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Eli the nerd is recruited by SGC. Like the hero in The Last Starfighter , he has been recruited by winning a contest of sorts. The SGC beam him onto a starship, and fly him off to another planet. Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks - Andromeda ) has a brief appearance, in the orientation video.
When they get to the alien world it is attacked by the Lucian Alliance. Dr Rush (Robert Carlyle - The World is not Enough ) evacuates the survivors though the gate onto Destiny, the Ancientsí ship. Unfortunately, they are now trapped with no way back to their own galaxy.
This is the Stargate version of BSG (2003) , much like Stargate: Atlantis was the version of Star Trek: Voyager . In other words, instead of slick and glossy it tries to look dark and gritty. Unfortunately, BSG has certain advantages. It has CHARACTERS and PLOT. This has Robert Carlisle, best known as Begbie in Trainspotting. Bear in mind that he was utterly wasted as a Bond villain in the mediocre The World is not Enough , so his presence alone is certainly no guarantee of quality.
Unfortunately there is a problem with the shift in concept. The original movie and follow-up shows are all thrillers, full of action and adventure. This show is a drama, where the conflict is internal. In short, the core audience for Stargate shows is the people who wanted the ORIGINAL Battlestar Galactica (1978) , who would refer to the revamped 2003 show as G.I.N.O. (Galactica In Name Only).
Air supplies are running out. To purify it they need a calcium compound. The nearest gate planet is a desert. Rush (Robert Carlyle - The World is not Enough ), Eli, Lt Scott and a landing party go exploring.
Eli has seen POTA, but does not understand why the Statue of Liberty was buried. He thinks the apes did it!
The ship has power fluctuations. They are in severe trouble.
The ship makes a suicide run into a star.
The crew have to decide - who will go on the shuttle to a nearby planetoid?
The water supplies are being mysteriously depleted. Colonel Young (Justin Louis - Missing ) and the Lieutenant (his second in command) suit up and go to an ice planet to get more H2O.
Back on the ship, the Medical Officer TJ ( Alaina Huffman ) is left in charge. She, Rush (Robert Carlyle - The World is not Enough ) and the Corporal must take on a horde of Alien bugs. Eli is just whiny and annoying, and Chloe ( Elyse Levesque ) the Senator's daughter pines for the Lieutenant.
OíNeillís scientists at SGC think they have discovered a way of dialling home. Rush (Robert Carlyle - The World is not Enough ) says it will destroy the Destiny. Colonel Young (Justin Louis - Missing ) does not know if Rush can be trusted, so he delays following OíNeillís direct order.
On O'Neill's orders, Telford (Lou Diamond Philips - Wolf Lake ) launches a coup d'etat. He and a couple of scientists hijack the Destiny. The Colonel, Eli and Chloe ( Elyse Levesque ) are trapped on Earth, so they make the most of it.
The Away Team recover a Kino with a recording of future events. The planet they are approaching has dangerous predators, and there is a disease in the water.
Despite his knowledge of 1960s classic movies, Eli does not recognise Rushís famous last words. For a moment there, I thought we were in trouble!.
TJ ( Alaina Huffman ) conducts psychiatric interviews with all the crew. Is anyone going to snap? Luckily, Rush (Robert Carlyle - The World is not Enough ) discovers an Icarus planet they can get to in only a year ...
Camille uses the telepathy stones to go home. Using another woman's body, she spends time with her girlfriend ( Reiko Aylesworth ). She also gets some political advice from her Boss.
Lieutenant Scott got a letter from his ex-GF. He goes to visit her, using the body of Telford (Lou Diamond Philips - Wolf Lake ), and discovers she has an 8-year-old son. He also has flashes of Telford's memories.
Colonel Young (Justin Louis - Missing ) goes home, and discovers his wife is friendly with Colonel Telford.
One of the military personnel is discovered with a fatal gunshot wound to his head. Colonel Young (Justin Louis - Missing ) announces there will be an investigation, and when the weapon is found there will be a trial. However, the weapon is found in the Colonelís quarters.
The conflict between the Military (with their tight chain of command) and the civilians (who have their own agendas) is exacerbated.
The Destiny encounters another ship, crewed by Aliens! The Aliens want the Destiny, and will take it by force. They even attempt a forced boarding. Colonel Young (Justin Louis - Missing ) has to risk himself to save two crew.
The civilians try a takeover of the ship. Unfortunately, Eli takes the Military's side. He does not have any high-minded arguments about Civilian Oversight of Military Hierarchy, he is merely a child who comes across like Britney Spears in Fahrenheit 911. Worse, the aliens are still in pursuit. Can the crew defend the ship without causing irreplacable loss of life?
The Destiny encounters a star and a habitable planet that are completely uncharted. They send a team down to explore, and discover it is an M-Class paradise. So a skeleton crew is left on the Destiny while it orbits the star to the next FTL point. The majority of the crew settle and explore the planet.
