SGU 1.14 "Human" Episode Guide

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Précis

Dr. Rush defies orders to interface with the Destiny's computer in a bid to control the ship's flight path, which puts Col. Young in a difficult position. Meanwhile, Lt. Scott, Eli, Chloe and Greer explore a planet's underground ruins.

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MGM/Syfy.com Official Summary

In a rare glimpse of life before the Icarus Project, we see Nicholas Rush during his wife Gloria's final battle with cancer. Gradually, we realize that the scene is merely a memory that Rush is reliving—in reality, Rush has strapped himself into the chair that will download Destiny's information into his brain.

Aided by Brody, Rush has modified the ship's interface to moderate the speed of information downloaded into Rush's brain, in hopes of keeping him alive. When Colonel Young finds out, he is furious he wasn't informed, and threatens to pull the plug if anything goes wrong with the ship—even though that could end Rush's life.

In Rush's subconscious journey, his dying wife is desperate for his attention, but he, in turn, is solely bent on solving the equation of Destiny's systems. The man who recruited Rush for the Stargate Program, Dr. Daniel Jackson, appears—but Rush is able to change the course of their actual conversation. He lashes out, saying that he has no time for the program, as his wife is dying. Dr. Jackson, in return, surprises Rush by telling him that he should spend more time with his wife.

Destiny drops out of FTL to find a planet covered with ruins, but no signs of life. Chloe and Eli accompany Scott and Greer on their exploratory mission. Eli suggests they explore the planet's underground tunnels for resources. Greer and Scott are opposed, but Chloe and Eli convince them it'll be worthwhile. Greer, plagued by claustrophobia, is edgy, and when a predatory alien spider appears, Greer opens fire, causing the ceiling to collapse and trapping the quartet in the system of tunnels. Young sends a rescue team—they rig C-4 to create a new egress, but this only makes things worse. With less than half an hour left before Destiny jumps back to FTL, the rescue team has no choice but to return to the ship.

Rush, suffering from nosebleeds and heart palpitations, is about to give up on finding the key to Destiny's code when Jackson urges him, again, to be with his wife. Rush then uncovers a mysterious anomaly: The number 46 keeps coming up. In the control room where Rush's body is being monitored, Young urges TJ and Brody to keep him in the chair in hopes that he can find the code and stall Destiny's jump back into FTL—otherwise, Scott and his team will be lost.

Rush reluctantly visits the altered memory of Gloria on her dying day. She is now a part of his subconscious, and makes him evaluate his morality since her death. He begs forgiveness, and she tells him to move on, saying her death was just an accident of genetics, but this leads Rush to an epiphany. The number 46 is the number of genes in the human genetic code, and with this clue, Rush leaves the download. Immediately upon Rush's awakening, Young asks him to stop the ship from jumping, but Rush is unable to do so. Young delivers this news to Scott, and his team take in their fate as the ship speeds away.

Rush is back at work as soon as possible, and shares the information with Young that the number 46 in his download means that Destiny's code is based on Ancient genetic code. With this information, they'll be able to control the ship. Running through the permutations could take days or years, but there's hope, even though they had to leave Scott and his crew behind.

Modified by Solutions because Gloria has a name and Dr. Daniel Jackson is not a nameless "government man" or "Stargate recruiter"!

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Production Notes

  • "... I was called into the writer’s room to help spin a new story on another freelance script, this one a wonderful exploration of the Rush character. By lunch, we had the story broken ..." — Joseph Mallozzi (March 24, 2009)
  • "Today, we set aside an hour to talk stories – specifically, the back half of SGU’s first season. Okay, okay. I think that, this time, I’ve got it right. ... #14 is the Rush-centered freelance script that Rob will eventually jump on (as he’ll be assuming directing duties on this one)." — Joseph Mallozzi (June 3, 2009)
  • "When I left him ([Martin Gero]), he was in his office ... sprawled out on his couch, catching up on his script-reading (Space, Divided, and Lucid)." — Joseph Mallozzi (June 18, 2009)
  • "Rob, meanwhile, put out his pass on Lucid (he’s renamed it Human and the change is a point of some debate) and it’s a terrific script – engaging, poignant, and, yes, mighty surprising. Rob will be assuming directing duties on the episode." — Joseph Mallozzi (July 22, 2009)
  • "Rob is prepping Lucid, Episode #14, which he’ll be directing." — Joseph Mallozzi (July 29, 2009)
  • "Next week is also when Rob Cooper starts directing Human (formerly Lucid – I know, I can’t let it go)." — Joseph Mallozzi (August 6, 2009)
  • "While I’m waiting, I’ll shift focus to other producerly pursuits – like watching Rob Cooper’s dailies on Human..." — Joseph Mallozzi (August 12, 2009)
  • "Back on 'Human' tomorrow. ... Sabatoge will be fun!" — Patrick Gilmore, Twitter (August 12, 2009)
  • "Rob dropped my office after lunch while the production was making the move from the location to mess set ... And, since he was there, I told him how much we’d enjoyed the previous day’s dailies. The film looks amazing. For his part, Rob had nothing but praise for the actors and, given their significant roles in this episode, Robert Carlyle and guest star Michael Shanks in particular." — Joseph Mallozzi (August 13, 2009)
  • A fan took several pictures and a video of Robert Carlyle and Michael Shanks filming some scenes at the University of British Columbia. See Further Reading for links. (August 19, 2009)
  • "I’m predicting Time and Space to be the big fan favorites. Water, Light and Human will be high up there too. Action packed, fast-paced, surprising, full of some crazy twists. I also predict a few kino scenes will be played over and over again." — Brian J. Smith, Mallozzi's Weblog (September 28, 2009)
  • "It's hard for me to explain myself without giving away the entire context. But basically the way to put it in...it's kind of a flashback. But it's also the fact that the flashback is slightly different. Basically I play a figment of Robert Carlyle's imagination. And that's the only way I can put it without giving away too much. There's a few other characters in there that are also part of the same through-line. And that's where I was wondering. I read it and I went "I don't know where this is going!" My character kind of pops in and pops out and I'm not really understanding why. I'm like everybody else and going "OK, I'll have to wait and see." — Michael Shanks in Gateworld interview (November 2009)
  • "I made a cameo in the pilot and they’re keeping me alive to pass the torch. The next one coming up is titled Human, and back-references my character first initiating Dr. Rush (Robert Carlyle) into the Stargate program, but my character exists more as a figment of Dr. Rush’s imagination." — Michael Shanks, TV Guide Magazine interview (November 16, 2009)
  • "While Rush has been front and center to date, many of you are hankering for a peek at Rush’s motivations, his backstory, what potentially dark events from his past shaped him. Well, fans of the character won’t have to wait long for some answers. Human, episode 14, will explore the Rush character and, if not answer many of these questions, then at least offer some major hints to a troubled past." — Joseph Mallozzi (January 27, 2010)

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--DeeKayP 15:15, 13 June 2009 (UTC)