Stargate Universe

Season 1 Episode 7

Earth

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 06, 2009 on Syfy
7.2
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The Ancient communication stones are used to allow a few crewmembers' consciousnesses to return to Earth to go over a risky plan that could bring the crew home.

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  • All fiction, no science.

    7.0
    Besides the stones, there really was not anything to think about, other than who's sleeping with who, and feelings. Place it on lifetime, and you have a great episode.



    And whats the deal with sleeping with women in others bods? Anything past going number 2 should be off limits, they need some rules.



    And as for Rush...what a SOB!??! Telford was doing his job, and he gets jerked around by this prick Sorry but I cant stand Rush any longer. He has been wrong most of the time, now all of a sudden he knows the ship will explode? What an a$$.



    As for going number 2, they should try to hold it, or just eat cheese all the time or something.moreless
  • DANGEROUS PLAN!

    6.0
    In episode #7 Colonel Telford takes over Young's command in order to enact a dangerous plan to try and get the ship's crew home. Back on Earth, Young, Eli, and Chloe visit their families. This episode plays out like a bad comedy written for teens. It was a dangerous plan and I'm not talking about the actors playing out the script but rather the producers. The Stargate producers wanted to appeal to a younger audience. They certainly have done that by alienating all their loyal SG-1 and Atlantis fans of fifteen seasons. What is this? It's like 'Melrose Place' that's 'Lost In Space.'moreless
  • Too much mind swapping and starting to get very boring with way too much sex and cronyism, this series better get its act together or it'll be Bye, Bye soon.

    1.0
    As an extremely AVID fan of Stargate, Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, I must express that I'm very disappointed with Stargate Universe. Why is there no mention of Atlantis, or what happened to it after it landed in San Francisco Bay at the end of the series, also, how is it possible that Ancients from hundreds of thousands of years ago had a HANDHELD dialing device for the gate and a flying camera, but the Atlanteans from only 10,000 years ago had no such gadgets. This series leaves a lot to be desired insofar as a credible plot, and the cast on board the Destiny should have included at least 1 or 2 from Stargate Atlantis to make it more interesting and easier to follow. I honestly think that the entire series is going to come crashing down as the one and only WORST FAILURE from the Stargate franchise.moreless
  • Not what I was expecting...

    7.0
    Don't get me wrong, I liked the episode its just that I was expecting a bit more from it. I mean for one, Richard Dean Anderson. I was under the impression that he would feature more. I mean they need to start having full guest appearances from him instead of just "Spcieal Appearance By..." I mean way to underuse his character. The stuff with Eli, Chloe, and Young was good. Not so much with Eli and Chloe, but Young's story was more interesting. And we have conformation that there was something going on between Young and TJ, so there's some development on that front. Telford was being an idiot again. If he really cared about the people on the ship he wouldn't have fled like a coward. But I guess its a perception thing cause some people just see it as following orders. I did however have a big smile on my face when it turned out Rush fooled them. I am interested to see what Telford went back to Young's wife for. Would he pretend to be Young and try to get himself some. Either way it'll beinteresting. I'd like to see Young punch him in the face though.moreless
  • I enjoyed this episode.

    10
    I wasn't planning on writing a review for this show, but then I saw the reviews that some others had written putting this episode down so here I go. I actually enjoyed this episode very much, because of all the mind switching. I found it quite entertaining. I was surprised that the Commander had no problem kissing his wife, even though it wasn't his body. I wondered how she felt, because she was with her husband but then again she wasn't. LOL See what I mean, very entertaining. Don't think about it too hard though or your head might start hurting.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

Carlo Rota

Carlo Rota

Carl Strom

Guest Star

Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe

Herself

Guest Star

Ryan Kennedy

Ryan Kennedy

Dr. Williams

Guest Star

Ming-Na

Ming-Na

Camille Wray

Recurring Role

Richard Dean Anderson

Richard Dean Anderson

Lieutenant General Jack O'Neill

Recurring Role

Lou Diamond Phillips

Lou Diamond Phillips

Colonel David Telford

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In "Darkness" and ""Light", Destiny dropped out of FTL about a day before entering the star and had to preform an aerobraking maneuver to slow down. In this episode, the ship exited FTL a lot closer to the star, due to the fact that it had more energy in its reserves, as it had recharged itself recently, and was able to slow down using its engines.

