The Babylon Project

The Needs of Earth is an episode from the TV Series Crusade which is a spin off from Babylon 5.

"Who Are You? "
" What do you want? "
"To find a cure to the Drakh plague before it wipes out all life on earth. "
"Where Are You Going?"
" Anywhere I Have To."
" Who do you serve and who do you trust? "
"Galen Questioning Captain Gideon"
– Matthew Gideon, Captain. Attached to the Earth Alliance Starship Excalibur.


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Gideon and Dureena Nafeel free a notorious prisoner possessing stolen data crystals bearing important information of an alien culture. The captain discovers that treasure trove of data offers not medical science but a special form of hope.

Episode Chronology[]

13 episodes of crusade were produced before TNT canceled the series. According to posts by J. Michael Straczynski, which are archived on, 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 Babylon 5 Historical Database as published in Across Time and Space: The Chronologies of Babylon 5. 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.

Revised Broadcast Order[]

Preceded by: Crusade episodes Followed by:
"Racing the Night" "The Memory of War"

DVD Release[]

This Episode along with the other 12 from the series have been released on DVD with some limited Special Features. For more information see:

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