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SGU Stargate Universe

Duration:
USA:43 min
Genres:
Drama | Sci-Fi
IMDB rate:
7.7
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 wins & 24 nominations
Details
Country: Canada
Filming Locations: Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA
Cast
Actor
Character
Richard Dean Anderson
Richard Dean Anderson
SGU Stargate Universe
Rhona Mitra
Rhona Mitra
SGU Stargate Universe
Amanda Tapping
Amanda Tapping
SGU Stargate Universe
Agam Darshi
Agam Darshi
SGU Stargate Universe
Katie Findlay
Katie Findlay
SGU Stargate Universe
Robert Carlyle
Dr. Nicholas Rush
Louis Ferreira
Colonel Everett Young
Brian J. Smith
Lt. Matthew Scott
Elyse Levesque
Chloe Armstrong
David Blue
Eli Wallace
Alaina Huffman
Lt. Tamara Johansen
Jamil Walker Smith
Master Sgt. Ronald Greer
Peter Kelamis
Adam Brody
Patrick Gilmore
Dr. Dale Volker
Jennifer Spence
Dr. Lisa Park
Julia Benson
2nd Lt. Vanessa James
Ming-Na Wen
Camile Wray
Lou Diamond Phillips
Colonel David Telford
Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman
Pvt. Darren Becker
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Trivia
Sergeant Greer's Uniform and collar insignia mark him as a Marine Master Sergeant. This would make him an E-8 and a very senior and experienced enlisted man.
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The most plausible explanation for how the long-range communication stones work is that both stones (and by extension the consciousness that are connected to the stones) are quantum entangled. This would theoretically allow instantaneous communication, which would be faster than the speed of light, comically referred to by Einstein as "spooky action at a distance".
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Faster than light (FTL) travel in the Stargate universe is conventionally achieved either by starships going into hyperspace or via the use of wormholes through the stargate. Both of these are theoretically possible with the former making use of additional dimensions (String Theory) and the latter of the curvature of space-time (General Therory of Relativity) and neither actually violate the speed of light - they provide shortcuts in distance meaning they only appear to travel faster than light. Destiny however seems to travel faster than light without the use of either of these technologies. As there is no theoretical means of travelling directly faster than the speed of the light the most likely explanation is that FTL by Destiny is achieved via a warp drive. This technology warps space-time around Destiny faster than the speed of light whilst Destiny travels locally within the warp bubble less than the speed of light. Warp drive is theoretically possible and is the primary FTL technology in the Star Trek universe - which is perhaps why SGU does not discuss it in detail.
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Goofs
Medics are enlisted personnel, not officers. Lt. Tamara Johansen should be a nurse or doctor.
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Hunter Riley cannot have the rank of Sergeant. The Air Force eliminated the rank of Sergeant in 1994. By the number of stripes on his collar insignia, his correct rank should be Senior Airman.
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Quotes
Dr. Nicholas Rush: Destiny... The design is clearly ancient... Launched hundred of thousands of years ago.
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Dr. Nicholas Rush: I may be on the verge of discovering the true nature of Destiny's mission.
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Matthew Scott: [looking trough binoculars] Check it out!
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Faq
Q
Why doesn't the chair found by Rush's team incapacitate Rush like it did to Franklin?
A
Near the start of the episode, Brody explains to Colonel Young that they altered the chair to greatly decrease the flow of information from the chair's memory banks into the user's brain, which was done to ensure that whoever sat in the chair didn't suffer the same effects that Franklin did.
Q
Why don't they use the communications stones to get someone like Jennifer Keller, Carson Beckett, Samantha Carter, Daniel Jackson, Rodney McKay, and/or Radek Zalenka to help?
A
The Ancient communication stones allow them to communicate by swapping consciousness between Destiny and Earth. When someone from Destiny uses one of the stones, the consciousness of someone on Earth inhabits their body on Destiny. Obviously this could be used to bring in more qualified personnel to help them with problems, such as fully licensed Medical Doctors like Jennifer Keller and Carson Beckett to help TJ with medical problems, or experts on Ancient technology like Daniel Jackson, Samantha Carter, Rodney McKay, and Radek Zalenka to help Dr Rush fix the ship. While there is no in-story explanation as to why they don't do this, one explanation is that it would undermine the premise of Stargate Universe. The show is about a ragtag "unqualified" group who has to rise to the occasion. If they can swap in whatever skills they need this undermines some of the drama.
Q
Why doesn't Destiny require the ATA (Ancient Technology Activation) gene to access her technology?
A
In the episode "Darkness" Dr Rush explains that Destiny predates the development of ATA-based technology by the Ancients. In an early episode of Stargate Atlantis, Rodney McKay speculated that the ATA gene-based technology was developed specifically to prevent the Wraith from utilizing the Lanteans' own ships, weaponry, etc. against them and the launching of Destiny predates the Ancients' move to the Pegasus Galaxy and their war with the Wraith by about 3,000,000 Earth years.
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Photos from cast
Richard Dean Anderson Rhona Mitra Amanda Tapping Agam Darshi Shauna Johannesen Katie Findlay