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* OldShame: Freddie Prinze Jr. admitted in a 2000 interview that he hated the film, saying he had been optimistic about the script but struggled during production.

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[[AC: Cartoon (''Wing Commander Academy'')]]
* FakeIrish: Maya [=McEaddens=], complete with being a [[SignificantGreenEyedRedhead green-eyed]] [[HeroesWantRedheads redhead]] with a brogue. Played by Lauri Hendler, an American. [[InksuitActor A green-eyed redheaded American.]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The [[UniverseBible 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. It didn't get one however, likely due to the Creator/USANetwork coming under new management that eliminated their cartoons shortly afterwards.
** 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 [[{{Expy}} 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).


[[AC: Cartoon (''Wing Commander Academy'')]]
* FakeIrish: Maya [=McEaddens=], complete with being a [[SignificantGreenEyedRedhead green-eyed]] [[HeroesWantRedheads redhead]] with a brogue. Played by Lauri Hendler, an American. [[InksuitActor A green-eyed redheaded American.]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The [[UniverseBible 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. It didn't get one however, likely due to the Creator/USANetwork coming under new management that eliminated their cartoons shortly afterwards.
** 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 [[{{Expy}} 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).


* FakeIrish: Maya [=McEaddens=], complete with being a [[GreenEyes green-eyed]] [[HeroesWantRedheads redhead]] with a brogue. Played by Lauri Hendler, an American. [[InksuitActor A green-eyed redheaded American.]]

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* FakeIrish: Maya [=McEaddens=], complete with being a [[GreenEyes [[SignificantGreenEyedRedhead green-eyed]] [[HeroesWantRedheads redhead]] with a brogue. Played by Lauri Hendler, an American. [[InksuitActor A green-eyed redheaded American.]]

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* ExecutiveMeddling: Unusually, a case where some executive meddling would have made the film ''better.'' [[WordOfGod Roberts]] later said that in hindsight, he wished he'd had an executive producer who could have told him the elements of the film that were distracting from the core story and needed to be removed, especially on the tight budget ($27 million, expanded to $30 million after Roberts kicked in an additional $3 million out-of-pocket).


* ActorAllusion:
** Creator/MarkHamill's character as a temporary farmer in the intro of ''Wing Commander IV'' is a nod to his character in ''Film/ANewHope'' where he spent time growing up in Tatooine.
** All of Rachel's double entendres are funny considering that Ginger Lynn Allen is an award-winning adult film star.



* ActorAllusion: The SilentRunningMode scene when the ''Tiger Claw'' is hiding in an asteroid crater is a clear ShoutOut to ''Film/DasBoot'' with Jürgen Prochnow being in both films.
* {{Blooper}}: Of the box cover variety; some cases for the film have Tcheky Karyo's name accompanied by an image of actor Jurgen Prochnow on the back of the DVD case.

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* ActorAllusion: The SilentRunningMode scene when the ''Tiger Claw'' is hiding in an asteroid crater is a clear ShoutOut to ''Film/DasBoot'' with Jürgen Prochnow being in both films.
* {{Blooper}}: Of the box cover variety; some cases for the film have Tcheky Karyo's name accompanied by an image of actor Jurgen Prochnow Creator/JurgenProchnow on the back of the DVD case.


* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Saffron Burrows' character Devereaux is Belgian. She doesn't attempt an accent however, just using her normal English one.

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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Saffron Burrows' character Devereaux is Belgian. She doesn't attempt an accent however, just using her normal English one.

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** The MMORPG space shooter ''Wing Commander Online'' or ''Privateer Online''. It's unclear if this would have been one project or two concurrent projects.
** ''Wing Commander: Strike Team'' would have been a multiplayer sequel to ''Secret Ops''.
** ''Wing Commander VII'' and ''Wing Commander: Privateer 3'' would have been parts 2 and 3 of the ''Wing Commander: Prophecy'' trilogy.

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* {{Blooper}}: Of the box cover variety; some cases for the film have Tcheky Karyo's name accompanied by an image of actor Jurgen Prochnow on the back of the DVD case.


