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->''Where will ''Destiny'' take you?''

The installment of the ''Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}'' franchise that began in 2009 and ended in 2011.

A team of soldiers and scientists on an off-world base have finally cracked the secrets surrounding the, until now, unused ninth chevron of the Stargates (seven chevrons are used for regular trips, eight are used to travel between galaxies). With it, they are able to connect a wormhole to an [[{{Precursors}} Ancient]] [[GenerationShips ship]] called the ''Destiny''. This comes at a very bad time as [[TheRemnant remnants]] of ''Series/StargateSG1'' villains attack the outpost. In a desperation maneuver they travel to ''Destiny'' without a proper recon of the area and about 80 people are stuck on a very old ship that is falling apart.

Because the mission was not planned, many of the main characters are not the typical specialist team that has been in the previous shows of ''Series/StargateSG1'' and ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. Besides a handful of leaders, the rest are young, inexperienced and many of whom are civilians who are caught up in a situation ''far'' outside what they expected.

The show was canceled midway through its second season. [[KickTheDog The cast and crew only learned of the cancellation via Twitter.]] There was some speculation that the reason for the show's failure, was a retaliatory campaign conducted by [[FanDumb angry fans]] of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', due to the removal of the [[TheHeart Heart]] character of that show, Dr. Carson Beckett. SGU had a couple of fairly big name actors, (Robert Carlyle, known for his role in the film ''Trainspotting,'' and Ming-Na Wen, a Chinese actress with numerous cinematic credits, who was probably best known for her role as Chun Li in the live action ''Street Fighter'' movie).

Also, check out the [[Characters/StargateUniverse Character Sheet]]. And [[Recap/StargateUniverse recap page]].

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* AbortedArc: In universe, Destiny itself is an aborted arc. The Ancients built it as part of a project that they abandoned once they achieved Ascension.
* AccidentalPervert: There's an episode where Chloe is using the Ancient equivalent of a shower when the power goes out. She calls out for Eli, he comes running... and just ''happens'' to shine his flashlight on her, getting a split-second of full frontal before realization hits and he stutters an apology while looking away. [[{{Fanservice}} Too bad the camera's positioned behind her]].
* {{Adorkable}}: Eli and Amanda Perry.
* AdventuresInComaland: The eponymous Cloverdale is just a figment of Scott's imagination while he's lying unconscious.
* AlienSky: Used twice so far, once by proxy via the ''Destiny's'' star map, and again at the end of "Justice" when Rush comes to, and realizes he's been marooned.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish:
** Averted with the catfish aliens, who speak a StarfishLanguage and cannot speak English. They can apparently write it just fine, but that's because they had captured and {{Mind Probe}}d Rush beforehand.
** Played straight with the Lucian Alliance. This is part of canon, after all.
** Averted again with the Ursini. Though they have a somewhat more comprehensible language than the catfish, the one the crew talks to resists even basic attempts at communication. They only learn to understand humans after Telford had been stuck with them for a month.
*** The trope is inverted and subverted by Rush in the same episode. Telford asks Rush for help in communicating with the alien they just found, since he's the only one among them to actually have contact with aliens. Rush dryly notes, "Different aliens."
* AllGaysArePromiscuous: Inverted - while the straight cast has plenty of romantic drama, the sole gay couple (Wray and Sharon) are shown to be faithful to each other.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Where do we begin; Vanessa James and Scott, Eli and Chloe, Perry and Rush, Volker and Park, TJ doing this to more than one guy. This show loves to create ships and then sink them.
* AllThereInTheManual: The Season 1 [[http://stargate.mgm.com/view/character/171/index.html Kino webisodes]] cover some of the little details in each episode and give background information. Some are just there for a little humor/fanservice. Others help fill in the blanks, such as the accompanying webisode for "Time".
** An in-universe "manual" occurs in the form of a series of video lectures hosted by SG-1's Daniel Jackson. They appear to cover basics like what the stargate is and how it works, as well as a number of other topics.
** One point clarified in the webisodes is that the volunteers who trade bodies with Destiny's crewmembers sign consent forms allowing "personal" use of their bodies. Without this knowledge, there's been a fair bit of [=Fridge Logic=] Squick from fans who wonder about what these people would think.
* AlmostOutOfOxygen: The subject of "Air", specifically the [=CO2=] poisoning variety.
* AnachronicOrder: Roughly the first hour of the two-hour pilot episode was not shown in order. It starts with the group arriving on ''Destiny'' and then jumps around concerning the events on ''Destiny'' and how the characters ended up in that situation to begin with.
* AndYouWereThere: "Cloverdale".
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Eli to an unconscious, near-dead Chloe in "Time".
* AntiHero: With the exceptions of audience surrogates Eli and Chloe, everyone is an anti-hero in their own right. Mainly highlighted in "Divided".
* AnyoneCanDie: First season had unsympathetic sergeant Spencer and the Senator to die among non-redshirts. Second season caught audience completely off-guard by killing [[spoiler:Riley]] and later killing recurring characters [[spoiler:Ginn and Amanda Perry]]. Also played with as the character you think is expendable [[spoiler: Telford]] in fact survives multiple near-death trope situations and gets added to the main cast. [[spoiler:But then he dies anyway in a way you don't see coming. Good thing there's an extra at the time.]]
** [[spoiler:Ginn and Perry got better, sort of, then slightly worse. Their situation wasn't revisited; it was one of several story points left without closure thanks to the show's cancellation.]]
* ApocalypticLog: Eli is GenreSavvy enough to realize that he should put one together, since they could all die at any moment. His comrades think this is silly, but it saves all their asses in "Time" and proves Young innocent in "Justice". And in "Common Descent", [[spoiler: his Kino logs end up as a sort of big book of how to's for a civilization founded by the Destiny's crew 2000 years ago.]]
* AppliedPhlebotinum: The mind-switching communication stones carried over from the original series, now with a handy on / off switch and much easier to use. A significant amount of screentime is spent on Earth-bound relationship issues of the characters (see DysfunctionJunction below), conveniently made possible by putting a stone on an illuminated base.
* AscendedExtra:
** Volker was originally a one-off character. The producers liked the way the actor portrayed him so much that he was upgraded to a recurring character.
** Lt. James is relatively minor in the first few episodes, but by the second half her role has expanded.
** Dr. Brightman, a one-shot character in ''SG-1'', is a semi-recurring character in this series.
* AscendedFanboy: Eli, definitely.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Maybe. Franklin, the idiot who sat in the chair in "Justice" and fried his brain, regains just enough mobility to try it again in "Sabotage". This time, he seems to freeze the entire room, and by the time they come back to check on him, the man is gone. We can't be sure if he ascended, though. The machine might just have vaporized him. It's probably relevant that every time someone ascends in the previous two series, they leave their clothes behind. Not the case with Franklin.
** Nope. He was uploaded to Destiny's computer.
*** WordOfGod is that it wasn't even really him; the ship's AI absorbed him and used his brain patterns as a template for the AI and [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith used his form for interacting with the crew]].
* AttackDrone
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Armando Elsinor von Spelker III. Not named on the show, but on [[http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/june-13-2010-world-cup-round-up-mailbag/ Joseph Mallozzi's blog]].
* AxCrazy: ''Dannic''. Strangling one of your only scientists [[YouHaveFailedMe for not being able to correct a problem on the spot]], getting rid of a third of your remaining men just because the guy they were loyal to ''wasn't'' AxCrazy, utterly refusing to surrender in the face of horrible death? He hits the qualification line full speed, then kills it for getting in his way. His defeat exemplifies this. In most other similar situations, his defeat would come about as a result of a Heel Face Turn or at least a Noble Villain. Dannic? He gets defeated because his men (including above scientist) aren't as crazy as he is. That is, they don't like the protagonists, they don't want them to win, but they also aren't willing to fly as far off the deep end as Dannic.
* BackForTheDead: [[spoiler:The people who stayed on the "Eden" planet.]]
* TheBadGuyWins: End of first season. [[CliffHanger Or is it]]? It wasn't.
** [[spoiler: Simeon]] in a manner of speaking. While [[spoiler: Rush executes him in cold-blood]], it only comes after he'd already murdered [[spoiler: Amanda Perry and Ginn]], two military personnel during his escape and wounded numerous others whilst avoiding capture. [[spoiler: Even worse, the planned Lucian Alliance attack on Earth he murdered Ginn for revealing, ''still'' ends up happening!]]
* BadFuture: Subjective future, actually the past. The crew abandoned ''Destiny'' and their mission, settled on alien planet and never got home nor found "God". Turns out they had accidentally been sent 2,000 years back in time, and their present day duplicates ([[TimeyWimeyBall wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey]]) learn what happened to their alternate selves.
** Subverted in the following episode, "Epilogue". Despite having lost ''Destiny'' and being forced to start over from scratch on a brand new world, the alternate Destiny crew are shown to have lived far richer, happier lives. What's more, their descendants went on to build a great Ancient-esque civilisation based the strong work ethic, curiosity and optimism of the characters. Except for that whole Cold War period they went through, but luckily extinction proved a bigger motivator than their petty differences.
--->'''Old Camille''': When we first arrived here, we thought we had failed. We didn't achieve the mission on ''Destiny''. But now, looking at all your smiling faces, at this beautiful new school, I can't help but feel a great sense of pride. And success. Because as we discovered, our mission is -- and '''always''' will be -- [[ItsTheJourneyThatCounts the journey itself]].
** Too bad the entire civilisation was later destroyed by an errant black hole passing through their system, forcing them to leave the planet. Where they are most likely going to be eradicated by the Berserker Drones, as already happened to the "[[InSeriesNickname Pittsburgh]]" colony.
* {{Bathos}}: When exploring the archives on Novus, the dead planet of the alternate crew's ancient descendants, there is a brief scene in an elevator with the crew appropriately baffled by the cheesy muzak.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: TJ, the medic, seems to have brought a hefty tub of styling gel and lipstick.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: The characters find themselves dependent on ''Destiny'''s needs for their own survival (like material to get the air filters working), but ''Destiny'' conveniently brings them to planets where they can gather the necessary materials. Some characters early on decide to [[ScrewDestiny Screw]] ''[[ScrewDestiny Destiny]]'' and abandon ship, but most of the crew members view the ship's presence at a location as proof enough that it is worth exploring.
* BerserkButton: Greer really isn't very happy about Telford attacking Young. He sprints into the room and takes him apart in under six seconds. Hurting TJ is also this for Young, as is the general suggestion that he cannot protect the people under his command.
** When it comes to Rush, keep your hands off Amanda Perry. Simeon found out the hard way.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: This is shaping up to be ''Universe's'' hallmark. They've already had chestbursters/chest''burrowers'' and a GiantSpider, and there's more on the way. Seems that without the Ancients around, the rest of the universe evolved some creepy shit.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Telford and the Ursini]] in "Resurgence".
** [[spoiler: Rush saving Lisa Park from Simeon's bomb]] in "Malice".
* BigDamnVillains: [[spoiler:The catfish aliens]] in "Deliverance". However, they were really more of a diversion than actual help.
* BigFun: Eli: Big (Nerdy) Fun.
* BigGood: O'Neill, to the best that he is able, back on Earth.
* BluffingTheMurderer: Young does this to Rush after he learns Rush made Sgt. Spencer's suicide look like a murder and tried to implicate Young as the perpetrator simply to get him out of the way.
* BoardingParty: The Lucian Alliance.
* BolivianArmyEnding: See NoEnding below.
** Which makes the reference in "Time" to this [[InvokedTrope very trope]] and the [[Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid film it derived from]], oddly [[HilariousInHindsight prescient]].
* BoobsOfSteel: Lt. James has an incredible rack and is the only female character to have engaged extensively in combat. She's good at it, including hand-to-hand -- reference the brutal butt-stroke she deals out in "Divided" and when she "kills" Scott at the beginning of "Pain".
* BottomlessMagazines: Realistically averted. Ammo restrictions are a constant concern for the crew of ''Destiny'', to the point it's even mentioned in several episodes.
* {{Brainwashed}}: Telford.
