Space: Above and Beyond

Season 1 Episode 5


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

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  • 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.