As you probably noticed from some recent gaming posts, I was a big fan of Wing Commander growing up. But the Wing Commander movie was boring at best, and the Wing Commander animated series was busy rewriting backstories of characters I already knew and loved.
For the sci-fi geek in me, the best “space fighter-pilot jock” action for my dollar always came from Space Above and Beyond. This TV series constantly gave you the intensity of being in the cockpit, while developing characters and backstories you come to know intimately: the members of the 58th Squadron. Although planned for five seasons, only the first ever aired and the show was prematurely canceled, just like everything else we Sci-Fi fans enjoy. But those 24 episodes are some of my favorite stories ever told, and you can tell they had some higher hopes planned for the series.
I would highly suggest anyone looking to fill that “Wing Commander” shaped whole in their life while waiting for Squadron 42 should take a look at Space Above and Beyond – The Complete Series. It’s not a game, but it is immersive.