Space: Above and Beyond

Season 1 Episode 5


Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Oct 15, 1995 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A mutiny erupts aboard a civilian cargo ship, the SS Mac Arthur, which is carrying 168 unborn InVitros in stasis. Cooper faces a difficult decision- should he follow orders to protect his fellow soldiers, or join forces with the rebellious "tanks" who decide that they aren't going to be treated as slaves any longer?moreless

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  • should have been titled Tank Rights

    This episode deals with some aspects of humanity. They deal who has "human" rights. They display the problem of what's debated now. Do clones or Tanks as they are referred to, have the same right as natural born people? What is neat about this episode is that is written as if there is three classes of people, natural born, tanks and marines. While there is sufficient action, this one focuses more on Hawkes and how he deals will bring a tank and a marine. He is given a decision being a marine and choosing a dream of finding family. The alien encounter was drawn out throughout the episode and given the capabilities of the aliens it should have been a thirty second battle. I still cant get over watching them use 1990 weapons and pistols.moreless
  • Disproportionally unappreciated.

    I can't remember the exact details, but this episode definately left an impression on me. It posed difficult moral questions that are relevant above and beyond just war, but in social behaviour at large. The ship becomes a microcosm of today's society, of wealthy exploiters and a poorer subdued underclass in poor working conditions. One could also see a spill-over into the abortion debate. None theless, the scores show this to be the least apprecated episode... it can't possibly be worse than 'Level of Necessity', the necessity of which could be questioned but for a weak attempt at developing Damphousse's character. It only succeeds in underlining how auxillary she is in every other episode.moreless
  • Another great episode.

    This time the 58th are guarding a transport carrying a cargo of invitros. The 58th are flying their hammerheads this week, but it's alright, the action still takes place in space. The effects are cool, in this episode we get to explore the character of Cooper Hawkes. He finds out that he has an invitro sister onboard the cargo ship he and his squadron were assigned to guard. We get to see his soft spot in this episode, we learn even though he has a reckless behavior, he is also so human inside. This episode was a bit sad, but it's still a very good one.moreless
  • Another sad day for Hawkes

    We return back to SAaB's good form with this episode. The story is simple but becomes complicated quickly. The 58th are assigned to guard a cargo on a freighter, but this is no ordinary cargo. The cargo is a consignment of thousands of workers in cryogenic stasis, with several hundred of them being invetro's.

    Hawkes feels immediately involved and suffers from a personal loneliness that is the result of his harsh and isolated upbringing. He must know if any of the invetro's came from the same place he did, if any of them could be his 'family'. He discovers that he has a sister, although not a biological one, amongst the invetros.

    When the freighter comes under attack by the Chig equivalent of a U-boat, an emergency shortage of power causes the captain to order the invetro chambers disconnected. The invetros amongst the crew refuse the order, and stage a mutiny. Hawkes and to a lesser extent McQueen are torn between saving the ship and saving the invetros, a decision which become even harder when the captain is killed placing McQueen in charge. After some difficult moments, McQueen orders the invetros disconnected. Hawkes, knowing its the right thing to do, is the one to push the button that ends his sisters life.

    There is powerful acting all around in this episode, Rodney Rowland really shines as struggles with Hawkes's emotions, and James Morrison is strong as always.

    With its good direction, interesting story and an unhappy but 'feel good' ending, this is an episode you don't want to miss.moreless
  • Informative Show

    Mutiny, interesting show for the most part!

    This one deals with the 5-8 having to board a freighter to get them to the USS Saratoga. However, they get caught up in an internal struggle amongst the crew and and external conflict with an enemy ship that is hounding them.

    This episode tells us more about the Invitro's and their history. it also reveals to us how Invitro's define 'family'. Mostly they look for commonalities with their gene pool, DNA strands, and conception facility.

    It's kind of a filler episode, but the internal conflicts amongst the crew and the external attacks from the Chig Battleship feels like a condensed version of Crimson Tide. Good show all around.

    -Nuff Saidmoreless
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

Tony Amendola

Tony Amendola

Captain Lewelyn

Guest Star

Tom Everett

Tom Everett

CPO Keats

Guest Star

Calvin Levels

Calvin Levels

First Mate Potter

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • McQueen: I'm sorry.
      Hawkes: What would you know about sorrow?
      McQueen: I know this much: I never had the... courage to look for my family. Not because I was afraid of what I might find, but because I was afraid of what I might feel.

    • McQueen: Vansen, Wang, missile incoming, lock on!
      Wang: Bingo!
      Vansen: We're locked on, lets rock and roll!

    • Keats: I won't do it, Captain. Too many of us have died fighting in your wars.
      Captain Lewelyn: You're putting every life on this ship at risk!
      Keats: Then we die equal.

    • Hawkes: Don't ever touch me again.
      Potter: Oh? And what's so special about you? I got a petri dish, I can always make another tank.

    • West: The navigator was right, it was a white light solar flare.
      McQueen: I know what the machine says, what do you say?
      West: There's no way to tell!
      McQueen: Trust your instincts, West. That's how you stay alive... There's something out there. I can feel it.

    • McQueen: Hawkes, forget the InVitro manifest. The 58th is your family. Looking for a past you never lived can only get you hurt.
      Hawkes: Feeling pain is part of being human.
      McQueen: Who said you were human?

    • Potter: No offense but uh, how can something grown in a tank consider itself related to anything else? Except maybe algae.

    • Hawkes: Do you ever wonder what it would be like to have a mother, or a father?
      McQueen: I don't think about what never was.

    • (Holds out a photo)
      Damphousse: My boyfriend's little girl.
      West: Cute.
      Damphousse: Yeah. She still misses her mother though.
      West: She'll learn to love you.
      Damphousse: Love isn't learned Nathan. It just is.

    • McQueen: Quite a cargo you've got here. First five years out of the tank, I worked the uranium mines at Omicron Draconis. Thirty four of us were shipped out, six came back. I don't know if there's a hell, but if there is, I've already been there.
      Captain Lewelyn: That was before the World Federation banned indentured servitude, Colonel. The InVitros I'm hauling signed on for the job.
      McQueen: You have a cargo of unborn, Captain. What did they sign on for?

  • NOTES (0)


    • Vansen: '...How many loved your moments of glad grace, And loved your beauty with love false or true, But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face...'

      Shane is making her point to Paul about love by quoting William Butler Yeats' poem "When You Are Old".

    • Potter: Yeah, but some are more equal than others.

      This is a reference to George Orwell's Animal Farm, an allegorical critique of Soviet totalitarianism, and to a lesser extent capitalism. The famous phrase the ruling class of pigs create is: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others".

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