Space: Above and Beyond

Season 1 Episode 12

The River of Stars

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Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Dec 17, 1995 on FOX
8.8
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The River of Stars
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Christmas Eve finds the 58th in dire straits: its transport vehicle, damaged in battle, is hurtling uncontrolled into enemy territory and the pilots must struggle to stay alive with no power, no weapons, and no hope of being rescued.

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  • If you pass on this episode you will not miss much.

    6.5
    This episode the screen writers and the director seems a little off. It was a nice touch to show that they still celebrated Christmas in the year 2064 and the flash back to World War I when the soldiers fighting in it celebrated it also. For the second straight episode the 58th “WildCards” get caught behind enemy lines, this time in space. The miracle bit with the comet transmitting was a little too far fetched even in a sci-fi show. Another part is a marine using his hand to block a liquid oxygen pipe leak and the rest of the squad pulling his hand out. The way he still has his hand after doing this is unbelievable. His hand should have been broken off not just wrapped in bandages. This is far one of the worst episodes of the series.moreless
  • A gift of life.

    8.3
    This episode begins with a stirring narration by Wang, and footage from the WW1 Christmas where German and allied troops left the trenches and celebrated Christmas together. Early on, the writer and director are setting a feeling of \'even enemy’s can be friends\'.

    The starting shot of the episode sees the 58th piloting an APC in a convoy. The Chigs attack, and the 58th\'s APC is damaged, and left careening off into space. Shortly afterward, the APC, virtually dead in space, is spotted by Chig fighters. They do several flybys of the ship, but to everyone’s surprise, do not attack.

    McQueen, aboard the Saratoga, broadcasts to the 58th to keep their spirits up, even though most of the crew regards them as dead, not just missing. Aboard the crippled APC, the 58th have a sort of Christmas of their own, until Wang receives a strange Morse code signal - apparently from the enemy. It describes how they can get back to friendly space by using a nearby comet\'s gravitational pull. Fortunately, McQueen, who never gave up looking for them himself, also gets the transmission. Although he thinks it is from the Chigs, and potentially a trap, he cannot ignore the chance to find his people. He sends out a rescue mission to the comet, and brings back the 58th safe and sound.

    The moral of the episode seems to be - never give up on your friends, and just because somebody is your enemy does not mean they are incapable of good.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

Leslie O'Neill

Leslie O'Neill

Lewis

Guest Star

Robert Arevalo

Robert Arevalo

Horn

Guest Star

Christopher Wiehl

Christopher Wiehl

Ensign

Guest Star

Tucker Smallwood

Tucker Smallwood

Commodore Glen van Ross

Recurring Role

Robert Crow

Robert Crow

Communications Officer Lt. Pruitt

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: In the scene near the end when Wang is standing on the wing looking out at the River of Stars, the tether he had been attached to is no longer visible.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Damphousse: (when a Chig patrols flies on by without attacking them) Must of taken us for dead.
      Hawkes: No. They're like a cat that's got a mouse by the tail.
      Wang: Coop's right. I don't know why they took off, but they'll be back. Chigs always finish the job.

    • Wang: It would require an approximate fifty six second burn from the main left engine. Less than fifty six seconds and we will miss the comet's gravitational range, fly deeper into Chig territory. More than fifty six seconds will take us right into the comet.
      Hawkes: Hey, we're gonna get nailed by it anyway.

    • Hawkes: Listen, I never told you guys this but I kinda took off from the InVitro educational facility before they taught us stuff like this... so all I know about Christmas is that there was one day out of the year in Philadelphia where everything was closed... and it was a headache... and it was lonelier than usual...

    • Ross: Colonel, searching for them with a hundred ships in that vast a region of space is the equivalent of trying to find a specific drop of water in the Mississippi river!
      McQueen: As long as I know that drop is there sir, I'm gonna try to find it.

    • Comm Officer: Sir, just because a signal is being received, doesn't mean there's anyone around to receive it.
      McQueen: They're out there. I can feel 'em.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Tucker Smallwood often brought his guitar to the set to relax between shoots, so the writers asked if he'd be willing to play something during an episode. He said yes, which is why the Commodore sings his Christmas carol to the 58th.

    • This is one of the favorite episodes of show creator James Wong.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • The television show they intercept in space while working on the radio is an episode of Batman from the 1960s.

    • Wang: (reading Shane's gift to him) '... and, when he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of heaven so fine That all the world will be in love with night And pay no worship to the garish sun.'


      Juliet says this of Romeo in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in Act III, Scene 2.

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