The Crusade Series is Now Complete
"What the Hell Happened" by J. Michael Straczynski
Volumes 1, 2 & 3 Just Released

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Fans who believe that Faith Manages were validated when J. Michael Straczynski agreed to release “CRUSADE: What the Hell Happened” Volumes 2 and 3 to finish the series started with Volume 1.

Volume 1 of the HELL series was released in 2010 (not a typo). And now 13 years later, we get Volumes 2 & 3. Fans are the heroes in this story, the complete details of which are here.


Note: This reissue of Volume 1 is identical the original, except it is available in hardcover and ebook, as well as the original paperback.

J. Michael Straczynski’s 34 page introduction, revealing —

  • The first part of what the hell really did happen to CRUSADE, in Straczynskian detail, chronicling what he describes as the “birth, short life and long painful death” of the series.
  • How he nearly wandered down Rod Serling’s “velvet alley.”
  • Why A CALL TO ARMS might be called a “backdoor pilot.”
  • How he named the EXCALIBUR to get back at the studio executives.
  • How he chose the final design for the EXCALIBUR and how that decision recalled a famous STAR TREK anecdote.
  • Revealed for the first time: the beloved B5 actor JMS wanted to play Galen…and how the network made that impossible.
  • How he planned to “sneak” BABYLON 5 cast members into CRUSADE.
  • Which bit of casting JMS considered akin to “looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack.”
  • How BABYLON 5 was dismantled in front of the cast and crew, bit by bit.
  • What unusual feature was built into the EXCALIBUR set to facilitate production of the series.
  • Which of JMS’s favorite actors once again failed to sit in the captain’s chair due to the studio’s peculiar notions of future nationalism.
  • For the first time: the secret about CRUSADE that JMS has held for 10 years.
  • Who John Matheson was named after.
  • JMS’s amusing rationalization for casting Marjean Holden as Dr. Chambers after she appeared as another character in A CALL TO ARMS.
  • The “whacky way” the network decided that Tracy Scoggins should be featured in CRUSADE.
  • The actor TNT didn’t want…after he was cast.
  • The context in which JMS referred to the series as CRUSADE: 90210.
  • How writing more planetary scenes in the last year of BABYLON 5 helped to prepare for CRUSADE.
  • The decision he made for A CALL TO ARMS that carried into CRUSADE and that he now considers a mistake.
  • How he originally wrote “Racing the Night”…and how network notes “filed off the edges and knocked off the corners.”
  • Why he reasoned that placating and cooperating with the network in the beginning would serve him in the end.
  • What still bugs JMS in “Racing the Night,” every time he sees it.

The following scripts and treatments —

  • Heretofore only seen by a privileged few, two promotional scripts (written early in BABYLON 5’s fourth season) and designed to sell CRUSADE:
    • A seven-page script featuring Sheridan in which the cast of characters is mostly drawn from Babylon 5 but also includes a woman named Shereena and the mysterious Mr. Jones.
    • The second promo script is eight pages and features Zathras critiquing the pitch for CRUSADE.
  • Two early treatments titled THE BABYLON PROJECT: CRUSADE, which feature different names for characters who did appear (Captain Singleton) and some who didn’t (Mathras, not a typo). A highlight of the later treatment is the one-paragraph descriptions of plots for thirteen episodes, only one of which was filmed (“Visitors From Down the Street”). You’ll find out what episode ideas were never explored.
  • THE EVE OF DESTRUCTION, a premise for the film that would become A CALL TO ARMS that featured roles for Londo and G’Kar as well as a revised treatment where Galen was an active participant in the battle against the Drakh.
  • SCRIPT: The first draft of A CALL TO ARMS, featuring different dialogue throughout and Samuel Drake’s deleted motivation for betraying Earth to the Drakh.
  • SCRIPT: The first draft of “Racing the Night,” featuring a very different motivation for the alien antagonist, which results in a very different second half of the script.
  • To highlight all the differences, also included are two analyses tracing the evolution of A CALL TO ARMS and “Racing the Night” from first draft to finished product. This is a “script to screen” inventory of the differences between the scripts and the finished episodes.

And never before seen art —

  • 76 pieces of previously uncollected art by visual effects art director Tim Earls, concept artist Luc Mayrand and costume designer Randy Gardell from A CALL TO ARMS and “Racing the Night” featuring —
    • Interiors and exteriors of the EXCALIBUR (including the unused engine room and captain’s office)
    • Variations on the map room
    • Ten variations on the skimmer
    • Different takes on the Shadow death cloud
    • Alien ships
    • Planetary landscapes (including Daltron 7)
    • Kulan’s World
    • Makeup designs
    • Costumes
    • Props
    • A CALL TO ARMS storyboards
  • Six pages of drawings devoted to the evolution of the EXCALIBUR design from mid-way through the filming of BABYLON 5’s fourth season to the production of A CALL TO ARMS over a year later. You’ll see how the design radically varied from designs influenced by Minbari aesthetics to concepts akin to American P-38 fighters from World War II.


