Stargate Universe

Season 1 Episode 2

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 02, 2009 on Syfy
8.2
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The evacuees from Icarus Base discover that the life-support system on the Destiny will fail in a matter of hours.

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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.moreless

    10
    As expected many of the SG1 & SGA fans are thoroughly upset at the turn of this new SG but I'm glad they had the nerves to do it. There's been SG1 and SGA which were basically the same campy non-tense sci-fi fare...why not allow room for something different? I'm personally glad they are choosing a different direction which will no doubt bring in fresh fans like myself who didn't enjoy SG1 & SGA compared to SG the movie. I'm thankful that this SG (at least demonstrated so far) won't be the high-school field trip adventure with guns and lame humor!!!!



    The tension, acting, concept, and overall episode were spot on! I saw people talking about the characters whining too much...hmmm what else would a bunch of civies do when finding themselves lost light years from home with NO CHANCE of return...crack lame high school jokes as if the situation were not serious in likeness to SG1 & SGA??



    People have mentioned having no favorite character as of what...the first episode...OMG I don't remember accomplishing such myself after one episode of any show. I love the realism of the characters and look forward to continuing development compared to the campy characters of the predecessors.



    Some have mentioned the BSG feel...I'm glad that feel is there as I couldn't stand the stereotypical feel of the predecessors. I feel like I'm watching a show for adults, with adult themes, adult reactions, and adult characters instead of a "Saved By The Bell" show with Stargates and funny creatures!



    I guess in the end this will end attract new fans, keep some of the old fans, and piss off many of the vet fans. Hopefully even in all that I hope it succeeds!!moreless
  • STRANDED ON DESTINY!

    7.0
    Stranded on the Ancient vessel Destiny, the evacuees from Icarus Base discover that a worn-out life-support system and hull breaches will suffocate them in a matter of hours. In the mythology of this show human civilization was created by a sort of seeding program undertaken by the Ancients. The Ancients were the first evolution of humans that lived millions of years ago. Say goodbye to Darwin's Theory of Evolution! Therefore in this show as in so much science fiction we have a dream of origins. One that imaginatively creates a story for our existence that has little to do with evolutionary biology on the one hand or the explanations put forth by the major religions. So science fiction like this becomes a kind of anxiety narrative that through wish fulfillment that gets through some of the schisms between religious, spiritual and scientific thinking. That's the magic of storytelling. You can do things like that.moreless
  • When Icarus Base is attacked the people manning the underground base must stargate out. Dr. Rush programs the gate with a nine symbol address and the eighty or so survivors find themselves on a ship named Destiny billions of light years from home.moreless

    9.5
    Another great example of the Stargate universe. This series has the promise to be a great new version of a long running science fiction saga.



    Dr. Nicholas Rush played by Robert Carlyle seems to be a little single minded and maniacal at the same time. He programs a game with a solution to the ninth chevron for the Icarus Stargate. A young man and gamer named Eli Wallace played by David Blue solves the equation and finds an answer for the problem embedded in the game. So he is brought to Icarus along with a group of other people including Senator Alan Armstrong played by Christopher McDonald who funded the mission and his daughter Chloe played by Elyse Levesque.



    When Icarus is suddenly and mysteriously attacked by several Ha'tak Mother ships everyone underground on the base is forced to flee through the stargate. They arrive on an Ancient ship called Destiny that is thousands of years old and starting to have system failures. Everyone seems distressed about this except Dr. Rush who seemed to know exactly where he was going.



    The significant problems that the survivors are facing are failing systems, not enough supplies, the wrong personell for a mission of this type, and injuries to some key people.



    So far factions seem to be facing off as Colonel Everett Young played by Justin Louis was injured and put Lt. Matthew Scott played by Brian J. Smith in charge but Rush takes over when it becomes obvious that the science is what will keep them alive. Also Rush communicates with Earth and claims General O'Neill put him in charge.



    A host of people refuse the supposed order lead by Camille Wray played by Ming-Na. There is some question raised back on Earth how the Ha'tak even knew the base existed without someone telling them. Scott defuses the situation when he backs Rush for the time being. Other important people on board seem to be MSgt. Ronald Greer played by Jamil Walker Smith who was in the brig for some reason when the attack starter and 1st Lt. Tamara Johansen played by Alaina Kalanj who is a field medic thrust into Chief Medical Officer duties when the doctor is killed in the Icarus attack..



    This premiere episode looks like a fine addition to the already proud Stargate series. I look forward to the crews weekly adventures trying to stay alive in another Galaxy. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • First of all I would like to say: Finally! We've been waiting for SGU to start for such a long time and YES, now it's here.

