I don’t know any Kung-fu, but before there was a ‘Firefly’, a ‘Farscape’, an ‘Odyssey 5′, an ‘Enterprise’ or any widespread internet fan-campaigns to save tv shows, there was ‘Space: Above and Beyond‘. This show, in my estimation pretty much still outshines them all. Like ‘The X-Files’ this show appeared on the FOX networks during their formative years, however poor time-slotting (7pm) and numerous football pre-emptions speled its early demise.
The show was the brainchild of ‘X-Files’ and ‘Millenium’ veterans Glen Morgan and James Wong and it was launched as sort of a competitor to Paramount’s ‘Star Trek’ cash-cow. Though it was a great show and unfortunately crossed premises with Paul Veerhoven’s then-forthcoming ‘Starship Troopers‘. But S:AAB was its own special animal.
Imagine the grittiness of ‘Alien’ combined with some of the mortal aspects of Troopers. People die, all of the time — but there are no unisex shower scenes. [Read more →]