Stargate Universe Season 1 Episodes

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Season 1 Episode Guide

Episode 1 - Air, Pt. 1

During an official visit by Senator Armstrong (CHRIS MCDONALD), his assistant Chloe (ELYSE LEVESQUE), and Eli Wallace (DAVID BLUE), a recently recruited gaming genius, to Icarus, a secret off-world military base, the base falls under a full force attack leaving Colonel Everett Young (LOUIS FERREIRA) with no choice but to retreat. He orders an evacuation to Earth. However, a last minute maneuver by scientist Dr. Nicholas Rush (ROBERT CARLYLE) thrusts the escapees headlong into his experiment, which transports everyone to deep space.


Episode 2 - Air, Pt. 2

The survivors arrive on an uninhabited ship floating billions of light years away from Earth. Panic spreads throughout the group and Col. Young who was severely injured during the escape transfers command to Lt. Matthew Scott (BRIAN J. SMITH) before lapsing into unconsciousness. Teams led by Dr. Rush and Sgt. Greer (JAMIL WALKER SMITH) try to make sense of the situation while Lt. Tamara Johansen (ALAINA HUFFMAN) a medic who was days away from leaving the program is thrust into the role of chief medical officer. After secretly contacting the Home World Command using communications stones - a device which allows the swapping of consciousness between bodies across vast distances - Dr. Rush claims that he has been placed in charge by General O'Neill (RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON) and there is no hope of returning to Earth. When the ship's air supply systems begin to fail his theories are challenged by Eli. As the crisis deepens divisions emerge between those who want to attempt a return to Earth including human resources executive Camille Wray (MING-NA) and those who want to remain aboard the Destiny.


Episode 3 - Air, Pt. 3

With the air supply failing on the Destiny a team disembarks to a desert-like planet in search of the mineral needed to scrub the ship's air of carbon dioxide. After testing numerous sand samples without success and with their window of opportunity closing fast the group opts to split into two to cover more ground despite the unbearable heat. While one team presses on to find the treasured mineral the other has another goal in mind. When it is apparent that Dr. Rush (Robert Carlyle) can’t go on Lt. Scott (Brian J. Smith) decides to go it alone and orders Sgt. Greer (Jamil Walker Smith) to return to safety with the exhausted scientist. Meanwhile with life on the ship looking bleak and with the aid of the communication stones Col. Young (Louis Ferreira) reports in to O'Neill and Chloe (Elyse Levesque) has one last chance to see her mother.


Episode 4 - Darkness

Dr. Nicholas Rush (ROBERT CARLYLE) has been working throughout the night to try and determine why the ship’s power reserves are critically low. He reiterates his mounting concerns to Colonel Young (LOUIS FERREIRA) who advises the crew to limit their power consumption to essential services only. Suddenly the lights dim to emergency levels and everything but life support goes dead.  Overwhelmed by fatigue and frustration Rush declares that all on board will perish within days. But when Destiny’s flight path towards a solar system reveals the existence of three planets they hope that one of them is habitable.Meanwhile Eli (DAVID BLUE) records individual messages from the crew in case they don’t survive.


Episode 5 - Light

The Destiny is still without power and an attempt to alter their collision course with a star has failed. The situation is now critical. A plan is born to abandon ship using the last working shuttle with the hope that one of three planets in close proximity will be habitable. Although this strategy initially raises the crew's spirits it is short lived when Col. Young (Louis Ferreira) announces there is only room for seventeen people and a lottery will determine who goes and who stays. Stunned by the implication of this news everyone considers their fate. Some including Dr. Nicholas Rush (Robert Carlyle) and Col. Young opt to stay on board. Others determined to survive vie for a seat on the departing shuttlecraft. In the short time that remains alliances are forged and others damaged while Eli (David Blue) tries to create a message in a bottle with the aid of a Kino. But unbeknownst to all forces are at work that no one could have foreseen.


Episode 6 - Water

Despite severe rationing and around the clock security the water reserves on board the Destiny continue to drop. Dr. Nicholas Rush (Robert Carlyle) has no explanation for this latest setback but if they are to survive they must find a new water source soon. The only planet within range is a frozen wasteland surrounded by a thin and poisonous atmosphere. Donning two of the ships deteriorated spacesuits Col. Young (Louis Ferreira) and Lt. Scott (Brian J. Smith) head to the planet’s surface hoping to retrieve enough ice to replenish their water supply. But once there tests reveal that the ice near the Stargate contains traces of highly toxic chemicals. Young and Scott take off in search of drinkable samples knowing they don't have long before their air will run out and Destiny jumps back to FTL. Back on board the ship Lt. Tamara Johansen (Alaina Huffman) works with the crew to catch an intruder they believe is responsible for the lost rations.


