SGU 1.06 "Water" Episode Guide

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The ship's water supply dwindles, prompting Col. Young and Lt. Scott to visit a frozen planet in search of drinkable samples. Meanwhile, the crew attempts to snare an intruder.

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MGM/ Official Summary

Despite severe rationing and around the clock security, the water reserves on board the Destiny continue to drop. Dr. Nicholas Rush has no explanation for this latest setback but, if they are to survive, they must find a new water source soon. The only planet within range is a frozen wasteland surrounded by a thin and poisonous atmosphere. Donning two of the ships deteriorated spacesuits, Col. Young and Lt. Scott head to the planet’s surface, hoping to retrieve enough ice to replenish their water supply. But once there, tests reveal that the ice near the Stargate contains traces of highly toxic chemicals. Young and Scott take off in search of drinkable samples knowing they don’t have long before their air will run out and Destiny jumps back to FTL.

Back on board the ship, Lt. Tamara Johansen works with the crew to catch an intruder they believe is responsible for the lost rations.


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Production Notes

  • "Speaking of perfect pairings, I couldn’t think of anyone better than Carl Binder to write #5." — Joseph Mallozzi (November 11, 2008).
  • "With a first draft of episode #1 in hand and episodes #2-4 mapped out, we turned our attention to episode #5, Carl’s baby. After much heated debate on the motivating factors that 'complicate things for our gang', we ended up breaking the story in a little less than two hours." — Joseph Mallozzi (November 13, 2008).
  • "So far, Martin, Carl, and Alan have put out outlines (and I’ve already provided notes on all three)..." — Joseph Mallozzi (December 5, 2008).
  • "Of the first ten episodes broken, we have a grand total of 0 forested planets. I’m not saying we won’t, eventually, come across one but, for the time being, the emphasis is on the ship and some locations atypical of Stargate. As a matter of fact, Executive Producer Robert Cooper and Director Andy Mikita are in New Mexico as we speak, scouting a cool-looking alien setting." — Joseph Mallozzi (December 19, 2008)
  • "Carl and Marty G. have already delivered their first drafts." — Joseph Mallozzi (January 7, 2009)
  • "Carl’s script, Water, finally went out and it includes a touching reminiscence of a dog delivered in Carl’s inimitable style. I’m tearing up just writing about it. But I’ve already said too much!" — Joseph Mallozzi (January 8, 2009)
  • "Martin delivered his revised Earth and Carl did the same for Water." — Joseph Mallozzi (January 30, 2009)
  • "Carl has finished work on his first SGU script, Water, and is moving on to an outline for his second script." — Joseph Mallozzi (February 3, 2009)
  • "Carl, meanwhile, completed his rewrite on Water and awaits word on whether he’ll be doing another pass or handing it off. At 57 pages and given the type of episode it is, Rob feels he’s going to need to trim it down." — Joseph Mallozzi (February 12, 2009)
  • "Water awaits a polish." — Joseph Mallozzi (February 17, 2009)
  • Major D. Davis writes: "Will you begin filming Water next week? If not, when?" Answers: "Off the top of my head, I’d say 'very soon'." — Joseph Mallozzi (March 29, 2009)
  • Major D. Davis writes: "What episode are you currently filming and how is it going?" Answer: "Water. It’s going very well." — Joseph Mallozzi (April 15, 2009)
  • "Over on Stage 4, Will Waring was directing main unit on Water. I stopped by and chatted with Justin, David, and Bobby, of course steering the conversation toward food in general and chocolate in particular." — Joseph Mallozzi (April 16, 2009)
  • "After lunch, Carl, Paul, Lawren, and I headed over to the set in Stage 2 or what I’m referring to as Hoth. Brian and Justin regaled us with their interpretation of Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robots after which we chatted until the airborne particulates threatened to choke off my airway, forcing me back out - but not before marveling over Brian's commitment to learning everything he can about the production process. Not only does he hang around set to watch them shoot scenes he isn’t even in but, the other day, he actually accompanied Carl and co. on a location survey! Not only does this kid have a terrific attitude - polite, humble, hardworking - but he’s a fantastic actor as well. Since nobody’s perfect, I fully expect to eventually find out he’s a robot or an alien doing an all-too-good impersonation of a human life form - but hopefully that won’t happen until the end of season one at the earliest." — Joseph Mallozzi (April 21, 2009)
  • "Will Waring is directing Brian J. Smith (Lt. Scott) and Justin Louis (Col. Young) over on Stage 2 (set codename: Hoth)." — Joseph Mallozzi (April 23, 2009)
  • Major D. Davis writes: "Will water’s events include young and Scott being stranded somewhere together?" Answer: "Sounds great. I can’t wait to see if this plays out when the episode airs." — Joseph Mallozzi (April 29, 2009)
  • "...we watched Brad’s cut of Water (Awesome episode with, again, some really wonderful character moments and performances. Young-Scott, Young-Rush, Greer-Tamara, Chloe-James, Eli in general)..." — Joseph Mallozzi (May 13, 2009)
  • "Just watched a cut of SG:U Water. Awesome. The show just keeps getting better and better. Cast are amazing...nice to see the suits again." — Martin Gero, Twitter (May 20, 2009)
  • "Final vfxs for 101,102,105,107 yesterday, finals for 103 today, temps for 106 tomorrow....busy week." — Mark Savela, Twitter (August 5, 2009)
  • "There could be something attached to the side of the ship that you don't know is there, which actually has happened, by episode six you think: we've been followed for the last six hours, they're on our tail... I like that." — Robert Carlyle, Moviehole interview (August 11, 2009)
  • "The episode ‘Water’ takes place on an ice planet as they are looking for water." — Robert C. Cooper, SFX Magazine interview, reprinted by Sci Fi Pulse, August 13, 2009.
  • "'Water' is another big episode. At one time we were going to film it in the Arctic, like they did with Continuum, then it became the Pemberton Ice Cap, and ultimately we wound up building this big ice planet on-stage. There's plenty of action in 'Water,' with people in dire circumstances, aliens aboard the ship, and all kinds of tension. The visuals are amazing, and the director, Will Waring—who directed a number of my Atlantis episodes—did an incredible job." — Carl Binder, Official Stargate Magazine Sampler, October 2009.
  • DasnDanger writes: "Scott shined in Air III. Maybe I was the only one, but I was very moved by Brian’s performance in that episode." Answer: "Brian J. Smith is equally amazing in tomorrow night’s episode, Water." — Joseph Mallozzi (October 29, 2009)

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--DeeKayP 14:31, 14 February 2009 (PST)