what went wrong with CRUSADE and TNT mere days before the series
finished its original run in 1999. (Yes, this is THAT Gregg Maday, seen
lurking in the making-of documentaries on the BABYLON 5: LOST TALES
unused story ideas writer Richard Mueller pitched to JMS before
landing the assignment to write “War Story.” Discover the
secret of the Durkonans—a species that never gets sick—in
“A Fire in the Blood.” Join Captain Gideon at a card game
with potentially life-saving stakes in “House Odds.” Finally,
“Mixed Blessings” finds the EXCALBUR crew stranded in an
asteroid belt where Galen makes a startling discovery. These stories
were never meant to be, but they’re here for you to see.
detailed synopsis of “The Walls of Hell”—
an episode to be written by Larry DiTillio, the second part of a three-episode
arc begun by Mueller in “War Story” and set to be concluded
by JMS in an unwritten episode. Find out what happens when the Apocalypse
Box possesses Lieutenant Matheson!
fans of the EXCALIBUR’s infrastructure, there are FOURTEEN
drawings of the bullet car, including detailed schematics of the tunnels
it uses to speed through the EXCALIBUR. See exactly how much thought
went into the intricate workings of this people mover. Though viewers
never got to see the ins and outs of the bullet car network, now you
with detailed looks at Captain Gideon’s starship, there are FIVE
illustrations showcasing the EXCALIBUR’s fighter bay and the fast-launch
system that delivers Starfuries into battle. See how the fighters
were stored and launched aboard the ship in drawings that back up well-imagined
stories with realistic environments.
we move to makeup with THIRTY-TWO alien makeup concepts intended
to appear in the background throughout CRUSADE’s first season.
Get an up-close look at the strange faces you might have glimpsed at
the edge of the frame when Gideon and Dureena snuck into the Praxis
Colony in “The Needs of Earth.”
even EIGHT concept drawings charting the evolution of Dureena
Nafeel’s makeup. You’ll see everything from an
eyebrow-less Human look all the way up to some Narn-inspired forehead
spots...and EVERYTHING in between.
character files, we have a brief document written to help Carrie Dobro
understand the background of Dureena’s nearly extinct species.
How did they live? What did they use for weapons? Who or what did they
worship? It’s all in this anthropological account that likens
the inhabitants of Zander Prime to several ancient cultures on Earth.
this volume we've also included
THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO THE
SIX DIFFERENT WAYS TO WATCH CRUSADE
1) The original
order JMS intended to use before TNT started giving notes. See how JMS
intended the series to run.
revised watching order created to deal with the changes caused by TNT’s
notes. Think of this as the Great Maker’s Plan B.
3) The sequence
TNT used on CRUSADE’s first airing because they had not produced
episode fourteen. See the series as it was screened for the very first
4) The Sci
Fi Channel ordering. For those fans who want to understand why their friends
who first saw CRUSADE on Sci Fi got so confused, this sequencing will
explain how the eccentric 2001 airing order came to be.
5) The EXCALIBUR
Calendar's Chronological order (versus when they were written, filmed
or aired), which makes sense of all the onscreen dates that appear in
and for the first time ever...
Ultimate Viewing Order, 2011. This sequence integrates the material
in "Other Voices" Volumes 1 and 2 with EVERY PIECE of the CRUSADE
storyline, from the finished episodes to unproduced scripts, outlines
and notes. Following this combination of reading and viewing is the best
equivalent to a complete first-season CRUSADE experience.