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Rush and Young headed for new revelations

Tuesday - August 3, 2010


GateWorld sat down with actor Robert Carlyle in San Diego last month at the 2010 Comic-Con International Convention to discuss the future of Stargate Universe and what changes fans can expect in Season Two of the hit show.

“Rush is still at it in the second season,” Carlyle said, “but even more so this time. When we join the second season, we discover instantly — in the first two or three scenes in fact — that Rush has discovered the bridge of the ship. Not only has he discovered the bridge, but he knows how to fly the thing. He’s steering it around. [The others] don’t know that. He hasn’t told anyone this.

“He’s under pressure, because the countdown clock when they stop the ship is not activating. The ship is stopping, the clock is not activating, and there are no planets in sight. Rush keeps leaving the room at these points.”

Carlyle revealed that the rest of the crew is kept in the dark for some time, and it won’t be until episode seven — “The Greater Good” — that Rush’s secrecy is revealed.  “Rush and Young go investigate an abandoned alien craft which is just outside the Destiny,” Carlyle explains. “When they’re over there, it hits the fan back on [Destiny]. They find the bridge. They find Rush is responsible for all this stuff.

“That puts Rush in a difficult position, as you can imagine, because the last time he was left with Young anywhere, he left [Rush] on the planet.”

Moving forward, the relationship between Dr. Rush and Colonel Young will move in a new direction. After Young learns the truth there is “an 11-page scene between myself and Colonel Young,” Carlyle said. “It’s tremendous, and it’s something you don’t normally get in television — followed by a 6-page scene after that, where Rush explains everything to [Young] and confesses.

Rush risks the Colonel's wrath once again. From "Justice"

“But, not only that.  There is, in fact, a mission. There has always been a mission. It has never been about going home. It’s a game-changer, as they like to say around here. Everything changes in that moment.

“So Young, instead of wanting to kill [Rush], says, ‘What is it?’ [Rush] tells him, and it’s so mind-boggling he actually manages to get Young on [his] side. The dynamic changes between Rush and Young in that moment. They decide to come together and move forward. Don’t start looking behind. Stop saying we don’t belong on this ship. Embrace it, and move forward.”

“But is Rush telling the truth?” Carlyle added.

To watch these and other developments unfold, make sure to tune in to Stargate Universe this fall on the Syfy Channel!  The new seasons starts Tuesday, September 28.  Learn more about what’s to come in GateWorld’s Season Two episode guide.

Shaun Farrell is a GateWorld contributor and the host of Adventures in SciFi Publishing. He lives in California.

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  • Awesome. Can’t Wait.
    I love the tangent it’s taken from SG1 and SGA. People can complain that it’s too different all they want. But it’s so dramatic, gritty, and real (The emotions and acting)… that I love it!

  • @sgan

    To boldy go where no Ancient has gone before, of course. :P

  • Finally! It’s great to know that there actually is a secret mission or purpose involved with them being on the Destiny.

    The explanation that the Destiny was the most important discovery they’d ever made hadn’t made much sense to me. Why would an Ancient ship that predated even milky way ancient technology or Ori Tech, that had a stargate less sophisticated than even Milky Way gates, be more exciting than Atlantis, the height of Ancient achievement before they finally ascended? It wasn’t a bulls**t answer, it was a cover story. :)

  • @Michael Sacal

    I think sgfan means the ACTUAL mission of the Destiny, the one we don’t know about yet. :-)

    I’m eager to find out myself.

  • I suspect the mission is catch up to the gate-seeder ship – the one that’s way out in front of Destiny – and capture it, so that Earth can manufacture its own stargates.

  • wooh!!! yeahhh!! i believe they’re headed for the ancient’s original galaxy..err the “ori” galaxy. they would probably just use the supergate since they never really destroyed it. but they wouldn’t do it in just 1 season….hope there’s more to go! the ancients probably programmed destiny and the ships ahead of it to go to their original galaxy….or maybe they’re just headed to a place where it makes them ascend…naturally (like a doorway or something)

  • This is going to be awesome, I can’t believe he gave up so much info… It’s crazy

  • SOOO AWESOME! cannot wait. i agree, it is surprising that they gave so much away. They must be trying to draw in more viewers, either that or season 2 is so freakin sweet that these details aren’t that big of a deal compared to whats to come.

  • I’m guessing it will have something to do with time travel. All of the main characters have revealed a lot of things they would change in their life if they could do them over. But it’s just a hunch.

    As for why to reveal it…it should be obvious from the numbers. They’re losing viewers and they need the publicity to hold on.

    I don’t doubt that they’re trying to tell the best story that they can, but scifi and emo just don’t mix. If they scale back the tears and jeers and slow the emotional roller-coaster, they may be able to make it work. I mean, seriously…how much of a lack of imagination does it take to bring the lucian alliance into it? It would have been far more entertaining to have a Baal clone find their way to the ship.

  • Maybe it’s a doorway to heaven like the one the Vorlons searched for. Maybe it’s the first sentient creatures at the beginning of the big piff. I’m thinking it has to be something astronomical. Maybe the Ancients found a message from something or some one, who after the big piff, was already there near ascended when mesons and gluons in their trillions of trillions of combinations seeking coherence, may have fired in such a way to not only create sentience, but sentience who winked into existence ascended. Maybe that big glob of bright light, as huge as a galaxy which was discovered by the Japanese Astronomer, may actually be this Born Ascended galaxy size Q level power being.