* BrainUploading: Well, consciousness uploading, the neural interface chair can do that [[spoiler:and has done that with Franklin, Ginn and Amanda Perry]]
* BreakTheCutie: Ongoing for Chloe, what with being trapped on ''Destiny'' with everybody else, her father dying, having no useful skills to help out right off the bat, kidnapped by aliens, stranded offworld twice in a row, getting shot in the season one finale, and then [[spoiler: being slowly transformed into an alien and being ostracized by all of her friends because of it]]. She also [[spoiler:died horribly ''twice'' in the episode "Time" in timelines that were subsequently written over]]. TJ, too, starting from "Faith" onwards. Park gets a major dose when [[spoiler:she's blinded]]. Even Wray has a few moments, though it's more of a BreakTheHaughty with her. Eli is starting to stack up emotional problems, too, especially after "Malice", what with [[spoiler:his new girlfriend having been StuffedIntoTheFridge]]. Finally, talking about BreakTheHaughty, Rush in the same episode.
* BreatherEpisode: "Faith" and "Visitation", both dealing with the god-like aliens, are non-action episodes which focus more on the difference between science and faith/religion. They come after the action-packed episodes. "Cloverdale" consists of Scott, infected by an alien organism, hallucinating a normal life in an idyllic rural town. This one leads into an action episode.
* BrickJoke: As well as one heck of a TearJerker. In "Air Part 1" we see Rush break down in private as he listens to a piece of classical music, we only later learn in "Human" this was his deceased wife's favourite piece to play on the violin.
** Eli's t-shirt. In "Lost" they get stranded in an underground labyrinth, and Eli laments the race that built it didn't think of making a map with a big red dot marking your location, like they have at malls. He opens his jacket and points at his t-shirt, which has the same red dot and text;
--> '''Eli''': "You are here!" How hard is that?
** Which itself becomes a BrickJoke in the very next episode, as Chloe realises that there's a repeating pattern on the wall at every junction and intersection, with minute changes each time. Turns out they really ''did'' put "You Are Here!" on the walls!
* TheBridge: ''Destiny'' has one, and it follows the classic layout, but it doesn't show up until season 2. Season 1 averted the trope with the control room fulfilling the role of the bridge.
* BrilliantButLazy: According to the casting sheet that went out Eli is this, saying that he's brilliant at anything he puts his mind to, but that he's rarely excited enough to actually use this. Seen in a flashback where it is implied he put off going to an interview to sleep in.
** He solved an Ancient maths proof, written in another language, that Rush couldn't crack in over 2 years, in his spare time, because he was curious, cause the SGC put it in a video game.
** Later shown, even [[InsufferableGenius Rush]] has to admit that Eli being able to pilot Destiny through a Blue-Supergiant is something even ''he'' didn't think was possible to do.
* BookEnds: [[spoiler:The show begins with ''Destiny'' emerging from FTL as a speck in the distance and slowly coming to fill up screen before it's internal systems all power up. It ends with ''Destiny'' shutting down it's systems and slowly disappearing into FTL until it's just a speck in the distance. Almost a perfect reverse.]]
* BrokenPedestal: After "Seizure" Eli seems to have stopped looking at Rush as a surrogate father-figure.
* ButtMonkey: Volker was initially this, Adam Brody seems to have taken this role as of season 2.
* CameBackWrong: [[spoiler:Everyone on the shuttle in "Visitation".]]
** [[spoiler: But not in any of the classic forms of this trope.]]
* {{Catchphrase}}: Young: "Lotta work." -- particularly in regards to Rush. Seems to have dropped it in later season one episodes. Came back with a vengeance in season two.
* TheChampion: Ronald Greer frequently acts as one towards the crew on ''Destiny'', whether it be single-handedly [[YouShallNotPass holding off]] a horde of hostile alien plants in "''Cloverdale''" or immediately volunteering to undergo a risky transplant surgery to give Volker one his kidneys in "''Hope''".
* CharacterDevelopment:
** As of "Space", Lt. James has made the jump from generally useless [[PowerPerversionPotential Kino magnet]] to semi-sympathetic third stringer, complete with CrowningMomentOfAwesome and basic character insight. In an episode that didn't even focus on her for more than 5 minutes.
** Greer started off looking like he would be the short-tempered LooseCannon. But thanks to character moments he has shown humor, loyalty, and insight as well.
** Young has developed quite a bit from the somewhat overly cautious and by-the-book guy he started off as into someone quite a bit better equipped to handle the weight of command. As a sign of this, over the course of the show, his hair has gotten progressively longer from the standard crew cut. [[spoiler:This is somewhat ironic, as later episodes will have him question his ability to command while he's been quite adamant in doing so up till now.]]
*** He's not the only one whose hair grows: The change is gradual, but looking back at the first episode after watching the last really shows it. Rush grows quite a beard, and all their clothes go from new to somewhat dilapidated. Which makes sense if they have a limited supply of clothes and razors...
* ChekhovsArmory:
** [[ChekhovsGun Chehkov's Vlog]]: Eli uses the Kino to document ''everything''. It has come in handy many times.
** [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Limpet]]: The strange, clearly un-Ancient ship that detaches and flies away from the ''Destiny'' at the end of "Air".
** [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Celestial Object]]: Every planet/star they visit has a solution for a problem, because the ship is doing it on purpose. Since resources are dwindling and they have a time limit on their expeditions, exploration is understandably a low priority. [[spoiler:When Rush gains secret control of the bridge and is messing around with its systems, resulting in apparently random drops out of FTL, the rest of the crew gets frustrated trying to figure out what item Chekhov is hiding for them.]]
** [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Starship]]: Young maroons Rush on a deserted planet in walking distance of an ancient (but not ''Ancient'') starship. The alien race the ship originally belonged to later turns up with Rush in tow, and they're not exactly happy to see everyone.
** [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Hull Breach]]: The holes the aliens cut in ''Destiny'' in "Space" are brought up in "Divided" as a way for the military to get to the civilian side of the ship and again in "Incursion" to fix something on the hull.
** [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Memory Sharing]]: The bleed-over from Telford to Scott becomes much more relevant in "Subversion".
** [[ChekhovsBoomerang Chehkov's Alien Spittle]]: The venom of the Squigglers has been useful in three different episodes: first being the cure for the water-based disease afflicting the characters, second as an anesthetic on Rush while removing the tracking device from his chest, and finally being used as an anesthetic on the alien ticks that attach themselves to the crew. Showed up and didn't help any in "Cloverdale" while dealing with an offworld infection.
** [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Sled]]: Eli's hover sled, which he invented in "Water", comes back in "Cloverdale" as a way to carry supplies and an injured Scott. Also makes an appearance in "Deliverance" in order to carry a drone on board. Same episode also gives it an official name: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin kino sled]]. Eli apparently also made multiples.
** [[ChekhovsGunman Chekhov's Iguana]]: Openly focusing on the there-for-no-apparent-reason alien reptile halfway through "Malice". [[spoiler:A herd of them are used by Rush to trample a wounded Simeon in the denouement.]]
** [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Robot]]: Averted in "Air" when they need some way to push a button to close a door sealing the button pusher inside. Despite Kinos featuring prominently in the episode, and we're shown they have lots, nobody considers of using one to push the button turning the whole episode into an IdiotPlot.
* ChewingTheScenery: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWJcsruhJ7M&hd=1 THERE IS NO MORE POWER!!]]
** Semi-justified that everyone realises that Rush is clearly suffering a nervous breakdown.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Rush schemes to have Young removed from power, and for his trouble is marooned on an alien planet. Rush gets back, they make a truce, and by the end of the same episode is scheming with Wray to do it again. Something of a subversion in the second case; he did it to protect himself from Young, since there was a tracking device in his chest and he was (perhaps rightfully) afraid that Young would get him killed trying to deal with it.
** [[spoiler: The Ursini]] started off on this foot, [[spoiler: first attempting to drain ''Destiny'''s power in their first appearance (somewhat justified), then tricking them into going into battle while the ship is heavily-damaged, lest the crew change their minds.]] They redeemed themselves [[spoiler:[[RedemptionEqualsDeath the tragic way]] with a Heroic Sacrifice.]]
* ClarkesThirdLaw: Directly referenced by Eli in "Visitation"
* CliffHanger: Pretty much standard for every mid-season/end-season finale.
** Mid-season 1 finale: how will Rush get back?
** Season 1 finale. Do Scott and Greer make it to the airlock in time? Does Eli get there to open the door for them before the next pulsar burst? Is Chloe alright? Will Young and his men be executed? Is TJ alive? Is her baby?
** Mid-season 2 finale: How is ''Destiny'' going to survive the drone armada? What did Chloe do to the ship at the end?
** Season 2 finale: [[spoiler:How will Eli survive the jump to the next galaxy? Will he fix the pod? Will he find another way? Are his calculations correct or are they screwed for good?]]
%% Rhetorical questions. Do not answer.
* CloningGambit: An unintentional example with [[spoiler: Telford]] who, through the power of the [[AppliedPhlebotinum stargate]] and [[TimeyWimeyBall time travel]], becomes a clone of himself, which becomes handy when the "real" [[spoiler: Telford]] dies shortly thereafter.
* ColonelBadass: For the first few episodes, Col. Young appeared as if his his character should've been named Col. [[{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]]. But... after finally deciding "enough is Enough," he hauled off and kicked three kinds of ass. And he did it to the show's two resident {{Jerkass}}es, using some pretty neat cunning to pull it off, too. Yep, he's officially a BadAss.
* ContinuityDrift:
** The ''Daedalus''-class starship ''Hammond'' can make the Milky Way-Atlantis trip (2 million light years) in three weeks (the ZPM-powered ''Odyssey'' can do it in four days). Going 21 light-years from Earth to the Icarus planet, by that measure, should only take thirty seconds, although someone may have decided to take it slow to give the [[NaiveNewcomer civilians new to the Stargate Program]] enough time to be given a Daniel Jackson video [[InfoDump crash course]] in SG-101, and there's evidence of an efficiency factor to speed vs. distance.
* ContinuityNod:
** Anyone who has seen the later seasons of the previous SG shows knows what's coming when O'Neill threatens to beam Eli up to his spaceship. More subtly, later in the scene Rush alludes to the memory-altering technology used in ''SG-1''.
** A few musical cues in the premiere homage the previous ''Stargate'' shows:
*** As the names of the ''SG-1'' guest stars appear during the opening credits, a version of the ''SG-1'' theme plays.
*** As Rush explains [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascension]] to Eli, the ''Atlantis'' motif plays in the background.
** O'Neill's run-in with the Ancient database downloader has been brought up a few times in the wake of finding a similar device aboard the ''Destiny'', as has the Asgard [[DeusExMachina saving his life]], or more specifically how they're not around to save anyone (figuratively and literally) should this chair prove fatal to humans too.
** Alisen Down reprises her one-off character (Dr. Brightman) from an episode of SG-1 five years previously, now as the occasional guest character whenever they need an Earth doctor.
** The events of "Divided" are brought up in "Subversion" as to why the normal military SOP can sometimes be a bad thing when you're permanently stuck on a ship and have to cooperate with a limited number of people.
*** Brought up again in "Trial And Error" when Scott asks why Wray or Rush don't assume command.
** O'Neill's reaction to the Lucian Alliance base.
--->'''O'Neill''': Pyramid? That takes me back.
* ConvenientMiscarriage: And it happened for the same meta reasons as normal, of course.
* CoolChair: The captain's chair on the ''Destiny's'' bridge. Rush, Eli, and Young have monopolized it, likely because it is more like a pilot's chair rather than a command chair like in ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
** Perhaps not unintentionally, all three of them tend to mimic Kirk's posture when using the chair's communication panel. Though regardless of whether it's intentional or not, it's justified as the communication panel with microphone is where they're leaning towards.
* CoolGate: The whole Stargate spins on this show. There's something to be said for rotary, after all.
* CoolStarship: The ''Destiny'', of course; it recharges its batteries by flying through stars, is absolutely covered in weapons from stem to stern, and looks to be nearly as large as Atlantis. And this is when it's a flying death trap and half its systems are barely working or broken.
