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Crusade

Season 1 Episode 4

The Path of Sorrows

2
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 30, 1999 on TNT
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The crew finds a mysterious creature trapped inside a globe which causes them to relive past memories.

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  • Three of the main cast go to see a telepathic alien in the med bay But is it as it seems

    7.4
    On a un named alien world

    gideon and co are fustrated at thier inability to open a door

    Since gideon's "source" tells him this is a place of healing he is more than eager to get in.



    Max and dureena both come up empty

    until galen uses a cruel and unconventional way to open the vault.

    Inside they find a transparent sphere with a mouthless alien inside.

    They ship it back to excalibur

    and leave it to the med staff to figure out.



    But during the night

    gideon goes to the sphere unable to sleep

    telepathically it talks to him about his pain

    then takes him back to the moment his life changed

    As a junior officer aboard the EAS Cerberus

    gideon was ordered to go EVA to asses the damage from an unidentified ship that attacked them.

    While outside the Cerberus accelerates to jump away from the returning vessel.

    One explosion later and gideon is alone in a space suit with no hope of rescue.

    With his air low he is eventually picked up by a technomage

    With a habit of interfering in other peoples affairs.



    Matheson aslo comes to the sphere and it is revealed that during the final phase of the telepath war he helped a captured enemy leader send a message to the resistance

    the result killed thousands of his fellow corp members



    Galen recounts his pain also the day his lover died.

    He is so insenced by the creature for pulling the thoughts to the front of his mind that he threatens to destroy the thing until gideon stops him.



    A good episode

    gideon and mathesons stories are good

    they both concern various forms of guilt

    They are both given more depth and expand on there emotional range.

    We get to see the traumas that make them who they are today

    and its fascinating.

    Unfortunalty galen's was the weak link here

    The dialogue and guest actress where both a bit ropey as was the message at the end



    if you can ignore the galen bit its a fine addition

    to the seriesmoreless
  • The main crew of the Excaliber are an eclectic bunch of vastly different personalities. In the "The Path of Sorrows" the viewer get a brief glimpse into the souls of the "Crusade" crew.moreless

    9.8
    We learn of Galen's love and loss. Allusions to his past with the Captain are posed.



    Captain Gideon's dark secret is revealed. His pain may be the source of many of his future decisions. The chess board in the episode may be a symbol of his situation. This episode also coined the famed title phrase, "Who do you serve and who do you trust?"



    Fiona Avery's writing creatively makes the alien the center of the story without him being the center of attention. The spotlight is clearly on the crew.



    The story line of "The Path of Sorrows" is a great vehicle to examine the crew.moreless

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    • Gideon: What about you?
      Max: Oh, right. I found a way in a half-hour ago. I guess I just forgot to tell you. Silly me.

    • Galen: Waste not, want not.

    • Matheson: (to Galen who's been traveling the transport tube for hours) You like going nowhere at one hundred and twenty miles an hour?
      Galen: Of course. That is Man's natural condition.

    • Galen: I think this is where I get off, metaphorically, metaphysically, and literally. But do go on riding. Go around enough times and with any luck, you might come to the same conclusions I have.

    • Matheson: I'm not supposed to talk to you.
      Alison: No, I suppose not. Funny, isn't it? An organization of telepaths and no one's allowed to think for themselves.

    • Galen: Forgiveness? You live on forgiveness?
      Alien: Why are you afraid of it?
      Galen: I'm not afraid of it. Only amused at the absurdity of it. Are you saying that I need you--you--to forgive me?
      Alien: I forgave them because I could. Because they could not. It is you who must forgive.

    • Isabelle: You must learn, one day, to forgive God for His decisions. I'm sure it will greatly relieve Him.

    • Galen: You want me to forgive God? You want me to forgive the universe for taking away the only thing in this world that mattered to me? There is nothing beyond. Only the tricks we play to persuade ourselves otherwise. If I believed differently, even for a moment... then she died because someone, somewhere decided that she deserved to die, and she did not. She did not! But you do! You... (he summons a fireball)
      Gideon: Galen! You're not a murderer, Galen. Don't do it. Don't!

    • Gideon: It's easier not to want forgiveness, or to expect it. We just keep trying to fix the mistake so we don't have to ask. But you end up trying so hard to atone for one set of mistakes, you--you overcompensate and make new ones, and then you can never break out of the cycle. You just keep going round and round, no way out, nowhere to go.

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