Monday, November 07, 2005

Guess what day November 8th is?



We all know what day it is Tuesday, right? Especially here in California? Yup, HEAR THIS CFB: Space: Above and Beyond dvds officially released-Day! Whoo-rah!

I first caught wind of this, only last month, thanks to Michael Whitt (I'd link to his blog entry, but he's discarded blogging for the time being).

Apparently, BestBuy had an exclusive deal, selling it as early as September 4th! I can't tell you how hard I was petitioning for a DVD/video release of this series, as a diehard SAaber. I really got into it, perhaps a month or so right before FOX began messing with its scheduled timeslot, and giving it the ax. This was around the time The Angriest Angel first aired, I think.

Its short life was undeserved. Damn FOX for ruining yet another potential series. X-Files, I seem to remember, took a couple of years to really take off. SAaB had great potential, and only got better as the season wore on, and it was finding its niche. I could definitely see James Morrison becoming a huge star, thanks to his character, Col. TC McQueen.

Following the story of the 58th, a squadron of Marine aviators, the potential for SAaB to have had several spin-off series had my head spinning. I dreamt of a story maybe focusing on a battalion of Gurkhas...still armed with their traditional kukris....anything that delved into military history and traditions. I felt the series, which were wartime dramas that happened to be set in the future, were well-done, in the vein of Red Badge of Courage; but also in the best spirit of honoring military service and sacrifice. If it didn't follow to the letter, military protocol and operational procedures, by taking liberties on account of dramatic effect, or excusable due to its being set 68 years into the future, it certainly had the spirit and feel of a show that appreciated military tradition and history. And given the current political climate, and the lack of pro-military, patriotic movies from Hollywood, I think this series could definitely have kept an audience...I think there is a market out there for a more conservative voice. And what better than to have a series that chooses to honor our fighting men and women, rather than treat them as psychotic killers, damaged goods, and victims?

The Hammerheads were gorgeous!

By today's standards, parts may seem a bit cheesy; but back then, I thought it had some grit and substance. Certainly not all eps were winners, but I thought it was getting better and better. Sugar Dirt is another favorite. I do have several.

Some complain about the over-bombastic music, but I loved it! Shirley Walker's best work, in my biased opinion. And the use of Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Beethoven's Eroica in individual episodes were well-chosen.

Check out, The Definitive McQueen. It is awesome, and I'm glad it is still up. Good episode guides, with a focus on my fave character. Excellent, excellent, excellent. Hoo-yeah!

Oh...can anyone tell me the significance of the time stamp on this posting?

And something else to look forward to, right around the corner.

And I bet you folks thought from the subject heading, I was going to talk about this.

2 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

Star trek II. The wrath of Khan. That's the best sci-fi as far as I'm concerned.

Monday, November 07, 2005 7:01:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

It's probably the best Star Trek movie...but as far as the ultimate sci-fi, I'd have to go with 2001: A Space Odyssey. That is the ultimate, on so many levels.

Monday, November 07, 2005 8:52:00 PM  

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