** The seed ships also count, to a lesser extent. They're about half the size of ''Destiny'' and the same basic shape. Inside, there's a massive gate factory that stretches as far as the eye can see (the implication being that the factory runs ''the entire length of the ship''). Greer and Scott, who found it, are suitably impressed. Rush, not so much, and he kicks some dirt on their enthusiasm.
*** The seed ships really become impressive when you remember that gates are unbelievably powerful, durable and dangerous objects that humanity wouldn't be able to manufacture for centuries at least, and this ship can churn them out in a fully automated process, as well as find habitable planets in the galaxy and deploy the gates there. There have to be some robots aboard...
* CourtroomEpisode: "Justice".
* CrackPairing / ShipsThatPassInTheNight / PairTheSpares: In-universe. Eli was shocked to find out that his alternate self married corporal Barnes.
** Alternate James and Varro also got married; but they have at least some interaction. The two of them teaming up to destroy a Drone stands out.
* CrapsackWorld: Note how many characters are listed as TheWoobie on the character sheet. The entire world seems to be out to get these poor schlubs.
* CrushParade: [[spoiler:Simeon gets run over by a stampede of two-legged, dinosaur-like creatures triggered by Rush. Doesn't kill him, but he could barely move after.]]
* CurbStompBattle: It looks like war between Ursini and Drones was very one-sided and eventually Drones killed them all.
* CurseCutShort: Eli at the beginning of "Time".
-->'''Eli''': What. The. *Title Card*
** Volker trails off mid curse in "Pain".
-->'''Volker''': Oh, for f...
* CutShort: The series was canceled in the middle of season 2, which means many of the main plot points are left unresolved, including the cliffhanger at the end of the season finale.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The focus of the show is on bare means of survival more than exploration. There are [[AnyoneCanDie multiple deaths throughout the show]], including one [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]]. Even the hovering Kino camera probes have a grit filter on them.
* DaydreamSurprise: Young and Eli have had these concerning TJ and Chloe, respectively.
* DeadpanSnarker: Greer.
** Volker too. "New friends. Yay."
*** Later Volker and Brody do a stereo "yay."
** Eli. "Holy crap, we dialed Pittsburgh"
* DeadGuyJunior: The alternate versions of Greer and Park named their first son "Dale" after Volker, who died from the kidney disease in their timeline.
* DeadManWalking: In "Alliances" Camile's and Greer's host bodies were exposed to lethal dose of radiation.
* DeadPersonConversation: Scott to his priest father-figure in "Air", Greer to his father in "Lost" and again in "Pain", and Chloe to her father in "Pain". Justified in the latter episode, as they're under the influence of hallucinogenic ticks. The former might also be justified, assuming those dust bugs are telepathic. Then there's Rush's conversations with Franklin (who may or may not be dead, but definitely isn't actually there) and his late wife in season 2, which may or may not be the ship trying to communicate with him.
* DeathbedConfession: From onlooker to sick person in this case, and lampshaded. In "Time", when Chloe is on her deathbed, Eli questions why people never confess their true feelings for someone they love until that someone is on their deathbed. Then he does it anyway.
** [[spoiler: Alternate Young on Novus confesses that he failed the crew by not getting them home. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming alternate Chloe tells him they ''are'' home.]]]]
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Used as a jokes. "It wasn't funny the first three times".
* DiabolusExMachina: In "Gauntlet", [[spoiler:there happens to be ''just enough'' stasis pods for the entire crew, except ''just one'' is too damaged to function properly, meaning that one of the crew has to stay out of stasis to try and fix it]].
* DieHardOnAnX: The season 1 finale to season 2 premiere story-arc with the Lucian Alliance. It's a little more complicated than the basic version, since there's Scott and Greer climbing on the outside of the ship and running the classic [=McClane=], Eli and Chloe are out of contact but in position to help, Telford working as a ReverseMole, and Rush trying to gain leverage by taking control of the ship's systems. And Rush honestly doesn't give a shit about the hostages, so while Young surrenders quickly, he doesn't. And then there's several splintering factions of the Lucian Alliance. [[UpToEleven And then there's a pulsar that will fry everyone on the ship into a pile of ash.]]
* DirectedByCastMember: Creator/RobertCarlyle directed the season 2 episode "Pathogen".
** David Blue directed a number of planet scenes in the first season episode "Time".
* TheDogBitesBack: Dannic, the crazed replacement leader of the Lucian Alliance after [[spoiler:Kiva dies]], tries to strangle Ginn for [[YouHaveFailedMe failing to correct a problem]] as fast as he wants. [[spoiler:When he completely loses it, she shoots him in the back four times.]]
* DoubleStandard: Apparently LGBT activists got angry that a scientist using Wray's body was going to have sex with Rush, causing it to be cut from the episode, yet it's ok for Wray to have sex with her girlfriend using a (presumably) straight woman's body.
** Though see the AllInTheManual entry above - the volunteers who switch with Destiny crewmembers apparently sign a consent form allowing this use of their bodies, and requiring that they don't do anything that could "negatively impact relations on the ship." These volunteers assume "personal" use of their bodies, but the Destiny crewmembers typically assume that won't happen with theirs (though it isn't explicitly disallowed).
** Also, Rush is unwilling to sleep with Perry when she is in Wray's body (partly because she is in Wray and partly because he's still grieving over his wife); but has no problems sleeping with her when she's inhabiting Ginn. This doesn't go over well with Eli.
* DrivenToSuicide: Sgt. Spencer.
* DidntSeeThatComing: Bet you didn't expect Young to strand you on a desert planet in retaliation did you, Rush?
* DidYouJustHaveSex: When Wray sees Eli's shirt on Ginn's bed.
** Made funnier by the fact that Ginn's guard ''clearly'' knows that they were having sex, and tries to stop Wray from bothering them. He also has to fight off a snigger at her claim she was "resting."
* DoubleEntendre: Rampant in the episode "Seizure" when discussing the applications of virtual interaction.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Spencer
* DynamicEntry
** In the pilot, Chloe rushes into the control room, knocks Rush to the floor, then starts whaling on him because she blames him for her father sacrificing himself.
** The cast's initial entrance onto the ''Destiny'' through the Stargate was also rather dynamic. Particularly Young, who does an impressive flight across the entire room. There's a good reason he's limping around up until "Water". Essentially repeated when the Lucian Alliance arrives.
* DysfunctionJunction: [[UpToEleven Hoo boy]], so far we have Scott's parental/religious issues, Young's troubled marriage, TJ's shattered hopes of going to medical school (and now her pregnancy), Young and TJ being stuck on the ship after trying to break off their affair, Greer's anger issues which had him imprisoned for striking Telford on-duty, Chloe [[BreakTheCutie watching her father die]], and Dr. Rush's insufferable nature. It's almost funny how Eli was a misfit on Earth and yet here he's portrayed as the ''normal'' one along with the side and supporting cast.
* EarthShatteringKaboom:
** During an attack by the Lucian Alliance on the Icarus Project base, they finally get the ninth chevron working. Six minutes later, after a massive power drain, the entire planet goes boom very spectacularly. Justified in that the planet's core was already unstable. Plugging it into the gate and having the Lucian Alliance bombard the base didn't help.
** Repeated in a role reversal in the finale when the ''Hammond'' attacks the Lucian Alliance base as they attempt to reach ''Destiny''. They skipped out on the big boom, though, just showing surface eruptions.
* EnemyMine: Mild version several times between the civilians and military in the first season when despite open hostility they work together, but in the second season a full blown version occurs between the nine remaining Lucian Alliance boarders and the Tau'ri.
** Also in Deliverance: [[spoiler:Destiny with the catfish aliens versus the drones]].
* EnsembleCast
* EternalEnglish: The descendants of the crew sent back in time still speak perfect English (complete with modern slang) 2000 years later, but a couple episodes later we learn that spelling did change when we see abandoned storefronts and a newspaper. They apparently spelled "Attack" as "Atak" and "Market" as "Markit", among other things.
** Justified though. They have original recordings of the original crew so while the spelling might change due to initial lack of written documentation, they would have a lifetime and more of video recording with spoken word. In other words, the language became more of a phonetic (spelt as it sounds) language since they only had verbal records and only later, written.
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: Well, not ''everybody'', but Lisa Park has sex with whoever she feels like, and Scott and Chloe waste no time in having a sexual relationship as soon as they admit their attraction (despite there presumably being a very short supply of condoms and birth control pills).
** Since the SGC had experience from the Atlantis mission, they could easily handwave it by saying a couple of the boxes they chucked through the gate were packed for this very purpose. Which could include some of the newer forms of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Implanon long-term skin implanted contraceptives]], meaning that every woman on the ship could be protected from pregnancy if they wanted and one of the big boxes could pack thousands of condoms in them.
** [[HappilyMarried Alternate Greer and Alternate Park]] had a ''lot'' of kids... and its implied even when they're older and have a bucket-load of grandkids, they're still very "active".
* TheEveryman: Eli, mostly. But part of the point of this show is that, with the exception of Dr. Rush, these characters are not prepared for this.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: The Stargates installed on the ''Destiny'' and on the planets seeded by the ships ahead of it all spin. That is to say ''the entire Stargate spins''.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: ''Everything.'' The ''Destiny'' is mind-bogglingly old and thus falling apart at the seams, virtually every planet they've been to has either vicious creatures or deadly parasites, and the first alien race they've encountered seems to view them as little more than an infestation. The second nearly drained ''Destiny's'' power, but that was arguably self-defense given the context.
* ExcessiveSteamSyndrome: For some as of yet unexplained reason, there are [[strike:steam]] [=CO2=] vents on the floor of the gate room of the ''Destiny''. They fire every time the wormhole closes.
** It seems to be some kind of thermal venting system, as a Lucian Alliance soldier caught in one screams in pain like he's being cooked.
* ExplosiveDecompression:
** Averted. When the senator sacrifices himself to seal a hull breach in the shuttle, there's no implied "pop]." It's actually portrayed as kind of a peaceful death. They even mention that his body is still there, which they eventually get to. However, it was more like decompression on an airplane, since the shuttle's weakened shield should be able to hold back a small amount of atmosphere from escaping.
** Also averted in "Space" when the aliens cut holes in ''Destiny''. A nearby soldier had to hold on tight to avoid the strong wind, but other than that was fine. ''Destiny'' was able to seal the relatively small leak with a shield in short order anyway.
* Expy: Jason and Ellie in "Common Descent" seem to be this to Eli and Chloe. [[spoiler: Justifiable as they're descendants of the "Twin Destiny" crew]].
* FailOSuckyname: Alternate Brody named a nation "Futura". Yes, the [[UsefulNotes/{{Fonts}} font]]. The modern Brody is repeatedly mocked for it.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Getting back to Earth. Unlike other instances, though, it is at least somewhat justified (for the moment); it's not that they can't dial back to Earth, it's that they lack the power and infrastructure to do so in anything close to a safe and predictable way. In addition, due to the well-established mechanics of the show, having home find a suitable power source (another Icarus-type planet) doesn't help them in any; it may give them occasional supplies, but it can't bring them back. More to the point, they simply can't succeed at going home because it would mean abandoning [[YouCantGoBack a core premise of the show]], which won't happen.
* FailsafeFailure: Averted. In addition to having technology way ahead of its time, ''Destiny'' also has manual-power breakers in each section in case a nasty power surge turns it into an electrified deathtrap. In the S1 finale, there are also manual switches on the shield generators/projectors (which are on the outside of the hull) of all things. They really did think of everything.
* FakeGuestStar: A good chunk of the cast. James, Volker, Brody and Park appeared in nearly every episode of the series as this.
* FakeShemp: Kiva appears in "Intervention" for a single shot, from the shoulders down.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Goes hand in hand with their use of BigCreepyCrawlies. Victims of said things tend to die in really unpleasant ways. Then there's the guy in "Incursion" who gets burned into ashes by the gamma radiation of a binary pulsar.
