Stargate Universe

Season 1 Episode 4

Darkness (1)

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 16, 2009 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Dr. Nicholas Rush tries to find out why the ship's power reserves are critically low. Colonel Young orders everyone to limit the power consumption. Eventually everything apart from the life support goes out. However, Destiny reaches a solar system with three planets giving them hope to live another day.moreless

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  • So dull I can't bare to watch anymore...

    I'm a Stargate fan and have persisted with SGU in the hope that it will improve...but so far no luck. It's terribly, terribly dull. We're supposed to have a sense of the momentous simply because it's an ancient ship...just like Atlantis. We're supposed to be concerned about their possible destination ... just like the last season of SGA. The lead character is obnoxious, neurotic and taciturn to the point of downright rude. The other characters are massively undeveloped, with the exception of a nerd who is quite clearly designed to appeal to teengagers. And then there's the Big Brother ploy: the writers can't think how to develop soooo many characters, so they simply have them reveal their inner nature to a camera; the cheapness and crassness of the ploy is so inept that the characters may well as be cartoon characters on a page. Above all the series has forgotten what made SG so massively successful: a few characters we really care about and really cool aliens to befriend/hunt down and kill!moreless
  • Hits a new low with the addition of "Big Brother" diary camera. I get a chuckle claiming this is more "grown up", when it is clearly aimed at teens. The nerd sees the hot girl naked... Yep this is so adult...moreless

    I was bored today and decided to catch up on the episode online. Wow, what as mistake.

    This episode was unbelievable bad. But of course the faithful were claiming the it was the best episode yet. Seriously. Don't believe me watch 5 minutes at the web site. Can anyone honestly give this a ten? A lot of dishonest people hyping this.

    What actually happened? This week they introduced the "Big Brother" element, the kino confessional camera. Someone runs the camera into a scantily clad girl room and even after they are called on it, the camera lingers on her ample assets.

    There is a shower scene with nerd bow standing "guard", then of there is a power failure and the nerd has to shine light on the situation...

    Wow.. Oh did I mention it happened on a spaceship, so it "serious" science fiction. I don't know whether to laugh or vomit.moreless
  • Nothing much happens and it's still entertaining. Fantastic!

    This is a wholly character-driven episode, apart from the little detail of losing all the power on the ship and maybe flying into a star. And that sounds like I'm making a joke, but I'm not.

    The action-oriented elements in this show are great and entertaining, but it's the characters that make me want to keep watching. Dr. Rush has so many layers Shrek is probably jealous. Eli, the comic relief, manages to be more than just comic relief. And the part of the previous Stargate shows that I disliked most - the mindless army part - is almost totally absent. Hooray, a Stargate I can watch and love!moreless

    The Destiny suffers a power crisis, putting the lives of the stranded crew in jeopardy when even the emergency reserves run dry. Dr. Rush pushes himself to the breaking point. What's going on in science fiction with all these portals? They're everywhere. In Stargate Universe we get some idea how the Ancients planted the Stargates through the galaxies. Well at one level that's science fiction dealing with various scientific theories dealing with wormholes and the possibilities with other dimensions. But portals have been symbolically the stuff of human stories for ages. Through the looking glass! And in the darkness we face our darkest fears like the crew of the Destiny in this episode.moreless
  • Dr. Nicholas Rush tries to find out why the ship's power reserves are critically low. Colonel Young orders everyone to limit the power consumption. Eventually everything apart from the life support goes out. However, Destiny reaches a solar system.moreless

    This was a slow episode for the fourth episode of the season; I can only hope that things will pick up smoothly after they deal with the characters and their development.

    So far the character development has been good and at least in depth compared to SG's predecessors. One reviewer complained about there not being as much action as SG1 or SGA but I couldn't disagree more. If people simply count weapons being fired from aircraft or characters as action then we are trouble.

    Weapons can blast all day but if there's no tension then it doesn't matter. SG1 nor SGA NEVER gave me tension, never put me on the edge of my seat, never demonstrated any serious threat to the characters, and contrary to the other reviewer it would have been nice if there was MORE drama instead of weapons blasting all the time.

    Back to the episode, again it was slow but I did enjoy some key moments. I loved the very human/realistic interactions between the characters during the morning briefing...very well done! I like how this show gets more into the daily details of such a situation instead of quickly shifting to action/weapons.

    Dr. Rush's character was very well played in this episode. The guy is very rough around the edges and I love how they demonstrate the crew's response to him. Of course he passes out from over asserting himself in trying to save the ship which finally dials down the tension for him.

    The whole KINO plot is questionable; I'm not one for reality shows and I know that the "confessionals" are a trademark of such waste on tv. However it can be interesting to see what comes of them (the secret confessions, the real feelings toward another person, etc.). I guess we'll have to wait and see, at least I can say that the plot is at least realistic given the situation.

    Colonel Telford....ahh interesting! So the guy is finding himself willing to be a part of the "switch" and we can see why he doesn't mind volunteering given his disdain for Young's handling of the ship and crew. I obviously see more drama playing out with this one as time goes by given his orders he tried to give to Lt.

    Last but not least, the slingshot around the planet was a nice little scene! As we all know Destiny is headed towards a star during their attempt to get to a planet within the system. As others have stated I too believe that this is an intentionally programming of the ship to possibly harness the star's energy!

