Space: Above and Beyond (1995–1996)
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Who Monitors the Birds? 

Promised a discharge from his sentence to the marines,Hawkes is recruited for an assassination mission deep behind enemy lines.


Winrich Kolbe


Glen Morgan (creator), James Wong (creator) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Morgan Weisser ... Lt. Nathan West
Kristen Cloke ... Lt. Shane Vansen
Rodney Rowland ... Lt. Cooper Hawkes
Joel de la Fuente ... Lt. Paul Wang
Lanei Chapman ... Lt. Vanessa Damphousse
James Morrison ... Lt. Col. Tyrus Cassius 'T.C.' McQueen (credit only)
Dale Dye ... Major Jack Colquitt
Brian Cousins ... Monitor
David Dean Bottrell ... Monitor #2 (as David Botrell)
Denyn Pysz Denyn Pysz ... In Vitro Friend
Robert Thomas Robert Thomas ... Friendly Alien


Promised a discharge from his sentence to the marines,Hawkes is recruited for an assassination mission deep behind enemy lines.

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Release Date:

7 January 1996 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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'. See more »


While awaiting extraction, Hawkes looks at his watch and the date clearly says "SU 11-11." However the previous episode, River of Stars, took place on Christmas Eve. See more »


Cooper Hawkes: Monitor? Who monitors the birds?
Monitor #2: I monitor the birds.
Cooper Hawkes: Who monitors you?
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Hush (1999) See more »

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"Take a Chance: A Jack Colquitt Adventure"
4 April 2015 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

Sometime around or before "The River of Stars" episode, a Major, "Jack Colquitt" approached "Coop"/Cooper with a proposal: Do this secret mission with me, and I'll sign over Honorable Discharge papers for you. You may recognize the name, because "Jack Colquitt" was the name of the proponent in "The Cigarette Smoking Man's" "fictional" short story "Take a Chance" which he sold to an adult magazine, in the Morgan/Wong 4th Season X-Files Episode "Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man". Here, it's the name of a "Non-Fictional" Major, who is looking for a partner to accompany him on an assassination mission. So right away, you can see the common threads in Morgan/Wong's writing and producing. I am writing this up now, because it took me all of these years to realize the connection of the name "John R. Colquitt", and it is a very appropriate that the name was used again here, in another series.

However, when I first saw this, it was on Fox during the abortive run of this series, and it had been shown practically right after the Pilot episode. I didn't get it, the Pilot Episode was a majestic Space-Opera built around a squad of young Marines, who had proved themselves effective fighters. But then suddenly, in the second broadcast episode of the series, the arena moves from Space Battle to Planet-Based assassinations. I liked it, but the continuity of the series suffered greatly at the hands of Fox, who would preempt the show with no warning whatsoever.

Nevertheless, this is a great episode when shown in the proper order and context of the series. Time-wise, this episode occurred sometime around November of the same year "The River of Stars" happened. So when the DVD set was released, for some reason they put this episode after River of Stars.

Regardless of when it was supposed to have happened, this was a great Coop-based Episode. The action shifts between Dale Dye as Major Colquitt approaching Coop after seeing him perform during target practice on the Saratoga, to a Planet much like Vietnam, connected by waterways with heavy foliage, finally showing Coops' "Birth" as a "Tank"/In-Vitro Humanoid and his early classes in how to kill with his bare hands- Which was put into unexpected practice during both his training and this mission.

Basically Coop is stuck in the middle of Hostile Territory with no commanding officer and he uses his wits - And his previous experiences to survive. And as we know Coop is hung up on Shane Vanson, she appears to him in the role of "death", both helping him and hindering him at the same time. You know it's in his mind's eye, it's part of his Subconscious, a part that's looking out for him, while also tempting him to give up.

This episode was the one that really brought out Rodney Rowland's talents as both an actor and a stuntman, and for a while he was part of the small staple of actors that Morgan/Wong would cart around from show to show, along with Morgan Weisser, Kristen Cloke, James Morrison, and even guitar-toting Tucker Smallwood.

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