Now firmly in control again, Col. Young and the other military personnel try to find a way to live with the civilians who tried to take control of the ship. When the Destiny prematurely ... See full summary »



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Camile Wray (as Ming-Na)


Now firmly in control again, Col. Young and the other military personnel try to find a way to live with the civilians who tried to take control of the ship. When the Destiny prematurely comes out of hyper-space due to a computer glitch, they find both a sun and an Earth-like planet that should not be there. Rush concludes that the entire system was created by an alien race that is far beyond their imaginations. With the ship malfunctioning and a month's worth of repairs before it can jump again, several of the military and civilians decide to spend time on the planet. Hard feelings from the mutiny persist and it's an opportunity for everyone to mend fences. When the time comes to return to the Destiny, several of them decide they want to stay on the planet. Young is prepared to let them stay, but he imposes severe conditions. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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16 April 2010 (USA)  »

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The people on the planet communicate by radio with people on the ship without any delay. There would be a noticeable delay even if the ship were as close as Earth's moon, and Destiny is apparently MUCH farther away. There should be a delay of at least a few minutes. See more »


Lt. Matthew Scott: What if we were meant to stay there? All of us? What if that planet was our lifeline and we just let it go?
Colonel Everett Young: I can't pretend to answer that, Matthew. No one can.
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References Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) See more »


Stargate Universe End Theme
Composed by Joel Goldsmith
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5 October 2012 | by (Estero Island) – See all my reviews

Depending upon the life experience you bring to this, you might be tempted to call it the most exquisitely-rendered human character drama in the history of science fiction. And you might be right. From the moment you realize that you're watching the show's breakthrough episode, your eyes may widen in your determination to not miss a single breath. You may laugh. Your chest may tighten. Destiny is brought out of FTL by a star and planet that shouldn't be there. In the month that it will take them to leave its gravity well, they send a crew to the surface. The discovery of an obelisk leads to the conclusion that this solar system was created by aliens. Eleven people decide that staying on the planet is preferable to returning to Destiny. Back on the ship, Young and Rush know that losing so many might cripple their chances to survive. The debate they share with Ming-Na is powerful, and stunningly unforced. All the human conflicts in this episode are breathtakingly rendered, and feel real in ways that few products of any genre do. The element of faith is brought in, as pertains to both god and a higher meaning in life; this too is perhaps the first time these issues have felt so rawly, unpatronizingly real in the sci fi universe. Choices will surprise you, and your ability to project how it will end is negated. At the heart of the episode is Alaina Huffman, as the ship's medical officer. She is pregnant, and the thought of raising a child on a sterile, possibly-doomed starship is unacceptable. Young's solution is unexpected, and as perfect as every other thread in this tapestry.

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