Space: Above and Beyond

Season 1 Episode 17

Toy Soldiers

1
Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Feb 18, 1996 on FOX
8.5
out of 10
User Rating
55 votes
1

EPISODE REVIEWS
By TV.com Users

Episode Summary

EDIT
Toy Soldiers
AIRED:
West discovers that his brother has enlisted in the Corps and is serving under a young, gung-ho lieutenant who's so determined to make a name for himself as a soldier, that he will risk endangering the lives of his entire battalion.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Sunday
No results found.
Monday
No results found.
Tuesday
No results found.
SUBMIT REVIEW
  • One of the better storyline with decent action sequences.

    8.0
    This episode has a very touching storyline in the sense is how protective a big brother or sister can be. As with any family member we tend to look at them is a different view or a certain moment in time. West has to deal with this problem as he looks at his little brother as a little brother who he played football with. One thing I don’t agree with in this episode is how they portray a new Lieutenant as bring too Gung-ho. From every movie or show I watch with a Green Lieutenant is that they never survive long enough to know their mistakes. The death letter is a very nice touch. In this day, that one letter I hope no one ever gets.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

Marc Worden

Marc Worden

Private Neil West

Guest Star

Adam Sutton

Adam Sutton

Young Neil

Guest Star

Michael Malota

Michael Malota

Young Nathan

Guest Star

Tucker Smallwood

Tucker Smallwood

Commodore Glen van Ross

Recurring Role

Kristian Sorensen

Kristian Sorensen

Chig #7 (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Bryan Rogers (I)

Bryan Rogers (I)

Chig #5 (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

FILTER BY TYPE

  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Nitpick: In the Marines, Recon is one of the elite units. There's no way five rookies and an officer who just graduated from OCS would be sent out as a Recon squad together without anyone experienced. At most, ONE private might make it into such a unit, but only if he was extremely skilled in Boot, and even then, he'd be watched like a hawk by his fellow soldiers until he proved himself under fire. Generally speaking, new troops get experienced NCOs and officers, and vice versa- even in war, when manpower is short!

    • Nitpick: When heading towards their designated coordinates for their hide spots on Mors, Vansen takes point, and orders the others to follow her in column formation. As the commanding officer of the two squads, Vansen should not have been out in front, as that is one of the most dangerous positions in their formation.

    • Goof: Steven Jang is listed as playing the role of Intelligence Officer Connor in the closing credits, but on screen he wears a name tag that says "Rancier".

    • First Act Caption:
      "The youth had been taught that man became another thing in battle. He saw his salvation in such a change."

      Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage

      Second Act Caption:
      "For God's sake, give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself."

      Robert Louis Stevenson, Crabbed Age and Youth

      Fourth Act Caption:
      "He conceived persons with torn bodies to be particularly happy. He wished that he, too, had a wound, a red badge of courage."

      Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage

      Fifth Act Caption:
      "We are all dead men on leave"

      Eugene Levine, Men In Dark Times

      Episode Closing Caption:
      "So it came to pass that as he trudged from the place of blood and wrath his soul was changed."

      Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Miller: Oh God! We're all gonna die!
      Neil: Don't talk like that! If you talk like that we will die!

    • Vansen: Look, brothers, sisters, they always see the differences in each other. They never realize that they came from the same place. Neil- he's loyal, dedicated, stubborn, a lot tougher than he looks.
      Nathan: And that's a description of me?
      Vansen: Mmm. (they laugh) Neil's either going to learn how to make it through, or he's not. You can't control what's going to happen, you can't follow him through the whole war! Let him go.
      Nathan: If I do, I might lose him.
      Vansen: If you don't, you're going to lose him anyway.

    • Damphousse: (after 5th Force finishes digging their foxhole before the 58th) Maybe we're losing it.
      Nathan: (grimly) There's a lot more to good command than digging a fast foxhole.

    • Hawkes: (watching Lt Herrick "motivate" his men) What's with the Semper Psycho?!

    • Young Neil: You let me win! You always let me win!
      Young Nathan: Well, what do you want from me? If I beat you, you get mad, and if I let you win, you get mad.
      Young Neil: If you're going to win, just let me lose!

    • Hawkes: (as a squad of new soldiers board the Saratoga) Check it out. New meat.
      Wang: Look at them. They've got no idea.
      Damphousse: They look so young.
      Wang: Did we ever look that young?

    • Nathan: (when a squad of new soldiers board the Saratoga) Look around, puke, what do you see? WHAT DO YOU SEE?!
      Neil: I see life takers and heart breakers, SIR!
      Nathan: You see blood! You see sweat! You see believers coming home in mummy sacks!
      Vansen: Nathan, take it easy.
      Nathan West: You take a good look at those glad bags, 'boot'. Because some Chig's gonna cut your cable, and you'll be seeing one. You'll be seeing one from the inside out!

  • NOTES (0)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Lt Herrick: (to Neil and 5th Force) Right now you've got no brother. Right now we're your brothers. 'We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.'

      Herrick is quoting one of the most famous battle speeches from Shakepeare's Henry V.

More
Less