Stargate Universe (2009–2011)
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Air: Part 1 

Part 1: When Icarus Base is attacked, its inhabitants are forced to flee through the Stargate. The base was created on a distant planet to take advantage of a powerful energy supply located... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Carlyle ... Dr. Nicholas Rush
Louis Ferreira ... Colonel Everett Young
Brian J. Smith ... Lt. Matthew Scott
Elyse Levesque ... Chloe Armstrong
David Blue ... Eli Wallace
Alaina Huffman ... Lt. Tamara Johansen
Jamil Walker Smith ... Master Sgt. Ronald Greer
Ming-Na Wen ... Camile Wray (as Ming-Na)
Richard Dean Anderson ... Lieutenant General Jack O'Neill
Amanda Tapping ... Colonel Samantha Carter
Michael Shanks ... Dr. Daniel Jackson
Ona Grauer ... Emily Young
Peter Kelamis ... Adam Brody
Mark Burgess Mark Burgess ... Dr. Jeremy Franklin
Gary Jones ... Chief Mst Sgt. Walter Harriman


Part 1: When Icarus Base is attacked, its inhabitants are forced to flee through the Stargate. The base was created on a distant planet to take advantage of a powerful energy supply located there. Their goal is to try to determine the purpose of the mysterious ninth symbol of the Stargate, which they've never been able to lock in. In going through the Stargate, they are transported not to Earth, but to a very old apparently uninhabited spacecraft. With the group's commander injured, Lt. Scott and the chief scientist - Dr. Nicholas Rush - lead the exploration of the craft. Several areas of the ship have been damaged but it is basically functional. They are able to learn that they are, in fact, billions of light years from Earth. Part 2: Tensions rise as the new arrivals explore the ship. Dr. Rush comes under suspicion with his secretive behavior and attitude. He determines however that the ship is losing air. They find a damaged room that is partly exposed to space but the problem is ... Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Sci-Fi



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Release Date:

2 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada

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Did You Know?


The warship that transports everyone to Icarus base is named U.S.S. George Hammond, the first commanding officer of Stargate Command. Actor Don S. Davis, who played General Hammond, died of a heart attack one year prior to SGU's first episode. The Stargate franchise likewise 'retired' the character with a similar death. See more »


When Colonel Young came through the Gate he had collapsed. When Scott went to assist him there was blood coming from the back of his head which ended up in a pool of blood and all over Lt. Scott's hands. In "Air: Part 1" when they are about to go through the Stargate which is supposedly less than 24 hours later, there is no blood whatsoever. His hair is clean, and there are no stitches or bandages. Since they don't have shower facilities yet, it's doubtful he managed to clean any blood off his head or his uniform. See more »


Curtis: If that's even true!
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Written by Giacomo Puccini
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9 January 2016 | by seddon-softwareSee all my reviews

This constitutes an extremely frenetic start to series. If you hadn't seen Stargate SG1 or Stargate Atlantis you would have no clue as to what was going on. This episode jumps around in time and doesn't explain what is going on. On the good side there is the acting performances of Robert Carlyle and Louis Ferreira, plus most of the supporting cast. Brief guest appearance from Amanda Tapping and Richard Dean Anderson are probably there for continuity with the previous series, but don't add much to the episode. I can't believe the character of Eli Wallace (David Blue) would have been selected for a mission like this - he has no skills that would be relevant and seems to be there just to appease younger viewers - a far cry from his counterpart in Stargate Atlantis, the brilliant David Hewlett (Dr. Rodney McKay). All in all, an extremely disappointing start to the series - not in the same league as the other Stargate series.

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