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Tonight on SGU: ‘Sabotage’

Friday - May 7, 2010
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SGU "Sabotage" (116) - Perry and Rush Tonight’s new episode of Stargate Universe is one not to miss! “Sabotage” promises adventure, emotion, and may even raise some classic science fiction ethical questions.

Tune in at tonight at 9 p.m. (8 Central) on Syfy Channel, and 10 p.m. Eastern time on SPACE in Canada! After the episode, visit us at GateWorld Forum to discuss “Sabotage” with other Stargate fans. And keep it locked on GateWorld all week long for our full coverage of the episode.

Here’s a sneak peek at tonight’s episode! Watch out for SPOILERS below.

From TV Guide:

An expert in hyper drives, who has a past with Dr. Rush, arrives on the Destiny via the communication stones when it seems the ship will run out of power before it reaches its next destination, which would leave the crew adrift.

From Sky1:

With their power reserves running out, Rush is concerned that the Destiny will be set adrift. Help is at hand in the form of brilliant scientist Amanda Perry.

Syfy Trailer:

Teaser Video:

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“Sabotage” should air next Friday on SCI FI Australia, and Tuesday, 18 May on Sky1 in the U.K. Learn more about the final episodes of SGU in GateWorld’s Season One episode guide.

Darren created GateWorld in 1999, and today is the owner and managing editor. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife and three children. (More)

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  • I guess that Rodney and Sam were busy elsewhere… not together, of course.


  • Ahhh, so this is the famous “Gatefail” episode of which I have read!
    Wonder what people will say after it airs and how controversial it will actually turn out to be.

  • I can’t wait till tonight, =D i’m so exited!!

  • controversy you say, but to whom, and for what? Of Whom the What made weary, then the Blimey should giggle undaunted.

  • From what I’ve read (only, haven’t seen it yet), the casting call was more controversial than the actual episode. Now that we’ve seen them use the communication stones so much, I just figured it was implied that when you agree to use them, the other person is granted complete access to use the host body. At least that aspect doesn’t seem like a big deal to me.

  • still skipped 40% of the episode and still saw all the relevant Storyline..

  • It was a good Episode, from the beginning to the End, really good. The open ending with Frnklin, it was awesome. The whole Situation with Amanda Perry was Interesting because Rush was a different person. Thats my POV over Rush, in this Situation.

    Then the Aliens on the Planet, and they´re only saw the Aliens, because Young wants his standard Gate Traveling Protocol.

  • I was utterly disappointed, why on earth could we not have had episodes like this right at the start! I LOVED everything about it, the Amanda Perry character was brilliant (and also very hot lol) the subtle way in which she was written was portrayed was to me, the highlight of the episode, it was handled with so much care and thought, and the actress did an outstanding job of just being so amazed about just moving her hand, I really hope we see more of her in the future.

    The rest of the episode was solid, little disappointed in the robot, when it was first discovered it looked huge, unless I was looking at something else, it was pretty dark, but even then, the fact that the Ancients had things like that is so cool, I always wondered how they made their things, somehow I couldn’t picture them in hard hats and overalls lol

    The ending actually made me go WTF! I was expecting him to be frozen in ice or something, not to be just gone, I smell ascension! Either that or he’s been sucked up into the cieling where all the smoke came from lol

  • Old question, but I just saw Heroes, Pt II yesterday. On the Women in Stargate podcast the ladies were talking about how Sam made a mistake that lead to Janet being killed. I don’t really understand what they are referring to. Can anyone shed a light on the situation?

  • Not sure what to make of this episode would probably say that it’s the weakest of the 2nd half thus far. It wasn’t really established how the ship was sabotaged, the only mention was when Lt James was having weird dreams and suddenly came to the conclusion that she did it & that realisation didn’t get a lot of screen time. Personally would have liked to of seen the sabotage being done even if it was at least in Lt James getting flashes of it.

    I think that the return of Eli, Scott & Chloe was just a little too convenient. I hope there is something more to it since at the moment it looks like if one of the main cast gets stranded they will be back on the Destiny save & sound by the next episode.
    Rush certainly seems to be softening up a bit now and so may be able to work better with other members of the crew, but hopefully not too much. I kinda like his arrogance and hidden motives, in my opinion it makes him an intriguing character.

