Space: Above and Beyond (abbreviated as S:AAB) was a short-lived mid-90s American science fiction television show on the FOX Network, created and written byGlen Morgan and James Wong. Originally planned for five seasons, it ran only for the single 1995–1996 season. It was nominated for two Emmy Awards and oneSaturn Award. More recently, it was ranked "50" in IGN's top 50 Sci-Fi TV Shows, described as "yet another sci-fi show that went before its time".
Set in the years 2063–2064, the show focuses on the "Wildcards", members of the United States Marine Corps Space Aviator Cavalry, 58th Squadron. They are stationed on the space carrier USS Saratoga, and act as infantry and pilots of SA-43 Endo/Exo-Atmospheric Attack Jet ("Hammerhead") fighters.
In the years leading up to 2063, humanity has begun to colonize other planets. Without warning, a previously unknown alien species, the "Chigs", attack and destroy Earth's first extra-solar colony and then destroy a second colony ship. The bulk of the Earth military forces sent to confront the Chigs are destroyed or outflanked. In desperation, unproven and under-trained outfits like the 58th "Wildcards" are thrown against the Chigs.
The Wildcards are the central focus of the series, which follows them as they grow from untried cadets into veterans. Although the unified Earth forces come under the control of a reformed United Nations, the UN has noarmed forces of its own and therefore navies such as the U.S. Navy and the Royal Navy operate interstellar starships.
The Space: Above and Beyond milieu includes an underclass race of genetically engineered and artificially gestated humans who are born at the physical age of 18, and are collectively known as In Vitroes or sometimes, derogatorily, "tanks" or "nipple-necks". The In Vitroes have replaced the previous underclass, the artificial intelligences known as Silicates. These human-looking androids, referred to as "walking personal computers", have rebelled, formed their own societies, and wage aguerrilla war against human society. The Silicates are also suspected of having some involvement with the Chigs.
Season 1 Episodes [Complete Series]
1.01 Pilot (1)
1.02 Pilot (2)
1.03 The Farthest Man from Home
1.04 The Dark Side of the Sun
1.06 Ray Butts
1.08 The Enemy
1.09 Hostile Visit (1)
1.10 Choice or Chance (2)
1.11 Stay with the Dead
1.12 The River of Stars
1.13 Who Monitors the Birds?
1.14 Level of Necessity
1.15 Never No More (1)
1.16 The Angriest Angel (2)
1.17 Toy Soldiers
1.18 Dear Earth
1.20 R & R
1.22 Sugar Dirt
1.23 And If They Lay Us Down to Rest... (1)
1.24 ...Tell Our Moms We Done Our Best (2)