'Stargate Universe' - 'Subversion' Recap
by Mike Moody, posted May 22nd 2010 2:05PM
(S01E18) We were treated to an intricate little spy game this episode of 'Stargate Universe.' 'Subversion' offered some dense plotting and even a few '24'-style torture scenes as Young faced off with Telford on Destiny, and Kiva (guest star Rhona Mitra, hello!) kidnapped Rush to aid the Lucian Alliance.
Rush's dream about Telford acting as a double agent kicked off a new arc that will continue into next season, and it's a pretty exciting one. The Lucian alliance is back, and they're dead set on boarding Destiny.
Unfortunately for them, they kidnapped Rush instead of Eli. As we all know, Eli was the guy who unlocked the key to the ninth chevron that led Icarus to Destiny. Rush, as he reminded us with his "Quite possibly the rest of my life" remark, was never able to make a connection before Eli showed up. But perhaps the whole "do it or we'll kill you" threat will motivate him to get it right this time.
Of course, the Alliance had no idea who they were taking aboard their ship when they kidnapped Rush, hence the torture.
It's interesting how Kiva knew the person inhabiting Telford's body was a Destiny crewmember. Perhaps Telford warned her about his rocky relationship with Young and how he'd probably be the first one to suspect him of being a mole. Or maybe she figured that only someone who had been aboard Destiny would be bold enough to impersonate Telford to protect the ship. Either way, a zapped-out Rush eventually revealed his identity, and she promptly put him to work.
Rush's plan to impersonate Telford and make contact with the Alliance was a little out of character. It was a pretty risky move for a guy who seems to value self-preservation over almost everything else. But it made sense. He did it to protect Destiny, the thing he cares about most, from falling into the wrong hands.
You can't blame Young for suspecting that Rush was the mole. He still doesn't trust the guy, and I doubt he ever will. But his suspicions were put to rest after Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks) witnessed the Alliance beating and kidnapping Rush.
While Rush was making contact with the Alliance, Young was going back and forth working with General O'Neill (RDA!) on Earth and interrogating Telford on Destiny. How exactly did he coordinate these back and forth trips with his body-swapping partner on the other end? My guess is that he asked someone, probably Scott, to move the stones every twenty minutes or so, so that he could get back to the ship after he was done speaking with O'Neill. (Makes sense, right?)
Telford was finally revealed to be the bad guy we all figured he was from the beginning. Still, this episode had me guessing for a while: was he really the mole? Did the Alliance use brainwashing tech to manipulate him? Nope, turns out he's just dirty. So, yeah, I didn't really have a problem with Young beating the crap out if him until he started to talk. If anything, the guy probably deserved another beating just for being such an arrogant douche.
It was great to see RDA and Shanks back on the show. Shanks is a terrific actor, and he knows exactly how to match the darker tone of 'SGU.' RDA is always a joy to watch as O'Neill. He offered some much-needed levity as the situation aboard Destiny grew darker by the minute. I loved his whole "don't ask don't tell" attitude about Young's plan to get Telford to talk.
We ended on another cliffhanger as Young ordered Brody to vent the oxygen out of Telfrod's quarters. Killing Telford would also kill Rush, so we know that's not going to happen. Still, it's pretty thrilling to watch Young work in such a cold and certain manner, much to the chagrin of Camille Wray, who was more annoying than ever in this episode.
So what's the verdict, 'SGU' fans? Are you excited about the Lucian Alliance's return? Did you enjoy seeing RDA and Shanks return to the show? Is this a good way to lead in to the season finale? Let us know.
- Mitra did a great job as Kiva. I hope she sticks around for season two.
- T.J.'s baby shower gave us a nice little break from all the craziness happening in this ep. It was great to see Chloe comfort T.J. and remind her that the ship is full of people who will care about her baby.
- I miss seeing Eli being in on the action. I hope he gets a chance to shine again before the season is over.
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