Episode 7 - Earth

With the situation onboard the Destiny dire General O’Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) and Home World Command orders Col. Young (Louis FerreiraIRA) to execute a high risk plan concocted by the IOA scientists which in theory could return the crew to earth. Col. Young tries to buy more time so that he can consult those on the ship whose lives are at stake. While using the communication stones  Camile Wray (Ming-Na) is approached by IOA representative Dale Strom (Carlo Rota) who suggests that she steer opinion on the ship in favor of the plan. Eli (David Blue) and Chloe (Elyse Levesque) are allowed to use the communication stones to visit earth and their loved ones for what may be the last time. Their homecoming is not what they expected and the two try to drink away their worries at a club (featuring Janelle Monáe) but are unable to ignore the looming fate of the Destiny that they have left behind.


Episode 8 - Time

Visiting a newly discovered jungle planet the crew is amazed to recover a Kino by the gate. Downloading the Kino data Eli discovers video of the team which appears to have been shot during an earlier visit. The mystery of the video's origin becomes a secondary concern as members of the team start falling ill. Unable to return to the Destiny for fear of spreading the infection the team sets up camp in the jungle to try to isolate the infection there. Little do they know that when night falls the illness will be the least of their worries.


Episode 9 - Life

Using the communications stones Lt. Scott and Camile Wray use their time back on earth to visit those they’ve left behind. Camile returns home to spend time with her partner trying her best to make the strange circumstance normal. Meanwhile Lt. Scott learns a past relationship might not have ended as he thought. Aboard Destiny Dr. Rush supervises the exploration of new areas of the ship. Looking for resources to make their everyday lives easier the crew stumbles upon a piece of Ancient technology that carries the promise of a way home. While somewhat familiar with the find Dr. Rush can’t guarantee the safety of using it bringing him and Col. Young to a standoff on what to do.


Episode 10 - Justice

Everyone is shocked when a member of the crew is found dead from a gunshot wound. While at first glance it appears to be suicide the gun is nowhere to be found. The crew is confined to quarters while a search is performed and when the gun shows up in Col. Young's quarters he becomes the number one suspect. Fearing a mob scene Young agrees to a trial and cedes command to Camile Wray. Dr. Rush convinces Wray to give him control of the science team and carte blanche with the new Ancient interface previously kept under guard. But before Rush can unlock its secret or Young's trial can conclude both are needed to explore a planet hiding a secret that threatens the Destiny and her crew.


Episode 11 - Space

Using the communication stones Col. Everett Young (LOUIS FERREIRA) prepares to file a report to Earth regarding the recent untimely deaths on board the Destiny. But upon initiating the device his consciousness is diverted into an unknown being. Worried about the repercussions of the connection Young puts the communication stones temporarily off limits. Soon after the malfunction an alien vessel appears in Destiny’s path and demands surrender. The standoff doesn’t last long. The alien vessel launches an attack and captures Chloe (ELYSE LEVESQUE). Realizing this is more than a coincidence; Col. Young must use the stones again to get aboard the ship and try to rescue Chloe. He quickly realizes however Chloe isn’t the only prisoner aboard the ship.


Episode 12 - Divided

Both Dr. Nicholas Rush (ROBERT CARLYLE) and Chloe (ELYSE LEVESQUE) are plagued by nightmares following their imprisonment on the alien ship. Rush is worried that a tracking device may be hidden somewhere aboard the Destiny. Suspecting he may be right Col. Young (LOUIS FERREIRA) and Lt. Scott (BRIAN J. SMITH) conduct a search of the ship’s hull. While distracted by the search a group aboard the Destiny puts in action a coup that has life threatening consequences.


Episode 13 - Faith

Dwindling supplies tedious routines and low morale continue to plague the crew of the Destiny when suddenly the ship drops out of FTL and enters the orbit of an uncharted star with only one planet in its solar system. But for the first time the countdown clock doesn’t activate. Dr. Rush (ROBERT CARLYLE) struggles to determine why Destiny has no record of this star system while Col. Young (LOUIS FERREIRA) directs Lt. Scott (BRIAN J. SMITH) and a small team to shuttle down to the planet’s surface on a fact finding mission. Upon landing everyone is amazed to discover that the atmosphere and terrain are idyllic. Relishing the sunshine fresh air clean water and abundance of food many are reluctant to return to the ship believing that providence has intervened.


