SGU 1.16 "Sabotage" Episode Guide

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Précis

An expert in hyper drives, who has a past with Dr. Rush, arrives on the Destiny via the communication stones when it seems the ship will run out of power before it reaches its next destination, which would leave the crew adrift.

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MGM/Syfy.com Official Summary

With Destiny nearing the edge of a galaxy, Young adjusts to the notion Eli, Chloe and Scott are lost. Meanwhile, Rush tells him that Destiny is losing power and won't make it to the next galaxy. Brody suggests increasing the engine's efficiency, but since they have no idea how the engines work, Rush advises bringing the consciousness of Amanda Perry, an expert in Ancient engines, onboard. Amanda, however, has severe physical disabilities, and Young warns any potential volunteers that switching consciousnesses will be a big adjustment. Lt. James is the first to volunteer, but panics and returns to the ship. Camile stoically takes her place, and the reunion between Amanda and Rush is tender. James, back on the ship, has a mysterious experience, which she dismisses.

On Earth, Camile and her life partner struggle with the limitations of Amanda's disability, and Camile's consciousness and Amanda's are briefly switched—there's been an explosion on the ship, and Camile knows that something is seriously wrong. James heads to the sick bay and tells TJ about her episode, describing it as a sort of out-of-body experience. Franklin is carried in, badly shaken, and he and James share a moment of non-verbal understanding.

Amanda's tour of the ship's systems is cut short as the team try to solve the mystery of the explosion. While they're viewing the damage with kinos, the ship alerts them to an incoming wormhole, and they prepare a defense team, but are surprised by the miraculous entrance of Eli, Chloe and Scott. As they work together, Eli learns that Amanda had feelings for Rush. They discover that the explosion eliminated a damaged module in the FTL drive that was sapping energy, and attempt to bypass it. Eli suggests using the robot they found in the cargo bay, and Amanda programs it to perform repairs. With the clock ticking, Young tells Rush that, if it comes to it, he'll sit in the chair to save the crew.

Young sends a recon team to the planet from which Eli's team just came, and the kino delivers the disturbing footage of alien ships exploring the recently deserted camp. Living on that planet is now no longer an option—they must fix the ship, or die. It takes weeks, but finally the robot removes the damaged drive. With this small victory Rush and Amanda go to Brody's still to unwind. Under the influence of Brody's rotgut, Amanda expresses her feelings for Rush, and though he reciprocates, the memory of his wife's loss is still too painful for him to move on. As they share this moment of intimacy, TJ alerts them to an emergency in the control room.

James confesses that she thinks she caused the damage to the ship by neglecting to wipe her imprint off the communication stone. An alien may have been able to use this to access Destiny. As the crew swing into military defense in anticipation of imminent alien attack, Franklin breaks his vegetative state to utter, "the chair." Alien ships appear on the horizon as James urges Young to let Franklin sit in the chair. Once enthroned, Franklin orders Young and Rush to leave the room. The ship jumps, and with the ship and crew safe, Amanda goes home. Young and James go to retrieve Franklin, but discover the chair room completely empty.

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  • "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. ... #16 is another freelancer script and, after much discussion, we’ve finally hammered out a structure for the story." — Joseph Mallozzi (June 3, 2009)
  • "Brad received Barbara’s draft of Sabotage, Episode #16, over the hiatus and says she did a very good job." — Joseph Mallozzi (July 29, 2009)
  • "I poked my head into Brad’s office today to give him the heads-up. He’s doing the pass on Sabotage but has planned to write Episode #17." — Joseph Mallozzi (July 30, 2009)
  • "Meanwhile, I anxiously await Brad’s pass on Sabotage as that preps next week with the lovable Peter DeLuise at the directing helm." — Joseph Mallozzi (August 6, 2009)
  • "Just read "Sabotage." Wow. SGU is really challenging my acting chops! I LOVE our writers! Can't wait 2 work on this episode!" — Ming-Na, Twitter (August 9, 2009)
  • "Sitting in with us on the screening was the fab director himself, Peter DeLuise, who was in the office today prepping his next episode, Sabotage." — Joseph Mallozzi (August 12, 2009)
  • "Sabatoge will be fun!" — Patrick Gilmore, Twitter (August 12, 2009)
  • "Brad has been prepping Sabotage..." — Joseph Mallozzi (August 13, 2009)
  • "We’re using the Ancient communication devices used in the Stargate episode ‘Avalon’ where Daniel Jackson and Vala go to the Ori galaxy. Basically we’ve rigged those using Earth technology to work for us as a communication device. Someone has the foresight to bring them on board Destiny. So in a limited way, we are able to take over the body of someone on Earth, essentially swap consciousness with that person so they end up on Destiny for some time while the other is back on Earth. Our characters can talk to loved ones or friends, or it might help with missions on Destiny or Earth." — Robert Cooper, SFX Magazine interview, issue 186, published by Sci Fi Pulse (August 13, 2009)
  • "Thanks to those of you who sent me a note about the casting call for the Stargate Universe episode Sabotage. Please see my next two tweets: We're very sensitive to the issues raised by the description of the character Eleanor Perry. We're working with the Stargate producers to address this & ensure that this character is handled sympathetically and responsibly." — Craig Engler, Syfy Twitter (August 14, 2009)
  • Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper issue statement regarding controversy over Eleanor Perry's casting breakdown, GW Forum (August 14, 2009)
  • Joseph Mallozzi addresses breakdown and audition sides controversy in his weblog (August 15, 17, 18, 2009)
  • Major D. Davis writes: "Which episode are you currently shooting? I remember Pain was in prep almost directly after Human finished shooting, so is Lost or Sabotage waiting to film after Pain is shot, or is my math and logic all off and you are shooting both Lost and Sabotage before Pain?" Answer: "We wrapped Sabotage yesterday and have moved on to Pain." — Joseph Mallozzi (August 28, 2009)
  • Iamza also writes: "When you say Sabotage has just wrapped, was that the script, or the actual episode shoot? Because if the latter, wow! Things move fast!" Answer: "Things DO move fast. We wrapped the episode and Pain started shooting on Friday." — Joseph Mallozzi (August 30, 2009)
  • Tom also writes: “Finally, IF the first half of Season One has all been in a single galaxy, then there logically has to be journey from one galaxy to the next. I would be curious to see if there are plans for an episode or two to be featured while Destiny is in the ‘void’ between two galaxys, where presumably there is no place to gate to.” Answer: "Check out Sabotage, coming up in the second half of season one." — Joseph Mallozzi (January 1, 2010)
  • "As several of you pointed out, the show is called “Stargate: Universe” so you want to see us make use of the gate. Well, some interesting gate use upcoming in the back half of season one and into season two which goes hand in hand with another fan request: “More aliens!” and “More alien worlds!” Done and done, in the case of the former sooner, and the in the case of the latter just a tad later. Space, Faith, Lost, and Sabotage come to mind." — Joseph Mallozzi (January 28, 2010)

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--DeeKayP 15:40, 13 June 2009 (UTC)