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Space: Above and Beyond

Updated 30 Jan 2004

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Space: Above and Beyond  
Nathan West
Shane Vansen
Cooper Hawkes
Vanessa    Damphousse
Paul Wang
Commodore Ross
Kelly WInslow

Tyrus Cassius ("T.C.") McQueen
Played by James Morrison

       

Lieutenant Colonel T.C. McQueen is one of the most captivating and singular characters in television. He is a leader, a man of great principle, honor, and courage. Initially, McQueen appeared as a taciturn commander who instructs and leads by example and experience, but he soon became a most remarkable presence on the screen, personifying dignity and conviction. And most of all Passion. He is a complicated man, disciplined, direct, and well read, with a dry sense of humor.

Born an In-Vitro, he worked in the uranium mines then as a munitions handler during the A.I. War, when he was captured and tortured by the Silicates. After the war, he married a "natural-born" woman, but lost her when she confessed she could not bear the prejudice against In-Vitros. He joined the Corps and, battling prejudice and bigotry, advanced through the ranks, becoming a "lifer," looking to the Marine Corps as his family, all the while remaining a loner.

When he loses his own squadron the Angry Angels in the first major conflict of the Chig War, McQueen becomes the Commanding Officer of the 58th. Soon, the Wildcards become his "kids." He also takes a special interest in fellow In-Vitro Cooper Hawkes, understanding the young lieutenant better than anyone.

While the 58th has great admiration and respect for McQueen, McQueen himself has admiration and respect for his superior, Commodore Glen Ross of the U.S.S. Saratoga. And it is Ross who claims the greatest friendship to McQueen, often calling him "Ty."

The character of McQueen is special, admirable, and certainly memorable, and the way the Wildcards respond to him demonstrates how he can command respect, loyalty, and even affection.

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Videos

What would you die for? What would you die for?   The 58th meet McQueen The 58th Meet McQueen
It's OK to be scared It's OK to be scared   I should've been made a general I should've been made a general
How do you know what humans are feeling? How do you know what humans are feeling?   Who said you're human? Who said you're human?
Figure it out Figure it out   On the bridge of the freighter On the bridge of the freighter
Butt beaten by a dead guy Butt beaten by a dead guy   McQueen and Ray Butts McQueen and Ray Butts
If in doubt, kill If in doubt, kill   Suicide Suicide
It's a good day to die It's a good day to die   Specific drop of water in the Mississippi River Single drop of water in the Mississippi River
Merry Christmas Merry Christmas   There is something out there There is something out there
The pickup The pickup   Make peace with your maker Make peace with your maker
I want you out there bombing chigs I want you out there bombing Chigs   Ground pounders Ground pounders
There'll be plenty of time to rest when I'm dead There'll be plenty of time to rest when I'm dead   Can I get you two a room? Can I get you two a room?
What to do after the war is over What to do after the war is over   We done our best: McQueen We done our best: McQueen
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