Space: Above and Beyond

Season 1 Episode 12

The River of Stars

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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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