Tonight Stargate Universe passes the mid-point of its fall season, with the premiere of “Trial and Error” (9 p.m. on Syfy). From everything we’ve seen and heard it looks to be an episode that will catapult the show forward in its mythology and story arc. In a new interview with Syfy Channel’s Blastr, SGU executive producer Brad Wright talked about the rest of the fall season — and let some tantalizing spoilers fly.
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“I feel like the show has never been better and that there are folks who are digging it,” Wright told the site. “The first 10 are just terrific. Obviously I’m proud of everything, but we did listen to some of the criticisms earlier on and worked on increasing the pace and increasing the adventure of the show, without changing the show entirely.”
In “Trial and Error,” Colonel Everett Young (Louis Ferreira) sees Destiny attacked and destroyed over and over again. He’s been plunging toward rock-bottom for weeks now (especially since the mercy killing of Sgt. Riley), and in tonight’s episode he’ll finally hit it.
Ferreira’s performance in the episode is “Emmy-worthy,” Wright said. “He is brilliant in this episode, and honestly, the scene with him and Scott at the end is just … Louis is an amazing actor.”
And later in November …
THE GREATER GOOD. We learned early on that this season would bring a revelation about Destiny‘s original mission. Why was it launched by the Ancients more than a million years ago? What is of such (pardon the pun) universal importance, and should it matter to those who are castaways on the ship now? In next week’s episode, we’ll find out just what the ship’s mission is.
“That happens when we find a derelict spaceship that happens to have been the same kind of ship of aliens that we meet in ['Awakening,']” Wright revealed. “Now, it’s not occupied, but essentially in the exploration of that ship, Young and Rush become stuck there. They’re trapped aboard the ship together, and Rush has to take extraordinary measures to try to get Destiny to come to their rescue, without revealing the bridge.”
While we may not see the ''Awakening'' aliens in the November 9 episode, Destiny will encounter one of their ships.
He also revealed that Rush’s secret bridge discovery will be let out of the bag in this episode. Inevitably, this will lead Rush and Young to another confrontation. “And we’ve been trying very hard not to side with one or the other in terms of how we weigh the stories,” the producer said. “They’ve both done equally heinous acts and heroic acts. And in ‘The Greater Good’ they’re forced to come to a head again in a way that is very interesting.”
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