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Space: Above and Beyond

Space: Above and Beyond was an American science fiction television show created and written by Glen Morgan and James Wong. It was originally planned for five seasons but was sadly cancelled after one season (23 episodes) that ran between 1995 and 1996.

As the series opens humanity has begun to colonize other planets. Lacking FTL technology, this is accomplished by taking advantage of transient but predictable, naturally occurring wormholes. 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 no armed forces of its own and therefore navies such as the U.S. Navy and the Royal Navy operate interstellar starships.

 

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