Stargate Universe

Season 1 Episode 1

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 02, 2009 on Syfy
8.2
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A research team studying the Stargate's ninth chevron is forced to flee through the gate when their secret base is attacked by an unknown enemy. They end up stranded on an Ancient ship named Destiny, billions of light years from Earth.

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  • SG-U is dark, but so what?

    9.0
    SG-U is dark, but so what?



    Who said SG-U had to be light in mood like SG-1 and SG-A?
  • SGA meets BSG 2005 meets Voyager

    2.5
    This show I believed had possible potential and have now watched the first 5 episodes and I must say it fails in a big way. As stated it's not very original at all it appears to be a cross between Stargate Atlantis, 2005 version of Battlestar Galactica and Voyager. throw in the following - turn off all the lights bar a couple of lamps and the idea they are on a ship they have no control over and you have SGU. There is another show that it reminds me of but can not think of it at the moment. None the less it is boring, dark, and does not stay true to Stargate. Sorry just my opinion.moreless
  • Simply Dull & dark

    1.5
    I absolutely love Robert Carlisle, ever since he was the football hooligan in "cracker".



    This is dull, boring, dark & uninteresting. The first time i watched it i fell asleep, thank god for HDR. 2nd time i realised why i fell asleep. Wont be watching episode 3. Unless i cant get to sleep that night!



    Sets = wooden, dark, boring, seen it all before

    (ships name is "destiny", pleease, why didnt they call it lame or cliché.

    Characters = zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Story = If someone finds this, would you let me know.

    Special effects = Extremely unimpressed.



    Unless anyone guarantees this is going to improve, forget it.moreless
  • Promising show but about the switch....

    6.0
    I like the new stargate . There is a dark feel about this show compared to the other two stargate tv series. So any characters to watch and see wherethey will go. And much improve special effects. The sex scene is a bit inappropriate but if hey want to go there they must be consistent. But about the switch pushed by the senator, there are so many possible ideas to push the button. My first best suggestion is the keno ball to push the button. It is so uncool when they make dumb idea just to make more drama to the show.moreless
  • i found the show to dark and the plot was to jumpy

    2.5
    The start of the show got off to a good start however as the story line continued it became worse. The first problem I found with the show was that the characters didn't have enough depth and some didn't even show any personality at all. The story then showed some love scene in a cupboard that was in no way related to the story and seemed to be there just to lengthen the story.



    Once we are on the ship the story begins to jump around to peoples past, this confuses the storyline as you do this for every main character on the show and yet the back flash doesn't really seem to be there for much other than tell us about the characters just how they managed to get the job that lead them to being stranded.



    The final problem to the show was it's darkness, and the lack of humour that Stargate has always had



    The only good thing for the show is the cast / actors they are great actors for the role but the storyline drags them down.moreless
David Blue

David Blue

Eli Wallace

Brian J. Smith

Brian J. Smith

1st Lt. Matthew Scott

Louis Ferreira

Louis Ferreira

Colonel Everett Young

Elyse Levesque

Elyse Levesque

Chloe Armstrong

Robert Carlyle

Robert Carlyle

Dr. Nicholas Rush

Jamil Walker Smith

Jamil Walker Smith

MSgt. Ronald Greer

Christopher McDonald

Christopher McDonald

Senator Alan Armstrong

Guest Star

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Chief Master Sergeant Walter Harriman

Guest Star

Bradley Stryker

Bradley Stryker

Sgt. Curtis

Guest Star

Ming-Na

Ming-Na

Camille Wray

Recurring Role

Richard Dean Anderson

Richard Dean Anderson

Lieutenant General Jack O'Neill

Recurring Role

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Since his last appearance in Stargate Continuum, Jack O'Neill has received a promotion to Lieutenant General (3 stars).

    • When making the successful dialing of the nine-chevron address, Dr. Rush uses the point of origin symbol of the Giza Stargate. However, when the ship was launched, the Antarctic gate was the gate in use for Earth. Since the DHDs of Stargates have to dial each other in order to update, the ship would likely have only accepted the point of origin for the Antarctic Stargate since not only was it too far out to be updated, but also because the address to dial it was a combination and not actual co-ordinates.

    • Rush: The design is clearly Ancient, in the truest sense of the word –- launched hundreds of thousands of years ago.

      The Destiny was launched before Atlantis left Earth for the Pegasus Galaxy so the ship left over 5 million years ago not hundreds of thousands.

    • The planet Icarus Base was built on was chosen because of its highly radioactive Naquadria core. Naquadria is a heavier, less stable variant of naquadah, and it does not occur naturally. It was first discovered on the planet Kelowna, the home world of former SG-1 member Jonas Quinn, in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Meridian."

    • The Icarus Base Stargate has the Earth point of origin on it. This symbol belongs on the Alpha Gate (found in Egypt in 1928) only. This is because the Icarus Gate is the same prop as the SGC Gate.

    • Unlike all other Ancient vessels encountered, the Destiny does not use hyperspace to travel faster then light. It also does not require the Ancient Technology Activation (ATA) Gene to operate its systems like Atlantis and Aurora-class vessels do.

