Stargate Universe

Season 1 Episode 6


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 30, 2009 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

To replenish their supplies the crew attempts to harvest water from an ice planet. While Young and Scott gather the ice, a swarm of alien creatures attack a soldier and threaten the rest of the crew.

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  • Going in the same direction Battlestar Galactica went? Why do you think Sci-Fi fans hate Battlestar Galactica? Who are those people who like Battlestar Galactica and ruined it for everyone else?moreless

    I don't know about you guys but I prefer the adventurous style that slowly developped in SG-1 with a large dose of humor. Once you started caring about the characters they'd throw in some character drama, but always trying to do it in a fun and adventerous way. This show is all about character drama, just like Battlestar Galactica, Beverly Hills, Melrose Place and all the teen derivatives like OC, Everwood, etc. The story (and all sense of adventure) gets twisted and screwed to make space for more character drama. My god, how annoying and predictable the episodes become when they try to force this stuff in there.

    What is it with trying to bring some cliché theme across every single espisode? What is it with all the relationship issues and sexscenes? I mean, come on, why is Sci-Fi being turned into teen opera and a popularity contest?

    When I saw all these young actors I already knew they were going the Battlestar Galactica/Heroes route. At least Heroes occasionally is entertaining because of a reasonably interesting storyline and some of their younger actors are actually quite good (Sylar being the main one of course).

    But if you start putting in dramascene after dramascene right at the start of a show it's just taking away any possible future caring about the characters. In other words, I hate them all already, except for Eli and Rush.moreless
  • Mysteriously the water supply seems to be depleted faster than the group is consuming it. The Destiny falls out of light speed travel and presents a planet as a possible source of water. Young and Scott go looking for water/ice on the planet.moreless

    An interesting episode with a few different plots to look at. The first being the fact the water supply seems to be dropping at a radical rate based on use. Something like 40% more water was missing than actually used by the crew. So Destiny seems to recognize that fact and drops out of light speed and presents a possible planet that could have drinkable water on it. The problem is the planet does not have breathable air so Colonel Young and Lt. Scott must wear the two pressure suits that work on Destiny.

    Young leaves 1st Lt. Johansen, the medical officer, in charge while he's gone. A number of the crew start seeing some strange bug like creatures swarming the different decks on Destiny. A Corporal who is guarding the water supply fires on the bugs and ends up being attacked and severely wounded.

    Now the crew has two major problems to deal with. What to do about the bugs that must be consuming the water and also can be a threat to the personell and getting enough water onto Destiny to suffice for a while.

    Interesting two story episode with a little bit of tragedy built in. Nice interaction between Young and Scott. Also we get to see Johansen under fire so to speak. A completely wrapped one episode story in this episode which is sort of different considering this is the sixth episode and its the first self-contained episode so far. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Best episode so far...

    This is the best episode I've seen so far, though mixing in a little Lou Diamond Phillips would have made it better. However, there was some action in this episode with the "killer dust particles" and a nice set design on the frozen planet - nice touch with the two moons. However, why did Colonel Young & the captain go together on the planet to retrieve the ice? Aren't they the only two that can fly the shuttle in the event of an emergency? I mean the ship can navigate itself, and Rush can handle that as well, but if they need to use the shuttle for something, might be better to leave at least one of the pilots on board the ship? But this was a good episode, the show has potential. It's just a little dry at times, but this episode had a little more action in it.moreless
  • Boring, lacking intelligence, nice effects...

    While the overall marksmanship in creating the show is kinda admireable (except for the shaky cam), the storys are just getting duller and duller. I mean ok, it's a nice touch to give them "real problems" to deal with instead of having [insert tech problem here] having been solved by McKay using [genious tech solution here], but if they are trying to make it realistic, they should at least have someone use their brains for once like

    a) How much Ice was on that Kino-Strap? I'd guess it would have been at least 200 litres, so how about that: Combine Rope with Kino-Strap? Uaaahhh... or b) Get more Rope, dial the gate, have a LOT of people pull.... oh well, and that's what I've come up with while watching the episode after like 9 beers... Oh and the side plot? Well... pointless comes to mind, because neither did we learn anything about that sand bug dudes, nor did they do anything for the plot except of giving an explantion why so much water is missing, and even that doesn't make sense, because "Admit it, you bunch of alien bugs with less body mass than Dr. Rush did drink 40.000 litres of water" .... riiiiiiight. There was exactly one promising scene in the whole episode and it got ruined minutes later. Namely the scene Lt. James sneaking up on Scott and the politicians daughter whose name I didn't care enough to memorize... But oh well, despite being ditched over the course of one episode or two, for no apparent reason, James doesn't get angry or hurt or anything, but no, she feels symphaty for the other girl and immediatly goes holding her hand because Scott is about to die.... riiiight.

