The second season of Stargate Universe was announced by Syfy on December 13, 2009. Like the first season, the second season will consist of 20 episodes. The first five episodes have already been reserved by the primary series writers. New to join the writing team are Remi Aubuchon (Caprica, 24) and Linda McGibney (Homicide: Life on the Streets, Chicago Hope); Aubuchon would have responsibilities for writing episode 9, while McGibney would outline an episode in the second half with Brad Wright. Filming started in March 10, 2010 with fourth episode "Pathogen", directed by Robert Carlyle (his directorial debut) Filming was delayed somewhat due to the 2010 Winter Olympics, which took place in Vancouver.