* {{Fanservice}}: Chloe in the shower and a pond, Greer in his quarters, and Lt. James in... anything. Someone attempted to use a Kino to [[http://stargate.mgm.com/view/othercharacter/87/embed_vid/1054/index.html spy on Lt. James]] in the shower, so now she's fan service for the ''Destiny'' crew, as well. Although she's developed into a stronger character lately, she also has appeared to have lost her uniform top and walks around in either a tan t-shirt or tank top. The ship also seems to be a little cold. Unlike a lot of fanservice characters though, James dresses appropriately as the situation dictates such as full combat apparel in the Season 1 finale.
* AFatherToHisMen: Young, especially towards Greer, Scott, and Eli.
* FiveManBand: Though through characterization given to those outside the band, it's becoming less and less of a five man band. At this point, the list below includes practically everyone that's gotten a spoken line save for the ones that got killed off.
** TheHero: Col. Young
** TheLancer: Scott
** TheBigGuy: Greer
** TheSmartGuy: Eli
** TheChick: Chloe
** Standard additions:
*** TheMedic: TJ
*** CynicalMentor: Dr. Rush
*** NumberTwo: Camile
*** SixthRanger: Telford
*** CoolBigSis: Lt. James
*** ThoseTwoGuys: Brody and Volker
*** EmptyShell: Franklin
*** MauveShirt: Becker and Dr. Park
* {{Flashback}}: ''Series/{{Lost}}''-style. Scott in "Air, Part 3" (though it overlaps somewhat with some sort of vision), Rush in "Human" as an UnusualUserInterface, and Greer in "Lost", the only one of the three that plays the trope completely straight. Often goes with a DeadPersonConversation.
* FlipPersonality: In "Hope", when two more consciousnesses got uploaded into Chloe's mind.
* ForScience: Dr. Rush, we understand you want to open the ninth chevron, but you don't cut off everyone's escape to Earth and strand 80 people in uber-deep space aboard a broken ship just to see where it goes. Not cool man, not cool. He tries to excuse it, but it's obvious he's just trying to justify his desperate move to dial the ninth chevron.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: in the pilot "Wow, that is a ''big'' gun..."
* FranchiseKiller: On his February 11th 2011 blog, [[WordOfGod Joseph Mallozzi]] mentioned that ''[=SGU=]'s'' cancellation puts a definite hiatus to plans for further ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' and ''Series/StargateSG1'' films.
** Though they were also cancelled for the same reasons as ''Atlantis'', that the network decided they didn't want to pay the cost of the series with the current recession, and generally didn't inform the producers of the status of the series at any point along the line.
*** The cast were informed of the cancellation by ''fans'' via Twitter, who actually had heard it before they did... which pretty much sums how ScrewedByTheNetwork Universe was.
* FreezeFrameBonus: In the final episode, when Rush is busy scribbling on the walls with chalk, "Fuck the French" can be seen written on the wall at the left edge of the screen. Apparently a production oversight rather than an intentional bonus - when fans pointed out this shot, the producers were not amused and profusely apologized.
* FridayNightDeathSlot: Friday is actually Syfy's best night, so moving ''SGU'' to Tuesday was essentially the Syfy equivalent for the trope.
* TheFutureIsNoir: Even though it's technically the past in-canon. In contrast to their uber-bright later designs, the Ancients apparently felt lighting wasn't terribly important when making a ship designed to traverse the universe. Semi-justified in that the Ancients were pragmatic, since it was sent out unmanned to be populated later, why waste the power on superfluous lightning?
* GambitPileup: Rush, Telford, O'Neill, and the IOA are all working gambits to varying degrees.
** Telford's was a double-blind gambit actually being run by the Lucian Alliance, and his "de-programming" at the end of the first season derailed that, but it was already too late.
* GenreSavvy: Eli, being a sci-fi geek, often assumes some alien creature will kill them on an alien planet, especially if it looks nice. He was actually right in "Time", right down to the chest-bursting aliens reference.
* GhostInTheMachine: Franklin turns into this after he sits in the interface chair for the second time. Rush and Eli do so deliberately to Ginn and Amanda Perry after it turns out that their minds have been floating around in the ether waiting for someone to connect to.
* GiantSpider: There's one in "Human". Greer wastes very little time shooting it.
-->'''Scott:''' There was... a spider.
-->'''Young:''' (flatly) A spider.
-->'''Scott:''' It was a ''sizable'' spider.
* GoingCritical: Icarus Base and the Lucian planet both suffer an EarthShatteringKaboom; ''Destiny'' is repeatedly destroyed in the UnwinnableTrainingSimulation mentioned below.
** Langara refuses to let the SGC try to dial ''Destiny'' with their gate for this reason, as their Naquadriah core is ''already'' somewhat unstable and they're afraid that they'll suffer the fate of the two planets mentioned above.
* GrandTheftMe: There is an ancient communication device that requires this to work. The stones are also a [[FreakyFridayFlip Grand Theft YOU]] device, as the users switch bodies while communicating with people at the other connection's location.
** Played much straighter in "Seizure". [[spoiler:To take control of the Langaran Stargate facility]], Woolsey tricks the administrator into touching one of the stones, causing him to switch with Young. Young then plays the part to do a test-dial to ''Destiny''.
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* HealItWithFire: Simeon does this with a butane lighter and a combat knife.
* HereThereBeDragons: The Ancients never came out this far before their ascension, nor seeded these galaxies with lifeforms made in their own image. As a result, the native wildlife and species tend to be ''[[StarfishAliens weird]]''.
* HeroicBSOD: Future!Rush has one during "Twin Destinies". Rightly so though considering he saw almost the entire crew die. The experience seems to have greatly affected him considering the looks he gives to Present!Rush's smarmy comments.
** Young through the first episodes of Season 2 following [[spoiler: Riley's death]], to the point that eventually [[spoiler: the ship ''itself'']] intervenes.
* HeroicSacrifice: For a ship with a limited crew, the number of Heroic Sacrifices in this show is rather startling:
** First, Senator Armstrong, suffering from internal bleeding due to his heart medication being a blood thinner, enters a shuttle attached to the ''Destiny'' that is venting atmosphere, as the only way to close the door is from the inside. Also note that his sacrifice pre-empted Col. Young's sacrifice.
** Hunter Riley almost does one trying to prevent a hull breach, but he pulls through.
** Rush does one in "Time", or rather tries. He jumps through an unstable wormhole and is sent back in time. [[ResetButton More time travel fixed it.]]
** Lt. Scott: in "Time", when his entire squad is slaughtered by the very creatures needed to save the ship, he realizes that [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption he does not have the manpower or time to save the ship]], and thus decides that [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong it's time for another go-round]], knowing that it will [[ApocalypticLog cost him his life]]. Dude's hardcore.
** Franklin in "Sabotage". We don't know where he went, but using that chair was a one-way trip as far as the crew knew. [[spoiler: He later is revealed to have [[BrainUploading uploaded himself]] into the ship's database, though where his body went is anyone's guess]]?
** [[spoiler: The Ursini]] pull one off in "Deliverance", helping buy ''Destiny'' just enough time to complete repairs and escape.
** [[spoiler: The final fate of Eli Wallace, if you interpret his final interaction with Rush and Young to be an acknowledgement that he was lying to everyone about being able to fix the last stasis pod, because he wished all of his friends to survive. This certainly would cast light on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYnCuXQF6nQ the look of peaceful resignation he displays during his last scene, staring out of Destiny's viewing deck at the stars]].]]
* HiddenInPlainSight: The US Air Force hid an Ancient equation in a ''WorldOfWarCraft''-like [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMORPG]] and monitored anyone who tried to solve it for the purposes of recruiting them for the Stargate Program. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Eli:
-->'''Eli Wallace''': So you guys really embedded a top-secret problem into a game, hoping someone like me would solve it?\\
'''General O'Neill''': Yep.
* HotScientist: Most of the scientists onboard fall into this category.
* HotterAndSexier: Some of the promos for the show outright said it would be sexier than the other series. To prove the point, there's a sex scene in the ''first episode'', and several more spaced out over the episodes aired thus far. Of course, everybody forgets that ''SG-1'' kicked off with full frontal nudity in the first episode, though it should be noted that ''[=SG-1=]'' started on Showtime. This aspect of the show was downplayed not long into the series, instead playing up the interpersonal conflicts.
* HumanPopsicle: Happens to Brody when he gets trapped in a stasis pod.
** [[spoiler: Done by the entire crew, minus Eli, in the finale.]]
* HyperspeedAmbush: The Nakai and the Berserker Drones are fond of this.
* HyperspeedEscape: ''Destiny'' has to heavily rely on this to get out of dangerous situations. Weaponised occasionally as well, since the FTL drive generates such a massive burst of energy when it jumps, any nearby enemy vessels tend to get vapourised.
* HypocriticalHumor: Rush calls Young mentally unstable after he nearly choked a guy to death. Rush says this to a hallucination of his dead wife.
** Of course, we later find out that it's a hallucination created by Destiny after scanning his mind in "Human", meaning Rush was essentially arguing with the ship in that scene. Which is only slightly ''less'' insane on the face of it.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: Future!Rush needs Present!Rush to do this to him via the chair (so he can finally interface fully with the ship computer for at least a few moments, which he's been too afraid to do). Talk about awkward. Then again, Present!Rush admits that Future!Rush probably didn't do it just to die.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The entire first season uses one-word titles that describe the main problem or theme of the episode. The second season follows this tradition to a point, but several episodes do have two-word titles. They might have been in trouble if this show had ended up being a LongRunner, but hey, ''Series/LaFemmeNikita'' made it work for five seasons.
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: Eli and Chloe with the "thing". Which is that Eli is in love with her.
* IdiotBall: The most obvious example has to be the season finale. Already armed with a plan to stop a hostile force taking over the ship by removing the atmosphere from the gate room, the daring Colonel decides not to go ahead after TheMole walks through the gate. This despite the fact that a) this should have been expected, b) not 5 minutes previously the same guy (kinda) was locked in a room and killed/resuscitated from the exact same "no air" plan about to be put into effect, and c) one dead guy vs loss of entire ship to a bunch of criminal psychos who make the mafia look like a school yard menaces routine should be a no-brainer.
** In his defense, he thought he could still vent the compartment after trying to negotiate a surrender from the Lucian Alliance (the doors were locked, and nobody knew the Alliance had keys). Dying twice in one day is rather bad for your health; venting the room when other options to save him are available seems a bit rash.
** Morrison in "Blockade" freaks out that the Drones are on the planet they're on. Naturally, as they search and destroy any technology they come across, and can track an active Stargate, [[TooDumbToLive he attempts to dial]]. He is promptly punched out by James who quickly shuts it off.
** They had the [[FreakyFridayFlip Ancient communicator stones]] from the very start, but nobody thought to swap places with Daniel Jackson or Sam Carter to get some more expertise on the ship to help fix its systems?
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Averted from the get-go; someone taught the actor soldiers pretty well. Specifically averted in "Time" when Greer is showing Eli how to fire their firearms. He is shown not having his finger on the trigger, lifts the weapon only waist high to demonstrate aiming and explicitly tells Eli the same as well as making sure Eli fires his practice burst in the complete opposite direction as the group to avoid ricocheting bullets. You can even see Eli lowering the weapon away from Greer when the soldier passes in front of him.
* IKnowMortalKombat: Eli is familiar with the Ancient language because of an SGC-made MMORPG. Which is actually TruthInTelevision, as the game they show him playing is in fact [[VideoGame/StargateWorlds the actual Stargate MMO]] that was in production at the time.
* IllGirl: Amanda Perry, a recurring character from Earth, who has been a quadriplegic since an accident when she was 9.
** Later taken further when her brain is uploaded into ''Destiny'', making her [[SpaceshipGirl part of the ship]], but completely intangible.
* InUniverseCamera: The kinos.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Averted with Rush, who fires almost an entire magazine [[spoiler:at Simeon]] at fairly close range and doesn't even come close to hitting his target. His aim probably wasn't helped by the fact that he [[BlindWithoutEm broke apart his glasses]] earlier in the episode to disarm a bomb. To be fair, it might have been deliberate, as he had other plans as to how to take him down...
* ImprobablePilotingSkills: According to [[AcePilot Lt. Scott]], [[BadAssBoast himself]], in regards to the shuttlecraft aboard the ''Destiny'' in the episode "Darkness". [[LampshadeHanging Pointed out by others to be highly unlikely.]] It clearly doesn't take that much skill because Scott does just fine one episode later -- computer control was a factor.
