The Best Episodes of Space: Above and Beyond

It’s the year 2163. 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 Cavalry are heading for the front lines of space in the toughest battle the world has even faced. Thrust into an intergalactic war beyond imagination, these untested fighter pilots suddenly find themselves waging a life-and-death struggle to protect Earth and to save mankind from total annihilation.

...Tell Our Moms We Done Our Best (2)

#1 - ...Tell Our Moms We Done Our Best (2)

Season 1 - Episode 24

Conclusion. Tensions increases as Earth forces prepare for peace talks with the alien Chigs, and Shane realizes that the enemy has learned details of Operation Roundhammer.

star 8.64
34 votes
The Angriest Angel

#2 - The Angriest Angel

Season 1 - Episode 16

McQueen seeks reinstatement of his pilot status so he can fly what could be a suicide mission: find and destroy a seemingly invincible Chig super-bomber.(Part 2 of 2)

star 8.42
33 votes
Directors: Henri Safran
Never No More

#3 - Never No More

Season 1 - Episode 15

Shane risks her life when she volunteers to fight an enemy spacecraft with another squadron, led by a former boyfriend whose new love was killed during a mission. (Part 1 of 2)

star 8.33
30 votes
Directors: Jim Charleston
Sugar Dirt

#4 - Sugar Dirt

Season 1 - Episode 22

When Commodore Ross sees there's an opportunity to launch a potentially crippling offensive against the Chigs. Forced to abandon the 58th on a barren planet, Ross leaves the marines to fend for themselves with little ammo, no food-and no hope of rescue.

star 8.29
39 votes

#5 - Stardust

Season 1 - Episode 21

The 58th is embroiled in a dangerous, top-secret counteroffensive against the Chigs when the Saratoga takes on some mysterious passengers-a high-profile general, a stern colonel and the corpse of a recently executed criminal.

star 8.15
35 votes
Who Monitors the Birds?

#6 - Who Monitors the Birds?

Season 1 - Episode 13

Stranded and practically defenseless on an alien world, Hawkes accepts an assassination assignment that's supposed to buy him an immediate Honorable Discharge from the Marines.

star 8.13
30 votes
Directors: Winrich Kolbe
And If They Lay Us Down to Rest... (1)

#7 - And If They Lay Us Down to Rest... (1)

Season 1 - Episode 23

The 58th is deployed to a seemingly barren moon to make final preparations for a major offensive by the Earth forces, but when they arrive they discover that the moon is home to an unknown species-and that Operation: Roundhammer may cause its extinction.

star 8.13
40 votes
Directors: Vern Gillum
Hostile Visit (1)

#8 - Hostile Visit (1)

Season 1 - Episode 9

A commandeered alien battleship provides the 58th with information about an important Chig outpost, giving the Earth forces an opportunity to make a Trojan-horse attack against the enemy-if the 58th can learn to fly the craft in time.

star 8.11
51 votes

#9 - Pearly

Season 1 - Episode 19

Stranded on an embattled planet, the 58th must race to reach the rendezvous point in time to save an injured Shane-and their only hope is a marooned officer, who's been on the planet for months, and has developed a possibly suspicious rapport with the enemy.

star 7.98
34 votes
Stay with the Dead

#10 - Stay with the Dead

Season 1 - Episode 11

A failed rescue mission leaves the 58th presumed dead, except for Nathan, who lands in the hospital, where a nagging memory that his comrades are still alive is passed off as a result of suffering from severe head trauma.

star 7.97
37 votes
R & R

#11 - R & R

Season 1 - Episode 20

The 58th visits a pleasure ship called the Bacchus for some overdue R&R; but when a sudden call to action puts them in the heat of battle, Cooper discovers that he's addicted to a pain medication that's particularly dangerous for In Vitroes.

star 7.83
32 votes
Choice or Chance (2)

#12 - Choice or Chance (2)

Season 1 - Episode 10

After narrowly escaping the crippled alien battleship, the 58th finds itself imprisoned in the catacombs of a Chig penal colony. While Wang suffers in an alien torture chamber, Nathan encounters someone he'd only dreamed of seeing again.

