crusade fan fiction

recommendations by allaire mikháil

date: 20 Nov 2009



Crusade was the first spin-off to Babylon 5 and got canceled after its first season. Not surprisingly; the show had a lot of promise, but somehow never seemed to be able to find its feet. In theory, the characters were all very interesting - on screen (perhaps due to some casting mistakes) they failed to live up to that potential; a fact that was certainly not helped by the relatively cheap-looking special effects. Still, considering that Babylon 5's first season had more than a few bad episodes, it would have been interesting to witness Crusade finding its own formula for success if it had been allowed just a bit more time. A technomage, a telepath afraid of Corps regulations, an IPX member constantly at odds with the captain's orders would have provided enough potential for conflict for several seasons. No such luck. Well, at least there is still a certain data crystal to check out, isn't that so, Mr. Eilerson? And, of course, the DVDs.



The main pairings on this page are
Matthew Gideon / Max Eilerson
and
Max Eilerson / John Matheson.

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Stories


Iocane
e-mail: iocane@iocane.net Website: Party First, Ask Questions Later
livejournal: ljiocane
The Gracious Gifts Series
Title: Of Scanning and Dreams Story Length: ~ 14 KB
Series: Part 1 of the Gracious Gifts Series Rating: NC-17
Category: Slash Warnings: none
Pairing: Max Eilerson / John Matheson Time Frame: Season 1
Genres: Angst, PWP Recommended: 23 May 2000
Summary: Lieutenant Matheson accidentally scans someone and can't help but feel guilty for this breach of privacy... Or wasn't it an accident after all?
Title: Bullet Car Story Length: ~ 12 KB
Series: Part 2 of the Gracious Gifts Series Rating: PG-13
Category: Slash Warnings: none
Pairing: Max Eilerson / John Matheson Time Frame: Season 1
Genres: Angst, Character Study Recommended: 23 May 2000
Summary: After some painful misunderstandings, John Matheson encounters Max Eilerson in the bullet car and forces the issue.
Title: Trust Story Length: ~ 12 KB
Series: Part 3 of the Gracious Gifts Series Rating: PG-13
Category: Slash Warnings: none
Pairing: Max Eilerson / John Matheson Time Frame: Season 1
Genres: Angst, First Time Recommended: 23 May 2000
Summary: Max and John still have some things to deal with before they can go on. Fear of rejection works on both sides...
Title: Visions of a Psi-Cop Story Length: ~ 15 KB
Series: Part 4 of the Gracious Gifts Series Rating: NC-17
Category: Slash Warnings: graphic m/m sex
Pairing: Max Eilerson / John Matheson Time Frame: Season 1
Genres: BDSM/Kink, PWP Recommended: 23 May 2000
Summary: John has a surprise in store for Max...
Review: I must admit that, looking back today, I am not certain I would recommend a single Crusade story - my taste has changed a lot over the years. Still, my favorite Crusade character has remained Max Eilerson. He's cynical, aloof, self-centered, a pain in the ass... and as such the most interesting character of the show. Chipping away the hard exterior to get to the man underneath is bound to be interesting. And since Matheson is the only telepath of the crew and therefore best suited to do the chipping...

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Penemuel (aka Galenn Shadowslayer)
e-mail: arkadi_1@yahoo.com Website: Penemuel's Nest
livejournal: ljpenemuel, ljg_shadowslayer
Title: Serving the Captain (Parts 1-4) Story Length: ~ 126 KB
Series: none Rating: NC-17
Category: Slash Warnings: graphic m/m sex, unfinished WIP
Pairing: Matthew Gideon / Max Eilerson, Matthew Gideon / Galen Time Frame: Season 1
Genres: Action/Adventure, BDSM/Kink, PWP Recommended: 23 May 2000
Summary: Gideon is tired of fighting his attraction to Eilerson and finds in the xeno-archeologist a willing partner for a little bit of 'fun and games' in bed - much to Galen's mistrust.
Review: Penemuel's story certainly has much promise, although I am afraid that she intended to lead this into a direction I am not very comfortable with. Idealistically speaking, Gideon/Eilerson is my OTP, and sex with Galen freaks me out. I can easily see Eilerson hiding a need for being dominated underneath his cynical façade and hoped to see more of it in this story's later chapters. Unfortunately, Penemuel hasn't updated "Serving the Captain" since 2000, and I have to assume that she has abandoned this story. Which is a shame, really.

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The Lab Rat (LadyMay)
e-mail: ladymay99@hotmail.com    
Only the...
Title: Only the Lonely Story Length: ~ 21 KB
Series: Part 1 of Only the... Rating: NC-17
Category: Slash Warnings: none
Pairing: Max Eilerson / John Matheson Time Frame: Season 1
Genres: Character Study, Hurt/Comfort Recommended: 23 May 2000
Summary: In a late night encounter in the Excalibur's mess hall, Lt. Matheson learns that there is more to Max Eilerson than meets the eye.
Title: Only the Proud Story Length: ~ 34 KB
Series: Part 2 of Only the... Rating: NC-17
Category: Slash Warnings: none
Pairing: Max Eilerson / John Matheson, Matthew Gideon / Galen Time Frame: Season 1
Genres: Angst, PWP Recommended: 17 Aug 2000
Summary: This time it is John Matheson who opens his mind to his new lover, showing Max his past and things he'd rather forget.
Title: Only the Dreamers Story Length: ~ 53 KB
Series: Part 3 of Only the... Rating: NC-17
Category: Slash Warnings: none
Pairing: Max Eilerson / John Matheson, Matthew Gideon / Galen Time Frame: Season 1
Genres: Angst, Established Relationship Recommended: 06 Apr 2006
Summary: Sometimes love must be defended.
Review: As much as prefer Gideon/Eilerson slash, I have to admit that this trilogy's premise makes sense. Matheson is alone by necessity - he is a telepath and as such the rest of the crew are suspicious towards him and the Corps he represents. Eilerson is just as alone due to his abrasive personality. Is it too much of a stretch to imagine those two loners finding each other? I don't think so. The Lab Rat's style could be better, her characters could be a bit less emotional - still, I wouldn't mind a fourth chapter.

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Links


information/discussion
  • Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Crusade
  • is quite informative, plus see Wikipedia's article on J. Michael Straczynski, the creator of the B5 universe. So far, there are no individual character profiles available.
  • Worlds of JMS
  • JMS used to have to unaired Crusade scripts up on bookface.com, "To the Ends of the Earth" and the season finale, "End of the Line". The site no longer exists, but this site does at least have reviews available.
  • B5/Crusade Spoiler Junkies Archive
  • contains an episode guide, a ton of pictures, and detailed synopses of all episodes/movies of Babylon 5 and Crusade.
  • Babylon 5 ISN News: The Zocalo Today
  • A fan run web site network which provides all the latest news and information about Babylon 5 and Crusade.
  • [CrusadeBabylon5Fic] Mailing List @ Yahoo! groups
  • Founded by Peja (WWoMB), this is an adult/slash fiction list for both Babylon 5 and Crusade (all characters, all pairings) - that has been awfully quiet for a long time.
  • [CrusadeSlash] Mailing List @ Yahoo! groups
  • A slash-only list for fiction and discussion of Crusade that is also pretty much defunct.
  • ljuniverse_today @ livejournal
  • This lj community collects links from lj and elsewhere that pertain to the Babylon 5 fandom: fanfiction, meta-analysis, fan art, icon challenges, fan fiction challenges, news, and more, and posts updates every Sunday evening.

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