Episode 14 - Human

Disregarding orders Dr. Rush (ROBERT CARLYLE) links himself directly to the Destiny’s computer via the neural interface chair hoping it will reveal the code needed to control Destiny’s flight path. Learning of this after the fact Col. Young (LOUIS FERREIRA) struggles with letting Rush risk his life in hopes he can find the code before lobotomizing himself or unplug the device possibly killing him in the process. Meanwhile the ship has dropped out of FTL above a planet showing traces of a past civilization. With only six hours until they jump again Lt. Scott (BRIAN J. SMITH) Eli (DAVID BLUE) Chloe (ELYSE LEVESQUE) and Greer (JAMIL WALKER SMITH) gate to the surface to explore the underground ruins.


Episode 15 - Lost

The situation is dire for Lt. Scott (BRIAN J. LSMITH) Eli (DAVID BLUE) Chloe (ELYSE LEVESQUE) and Greer (JAMIL WALKER SMITH). While trapped beneath the ruins in an underground maze Destiny jumped back into FTL leaving them behind. They must first find a way out of the ruins before they can figure out how to survive without the Destiny. Meanwhile unable to turn the massive ship around Dr. Rush (ROBERT CARLYLE) and Colonel Young (LOUIS FERREIRA) work to devise a plan to get the lost crew members back. But the situation grows even more desperate when Rush learns that Destiny will soon be leaving the present galaxy stranding the away team forever.


Episode 16 - Sabotage

In an effort to increase the efficiency of the ship’s drive technology they use the communications stones to bring aboard an expert in the field of hyper drives – Amanda Perry (KATHLEEN MUNROE) a brilliant scientist with whom Rush has a past.


Episode 17 - Pain

A few members of the Destiny crew begin experiencing disturbingly realistic hallucinations bringing their personal fears or desires to life. Some worry that the stress of life on board the ship has finally begun to trigger nervous breakdowns. After isolating those affected Dr. Tamara Johansen (ALAINA HUFFMAN) believes the hallucinations are related to the last planet the away team visited. But just as she thinks she’s contained those at risk she discovers the cause of the hallucinations is transferring to other members of the crew. When the hallucinations become life threatening she and the crew must track down whatever is causing the episodes before someone dies as a result.


Episode 18 - Subversion

Dr. Rush (ROBERT CARLYLE) has a disturbing dream in which he is back on Earth divulging sensitive information at a covert meeting of the Lucian Alliance. But strangely he does so as Colonel Telford (LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS). He confides this unsettling dream to Colonel Young (LOUIS FERREIRA) who wonders if there may have been some residual memory overlap during the doctor’s switch with Telford two days before. Suspecting that Telford may be a spy for the Alliance Rush convinces Young to let him trade places with the Colonel again. Using the communications stones Rush returns to Earth hoping to find some way to confirm his hunch. Meanwhile Young has a plan of his own but will need the assistance of General Jack O’Neil (RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON) and Dr. Daniel Jackson (MICHAEL SHANKS).


Episode 19 - Incursion, Pt. 1

Col. Young (LOUIS FERREIRA) does nothing short of killing Col. Telford (LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS) in hopes to deprogram him from the Lucian Alliance brainwashing that caused the tragedy at Icarus Base. But when Telford comes clean he reveals the Destiny is in imminent danger of being boarded by the Lucian Alliance. Relaying the information to Gen. O’Neill (RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON) they launch a pre-emptive attack on the Lucian Alliance’s secret base. Back in the Milky Way galaxy Dr. Rush (ROBERT CARLYLE) is in Lucian Alliance hands being forced by their leader Kiva (RHONA MITRA) to recreate a program to tap into their Icarus-like planet capable of dialing the Destiny.


Episode 20 - Incursion, Pt. 2

A derailed attempt by the Lucian Alliance to seize control of Destiny culminates in hostages and casualties on both sides. With a tense stand off between Colonel Young (LOUIS FERREIRA) and his brutal adversary Commander Kiva (RHONA MITRA) the Destiny starts having ship wide power black outs. To make matters worse Dr. Rush (ROBERT CARLYLE) concludes that these power fluctuations are being caused by deadly bursts of radiation from a binary pulsar that will in a short while cause the shields to fail and kill all aboard the ship. While the standoff plays out Eli (DAVID BLUE) helps an injured Chloe (ELYSE LEVESQUE) as they try to make their way back from a remote section of the ship.


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