    Oh and not to forget the girls Ipod... Ok, they've stumbled across those "charge up plates" which they used to power their flashlights, but it's really a stretch to assume that they would allow anyone to charge their IPOD on it...

    And I could keep going on and on...moreless
  • Im expecting more from this new series. Waste of my 60 minutes

    First of all the episode is so full of drama. They stretch episodes with dramatic none sense. I like the BSG atmosphere but its just so shalow. It lack character development. And think of other names for character, the head doctor is "Johansen", why because she looks like scarlet johansen? Lame. The missions are lame. That last mission is not to be considered episode. Why because a lead character almost fell on an icy planet? It sounds interesting but I think now is the time to introduce antagonist characters from other planets. Com'on think of a new scenario. You've done that in episode 3, instead of sand now its ice...moreless
Robert Carlyle

Robert Carlyle

Dr. Nicholas Rush

Louis Ferreira

Louis Ferreira

Colonel Everett Young

David Blue

David Blue

Eli Wallace

Brian J. Smith

Brian J. Smith

1st Lt. Matthew Scott

Jamil Walker Smith

Jamil Walker Smith

MSgt. Ronald Greer

Elyse Levesque

Elyse Levesque

Chloe Armstrong

Julia Benson

Julia Benson

2nd Lt. Vanessa James

Recurring Role

Patrick Gilmore

Patrick Gilmore

Dr. Dale Volker

Recurring Role

Jennifer Spence

Jennifer Spence

Dr. Lisa Park

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The wormhole effect was shown for the first time in this episode. It is blue like the Milky Way wormhole effects seen in the later years of Stargate SG-1 as apposed to the Pegasus wormhole effects in Stargate Atlantis which are green.

    • The EVA suits from the Destiny are identical to the battle suits worn by the Asgard in the Stargate Atlantis episodes "First Contact" and "The Lost Tribe."

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Riley: Yeah, I read about these Chinese miners who survived a cave-in for six days by drinking their urine.
      Greer: I'm going to go ahead and pretend I didn't hear that.

    • Young: Well, where are we at then, Rush?
      Rush: Probably at less than 40% of original design capacity.
      Young: You think I can't tell when someone just pulls a number out of his ass?
      Rush: What?
      Eli: Uh, I actually pulled that number out of my ass.

    • Eli: It looks like we entered the Hoth system. (everyone looks blank) Empire Strikes Back? Second Star Wars movie? Okay, I refuse to call it Episode 5.

    • Eli: Everyone is lying.
      Rush: Yeah, grownups do that sometimes.

    • Scott: How about you lower the gun down and I shoot myself free.
      Young: That's good thinking. There's no way the bullets will ricochet into your ass.

    • Young: Maybe there's a way for me to get down there.
      Scott: That's just as stupid.
      Young: "That's just as stupid, Sir."

    • Rush: Colonel, I understand your desire to rescue Lt. Scott, of course, and only you can decide how much time you have left. But Lt., if Col. Young remains there trying to free you, to pull you up by himself, there is a chance he might not make it back.
      Scott: He's right!
      Young: Just keep the gate active. We're gonna make it back with your damn ice, which is all you really care about.
      Rush: Colonel...
      Young: Young out!

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: October 30, 2009 on Space
      UK: November 3, 2009 on Sky1
      Australia: November 6, 2009 on Sci Fi
      Germany: March 17, 2010 on RTL II
      Sweden: April 2, 2010 on TV6
      Czech Republic: December 20, 2012 on FANDA


    • Eli: It looks like we entered the Hoth system. (everyone looks blank) Empire Strikes Back? Second Star Wars movie? Okay, I refuse to call it Episode 5.

      Hoth was a desolate ice planet that the Rebel Alliance established a base on in order to remain hidden from the Empire. The Battle of Hoth is considered one of the Star Wars series' most memorable sequences.

    • Alien:

      There are several references to the Alien franchise in this episode. When the aliens on Destiny are first mentioned to Eli he asks "How long until they start bursting out of our chests?" This is a reference to the chest-burster from the first Alien film. Also the character of Gorman, who is injured by the aliens on Destiny, is also the name of a space marine in the sequel Aliens. In the film Gorman is also injured by an alien attack and spends much of the film unconscious in sick bay. The scenes where Greer is searching the ship with a jury rigged flame-thrower are very reminiscent of similar scenes in the original Alien film. The visual look of the flame-throwers are also very similar. The visual style of the space-suited characters in a hostile environment is similar to the beginning of the original Alien film.