* IncrediblyObviousTail: Sort of. Young asks Eli to watch the crew with the Kino to figure out who can be trusted. Naturally, a floating camera ball is not a very subtle way of performing such a task. It could have been subverted in that Eli's already made a habit of recording everything, so people are somewhat used to Kinos in every corridor, but one of the two people he is spying on instantly recognizes who's really behind the camera. Eli gets better about it later by having the Kinos spy through the vents.
* InNameOnly: One of the major reasons for the vast departure in tone and style from the original series was that the series concept started out as something entirely different, but the studio wasn't interested. They were, however, interested in a new Stargate series. So the creator tacked on the Stargate elements, despite apparently ''disliking' ''SG-1'' and ''Atlantis''.
* InscrutableAliens: The crew aboard the ''Destiny'' is chased by a StarfishAlien species ([[WordOfGod dubbed the Nakai by executive producer Joseph Mallozi]]) that only transmitted the word "surrender" as a constant enemy, and the crew ends up finding little (if any) information about them during the course of the series.
* InstantDeathBullet: "Malice" uses the "instant incapacitation" variant and subverts it in the same episode. At the start, four people are shot center mass and drop instantly. These are soldiers, it must be said. One died from an apparent lung wound, but the others lived. Later in the same episode, two of the primary characters are each shot once, albeit in extremities, and stay awake throughout.
* InsufferableGenius: Dr. Rush.
** Lampshaded with [=McKay=] in "Seizure":
--->'''Telford:''' What is it with genius and social skills?
* InternetBackdraft: There have been some complaints about the perceived oversexualization of Lieutenant James. This may have, itself, have been due in part to a recent InternetBackdraft that is ''almost'' entirely unrelated, over whether science fiction has become [[FanDumb too feminine and soapy]] (with ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'' and ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' presented as examples). Some unfortunate comments were made along with some noting that ''SGU'' looked like it was about to get science fiction TV "back on track." Naturally, the offended other side jumped at the opportunity to attack ''SGU''. Part of the problem is that the franchise is sending mixed signals, as ''Universe'' is using elements of TeenDrama, which is the very thing that ''Series/StargateSG1'' parodied in "200" with their "Young SG-1" scene. This is exemplified in the characters of Lt. Scott, who is ThePornomancer when off-duty, and Chloe, who apparently leaves {{Love Triangle}}s wherever she goes. One wonders why people are complaining about her being sexy ''and'' a secondary character, despite Scott being on the main cast and having more ''actual'' sex than her. Brought up in-universe as James [[AllLoveIsUnrequited is still holding a candle]] for Scott even though he jumped ship on her, and jumped right back with Chloe. And she specifically says that she doesn't [[ReallyGetsAround really get around]], throwing the audience's perception for a loop.
* {{Irony}}:
** In "Time", Rush finds his own skull.
** There's also the greater irony of Earth, having been engaged in a guerrilla war with numerous galactic powers, now finds itself on the receiving end of one from the Lucian Alliance.
*** To boot in "Seizure", [[spoiler: the SGC attempts a subtle short term takeover of an allied planet by using the communication stones to hijack people much like displaced go'uld.]]
* IsThisThingOn: Three examples so far, two in the webisodes. The regular episode one happened when Lt. James sees Dr. Caine through Kino vision. Despite Eli's attempts to dissuade her, she goes into a detailed explanation about how hot she thinks he is, and that being a widower means he's got proven reliabilty to commit, but is single through no fault of his own. Problem is, Eli just established two-way com with that particular Kino, and Caine heard the whole bit. Oops.
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: Young does this as he toasts the crew in "Gauntlet", shortly before they [[spoiler:go into stasis]].
* ItsTheJourneyThatCounts: An alternate timeline Camile makes a speech to this effect after she and the rest of the crew have been stranded on an alien planet and forced to make a new civilization. The trope also applies to ''Destiny'' itself, somewhat more literally: it's not about getting to the end of the universe, but picking up the pieces of the puzzle along the way.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique:
** Aplenty in "Subversion". And not just by the Lucian Alliance. O'Neill himself says yes to it at the end of the episode.
** Twist in the next episode makes it a subversion. It's not like they actually intended to gain some information this way. And it's not like this is the first time he's approved, reluctant or not. See "Threshold" in ''[=SG-1=]''.
* JitterCam: While ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' probably was an influence, the producers have mentioned shows like ''{{Firefly}}'' and even ''TheShield'' when discussing this element. They even had ''The Shield'''s director of photography working on the pilot to help them establish it. There's one bit where Eli manages to find a remote-controlled hovering camera, and he looks into the lens in [[TheOffice much the same way Jim does]]. The later episodes seem to tone down the use of the jitter save for instances where they're trying to establish a certain feel such as when the crew does [=EVAs=] on the hull of the Destiny.
* JerkAss: Telford is a definite one of these. His unreasonable nature notwithstanding, he earned the spot when [[spoiler:he started driving a wedge between Young and his ex-wife right after Young reconciled with her. Telling her that Young is still sleeping with TJ, along with who knows what else? Not cool]]. {{Handwaved}} later when it's revealed he was brainwashed; he's a lot more reasonable after that.
** Then we get "Twin Destinies" and he seems to have reverted to being a jerkass. Ends up getting almost the entire crew killed, himself and Rush sent back in time and gets his past self killed as a result. Telford is just as bad as his future self and is partly at fault for his own death.
*** As revealed in "Common Descent", the crew was not killed, but rather sent 2000 years into the past.
** Matthew Scott can often veer into this territory. Part of the reason why fans disliked his relationship with Chloe was that a mere ''two days'' before he hooked up with Chloe, he was already shown to be in a relationship with Lt James, which he broke off without telling her, deliberately avoided her afterwards, and then had the nerve to seem ''confused'' why James was naturally pissed off with him?
* JerkAssWoobie: Rush and Greer, each in their own way.
** The Ursini count as well. [[spoiler: Sure, last of your kind as a result of a hostile automated war machine... but then drag strange aliens in a ship you know is heavily damaged into a fire fight? Not cool.]]
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: Rush does this to himself as part of a process to access ''Destiny's'' database and learn the master code to the ship.
* JustFriends: Poor Eli regarding Chloe.
** And poor Volker.
** And Varro with TJ for a while in ''Epilogue''.
* JustInTime: Subverted. In "Lost", Eli, Chloe, and Scott ''just'' manage to get the gate in time to get to ''Destiny'', but are cut off because Rush's team dials in even Justier In Time. Whoops.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Literally in the first episode from Greer to Rush after some insensitive remarks by Rush about Scott. Happens again in "Justice", though not literally, when Colonel Young beats the living hell out of Rush for attempting to frame him and being totally unapologetic about it.
** Seeing [[spoiler:Simeon getting stampeded in "Malice" after he killed Ginn and Amanda Perry. Since he was the one who caused it, this counts as Rush's CrowningMomentOfAwesome so far]].
* KidFromTheFuture: "Common Descent" features the descendants of the ship's crew from the alternate timeline in "Twin Destinies".
* KillItWithFire: Greer's proposed solution to water-stealing alien bugs on the ship. The fact that he had to construct a functioning flamethrower in the first place should speak to his belief in the trope. Seen again in the season two episode where Greer is more than a little excited while wielding a flamethrower against fungus tree tentacles.
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler: Ginn and Amanda Perry, in the same act no less.]]
* KinkMeme: [[http://fyrewyre.livejournal.com/524.html We have one.]]
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In the episode "Cloverdale", Scott hallucinates that he and Chloe go to the movies. The logo seen on screen as they enter the theater is that of MGM.
* LeftForDead: Dr. Rush, and later Greer. Both get saved, but only the latter intentionally.
* LetsGetDangerous: O'Neill seems to have cast off most of the {{Flanderization}} he acquired in the last few seasons of ''Series/StargateSG1'', generally limiting his silliness to a one-liner or two per appearance, but otherwise getting down to business.
* LimitedWardrobe: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zigzagged.]] The crew, generally speaking, never change their clothes, since they only have the clothes they came on-board with. However, when a scientist body-swaps with Eli, the guy manages to find a fitting shirt by some means after expressing his distaste for Eli's regular attire. Mind you, Eli wears much bigger clothing than everyone else, though he is slimming down somewhat. They also have fitting gym clothing for what appears to be at least a quarter of the crew, including Eli, though this might be justified as being part of the expedition supplies. Likewise with the extra military apparel, which Telford specifically asks for in one episode. Chloe also manages to find an exact duplicate of her regular outfit after losing the first (the aliens who kidnapped her in "Space" put her into a diving suit for her stay in the water tanks), despite the fact that, obviously, there shouldn't be any. Rush, though part of the same scene, can be excused because he was last seen wearing a desert uniform, so his regular clothes would still be on board. Also at the end of "Space", Young has started sewing holes in his socks.
** Actually, when Chloe is kidnapped in Space, she's wearing a gray tank top and jeans. Afterwards she begins wear the more recognizable lavender shirt and yoga pants.
* LipstickLesbian: Camile and her girlfriend.
* TheLoad: Chloe, in the sense that she has arguably the least-useful skill set out of the entire crew given the situation. She tried to address the problem in "Human" and "Lost" by trying to take up the role of archeologist, but it didn't really pan out since they don't find enough places like that for it to matter. While she was mutating into an alien, she gained the ability to do complex equations but became even more of a load since they had to guard her and confine her to quarters. After getting fixed up she seems to have shaken off most of the "Load" status, since she managed to keep a good bit of the knowledge gained from the experience and can help run the ship.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: Congratulations, Lt. Scott, it's an eight-year-old boy! Also, congratulations, Colonel Young, you knocked up TJ!
* LostColony: With TimeTravel for your confusion.
* TheMainCharactersDoEverything: They do. However, due to a much larger number of main characters it almost look like an aversion in comparison with previous series. It's also much more justified this time; there's hardly anyone else qualified to do the work. It's averted heavily in the second seasons; while the primary characters tend to be the leaders, the other characters play prominent supporting roles and often get rather significant amounts of dialogue and screen time, often as much as with the primary characters as with each other.
* MakeRoomForTheNewPlot: The issue of the stranded team in "Human" and "Lost" is resolved ten minutes into "Sabotage", by coincidence no less, so they can get on with the plot.
* MaleGaze: Especially in "Darkness". [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since it's from the [[POVCam Kino's POV]], and Eli's controlling the Kino.
* ManipulativeBastard: [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation A lot of people see Telford as one of these.]]
** As of "Trial and Error", a case can be made for [[spoiler:Destiny itself]] being this.
** Also, Rush is commonly seen as one of these, and most the crew are usually GenreSavvy enough to always assume that fact. In the finale [[spoiler: when someone has to stay out of the remaining pods, Rush volunteers to do so and fix the pod. Young tells Eli he can't trust Rush to stay out, suspecting that he if he can't fix the pod he won't sacrifice himself; so he will stay out and sacrifice himself. Eli later suspects that Rush volunteered for this very reason.]]
* MandatoryLine: Seems this way in "Subversion", but it actually serves to show why Wray gets upset in the episode. Whereas Rush and Young have taken their antagonistic relationship to SeriousBusiness levels, everyone else is just happy not to get killed every week by impossible odds and their respective leaders' plots.
* MarriedInTheFuture: One episode features an alternate universe video log where multiple characters find out who they marry and have kids with.
* TheMatchmaker: Greer plays this for Eli and Ginn.
* MercyKill: [[spoiler:Young suffocates Riley on request, since he's got both legs pinned, can't be moved without dying of blood loss, and is in terrible pain.]]
* MindScrew: Was TJ's dream in the season 2 premiere just a dream or did it really happen? There are arguments that could support it or deny it. There's no telling, really, at least for now. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for her, it looks like it probably wasn't real.]]
** WordOfGod is that the ship's AI created a plausible scenario to help TJ get over her child's death faster, I guess even the ship didn't expect the crew PutOnABus to return half a season later.
