By Lars Joreteg
Crusade episode 13 - "Each Night I Dream of Home"
orders - Life goes on" - Captain Matthew Gideon
And so it ends... "Each Night I Dream of Home", the
final episode (for now we hope) of Crusade has arrived.
And fortunately it does not disappoint, this limited
run goes out with a bang.
The Excalibur is recalled to participate in a top-secret
experiment, designed to get a better understanding of
the Drakh plague and how it works. Unfortunately the
Drakh figures out what is going on and attack...
The plot of "Each Night I Dream of Home" centers on
a dangerous guinea-pig experiment. In order to be reunited
with his love back on Earth, someone has agreed to be
exposed to the plague. It is hoped that the plague can
be understood by observing a human infection as it happens.
But during this experiment, the Drakh attack, thus providing
some extra tension and excitement. (As well as cool
effects) :-) The true nature of the plague is eventually
revealed, and it turns out to be a nano-technology "virus"
that exhibits some intelligent behavior. This does tie
in nicely with the nano-technology plague shield that
was discovered a while back. Will nano-technology be
required to defeat nano-technology? It seems likely.
I also liked how the five-year time period was explained,
even though my medical knowledge is very limited, it
does seem to make a lot of sense. What this experiment
reveals is both discouraging and encouraging. It is
discouraging, because we learn that the plague will
be even harder to beat than previously thought. But
it is also encouraging, because we see how a crisis
can bring out the best in people. Despite the plague,
life does go on. I also enjoyed the symmetry of the
ending. Even though this episode was filmed 5th and
not intended to serve as any kind of finale episode,
it fits almost perfectly in its slot. After these 13
episodes of Crusade, we are back where it all started
- Babylon 5. And even though we are at a cliff-hanger,
knowing the Drakh plague is worse than we initially
thought, we are also reassured: "Life goes on - Indeed
Gary Cole once again turns in a wonderful performance
as Captain Gideon. His interactions with Lochley and
Matheson are definitely some of the high points of this
Trace Scoggins is also outstanding in her role as Captain
Lochley. This might in fact be her best episode ever,
including her Babylon 5 work. There was great chemistry
between her and Gideon, and she was very likeable.
Daniel Dae Kim is also great as Lt. Matheson, as is
Marjean Holden as Dr. Chambers. Although both of them
aren't given much to do, they both gave very good perfomances.
Unfortunately David Allen Brooks (Max Eilerson), Peter
Woodward (Galen), and Carrie Dobro (Dureena Nafeel)
do not appear in this episode.
The guest stars of this episode are very good. The standout
is of course Richard Biggs (as Dr. Stephen Franklin),
the first regular cast member of Babylon 5 to guest-star
on Crusade. (Not counting Lochley, but she is a Crusade
regular too) He turns in a very good performance; even
though he is a little shaky in the beginning he quickly
gets into his character.
Lance Legault is also very good as the Earth senator,
playing a typical politician very convincingly, yet
giving him some unique quirks. A likeable and amusing
character in an odd way. :-) Timothy Williams plays
the mysterious "plumber", and he is portrays an average
kind of person pretty well.
The technical aspects of this episode are very good,
we get to see some very impressive FX work during the
Starfury capture and battle. And then there is of course
the appearance of the elusive and mysterious Warlock
destroyer, a short but sweet moment. Evan Chen's music
is pretty good here too.
Overall this is truly an excellent episode. A great
story, excellent character interaction, and impressive
effects all come together making this one of Crusades
best episodes. All the reasons why Crusade deserves
to survive were clearly on display here. How could a
show as good as this be cancelled after only 13 episodes?
It boggles the mind. But somehow the Crusade will
go on, the Excalibur will return, and a cure
will be found.
- Lars Joreteg (firstname.lastname@example.org)