    8.0
    First of all I would like to say: Finally! We've been waiting for SGU to start for such a long time and YES, now it's here. I've been watching the SG series from the beginning and I'm glad that we now can watch another spin-off of the proven stargate-concept. And I must admit: it has potential.



    My first "YEAH!" moment was during the opening scene when I saw so many familiar names like Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper being the Writers and Andy Mikita being the Director of this new show. Other names like Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping and Michael Shanks did appear but their roles within this new spin-off was minimal. I guess they thought they needed these names to give the show it's authenticity but they were wrong. I didn't even recognise General Jack O'Niell when he knocked on Eli Wallace's (David Blue) front door. I did appreciate Sam Carters (Amanda Tappings) role on the Prometheus. Still their presence was nice, but unneeded. But I'm getting ahead of myself. I won't lay down the story told in these initial two episodes because I guess all of you have seen it already. If not: stop reading and watch it! I must admit that my expectations where very, yes very, high, mostly because of the long wait, but also because the SG saga has provided us with years of excellent entertainment in the past 12 years. The clock has been counting down for me for months and today I finally get a glimpse of the new SGU show. Initially the story brought me back to first episodes of SGA, where a group of explores reaches the Atlantis city and encountering all kinds of start-up problems with their new environment. Finding that all kinds of essential systems don't seem to be working after years, decades, even centuries, leaving the team to fend for themselves and to fix the problems. I had to get used to the flashbacks looking towards a point before the moment they arrived at the Ancient spaceship called "Destiny". I guess these flashbacks where needed to tell the story on how they got on this ship but I personally prefer a linear timeline in stead of all this jumping around. The fact that we do not yet know the characters doesn't make it easier and all of them (apparently) need to be introduces within these first two episodes. Oke, I get it. But because of all these introductions the overall storyline of these initial episodes seems to fade into the background. Basically these first two episodes seem to be a prelude of thinks to come. Now the board is set for future single-episode story lines the SG series are known for. The last scene of the second episode seems to be proving my point when a hastily assembled SGU team steps though the gate to an unknown planet and destination. Now that the board is set I do hope and expect the next episodes to be more stories that can stand on their own (Still they will need to add something to the series 01 stroyline). I also noticed that the writers tried to change to overall character themselves to another level of realism. Not persay a better or higher level but, for now, let me say a different level. The characters seem to have a more (realistic) dual character meaning that they also are tempted by good AND evil. In no other more obvious then in Dr. Nicholas Rush (Robert Carlyle) and the Mr Wolsey-like character Senator Alan Armstrong (Christopher McDonald). In previous SciFi series the characters seems to have reached a higher, or better, level of understanding and seem to be better people than inhabit the Earth today. That has always seem to be a defying character aspect of all SciFi series (BSG excluded) and it's characters. There first two episodes seems to depict more "Survivor"-like characters then the I'm-always-righteous "James T. Kirk"-like character. I'm not yet sure what I think of this. Science Fiction has always been a glass-is-half-full kind of genre and I wouldn't like it to turn into a glass-is-half-empty kind of show. But again: it's too early to tell. Let's give it a chance. The eventual question is: Is it entertainment? And to be clear: I don't know yet. I do know the special effects where better then I have ever seen within any SG episode, the spaceship "Destiny" looks great and I hope the SG producers have found another great method of exploring the SG saga and potential. Let's hope for the best and which the creators of this new show the same. Good luck and don't let us down!moreless
  • looking good!

    9.0
    well it here!!! im glad i have some good shows to watch again as i miss my stargate fix.



    i have read a lot of posts by people saying they dont like the looks of this im just after watching AIR part 1 and 2 i have to say i liked it and liked the way it ended with them making a team before going though the gate!



    there where alot of flash backs but i think they had to do that as this is a new show wher atlantis had SG1 runing the story into atlantis where this a like a new show in away so it had to go into some detail



    i have to say im really looking forward to this and cant wait to next week to whats at the other end of that worm hole.



    to some up...



    i like it but its a bit in the air as i think we have alot of information to take in but im really looking forward see the rest of the season!!!moreless
Robert Carlyle

Robert Carlyle

Dr. Nicholas Rush

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

Jamil Walker Smith

Jamil Walker Smith

MSgt. Ronald Greer

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Chief Master Sergeant Walter Harriman

Guest Star

Christopher McDonald

Christopher McDonald

Senator Alan Armstrong

Guest Star

Bradley Stryker

Bradley Stryker

Sgt. Curtis

Guest Star

Richard Dean Anderson

Richard Dean Anderson

Lieutenant General Jack O'Neill

Recurring Role

Ming-Na

Ming-Na

Camille Wray

Recurring Role

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In the extended version of this episode Dr. Rush has a conversation with General O'Neill and says that the planet that Icarus Base was located on was designated P4X-351.

