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The Rules of the Game

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Crusade, Episode 1x07
Production number: 112
First aired: 21 July 1999
Production Credits
Written By: J. Michael Straczynski
Directed By: Jesus Trevino
Executive Producer: Douglas Netter
& J. Michael Straczynski
Producer: John Copeland
Production Designer: John Iacovelli
Director of Photography: Frederick V. Murphy II
Editor: Jeff Hodge, Michael B. Hoggan & Skip Robinson
Music By: Evan H. Chen
Episode Chronology
Story Date: Late July, 2267
Chronological Order
Preceded by: The Well of Forever
Followed by: To the Ends of The Earth
Broadcast Order
Preceded by: Ruling from the Tomb
Followed by: Appearances and Other Deceits
Episode Gallery

The Rules of the Game is an episode from the TV Series Crusade which is a spin off from Babylon 5.

"Who Are You? Matthew Gideon, Captain. Attached to the Earth Alliance Starship Excalibur. What do you want? To find a cure to the Drakh plague before it wipes out all life on earth. Where Are You Going? Anywhere I Have To. Who do you serve and who do you trust? Who do you serve and who do you trust?"
– Galen Questioning Captain Gideon


Regular CastEdit

Guest StarringEdit



Lorka VII may hold medical secrets useful to Earth, if Gideon can gain access. He comes to Babylon 5 to negotiate landing rights and runs headlong into the self-righteous Lorkans' claim that Earthlings will taint their world.

Episode ChronologyEdit

13 episodes of crusade were produced before TNT cancelled the series. According to posts by J. Michael Straczynski, which are archived on, TNT broadcast the episodes out of the intended sequence. The order of the episodes was then revised when they were re-broadcasted on the Sci-Fi channel, the Sci-Fi channel actually contacted Straczynski and asked which order he would prefer the episodes were broadcast. A third order was formally endorsed by Straczynski as the "true" chronological sequence of events for the filmed episode, as it appeared in The Official Babylon 5 Chronology (published in the pages of The Official Babylon 5 Magazine in 1999-2000). This particular ordering supersedes Straczynski's own "preferred" sequence from a strictly chronological and causal standpoint. The original broadcast order as set by TNT was used for the DVD releases.

Revised Broadcast OrderEdit

Using the Revised Broadcast Order The Rules of the Game is episode 11 of 13.

Preceded by: Crusade episodes Followed by:
"Ruling from the Tomb" "War Zone"

DVD ReleaseEdit

This Episode along with the other 12 from the series have been released on DVD with some limited Special Features. For more information see:

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