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Space: Above and Beyond

Updated 30 Jan 2004

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Space: Above and Beyond  
Nathan West
Cooper Hawkes
Vanessa    Damphousse
Paul Wang
T.C. McQueen
Commodore Ross
Kelly WInslow

Shane Vansen
Played by Kristen Cloke


Shane Vansen learned all about duty and responsibility far too early in life. She also learned anguish. During the A.I. wars, as a child, she witnessed the assassination of her Marine Corps parents by a band of A.I.s who had invaded her home in San Diego, California. In a heartbeat, her life changed. Her mother's final words to her came in all urgency, telling Shane to protect her two younger sisters. She heeded those words faithfully, caring for her siblings, setting the needs of her own youth aside.

The memory of that night has haunted her all her life. It comes to her in her dreams. It feeds her hatred of the Silicates. As years pass, she raises and nurtures her sisters, trying to be both mother and father, as well as big sister, until one day, they no longer need her. The sibling desertion impacts Shane in a multitude of ways. Amid a sense of abandonment, she feels great relief that burden is lifted and in response, she aches to be free of anyone's need for her, so much so, that she delicately declines a sincere proposal of marriage. Marriage would mean that a husband would need her, that her children would need her.

Eventually, her ingrained sense of duty and responsibility lead her to follow her parents into the Marine Corps, where she hopes to become a member of the elite fighting force, the Angry Angels.

As a Wildcard, First Lieutenant Vansen call sign "Queen of Hearts" -- can't help but lead. She demonstrates courage, leadership, and determination. In no time, she is made "honcho" of her squadron, and eventually, she earns the rank of captain.

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Shane's last visit home Shane's last visit home   Morgan and Wong talk about Shane Morgan and Wong talk about Shane
Shane and Wang and SpaceNet Shane and Wang and SpaceNet   There is something out there There is something out there
Shane just wants to use the phone Shane just wants to use the phone   The pool game The pool game
We done our best: Vansen and Damphousse We done our best: Vansen and Damphousse      
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