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Space: Above and Beyond - The Complete Series

Morgan Weisser , Kristen Cloke    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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The science fiction series Space Above and Beyond, which enjoyed a brief run in the 1995-96 season, was created by X-Files producers Glen Morgan and James Wong as a revision of the classic war series Combat!. Set in the not-too-distant future, Space Above and Beyond follows the adventures of five inexperienced Marines of the 58th Squadron, who are involved in a war against the Chigs, a race of aliens bent on conquering the Earth. Morgan and Wong gave their main characters intriguing personalities--Nathan West (Morgan Weisser) has joined the Marines to save a girlfriend captured by the aliens, while Rodney Rowland's Cooper is an artificially created human whose service is inspired by a desire to escape the violent prejudice he faces on Earth. The action and stories are gritty and dramatic, and put a fresh spin on traditional wartime stories--highlights include "The Enemy," in which the 58th is stranded behind enemy lines; "Toy Soldiers," in which West's younger brother is serving under a dangerously reckless lieutenant; and the two-part "If They Lay Us Down to Rest…" and "Tell Our Moms We Done Our Best," which brought the series to a close with the Earth on the verge of peace talks with the aliens as the military launches a perilous operation. Commentary by Morgan and Wong and the cast would have been welcome, especially if the plans for the unseen second season could've been revealed, but unfortunately, no supplemental features are included in this slickly produced, no-frills set. --Paul Gaita

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In this cult fan favorite, it’s the year 2063. After 150 years of deep space exploration, the people of Earth feel certain they are alone in the universe. Then word comes that two Earth outposts light-years away from home have been brutally attacked by an advanced alien civilization. Now the new young recruits of the United States Marine Corps Space Aviator Calvary are heading for the front lines of space in the toughest battle the world has even faced.

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4.0 out of 5 stars As good as I remembered Nov. 17 2005
Format:DVD
I remember eagerly waiting for the series premiere ten years ago and making sure I saw every episode that came out. When I bought this set and started watching, I was surprised by how much I remembered about a lot of the episodes, but most of all, I was surprised by how good SAAB still was.
A lot of the special effects seem poor by today's standards, but please remember that this show came out a decade ago. What matters are the performances, which are very strong by everyone, and the scripts, which are intelligent and well-written. The creators/writers play around with the format of the show in ways that were years ahead of their time. Best episodes include "Choice or Chance," "Stay with the Dead," "Who Monitors the Birds?" "Toy Soldiers," "Sugar Dirt," and the finale "...Tell our Moms we Done our Best."
It's too bad Fox cancelled the show after one season, especially since the finale leaves a few major question marks, but there are 23 full episodes here, and the pilot is double-length. No commentaries or interviews, but there are some amusing TV spots, and the dearth of extras is most likely due to the series's age.
If you like the new Battlestar Galactica, give this a try. I still love this show.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad space opera series Feb. 16 2014
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I watched a few episodes of this back in the mid-80s and loved it. Essentially, bad aliens attack a human colony in space, and the US Marines take the fight to the bad aliens. Along the way the squad of Marines discovers that all is not as it seems, and maybe the aliens aren't so bad after all...

I bought the DVD set and watched it, and found it to be very mixed. Some episodes are terrific, and other episodes now seem more than a bit hokey and haven't aged well.

If you enjoy sci-fi action shows you may like this one. I should warn you: although the final episode answers some questions, a couple of issues are left open, and the show definitely ends with a bit of a cliff-hanger. Since there was no second season, those questions will rename unanswered...
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5.0 out of 5 stars great April 17 2013
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it arrived immediately, good quality, family loved it, no issues. i would gladly seal with them again.
I highly recommend
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor video quality Jan. 31 2013
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The series is great, too bad they never finished it. I did find that the picture quality was real poor lots of grains and not full screen. The sound needed to be cranked up, and that is on a 2000 dollars TV and a 500 dollars Blue Ray player. Was disappointed that they were too lazy to put it on single sided discs and never put any labels or image on the CD's. It looks like something that was pirated in China. But the series is amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Space Above & Beyond April 5 2011
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Being a science fiction enthusiest, I really enjoyed this series when it first aired and got a real liking for the musics of Patsy Cline & Johnny Cash. I sorrly missed the series when it ended and was very delighted to find it on Amazon.ca
For those persons, such as myself that live for science fiction, this series may be of interest because I found the music fit the various scenes so axactly tears were almost a present factor for the music and scene.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Way, way ahead of its time! Nov. 10 2009
Format:DVD
If you love Battlestar Galactica, you will have a blast watching this, its most likely predecessor.

SAAB isn't really about aliens, or about action in space, or anything that is so easily related to "TV Sci-fi". It is about the drama of war; its effect on people, on both personal and larger levels. It's about reality, really. And, given that the series comes from the mid-90's, this is truly quite a remarkable feat. The special effects still live up to our expectations (especially after the first 5 or 6 episodes), and the characters truly, and I mean that, truly grown on you.

It's really interesting to see this show now, in a post 9/11 world. Again, way ahead of its time. You will know what I mean when you see it. ;)

A rare treat from a long, long time ago...
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