** Dear god, this series just went full Mind Screw. [[spoiler:''Destiny'' has the ability to actively affect the dreams of anyone on the ship, apparently at will. If it can do that, there's just no telling what it is capable of.]]
* TheMirrorShowsYourTrueSelf: When using the communication stones, both sides keep a mirror or camera nearby so the host knows their actual physical appearance. As with both series before it, the viewer always sees the person occupying the body, not the body being occupied. Reflective surfaces and monitors, however, do show the body that is being physically inhabited.
* TheMole: Telford for the Lucian Alliance.
** ReverseMole: After his mental conditioning was broken by Young.
* [[{{Fainting}} The Monster Faint]]: Inverted. [[spoiler:When one of the aliens in "Awakening" runs into a human, it's the ''alien'' that faints. To make it even funnier, the alien faints in front of Volker, probably the least combative character on the show.]]
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Dr. Rush.
* MsFanservice: Second Lieutenant James' role has been mostly limited to secondary character one-liners, and being large breasted. Though that's been countered a few times, such as her long standing deal with [[TriangRelations Scott and Chloe]], her saving people from electrified corridors by ''[[CrazyAwesome running straight through them]]'', and a subplot dealing with some inadequacy issues around Colonel Young and her own abilities in the back half of the season.
* TheMutiny: In the aptly named "Divided", orchestrated by Rush and Camille, who want power away from the military. Suffice it to say it doesn't go so well. TJ even points out the stupidity of a bunch of civilians going up against US Air Force Colonel.
* MyEyesAreUpHere: James says this to [=McKay=]. In a previous episode, she implies it's not the first time.
* MyFutureSelfAndMe: [[spoiler:Rush and Rush in "Twin Destinies". It doesn't last. Likewise, though unseen on screen, Telford and Telford. It also doesn't last.]]
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* NamingYourColonyWorld: Of the symbolic kind: Caine and his friends called their new home Eden. By contrast, the alternate ''Destiny'' crew from "Twin Destinies" named their new home "Novus", a shortened form of "Novus Mundus" ("New World" in Ancient).
* NeglectfulPrecursors: The race that build the Drones left them with one instruction. Destroy all alien technology. Various races keep getting destroyed because they accidentally activated the Drones.
* {{Nerf}}: The Destiny Stargates. Semi-justified in that they're millions of years old and were the first prototypes, so they lack both the range and many of the failsafes the later Stargates posessed.
** A single Drone Ship is able to blow a hole through one of the Gates that snaps part of it like a twig... compared to the later Gates that could withstand naquadah-enhanced nuclear weapons, proximity to blackholes, direct meteor-impacts, and being thrown into Stars. The Destiny Stargates seem to be remarkably fragile, though this could be justified as well. Destiny Stargates are designed for portability and ease of assembly & placement, rather than durability under extreme circumstances - essentially the difference between a prefabricated shed and a sturdy frame house with a solid foundation.
** Likewise, it's implied they were merely "placeholders" set up by the Seeding Ships, allowing the Ancients to arrive on seeded worlds and construct a ''proper'' Stargate at a later date. Given that ''Destiny'' visited Pegasus after leaving the Milky Way, it's vaguely implied that Pegasus may have originally used ''Destiny'' era gates until the Ancients arrived.
* NeverFoundTheBody: A non-villainous example with Franklin.
** Another version of the expedition traveled through the gate and vanished. it later turns out that they didn't die, but traveled back in time and exited at another gate.
** And ''way'' back in "Air" with Palmer and Curtis, who gated to another nearby planet but failed to respond to radio attempts. Given the local wildlife of several ''other'' planets later encountered, one can hazard a pretty clear guess what happened to them and why circumventing the lock on that Gate address was ''not'' a good idea.
* NeverSuicide: Inverted. Spencer killed himself, but it was made to look like murder.
* NewEden: What a few of the crew thought the planet in "Faith" was, complete with awkward ''Star Trek'' reference to the Genesis planet. Apparently even the biologists forgot about sustainable population sizes. A few people were expecting the aliens to come back, under the assumption that [[TechnologyLevels aliens capable of creating an entire solar system]] would probably be able to get them back home.
** Novus. For a couple thousand years at least.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In "Seizure", Earth tries to use Langara as a staging point to send supplies to ''Destiny'', but the Langaran ambassadors feared that the dialing attempt would result in an EarthShatteringKaboom like the last two times. When Earth suspects the Lucian Alliance is making a deal with Langara, though, they concoct a plan to take over the facility and dial ''Destiny'' to show that the plan is safe. [[spoiler:Turns out the Lucian Alliance had tried to make a deal... which Langara rejected out of hand every time to preserve their alliance with Earth. [[OhCrap Oops.]] They're forced to abandon the attempt and ended up using their original bargaining chips for the use of the Langaran facility just to return home safely.]]
** In "Space", Young's decision to [[spoiler: leave Rush behind in "Justice"]], as well as order Eli to go over Rush's work with a fine tooth-comb come back to bite him in the ass. Eli, who's been left exhausted and irritable, is now forced to figure out a way around Rush's lockouts to try and bring the weapon's back online, during their first space-battle.
--> '''Young''': I need this ship working now!
--> '''Eli''': Maybe you should have thought about that ''before'' you [[spoiler: got rid of Rush!]]
* NoEnding / BolivianArmyEnding: "Time" ends on a technical cliffhanger, not showing the events after the last Kino recording, leaving it unclear if they actually solved the problem. A Kino webisode covers what happened after the end, revealing that they found both time-looped Kinos and are working on a cure. See AllThereInTheManual above. Though, interestingly, even the Kino webisode does not go all the way to asserting that a cure was actually found, perhaps to leave open the possibility of additional time loops. Eventually dealt with in "Divided", when they use the same venom as an anesthetic and explain to the surgeon how it saved the lives on everyone on the ship.
** Can be applied to the second finale, due to the whole series ending on [[spoiler:the ''Destiny'' crew going into stasis for anywhere from 3 years to eternity, no guarantee that they'll ever complete ''Destiny'''s mission, and Eli left to fix the last remaining stasis pod or die when the life support shuts down]]. [[ScrewedByTheNetwork And then the series got canceled.]]
* NotSoDifferent: Rush and Young.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: This show took the ineffectual Lucian Alliance and [[TookALevelInBadass made them legitimately badass]]. This is established in the first episode, where they managed to kick ten shades of stuffing out of the ''Hammond'' in a dog-fight, despite Earth having inherited the entire wealth of knowledge belonging to the Asgard at this point. WordOfGod is that since the Ori left, the rest of the galaxy have been ''very'' busy catching up.
** The Ursini, the race that controls the Seed Ship, are essentially a race the size of small children and are equally as fragile-looking. The ''Destiny'' crew underestimating them manages to screw them over in some pretty big ways.
* {{Novelization}}: Of the pilot, "Air", by veteran Stargate author James Swallow.
* OffscreenInertia: It's stated in "Gauntlet" that [[spoiler:the crew would remain in stasis for 3 years, 1000 years, or forever.]] Then the show was canceled.
* OhCrap: Young's expression when he see's that the Blueberry Aliens have Rush in "Space".
* OldSchoolDogfight: Averted in the one space battle so far. The catfish alien fighters and the ''Destiny'' shuttle do almost no maneuvering, but then it's fairly clear the aliens weren't actually trying to fight back. Ship to ship, no one even bothers to try maneuvering, though this is justified for ''Destiny'' since they can't move the ship.
** Also averted in the UnwinnableTrainingSimulation in "Trial and Error": the aliens just surrounded Destiny and started shooting it
** Mostly averted in "Resurgence": Destiny doesn't really maneuver around (it's kind of pointless since they are a huge target and the drones are fast and have pretty fast projectiles) and the drones are only flying circles around it (and get shot frequently, but there are lots of them).
* OnlyAFleshWound: Averted. Injuries are usually portrayed realistically. Franklin was shot in the shoulder at the end of third episode, and was suffering from the consequences episodes later. Wray somewhat plays the trope straight, in that while she was stabbed in the shoulder by a screwdriver and had her arm in a sling, she's fine by the next episode. Of course, it's unclear how much time passed. In the season finale, Chloe gets shot in the leg and the bullet goes straight through. For the rest of the finale, Eli has/wants to carry her. She's also bleeding to death. Young was limping for a decent chunk of the first season. Greer spends a few episodes with an arm sling after getting shot.
* OnlySaneMan: Eli and Greer, who seem to be the only people trying to keep everyone alive on the ship, instead of attempting to seize power.
** Varro and Ginn are this to the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Lucian Alliance.]]
* OpenHeartDentistry: A milder, alternate discipline version as TJ is assigned the task of giving psych evaluations to the crew despite being a medic and only doing undergraduate level psychology during college, something lampshaded by her as she mentions how it hardly makes her qualified to carry them out. A straighter example happens when TJ is asked to perform surgery on Rush. She isn't qualified, so a surgeon from Earth is called in using the stones. They fail, so TJ has to finish the job.
* OpeningNarration: "''Destiny''. The design is clearly Ancient."
* OtherMeAnnoysMe
* PantsPositiveSafety: Telford does this throughout "Incursion". While it's justified in that he doesn't have a holster to put it in and there's no real alternative, it stands out since he's the only one doing it and he's a military officer.
* PetTheDog: Rush to Eli, [[ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid "For a moment there, I thought we were in trouble."]]
** [[{{Jerkass}} Telford]] gets one of these every once in a while - he's not exactly a pleasant person, but it's still clear that he cares about the Destiny's crew every bit as much as Young does, just in a different way.
** Young to Wray in ''Blockade'' after she jokingly asked for a new dress earlier in the episode.
--> "Hopefully this is your new outfit. I couldn't find you a gunstore or a grocery store, but I did find a dry-cleaner".
** In ''Seizure'', after experiencing the Destiny simulation, which allows for true-to-life physical interaction, Rush notes that maybe he should let Eli use the program so he can ''physically interact'' with Ginn, who like Amanda Perry, is likewise trapped inside the computer.
* POVCam: The Kinos.
* PowerPerversionPotential: In "Darkness", Eli and Riley Hunter try to use the Kino to spy on Second Lieutenant James. They ''almost'' make it. All they and the audience get to see is James in a tank top and boyshorts, which is [[{{Fanservice}} plenty]]. The communication stones count, since people can and have used the bodies they inhabit for a little "recreational activity" before switching back; according to a webisode, the people on Earth sign waivers permitting those who switch with them to do such things with the on-loan bodies so long as it doesn't negatively impact their lives.
* {{Precursors}}: ''Destiny'' was made by the Ancients, and "The Greater Good" established that [[spoiler:the ship's primary mission is to study evidence left behind by even earlier, more advanced precursors]].
* PreviouslyOn: Every episode until sometime in season 2 does this since the show has a short opening, recapping any events that are even relevant to the plot of the current episode (except for how it charges its power cells by diving into stars; they do that every time after it happens).
* ProductPlacement: Good thing Dr. Rush's [=iPod=] dock was one of the necessities he brought with him, otherwise he'd have to use headphones to listen to his music. Too bad Chloe didn't have the same idea, but then she didn't live at the base.
* PromotedFanboy: Eli's actor, David Blue, was a fan of Stargate even before joining ''Universe's'' cast. One of the creators even referred to him as an actor and technical adviser in one package, which is ironic given Eli's status as TheWatson.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: Telford gets this in the back end of season 2 thanks to [[spoiler: being a BigDamnHero and thus getting stuck on Destiny with the rest.]]
* PropheticNames: All right, who's the bureaucratic wit who decided to call an off-Earth base researching Stargate tech "'''Icarus'''"? What's really inexcusable is the Icarus patches depict the legend about as much as a still picture can. Which means they made the reference ''on purpose''. In "Human", it looks like Rush was the one who came up with it, but then he reveals that he's just reliving memories in a dream and wanted to skip past a conversation.
** Icarus is doubly-ironic considering how [[spoiler:Destiny is revealed to recharge itself by plunging into stars.]]
** Eli. Especially when you consider that he was able to figure out the Ninth Chevron to get to Destiny, his alternate self was practically the father of civilisation on Novus, writing thousands of textbooks on various subjects and taught all of their descendants, and the mission of Destiny is to find ''evidence of God''.
