Rush takes a major gamble with his life while Rodney McKay returns to assist in a risky mission to reach the Destiny.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Episode Title: "Seizure"
Writer: Remi Aubuchon
Director: Helen Shaver
Previously on "Stargate Universe":

In the aftermath of an attempted Lucian Alliance terrorist attack on Earth, the crew set up a 24/7 vigil on the communication stones in the hopes of getting word from homeworld command. Chloe (Elyse Levesque) fell asleep at her post and woke up with Ginn (Julie McNiven) in possession of her body. Although Eli (David Blue) was elated to have his girlfriend return in some form, the effects on Chloe's body seemingly threatened both women. To complicate things further, the consciousness of Dr. Amanda Perry (Kathleen Munroe) also emerged in Chloe's body.
With the mind of his own love now also at risk, Dr. Rush (Robert Carlyle) proposed uploading Ginn and Amanda's minds into the Destiny's computer using the Ancient's neural interface chair. While the transfer didn't go off without a hitch, Amanda was uploaded in time to talk T.J. (Alaina Huffman) through a kidney transplant operation for Dr. Volker (Patrick Gilmore) from Master Sgt. Ronald Greer (Jamil Walker Smith). Later, Eli and Rush were both reunited with their respective lovers through the ship's neural interface… and they were all well aware that they may never touch each other again.
On Earth, Colonel Telford (Lou Diamond Phillips) is on hand with former Atlantis Commander, Richard Woolsey (Robert Picardo) and Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett) to meet with Ambassador Ovirda (Victor Garber) from Langara, a planet with a Stargate that may have enough power to dial the ninth chevron. But the ambassador notes that the last two planets to dial Destiny's Stargate were destroyed and he refuses to even listen to McKay's presentation. Telford immediately concludes that the Langaran government has already made a deal with the Lucian Alliance to launch another strike on Destiny. Via the communication stones, Colonel Everett Young (Louis Ferreira) brings McKay to the Destiny to explain his proposal to Rush and Eli.
But Rush has his own ideas on how to spend the day. Namely by uploading his own consciousness into Destiny's computer to get some alone time with Amanda. Young is visibly annoyed, but Eli quickly signs off on McKay's plan and he seems to get along with him very easily. Back on Earth, Young and Telford favor a way to prove the Lucian/Langara connection, but Woolsey is opposed to any violent invasion plan. But the two Colonels win him over with an alternative "peace offering." Back on Destiny, Eli and the scientists can't figure out how to get Rush out of the computer. And Rush soon finds that he can't leave the computer either.
Amanda passes off the problem as a manifestation of Ginn's disapproval for their actions. And Rush soon returns to the Destiny, but he refuses to elaborate on his experiences with Eli. Meanwhile, Ginn herself is noticeably absent. On Langara, Woolsey and an escort come through the gate, and he tricks the Commander into picking up a communication stone, putting Lt. Matthew Scott ( Brian J. Smith) into his body. They repeat the trick with Chief Administrator Halpurn (John Shaw) and Young appears in his body. Effectively taking control of the facility, Young brings a science and support crew through the gate to begin dialing the Destiny.
However, the suspicious activity raises concerns with at least one of the Langaran soldiers, who notes that Halpurn and his commanding officer are both acting unusual. As the preparations proceed, Woolsey learns that the Langarans repeatedly rejected the Lucian Alliance's offers to keep their relationship with Earth. On Destiny, FTL shuts down unexpectedly and Ginn appears to Eli. She tells him that she stopped the ship to keep Amanda from suppressing her. She warns him that Rush never actually escaped the computer simulation and she tries to explain how to free him before she disappears again. Rush also realizes the truth and tries to end the simulation himself. But he then learns that the simulation failed because he doesn't truly love Amanda.
Back on Langara, the gate nearly dials Destiny when Ovirda arrives with troops to retake control. Despite Telford's almost irrational refusal and the gate's apparent success, Young orders his men to stand down and surrender. On Destiny, Eli frees Rush by quarantining Ginn and Amanda's minds. Shortly thereafter, Young and Scott return to their own bodies and reveal that Ovirda will free their people in exchange for removing the Stargate and protecting them from the Lucian Alliance. Two days later, Rush wakes from his coma and Eli bitterly explains to him what he did to save his life. When Rush responds in anger, Eli simply walks away in disgust.
There seems to be a divide among some "Stargate" fans between the first two TV series and "Stargate Universe," which has a much darker and almost realistic tone. Personally, I've liked all three series, but I've grown to love "Stargate Universe" for its bolder approach to stories and characters.
That said, I was happy to see David Hewlett back as Rodney McKay. As with previous guest appearances from other "Stargate" characters, McKay easily fit into the more serious atmosphere and he seemed at home in the setting. But I've always hated Richard Woolsey. Robert Picardo is a fine actor, but that character got on my nerves so many times. And he should never have been made into a major character. At the very least, Woolsey was a lot less objectionable here. However, McKay was definitely the standout.
I could have sworn that the "Stargate Universe" producers had said that this episode would reveal whether Atlantis was still on Earth after the "Stargate Atlantis" series finale. I don't recall it ever coming up in this episode. Maybe I need to watch it again, but that was my biggest disappointment here. I guess I'm a continuity nerd and I really would have liked to have heard from and seen more characters from that show.
The decision to write off Ginn and Amanda so quickly after getting them back seemed strange. I'm sure that both characters could return before the end of the season (series), it just seems like a waste to take this step so quickly. We barely had a chance to accept this as the new status quo before the status quo changed again. On one hand, that's an admirable way to catch the audience off guard. But I like both Amanda and Ginn, so their reduced screentime is annoying.
It's interesting that despite Rush's claims, Amanda (and even the ship's computer) don't believe that he's actually in love with her. I don't know that I agree with that. Rush cared for Amanda in a way far beyond any attention that he gives to the crew of the Destiny. Maybe his love for her just doesn't rise to the level of his desire for knowledge and the secrets of the universe. As much as I like Rush, he really is a selfish bastard.
The offworld mission to Langara was entertaining both through the inventive use of the communication stones and the fact that it was a huge diplomatic f***up by Telford and Young. It put the forces of Earth in the odd position of being the villains of the situation. Again, part of the appeal of "SGU" is that the characters aren't always heroic or right. Telford also seems oddly fanatical about his hatred of the Lucian Alliance. On one hand, it's understandable given what they did to him and what they tried to do to Homeworld Command. But there's definitely something suspicious about his behavior.
It's hard to accept that there are only five episodes left of this series. "Stargate Universe" has been so consistently good this season that it's going to be difficult to let this show go.
Crave Online Rating: 8.5 out of 10.