You Got to Be Kidding Me!

Wait, What?

Posted in The Intrawebs by Stacy McMahon on October 21, 2008

So I start out to entertain myself for a few minutes by googling “fighter hammerhead“. I’m hoping for some dogfight stories involving the ‘hammerhead stall’, where you climb straight up, then fall backwards and spin around to drop straight down on your opponent (it’s dramatic in CGI reenactment…)

But I forgot that the one-season-wonder sci fi show Space: Above and Beyond had a space fighter called the Hammerhead. Clicking over for a bit of bad-tv nostalgia, what to my wondering eyes should appear but two different sites where someone who takes this stuff way too seriously has tried to weave the SAAB universe into other popular TV franchises.

First, the obligatory Star Trek mashup wherein the SA-43 gains warp drive and a backstory involving anti-Starfleet rebels!

And then this other site that drops the Hammerhead into a lineage of classic Hollywood hardware ranging from the Mk 9 Hawk of Space:1999 (remember that?) to the slick, gyroscopic “bubble fighter” from the 1998 remake of Lost in Space.

Something tells me there’s a world of awful fan fiction out there where Lee Ermey whips the crew of the USS Enterprise into shape to fight Klingons and rescue the first human colonists on some planet distant enough that settlers have to leave everything behind to make the trip, yet reachable in days by advanced military spaceships whenever the plot requires…


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  1. Clint said, on October 22, 2008 at 8:56 am

    Hah… Space Above And Beyond was a decent series! You might remember the starship commander from SA&B from recent seasons of 24, or from his role in Starship Troopers.

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