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Crusade to air in order determined by JMS

by on Mar.21, 2001, under Television

JMS announced in rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated that the Sci-Fi Channel will air all the Crusade episodes in a new order, as determined by JMS. Basically, the episodes shot first will be shown first. Read More for more details.

For those that don’t remember, TNT execs kept poking their noses in on the production while it was in progress. One result was that the first 5 episodes (where the crew had the grey uniforms) got pushed back and shown at the end of the series, and new uniforms were created and used initially, with a “transition” inserted to explain the change. A similar transition would explain th switch back.

Well, JMS has now said that the episodes will appear in the original intended order – despite the fact that there will be some dialog glitches in the process. I seem to remember a few such glitches that occurred anyways.

Here is the scoop from JMS:

So the SciFi Channel asked me what order I'd like to air the series in, since
the folks at TNT kafuffled the airdates and schedule based on what I'd
originally had in mind.  The theory is, you start out with general episodes to
introduce the situation, characters and story, then you focus on individual
characters.  The first five we shot, intended to produce this effect, got
shoved to the back of the line and we then had to air the individual-themed
ones *first*...essentially inverting the order.

So SFC asked me what the preferred author's order would be...and that's how
they've structured it, costume change be damned.  Yes, there will be some
dialogue glitches now, because we looped a few things to try and do least
violence to the chronology of previously shot shows...but from an overall story
perspective, this is the preferred order (as best I could remember it when they
called and asked).

So here is the order in which the Crusade eps will be broadcast:

Mon, April 9  8:00 PM  CRUSADE  RACING THE NIGHT
Tue, April 10  8:00 PM  CRUSADE  THE NEEDS OF EARTH
Wed, April 11  8:00 PM  CRUSADE  THE MEMORY OF WAR
Thu, April 12  8:00 PM  CRUSADE  THE LONG ROAD
Mon, April 16  8:00 PM  CRUSADE  VISITORS FROM DOWN THE STREET
Tue, April 17  8:00 PM  CRUSADE  THE WELL OF FOREVER
Wed, April 18  8:00 PM  CRUSADE  EACH NIGHT I DREAM OF HOME
Thu, April 19  8:00 PM  CRUSADE  PATTERNS OF THE SOUL
Mon, April 23  8:00 PM  CRUSADE  THE PATH OF SORROWS
Tue, April 24  8:00 PM  CRUSADE  RULING FROM THE TOMB
Wed, April 25  8:00 PM  CRUSADE  THE RULES OF THE GAME
Thu, April 26  8:00 PM  CRUSADE  WAR ZONE
Mon, April 30  8:00 PM  CRUSADE  APPEARANCES AND OTHER DECEITS

 jms

(jmsatb5@aol.com)
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