Bridges are built and fences mended, metaphorically at least, among the crew. But when their time is up, many want to stay there. Colonel Young (Justin Louis - Missing ) is willing to let the civilians stay, but cannot allow his own military staff to mutiny. TJ ( Alaina Huffman ) has a very tough decision.
Rush (Robert Carlyle - The World is not Enough ) goes into a VR world where he can solve a scientific problem that can get them home. He is distracted by the fact he has to relive his wife's slow death from an incurable medical condition. Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks - Andromeda ) pops up, fully of philosophy and cryptic remarks. Louise Lombard plays Begbie's wife.
The kiddies go down to a planet to investigate creepy caves. Naturally, things go wrong.
The kiddies are trapped, seperated and generally screwed. Can they get back to the ship, somehow?
The psycho sergeant has flashbacks to his lousy childhood.
Begbie's crippled assistant back in the SGC does a mind-swop with Camille the lesbian on the starship. Back on Earth, Camille visits her GF ( Reiko Aylesworth ).
One of the FTL engines explodes, possibly due to sabotage. Can the crew get it fixed before the Aliens destroy them?
An Away team comes back from a mission, and starts to hallucinate. It turns out they are infested with ticks that inject a hallucinogen into their bloodstream.
Dr Rush (Robert Carlisle - The World Is Not Enough ) thinks the ship is overrun by Aliens. The black sergeant thinks the civilians are revolting. IYKWIM. Chloe ( Elyse Levesque ) sees her dad's ghost.
Dr Rush (Robert Carlisle - The World Is Not Enough ) tells Colonel Young (Justin Louis - Missing ) he had a dream that Telford (Lou Diamond Philips - The Big Hit ) has been selling secrets to Lithian Alliance boss Rhona Mitra .
To pull in ratings, General O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson - ) and Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks - Andromeda ) help out. The military then decide to do some BSG 2003 -style severe interrogation, to differentiate this from real Stargate.
O'Neill gets Colonel Carter to track the kidnappers down. But the villains now have Stargate access to the SGU ship ...
The Lycians and the Terrans try to fight it out for control of the starship.
They are trapped aboard a rusting space-hulk a billion miles from anywhere. This is not the best place for a vicious little war to break out. Worse, the ship has deathtraps of its own ...
Colonel Young (Justin Louis - Missing ) and his people are exiled to an M-Class planet. The Lycians start to argue among themselves.
Rush (Robert Carlyle - The World is not Enough ) and a handful of others hold out. Can they take control of enough of the ship to be able to extort a surrender out of the Lycians?
TJ's body is comatose, but her mind is on the Alien planet with the settlers they left behind.
Rush (Robert Carlyle - The World is not Enough ) discovers the secret control room ... and sees his wife. Either she is a manifestation of his subconscious, indicating mental instability, or a projection by the ship's AI.
The ship arrives at a new planet, but the Gate is locked out. Rush (Robert Carlyle - The World is not Enough ) sends the Away Team down in a shuttle. Unfortunately, the atmospheric turbulence is worse than expected ... and the shuttle has been rusting for a million years. It crashes, and the team are trapped.
Chloe ( Elyse Levesque ) is healing at an incredible rate. Everyone else is getting sick, however. Eli's mom goes off her meds as a cry for help because she thinks he abandoned her.
The Lycian alliance hostages are afforded slightly more freedom. Simeon (Robert Knepper - Heroes: Season 4 ) faces off against Sergeant Greer.
The other scientists start to get suspicious over Rush's disappearances. He has to share his chamber of solitude with them: the room where he works on the equations. He also tries to help Chloe, who has been altered by the Aliens.
Eli's mother is in hospital due to depression, so Eli uses the stones to visit her. Camille goes back too, and visits her GF ( Reiko Aylesworth ).
The Team explore a world which hosts a huge fungal entity. The pretty-boy Lieutenant is infected, and the gung-ho sergeant decides to fight the fungus with firepower!
The Lieutenant hallucinates that he is living in small-town USA, in a place named Cloverdale, hence the ep title.
Colonel Young (Justin Louis - Missing ) has recurring nightmares about the Aliens from the other galaxy. They track the ship down, and attack it mercilessly.
Meanwhile, the ship itself is acting in unusual, unpredictable ways. Can Dr Rush (Robert Carlyle - The World is not Enough ) work out what it is trying to tell them?
The genius kid makes progress with the Lythian girl!
Ginn the Lycian babe uses the transit stones to visit Earth, to be debriefed by interrogators. Rush's groupie takes her place on Destiny.
Simeon (Robert Knepper - Heroes: Season 4 ) is unhappy about the fraternisation that is going on. He apparently has virtually free run of the ship, with only one somewhat lax marine as an escort.
Simeon (Robert Knepper - Heroes: Season 4 ) does the inevitable, and goes on a kill-crazy rampage. It was obvious that this would happen, since the poor actor is just the biggest and most blatant rent-a-villain available these days.
