Space: Above and Beyond (1995–1996)

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The Earth is embroiled in a desperate war against alien invaders, and this series focuses on one squadron of Marine pilots involved in it.

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Complete series cast summary:
Morgan Weisser ...
 Lt. Nathan West (23 episodes, 1995-1996)
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 Lt. Shane Vansen / ... (23 episodes, 1995-1996)
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 Lt. Cooper Hawkes (23 episodes, 1995-1996)
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 Lt. Paul Wang (23 episodes, 1995-1996)
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 Lt. Vanessa Damphousse (23 episodes, 1995-1996)
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 Lt. Col. Tyrus Cassius 'T.C.' McQueen / ... (23 episodes, 1995-1996)
Tucker Smallwood ...
 Commodore Ross (16 episodes, 1995-1996)
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The Earth is embroiled in a desperate war against alien invaders, and this series focuses on one squadron of Marine pilots involved in it.

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Casting director Randy Stone appears as the bartender in multiple episodes. See more »

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[first lines]
Lt. Col. Tyrus Cassius "TC" McQueen: [narration] We thought we were alone. We believed the universe was ours. Until one night in 2063, on a Earth colony 16 light-years away, they struck. Now we're at war. We fight when called, in space, on land, and at sea. To lose this war means more than defeat; to surrender is to never go home. All of us must rise to the call... above and beyond.
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Crazy Credits

The credits changed mid-season because of pressure from the network that feared the audience wouldn't know what is going on. The new credits had a narration summarizing the show's story. The producers hated the second version. See more »

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Referenced in Millennium: The Beginning and the End (1997) See more »

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Righteously p***ed off!!
25 September 1999 | by (Fullerton, California) – See all my reviews

If I was allowed to, I'd spout off a string of curses at the people at Fox who cancelled this show. I loved this series! Except for the Babylon 5 TV-movies "In the Beginning..." and "A Call to Arms," there has been no other show that sparked my interest so much as S:AAB. I found every character deep and vivid and actually _realistic_, most especially Lt.-Col. T.C. McQueen, unlike Star Trek with its plastic, uber-idealistic characters (BTW, I used to like Star Trek, until I matured and entered junior high and realized how incredibly idiotic the show is; only First Contact is in any way redeeming to the Star Trek name). But all of the actors in S:AAB are extremely, _extremely_ talented. Now, the last time I saw them were in cameo appearances on the X-Files!!! I cannot express my outrage at such a waste of talent! And you have no idea how happy I was when I saw David Duchovny in a cameo role in a S:AAB episode!

S:AAB combined everything I love about sci-fi, military, and philosophy all in one. McQueen is the ideal Marine, yet he is discriminated against because of his origins. As a high school student hoping to become a Marine officer, I can tell you honestly right now that McQueen is who I hope to emulate: tough, yet compassionate to his subordinates, loyal to his cause, and unstoppably determined. If you want to know what I mean, watch the episode "Angriest Angel" to see James Morrison (actor who plays McQueen) - and the rest of the cast - at his best.

If I have any complaint about S:AAB, it is its lack of general accuracy. Aside from the very confusing chain of command, many things are being contradicted within the show. And with all the bases the 58th has to liberate, how come in the beginning they say that there was only one colony and one other being constructed? Do they mean civilian colonies, because the military seems to have a whole lot of colonies. And the addition of the "shadow company" of AeroTech just was uncalled for. Too "X-files"-sy. But I don't let these flaws affect my opinion of S:AAB. It is and always will be at least one of the best sci-fi shows ever.


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