Stargate Universe

Season 2 Episode 17

Common Descent

2
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Apr 18, 2011 on Syfy
9.3
out of 10
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A colony of humans on an alien planet claim that they are the 2,000-year-old descendants of Destiny's crew.

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  • why on erath do they think its agood idea to cancel it?

    10
    stargate is the best scfi seirs ever ive watched all of sg1 4 times it was tht good and atlentis 2wice there the bestsci fisi ever saw then they brought out univse so many posiblitys it in the name uninvs the univse is infinat they could of kept it going till the actors died and even then they could just replace them not as good but it would be able to get going agian greatest show ever can't belive there cancelingmoreless
  • How does THIS get cancelled?

    8.5
    Seriously, this is not only an excellent episode in it's own right but it also brings together elements from previous episodes that lesser shows would just leave hanging. One of the things I loved about Babylon 5 was how they treated continuity, bringing plot points from previous episodes back into the light rather than forgetting them like most sci-fi shows do, and it's great to see Universe doing the same thing.

    Aside from that the story of this episode is both intriguing and entertaining, not to mention the potential for future development.

    I ask again, how the hell does THIS get cancelled?moreless
  • Oh my RUSH!

    10
    SGU is without a doub one of the best sci-fi series in decade. There are just so many intresting plotlines and there is alwasys mistery present, which is just great. Viewers must keep asking themself this questions: who made the drones? what is hidden message all about? Where are all Novas people? And that's something that definetly makes SGU superior to Stargate Atlantis, and I even dare to say SG-1. I know that SGU was canceled due to horrible ratings and I don't blame Sy-Fy, bicouse I think that space sci-fi on TV is in huge crisis at the moment.



    So, let's talk about episode. Episode was just perfect. Great drama, fantastic action, mistery, intresting plotline and great acting. I also think it was very funny Rush being the demon and Futura :D The kino videos from 2000 years were great too. I am looking forward to see what happened to Novas people. And I know that remaining episodes will end SGU with blast.moreless
  • Yet another good episode, good Sci-Fi action and more story to entrigue those possibilities.

    9.0
    How could they be cancelling this show ? The only reason it took so long to take off was because they spent too much time in the early days focusing on the "character" back story, in reality you can only really put this down to robert carlyle. Him being such a big actor, allowing him and others to flex their acting chops rather than focusing on the show itself. But they are now getting into delivering really good sci-fi episodes and theyve cancelled the show ? If MGM dont want to continue developing it then they should allow another network or whatever to continue producing it.moreless
Robert Carlyle

Robert Carlyle

Dr. Nicholas Rush

Brian J. Smith

Brian J. Smith

Lt. Matthew Scott

Elyse Levesque

Elyse Levesque

Chloe Armstrong

David Blue

David Blue

Eli Wallace

Alaina Huffman

Alaina Huffman

1st Lt. Tamara Johansen

Jamil Walker Smith

Jamil Walker Smith

MSgt. Ronald Greer

Reilly Dolman

Reilly Dolman

Jason

Guest Star

Katie Findlay

Katie Findlay

Ellie

Guest Star

August Schellenberg

August Schellenberg

Yaozu

Guest Star

Patrick Gilmore

Patrick Gilmore

Dale Volker

Recurring Role

Jennifer Spence

Jennifer Spence

Lisa Park

Recurring Role

Julia Benson

Julia Benson

2nd Lt. Vanessa James

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When the drones launch their second attack, Young tells Brody to dial the planet to recover Scott's team. That would in fact make it impossible for them to recover the team, since the wormhole is one-way. Dialing to the planetary Stargate would in fact prevent Scott from dialing to Destiny

    • When Destiny flees the command ship, Scott says "If we can keep this up" and Park says that if they do, it will blow out the engines. Objects in space continue at the same speed in the same direction once momentum has been applied. They don't need the engines to keep anything "up" once they reach maximum speed, and would simply cruise at the same speed.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Eli: Fine. Don't you at least want to know what happened to them? How they survived and developed as a society?
      Chloe: You played a lot of Sim City as a kid, didn't you?
      Eli: Actually, this is more like Sim Earth.

    • Eli: There was also another group of evacuees who... blamed the other me for what happened. And, uh... they thought Rush was still aboard Destiny and would one day come and rescue them. Eventually he became some kind of savior figure. They broke off and formed a country of their own.
      Brody: Let me guess. "Rush-a."
      Volker: That's funny.
      Eli: They called it Futura.
      Volker:Volker: Really?
      Brody: What's wrong with Futura?
      Volker:It's a dumb name.
      Brody: Yeah, how is it dumb?
      Eli: Uh, apparently... (Brody) came up with it.

    • Park: I can't believe you helped found an entire country based on the hopes that (Rush) would come and rescue you.
      Volker: I can't believe you named it Futura.
      Brody: Shut up.
      Volker: Seriously, isn't that a font?

    • Camille: (after Rush leaves) Umm, is everything all right?
      Yaozu: There are those somewhat less enlightened among our people who believe he is a demon, who rips souls from human bodies and takes them to Hell, where they suffer for all eternity.
      Park: Uhh, it's funny how things have a way of getting twisted and exaggerated over time.
      Volker: While others don't.
      Camille: Uh, he's not that bad.
      Ellie: Many Futurans worship him like a god.
      Camille: We won't tell him that.

    • Brody: "Mundus"?
      Volker: Yeah, it's Ancient for "world." "Novus Mundus," "New World."
      Brody: It sounds stupid.
      Volker: Yeah, and "Futura" sounds cool.
      Brody: Obviously, it's a matter of opinion.
      Park: It's a font.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: April 19, 2011 on SPACE
      UK: May 23, 2011 on Sky1
      Germany: May 25, 2011 on RTL II
      Sweden: October 15, 2011 on TV6
      Czech Republic: February 14, 2013 on FANDA

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