Space: Above and Beyond

Season 1 Episode 9

Hostile Visit (1)

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Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Nov 19, 1995 on FOX
9.0
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Hostile Visit (1)
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A commandeered Chig battleship provides the 58th with information about an important Chig outpost, which gives the Earth forces an opportunity to make a Trojan-horse attack against the enemy-if the 58th can learn to fly the craft in time.

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  • One of the best episodes so far

    8.8
    I was expecting something totally different from the title. But after finishing watching I have to say this is one of the better stories told. I really like the fact they made a lot of historical references. These references almost mirrored the morale of the United States after the Pearl Harbor Bombing and subsequent losses in battles. The director really tried to emphasize that morale can win or lose a war. I like they added how civilian contractors have their own agendas with the aliens and the war. Its almost like the speech of Eisenhower when he left the presidential office. He warned "beware of the Military Industrial Complex" The Trojan horse concept was a nice added touch. Making the whole 58th work together was great. This one is a must watch.moreless
  • This one's in the kitchen!

    8.7
    This episode is fantastic. It really is. The story is that the Saratoga has damaged an enemy bomber, but they think they can salvage it. When they are investigating the workings of the bomber, they also discover its flight path, and point of origin. This is critical because up until now Earth has been fighting a defensive war. Now they know where the Chigs have come from so they have a target to strike back against. The 58th quickly volunteer for what is likely to be a suicide mission, and begin to learn to fly the machine - which appears to be almost a living organism itself.

    I have to mention, this episode includes perhaps the funniest lines in SAaB, and there have been quite a few episodes with hilarious jokes in them. The stand out comedy of this episode, however, occurs when Wang tries to impersonate what McQueen would be like in any other profession - for example, and a plumber. I know this is listed on this site under quotes - but its so funny its worth listing here too. Its funny to read, but its hilarious to see and hear Wangs EXACT imitation of all that is McQueen.



    This one's in the kitchen. I'm here to fix your faucet, so check your six. I'm gonna replace the strainer part and I'm gonna replace the washer. It's gonna be a real knifefight. Now, I'm gonna utilize a monkey wrench and perhaps even a plunger. And when I'm done, you'll have water. It'll be hot and it'll be cold. And one more thing: it's okay to be scared!moreless
James Morrison

James Morrison

Lt. Col. Tyrus Cassius McQueen

Kristen Cloke

Kristen Cloke

1st Lt. 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

Michael Mantell

Michael Mantell

Howard Sewell

Guest Star

Melissa Bowen

Melissa Bowen

Lieutenant Stroud

Guest Star

Sharon Washington

Sharon Washington

Crew Chief

Guest Star

Tucker Smallwood

Tucker Smallwood

Commodore Glen van Ross

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (8)

    • Vansen: It's November 19th. Sunday back home. Sundays this time of year, I used to lay in bed and watch the morning football game. And then I'd go out when the sun was just... right. Golden. Autumn. I grew up in San Diego, and people say that there are no change of seasons in California, but... there are. I could always feel it. Always. There is just this... cold, inevitable edge in the air. The light, the colors... it's as if the Earth were letting you know that Summer was gone. There's no getting it back. Winter's coming and there's nothing that you can do to escape it. A lot of people say that they fall in love in the Spring. Not me. I always fell in love in Autumn. It is just the most... romantic... sexy... desperate... And I'll never see it again. This enemy could kill every last person on Earth and there would still be Autumn. But I'm going tomorrow morning to make sure that there is always someone there to feel it.

    • Sewell: (when McQueen suggests using the captured Chig ship as a Trojan Horse) You'd risk the destruction of this invaluable piece of technology?
      Col McQueen: I would risk the lives of invaluable men and women, if it meant finally put it down their throats!

    • Hawkes: (looking at the dripping ooze inside the Chig ship) What is that stuff?
      West: I don't know, but I think they served it in my school cafeteria.

    • (a Chig ship floats in front of the Saratoga's bridge while power's out, but the Chig doesn't fire)
      Bridge Officer: Is that thing dead?!
      Col McQueen: If it's not, we are.

    • Vansen: (discovery the ship is covered in a bio-electric conducting gel) Those holes are filled with it. Think a body part goes into them?
      Wang: Pray it's only the arms.
      West: (as he reaches into one of the slimy holes in the ship's control panel) If I feel anything that might be a prostate, I'm out of here.

    • McQueen: There's only one thing you need to know; everything that has ever been learned or discovered in all the centuries of life on earth means nothing right now. Nobody can tell you what to be prepared for. Your enemy has a dark, bloodthirsty heart. Assume everything is dangerous, if in doubt: kill.

    • Hawkes: I ain't no kamikaze. I'm coming back.

    • Wang: (doing a McQueen impression) Okay, this one's in the kitchen. I'm here to fix your faucet, so check your six. I'm gonna replace the strainer part and I'm gonna replace the washer. It's gonna be a real knifefight. Now, I'm gonna utilize a monkey wrench and perhaps even a plunger. And when I'm done, you'll have water. (McQueen walks up behind him) It'll be hot and it'll be cold. And one more thing... (he throws a chair) it's okay to be scared! (he laughs, then realizes the Colonel is behind him) Sir... Sir! It's the greatest form of flattery, sir. (he scurries away)
      Col McQueen: (picking up the chair) It's tough to follow a dog act.

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    • Col McQueen: It's a good day to die.

      This is a paraphrase of a quote that's attributed to the Lakota Sioux leader Crazy Horse before the battle of Little Big Horn, in which the Sioux defeated the US Cavalry under General George Armstrong Custer.

    • Col McQueen compares his planned strike against the Chigs using the captured ship to the raid led by Jimmy Doolittle in WWII. Shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Lt Col Doolittle planned the first retaliatory air raid on the Japanese homeland by the USAF. He led the top-secret attack of 16 B-25 bombers from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet against the targets in Tokyo, Kobe, Yokohama, Osaka, and Nagoya. On April 18, 1942 all the bombers successfully took off from the Hornet, reached Japan, and successfully bombed their targets. The raid caused little real damage to Japan, but it succeeded in boosting American morale, and cast doubt on the Japanese military leadership in the populace. Japan subsequently withdrew its aircraft carrier force from the Indian Ocean to defend their Home Islands, and contributed to Admiral Yamamoto's decision to attack Midway - an attack that turned into a decisive rout of the Imperial Japanese Navy.

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