    • The SGC has managed to create their own version of the Ancient long-range communication device. This is not surprising as Samantha Carter was able to emulate the frequency sent and received by the stones using a Tok'ra subspace communicator in the Stargate SG-1 season 9 episode "Crusade". This technology was first discovered in Merlin's Avalon cave in Glastonbury, England in the SG-1 episodes "Avalon, Part 2" and "Origin." That terminal was destroyed when Colonel Mitchell and Teal'c threw it into the unstable vortex of a forming wormhole to disconnect it from Daniel Jackson and Vala Mal Doran. In the Stargate Atlantis episode "Identity," another terminal was discovered in the Pegasus galaxy when Dr. Jennifer Keller is unknowingly swapped with a thief named Neeva Casol. That terminal was destroyed by Ronon.

    • Destiny is equipped with two large shuttles that are approximately twice the size of Ancient Puddle Jumpers. One of them is now inaccessible due to a broken window.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Rush: Eli?
      Eli: What?
      Rush: What are you doing?
      Eli: I just watched a man die, okay? Don't you even care?
      Rush: Of course I do - but I'm also trying to learn as much as I can, as quickly as I can. That is, in addition to running nine separate searches of the database in the hope of solving our life support issues.
      Eli: Right. Found anything?
      Rush: Destiny.
      Eli: As in ours?
      Rush: The name of the ship, translated from Ancient. I've also discovered that they were never here.
      Eli: I thought this was an Ancient ship.
      Rush: It is, but they sent it out unmanned, planning to use the Gate to get here when it was far enough out into the universe. But they probably learned to ascend before that time.
      Eli: Learned to what?
      Rush: Ascension... (Eli shakes his head, not understanding.) It's a process whereby consciousness converts to energy and no longer requires physical form.
      Eli: That wasn't in the video!
      Rush: Oh, there's more than one video.

    • Chloe: I can't believe my dad has gone. I watched him die, and I still just can't accept it.
      Scott: Tell me about him.
      Chloe: Why?
      Scott: The man died so I could live. I'd like to know a little more about him.
      Chloe: No matter how tired he was, or how long he'd worked, or what was going on in his life, he always had time to listen to me. I'd go on and on, but he never preached. He never told me what to do even though sometimes I wished he would. He would just listen, and then he would tell me that he loved me. The best part was, if I'd had a fight with my mom, he never took sides. Oh God. My mom. He was her whole life. She probably thinks we're both dead.
      Scott: All I know is that he wanted you to go on.
      Chloe: I know.
      Scott: I've gotta get back to the search. You gonna be OK?
      Chloe: I don't know.
      Scott: Fair enough.

    • Eli: My head is pounding, heartbeat has accelerated. It's getting harder and harder to breathe...as our very lives are being vented out into space.
      Scott: That is gonna get old very fast.
      Eli: This needs to be documented.
      Scott: No-one's gonna see that!
      Eli: How do you know? We made it here; someone else could too. If we die, maybe this can help them to find out what happened to us.
      Rush: Yeah, well, we're not dead yet.
      Eli: I'm starting to have slightly blurred ...
      Scott: Eli!
      Eli: What?!

    • (About the life support system)
      Scott: OK, so let's say we find the leaks. Can you fix this?
      Rush: I doubt this stuff can be cooked off. Perhaps if there were stores of this substance in the clean form, or something else capable of CO2 sequestration - calcium carbonate, lithium hydroxide - then yes, if.
      Scott: OK, well, that's not gonna matter because you're gonna get the Gate dialed back to Earth before this becomes an issue, Rush.
      Rush: Lieutenant...
      Scott: Right?
      Rush: That's the kind of thing you're taught to say in officer training, presumably for the benefit of those that don't know any better.
      Scott: Please?
      Rush: What makes you think I won't try?

    • Scott: OK, so you've figured out where they keep the Kinos. What else have you figured out?
      Eli: Give me a break, man. This is my second spaceship - and my first was yesterday!
      Scott: I know. Icarus was my first SGC assignment after training. I haven't been at this much longer than you have.
      Eli: Huh! Did they beam you out of your house?!
      Scott: No - you got me there!

    • Scott: What is that thing?
      Eli: C'me 'ere - I'll show you.
      Scott: It's a - it's a camera!
      Eli: It's a flying camera. I'm calling it a Kino - you know, after the Russian...
      Scott: Yeah, OK.

  • NOTES (1)

    • 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
      Czech Republic: December 13, 2012 on FANDA

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Eli: It's a flying camera. I'm calling it a Kino - you know, after the Russian...

      Kino was one of the most famous Soviet rock groups of the 1980s. In German, Kino means "Movie Theater". In Russian, it means both "cinema" and "movie".

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