SGU Stargate Universe: Season 1, Episode 4

Darkness (16 Oct. 2009)

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Having resolved their situation and with an ample supply of breathable air, Dr. Rush turns his attention to their limited power supply. His short temper - not to mention his tantrums - is ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Having resolved their situation and with an ample supply of breathable air, Dr. Rush turns his attention to their limited power supply. His short temper - not to mention his tantrums - is grating on everyone and Col. Young tries to establish some control over the scientist's activities. Rush has been working virtually non-stop, leading him to collapse. When the power fails completely the occupants find themselves hurtling into a new solar system. Elsewhere, several of the refugees record messages and some are on the verge of rebellion thinking information is being withheld from them. Eli is forced to help calm them. Written by garykmcd

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Camile Wray: Still, it's enough to loosen the rationing restrictions, isn't it?
Colonel Everett Young: You know, I think I know where you're going with this, and believe me when i say that I, too, could use a shower.
Eli Wallace: I don't think the showers use water. They just spray a sort of mist that you kinda stand in and it sort of beads up.
Lt. Matthew Scott: How could you know all that if you haven't tried it?
Eli Wallace: How do you know I haven't tried it?
Lt. Matthew Scott: Oh! We know.
Eli Wallace: Thank you, Lt. Rose Garden.
Chloe Armstrong: Oh, he's right, you're worse than he is.
Colonel Everett Young: Oh, you can tell them apart.
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Entertaining but maybe over-dramatic...
18 October 2009 | by (Courtroom) – See all my reviews

Since Stargate Universe has been the only sci-fi show, leave alone Stargate franchise, I have ever seen, please don't criticize my reviews harshly. Thanks! :) We firstly see Dr Rush, who gets all jittery and hyper and starts criticizing the crew. After all, he knows they are truly "destined" to die after their recent so-called "sunburnt" experience. He goes nuts over the crew since they're planning on discovering the ship when they should be worried about the power crisis. While the crew desperately tries to figure out how to steer the spaceship, our dear Dr Rush tries to solve the energy crisis. Nice! One message: When do we get to see the technology on board the ship? We're waiting… We also get to (finally) see a bit of bare skin. Yes, Chloe tries to bare it all in this episode– well, not all since this is a 14+ episode. I thought she wasn't hot but… well, I won't discuss further. The Eli-Chloe thing was totally funny in a show I thought would be very dramatic– the handing down of the iPhone and "don't make any long distance phone calls" was well said. While Dr Rush, the main guy behind everything, goes bonkers, we see alternative ways done by Eli to help save the crew: using those awesome camera kinos and how to use the shuttle to power the spaceship.

The Telford-Young thing gets a bit over-dramatic for me, though. It's just an opinion, but then again, I haven't watched any of the other Stargate franchise, have I? Young's wife's part could totally be skipped out– it's just something I don't plan on watching in a sci-fi show. The gas giant was staggering– the CGI was well done. I recently learnt about red gas giants in Physics and it was good to see real physics being used in a sci-fi show. The ship can also stop at a nearby habitable planet as discovered by Scott and as they pass through the gas giant which keeps everyone in awe, Rush discovers they're heading towards a sun.

One thing I've missed is the usage of recording messages for "posterity". It's almost like watching Virtuality (a TV movie) where everyone's statements were recorded along a spaceship. But this kept me entertained and how each character reveals his true nature such as Scott, the hard-ass saying the Lord's prayer and how everyone says they're afraid. Rush not saying anything was kinda obvious, for we know he's very stout. I also observed how there may be a possibility of conflict between Rush and Colonel Young.. perhaps they're the new Locke and Jack for a sci-fi show? Adapted by VeRdiKT from

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