Space: Above and Beyond

Season 1 Episode 12

The River of Stars

Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Dec 17, 1995 on FOX

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  • A gift of life.

    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.