“Space:Above and Beyond” now on DVD!

“Space: Above and Beyond” (1995) Whoah.

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.

Today, I looked up at the calendar and realized that it was early-November and suddenly remembered the November street-date for DVDs of this show. Apparently Best Buy has had it on their shelves since September. Nonetheless, it should be available to everyone, everywhere today.

Best Buy ‘s got it for $37.79, but I found it on Ebay for a couple of cents less. Either way, if you’re serious about your genre-stuffs, this is a must. It was a short-lived series (14 episodes, again) that you’ll want to pick up — strong female leads, little to no technobabble and the frickin’ magnetic James Morrison as Lt. Col. Tyrus Cassius McQueen.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

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