** Furthermore, [[spoiler: one of the suggestions for how Eli might have gotten out of the situation at the end of "Gauntlet" was to [[BrainUploading upload himself]] into the ship, essentially making him a new avatar for Destiny. We already saw Amanda Perry was smart enough to figure out some of the ship's controls and effect the ship whilst she was in the main database, meaning that someone like Eli could eventually ''become'' the ship itself]]!
* PunchClockVillain: Varro, Ginn, and some of the other Lucian Alliance people.
* PairTheSpares: Eli in ''Epilogue''.
* NoodleImplements: Some awful tasting fruit that the crew came across apparently found a use, but we don't learn it beofre the ship comes under attack.
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler: Telford]], left on a bus full of aliens.
** TheBusCameBack: "Resurgence"
** The finale: [[spoiler: With grim prospects for Destiny's survival in the current galaxy, the crew plan a continuous, three-year, FTL jump into the adjacent one Destiny had intended to visit next. With only a month's worth of supplies, and rather than waiting out the journey, the crew instead man the ship's stasis pods, effectively putting the whole show on a bus.]]
* QuitYourWhining: [[spoiler:When Young locks himself in his quarters after the ship tortures him with visions of ''Destiny's'' destruction, combined with the TraumaCongaLine he had already gone through, Scott invokes this to snap Young out of his funk.]]
** After [[spoiler:Simeon kills Amanda and Ginn]], Eli begins suiting up in fatigues to [[spoiler:hunt Simeon down]] in a RoaringRampageOfRevenge. Colonel Young catches Eli and points out that [[spoiler:Simeon has killed three people so far and used booby traps to injure two of the trained military personnel sent to capture him]]. Young also explains to Eli that killing someone profoundly changes you-no matter who you are. After considering Colonel Young's words, Eli returns to his station.
* RaceAgainstTheClock: Happens in virtually every episode. Whenever ''Destiny'' stops, it brings up a countdown clock with a random amount of hours for the crew to do whatever it is they need to do. Once the countdown ends, the ship jumps back to FTL, regardless of whether or not the crew has made it back to the ship. When there's not a Race Against The Clock scenario, that usually means something is wrong.
* RagnarokProofing: For a ship that's been actively traveling the universe for over a million years apparently without maintenance, the ''Destiny'' is actually in amazingly good condition. Well... sorta. It's more that it's simply amazing that it works at all, and systems are going to be crapping out every episode for most of the first season. ''Still'', that's amazingly good condition for a million plus year old ship that's totally unmaintained.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The whole idea behind the series is that, unlike the carefully selected "best of the best" team sent to [[Series/StargateAtlantis Atlantis]], the group on ''Destiny'' is there by accident (WMG about Dr. Rush notwithstanding). The crew simply consists of everyone who happened to escape Icarus Base through the Stargate.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: When ''Destiny'' adapts its shields to the drones' weapons, they just start doing suicide runs. Even this isn't enough to put ''Destiny'' down, though. [[spoiler:The crew turns this back on the drones by ramming a shuttle set to overload into one of the command ships, utterly destroying it.]]
* RatingsStunt: A mild case. Usually invoked whenever Jack, Sam, or Daniel put in a guest appearance. Jack was established in the canon as head of Homeworld Command before ''SGU'' was even a concept, so he's justified, but Daniel's first appearance is hyped per the trope.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Alaina Huffman was pregnant during filming, so it was worked into the plot.
** More depressingly, MGM financial woes were one of the main factors that contributed to being SGU cancelled. Likewise, due to the immense momentum behind WWE's Friday Night Smackdown (which SyFy acquired the rights to broadcast), SyFy had to pick only one show to keep on Fridays. They picked Sanctuary which did strongly enough to gain additional seasons while SGU was moved to Tuesday with no other original programming to support it and going up against the likes of DancingWithTheStars and NCIS.
* RealityEnsues:
** The civilian personnel try to take over the ship and coerce the military into surrendering. It works about as well as one would expect.
** A small group of people were left behind on a planet with an approaching winter, as they felt the aliens that created the planet would provide for them. [[spoiler:They all died horribly of hypothermia because they didn't have the skills to survive. Except Val, who got a tree dropped on her.]]
* ReallyGetsAround: Park has slept with most of the Marines to deal with the stress of being stuck across the universe.
** Averted by Lt. James, who despite being MsFanservice, openly states that she doesn't get around.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Eli is [[YouHaveGOTToBeKiddingMe completely unconvinced]] when [[DeadpanSnarker O'Neill]] and [[InsufferableGenius Dr. Rush]] show up on his doorstep, informing him that he is their ChosenOne. Unlike most examples, however, this doesn't end all that badly for him. Well, other than the whole stranded on the other side of the universe thing, but that has nothing to do with him ''refusing'' the Call.
* RememberTheNewGuy: [[PreacherMan Dr. Caine]] never appears before "Justice". Averted in the case of Ginn (Julie McNiven) and Simeon (Robert Knepper). You can see them in various shots and sequences throughout "Incursion"; however, the show averts NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognize by not focusing on them at all.
* {{Retool}}: With respect to the rest of the Stargate franchise. Apart from the whole DarkerAndEdgier aspect to SGU, choosing a setting that's billions of light-years away from Earth and all of its advanced alien tech helped to curb the PlotLeveling that had set in over the years.
* RetroactivePrecognition: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Common Descent'' when [[spoiler:TJ discovers that she has Motor Neurone Disease from a recording of an alternate version of herself who had been sent into the past and died from it]]
* RevengeBeforeReason: Rush in "Malice".
* RevivalLoophole: Used to break Telford's brainwashing.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Rush in "Malice".
* RobotWar: Ursini fought one and lost. Now it's human's turn.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: Rush has an entire ''corridor'' of crazy.
* RuinsForRuinsSake: We will never find out anything about the race that once lived near the gate from "Human", what happened to them, and why they felt that building an underground labyrinth was a good idea..
* RunningGag: [[IncrediblyLamePun Destiny]] continually conspires to keep David Telford off of ''Destiny'' one way or another.
* SacrificialLamb: Senator Armstrong.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Averted. This plays against the crew -- coasting at slightly less than the speed of light also means that the window of opportunity to get off the doomed ship before it coasts into the sun is awfully small and they know it. The situation is inverted in a later episode, where coasting at sublight speed between galaxies means that while the ship will eventually make it, they'll be long dead before it ever does.
** Averted with the [[spoiler:drones in the S2 mid-season finale]]. Destiny flies through a star in order to buy time for repairs since they'll have to circumnavigate the star.
*** Averted again with the drone ships later. The ships start position themselves at stars [[spoiler: which destiny needs to refuel]] and planets, which the crew need for supplies. When Telford states that the drones can't possibly be at every star/planet, it's pointed out they only have to be at the next one.
** Averted in "Epilogue". [[spoiler: Since the crew of the last Novus ship had no FTL drives, they would take a few hundred years to reach their destination. This trope applies because Eli has to point out that due to the distance, even though they know where they're going and how, they can't reasonably meet up since the other ship would basically be a pin prick in space. Which means that the cure for ALS that TJ needs is out of reach.]]
** Lampshaded and averted by Eli at one point. He says there certainly are not Stargates on every planet in the galaxy, as galaxies are far bigger than most people realize.
* SerkisFolk: The blue catfish aliens and the brown Ursini.
* SergeantRock: Master Sergeant Ronald Greer. Should Greer die, the crew's chances of getting home will drop by 64.6%.
* SerialEscalation: How do you top plugging a Stargate into a planet's naquadria core? By plugging one directly into a star. Admittedly, ''SG-1'' / ''Atlantis'' already used black holes to power the Supergates, and also used a black hole Gate to [[RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun nova a star]].
** When they found they could no longer go to a regular "safe" star to refuel, they instead flew through a ''Blue Hypergiant''!
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: "Time".
** Also, [[spoiler:"Twin Destinies"]].
* ShipSinking: If Eli being symbolically shown as Chloe's 'brother' in ''[[AdventuresInComaland Cloverdale]]'' didn't do enough to convince viewers that pairing was sunk, ''Epilogue'' torpedoed it then dropped some depth charges on the wreck just to be sure.
* ShipTease: The Novus versions of Young and TJ get married and have two kids.
* ShootOutTheLock: Standard sci-fi example with Greer in "Pain". Semi-justified since it's been established that one does need to push the button for the doors to work, but doesn't explain why the other side was disabled along with it.
* ShoutOut: Eli, being the resident geek, is fond of these.
** There was the ''PlanetOfTheApes'' reference in "Air", then again in "Darkness". He has to explain this one, if only because no one seems to find it funny.
** "Water" contains one for ''TheEmpireStrikesBack'' when Eli mentions that they've "entered the Hoth system," in which he also takes a jab at the prequel films by refusing to call it "Episode V".
** In "Earth", Eli, having taken over the body of a scientist back home, goes to his mother's house and (not expecting her to understand the mind-swap thing) tells her his name is [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Philip Fry]].
** Dr. Rush, surprisingly, does one in "Time" with ''ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'', saying Butch's famous last line as he dives through an unstable wormhole, then again when it is revealed they're all going to die soon. Young recognizes the quote and explains that the film is a favorite of his, too. The quote itself is also sheer FridgeBrilliance, since it foreshadows the BolivianArmyEnding to the episode. In keeping with the role reversal, Eli does not get the reference.
** Getting to the point where this might need its own page. Eli has another in "Life", referencing ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' when he describes the catastrophic effects attempting to dial home as "dogs and cats living together."
** In "Faith", Eli yells out "[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan the Genesis device]]" when a planet is suggested to have been built by aliens. He's rather annoyed that no one in the room gets it.
** In "Human", when Rush realizes that the number 46 has some significance, Daniel Jackson comments that it's not [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy the Ultimate Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything - that would be 42]]. Which he then ruins by [[DontExplainTheJoke explaining the reference]].
** When Eli is carrying a wounded Chloe through the unexplored parts of ''Destiny'', he says he once "climbed the Redridge Mountains with a full pack on his way to Stonard." Chloe doesn't recognize the names, so Eli has to confess that they're areas in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.
** Eli again ([[SarcasmMode surprise]]) jokingly refers to an energy signature in "Resurgence" as [[TwoThousandOne a black monolith]].
*** In the same episode, when Young orders Eli to send a signal out to what appear to be attacking aliens, Eli asks whether it should be in Ancient. Young responds, "Ancient, English, [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bat-Signal]], and whatever else you've got."
** Rush's backstory, which involves his terminally-ill spouse, who's death causes him to let his work become an obsession, ending with him on a starship travelling to a distant region of space, where he is comforted by visions of his dead wife? Perhaps merely a coincidence, but the strong parallels to the plot of ''TheFountain'' are definitely there.
* ShowerOfAngst: Camile has one in "Life".
* ShownTheirWork: The student's answer to Rush's question in "Human". They might as well have used some technobabble, but instead it was a completely accurate description of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shors_algorithm Shor's algorithm]] pulled straight from TheOtherWiki.
* SleazyPolitician: Subverted with Senator Armstrong, who looks like he's being set up as this sort of character (and is played by a guy who is already ''typecast'' to this role), but turns out to be a genuinely selfless family man. Played straight with Camille's boss.
* SlidingScaleOfContinuity: Level 5 (Full Lockout). The series was heavily arc-based, which had the misfortune to occur at the same time Syfy changed its scheduling strategy to where it would air part of a season, then replace it with another show, then bring the first show back, and so on. The ''SGU'' showrunners partly blame the series' cancellation on the resulting confusion driving away viewers.
* SomeoneHasToDie: [[spoiler: Senator Armstrong in "Air" to seal off an atmosphere leak.]]
** [[spoiler: The possibility is invoked in the series finale when the final stasis pod fails, leaving the odd one out with two weeks to try to repair it or die when the life support gives out. Eli volunteers to take the risk.]]
* SoundtrackDissonance: In "Hope", just before dangerous surgery. Mixed with SorryILeftTheBGMOn.
