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    EPISODE: #01/02 - The Pilot

    The letter that Nathan West gives to his girl-friend Kylen Celina, just before she leaves for the Tellus mission without him (Written by Glen Morgan and James Wong):

    "Five billion years from now, maybe to the day,
    the sun burns ninety percent of its hydrogen. A balance is destroyed.
    More energy is created than released. Quickly, in a few million years,
    the sun radiates all of its potential power. The star swells. Mercury, Venus,
    the Earth... disappear. Swallowed. The sun truly, finally, touches the
    sky. Life vanishes eons ago.

    "Eventually, the sun shrinks, decreasing to the size of the Earth,
    which reappears from the Red Dwarf's grasp. With no gravity to hold
    it, the Earth slowly floats away.

    "Elsewhere, stars are born. Other star systems - older, larger -
    continue to breathe. The solar system dies of crib death. If that's
    what it takes, then okay. If I must wait that long, then all right.
    Because when I think of this, nothing is more desirable than the
    hope of watching that last day when the sun flickers out, with you
    beside me. We'll sit alone on a dark chunk of ice at the top of the
    world, and the stars above, beyond and between us will never shine
    brighter as we drift away into space."

    EPISODE: #05 - Mutiny

    Vasen quotes a poem to Wang when they are sitting in the turret room of the MacArthur. That poem is "When You Are Old" by William Butler Yeats:
    "When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
    And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
    And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
    Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

    How many loved your moments of glad grace,
    And loved your beauty with love, false or true?
    But one man loved the pilgrim's soul in you,
    And loved the sorrows of your changing face.

    And bending down beside the glowing bars,
    Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
    And paced upon the mountains overhead
    And hid his face amid a crowd of stars."

    EPISODE: #07 - The Enemy

    The 58th quote an old Marine song when they are moving through the mine field:
    Born in the woods
    Raised by the bear
    Double-set of dogteeth
    Triple coat of hair

    M - Mean as hell
    A - All the time
    R - Rough and Tough
    I - In the mud
    N - Never quit
    E - Every day
    S - Semper Fi!

    EPISODE: #08 - Eyes

    On screen quote at the beginning of the episode:
    "Tell my mother I died for my country.
    I did what I thought was best."

    John Wilkes Booth
    April 12, 1865

    EPISODE: #09 - Hostile Vist

    Just before heading out on their mission, McQueen reads a poem. It is from Thunder Gods : The Kamikaze Pilots Tell Their Story by Hatsuho Naito (SEE: ASIN: 0440204984 - Amazon.com)
    "With my mission now at hand, my dear old town, my dear old people,
    I now abandon everything and leave to protect this country.
    To preserve our eternal and just cause, I now go forth.
    My body will collapse like a falling cherry blossom
    but my soul will live and protect this land forever.
    Farewell. I am a glorious wild cherry blossom.
    I shall return to my mother's place and bloom."
    - Mayumi Ichikawa.

    EPISODE: #12 - River of Stars

    When Wang opens his gift, he reads from a small black book. It is William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The lines he reads are from Act III, scene 2:
    Picture of the Prop Book "And when I 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."

    EPISODE: #16 - Angriest Angel

    McQueen recites from The Iliad preparing to go into a dogfight with Chiggy von Richthofen.

    The [ ]'s indicate sections left out, the { }'s indicate added sections from the script writer:

    The Illiad by Homer
    Translation by Richmond Lattimore
    Song 21; Page 442, Lines 260-273

    "Then looking darkly [at him] {upon Hector} swift-footed Achilleus answered: '[Hektor, argue me no arguments.] I cannot forgive you. As there are no trustworthy oaths between men and lions, [nor wolves and lambs have spirit that can be brought to agreement but forever hold feelings of hate for each otherm] so there can be no love between your and me, [nor shall there be oaths betweens us, but] one or the other must fall before then to glut with his blood Ares the god who fights under the shields's guard. Remember every valour of yours, for now the need comes hardest upon you to be a spearmen and a bold warrior. There shall be no more escape for you[, but Pallas Athene will kill you soon by my spear]. You will pay in a lump for all those sorrows of my companions you killed in your spear's fury."

    EPISODE: #17 - Toy Soldiers

    Quote on screen at beginning of the episode. It was from Chapter 3 of (as it says) "the Red Badge of Courage," a novel taking place in the American Civil War:
    "The youth had been taught
    that a man became another
    thing in battle. He saw his
    salvation in such a change."

    Stephen Crane
    The Red Badge of Courage

    EPISODE: #22 - Sugar Dirt

    Dedication at beginning of the episode:
    For Our Fathers
    And Grandfathers
    At Guadalcanal

    August 7, 1942
    Febuary 7, 1943

    EPISODE: #23 and #24
    And If They Lay Us Down to Rest...
    ... Tell Our Moms We Done Our Best

    The titles of the last two episodes were taken from an old Airborne School running cadence:
    C-130 rollin' down the strip,
    64 troopers on a one-way trip.
    Mission top secret, destination unknown,
    We don't know if we're ever comin' home.

    Stand up, hook up, shuffle to the door,
    Jump on out and count to four.
    If my main don't open wide,
    I pack a reserve by my side.

    If that one should fail me too,
    Look out ground, I'm a comin' through!

    If I die on the old drop zone,
    Box me up and ship me home.
    As they lay me down to rest,
    Tell my mom I did my best.

    Give all my jump pay to my wife,
    So she'll be happy for the rest of her life.
    Tell my little baby not to cry,
    'Cause her daddy was a paratrooper when he died.

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