    I’m not a fan of the communication stones so I didn’t really enjoy the Wray scenes on Earth but I will say that Ming-Na did do a good job with the acting.

    The Franklin thing though could prove to be interesting, I’m curious as to what happened to him. The 2 theories ive heard is that he either managed to Ascend or he integrated with the ship (If the ship does have an AI then Franklin & it could have merged), I’m leaning more towards ascension myself. They may finally be able to gain control of the ships systems because of it.

    They could have been done a little more with this episode. For example there was a battle with the aliens going on but you easily could not have noticed it. They could have cut back on the Wray scenes on Earth a little to show more action when the ship is under attack.

  • From other hints given, I think that ascension and ship AI integration might both be closer than we think. There were hints that the crew on Destiny will come to realize that the ship has a unique mission. I think that quite possibly the ship was one of the early attempts at either ascension or at least of the ancients shedding their corporeal bodies. There just seemed to be something about the way Rush’s dream interface with the chair reminded me of the way the Harcesis or Oma Desala used to speak to Daniel is his dreams. It was very persistent and too directing to be Rush’s subconscious (IMO). I think there’s a chance that they’ve already dealt with an ascended ancient, or one that had his/her consciousness uploaded to the ship’s systems.

  • My husband was in the other room, and he wanted to know if my allergies were acting up again, when he heard me sniffling. But I was quietly crying, because this episode was so awesome. Dr, Perry in a wheel chair feeding herself a tangy fruit for the first time, Wray’s wife (husband) getting late after grocery shopping, and wray panicing. I think the only time my husband panics is if I forget the case of beer I was supposed to pickup from the beer store. The 3 wondering nomads just gating into Destiny was a bit too convenient huh? I think franklin’s life enery was converted to help destiny make the FTL Jump. I would have loved to see Dr. Perry making love to Dr. Rush, because he’s a lonely man with no friends, and she’s a lonely woman with a huge disablity. Maybe that can be Dr. Rush’s reward, having conjugal visits with Dr. Perry. It’s a win/win situation.

    I was ecstatic to see Young protective about TJ and their baby. TJ looks radiant now, that the whole thing is out in the open. Hopefully the baby will be the one to make the first contact with the ship’s AI. Chloe is back with Lt. Scott, and all is well. I really didn’t want that romance to end. Greer’s Bromance with Scott was a bit shocking though. That hug spoke a thousand words.

  • Oops, hit submit too early.

    @Tanith – I can’t speak for you, but me personally, I try not to worry about things like Eli, Scott & Chloe getting back too conveniently. Sure, they threw it away with a couple lines about the ship showing up again on the remote, but the entire episode was also about how the ship dropped back out of FTL while still in range and that it was sabotage and not just a coincidence. BUT I have to think that even SG-1 would not have been as fun if I were to hold it to the scrutiny of things happening coincidentally. Almost every single time the team was in mortal peril before a cliff hanger, suddenly after the break there would be a downed shield, the gate would start dialing again, or someone would show up to save the day. I mean what’s coincidental is that there wasn’t a single holding cell anywhere in the Goa’uld empire that could hold SG-1. Sci-fi (and Stargate specifically) is full of last minute easy fixes to astronomically difficult problems.

    Again, personally, I think that a more old school episode would have had them getting the incoming wormhole – a garbled radio transmission – and the gate address to come pick them up. Then Young would have to go through the gate with a team to fight the aliens on the ground to get Eli, Scott & Chloe back. I think that could have been interesting, but we’ve also seen that before.

    I don’t know, maybe I’m wrong – but I really like the way the show is heading right now. I feel like we are somewhat past the resource of the week, and that the show has really picked up its pace.

  • I have to say that I was somewhat disappointed with this episode. I was hoping to see a little more love triangle drama between Scott, Chloe and Eli. I had not read the synopsis and was under the assumption that Sabotage would have been a story about Eli sabotaging the love between Scott and Chloe and that Scott may have caught on being a military strategist while Chloe would find herself torn between them.

