and Beyond is a short-lived
mid-1990s on the FOX Network, created and written by Glen 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
one Saturn Award.
Set in the years 2063 - 2064, the show
focuses on the squadron of young pilots in the 58th Squadron known
as the "Wildcards", members of the United States Marine
Corps Space Aviator Cavalry. Stationed on the space carrier USS Saratoga,
the act as infantry and pilots of SA-43 Endo/Exo- Atmospheric
Attack Jet ("Hammerhead") fighters.
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 a guerrilla war against human
society. . The Silicates are also suspected of having some involvement
with the Chigs.