Stargate Universe

Season 2 Episode 6

Trial and Error

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 02, 2010 on Syfy
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Colonel Young doubts his own sanity when he has visions of Destiny destroyed in an enemy attack.

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  • This meant to be Stargate???? Please!!!!

    This is my first review ever on this webpage and English isn't my first language so I hope You will forgive me all mistakes.

    I managed to this point of this series mostly becuase it takes a lot memory on my satelite box and I have to delete this crap to make a room for some good series.

    First of all itsn't Stargate. Stargate is exploring new worlds, meeteing new races, finding new technologies. Personal drama of individual characters was there (SG1 and SGA) as well but just somewhere on the side and use only to explain individual decisions in present time. And it didn't take all series - was only in few episodes. In here seems that personal drama is only thing show to us by directors/writers. It's seems to be "The Bold and the Beautfiul" just only in space.

    There was few comparisons made here to Battlestar Gallactica and I can see them as well but it wasn't good direction to go. Battlestar is different type of sci-fi movie/series and it has his own fans. Most of Stargate fans were waiting for something else - not for antoher BSG.

    This constant fight about power on the ship is pointless. First of all no one really deserve it. Second of all when it happens in SG1 (military vs NID) you knew who was good one and who should rule. In here it is too cloudy - and we don't need to watch who knows how many seasons to solve it - as I said it's not BSG.

    The characters - it was mention in one of the first episodes that people aboard Destiny are completly random and they are not expedition, more likely survivors after planet explode. Excuse me, what??? Does really writers/directors want to convince me that in Icarus Base, one of probably top secret location ever in history, you could find random people? It wasn't tourist resort for God's dake!!!!

    My personal opinion about characters: Young - the worst commander ever. Amount of changing decision without any reason, hesitation and inconsistency is unbelievable. Example - do not trust Rush, cannot find him in key moments when ship is leaving high speed and not trying to solve the mystery where Rush is disappearing? it's not even funny - it's stupidity for which every commander should be shot. Lt. Scott - first time I can see someone who is lieutenant and still challenge every single order his was given. Dr Rush - strange that his obsession about Destiny, all the secrets he's keeping and his belief that he is the best one didn't kill all aboard yet. All that makes him so repulsive that any time he shows I want to turn off TV. Chloe - have no idea whatsoever why this character was put there. For whole first season she didn't nothing. Now writers try to give her some meaning by changing her into alien or something else but it is so not convincing that they shouldn't try anymore. Remaining scientist seems to be so stupid like someone took them from some small school in the middle of nowhere. And you would imagine that on project such important like nineth symbol it would be only the best one working. Only characters worth to watch are, in my opinion, MSgt. Ronald Greer and 1st Lt. Tamara Johansen. And Eli Wallace isn't bad at all too.

    It's pointless to talk about this specific episode - second in row with dreams and flashbacks. No, thanks.

    Summarise: when I first time heard about SGU I was happy that Stargate journey will be continue. I was bit sad when I noticed SGU was cancelled after two seasons (comparing to 10 seasons of SG1 and 5 of SGA). After I watched all this episodes I'm suprise that it last that long - should be cancelled after first season if not after pilot. Definitively this series don't deserve to be part of Stargate brand.

    PS. The only real and true part of this series is that bit chubby geek can be only friend with not so bad looking senator's daughter but someone else will be spending nights with her. Life.moreless
  • Poor at best

    we are being forced to watch people wallowing in self pitty. We are being asked to care about charetors who have done nothing to grab our attention.

    This is not syfy if it is then its PIGS IN SPACE. SG~U is meaning less its as empty as a polatitions promises, its as bland as whole meal bread, it is as mind dumbing as an injection of novacane. Where is the adventure, where is the excitment, where are the thrills and spills, could this be what we can expect as our weekly dose of escapisam. For god sake the star wars cartoon clone wars is more entertaining than this. Surly there is not going to be a third series of this dross, each week I tune in hoping and preying this is where it starts to become one of the true Star Gate show we all know and love, It's like being forced to watch a wounded animal die slowly. If things do not buck up very soon then sadly it will be RIP Star Gate.

    MGM is about to close down, I can not say I am surprised if this is the best they have to offer.

    Good bye SG1, Good bye SGA, good riddens SGUmoreless
  • Groundhog Day, without humor or imagination - had to force myself to finish it.

    Another hokey "dream", two in a row? When will writers realize the majority of viewers HATE "dream shows"?

    When they figured out the the dreams had a scientific reason, I groaned, because that means more horrible dream shows in the future.