** Creator/MarkHamill's character as a temporary farmer in the intro of ''VideoGame/WingCommanderIV'' is a nod to his character in ''Film/ANewHope'' where he spent time growing up in Tatooine.

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** Creator/MarkHamill's character as a temporary farmer in the intro of ''VideoGame/WingCommanderIV'' ''Wing Commander IV'' is a nod to his character in ''Film/ANewHope'' where he spent time growing up in Tatooine.



* ExecutiveMeddling: Hobbes' [[spoiler:betrayal]] in ''VideoGame/WingCommanderIII'' was apparently because Chris Roberts didn't like the idea of a Kilrathi good guy.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: Hobbes' [[spoiler:betrayal]] in ''VideoGame/WingCommanderIII'' ''Wing Commander III'' was apparently because Chris Roberts didn't like the idea of a Kilrathi good guy.



* SpecialEffectsFailure: In the live-action segments this is almost inevitable given the nature of the game; for example, in Wing Commander III the spacecraft locations are very obviously digital sets painted onto greenscreen backgrounds, which results in actors occasionally looking the wrong way for the scene.
* TheOtherDarrin: 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.)

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* SpecialEffectsFailure: In the live-action segments this is almost inevitable given the nature of the game; for example, in Wing ''Wing Commander III III'' the spacecraft locations are very obviously digital sets painted onto greenscreen backgrounds, which results in actors occasionally looking the wrong way for the scene.
scene. This is why ''Wing 4'' makes much heavier use of real sets - it was a lot more natural for the actors to work in than the pure green-screening ''Wing 3'' tried to do.
* TheOtherDarrin: Lance Casey was ''not'' voiced by Petrarca in ''Secret Ops''. (The SO credits are sparse enough that that, to this day, we're not sure who took over the role.)



** 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.

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** 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 ''WC'''s last hurrah in ''Prophecy'' was the only game released in an era where they were prevalent.starting to become standard.

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* TheWikiRule: [[https://www.wcnews.com/wcpedia/Main_Page The Wing Commander Encyclopedia]] and [[http://wingcommander.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page Wing Commander Information Center]].

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* SpecialEffectsFailure: In the live-action segments this is almost inevitable given the nature of the game; for example, in Wing Commander III the spacecraft locations are very obviously digital sets painted onto greenscreen backgrounds, which results in actors occasionally looking the wrong way for the scene.


* RetroactiveRecognition:
** Hey, it's [[Series/{{LOST}} Dr. Pierre Chang]] flying under the callsign "Vagabond"!
** For ''Wing Commander IV'' alone, [[Film/StarshipTroopers Johnny Rico]] flew as a RedShirt, [[Series/IronChef The Chairman]] flew under "Catscratch", and [[Series/TheWestWing Leo McGarry]] served as Captain Paulsen.


** Hamill's character as a temporary farmer in the intro of ''Wing Commander IV'' is a nod to his character in ''Film/ANewHope'' where he spent time growing up in Tatooine.

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** Hamill's Creator/MarkHamill's character as a temporary farmer in the intro of ''Wing Commander IV'' ''VideoGame/WingCommanderIV'' is a nod to his character in ''Film/ANewHope'' where he spent time growing up in Tatooine.



* ExecutiveMeddling: Hobbes' [[spoiler:betrayal]] in ''Wing Commander III'' was apparently because Chris Roberts didn't like the idea of a Kilrathi good guy.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: Hobbes' [[spoiler:betrayal]] in ''Wing Commander III'' ''VideoGame/WingCommanderIII'' was apparently because Chris Roberts didn't like the idea of a Kilrathi good guy.



* TheOtherDarrin: None of the cast from the live-action games play their respective characters in the film.

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* OrphanedReference: The Pilgrim is asked at one point about his pilgrim pendant, to which he replies that he doesn't have it anymore. The reason why he lost it is never explained in the movie. The reason for that is because a scene where he stabs a traitor with the pendant was filmed but cut from the final version of the movie.
* TheOtherDarrin: None of the cast from the live-action games play their respective characters in the film. Creator/MalcolmMcDowell was to return as Admiral Towlyn, but was busy with the ''Series/FantasyIsland'' revival, so Creator/DavidWarner stepped in.

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