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Aboard Destiny, Rush has strapped himself into the chair and entered a virtual reality world where he can spend time alone with Amanda Perry. They very much enjoy their time together but ... 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 ... Mathew Scott
Elyse Levesque ... Chloe Armstrong
David Blue ... Eli Wallace
Alaina Huffman ... Tamara Johansen
Jamil Walker Smith ... Ronald Greer
Victor Garber ... Ambassador Ovirda
David Hewlett ... Dr. Rodney McKay
Robert Picardo ... Richard Woolsey
Kathleen Munroe ... Amanda Perry
Julie McNiven ... Ginn
Julia Benson ... 2nd Lt. Vanessa James
Peter Kelamis ... Adam Brody
Jennifer Spence ... Dr. Lisa Park


Aboard Destiny, Rush has strapped himself into the chair and entered a virtual reality world where he can spend time alone with Amanda Perry. They very much enjoy their time together but when it comes time to return, she tells him that Ginn is blocking his return. They undertake a number of maneuvers and he seems to return but he soon realizes that Amanda has created a program from which there is no escape. Ginn manages to appear before Eli and he realizes what he has to do to ensure Rush's safe return. On Earth meanwhile, Homeworld Command is trying to negotiate a deal with the Langarans which will allow them to use their power source for gate travel. Langaran Ambassador Ovirda refuses, leading to concerns that they may have already made a deal with the Lucian Alliance. With Dr. Rodney McKay and Richard Woolsey, they devise another plan. Written by garykmcd

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These are the only appearances of Dr. Rodney McKay and Richard Woolsey in SGU. They are also the last characters from previous Stargate productions to appear in the series. See more »


When Ginn drops the Destiny out of FTL as a "distraction" to tell the crew what's happening with Rush in the simulation, this *should* have caused a momentary disconnection for anyone using the Long Distance Communication Stones. Given that these were being used against involuntary participants as part of a covert infiltration operation, this should have caused the failure of the Langara mission. See more »


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One of the best and unfortunately the last of the Stargate X-over episodes
30 July 2014 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

It was always great to see all of the Stargate Franchise shows in Crossover episodes of each show, the first great one was SG-1's "The Pegasus Project" which took place in Atlantis and included Joe Flanagan and David Hewlett.

Even in Stargate: Atlantis, the last episodes were Crossover Episodes which included many faces from SG-1.

The Pilot for Stargate Universe ran like a regular SG-1 episode as well- Until in fact the 9th Chevron is activated and the escapees end up on Destiny.

Many things are happening at once in this episode, so I have to give some background with the least amount of potential spoilers:

SGU utilizes many of the gimmicks found for SG-1 and Atlantis - The Ancient Spacesuits used by the renegade Asgard from SG Atlantis, and most importantly the Ancient "Communication Stones" which is the prime way Colonel Young and Lt. Scott can visit the planet "Laangara" - Which is the last hope for Destiny to get a permanent Supply Line from Earth- As Laanagara (Originally "Cowlonna") has a stratum of "NaQuadria" - An element related to the Goa'Uld's "Naquada"- But has a much higher potential for energy. This element was introduced in SG-1 S5E21 and was the Bane of Daniel Jackson, causing his death and eventual "Ascension" - And most of SG-1 S6 was related to this element, which was why Jonas Quinn joined SG-1 in Season 6. The Planet of Jonas's Origin had an unstable Strata of NaQuadria, which was made harmless by Quinn and Carter with help from a Goa'Uld-Girl in the SG-1 S7 episode "Fallout". In fact, this *is* Jonas' Home Planet. So I wonder where Jonas was? He should have been in this episode.

So far, we have seen two other NaQuadria planets get blown into microscopic chunks and bits when their Stargates dialed out The Destiny's "Ninth Chevron" - But Rodney Mackay has figured out what went wrong with Dr. Rush's and Eli Wallace's original calculations, and has a solution.

But what Homeworld Command does not have is the permission of The Laangarans to proceed with a test. So, a trick was concocted by MacKay and Young, and approved by "Woolsey" (the three-Franchise Robert Picardo).

Of Course, Colonel Telford (Lou Diamond Philips) has to consider that the Lucien Alliance is also interested in Laangara and has to find out if The Laangarans have made any secret pacts - This is Woolsey's Job to find out. What he finds is not expected, and probably the best news Telford could get.

Meanwhile, the one guy who can help with this aboard Destiny - Dr Rush (Robert Carlyle) - Has gotten himself into a minor- Actually a major pickle: He's trapped in a VR Program.

We've seen Destiny's ability to interact directly with Crewmembers, showing them "Dreams" and even Battle Scenarios. And in the episode previous to this, Destiny's computer was able to house the displaced personalities of two people who had been murdered while using the Stones - Rush's friend Dr. Amanda Perry and Eli's girlfriend, Ginn (Julie McNiven was was also "Bug Lady" and then "Mrs. Bug Lady"/"Mrs. Charlie Francis" in Fringe S3 and 4).

Rush was trying to create a way he could interact with Perry on a believable level, but all kinds of things have gone wrong. It ends up on Ginn's Program to fix it, but she cannot directly affect the ship - She has to tell Eli what to do. But she was not able to tell Eli everything, it is up to Eli to figure out what she means.

While these two scenarios are playing out, the fate of Destiny is in the balance.

This episode was masterfully directed by Helen Shaver of "The Osterman Weekend" - One of Sam Peckinpah's last films.

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4 April 2011 (USA) See more »

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