"Destiny is where you make a stand."
―SGU Season 1.5 official trailer

The first season of Stargate Universe consists of a total of 20 episodes, a trend with every Stargate season since 2004. This includes a special three-part premiere that aired on October 2, 2009, on Syfy in the United States and SPACE in Canada. Sky1 in the United Kingdom and Ireland began airing the series on October 6. Australia's Sci Fi network first aired the series on October 9, followed by Network Ten on December 18.

The first season broke for a mid-season finale after the tenth episode, "Justice", and returned in April, 2010 with the episode, "Space". During the hiatus, the first season of Caprica - a spin-off of Battlestar Galactica - aired in the SGU timeslot Friday nights on both Syfy and SPACE, airing opposite the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.


Image Title Number Airdate Planet(s) Race(s) Enemies
Icarus Base 12 "Air (Part 1 of 3)" 101 October 2, 2009 P4X-351, Earth Lucian Alliance Lucian Alliance
A team of scientists and soldiers from the Icarus Base uncover the mysteries of the ninth chevron of the Stargate. As they are forced to evacuate when the base is under attack from the Lucian Alliance, after activating the ninth chevron, they end up on the Destiny, an Ancient ship, stranded several billion light years from Earth.
Airpart1 "Air (Part 2 of 3)" 102 October 2, 2009 Desert planet, Earth N/A N/A
While they are stranded on board the Destiny, the new reluctant crew discover that their life support system is worn out, and they have to repair it fast or they will all suffocate in a matter of hours.
Desert planet "Air (Part 3 of 3)" 103 October 9, 2009 Desert planet, Earth Dust bugs N/A
Lt. Matthew Scott leads a team to a desert planet to find a mineral capable of fixing Destiny's life support system. Colonel David Telford uses a Long-range communication device and takes temporarily control of Colonel Everett Young's body. Chloe Armstrong visits her mother on Earth.
Darkness "Darkness (Part 1 of 2)" 104 October 16, 2009 "Big Bertha", Earth N/A N/A
Dr. Nicholas Rush tries to figure out why Destiny's power reserves are critically low. Colonel Everett Young orders everyone to limit the power consumption. Eventually everything apart from the life support goes down. Fortunately, Destiny reaches a solar system with three planets, giving the crew hope to live another day.
Destiny Star Light "Light (Part 2 of 2)" 105 October 23, 2009 Goldilocks zone planet N/A N/A
On a seemingly unalterable collision course with a nearby star, and despite finding three suitable planets, Colonel Everett Young tells everyone that only seventeen people can go in the shuttle and that a lottery will determine their fate.
Water (episode) "Water" 106 October 30, 2009 "Hoth" Dust bugs Dust bugs
Much of Destiny's water reserves mysteriously disappears. The ship then reaches an ice planet, where the crew attempt a harvest in order to replenish the supply. However, the atmosphere and the ice around the area of the Stargate is poisonous, and they'd have to expand their search with limited air in the environmental suits. Meanwhile, Lt. Tamara Johansen works to catch an intruder believed responsible for the lost water.
Eli Chloe and Young Earth "Earth" 107 November 6, 2009 Earth N/A N/A
The consciousnesses of some of the crew of the Destiny arrive back on Earth by means of a Long-range communication device. Colonel Everett Young, Eli Wallace, and Chloe Armstrong's consciousnesses are on Earth, and while Eli and Chloe visit their families, Young meets with Dr. Carl Strom and Lt. General Jack O'Neill about a potentially dangerous plan to bring the crew home. Back on the ship, Colonel David Telford takes over Young's command in order to ensure the plan is enacted.
Time "Time" 108 November 13, 2009 Jungle planet Squigglers Squigglers
An away team finds a Kino beside a Stargate on a Jungle planet, which contains video footage of the team that was shot prior to their arrival. Then, an illness cripples the team, forcing them to quarantine themselves on the planet.
Destiny Fitness "Life" 109 November 20, 2009 Earth N/A N/A
While searching the ship, the crew finds an Ancient device, similar to, but predating the Repository of knowledge from the Milky Way that may hold the promise of getting them home, and using the Long-range communication device, Lt. Matthew Scott and Camile Wray visit loved ones back on Earth. Scott is stunned to find out that he has a son, and Colonel Everett Young gets overly angry at Colonel David Telford for seeing his wife. Dr. Nicholas Rush also manages to gain access to the subspace link to the Seed ships.
Justice "Justice" 110 December 4, 2009 Gravel pit planet N/A N/A
Colonel Everett Young cedes command to Camile Wray after Sgt. Spencer is found dead from a gunshot wound and the gun is recovered from his quarters. Meanwhile, a planet harbors a secret that threatens the Destiny, and Dr. Nicholas Rush gains access to the Ancient interface.
Space "Space (Part 1 of 2)" 111 April 2, 2010 Purple plants' planet Nakai Nakai
Colonel Everett Young uses the Long-range communication device, but it malfunctions, and he finds himself aboard an alien ship, thereby provoking the aliens into attacking Destiny. During the attack, which proves a diversion, the aliens kidnap Chloe Armstrong, and Young decides to use the stones again, during which he finds and frees Dr. Nicholas Rush, who is aboard the alien ship.
Divided "Divided (Part 2 of 2)" 112 April 9, 2010 N/A Nakai Nakai
Dr. Nicholas Rush and Chloe Armstrong suffer nightmares following their ordeal on the alien vessel, and Dr. Nicholas Rush suspects that a tracking device may have been placed on the ship's hull. Later, a splinter group of the civilian crew on Destiny executes a coup with life-threatening consequences.
Faith "Faith" 113 April 16, 2010 Eden N/A N/A
When an Uncharted star interrupts Destiny's Faster-Than-Light engine, it is forced to make a slingshot around the star, the process of which takes a month. The only planet orbiting the star is surprisingly like Earth, with food, water, and breathable air, which makes some of the crew consider staying.
Human (episode) "Human" 114 April 23, 2010 Ruins planet Giant spider N/A
Dr. Nicholas Rush risks his life in a dangerous experiment involving Destiny's interface chair, in which he relives his wife's final days and his recruitment into the Stargate Program. Meanwhile, Destiny drops out of FTL and dials a planet which shows signs of a past civilization.
Lost "Lost" 115 April 30, 2010 Ruins planet, Foggy planet, Crystal planet, Desert planet, Winter planet, Gravel pit planet, Forest planet

