Stargate Universe

Season 2 Episode 9

Visitation

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 23, 2010 on Syfy
8.2
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The Destiny crew members who chose to remain on the alien planet somehow cross the galactic void to meet with Young and the others. Meanwhile, Chloe prepares for her final transformation.

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  • Okay, you're being too deep again.

    9.0
    While I thought the episode was aiming for a profundity it didn't earn or deserve, it seemed to have an actual science fiction concept to sell. And a downright creepy one at that: watching people relive their deaths, particularly deaths by exposure and dehydration. It beats Rush and Simeon going all Die Hard and The Lion King on each other.



    I'm also not sure what the point of the others leaving and getting killed was. So we got a faith vs. science debate. It was almost like Remi Aubuchon was trying to point out how stupid the idea was for people to leave the ship in the first place.



    And I'm still not sure what the heck is going on with Johansen's baby. So she fantasized the whole thing? Or the planet aliens gave her a projected fantasy? Or some other aliens? Or what?



    But I'll overlook all that for writer Aubuchon actually making me care about these people. Everybody including the recurrings except James had their "moment," and there was the impression that these people actually had come together and were working for a crew. Young and Camille were back to a much more civil working relationship leavened with bits of humor. Rush was just enough of a jerk. Volker, Brody, and Eli should start a comedy team. Eli is back to doing kino recordings. And Johansen while not great, came across as the soul of compassion. Scott was the weak link, but he usually is.



    What stood out was Greer, who for the first time seemed like a human being. He was still a gungho jerk sometimes, but whether he was talking with Park, or actually daring to insult Scott, or asking Chloe to forgive him in advance for killing her, it was a great performance by an actor more often that not asked to play soldier-psycho.



    Chloe was a close second, and for the first time I actually cared that she was about ready to transform into something alien. It helped that she didn't mope, something else that the actress and Scott's often do. She knows what's coming, she deals with it. And... scene.



    Overall, get Remi Aubuchon back to write more episodes. He came on as Executive Consultant this season, and judging from his writing in this episode, I think we can now figure why the show has improved in its sophomore season.moreless
  • Very depressing episode.

    4.0
    The crew that chose to remain on the monolith planet had way more faith than survival skills, so they died. But somehow their dead bodies reanimate when the shuttle is mysteriously transported back to the main SGU ship. But there's a time-limit on how long their reanimated bodies will survive, then the main SGU crew gets to watch them die a second death.



    Lt. Johansen learns that her baby wasn't on the planet, so whatever comfort she got from that dream is now squashed.



    It appears Chloe will soon mutate into the enemy soon. Chloe and Greer speculate that it'll probably be him that kills her once the mutation is complete. Even though that scene is as depressing as the rest of this episode, I still thought it was a great performance by Greer.



    I just don't understand why SGU's writers want this much despair and angst!moreless
  • The crew members left behind on an alien world return to destiny but not all is what it seems

    4.0
    Personally I thought this episode was pointless; sure it tied up a loose end but in no way did it progress the SGU storyline. Once more I feel the writing has let this show down with long drawn out speeches, and more religion than science fiction. If the flagship franchise that is Stargate has nowhere else to go but to copy Battlestars one true god storyline than I weep for the future of science fiction. These two concepts science fiction and religion have their own audiences and mixing the two into one just never works well i.e Caprica. Having those crew members returned to destiny wasn't the fault with this episode it was the religious overtones thrown into the mix. The pattern/signal/message that is apparently the goal of destiny's mission was enough but to then entertain the gods will story arch was a bit too much for my liking. The writer need to truly return to what made SG1 and SGA popular with the fans and leave the one true god story with BSG.moreless
  • A slower, more thoughtful episode.

    8.5
    Spoilers.



    After the last few crazy episodes we get a far quieter episode. Some reviews have decried the episode as another SF show going 'all religious' and copying BSG, I think they missed the point.



    There is a central mystery in this episode - how and why the colonist group were returned - annoyingly this is never fully explained, but it looks a lot like the planet-building aliens did it. There is enough left unexplained to begin with to allow Kane to insist it was a miracle, at least until as his friends start dying and even he realizes that it was probably the aliens. This framework allows intelligent discussion from multiple viewpoints about higher powers, faith, miracles, souls and such without stating outright that these things exist in one form or another (which is where I and many others feel BSG and Lost have tripped up recently). THIS is how I want religion and spirituality handled - no absolutes. Most SF shows get this right - Star Trek, Farscape, Babylon 5, even older Stargate has gotten this correct.



