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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) (all message content (c) 2001 by synthetic worlds, ltd., permission to reprint specifically denied to SFX Magazine and don't send me story ideas)