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Trivia: Wing Commander
The game series
  • Actor Allusion:
  • Banned in China: In Wing Commander IV, the scene where Seether slits Captain Paulson's throat has two versions, with and without gushing blood. The latter is the one found on the German release of the game.
  • Executive Meddling: Hobbes' betrayal in Wing Commander III was apparently because Chris Roberts didn't like the idea of a Kilrathi good guy.
  • Fan Nickname: "Bluehair", for the Player Character in the main games, prior to his being given a canonical name (which happened to be a contraction of "Bluehair"). Similarly, in Privateer, "Brownhair" for that game's PC, prior to discovery of a magazine ad that gave his canonical name as "Grayson Burrows" (confirmed in the manual for Arena).
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
    • Fans of Mass Effect 2 might recognize Jacob's voice from Prophecy; he plays Zero.
    • While the voice actor for Merlin, the Rapier's onboard AI in the movie, wasn't listed in the credits (a question mark was put where the actor's name would have been), it turns out that Merlin was voiced by none other than Mark Hamill, who played Blair in the games Wing Commander III, Wing Commander IV, and Prophecy.
    • From the tv series: Aside from Blair, Maniac, and Tolwyn being voiced by the actors that played them in the games, fans of the DCAU might find that Archer sounds an awful lot like a Hot Scoop who falls for an out of towner.
    • In the Sega CD version of the first game, Colonel Halcyon is voiced by Cam Clarke.
  • The Other Darrin: Lance Casey was not voiced by Petrarca in Secret Ops. (The SO credits are sparse enough that we're not sure who took over the role.)
  • Retroactive Recognition: Hey, it's Dr. Pierre Chang flying under the callsign "Vagabond"!
  • Technology Marches On:
    • the Javelin HS ("Heat-Seeking") missile is a "rear-aspect" weapon: it can only achieve or maintain lock if the target's tailpipe is pointing towards its nose, and is susceptible to the High-Speed Missile Dodge. Real world infrared-homing missiles have been all-aspect since 1978. Also, as noted on the Stealth in Space page, the heat signature of a fighter or any other ship is going to be incredibly obvious against the backdrop of space.
    • For that matter, as of the 21st century there are high-off-boresight missiles linked to helmet-mounted cueing systems, which can basically lock on to anything in all 720 degrees so long as the pilot looks at it. This is more excusable due to the difficulty of implementing turn-your-head-inside-your-cockpit controls; while joysticks with hat switches solve the problem, this franchise had sputtered out before they were prevalent.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Prophecy was supposed to have the glowy bits at the ends of the Tiamat's arms work like the shipkiller plasma cannon mounted on the Kraken, but time constraints resulted in the feature never being implemented.
    • In the sequel, Secret Ops, the Murphy class destroyers were supposed to have an anti-capship gun mounted in the nose, but again time constraints lead to it being cut. The barrel of the planned gun is still visible on the model, but it's not functional, leaving the destroyer with its pathetic laser turret armament as the only thing backing up the handful of fighters it could carry.
  • Working Title: The proposal for what eventually became Wing Commander was named "Squadron".note 

Film
  • Actor Allusion: The Silent Running Mode scene when the Tiger Claw is hiding in an asteroid crater is a clear Shout-Out to Das Boot with Jürgen Prochnow being in both films.
  • Deleted Scene: There was a traitor subplot cut from the final release due to poor audience reception at a test screening, but several scenes earlier in the final cut of the movie rely on the subplot to make sense. The Novelization of the film includes the subplot, and as a result the story flows more smoothly.
  • What Could Have Been: In this interview with Chris Roberts he talks about how Merlin was to have a much bigger role in the film, as a holographic assistant for Blair that provided more Pilgrim backstory, and that he approached Robin Williams about taking the role. Wing Commander producer Todd Moyer convinced Roberts to create a cut without him, due to the expense of hiring a big-name actor and the VFX for the hologram, and after not hearing back from Williams' staff Roberts went with that cut in the final version.
  • Vindicated by Cable: Wing Commander was a bomb at the box office, not helped by its limited release, but video rental income has made good the production costs, and given its regular airing on cable channels (particularly non-US ones) even has something of a genuine fandom. Although all are pretty Vanilla, there have been three releases of the film, two on DVD (non-anamorphic and anamorphic) and one on Blu-ray.

Cartoon (Wing Commander Academy)
  • Fake Irish: Maya McEaddens, complete with being a green-eyed redhead with a brogue. Played by Lauri Hendler, an American. A green-eyed redheaded American.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The Series Bible indicates that later seasons would have had a Kilrathi pilot joining the crew, with all the tension that would bring, and the show's plot would run right up to the beginning of Wing Commander III, incorporating plot elements from the second and third games.
    • The show was originally intended to be a prequel leading into Wing Commander III: The Heart of the Tiger, complete with younger versions of all of the game's characters. Though the concept was reworked considerably before the show was produced, you can still see many similarities in the form of numerous expies amongst the crew, as well as using Wing Commander III uniforms instead of the ones seen in the very first game (which was set shortly after the show's setting).

alternative title(s): Wing Commander Academy
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