    • The 14th, 15th, and 16th Kino Webisodes ("You Okay?," "Do I Look Stupid," and "All Telford's Fault") take place during this episode.

    • The Destiny's weapons systems are activated for the first time in this episode. It consists of several energy turrets on both sides of the ship that rapidly discharge yellow energy pulses. This is much different then any Ancient ships previously seen which primarily used the Drone weapons. Although, it is similar to the weapon found at the Doranda outpost, the site of Project Arcturus, in the Pegasus Galaxy in the Stargate Atlantis episode "Trinity."

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Telford: You're late.
      Young: It's my fault.
      O'Neill: Thanks for joining us, Colonel.
      Young: Sorry, sir. I wasn't expecting a party.
      Telford: We may have figured out a way to get you home.
      O'Neill: Surprise!

    • Young: Well, I can't force people to do something they don't wanna do.
      O'Neill: You're in command of that ship! It's not a democracy.
      Young: I'm sorry, sir. It's just ... it's not that simple.
      O'Neill: Yes! Yes, it is! A United States senator is dead. His daughter and dozens of other people are trapped a billion light years away from home. The President wants it done.
      Young: Sir, with all due respect ...
      O'Neill: You're being given a direct order, Colonel.
      Young: And I'm telling you that, regardless of the consequences to my standing, I'm going to take the situation under advisement. I will let you know my decision tomorrow.

    • Strom: Make this happen.
      Camille: I'm not a scientist. How can I do that?
      Strom: You have influence. The people on board need to believe it'll get them home.
      Camille: Even if, in reality, it can get us all killed.
      Strom: Not what I've been told.
      Camille: Why are you pushing so hard?
      Strom: If this works, we think we might be able to use the data to re-engineer the process in one of our ships here in this galaxy.
      Camille: Dial a Gate to Destiny without an Icarus-type planet.
      Strom: Yes - and get the team that was supposed to go in the first place back on board. Now that we know where the ninth chevron leads, this mission has taken on even more importance.
      Camille: Why isn't Rush here?
      Strom: Ah. We're not convinced Rush wants to come home.

    • Rush: Given how little we know about this ship ...
      Camille: Can't we at least try it, and abort if something goes wrong?
      Rush: Well, unfortunately, the "something goes wrong" part would most likely mean the ship exploding.
      Young: Not according to the people who came up with the idea.
      Rush: Well, if only all science was that definitive, Colonel. You're just gonna have to choose who you wanna believe.

    • Chloe: Nothing to worry about. Doesn't hurt at all.
      Eli: Do I look worried?
      Chloe: A little.
      Eli: Just trying to figure out what I'm gonna say to my mom.
      Riley: My family thinks I'm on sabbatical in Africa.
      Eli: So, when it's time to come back, what do I do? Click my heels three times?
      Riley: There's no way for you to disconnect the transmission yourself. The base needs to be manually shut down. There's a device on the other side as well, and turning either off will sever the connection.
      Eli: Pretty cool.
      Riley: Easiest way to swap consciousness with someone across the universe I've ever seen!

    • Rush: Colonel Telford.
      Telford: I'll just get right to it. I've been ordered to enact the rescue plan put forward by the I.O.A.
      Rush: Rescue plan?
      Scott: I don't understand.
      Telford: I brought Doctors McCormick and Williams with me. (To Rush) I believe you know them.
      Rush: Yes.
      Telford: I've already set them to work.
      Scott: What about Colonel Young?
      Telford: Effective immediately, I'm assuming command of the Destiny.

    • Young: You replaced me?
      O'Neill: For now.
      Young: Without waiting to hear my answer?
      O'Neill: You were going to say ...?
      Young: Give us more time.
      O'Neill: Then you were going to be disobeying a direct order.
      Young: Sir ...
      O'Neill: Look, I offered you command of the expedition. You were my first choice. But you turned it down. Your exact words, as I recall, were, "I don't think it's still in me, sir."
      Young: Well, I'm there now, sir, whether I like it or not - whether anyone likes it. This is wrong and you know it. I spent most of my career looking up to you because you always did the right thing even if it meant disregarding the chain of command.
      O'Neill: Colonel. Don't think I like this.