  • Then again maybe I’m wrong and it’s something entirely dull.

  • What? Rush not telling everyone he can control the ship? He wouldn’t do anything like that!!!!

    Hehehe….seriously, can I jump into the TARDIS and watch SGU Season 2??? PLEEAASSEE DOCTOR!!!

  • Mythos, your probably right about the numbers but I prefer to be more positive and think there is a lot more good stuff and the released info was a tease (I know, obviously it was) I hope it’s not time travel, unless they go back to when the ancients where around I would find it boring. I also agree that they should scale back the emo………….

  • This is so unreal man. These revelations are going to change the whole show. I mean like. Everything. Maybe or maybe its not just me but I feel like the plotline is going WAY too fast. They need to slow things down. And this whole Lucian Alliance thing is craaazzyy awesome.

  • That’s good stuff… as long as Young and Rush don’t end up hugging and crying their way through that 11 page makeup scene haha. Seriously though, don’t do it ><

    As for less drama, I think they re-cut some of the last half of Season 1 because we (thankfully) didn't hear anything else about things like Scott's kid. I can't believe they writers would make such a point to create those scenes with no intention of following them up, so I would bet scenes were filmed for later in the season but based on the harsh feedback I think they likely cut them and replaced them with other scenes, even just an extra 30 seconds of Destiny CGI through an ep. Because of course they film more than just 50 minutes of show per episode and have lots of filler CGI etc.

    Anyway just a theory :) But I hope S2 can keep the over the top drama to a minimum. It has to if the series is going to survive.

  • OMG. They should have found the bridge in season 1, and I should never have seen Chloe and Eli drunk in a nightclub. So, Rush finds the bridge, and it will take SEVEN episodes for the others to find out? Doesnt “V” come back in November? This is not looking good for SGU. I dont understand what the squeeing here is about.

  • @Overmind One – You think “V” is going to be compitition for SGU? Personally I cant believe that show even made it past its first season.

    I kinda like the idea that it will take a good chunk of the season for them to figure out Rush has gotten control of the ship at last, though I really hope that the revelation, when it finally hits, is something very significant but at the same time not soap opera drama level, an 11 page scene though, should be rather epic.

  • @ wganubis

    LMAO! No, I dont think V is competition for SGU. SGU is a soap opera, not science fiction. When V debuts, SGU is toast (its already toast). Are you paying attention to the ratings? On V’s worst day, it is still pulling in SEVERAL times the viewers of SGU. Not only that, its real science fiction.

  • V is just better written, better developed, and more interesting. With the original Jane Badler appearing on the premiere episode, and the possibility of SGU and V going head to head in the same timeslot, I dont see where SGU has a chance. V has had its own fanbase since the 1980s, and it merely needs to be re-activated. With Jane Badler back, its a no-brainer.

    The fact is that SGU is getting low ratings even compared to its cable competition. It has delivered the two lowest rated Stargate episodes ever to air. It has fallen below Stargate Atlantis’ 5th season ratings by a significant margin, and the show is in danger. This is not just an opinion, its a fact. Im all for hope and prayer, but unless those hopes and prayers are answered by higher ratings, Syfy will cancel this show.

  • The Overall Ratings of SGU were better than the SGA 5th Season ratings

  • V’s story is one of the most predictible I’ve ever seen. The only good thing about it is that it doesn’t follow the original series too closely because they sucked hard.

  • @altera

    You said:

    “The Overall Ratings of SGU were better than the SGA 5th Season ratings”

    That is INCORRECT.

    All of the ratings, in all of the demographics on three continents are neatly contained here and you can see there is a convenient (and verifiable) comparison between each episode of season 5 of SGA and season 1 of SGU. Not only were overall ratings lower, but they cost almost twice as much per episode to produce.

    This is why I havent been as active here at GW as I used to be. Why arent THEY posting the ratings? You can verify any ratings over at

  • SGU, season 1 average: 2.31 million viewers

    SGA season 5: 2.1 million viewers

    So SGU had better overall ratings

  • Please please license the show to an Australian broadcaster, like Seven or NBN. You’re Australian fans are being slapped in the face and are the forgotten tribe basically. If you want more ratings give it to a free-to-air channel in Australia. The last Aussie channel you gave it to (TEN – big mistake) aired the first two-part episode then the following two then canned the series altogether without a reason why.

    Most Australians don’t have FOX or any broadcaster that offers the sy-fi channel.
    Free-to-air, where’s the love?

  • When Oma Desala was trying to help Daniel ascende the second time she said something, the ascendetion was only a step in the path to true inlightenment (bad spelling)

    I think that they found something a long time ago and sent the ship after it may be something to do with what happens after ascentetion. It bags to be looked into.

  • First off, i don’t normally post anything on these types of sites. However, SGU is by far the best stargate ever!!! People like yourselves already have a pre existing knowledge of the stargate franchise which sets this series up to be the best yet because it can build on something.

    Also this series is played by real actors who have past experience, not like no name people (or macgyver). Plus all the other series were done so childishly it’s a wonder they survived for so long.

    Like c’mon everything that would happen at the beginning of one episode would be completely resolved by the end. It leaves nothing to entice you to watch more. Plus all the sub plots. Really, i think the people who watch SGU and consider it to be sub par really have no appreciation for good television or acting. For god sakes you think the new series of “V” is “good”?

    This show has excellent writers, and i am eager to see what will develop. The worst part is I have to wait a week between episodes.

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