A bonus for Morgan And Wong Week Day 3: Space: Above and Beyond. Horror writer and Millennium fan John Kenneth Muir has found one of his older articles on the subject and has posted it on his blog. An excerpt follows:
“Imagine a “gritty, gutsy” (per TV Guide…) futuristic war drama colored in hues of mood battleship gray. It takes place in deep space following a devastating sneak attack on humanity by an unfathomable and merciless enemy.
Our protagonists in the war effort (which we are “losing badly“) are young, attractive (but headstrong and angsty…) pilots. Much of the action occurs inside the cockpits of cramped space fighters and in military briefing rooms. The universe depicted by the series is one of murky morality and hard truths which shift in the troublesome and ambiguous sands of wartime. For instance, the specter of torture (here termed “re-education“) is brought up in one installment.
You don’t think I’m talking about the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, do you?
Instead, the first paragraph of this review describes the Glen Morgan/James Wong sci-fi war drama, Space: Above and Beyond, a mid-nineties-era TV endeavor that aired on the Fox Network for one season (and twenty-three hour-long episodes), and which concerned a squadron of rookie – but committed – soldiers serving in the United States Marine Corps Space Aviator Cavalry aboard a mobile space headquarters; not the Galactica, but the Saratoga.”
And don’t forget to enter our Region 1 boxset competition for Space: Above and Beyond! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address. Lucky winner gets the boxset!