    • The George Hammond (named after the deceased former commander of the SGC) is the sixth Daedalus-class ship to enter service. The other five Deep Space Cruisers are the Daedalus, first seen in the Season 2 Stargate Atlantis episode "Siege (3);" the Odyssey, first seen in the Season 9 Stargate SG-1 episode "Off the Grid;" the Korolev, first seen in the Season 9 SG-1 episode "Camelot;" the Apollo, first seen in the Season 3 Atlantis episode "First Strike (1);" and the Sun Tzu, first seen in the Season 5 Atlantis episode "Enemy at the Gate." This is the ship formally named the Phoenix in the alternate timeline in the Season 4 Atlantis episode "The Last Man."

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Scott: What are we looking at?
      Rush: It's a star map.
      Park: That's the Milky Way.
      Rush: I believe it's a visual log of the ship's journey.
      Eli: So this is where we are now?
      Rush: No. That's where the ship originally embarked from.
      Brody: Earth.
      Park: It's leaving the galaxy.
      Rush: It did –- long ago.
      Brody: That was Pegasus.
      Scott: So those points are more stars?
      Eli: No –- they're galaxies.
      Scott: Rush. Where the hell are we?
      Rush: Several billion light years from home.

    • (Eli sees the Stargate for the first time.)
      Eli: Unbelievable!
      Scott: Yeah, it is. It's weird how fast you can start to take something like this for granted.
      Eli: So if the Stargate can instantly transport you to another planet, why did we fly here on a spaceship?
      Scott: It's something to do with how this one's tied into the planet for power. Apparently it's been modified to only dial out because incoming wormholes are too dangerous. You're the genius –- you could probably tell me better.
      Eli: All I did was solve a puzzle in a video game.
      Scott: Well, you figured out something Dr. Rush has been trying to figure out for months ... which, by the way, a lot of people were glad to see.

    • Rush: Welcome aboard the Hammond, Eli. Yes, that is planet Earth and yes, you are on a spaceship. We need your help, Eli. To be honest, I don't know how long it's gonna take.
      Eli: I should call my mom ... uh, tell her where I am.
      (Takes his cellphone out of his pocket.)
      Rush: That's probably not gonna work up here.
      Eli: Right, right!
      Rush: You can speak to her on the way. There's a cover story you'll have to follow.
      Eli: I'm sorry, um, on the way to ...?
      Rush: To another planet, twenty-one light years from here.
      Eli: I can't go. I ... I have things that ...
      Rush: We know about your mother's condition.
      Eli: You just know everything, don't you?
      Rush: We also know that you are currently unemployed and that your mother's medical coverage is, um, an ongoing issue. We'll see she gets the best available care while you're gone.
      Eli: And if I don't sign, what? You're gonna erase my memory?
      Rush: Something like that.
      (Eli realizes that he's wearing pajama bottoms.)
      Eli: Can I get some pants?

    • Eli: The core of the planet is the power source. You have to channel it into the weapon and destroy the enemy ship.
      Eli's Friend: You can't do it, dude!
      Eli: I'm doing it!
      Eli's Friend: It's one of those programmer's jokes –- a problem that can't be solved.
      Eli: I already solved this.
      Eli's Friend: No you didn't!
      Eli: Just shut up and watch this!
      (The screen goes white for a moment before re-setting.)
      Eli: What the hell?!
      Eli's Friend: What happened?
      Eli: Noth... Nothing happened. I'm back at the beginning of the level.
      Eli's Friend: You're so full of yourself.
      Eli: No. No-no-no. It worked. The firing code locked in.
      Eli's Friend: Whatever.
      Eli: That was extremely unsatisfying.

    • Eli: Actually, uh, Eli's not right here right now... okay, okay, whatever you think that I did, I swear, you've got the wrong guy.
      O'Neill: Do I look like someone who would be standing here if I didn't already know everything there is to know about you?
      Eli: Yeah, not really.
      O'Neill: Right.

    • Rush: I assure you, it'll be worth your while if you sign it.
      Eli: What if I don't?
      O'Neill: We'll beam you up to our spaceship.
      Eli: Right. I think I want my lawyer to look it over first...
      O'Neill: And by "lawyer," I assume you mean "mother."

    • Eli: Eli Wallace.
      Chloe: I know.
      Eli: You've heard of me?
      Chloe: I have.
      Eli: Wow, that almost never happens. And you are?
      Chloe: I work for Alan Armstrong. Senator of California.
      Eli: Oh, yeah, yeah. I have heard of California. My last job was in the burgers and fries field.

    • Chloe: Well, if anyone's going to solve it, I think Eli will.
      Eli: Yes, that's right. It's true... I'm Math Boy.

  • NOTES (17)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Icarus Base:

      In Greek mythology, Icarus was the son of the artisan and builder Daedalus, who built the Minotaur's Labyrinth and a number of intricate devices for King Minos of Crete. Daedalus fell out of favor with the king, and he and Icarus were imprisoned in a tower. To escape, Daedalus made two pairs of wings out of feathers and wax with which he planned to fly to freedom. Daedalus warned his son not to fly too low or the sea spray would wet the feathers, nor too high, or the sun would melt the wax. However, caught up in the ecstasy of flight, Icarus climbed too high, and, as warned, the wings melted and he fell into the sea and drowned. The story of Icarus has become a cautionary tale against hubris and overreaching one's limits.

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