    I'm just guessing, but I suppose the writers were hoping for some kind of psychological horror/thriller, which are great if done correctly - which includes being interesting. So far the writers have failed miserably, IMO.

    As much as I enjoyed SG1 and SGA, I'll probably stop watching this drivel.

    Only enjoyable part of the show was when Greer encouraged Eli to make moves on the pretty hostage. I'm kind of surprised as distrustful as Greer is that it was his idea to leave Eli unguarded with the enemy, even if she is cute and hot, but everyone loves Eli like a puppy, so of course that applies to Greer too LOL. Hopefully this will lead to future tension when she does what enemies do, and hopefully there won't be any boring dreams about it.moreless
  • This is better.

    Many of the previews for this kept on mentioning 'Groundhog Day,' and while there's a few elements of that movie, it has it's own spin. Instead of a do-over of each day, the timeline progresses, but every time Young falls asleep (or passes out from drinking) he sees the blue Aliens attack Destiny to take Chloe. Each time he dreams he sees the outcome from taking different actions, none of them good.

    We've already had the slightly-GHD-esque episode 'Time,' which was I felt one of the strongest episodes of the first season - creepy, brutal and tense. So I was glad this was a little different, Destiny getting in Young's head. Whether a test, a warning or something else entirely is not clear by the end of the episode. The somewhat trite conclusion that Destiny has 'chosen' Young as the leader is completely subverted by the revelation of Rush having simply turned off the program. It's unfortunate we don't see Young 'solve' his dilemma, but then maybe that's the point of the episode and either this situation or something similar is going to happen soon and Young remains unprepared.

    As with all these types of shows we get the guilty pleasures of seeing characters get killed in interesting ways, the ship blown up and how people act when the chips are down.

    We see Young finally spin out of control and drink his cares away. I hope he's still not completely ok, as apparently all it took was a stern lecture from Scott. Chloe is slowly turning blue, as we all expected from last week's episode. Great to see Eli get some love interest after pining after Chloe like a puppy, but have a horrible suspicion she's playing him, lets face it, she's way out of Eli's league, maths nerd or not.

    New problem - I can't stop thinking of Scott as 'Scatt' now. Someone pointed out he tends to refer to himself as this on the radios - "Is anyone there? This is Scaaatt"

    All in all a very solid, intelligent episode after the last couple of duds. Plus no montage!moreless
  • A good episode.

    The episode provided plenty of action and drama with the attacks from the aliens. Even though none of it turned out to be real. (That seems to happen a lot in this series.) There were also some good lighthearted moments with Eli and Ginn. In the end though nothing much actually happened in this episode. However, there were some small developments that have possibly set the direction future episodes may take. Maybe the cryptic statement to Rush from Jeremy at the end of the episode was a hint that the alien attack will actually happen. Also, the alien takeover of Chloe is turning out to be an interesting storyline.moreless
Louis Ferreira

Louis Ferreira

Colonel Everett Young

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

Peter Kelamis

Peter Kelamis

Adam Brody

Recurring Role

Jennifer Spence

Jennifer Spence

Lisa Park

Recurring Role

Patrick Gilmore

Patrick Gilmore

Dale Volker

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Eli: When I was a kid, I wanted to be a vet. Animal doctor. Um, so, um, my mom bought me a hamster to, you know, to teach responsibility. I left the cage door open and my dad stepped on them. That was the end of that career.
      Ginn: Well, I'm sure you would have made a very good doctor. Anyway, um... if it wasn't for the, uh, hamster?
      Eli: It's like a small rodent.
      Ginn: Well, if it wasn't for him, none of us would be here.
      Eli: Hmm. I never thought of that. That's... really weird.

    • Greer: The girl loves math, Eli. And if ever you were gonna have a chance with anyone, this is probably it.
      Eli: Thanks.

    • Eli: But what am I supposed to say? The girl's from another planet.
      Greer: I guess I'm supposed to tell you to be yourself, but in your case...

    • Scott: Look, you're right. I couldn't do it, live with the burden, every day., That is not me... or T.J., or Camile.
      Young: Rush could do it.
      Scott: For Rush, it wouldn't be a burden. And that is why we need you. Because you feel it, but not so much you can't get up and do it all over again the next day.
      Young: Really? You sure? You sure about that, lieutenant?
      Scott: A real leader, a good commander, is not so callous that he stops caring, just enough so he can keep on going. And we both know you are a good commander. It is never going to stop hurting. That's the whole point. For the sake of everyone on the ship, you are going to have to live with it.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      UK: November 9, 2010 on Sky1
      Sweden: January 7, 2011 on TV6
      Germany: March 30, 2011 on RTL II
      Czech Republic: January 28, 2013 on FANDA