Tuesday, February 07, 2006
My Adventure of Not Having a Life II
My adventure of not having a life started with a sci-fi show on TV2 called Space: Above & Beyond. It ran circa 1997 and it caught me right from the start, hook, line and sinker.
If I’d remembered correctly, the show revolved around a group of young Marine pilots, fighting in space, against an invading alien horde, "Chigs". Unfortunately, the show was untimely & unjustifiably axed after just one season.
So obsessed with the show that my cousin (who had no life as well, apparently), an ardent fan of the show hunted down other die-hards from Malaysia. Soon after, the 88th Firebirds was born.
The 88th Squadron was the Malaysian branch of the 59th Ready Reserves, which is part of an internet fandom, petitioning for the producers to bring back Space: Above and Beyond. Citing cost cutting measures by the film company, production halted and the show suffered an early demise.
Not having any other apparent useful purpose in life, (though one was a lawyer and the other a doctor), we would get ourselves online every chance we had to chat about the show. Our exploits reached the far corners of cyberspace and soon our membership of 8 swelled. By last count there were 50+ members. So committed we were that even a regular cast member of the show dropped a comment or two and we, as the geeks we were, made Joel de la Fuente , an honorary member of 88th Firebirds. Our exploits ranged from the simply bizarre to the most extravagant, as you would have noticed when patronizing the website.
Alas, all good things must come to and end. We lost contact over the years. E-mail addresses became void, phone numbers changed, and people outgrew their obsessions. Looking back, we did have a life and it evolved around a small group of friends who shared a similar passion. Those were fun days. Days of making copies of the series and watching them over and over again. Then, getting on the internet to gripe & moan about everything and nothing.
Over the years I imagined what would it be like now, if the show had allowed itself to run for more seasons. Maybe the 88th would still be around now.
We’ll never know.