    • Telford: We're proceeding with the test next time we drop out of F.T.L.
      Rush: Colonel, the man nearly died.
      Telford: You're the one who put him in jeopardy.
      Rush: I was trying to make sure you didn't kill us all.
      Telford: I'm not going to.
      Rush: OK, I accept responsibility for what happened, but you forced the situation, and activating the weapons system the way you're proposing is completely reckless.
      Telford: Come on, Rush. These people are in danger just being here, evidenced by what just happened. The ship is falling apart. They're the wrong people for this. We need to get them home.
      Rush: Yeah, well, there's a right way of doing that.
      Telford: We are doing it the right way.
      Rush: That's a matter of opinion.
      Telford: Look, I know that we've had our differences in the past ...
      Rush: Yeah. You wanted me off the expedition team. I remember.
      Telford: It was my duty to express concern for how everyone else felt about you.
      Rush: So are you suggesting that my judgment is now somehow clouded? Or is it that I'm just plain lying?
      Telford: Admit it, Rush. After everything that's happened, you're afraid they're not going to let you come back.

    • Camille: A lot of people are behind this.
      Rush: Well, a lot of people play the lottery. What's surprising is they'd do it with their lives.
      Camille: I know you're opposed. I have serious concerns myself. I'm just wondering how much safer it might be if you were involved.

    • Greer: They can't keep me locked up in here forever.
      Scott: But you know he will, long as he can. (He chuckles.) What you did...!
      Greer: He had it coming to him. Look, just shut down the damn stones.
      Scott: I'm not you, Ron. He's our commanding officer.
      Greer: Colonel Young is our commanding officer.
      Scott: Telford's got guards posted twenty-four/seven. What am I supposed to do?

    • Eli: All right, this is ridiculous. Jumping back and forth without any warning is completely... (He finishes the sentence alone in his hotel on Earth.) ...unacceptable. Seriously.

    • Young: Colonel Telford removed not only any sense of command but the two scientists that designed and implemented the program that was causing the crisis.
      Williams: The situation appeared to be irreversible.
      Young: Of course, and Dr. Rush was able to avoid catastrophic disaster.
      Williams: Yes, and we'd like to see how he did that, along with the rest of the data collected during the experiment.
      Young: Yeah, those were people's lives you were experimenting with.
      Telford: We were trying to get them home.
      Young: (stopping and glaring at him) You cut and ran.
      Strom: There was no point in three more lives being lost if it could be avoided.
      O'Neill: Colonel Telford was following orders.
      Young: Sure. After much consideration, we've decided to stay in communication with Earth. I hope personal visits for everyone on board will still be permitted.
      Strom: That depends, Colonel.
      O'Neill: Consider it done.
      Young: Thank you, sir. I'm afraid the time that I've allotted for this briefing is now up. (He throws a look at Telford, then nods politely to O'Neill.) General.

    • Young: We're going to have to be tough, disciplined. The road may be longer than many of us hoped. We will have to sacrifice, compromise, work together without exceptions.
      (Cut to the Control Room where Eli is watching the Kino recording of Young's pep talk on the console screen. Young walks into the Control Room.)
      Eli: I thought you did a good job. People need to know the truth ... but they also need hope.
      Young: I need you to do something for me.
      Eli: Sure thing.
      Young: Go over the data collected as they tried to dial the Gate.
      Eli: I have already. There's a lot I don't understand.
      Young: Well, then, you need to learn - as fast as you can, and you talk to whoever you have to.
      Eli: Do you think Rush is hiding something?
      Young: That's what I want you to tell me.
      (Eli nods. Young turns and leaves the room and Eli swings back around to the console and continues the playback of the earlier recording.)
      Young: We are going to survive. We are going to make it home. Make no mistake. My first priority is to make sure that we all return to those we love.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: November 6, 2009 on Space
      UKv: November 10, 2009 on Sky1
      Australia: November 13, 2009 on Sci Fi
      Germany: March 24, 2010 on RTL II
      Sweden: April 9, 2010 on TV6
      Czech Republic: December 21, 2012 on FANDA

    • Music: Many Moons (Janelle Monáe), Sincerely (Janelle Monáe)

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