Stargate Universe

Season 1 Episode 17

Pain

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 14, 2010 on Syfy
7.2
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The Destiny crew are plagued by visions of their worst fears when a parasitic infestation strikes an away team.

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  • A hostage situation and a possible parasitic epidemic sends Destiny into a paranoid and dangerous spin.

    8.5
    A hostage situation and a possible parasitic epidemic sends Destiny into a paranoid and dangerous spin.



    Pain finds the Destiny infected with parasites that cause hallucinations in their hosts, with only limited persons infected.



    A dark and enjoyable piece, SGU is the best sci-fi around at the moment.



    Exploring our deepest fears and greatest pain, we see the depths that people can go to in extreme situations.



    Chloes' time with her father raised a few questions for me - about how long i would try to hide my own infection if i were in her shoes.



    The exploration of loss seems the motif of SGU.



    Greers' paranoia and his investigation of Camille is fantasticly combined with the Alien hallucinations of Rush - climaxing in a bloody and frightning showdown.



    This is the sort of episode you have to watch twice to pick up on everything and to understand what was truely reality.



    Overall one of those off-beat eps that you'll either love or hate because it is a stand alone ep and many will find it simply frustrating.



    However, it is one of the very few stand alones we're likely to see so just try to enjoy the ride on this one.moreless
  • Quite filler

    7.0
    I hoped this episode would be something major but it wasn't. It was not too new idea either: there have been the water poisoning etc before. This time some bug and even if it started quite intriguingly and I was wondering: what Scott is doing, after the moment third illusion was shows, it was sure what is going on.. Ok, it was sure before that Scott would not die.. so.. it was little bit blur road to go but great acting by Lt James part.



    And I did loved Greer vs Camille vs Rush too. Their paranoia was great and that Rush attacked Camille. Mmm.. will that affect their plotting together later? And Chloe's illusion. Ok.. she just seems to get all the crying parts. I liked more those storylines what gave her the change to so her strengths like Justice and Divided etc.moreless
  • Another filler episode

    5.0
    The second half of the season has certainly been better than the first but then we come to an episode like this...essentially just a filler to make up the required order of episodes.



    It isn't that this episode is necessarily bad or boring, it's just that it really doesn't contribute much. I'll say it again: if you have to have dull, filler episodes you might as well reduce the size of the season and have maintain quality.



    The season is almost at an end now and I hope that they make more of an effort with next season. About half of season one has been disappointing and had it been Fox, I am sure the season would have been cancelled.moreless
  • the only pain is that of the viewer/fan

    4.0
    It think this episode was very poor/boring... Am I not up-to date with the news, has this show transformed into star TREK combined with doctor house? I really looked like I was watching a mid-season star-trek episode.In fact I think that there really were some star trek episodes where everybody hallucinated. I think EVERY show can have an episode where everybody hallucinates... This was by far the worst episode by now, there were some "attempts" on making a bad episode before, but this one confirmed to me that there were not like that by accident. Please, stargate director,when you are about to do such an episode again, just cancel it and make the next one, I think we can wait 2 or 3 weeks for a real stargate episode.moreless
  • Awful :(

    1.0
    OK I have been following SGU every week.... Each Saturday morning I look forward to downloading (as I'm in the UK) the latest instalment with excitement. But that excitement's nothing to do with the last weeks episode having been awesome, its simply because I'm still in a state of denial and think this show might actually one day excite me as Stargate, BSG, Carprica, Star Trek etc have done over the years.



    Instead I watch the episode and find myself fighting the urge to keep hitting the skip forward 10 seconds button, its so damn boring, been here before etc.



    I agree absolutely with previous comment "The writers should be shot", the main problem with this show is one HUGE misconception on the writers part, that people are interested in these characters personal drama's, past lives etc, that we want a melodrama in space. Notice whenever they go back to earth using the stone's. Instead of some exciting story we get a wollowing personal story/tragedy played out. Add to that the music they play in the middle of the shows, where they feature people crying in their rooms, it reminds me of the cheesy music they used to drop in the middle of an episode of neighbours, when something life shattering happens like Harold Bishop going missing.



    I'm not heartless, I just wanted a sci-fi show, not a soap opera and if it is as it seems a soap opera, I'm certain I could find a far better one, with better acting if I looked outside of the sci-fi genre.



    I like others, were perhaps a bit confused, for a while I figured this was simply character development, a chance for us all to empaphise and understand our cast. But its gone on and on to the point I actually am certain the writers are making a drama in space.



    The stories are LAME. they waste so many oppurtunities in this show to make this exciting, seat of your pants, sci-fi with some action and adrenaline. Its just boring and I'm sick of watching it unfold.



    Unfortunately, I'll remain in denial again, next saturday and download another episode, thinking It all might change, or that indeed, someone does shoot the writers and someone new comes in and says "guys, this has to end, people don't want this crap, they want sci-fi and that means a little more than stars and stargates amongst dribble & depression, it means EXCITEMENT for the viewers"



    If not I guess I will have to wait on Caprica coming back, because that is AWESOME and five minutes of that show, i'd take over the last 17 episodes of SGU in a heartbeatmoreless
Louis Ferreira

Louis Ferreira

Colonel Everett Young

Brian J. Smith

Brian J. Smith

1st 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

Christopher McDonald

Christopher McDonald

Senator Alan Armstrong

Guest Star

Gordon Grice

Gordon Grice

Matt Balic

Guest Star

Sean Blakemore

Sean Blakemore

Reginald Greer

Guest Star

Julia Benson

Julia Benson

2nd Lt. Vanessa James

Recurring Role

Patrick Gilmore

Patrick Gilmore

Dr. Dale Volker

Recurring Role

Peter Kelamis

Peter Kelamis

Adam Brody

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