HELL Volumes 2 and 3 were compiled and edited in 2022/23 after a fandom campaign willed them into existence.

While 2 & 3 are distinct volumes from each other, the approach is the same for each: annotated script pages, inline concept art and storyboards and detailed prefaces all by Jason Davis.

That said, the biggest difference between Volumes 2 & 3 versus Volume one is that 2 and 3 do not contain a Straczynski introduction. 


Unproduced means that it was never filmed.
· UNPRODUCED: “End of the Line”
· UNPRODUCED: “Value Judgements”
· UNPRODUCED: “To the Ends of the Earth”

First drafts are only published when preparation time is at a premium. They typically have no scene numbers.
· First Draft: “The Needs of Earth”
· First Draft: “War Zone”

The Final Draft is usually the first script seen by the full cast and crews. It is on white paper with locked page and scene numbers.
· Final Draft: “The Long Road”
· Final Draft: “The Path of Sorrows”

Production Draft or shooting scripts incorporates revisions made in pre-production of principal photography on colored pages.
· Production Draft: “Appearances and Other Deceits”
· Production Draft: “Each Night I Dream of Home”
· Production Draft: “The Memory of War”
· Production Draft: “The Needs of Earth”
· Production Draft: “Visitors from Down the Street”
· Production Draft: “The Rules of the Game” (last script written before the final shutdown)


  • The Final Crusade Writers Bible (the first draft is in v1)

  • JMS's Fairy Tale About Crusade

  • The Script for the Crusade Main Title Sequence​


We call these “inline” because the images are featured “inline” with the pages that reference them. Here are two examples:


The prefaces give you the full scoop on what’s happening in the Crusade production timeline for each version and episode. Here’s an example: for “The Needs of Earth.”



Through these real-time interactions you can experience the fandom’s appetite and excitement for the show, along with Straczynski’s vision…and disappointment. Here’s a sample of the questions answered. (Note: these were curated from which means they are also featured in the Asked & Answered Series.)

  • Is Galen in love with Matthew Gideon? 
  • Isn’t Crusade a flawed concept because we know that a cure will be found for the Drakh plague?
  • If the Babylon 5 story is about the need for community and the need to look toward the horizon, what is the Crusade story about?
  • Does anyone besides Gideon know about the Apocalypse Box?
  • Is the budget for Crusade bigger than that of Babylon 5?
  • How fast does the Excalibur accelerate?
  • How long does it take to write a Crusade script, “To the Ends of the Earth,” for example?
  • Is Max Eilerson’s history as the “talking stain on the floor” inspired by Harlan Ellison?
  • How does Galen know what buttons to push on Dureena when he barely knows her?
  • Did TNT give you any trouble with “Appearances and Other Deceits” since it kind of attacked them?
  • Have you given any thought to the male/female ratio?
  • Did you have a master document detailing Crusade’s arc akin to that for B5?
  • How is it that “The Memory of War” was so intense?
  • Did TNT jack up the price on Crusade to keep Sci Fi from being able to purchase it? 
  • Could you just have ignored TNT’s note?
  • Is Galen named after the town in Jonathan Carroll’s Land of Laughs?
  • How much of Galen’s backstory did Peter Woodward know? 
  • Did you purposefully put your credit into the slot where the credits ask “Who do you trust?”
  • Is the show meant to be this Galen-centric?
  • How did the cast get the idea that Crusade would just be a continuation of B5?
  • Don’t you think using Evan Chen for music on the TV movie was an error?
  • Isn’t it true that Tracy Scoggins was kept on Crusade because she went to school with some higher ups at TNT?
  • Did TNT want Dureena to be the ship’s “sexual explorer?”
  • If Sheridan was Ben Cartwright, is Gideon Brett Maverick? 
  • Do you wish there’d been a break between B5 and Crusade?
  • How do you decide which personnel you’ll change when you go from one series to another?
  • How did you arrive at the design for the Excalibur? 

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Crusade Books Edited by Jason Davis

Crusade: Behind the Scenes
Interviews with the cast and crew while the show was in production. No revisionism. No detail spared.  Interviews and images. No scripts. Complete details here.

Crusade: Other Voices, Vol 1
Includes a JMS-approved script written by Peter “Galen” Woodward for Season 2, 80 pages of analysis of 3 scripts highlighting canon never shot.  Complete details here.

Crusade: Other Voices, Vol 2 Includes 3 never-before-published scripts plus Jason Davis’ complete season 1 experience, using lost storylines from unproduced scripts, outlines and notes. Complete details here

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