Space: Above and Beyond (1995–1996)
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When an Earth outpost 16 light-years away is destroyed by an unknown alien force, a group of young United States Marine Corps Space Aviators find themselves on the front lines of an ... See full summary »


David Nutter




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Morgan Weisser ... Lt. Nathan West
Kristen Cloke ... Lt. Shane Vansen
Rodney Rowland ... Lt. Cooper Hawkes
Lanei Chapman ... Lt. Vanessa Damphousse
Joel de la Fuente ... Lt. Paul Wang
James Morrison ... Lt. Col. Tyrus Cassius 'T.C.' McQueen
Bill Hunter ... Secretary General Chartwell
Colin Friels ... Lt. Colonel Fouts
Amanda Douge ... Kylen
Peter Kent Peter Kent ... Mike 'Pags' Pagodin
Theresa Wong ... Michelle Low
Anja Coleby ... Bartley
Darrin Klimek ... Carter
Christopher Kirby ... Lt. Stone (as Chris Kirby)
Robert Coleby ... Colonial Governor Jonathan Overmeyer


When an Earth outpost 16 light-years away is destroyed by an unknown alien force, a group of young United States Marine Corps Space Aviators find themselves on the front lines of an intergalactic battle in an attempt to save their home planet. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

24 September 1995 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At any given moment, the distance from Earth to Mars is between 35 million and 250 million miles. Their travel time to Mars was 84 hours, making their speed between 400,000 and 3,000,000 MPH. See more »


After the ship crash, Vansen counts to "3-one-thousand" from the sight of the crash to the sound reaching them and claims this equates to 10 miles away using the speed of sound on Mars. The density of atmosphere required for this to be correct is much higher than the actual one on Mars, or even Earth. The required atmospheric density would be similar to that of steel. See more »


[first lines]
Title Card: Vesta Colony Epsilon Eridani Star System 2063 A.D.
Colonial Governor Borman: [addressing the group] Tonight we stand beneath a new heaven. After 150 years of calling out, the silence of the universe assures us that life is unique. We are alone. You and I are among the first to bring life to the stars - to this planet. The farthest any human has ever ventured. I know there are those at home who say that we are here only as a status symbol. Others say that we are fortune hunters, or that we're running away. ...
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References Full Metal Jacket (1987) See more »

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One of the best Pilots for a show, ever
6 November 2013 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

What made this great and special was actually the Australian locations. I never understood why the pilot was made there, but the show was made in California, so that they could film at "The Star Trek Rock"? (An iconic Rockface that has been used as a location for Star Trek - From The Original Series, ST IV, and even "Generations").

But not just the well chosen Locations, the Actors were well selected, including a guest role by R Lee Ermy, doing what he does best - A Drill Instructor.

This Introductory Pilot Episode spans a universe of untold stories - Shane Vanson's (Kirstin Cloke) parents were murdered by Silicates (Think of "Data gone Bad") - Cooper Hawkes (Rodney Roland) is an "In Vitro" - A genetically designed and grown Humanoid, and he is blamed and chased by future rednecks for "Not doing his part in the AI War against the Silicates". Nathan West (Morgan Weisser) and his girlfriend Kylen (Amanda Doudge) were slated to colonize a planet in The Tellus Expedition, but West is kicked off the project in favor of In Vitros.

So we can see the tapestry being designed here, it all connects. These disparate individuals end up enlisting in The Marine Corps, where they are hosted by Ermy.

What is not known is that Aliens have destroyed The Tellus Expedition and another Colony 16 light years from Earth- And West's Girlfriend is missing with the other surviving colonists.

This is a lot like Starship Troopers, minus the Military Government. It would not surprise me if Paul Verhoeven used some of the look of the Carriers and "Hammerhead" fighters for his vision of that book.

There is reference to "The AI Wars", a conflict with "Silicates" - Robots made to look like people. The "In Vitros" were designed as Soldiers for that conflict, but they refused to fight, and now they are treated as Second Class Citizens, barely human, if that much.

What was great with this Pilot episode was the Full Sized Hammerhead mock-ups, and the set of the USS Saratoga, where the "58th" Wild-Cards are stationed. The insides of the Hammerhead Cockpits are very convincing.

This Pilot stands alone all by itself, it's that good, but it also has the rest of the series to support the stories begun. As far as continuity, it was as if it didn't even matter with the location change, the look of the show and production quality was always as good as this Pilot.

I had forgotten just how good this show was, until I found clips on Youtube. I had to go out and find it, and I'm glad I did. It deserves at least a DVD or Blu Ray release.

I Wonder if 100 years from now The Ramones will be mistaken for "The Pink Floyd"?

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