Stargate Universe

Season 1 Episode 2

Air (2)

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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 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

    • 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

    • 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".