'Space Cases': If you remember this show, I'm impressed.


I wondered if I was perhaps writing about too obscure of a show when I covered The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo for EW’s ongoing nostalgia series on Saturday. Would anyone actually remember it? Thankfully, a few people did.

But things are about to get a whole lot more obscure. Today, I’m talking about Space Cases.

What, you don’t remember Space Cases? You know, that sci-fi show about a group of teenage space dwellers traveling through the universe that ran on Nickelodeon for two seasons. You’ve gotta remember it! No? It was that show which featured a girl with rainbow hair, a guy with giant whirlpool ears, and a pessimistic alien with a glittery wishbone glued on his forehead. Still nothing?

Come on! Any self respecting pop culture junkie between the ages of 22 and 23 has to remember Space Cases — it starred two Gen Y icons: Walter Jones, otherwise known as the Black Power Ranger, and Jewel Staite, who played Kaylee Frye on Firefly. (Confession: I remember Staite most for her one episode guest appearance as a mermaid on Disney’s So Weird. I know — so weird.)

But if you don’t remember anything else about the show, you just have to remember the theme song. It was an exercise in efficiency, as it succinctly summed up every character in just one line. “Radu’s really super-strong / Android Thelma functions wrong / Bova acts like nothing’s funny / Rosie’s cheery, bright, and sunny.” The whole song is kind of like The Secret Life of the American Teenager if the characters were more complexly drawn.

If you still don’t remember Space Cases, even after all those brain-triggering attempts, then let’s be honest, you probably aren’t reading this article anymore. Heck, you probably didn’t even click the headline. I’m talking to the fans now.

You guys, I loved this show. I thought each of the kids’ super powers was so cool (except Rosie’s — Sorry, but getting red and warm just wasn’t that entertaining!), and I looked forward to watching their weekly adventures and seeing which planet the kids would visit or which aliens they might be fighting. It was basically Star Trek for kids. When Space Cases didn’t return for a third season, I was crushed. It was the first show I had ever watched that got canceled unjustly, leaving me to wonder what happened to the characters I loved so much. (The same thing happened with — and we’re about to get even more obscure — Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog. I still want to see how that ended!)

PopWatchers, do you remember Space Cases?

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  • Tina

    I totally remember this show and was really annoyed when Jewel Staite left after the first season and Suze came the second season

    • psychoanalyzer

      Me too.

      • Angela

        Me three! Catalina was the best! And Suzee’s hair was a big old mess and not nearly as awesome. But I think Jewel Staite got the Disney show “Flash Forward” (not related to the recent series “FlashForward”) and the Suzee switch was probably the easiest way to write her out. So upsetting. I was a huge Radu/Catalina shipper.

  • Steph83

    Definitely remember the show, it was one of my favorites at the time. I still remember the episode where the teacher swapped everyone around.

  • Remy

    I LOVED THIS SHOW! And no one ever remembers it! At some point I thought I just made it up in my head or something. Thank you for giving it some love!

  • Filbert

    I loved this show….I started watching Star Trek with my parents when I was six, so this was the perfect blend of Trek and Salute Your Shorts…

  • kellen

    it’s nice to see even the most obscure nick shows getting some love! i must admit, i cried when catalina died at the end of the first season (i was like 11, it’s completely ok). suzee was lame and never measured up.

  • AshleyBrooke

    I loved this show too. I was extremely ticked when Jewel’s character went, what invisible and her invisible friend she always talked to, Suze or whatever came into view or something. Ugh that annoyed me, since I was a fan of Jewel’s from the numerous times she appeared on Are You Afraid of the Dark. And that one guy, who’s name I can’t remember, who I totally had a crush on too. Now I got to go IMDB him.

  • Tidmore

    I remember the show, mostly for Jewel Staite who I had a huge crush on. Don’t remember any specific episodes though.

  • Chris

    I definitely remember this show running on Nick. Didn’t they travel through the different levels of the spaceship by going down slides or something?
    Also, Jewel Staite played Becca in the great Disney Channel series Flash Forward. I think it’s about time Disney takes a cue from Teen Nick and dusts off their catalog of beloved series and re-airs them!

    • Remy

      YES! Everyone always remember Jewel for Firefly, but Flash Forward is what always comes to mind for me. She and Ben Foster were great.

    • Paige

      Flash Foward! I had completely forgotten about that show! I’m with you — Disney should definitely brink back their old shows.

  • wearelostbeth

    I remember this show and I’m 28. I loved it. This is where my Jewel Staite crush began… loved the rainbow hair, begged my mom to let me do it.

  • steve

    I loved both Space Cases (and was supremely annoyed when Catalina was replaced by Suzee, since I wanted Harlan and Catalina to be together), and So Weird (again, highly annoyed when Fi left in the third season).

  • Britt

    OMG jewels rainbow hair!! I did that to one of my barbies hair!!

  • Reality

    Not a mention that the show was created by Bill Mumy (of Lost in Space and Babylon 5) and Peter David (novelist and comic book writer)? How about that Rebecca Herbst of General Hospital came on in season two? Or some of the big guest stars?

  • Meghan

    THANK YOU. I also thought I’d completely made the show up because no one else remembered it, and I could not remember the name to research it. I loved it, and Catalina was my favorite. I never made the connection that she was Jewel Staite, though, and now I love her even more.

  • MK

    Aaand now I have that theme song stuck in my head. “Once upon a time, at a school in outer space…”

  • audioshards

    Space Cases + Flash Forward (even more obscure) = How my Jewel Staite crush began.

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