    Of course we can see the drama playing out from the previews of next week's episode. I look forward to it and so far I still enjoy this show far more than I ever could SG1 or SGA!moreless
Robert Carlyle

Robert Carlyle

Dr. Nicholas Rush

Louis Ferreira

Louis Ferreira

Colonel Everett Young

David Blue

David Blue

Eli Wallace

Brian J. Smith

Brian J. Smith

1st Lt. Matthew Scott

Jamil Walker Smith

Jamil Walker Smith

MSgt. Ronald Greer

Elyse Levesque

Elyse Levesque

Chloe Armstrong

Peter DeLuise

Peter DeLuise


Guest Star

Lou Diamond Phillips

Lou Diamond Phillips

Colonel David Telford

Recurring Role



Camille Wray

Recurring Role

Julia Benson

Julia Benson

2nd Lt. Vanessa James

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Young (after catching Eli peeping on Lt. James): Wrong turn, huh? You gonna stick to that story? (Eli nods) Go. Help. Now!

    • Franklin: Just over 90,000 liters.
      Eli: 91,046. Ish.
      Scott: Go, Math Boy.

    • Eli: I don't think the showers use water. They just spray a sort of mist that you stand in and it sorta beads up. There's one in a compartment off the crew quarters.
      Scott: How do you know all that if you haven't tried it?
      Eli: How do you know I haven't tried it?
      Scott: Oh, we know.
      Eli: Thank you, Lieutenant Rosegarden.
      Chloe: No, he's right. You're worse than he is.
      Young: Wow, you can tell them apart.

    • (discussing rations)
      Becker: My assignment, sir?
      Young: Recipes, Becker. For the love of God, recipes.

    • Chloe: You don't have to follow me around.
      Eli: What do you mean?
      Chloe: I mean that I'm okay.
      Eli: Oh. Thank God you said something, because I thought you were following me around and it was about to get awkward.

    • Chloe: I don't even know what to do with myself, Eli. I'm the last person who should be here.
      Eli: I'm second to last.
      Chloe: You're underestimating yourself.
      Eli: So are you.

    • Young: Okay, I get it. Who can I bring in to help.
      Rush: Honestly, it may take longer than we've got to bring someone else up to speed.
      Young: Volker it is.

    • Spencer: What's going on, Eli?
      Eli: You mean right now?
      James: Don't be an idiot.
      Eli: Wow, you must be getting to know me because I respond really well to that.

    • Volker: Uh, Dr. Dale Volker. I'm 34 years old. Uh, despite you may or may not have heard, from a certain Scottish person, I like to think that I'm a pretty fine astrophysicist. I mean, they don't send you to work on solving the mysteries of the universe on other planets if you're a hack, right? So... that's all I have to say. And we can't all be Mozarts, right? Some of us are... Salieris. Not that there's anything wrong with that. I... I like Salieri. I find his music is, uh... it's uh, it's soothing. I'm not suggesting that he's Mozart, either. Although Mozart did go a little nuts, didn't he? All right, I'm done. He's maybe a Schubert at best. Or an Elgar. I'm done, Eli.

    • Young: Eli?
      Eli: I put a kino into search mode and sent it into un-pressurized areas of the ship looking for an active console somewhere. Nothing yet. Also, I was looking into seeing if there was any way to integrate the shuttle's power with the ship's system?
      Young: So you're working the problem?
      Eli: Yeah.
      Young: Does the computer-hacking dropout have to save our asses?
      Eli: The dropout is still here.
      Young: Or are you going to get your heads out of yours?
      Franklin: The shuttle idea's pretty good.
      Volker: Yeah, there might be a work-around.
      Young: Well, let's do that. Thank you, Eli.
      Eli: Uh, by the way, it's... MIT dropout.
      Young: You want, you want a gold star for that?

    • Rush: Colonel, about our previous conversation.
      Young: Rush, no need to apologize.
      Rush: I wasn't about to.

    • (Recording a video message)
      Brody: Hello there. Adam Brody... is my name. (pause) Can I start again?
      Brody: My name's Adam Brody, as I said earlier... Hello?
      Eli: Cut!
      Brody: Adam Brody, engineer. I like football, and -
      Eli: (laughs) Dude! This isn't for a dating service.

    • Johansen: You passed out for a little while.
      Rush: How long?
      Johansen: About 10 hours. It's probably the first real sleep you've had since we arrived here.
      Rush: Has anything happened?
      Johansen: Not since we lost power, no, you haven't missed a thing. How do you feel?
      Rush: Embarrassed.
      Johansen: Don't be.
      Rush: You weren't there.
      Johansen: Your head's pounding, right? How many cups of coffee do you normally drink a day? 4? 5? You're in caffeine withdrawal, so are about a dozen other people on board. It can make you pretty crazy. You should see the smokers.
      Rush: You're looking at one.
      Johansen: Double whammy, huh?

  • NOTES (3)

    • The "Peter" that Telford took over for at the communacation stones is none other than Peter DeLuise, director of this episode of Stargate Universe. He also directed and produced many many episodes of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. Like Alfred Hitchcock, Peter DeLuise is well known for having little bit parts in many of the shows he directs.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: October 16, 2009 on Space
      UK: October 20, 2009 on Sky1
      Australia: October 23, 2009 on Sci Fi
      Germany: March 3, 2010 on RTL II
      Sweden: March 19, 2010 on TV6
      Czech Republic: December 17, 2012 on FANDA

    • The original title of this episode was "Fire." The director's cut ran over 20 minutes long and all the material was considered good so additional dialog that had been cut from an early version of the script was reinserted and the episode was expanded into two episodes and retitled "Darkness" and "Light."


    • Eli: And just for for posterity's sake, I'd like to say "Take your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape."

      This is an allusion to the 1968 film Planet of the Apes and one of Charlton Heston's famous lines.