Simeon goes on the run with a bag full of weapons, but no food. There are dinosaur herd animals he can hunt, of course. His skills are excellent - he runs rings around the US Marines who come after him. Rush (Robert Carlyle - The World is not Enough ) goes after him alone. It all boils down to Begbie vs T-Bag, as we knew it would. The climax does not disappoint.
A shuttle arrives. Aboard are a bunch of people who had been left for dead. But they seem to be re-living their deaths.
Chloe ( Elyse Levesque ) the infected girl is apparently getting worse. The NCO has a tete-a-tete with her, showing himself to be a more human character than we ever expected.
The crew discover a graveyard of ships. They try boarding one to salvage the contents, but something in the debris field is still a danger ...
Telford (Lou Diamond Philips - Wolf Lake ) is back. The humans may have some new allies, though there is very little trust in this show.
The destiny crew have to pull together and get the FTL on-line again. There are two hostile alien species incoming ... the drones' second command ship, and the aliens who infected Chloe ( Elyse Levesque ).
Lt Scott takes Chloe on a shuttle to get a cure.
Eli and Rush (Robert Carlyle - The World is not Enough ) study a drone to develop a defence against them.
The Destiny has no spare parts, so they listen to Telford's plan to get them home. Eli has a theory on how to open the 9th chevron while recharging in a sun. Rush (Robert Carlyle - The World is not Enough ) is the only one who says this is a bad idea. Is his fear genuine, or is it his obsession with the mission?
They are contacted by a second starship Destiny, hence the ep title. Much like the Cino ep last Season, an unstable wormhole caused time travel. Telford (Lou Diamond Philips - Wolf Lake ) made it through, while Rush was left aboard. Everyone else was lost in the wormhole.
They decide to copy the film Sunshine and scavenge spare parts from the space hulk close to the sun. Rush and Telford are mutually distrustful, leading to tragedy.
The Lycian Alliance's attack on Earth has started. But a couple of the crew are using the stones, so they are trapped on Earth while a couple of VIPs are stuck on Destiny.
Camille (the politician) and Greer (the psycho master-sergeant) are stuck on Earth, in a building under attack by the Lycians. There is some character development while they are bickering like small children.
Chloe ( Elyse Levesque ) tries using the communications stones. But instead of swopping with someone on Earth ... It is Ginn, the Lycian Alliance girl killed by Simeon (Robert Knepper - Heroes: Season 4 ).
The Destiny's supercomputer can store crew members' personalities, and generate holograms of them - like Rimmer in Red Dwarf . Now the ship can have its own holodoc!
Elsewhere, one of the scientists needs a kidney transplant. But they do not have a doctor, only TJ ( Alaina Huffman ) the combat medic.
Rush (Robert Carlyle - The World is not Enough ) goes into the VR simulation so he can have some alone time with Dr Perry. Unfortunately he gets trapped there.
The military use the bodyswop tech to take over a power facility on the neutral planet. Rodney McKay and Robert Picardo, back from Stargate: Atlantis , come along to help out. Jack Bristow from Alias is the leader of the Neutrals.
The scientists go exploring, and discover a huge bay full of stasis pods. Rush (Robert Carlyle - The World is not Enough ) has learned the virtue of patience, but Eli is impetuous. Will the youngster learn the error of his ways?
The military go hunting for fresh meat. Unfortunately the meat is hunting them. TJ ( Alaina Huffman ) the medic and a redshirt wake up in the lair of a hoth wampa, or some other unseen beast. Luckily the hostages are hunter-gatherers, so they have the necessary skills to help the rescue team. but can they be trusted?
The Away team discovers humans who speak English. Looks like they are a colony that descended from the crew ... time-travelling from a bubble universe. See previous episodes for details.
Just like in Stargate SG-1 , the colony is primitive and medieval-looking ... despite coming from a society that had two THOUSAND years to advance upon current scientific knowledge! However, this take on events is far more believable than the similar story in Star Trek: DS9 .
There is a debate - leave the colony (which has limited resources) or take them on the Destiny (which has even more limited resources)? Worse, the drones are still in pursuit!
The team land and explore a nuke-proof bunker. They discover their ancient alternates' video-diaries, and discover what (would have) happened to them. The lady doctor TJ ( Alaina Huffman ) discovers she has a genetic disorder, and needs the medical archive to cure it.
The planet has severe earthquakes, And the team have to get to the shuttle before they get trapped in a cave-in. But they will not get the entire archive uploaded in time ...
The drones have decided to blockade every star that the ship can refuel from. Eli comes up with a crazy plan: a skeleton crew takes the ship to a super-hot blue giant star to refuel, while everyone else gates to a nearby world.
The world has an abandoned human city, possibly from the Novus civilisation. The military take the opportunity to explore and scavenge.
Eli has a plan that can save the ship and crew from the drones. It involves the FTL drive and the stasis pods.
Finally, the crew manage to get together and work successfully as a team. It has only taken two years!
There is a problem with the stasis pods. Eli, Rush (Robert Carlyle - The World is not Enough ) and Colonel Young (Justin Louis - Missing ) have to sort things out. The ending is not a cliffhanger, but it is left open ...