In 2003, ''Merc Force'' was released to Netflix. Made on a budget of approximately $3000 by James Panetta of IkuzoStudios in {{UsefulNotes/Philadelphia}}, it didn't receive [[http://www.heavy.com/movies/dvd-blu-ray/2010/04/the-worst-of-netflix-merc-force/ the]] [[http://www.deadregime.com/2009/03/awesomely-bad-merc-force.html most]] [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0441662/ stellar reviews]]. Despite this, it continues to make respectable sales on Netflix and was successful enough to result in being reshot as television-length episodes as ''Mercs''.

No relation to either the video game named ''{{Mercenaries}}'' or the video game sequel to ''Commando'' named ''MERCS''.
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!!This work exhibits the following tropes
* AirVentPassageway: The maintenance ducts are used by Creed and Varisa to navigate the ship during the hijack attempt in ''Mercs''.
** Making them human accessible was intentional, as with shows such as Franchise/StarTrek, due to the difficulties of spaceship maintenance.
* BadassPrincess: Varisa is arguably more competent than the mercenaries she travels with.
* ClassicallyTrainedExtra: A significant amount of the cast for ''Mercs'' was drawn from local Shakespeare companies. The result is not evident to the viewer, although on-set, it came as a great benefit as the actors were already accustomed to rapidly memorizing lines and delivering them clearly enough to be picked up without requiring many microphones on set.
* ConspicuousCG: Less so in the remake, but still significant. That said, the effects are impressive given they're all done in-house by a single man.
* CutAndPasteEnvironments: The corridors and rooms of the spaceship are parts of the director's apartment, stitched together with film cuts and dressed up with different scenery and lighting. The blandness of military decoration and the effort put into dressing the different corridors makes this largely unnoticeable if you weren't already aware of it.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Delivered to Varisa by [[BadassBookworm hacker Tess]] in ''Mercs''.
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: The eponymous mercenaries themselves.
* StarTrekShake: Almost as conspicuous as the CG, but fitting for the genre.
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