SGU 2.01 "Intervention" Episode Guide

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Control of the Destiny hangs in the balance as the battle continues between the crew and the Lucian Alliance.

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Still in the grips of the Lucian Alliance, with Colonel Telford, Kiva, and TJ wounded and unconscious, Colonel Young attempts to win back control. Scott and Greer manage to shield themselves from the pulsar blast by taking shelter on the underside of the ship, and Eli couldn't be more relieved to see them when they finally make it in. Their joy is eclipsed with wonder, however, when Chloe, mysteriously recovered from her gunshot wound, joins them. Once reunited with Rush and Brody, Rush fills Eli and Chloe in on a new development: the ship's shields are now strong enough for them to jump away. But Rush has another idea: he'll divert power from the shields in order to threaten the Lucians into returning control of Destiny.

TJ, meanwhile, has an eerie experience that she is back on the planet that the aliens built, with Caine—and her baby is safely delivered. But she soon learns that the nebula that delivered her to safety must take her back to the ship—these are the rules instituted by the aliens who built the planet.

Varro convinces Young to take his people to a nearby, barely hospitable planet. Lucian infighting leads to Dannic wresting control from Varro just after they learn that Kiva succumbed to her wounds. Dannic sends Varro and any soldiers loyal to him to join Young on the nearby planet. But when Rush reveals his trump card, the Lucians set out for blood. Greer and Scott attempt to find TJ and bring her to the fortified zone of the hydroponics room with Rush and the rest, so that the next pulsar blast will kill only the Lucians.

Dannic is unyielding, and the entire population of Destiny seems doomed, but Ginn, the engineer, steps in to restore peace by burying three bullets in Dannic's back. Rush and company reclaim control of the ship, and bring back the passengers—Earthling and Lucian—from the nearby planet, and the ship jumps to safety.

And TJ, after several long, hard talks with Caine, is suddenly transported through the nebula back to Destiny. She regains consciousness to find more confusion: no one aboard perceived her as being gone, though her baby is. But she sees one reassuring sign: the same nebula that brought her to the planet is just outside the window of Destiny.

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Production Notes

  • "More spinning today in the writers’ room and more headway made on those first ten episodes. We ended up discussing the details of episode 1 (Paul will be doing the honors on this one), talking about the what’s and wherefore’s and, most importantly, answering Brad’s burning question: 'How the hell are we going to get out of this one?!'" — Joseph Mallozzi, October 28, 2009
  • "The rest of the day was fairly uneventful, spent breaking Episode 1 of Stargate: Universe’s second season..." — Joseph Mallozzi, November 2, 2009
  • "Paul, meanwhile, finished his [outline] today. He’s off on the annual end-of-season golf trip with some of the other producers and wanted to make sure he got it out of the way." — Joseph Mallozzi, November 12, 2009
  • "Yesterday, we gave and received notes on three outlines: Episode 1 (Paul’s story, which will shoot second)..." — Joseph Mallozzi, November 21, 2009
  • Simon writes: "Is 'Incursion' a three parter? Seems to make the most sense since 02×02 is 'Aftermath.' Answer: "Yes, I guess it can be considered a three-parter." — Joseph Malllozzi, January 10, 2010
  • "First up was the second season premiere in which the events of Incursion I and II come to an explosive conclusion. Chock full of great character moments, Paul’s first draft is tight and well-written. It took us all of twenty minutes to go through it." — Joseph Mallozzi, January 13, 2010
  • "Our first cast read-thru early next week to be followed by our first day of principal photography on Pathogen (Yes, it’s episode #4, but it’s shooting in the #1 slot) and the start of prep on Intervention (Episode #1)." — Joseph Mallozzi, March 5, 2010
  • "Paul has wall-to-wall meetings as prep begins on Intervention..." — Joseph Mallozzi, March 10, 2010
  • "Paul, meanwhile, is hip-deep in prep on Intervention..." — Joseph Mallozzi, March 12, 2010
  • "Yesterday, we received a visit from our friends at Syfy, Exec. VP of Original Programming Mark Stern and Director of Development Erika Kennair, who dropped by to talk travel, television and, oh yeah, Stargate: Universe. We spent the afternoon discussing the first five scripts of season two and beyond – character developments, story arcs, and surprises in store for the not too distant future. It was a pleasant and ultimately fruitful sit-down that yielded some terrific ideas that I was quite excited about… until I sat down in front of my laptop this morning and realized I would now have to incorporate these terrific ideas into the rewrite of Awakening. Don’t get me wrong. I really do like the notions we came up with. They’ll help clarify some of the character motivations and offer up interesting revelations about her heroes. I just hate rewrites. Even more than I hate writing first drafts." — Joseph Mallozzi, March 12, 2010
  • "Worked w/ ol pal Rob Knepper yesterday. Forgot he made appearance in YG II as well as Renegades! Just like old times." — Lou Diamond Phillips, Twitter, March 24, 2010
  • "I was on set this morning, covering for my writing/producing partner, Paul, who was off on some secret agent-related matter, leaving me to make the tough calls on the episode in production: Intervention. As tempting as it was, I did NOT arbitrarily have the ship’s interior painted plum, but I DID leave a message on Paul’s cell, informing him that we were running late and would therefore have to skip the climactic scene. ”We’ll do it with a look,”I assured him." — Joseph Mallozzi, March 31, 2010
  • "Considering Paul’s last script, Intervention (episode #1) was 48 pages and, at last count, the episode was timing five minutes long, it was obvious that Trial and Error needed a trim." — Joseph Mallozzi, April 6, 2010
  • "Carl put out his revised writer’s draft of The Greater Good late this afternoon – just to spite Paul who spent the day in editing, working on the producer’s cut of episode 1, Intervention. It’s six seconds over and I can’t wait to see it. Andy’s Director’s cut was great!" — Joseph Mallozzi, April 13, 2010
  • "I return to my office and have just settled in to do some writing – when Ashleigh walks in and informs me that everyone has gathered to watch the producer’s cut of Intervention. Fer crying out loud!!! Ashleigh scurries off, fearful of incurring my wrath. And I - Join everyone in the writers’ room for the screening. Great episode!" — Joseph Mallozzi, April 15, 2010
  • "Eps. 1 #SGU final VFX delivered. 1 down, 19 to go. Whooooo!" — Mark Savela, Twitter, June 18, 2010
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--DeeKayP 14:18, 18 January 2010 (UTC)