SGU Stargate Universe: Subversion
September 20, 2017 11:56 AM - Season 1, Episode 18 - Subscribe

Dr. Rush and Homeworld Command investigate when Colonel Telford is suspected of spying for the Lucian Alliance.

* If you look closely at the book Rush's driver Sergeant Graham is reading when he exits the car, you'll see a novel penned by one of Mefi's Own: Old Man's War, by John Scalzi, who also served as the series' creative consultant.
* Rhona Mitra plays the Lucian Alliance leader Kiva. She was the original model for Tomb Raider's Lara Croft, played Holly Marie Beggins for a dozen episodes during the sixth season of Party of Five back in 1999, played Tara Wilson on the final season of The Practice and the first and second seasons of Boston Legal and also played Detective Kit McGraw on the third season of Nip/Tuck. After SGU she went on to play roles in The Last Ship and The Gates.
* Mike Dopud plays the Lucian Alliance member Varro, one of Kiva’s close associates. He is a stuntman and character actor who has played over 150 roles. He's also a Stargate alum, having played the bounty hunter Odai Ventrell in Stargate SG-1‘s “Bounty,” and the Runner Kiryk in Atlantis‘s “Tracker.”
* “A few of you expressed a desire to see us pay off some of the story elements introduced in the series opener. Who attacked Icarus Base? Why? And how the hell did they find out about Earth’s top secret project? We’ll get all the answers in a three-part season ender that offers conspiracy, cameos, cosmic influence, intrigue, suspense, running and gunning, bullets and betrayal, and at least two downright horrible ways to go.” (Consulting producer Joseph Mallozzi, in a post at his blog)

Telford: "I wanna talk to Scott. I have a right to face my accuser."
Young: "This didn't come from Scott. You switched with Rush, remember?"
Telford [Furious]: "Rush? This is coming from Rush?!"
Young: "At first I didn't believe him either. I figured I'd give him enough rope to hang himself, but guess what? That didn't happen."
Telford: "What's that?"
Young: "Well, Airman Dunning brought it along with his personal effects here. Do you recognise 'em? They were all stationed on Icarus - the fire suppression team. They got trapped during the attack when a corridor collapsed. They all burned alive - every last one of them."
[Telford walks away]
Young: "No, no, no, no. You take a good look. Take a look. I want you to look at their faces, because you killed them. You killed them as if you doused 'em with gasoline and lit the match yourself. And they weren't the only ones.
[He walks over to Telford, who stops moving away but won't meet his eyes.]
Young: "So we know that you are a traitor and a murderer. Now we know you're a coward too."
Young: "Welcome to the Destiny, General."
O'Neill: "Hello."
Riley: "Sir."
[Jack looks down at Marsden's uniform and grimaces as he sees the insignia on it. He lifts his collar indignantly and shows it to Young.]
O'Neill: "Corporal?!"
Young: "Sorry about that, sir."
Telford: "Doesn't matter. You can't stop it."
O'Neill: "Stop what?"
Telford: "You think I was brainwashed? I came to my senses. We freed billions of people from thousands of years of slavery all over our galaxy - and then we patted ourselves on the back and left them with little or no means for survival. What the hell did we think was going to happen?"
Young: "This isn't you, David."
Telford: "Wake up, Everett! You think the Lucian Alliance are just a bunch of criminals? Who made us judge and jury? People will do what they have to do to survive. You should know that by now. We take whatever we want. We do whatever is good for us, regardless of the impact on other planets. What makes us so special?"
O'Neill: "I know what makes me special."

Public Transportation Snob:
If you think of SGU’s first season as a three-act story, the final chapter begins with “Subversion”. The crew of the Destiny spent the opening episodes just trying to survive and learning about the mysterious ship. The middle act was battling the aliens and each other while learning to work better as a team. We finish now with a battle to keep control of the Destiny against an invading force. This episode sets the stage for season two and re-introduces a threat to the crew’s survival. It essentially begins the three-part season finale that concludes with “Incursion”. The Lucian Alliance attack on the Icarus planet set the wheels in motion way back in “Air”. Now they’re preparing to finish the job.
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