Space: Above and Beyond

Season 1 Episode 18

Dear Earth

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Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Mar 03, 1996 on FOX
8.2
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Dear Earth
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In the midst of a mail call, McQueen tells Hawkes to resign himself to being left out of the festivities - InVitros have no families back on Earth. But the mail brings a surprise for the two men. In an effort to bring order to the ranks, the top brass have decided to make a motivational film about the efforts of InVitros fighting alongside natural born humans in the war against the Chigs and they order both men to participate. Hawkes is excited by the opportunity, but McQueen wants nothing to do with the documentary.moreless

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  • If you skip this one, you will not be missing anything in the overall plot of the series.

    7.5
    I didn’t know what to expect when I first started watching. It just seemed like a surprise party but it was just a routine mail call. I like that they made a good point in such a routine thing as mail call into a big spectacle. In the real world this is what keeps soldiers in the front motivated or de-motivated depending on the letter. People need a reason to fight for personally and they demonstrate this very well. There wasn’t action or big battles just a lot of conflict between the crew. I guess you can use this episode as character development.moreless
  • A nice behind the lines visit with the 58th.

    8.5
    There was very little fighting in this episode which was an interesting change of pace. The focus was instead on maintaining family ties back home. I feel for Hawkes every time some human idiosyncracy pops up that he doesn't understand becuase in actuality he is so young, but Roland does such a good job of just goggling and acting so oblivious and nieve about whatever seems to be going on.



    I loved Vansen's response to her promotion letter. All she wanted to do was use the phone. That is so like many Americans. They don't care if something great and amazing is happening to them if all their focus is on something they feel they need or want right now. But it was very humorous and a nice touch to this episode.



    Nathan writes a very touching and sincere letter home that does way more to asuage his parent's grief than the USMC form letter sent out by Commodore Ross. I always thought that in supplement to form letters, commanding officers had the privilage and even duty to send something personal. I suppose since the Commodore wasn't Neil's direct commander that it wasn't his duty. Nathan did a nice job though.



    The documentary revealed a bit more about McQueen and totally made you feel more sympathetic towards the plight of the invetros. I'm glad that Hawkes and even McQueen when he wants to admit it have found such a strong friendship and even family with the rest of the 58th.



    All in all a nice chill episode that reveals more about character than moving the story arc along. But it was a good one.

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James Morrison

James Morrison

Lt. Col. Tyrus Cassius McQueen

Kristen Cloke

Kristen Cloke

Capt. Shane Vansen

Morgan Weisser

Morgan Weisser

1st Lt. Nathan West

Rodney Rowland

Rodney Rowland

1st Lt. Cooper Hawkes

Lanai Chapman

Lanai Chapman

1st Lt. Vanessa Damphousse

Joel de la Fuente

Joel de la Fuente

1st Lt. Paul Wang

Charles Carpenter

Charles Carpenter

Lieutenant Boseberg

Guest Star

Steve Hytner

Steve Hytner

Reporter

Guest Star

Jermaine Montell

Jermaine Montell

Sailor #2

Guest Star

Tucker Smallwood

Tucker Smallwood

Commodore Glenn van Ross

Recurring Role

Robert Crow

Robert Crow

Communications Officer Lt. Pruitt

Recurring Role

Jason Rock

Jason Rock

Chig #4 (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • McQueen: They say InVitros... 'tanks', are disloyal, lazy, and unable to dream. The soldiers who died in that bunker gave their lives loyally for this country. As for dreaming, I hear the cries of those soldiers, see their faces screaming for help, begging for their lives every night in my sleep. But I wouldn't call it dreams.

    • Hill: I can't believe that out of a quarter of a million Marines I get buddied up with a nipple neck.
      Hawkes: If we weren't in Chig territory, I'd be stuffing you down this hole. Now shut your mouth and look alive.

    • McQueen: I've been getting an earful of bitching and moaning about pilots being deployed as ground pounders. Hear this CFB, this is NOT the Air Force. This is the Corps Air Ground element of the 51st MEU! Every Marine a rifleman!

    • McQueen: I'd rather face an entire Chig division than one digital camera.

    • McQueen: I do my part by everyday actions. I don't need a camera to give them validity.

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Port Chicago Disaster
      The story Col McQueen tells about the InVitros being blown up while transporting munitions was inspired by the Port Chicago Disaster in WWII, in which hundreds of African American enlisted sailors were killed or wounded while loading munitions into cargo ships for the Pacific Campaign.

    • The Caine Mutiny and Strawberries:
      Captain Queeg is the fictional naval captain of the novel The Caine Mutiny. In the book, a quart of his strawberries is stolen and he conducts a very stringent investigation to discover the culprit. The theft of Commodore Ross' strawberries seems to be a reference to this novel, later made into a movie.

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