Stargate Universe

Season 1 Episode 1

Air (1)

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 02, 2009 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • Music: "Vissi d'arte" from the Giacomo Puccini opera, Tosca.

    • Agam Darshi (Dr. Sonja Damji) previously played an Athosian in the Stargate Atlantis episode "Suspicion" and Novo in the episode "Outsiders."

    • The video game Eli Wallace is playing was made for the show by Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment, the company making the MMORGP Stargate Worlds.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: October 2, 2009 on Space
      UK: October 6, 2009 on Sky1
      Australia: October 9, 2009 on Sci Fi
      Germany: February 24, 2010 on RTL II
      Norway: March 5, 2010 on Viasat 4
      Sweden: March 5, 2010 on TV6
      Spain: April 15, 2010 on Neox
      Czech Republic: December 12, 2012 on FANDA

    • Glynis Davies (Maryann Wallace) previously played Ambassador Noor in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Homecoming (2)" and Young Catherine Langford in "1969."

    • Ona Grauer (Emily Young) previously played the Ancient Ayiana in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Frozen" and the Stargate Atlantis episode "Rising (1)".

    • Josh Blacker (Sgt. Spencer) previously played Screaming Man in the Stargate Atlantis episode "Vengeance."

    • Mark Burgess (Jeremy Franklin) previously played Sick Guy in the Stargate Atlantis episode "Vegas."

    • Patrick Gilmore (Dale Volker) previously played Bernie Ackerman in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Morpheus" and a Genii Soldier in the Stargate Atlantis episode "Harmony."

    • Julia Anderson (Lt. Vanessa James) previously played Willa in the Stargate Atlantis episode "Irresistible."

    • Peter Kelamis (Adam Brody) previously played Dr. Langham in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Smoke & Mirrors" and a Coyle Baron in the episode "Space Race."

    • Richard Dean Anderson and Michael Shanks are the only actors to appear in all three of the Stargate premieres.

    • Patrick Gilmore, Ona Grauer, Bill Dow, and Gary Jones are the first actors to guest star in all three Stargate series.

    • Principle photography on the Stargate Universe pilot began on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at the Bridge Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

    • After Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis this is the third 'live-action' installment of the Stargate franchise.

    • The Stargate Universe like its predecessors, will also feature the Earth symbol in its title/logo. The symbol replaces the letter 'A' in 'gate'.

    • On August 22, 2008, the Sci-Fi Channel announced that Stargate Universe had been picked up as a two-hour backdoor pilot event. On December 8, 2008 it was announced that the pilot will be increased to a 3 hour event because there was too much story to fit into 2 hours.

  • Allusions

    • 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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