Giant spider, Dinosaur-like creature

While MSgt. Ronald Greer is trapped in a cave-in on a desolate planet and left for dead, Lt. Matthew Scott, Chloe Armstrong and Eli Wallace try to reach Destiny via the Stargate network, and Dr. Nicholas Rush tries to locate them before the ship leaves the galaxy for good.
Sabotage "Sabotage" 116 May 7, 2010 Forest planet, Earth Nakai Nakais
As Destiny travels away from the galaxy, leaving Eli Wallace, Chloe Armstrong and Lt. Matthew Scott behind, one of the ship's sixteen FTL-drives explodes. While the expedition uses the Long-range communication device to call a brilliant mind from Earth to help repair the engines, two Nakai motherships appear and begin to attack the ship. Facing an incursion, the ship and its crew make preparations to protect themselves and attempt to repair the drive.
Pain "Pain" 117 May 14, 2010 N/A Alien tick N/A
When the crew suffers from vivid hallucinations that tap into their personal fears, Lt. Tamara Johansen isolates the affected from the rest and then tries to seek out the cause of the affliction as it spreads and becomes life-threatening.
Subversion "Subversion" 118 May 21, 2010 Earth, Icarus-like planet Lucian Alliance Kiva
Dr. Nicholas Rush suspects Colonel David Telford of spying for the Lucian Alliance after he has a disturbing dream about a meeting with them. Colonel Everett Young soon begins an investigation into the matter, aided by Lt. General Jack O'Neill and Dr. Daniel Jackson.
Kiva's team "Incursion (Part 1 of 3)" 119 June 4, 2010 Earth, Icarus-like planet Lucian Alliance Kiva
With the help of a captured Dr. Nicholas Rush, Commander Kiva of the Lucian Alliance manages to board Destiny. She quickly gains control of a large section of the ship and holds several of the crew hostage in a bid to gain control of the ship.
Incursion, Part 2 "Incursion (Part 2 of 3)" 120 June 11, 2010 N/A Lucian Alliance Kiva
The standoff between the Lucian Alliance and the Destiny expedition continues, but a problem arises which threatens the safety of both groups. Meanwhile, Eli Wallace and an injured Chloe Armstrong make their way to safety from an unexplored and dangerous section of the ship.


Stargate veterans Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping and Gary Jones appear in a few episodes:

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This is a very strong and exciting debut and if the following seventeen hours build upon the high quality presented here then we are all in for one hell of a season. Stargate Universe would be the series I see as the spiritual successor to Battlestar Galactica except that I see it surpassing the previous Syfy magnum opus in that it is not cruel or unnecessarily grim. On all levels I would say that this is the finest three hours that Syfy has produced to date and considering that includes the likes of Farscape, Eureka, the aforementioned Battlestar Galactica, Sanctuary and the previous two Stargate series, take that as you will. (Read more)
"SGU" marries many familiar sci-fi conventions with relatable emotional stories to create a non-genre spectacular. If you root for the underdog, you'll love this completely enthralling, heartbreaking and inspiring epic. (Read more)




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