Space: Above and Beyond

Season 1 Episode 11

Stay with the Dead

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Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Dec 03, 1995 on FOX
9.3
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Stay with the Dead
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A failed rescue mission leaves the 58th presumed dead, except for Nathan, who lands in the hospital, where a nagging memory that his comrades are still alive is passed off as a result of suffering from severe head trauma.

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  • West has flashbacks to a rescue mission gone wrong.

    8.5
    This episode reminds me of how in Star Trek, if you’re a Henson with the landing party you will usually end up dead. Henson No Name. Seems like if you’re part of the 58th Squadron and your not the main five, in this episode you will get killed. There are too many dream sequences in this episode. And once again the 58th seem to be caught behind enemy lines. I guess the writers wanted to show Post Traumatic Stress on Soldiers and how medical institutions treat them in a way not benefiting the individual but the society as a whole. Lot of action and fun to watch but not the best of the series by far.moreless
  • They boobytrapped the injured!

    7.9
    Stay with the dead feels like a heavily war (possibly Vietnam) influenced episode. The story uses frequent flashbacks to emphasise West's slowly regained memories, and the viewer is almost not certain if what we are seeing 'though Nathan's eyes' is actually a sort of dream or not.

    The story is that West received a head wound after reporting all the 58th killed. After he is recovered and nursed back to health, he maintains that the rest of the 58th are still alive, even though this contradicts his last transmission during the battle. The doctors, believing he is suffering from a mental breakdown, start a procedure to wipe all of West's memories, the idea being that he wont be troubled by bad memories if he has none. West eventually convinces McQueen that he isnt crazy, and they find that the 58th are alive, and the last transmission had been a ruse against the Chigs, who were monitoring the transmissions.

    This is a slightly disturbing episode, with Nathan being regarded as a shell shocked crazy and with the rest of the 58th considered dead. It all turns out well in the end, but its a very emotional journey to get there.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

Steven Anderson

Steven Anderson

Dr. Kanellos

Guest Star

Pancho Demmings

Pancho Demmings

Medic

Guest Star

Sebastian Citina

Sebastian Citina

Delgado

Guest Star

Kristian Sorensen

Kristian Sorensen

Chig #7 (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Bryan Rogers (I)

Bryan Rogers (I)

Chig #5 (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Jason Rock

Jason Rock

Chig #4 (uncredited)

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nitpick: It's extremely unlikely that the true identities of the 61st would not have been discovered after being brought back to the Saratoga, even if they were in a bad state due to decomposition. Even in the 20th century, DNA testing is routinely done upon the fallen to confirm their identities. It's possible that the testing required more time than the three days that elaspsed, however, between Nathan's return and the operation that was to lobotomize him. But even so, they could have used dental records to do a preliminary ID, and there would have been too many anomalies to be ignored, particularly as West continued to insist that his comrades weren't dead.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Dr. Kanellos: Hyper-vigilance, intrusive recollections, intense psychological distress, these are all symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We needn't let him suffer like this Colonel. There are treatments there are procedures that we can do that can...
      Lt. Col. McQueen: Electro-convulsive therapy.
      Dr. Kanellos: It's helped veterans of the AI Rebellion. Actually it's recommended by the V.A.
      Lt. Col. McQueen: Then something must be wrong with it.

    • West: Maybe... if I didn't remember... you'd be...
      Hawkes: The 61st were dead, and they saved us. Then we were dead and you saved us. So ain't nobody here forgetting nobody they served with. Dead or alive.

    • Powell: Hey, what's the name of this place again?
      West: The planet's called Ker.
      Wang: Nice.
      Powell: What's that mean?
      Wang: Nothing, just named after the Greek god of violent death, that's all.
      Vansen: Why can 't we ever get a planet with a friendly name, like the planet 'Chuckles', or something?!

    • West: The entire planet looks like one big firefight.
      Wang: I heard the 61st was sent to medevac the 72nd, now we're medevacing the 61st.

  • NOTES (1)

    • An all new group of actors began portraying the Chigs in this episode. According to John Wilkie (one of the newly hired actors) the former actors all quit, though he never learned why they had done so. However, the Chig suits were extremely uncomfortable to wear and hard to act in, so it seems likely that at least some of them decided that the job wasn't worth the hassle. Wilkie also mentions that Rodney Rowland (Hawkes) was immediately hostile towards him for no apparent reason, so there may have been some friction with the previous group that carried over to the new set of actors.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Ker:
      In Greek mythology, the Keres (Κῆρες; singular: Ker Κήρ) were female death-spirits. They were daughters of Nyx (Night), and the sisters of Fate (Moirae), Doom (Moros), Death and Sleep (Thanatos and Hypnos), Strife (Eris), Old Age (Geras), Divine Retribution (Nemesis), Charon, among others. Hesiod mentions them in his Theogony. In the Shield of Hercules which is attributed to Hesiod, they are described thus: "The black Dooms gnashing their white teeth, grim-eyed, fierce, bloody, terrifying fought over the men who were dying for they were all longing to drink dark blood. As soon as they caught a man who had fallen or one newly wounded, one of them clasped her great claws around him and his soul went down to Hades, to chilly Tartarus. And when they had satisfied their hearts with human blood, they would throw that one behind them and rush back again into the battle and the tumult."

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