13 episodes of Crusade were produced before TNT canceled the series.

Completed episodes

# Title Written by Directed by Original air date P/N
1 "War Zone" J. Michael Straczynski Janet Greek 9 June 1999 108
After the Drakh infect Earth with a plague, Captain Gideon is recalled home and given a new mission. Using the Interstellar Alliance's newest and most advanced ship, the Excalibur, he and his crew must search uncharted space for a cure for the plague within five years before it wipes out all life on Earth.
2 "The Long Road" J. Michael Straczynski Michael Vejar 16 June 1999 107
Galen reunites with an old friend when Excalibur comes to the aid of an Earthforce strip mining operation on the isolated agrarian world of Regula IV. Earth's efforts to obtain a mineral that may help in the search for a cure to the plague are hampered by a mysterious saboteur and the appearance of a gigantic golden dragon...
3 "The Well of Forever" Fiona Avery Janet Greek 23 June 1999 106
Galen takes control of the Excalibur to go in search of the mysterious 'Well of Forever', an ancient and hidden place within hyperspace where powerful energies intersect; though his motivations prove to be very personal.
4 "The Path of Sorrows" J. Michael Straczynski Michael Vejar 30 June 1999 109
On a deserted world, rumoured to be a place of healing the crew of the Excalibur find a strange empathic alien that offers forgiveness to passing travellers.
5 "Patterns of the Soul" Fiona Avery Tony Dow 7 July 1999 110
The Excalibur is ordered to Theta 49 where a small colony of human refugees may have spread the Drakh plague beyond Earth while Dureena Nafeel makes an shocking discovery about the fate of her race.
6 "Ruling from the Tomb" Peter David John Copeland 14 July 1999 111
The Excalibur is recalled to Mars to participate in a conference of Earth Alliance Doctors hoping to co-ordinate the search for a plague, however a doomsday cult called "Sacred Omega" plans to take matters into their own hands to ensure the arrival of Earth's judgement without interference.
7 "The Rules of the Game" J. Michael Straczynski Jesus Trevino 21 July 1999 112
On Babylon 5, Captains Gideon and Lochley must try to negotiate a deal with the residents of Lorka VII, a world known to posses a wealth of ancient technology that could aid in the search for a cure to the plague.
8 "Appearances and Other Deceits" J. Michael Straczynski Stephen Furst 28 July 1999 113
Mr. Welles and a team of designers arrive from Earthdome to help improve the ship's public image while a mysterious derelict causes an alien consciousness to begin to take over the crew.
9 "Racing the Night" J. Michael Straczynski Michael Vejar 4 August 1999 103
The Excalibur visits dead and deserted world that was once home to a race that was wiped out by the same plague that infected Earth, yet the cities and building appear untouched by the passage of time. The mystery deepens when one of the survey team meets a grisly end.
10 "The Memory of War" J. Michael Straczynski Tony Dow 11 August 1999 102
The Excalibur arrives at a planet where techno-mages are forbidden to venture and where the inhabitants were mysteriously wiped out 100 years ago.
11 "The Needs of Earth" J. Michael Straczynski Michael Vejar 18 August 1999 101
Gideon must violate interstellar law and aid a wanted fugitive when the Rangers discover he has stolen all the important information of his race on six data crystals.
12 "Visitors from Down the Street" J. Michael Straczynski Jerry Apoian 25 August 1999 104
Gideon responds to a distress call from a stranded escape pod and is surprised when the two individuals inside claim that humans are behind a sinister government conspiracy on their homeworld.
13 "Each Night I Dream of Home" J. Michael Straczynski Stephen Furst 1 September 1999 105
The Excalibur is ordered to a secret rendezvous where a Warlock class destroyer drops off a mismatched pair passengers with instructions to take them to Earth where they must take on lifepod containing an infected individual; Doctor Stephen Franklin, who intends to gain a greater understanding of the plague. While en route, Gideon rescues a stricken Captain Elizabeth Lochley and her damaged Starfury.

Unfilmed episodes

A further seven other episodes were assigned, three of which made it to the script stage but were left unfilmed, while "Tried and True" and the "Sword trilogy" did not complete the scripting phase, and the remaining two episodes of the intended 22 episode order were left unassigned.

# Title Written by Directed by Original air date P/N
14 "To the Ends of The Earth" J. Michael Straczynski Janet Greek
15 "Value Judgements" Fiona Avery
16 "Tried and True" Fiona Avery
19 "War Story" Richard Mueller
Part 1
20 "The Walls of Hell" Larry DiTillio
Part 2
21 "title unknown" J. Michael Straczynski
Part 3
22 "End of the Line" J. Michael Straczynski
season finale

Broadcast Orders

According to posts by J Michael Straczynski, which are archived on jmsnews.com, TNT broadcast the episodes out of the intended sequence. The order of the episodes was then revised when they were re-broadcasted on the Sci-Fi channel, the Sci-Fi channel actually contacted Straczynski and asked which order he would prefer the episodes were broadcast. A third order was formally endorsed by Straczynski as the "true" chronological sequence of events for the filmed episode, as it appeared in The Official Babylon 5 Chronology (published in the pages of The Official Babylon 5 Magazine in 1999-2000). This particular ordering supersedes Straczynski's own "preferred" sequence from a strictly chronological and causal standpoint. The original broadcast order as set by TNT was used for the DVD releases.

Original broadcast order Revised broadcast order
(Straczynski's Preferred order)
Chronological order
  1. War Zone
  2. The Long Road
  3. The Well of Forever
  4. The Path of Sorrows
  5. Patterns of the Soul
  6. Ruling from the Tomb
  7. The Rules of the Game
  8. Appearances and Other Deceits
  9. Racing the Night
  10. The Memory of War
  11. The Needs of Earth
  12. Visitors from Down the Street
  13. Each Night I Dream of Home
  1. Racing the Night
  2. The Needs of Earth
  3. The Memory of War
  4. The Long Road
  5. Visitors from Down the Street
  6. The Well of Forever
  7. Each Night I Dream of Home
  8. Patterns of the Soul
  9. The Path of Sorrows
  10. Ruling from the Tomb
  11. The Rules of the Game
  12. War Zone
  13. Appearances and Other Deceits
  1. War Zone
  2. The Long Road
  3. Ruling from the Tomb
  4. Appearances and Other Deceits
  5. The Memory of War
  6. The Needs of Earth
  7. Racing the Night
  8. Visitors from Down the Street
  9. Each Night I Dream of Home
  10. The Path of Sorrows
  11. Patterns of the Soul
  12. The Well of Forever
  13. The Rules of the Game


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