SGU 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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2 October 2009 (USA) See more »

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British Columbia, Canada

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The desert scenes were filmed at White Sands National Monument, Nevada. These brilliantly white dunes really are gypsum sand. 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 »


Eli Wallace: Found anything?
Dr. Nicholas Rush: "Destiny."
Eli Wallace: As in, ours?
Dr. Nicholas Rush: The name of the ship translated from Ancient. I've also discovered that they were never here.
Eli Wallace: Thought this was an Ancient ship.
Dr. Nicholas Rush: It is. But they sent it out unmanned, planning to use the gate to get here when it was far enough out into the universe. But they probably learned to Ascend before that time.
Eli Wallace: Learned to what?
Dr. Nicholas Rush: Ascension. It's a process whereby consciousness converts to energy and no longer requires a physical form.
Eli Wallace: That wasn't in the video.
Dr. Nicholas Rush: Well, ...
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First ep of SGU, shows a lot of potential
5 October 2009 | by everon17See all my reviews

It follows in the footsteps of SG1 and Atlantis, two excellent shows. You can easily draw similarities between plots... exploring new worlds, etc... but this time there's a twist. And hopefully that twist will be enough to separate it from the other two. Though I was sad when they ended both SG1 and Atlantis, something a bit different is always welcome.

To the commenter who doesn't like the SG series... you really just have to give the show a chance, I was never into it much at first, until I watched the entire first season on DVD in 2 days. While it seems like they're doing the same thing over and over again (dial stargate, explore planet, repeat ad nauseum) there are deep underlying plots that come out from having watched more than one episode at a time.

I also disagree with your assessment of the cast. The main scientist Dr. Rush proves to be a deeper character than just some jerk. Eli definitely seems interesting. Not to mention the dozens of other characters, both significant and extras. The flashbacks provided during the beginning give us glimpses at some of the other casts members. While their interactions may seem insignificant in the first episode, no doubt they will come back when all of their characters are couped up on a ship together.

"Oh, once again the usual desert and wood worlds. How utterly unexciting, esp. now that they actually have some kind of budget. I can't believe they're still maintaining this theme of ultimate boredom. Never a cleverly designed alien world, never a technologically advanced civilization, never anything halfway interesting. Not even textbook blandness is this bland."

This comment shows your ignorance. First of all, you are speculating that all we will see is desert and forested worlds. Surely that makes up most of their travels in the two previous shows, but consider the fact that the send unmanned probes through the gate prior to missions to check for a suitable living environment or any signs of current or previous life before traveling through. They've sometimes traveled to the uninhabitable planets, but its far less frequent. Why would you go through the gate to a planet covered in ice with no signs of life and no oxygen?

Secondly, in both the previous shows, they've both fought and aligned with advanced races. Where do you think earth got its technology for ships and weapons? They discover the stargate, and all the sudden they have super weapons and big ships? And you don't like a giant "rust bucket ship," despite the fact that it's been traveling through space under its own power for millenia? Its and ancient ship, which means it's far beyond earth technology. They've been on the ship for maybe 12 hours, and you assume you've seen everything it has to offer? They said at least a few times that they have only searched a tiny fraction of the ship... it certainly holds many secrets that will be revealed as the show progresses. (BTW, Atlantis was a completely new and run-down ancient construction when that show started as well).

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