    I thought the scene with Wray on earth with her lover were just what my hunger for emotional impact needed. It was so beautiful I was about to cry. The way her wife stayed by her side throughout the ordeal. It was so powerful and that’s what this show is all about. Personally, I would like to see more stoned episodes. They bring out the true power of drama back on earth.

    I think they made one big mistake and that was not showing Dr Perry making love to Rush. I think that would have been another beautiful moment seeing a woman crippled most of her life getting a chance to make love to a brilliant genius like herself with whom she shared some emotion in the past.

  • “one big mistake and that was not showing Dr Perry making love to Rush. I think that would have been another beautiful moment seeing a woman crippled most of her life getting a chance to make love to a brilliant genius like herself with whom she shared some emotion in the past.”

    Last year people claimed that it would have been rape.

    I for one agree with you, it would have been a good thing for them to get together.

  • @meganlee: SGU HATER GET OF THIS SITE! Its getting really annoying! You and katebeckett. Your probably the same person

  • @Tanith I asked a friend of mine who is an old stargate fan and he said it’s not an ascension chair. He also said they didn’t even know about ascension when that ship was built because it was hundreds of thousands of years before they started studying ascension. He doesn’t understand how anyone could consider what happened to franklin ascension.

    Not that I care much about the science stuff but, if I had to guess, and I’ve been right about everything so far, I personally think he burned up in the chair from frustration and his brain was copied into the computer. That explains all the smoke.

  • @Nikst What’s an sgu hater? And why would I get “of” this site? Are you upset because I corrected some of your mistakes in the last episode?

    There’s no need for hostility. I don’t understand the anger.

  • @Nikst Would suggest using the ‘write to us’ feature to report any comments that are most likely fake. Darren has told me that its not our place to try to publicly out anyone.

  • He’s right though, you’re a troll, and a very clever one at that. And trolls, mind you even very clever ones, belong under bridges, and in imaginations! Certainly not on the internet. Bad troll,bad! Shame on you!

  • @”meganlee”, naturally. QUite loved the episode, it was gripping to the last – just as the previous one.

  • @Jan Vetulani I agree it was a good episode but some elements disappointed me. On the other hand, why are you calling me a troll? I haven’t done anything to you so the only troll here is you for calling me names. Nikst made some errors in the last episode that I corrected, such as Chloe being an archeologist, and he seems to have gotten offended by that. I didn’t mean to offend anyone I was just pointing to obvious facts. If you disagree with my opinions you’re free to skip over them. I love the show for the elements that interest me and the rest is just inconsequential to me. Just because someone else loves the shiny balls and big loud guns shooting and the space effects doesn’t make them better than me or their opinion more valuable and it doesn’t make me a troll.

  • Gang, the discussion needs to stay on the topic of the episode. I don’t want to make a weekly habit of having to close these threads.

    Trolls are free to post if they play by the rules. If you suspect baiting, ignore the post and talk about the episode instead.

  • Pros:
    A still. Every ship lost in space needs a still and Destiny now has one.
    Destiny getting “new” toy robots.
    Rush “getting his soul back”- I have to admit even if hes just doing it for the sake of the crew Rush becoming more “human” is far better than what he had going for him.

    To be honest this new approach to music (namely music with lyrics) just doesn’t seem to fit with the show. Not saying that its bad in general for the franchise but that it just doesn’t seem to fit.
    Dues Ex Machnia salvation of the stranded away team – Frankly there is no reason for this other than the writers writing themselves into a corner in the previous episode.

    I feel that they should have turned Destiny around and get it back into the galaxy it was in. I found the aliens that were perusing Destiny rather interesting in their desire to get the Destiny and the fact that the ship is no longer in their galaxy feels like a missed opportunity and I would have liked to have seen some in ship fighting going on before they got away.

    The doctor that sat in the chair is an interesting twist. I wonder if he ascended or was absorbed by the ship (similar to The guardian in SG-1). In any case this episode has its weak points but I think the second half certainly is stronger than the first one.

    I recall before the series launched though their was some contravery about this episode (namely in the description of the doctors condition) and I think Rush was originally supposed to be intimate (implied at least) but was that changed?

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