star 7.80
45 votes
Dear Earth

#13 - Dear Earth

Season 1 - Episode 18

In the midst of a mail call, McQueen tells Hawkes to resign himself to being left out of the festivities - InVitros have no families back on Earth. But the mail brings a surprise for the two men. In an effort to bring order to the ranks, the top brass have decided to make a motivational film about the efforts of InVitros fighting alongside natural born humans in the war against the Chigs and they order both men to participate. Hawkes is excited by the opportunity, but McQueen wants nothing to do with the documentary.

star 7.71
28 votes
Directors: Winrich Kolbe
Ray Butts

#14 - Ray Butts

Season 1 - Episode 6

The Saratoga has a mysterious new passenger: a battle-scarred special-forces commando whose classified mission directives put the 58th at his disposal, even if it means leading them to certain disaster.

star 7.71
50 votes
Directors: Stephen Cragg
The Farthest Man from Home

#15 - The Farthest Man from Home

Season 1 - Episode 3

When the USS Saratoga passes close to the planet, Vesta Colony, where the Earth colonist were attacked, West goes AWOL and flies down to the planet in hopes that his girlfriend, Kylen, somehow survived.

star 7.70
79 votes

#16 - Mutiny

Season 1 - Episode 5

When mutiny erupts aboard a civilian cargo ship carrying 200 In Vitro embryos, Cooper faces a difficult decision-should he protect his fellow soldiers, or join forces with the rebellious Tanks?

star 7.67
66 votes
The River of Stars

#17 - The River of Stars

Season 1 - Episode 12

Christmas Eve finds the 58th in dire straits: its transport vehicle, damaged in battle, is hurtling uncontrolled into enemy territory and the pilots must struggle to stay alive with no power, no weapons, and no hope of being rescued.

star 7.65
31 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Pilot (2)

#18 - Pilot (2)

Season 1 - Episode 2

When an Earth outpost 16 light-years away is destroyed by an unknown alien force, a group of young United States Marine Corps Space Aviators find themselves on the front lines of an intergalactic battle to save their home planet.

star 7.64
75 votes
Directors: David Nutter

#19 - Eyes

Season 1 - Episode 7

The Saratoga becomes a pressure cooker of violence and political intrigue when an assassination on Earth forces a delegation of UN officials to use the craft as the site of an important conference.

star 7.60
47 votes
Level of Necessity

#20 - Level of Necessity

Season 1 - Episode 14

The 58th enters the tunnels to try to find and destroy a Chig ammo dump. In the tunnels on the way to the ammo dump, Lubin is killed, and Damphousse predicts that one more of them will die.

star 7.59
31 votes
Toy Soldiers

#21 - Toy Soldiers

Season 1 - Episode 17

West discovers that his brother has enlisted in the Corps and is serving under a young, gung-ho lieutenant who's so determined to make a name for himself as a soldier, that he will risk endangering the lives of his entire battalion.

star 7.56
33 votes
Directors: Stephen Posey
The Dark Side of the Sun

#22 - The Dark Side of the Sun

Season 1 - Episode 4

Nightmares come to life for Shane when a sentry-duty assignment on an asteroid leads the 58th into a bloody confrontation with a battalion of rogue androids, among which are the AI's who murdered her parents.

star 7.52
78 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Pilot (1)

#23 - Pilot (1)

Season 1 - Episode 1

In the year 2063, the final frontier is a battle field. An earth united in peace takes its first steps toward interplanetary colonization, only to be threatened by an enigmatic alien race. When an Earth outpost 16 light-years away is destroyed by an unknown alien force, a group of young United States Marine Corps Space Aviators find themselves on the front lines of an intergalactic battle to save their home planet.

star 7.46
110 votes
Directors: David Nutter
The Enemy

#24 - The Enemy

Season 1 - Episode 8

The soldiers of the 58th become their own worst enemies when a routine supply mission goes awry, leaving them stranded in alien territory and suffering from the effects of a mysterious Chig weapon.

star 7.36
43 votes