The entertainment industry seems to have become a lot more democratic in recent years since the advent of the Internet and Netflix. Films and TV shows are getting sequels and revivals on streaming sites due to popular demand from fans. Fuller House and Pee Wee’s Big Holiday on Netflix are good examples, so why can’t Crusade get the same treatment? It's not as crazy as it sounds. Even though the sequel series to Babylon 5 didn’t even last for a season, getting axed after 13 episodes. For me, an unfinished story is painful — and Crusade has a lot of them.
Concluding The Incomplete 'Babylon 5' Saga
Anyone who’s seen all five seasons of Babylon 5 (and the four films) will know the story is technically incomplete. The saga ended with the Earth getting infected by a mass alien plague. Crusade was supposed to chronicle a research ship’s journey to find a cure, but it was cut short. So, what happened?
While there’s been some enthusiasm about a Babylon 5 reboot, it would be better for fans, especially if the original story was completed. From the synopses available, the remaining nine episodes that weren’t filmed looked exciting and integral.
Making The Unfinished Episodes
One episode called "Value Judgements" would have seen the return of Alfred Bester. According to the summary after the Telepath crisis Bester was...
"...captured and charged with war crimes including killing mundanes in his role as a Psi Cop before the war and killing rogue telepaths during the recent war. He has now escaped and become a hunted criminal. Gideon's crew go to a colony to inspect an archeological dig. An alien vault is guarded by a door with a telepathic lock. Matheson is not powerful enough to open it, so they seek out the telepath that lives nearby for help. Matheson is alarmed when they discover this telepath is Alfred Bester."
It would be interesting to see Bester again after the events of Babylon 5 and how he’d interact with the crew of the Excalibur.
The finale that was meant to end the season also looked pretty cool. "End of the Line" would see the crew discovering some shocking secrets involving Earthforce and Shadow technology. The summary of the episode states that...
"...Gideon discovers that the ship which destroyed the Cerberus came from a secret Earthforce base. However, now we realize that Earth's work with Shadow technology is far more advanced than previously believed. The research was obviously well under way even before President Santiago's assassination. There is a widespread conspiracy in the Earthforce surrounding the use of technology that has been forbidden by the Interstellar Alliance."
The episode would then end on a cliffhanger, with Gideon possibly dying (although it would be kept ambiguous) as Earthforce are "willing to go to great lengths to keep Captain Gideon from revealing their secret."
The Netflix Potential
Crusade could be finished in the form of either a feature film or a second season on Netflix. The site would probably be the most appropriate home for a Crusade revival as the show’s creator, J. Michael Straczynski, has already found success there with Sense8. With one season down, a second arriving in May of this year and a whopping 77 percent on Rotten Tomatoes the show has done pretty well. So, if Straczynski wanted to bring back Crusade, Netflix may not be too hesitant to comply.
With a large fan base, a rich selection of unfinished stories and a now very respected writer, Crusade has the potential for a great comeback on Netflix.