Question: I seem to remember watching a TV series very similar to Starship Troopers, with space-like troops being deployed onto a planet. The aliens were more human-like than bugs, though. Did such a series exist? — Rob

Televisionary: Uh, Rob? Your memory's such that you're afraid you might've imagined stuff from eight years ago? You must've had yourself a blast in the go-go '90s.

Anyway, you're thinking of Fox's Space: Above and Beyond, which ran from September 1995 through the following June. A mish-mash of sci-fi conceits from movies that had gone before (the space marines from Aliens and Starship Troopers, an orphaned soldier whose parents were killed by Blade Runner-esque, rebellious androids, etc.), it focused on the Wild Cards, a Marine unit fighting alien enemies known as Chigs.

Among the troops, who served on the aircraft carrier Saratoga, were Morgan Weisser, Kristen Cloke, Rodney Rowland, Lanei Chapman and Joel de la Fuente. Their commanding officer was James Morrison and the Saratoga itself was under the command of Tucker Smallwood.