    It has to be said that this is not a happy episode. As well as the colonists sucumming one by one, we also have Johansen's baby not being on the planet (althoguh with SGU, who's really to say this was definitely the colonists and not some misdirection?) and Chloe recording her last goodbyes as most people begin to accept her change as inevitable. This reaches a crescendo where Greer, Yes Greer, has the best, most emotional scene of the episode as he asks her forgiveness for what will have to be done.



    SGU has had trouble with some of these smaller, more thoughtful episodes (see Cloverdale), but here it uses the cast of characters to perfection and that the crew seem to be acting more like a cohesive group every week is a welcome change from all the constant bickering of the first season.moreless
  • alien set up??? new shuttle or old bad shuttle

    7.5
    i have that the visitation episode is an alien set up with clones of the abandonned crew so the destiny crew have no regrets but we gain a shuttle and it seem better than the last one. finaly in the stargate saga it is recurrent that a planet population or a human colony is wipe out to end or close its case. a shuttle seem to be a necessity to the survival of the crew so its return is a good new and may help in battle. in syfy it is common to make a RESERVE: a crew member (not the generic crew) who disappear and reappear for a special episode (a sideshow side show) and it arrive just before the mid-season crisis who is less catastrophic than the end of season crisis.did i say crisis or i may had say cliffhanger, who know what will happen, the writers i hope.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

Camille Sullivan

Camille Sullivan

Val

Guest Star

Michelle Harrison

Michelle Harrison

Rachel

Guest Star

Tobias Slezak

Tobias Slezak

Peter

Guest Star

Peter Kelamis

Peter Kelamis

Adam Brody

Recurring Role

Patrick Gilmore

Patrick Gilmore

Dale Volker

Recurring Role

Vincent Gale

Vincent Gale

Morrison

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (8)

    • Eli: Okay, trust me. These aliens built a planet from scratch and can just throw a shuttle between galaxies. I'm pretty sure they could impersonate Caine if they wanted to.
      Volker: Brody used to do a pretty good Caine.
      Brody: I thought it was the other way around.

    • Caine: I don't even drive a car.
      Brody: Just what a Trojan would say.
      Eli: The guys in the horse were Greek.
      Brody: Well, why is it a "Trojan" horse?
      Eli: Because they're from Troy...
      Young: You guys done?

    • Caine: You have to admit that our arrival here is nothing less than miraculous, Eli.
      Eli: (mutes the microphone) "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Arthur C. Clarke.
      Young: "Turn the mike back on." Winston Churchill.
      Eli: Really?

    • Park: What was that all about?
      Greer: I see you haven't spent time with the new arrivals.
      Park: No.
      Greer: Eight science types, no survival skills.. I've seen a lot of people go in my time, and I know I'm going to see more before I'm done here. I have never seen anyone come back until now.
      Park: Okay, you're being too deep again.

    • Camille: They're still our people
      Young: They don't creep you out? Even a little?
      Camille: Well, a lot of people creep me out a little, so I'm not the best person to ask.
      Young: Really?
      Camille: A little.
      Young: Me?
      Camille: Not as much now.
      Young: Oh, that's good. Progress.

    • Camille: Look, this might be a long shot, but I'd like to put you and the others in the shuttle under hypnosis. See if I can stimulate memories from your subconscious.
      Young: The IOA teach you that?
      Camille: Yeah, they did.
      Young: Anything else I should know about?
      Camille: That I was a little overqualified for HR?

    • Chloe: (recording her goodbye) I love you, Matt. Know that. I wish that I could have shown you off to my friends and hear you say "dang" in front of my mom. I wish we could have grown old together and had a family, but I'm grateful for what we had. Please take care of everyone. You're far more important to holding this place together than you know. Take care of Eli, because he's going to take care of you in his own way. And forgive Ronald. He did what he had to do, and if it was going to be anyone, I'm glad it was him. Okay? I love you.

    • Johansen: After all of this, you still believe?
      Caine: That is faith, T.J. I believe that my soul has already moved on, and is looking down even now marveling at how kind you are to comfort a shadow. You have to believe with all of your heart that your daughter is in a better place. The greatest gift that you can give to her, and to all of us, is to live your life. To fulfill Destiny's mission and have faith in each other.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: November 26, 2010 on SPACE
      Australia: November 26, 2010 on Sci Fi
      UK: November 30, 2010 on Sky1
      Sweden: January 28, 2011 on TV6
      Germany: April 13, 2011 on RTL II
      Czech Republic: February 1, 2013 on FANDA

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