Stargate Universe

Season 1 Episode 18

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 21, 2010 on Syfy
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Rush believes someone involved with the Destiny has been spying on them for the Lucian Alliance.

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  • when did SG become all pro-torture? why are they killing the good parts of SG?

    3.0
    This is not the Stargate I rememeber. And not just because they lost their sense of humor and tried to be a boring replay of Battlestar Galatica. It was nice to see Jack & Daniel but both were out of character (since when would Daniel the scientist be the super spy they send out to track Rush??) Sure I can see them having one of the bad 'guys' *claim* torture is effective, but there is no way that General O'Neill would condone it - TWICE in an episode.



    This might be it for me. First the show is boring, the long break midseason didn't help. Either explore planets or find an enemy to fit. This sittinng around on the ship with the existential crises is forced and uninteresting. I don't like any of the characters except maybe Eli and sometimes Rush & the Doctor. Chloe is annoying and pointless, I keep hoping she'll die. Scott is annoyingly religous and a slut. Greer is creepy, annoying and boring. They are killing anything I loved about SG (the exploration of new planets, the interactions between characters, the humor).moreless
  • Details of Colonel Telfords betrayel of the SGU come in flashes to Rush as he sleeps, information Rush has unwillingly absorbed after using the communication stones.

    7.0
    Details of Colonel Telfords betrayel of the SGU come in flashes to Rush as he sleeps, information Rush has unwillingly absorbed after using the communication stones.



    With suspiscion already cast toward Col. Telford for previous transgressions, Col. Young and Rush formulate a plan to flush out the Colonel and uncover the Lucian Alliances agenda.



    Rush tried to infiltrate the Lucian Alliance by pretending to be Col. Telford while Young interrogates Telford aboard destiny.



    A great episode and although a large proportion is filmed on Earth, it doesn't seem to matter with the story line being so engaging.



    Cameo's by R D Anderson and Michael Shanks are actually digestable (so many of the SG1 cameos are wooden and horrid!) but this was a refreshing use of Daniel and Oniell and i think they were given enough airtime to really feel the part.



    I found the interrogation of Telford a little over-cooked. Only because most viewers, i feel, know that Young is moving ahead under the assumption that Telford is brain-washed and that means Telford must die and be revived to be himself again. With this knowlege i dont think many of us found the closing scene that dramatic at all.



    Thoroughly enjoyable.moreless
  • Enjoyable episode.

    8.0
    Spoilers ahead naturally.



    A good episode for the most part. It was interesting to see Young trying to decide who he hates more - Rush or Telford, then being pleasantly surprised Rush was telling the truth. The threat implied by the new 'Icarus' planet gives a nice opportunity for many rivals to attempt to board Destiny as long as they can find the right planet. Telford really is someone you love to hate, now even more so, hopefully he's just a traitor and not brainwashed as that makes him much more fun.



    As for the SG1 elements, I'm a bit conflicted. It's nice to see General O'Neill and Dr Jackson involved as it's hard not to miss their characters, but I don't really care to see the Lucian Alliance or the other races from the older SG shows getting involved, Destiny is many galaxies away - can't we have more threats from there instead? This might be an attempt to keep the SG-1 fans satisfied and interested, but personally I'd rather they kept the ties as thin as possible.



    I'm still not sure why Rush blabs his own name rather than someone else, couldn't he have pretended to be Greer for example just as easily? Then he wouldn't have to have helped the Alliance with the 9th chevron problem. It's not as if they said "you're a soldier and no use to us, we're going to kill you." Then you could understand him saying it to stay alive and understandable in the situation.



    The tension on the ship between the civilians and the military is going nowhere and getting annoying. I kind of hope this isn't just leading up to a finale with the Alliance boarding Destiny as that just sounds too predictable. I'll still be tuning in to find out though.moreless
  • Okay, let's just start by saying I love this show; it's stargate but of a different flavour. I loved the scenes with Jack and Daniel, but there was just ONE thing in this ep that messed it up for memoreless

    9.0
    Yes this show focuses more heavily on characteisation and their relationships than it does space battles etc. And it works; great, splendid, that's what SGU has become renound for. It was also a nice thing to see Shanks and Anderson back again (I can only assume why Jack asked Daniel to spy was because he was one of the few he was 100% sure he could trust) but the ONE thing that messed it up was the painfully obvious part of scrimping on the budget. The hyperspace cargoship bit was recycled and the only thing new was the cargoship decloaking which they recycled in the episode. But what really rubbed that in was when the troops ran in and, as opposed to actually seeing the ship leave with rush being bundled into it and being taken, you just had a rushing sound effect, some soldiers running round a corner and Daniel looking into the sky saying 'yeah, they got away' and we're all like "umm, yeah, I guess we'll have to take your word for that" Now I know I'm nit picking because i really do like this show and it has so many brilliant scenes (Rush asks why she killed the scientist and she replies calmly 'you said he was incompitent' and he bluntly replies 'I WAS STALLING!)so yeah, great ep with great characters and great to see some of the old SG1 gang back, but please don't taint that with painfully obvoius attempts to scrimp on the budget!moreless
  • Traitor inside..

    9.0
    Ok.. I just cannot help to think that parts of the episode just reminded me 24. I mean. Rush undercover? Young holding his friend and thinking about torturing him?



    Ok.. but this episode was good. I most say, very good. I loved whole Daniel and Jack input and to see few familiar faces. Also the whole Rush undercover thing was quite enjoyable. He was good on it but it ended bad for him and he trying to solve the same problem again.. Other's storyline.. The whole thing with Telfrod. I most say it was little shocking that he was involved and the way the episode was shown, it let us believe quite long that we can think for the end, was Rush really the traitor or is it Telfrod. It was clever and even with the whole mindwiping explanation.. it is quite hard turn on Telfrod char.moreless
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

Jamil Walker Smith

Jamil Walker Smith

MSgt. Ronald Greer

Alaina Huffman

Alaina Huffman

1st Lt. Tamara Johansen

Ian Butcher

Ian Butcher

Dannic

Guest Star

John Murphy (IV)

John Murphy (IV)

Olan

Guest Star

Trevor Carroll

Trevor Carroll

Staff Sgt. Graham

Guest Star

Peter Kelamis

Peter Kelamis

Adam Brody

Recurring Role

Mike Dopud

Mike Dopud

Varro

Recurring Role

Patrick Gilmore

Patrick Gilmore

Dale Volker

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Rush: I just had a very interesting dream.
      Young: Everyone thinks their dreams are interesting. Nobody else cares.

    • Jack O'Neill: Everett, I'll have you know that I'm missing a national security briefing for this.
      Young: I'm sorry about that, sir.
      Jack O'Neill: Well, if you'd ever been to a national security briefing, you wouldn't say that.

    • Camille: Colonel. I need a minute.
      Young: That's about all I've got right now.
      Camille: Did you bump Dr. Morrison from his spot on the communication stones?
      Young: Yes.
      Camille: Without consulting me?
      Young: Yes.
      Camille: Any particular reason?
      Young: Yes.
      Camille: Would you care to enlighten me?
      Young: No.

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