Space: Above and Beyond

Season 1 Episode 13

Who Monitors the Birds?

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Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Jan 07, 1996 on FOX
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Who Monitors the Birds?
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Hawkes is left stranded and practically defenseless on an alien world when he accepts an assassination mission which is supposed to buy him an immediate Honorable Discharge from the Marines.

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Kristen Cloke

Kristen Cloke

1st Lt. Shane Vansen/Death

Morgan Weisser

Morgan Weisser

1st Lt. Nathan West

Rodney Rowland

Rodney Rowland

1st Lt. Cooper Hawkes

Joel de la Fuente

Joel de la Fuente

1st Lt. Paul Wang

Brian Cousins

Brian Cousins

Monitor #1

Guest Star

Denyn Pysz

Denyn Pysz

InVitro Friend

Guest Star

David Botrell

David Botrell

Monitor #2

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 (2)

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (6)

    • This episode contains very little dialogue and is cited by Joss Whedon as the inspiration for his famous 'silent' Buffy episode "Hush". Rodney Rowland would later guest star in the Angel episode "Conviction".

    • When John Wilkie, who played the Chig who stabs Major Colquitt, was told he must pull out a machete-like blade and hack at the Major, but that gave him several problems. First of all, the script called for him to hack downwards at his target, but pull the blow a few inches above him, which made him and fellow actor Dale Dye (who played his target Maj. Colquitt) nervous. He couldn't see very well wearing the Chig helmet, and his three fingered gloves made it hard to hold the weapon securely. He was afraid of hitting him by mistake, and although the blade wasn't sharp, it was still made of solid metal. So he spoke to the director about his concerns (in spite of the fact that he was just a day player in a new role, and might not be hired by the production again for being "difficult"). The director acknowledged his point, and ordered a dummy to be put in place of Dye, much to the relief of everyone involved.


      Secondly, the script called for him to pull the blade out after handing over his rifle to another Chig, but no one in costuming or the prop department had made the necessary changes to his Chig suit to give him a place to pull it from. He soon realized, however, that the machete would fit inside his costume's leg guards almost perfectly, so he stuck it in there. Unfortunately, the drawing of the blade was edited out of the scene, so no one watching got to see his ingenuity pay off.


      On a separate note, Wilkie also bagged himself a prime souvenir from the episode- someone in props dropped Hawkes' discharge papers, and since they were no longer needed, he snagged them for himself!

    • The action sequences of this episode were filmed at Lake Sherwood, in the Calabassas/Agoura area north of Malibu.

    • It was very cold while filming this episode, and Rodney Rowland (Hawkes) got a bad case of the flu from it.

    • This episode's title was originally "The Whore of Death", and was also the full name of the character played by Kristen Cloke.

    • This episode was one of the favorites of both Glen Morgan and James Wong, the show's creators.

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