* SpaceFriction: Averted. Every time ''Destiny'' drops out of FTL, it maintains its forward momentum. The shuttle is shown adjusting its attitude and velocity in a realistic manner with maneuvering thrusters, though this may be less a case of [[ShownTheirWork showing their work]] than adopting the style of the 2000s ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined BSG]]'', in which ships maneuvered in a similarly realistic fashion.
** Not averted in "Common Descent" however, where when Destiny cuts power to the sublight engines while they're trying to keep their distance from a threat, the ship is stated to have "slowed down"
** In "The Greater Good" Rush states that the ship he and Young are stranded on has "gone ballistic" after the engines fire for a brief period. In fact, that's the premise of the episode - what happens when you have space friction and your engines crap out!
* SpaceshipSlingshotStunt: One of Destiny's shuttle attempts the maneuver around a planet to catch up to Destiny itself.
* {{Spinoff}}: ''Universe'' is a bit further removed from its parent show than ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' ended up being, and not just in the literal sense. The entire main cast was created for the show, while previous cast members are limited to guest appearances. General O'Neill is a semi-recurring character, but he has an office at the Pentagon rather than bringing back the SGC. [[Series/StargateAtlantis Rodney McKay and Richard Woolsey]] show up late in the second season, as well.
* SpinoffSendoff
* SpoilerOpening: [[spoiler: "and Lou Diamond Phillips"]] in "Resurgence".
* StandardEstablishingSpaceshipShot: Used at the very beginning to introduce the ''Destiny''.
* StuffedInTheFridge: As of "Malice", [[spoiler:Ginn and Amanda Perry]].
* SufficientlyAdvancedAliens: The aliens who supposedly built an entire star and an orbiting planet, apparently for no other reason than to give a nice home to whoever stayed. [[spoiler:They even beamed TJ to the planet from ''Destiny'' across two galaxies, saved her baby, created a nebula out of nowhere for scenery during her stay, then sent her back while making it look like she never left, with only the same nebula (beamed in front of the ship) as proof it ever happened.]]
** This assuming [[spoiler:they aren't on a higher plane of existence, since TJ's and the baby's body was on-board for the whole time. It would be consistent with the ''Stargate'' canon.]]
*** [[MindScrew Which is assuming it actually even happened.]]
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* TemporalParadox: Like its predecessors, ''Stargate Universe'' uses this. First, there's the Kino(s) in "Time". "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Twin Destinies]]" takes this UpToEleven: [[spoiler:the crew salvages everything they can from a temporal duplicate of ''Destiny'', and even get its duplicate shuttle. ''Destiny'' is literally being repaired with itself. "[[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Choke on that, causality!]]"]]
** It becomes even more zanier in the following episode "Alliances" where [[spoiler: Future!Telford is now back on Earth, having gated back from the Future!Destiny]]. Did I forget to mention that [[spoiler: Present!Telford is ''dead'']]?
*** Then even zanier in "Common Descent": [[spoiler:the crew of the other destiny didn't die, they reappeared about 2000 years in the past and started a prospering civilization.]]
* TemporaryBlindness: [[spoiler:Park]] in "Blockade". At least, [[spoiler:Rush]] sure hopes it will be temporary.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Half of the episode "Pain", when the P.O.V. switches to a person bitten by the alien bugs. Sometimes [[DeadPersonConversation it's obvious]], [[TomatoSurprise sometimes not]].
* TooDumbToLive: A group of particularly religious civilians decides to stay behind on a habitable planet despite the fact that there is an oncoming winter and they lack the necessary survival skills and equipment to weather it. Even the shuttle Young leaves behind for them doesn't help much.
** That they didn't even consider building shelter around the shuttle, creating a basic roundhouse with a fire pit to redistribute warmth is incredibly ridiculous, when you consider that these people were mostly ''scientists.''
** The two scientists from "Air Part 3" who create a work-around so they can dial a Stargate that Destiny intentionally locked out. Later attempts to contact them only produce static.
* TookALevelInBadass: Sadly for our heroes, it seems the Lucian Alliance, last seen in SG-1 has gone from being a loose alliance of criminals, to have become an equivalent of the IRA and are quite willing and capable of kicking Earth's ass.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: ''SGU'' is bad about this. The three trailers for season two not only defuse most of the suspense from the season 1 finale, but give away several of the big plot twists later on.
** The promo for "Malice" is incredibly awful with this.
** The trailer for "Twin Destinies" seems to avoid this.
* TrickedOutTime: Pretty much the plot of "Time": with each iteration the crew get things a little more right with the help of the information left behind by the crew in the previous iteration, and eventually they avert the crisis all together.
* TricksterMentor: Rush is this to Eli.
* TwistEnding: "Time". See OneHundredPercentCompletion. Bet you didn't see it coming.
* TwoScenesOneDialogue: Used to explain the life support situation to the injured Colonel and the Senator in "Air".
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Telford nearly every time he's on the ship in Season 1, especially in "Earth". Far less so in season 2 [[spoiler: especially once he comes back with the ursini. In fact, at this point, he defers to Young as the ship's commanding officer, acting as an advisor.]]
* UnexplainedRecovery: Chloe is shot in the leg in the first season finale and losing blood. [[spoiler:She miraculously recovers in the premiere, turns out she's been TouchedByVorlons, [[TheVirus and the change is slowly taking her over...]]]]
* TheUnfettered: Rush. Almost the whole point of his character.
* UnusualUserInterface: The communicator back to Earth involves FreakyFridayFlip as it's primary operating principle.
* UnwinnableTrainingSimulation: [[spoiler:The ship does this to Young in "Trial and Error", taking over his dreams and presenting a nightmare scenario in which the ship is either destroyed or invaded by aliens no matter what he does. It's suggested that the ship was trying to test his effectiveness as a leader, but we'll never know since Rush ended the program before its purpose could be completed.]]
* ViewerFriendlyInterface: Averted with the computers on ''Destiny'' - screens are small and mostly show text unless the holographic screen is used for presentation. Played straight with the catfish aliens, who have holographic screens for their computers.
** Also simultaneously played straight and subverted by the countdown clocks. Large wall-mounted displays visible in every room/corridor/shuttle aboard Destiny counting down to the next FTL jump. They're large and obvious enough that they're clearly there for the viewers to see but all the characters are in Ancient. So unless you can read Ancient (or take the time to learn the pretty basic symbols for the numbers 0-9) they're effectively unreadable.
*** Granted Ancient numbers are made of a groups of underlined dots, with the number of dots equaling the number it represent, with the exception of zero which actually resembles the symbol for zero we use. Effectively making it freakishly easy to memorize and potentially superior to our real numbers for computer based communication (though highly difficult to actually write).
* TheVirus: [[spoiler:Chloe finds out the aliens infected her with something early in season 2.]]
* TheWatson: Eli.
* WeComeInPeaceShootToKill: Type 2. When the opening word is "Surrender.", sent in English no less, you know talks aren't going any further.
** You also know that when they tell you "No Escape", [[spoiler: having traversed into another Galaxy to chase Destiny,]] they definitely mean it.
* WhamEpisode: SG:U seems to be particularily fond of these. Best example though might be 2x07 "The Greater Good". [[spoiler: We learn Destiny's true mission, the rest of the crew finds the bridge, and Rush and Young appear to have hashed things out... and the ending? Lucian Alliance baddie Simeon has slipped his guard and looks about to [[IncrediblyLamePun kill two birds with one stone.]]]] [[spoiler: He does.]] And then, right after that one, we have [[TearJerker "Malice"...]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/05/12/may-12-2011-stargate-universe-beyond-season-2-what-might-have-been/ This article]] spells out a lot of the possible plot lines they might have gone with in season 3 or in a made-for-TV movie/miniseries. What a shame...
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove?: A debatable example occurs in "Seizure". [[spoiler:Amanda Perry builds a simulation in ''Destiny's'' computer so she and Rush can actually touch each other. Rush ends up trapped in the simulation because one of the base parameters was the condition that he loves Perry as she loves him. Rush insists that the program is simply wrong about his feelings, which is where the debatable part comes in. The first possibility is that Rush really doesn't love her, and thus the trope is averted because ''Destiny'' not only knows what love is but can measure it. The second possibility is that Rush does love her, and thus the computer is inherently incapable of judging this on a case by case basis. The most likely explanation in this case is that it used Perry's feelings as a baseline, and couldn't get the same reaction from Rush.]]
* WhatHaveIDone: Future!Rush has one in "Twin Destinies" when Present!Telford accuses him of being the person responsible for the disaster that wiped out the entire crew of the Alternate!Destiny.
--> '''Future!Rush''': Take your hands off me!
--> *''Pushes Telford against the wall''*
--> '''Future!Rush''': YOU are the coward! YOU are the one who didn't believe in the mission! YOU are the one that killed them!
--> *''Rush suddenly notices that Telford has landed on the conduit he'd earlier warned that had 1000 volts passing through it.''*
--> '''Future!Rush''': *''Utterly horrified''* Oh no...
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Rush's own subconscious pulls this on him through the form of his wife during his JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind.
** In "Subversion", Telford pulls this on O'Neill and Young in regards to Earth's "protect ourselves first" policy, arguing that toppling the System Lords without concern for the fate of their slaves led to the creation of the Lucian Alliance. While he's arguably right on a base level, YMMV on whether or not he has a valid point.
** Rush gets these from all sides in "The Greater Good". [[spoiler:Perry calls him on hiding the bridge from the crew, Young calls him on getting Riley killed, and Eli actually says "What the hell?" when he discovers Rush knew about the bridge.]]
** Its heavily implied that Vanessa James thinks this about Scott. Given her shock when she discovers Scott casually slept with Chloe, its implied Scott ''never'' bothered to tell her that they were finished, or told Chloe that he was seeing someone ''else''. Further reinforced by the fact that the period of time between James and Scott hooking up in a supply closet in "Air Part 1" and Scott sleeping with Chloe in "Light" was just ''four'' days.
* WhenTreesAttack: "Cloverdale" features an attack by alien trees which spring from the ground with almost no warning and can infect anything they touch with a fast-growing fungus.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: "Pain" is your standard "worst nightmares made manifest" episode, including one guy who's fear is actually snakes. ''Under his skin.'' Which, to add to the NightmareFuel, is probably inspired by some real life creatures that do just that, though they're not as large as snakes.
* WildCard: Rush.
* WorstAid: When Varro falls from a ladder to a solid floor at least a story or two down, Young brings him back up by tying a rope to him and having him dragged up. Justified since the place they were in was falling apart and they didn't have time to rig up a stretcher.
* XanatosSpeedChess: Dr. Rush on an episode-by-episode basis.
* YankTheDogsChain: Poor Eli... he finally gets the girl, [[spoiler:but she gets brutally murdered two episodes later.]] But then we discover [[spoiler:Ginn and Perry apparently were stuck in the stones and get downloaded into ''Destiny''.]] Then the very next episode [[spoiler: Eli is forced to lock Ginn and Perry out, to rescue Rush, who got trapped in a virtual scenario accidentally by Perry. He is ''furious'' about this]].
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: And unlike ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', they're sticking to that premise. Hasn't stopped some elements of home from tracking them down, but not in the good way.
** It's not so much they ''can't'' go home, as it is the fact that the only way they have of getting enough available power to dial the Stargate all that distance is ''horrendously'' complicated, and even one tiny hitch can screw you over entirely. See "Twin Destinies" for exactly how badly it can screw up.
* YouHadUsWorriedThere: In "Aftermath", a shuttle is about to enter the atmosphere of a planet with possibly shuttle-destroying turbulence. Rush informs them and they decide to give it a go. After a tense few seconds, the shuttle calls back to tell Rush they're ok... then drops out of the sky like a stone.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Kiva is fond of this, being Lucian Alliance, but she's at least pragmatic about it. Dannic will do it to his scientists on the spot if they can't get the job done instantly.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Kiva again. Of course in some cases for her, usefulness includes 'dead'. Poor Airman Rivers.
* YouLookFamiliar:
** Bill Y.W. Butt (Balding Asian Guy) played a medic on ''Atlantis''.
** Mike Dopud (Varro) has played three other roles in ''Stargate'': the Russian Colonel in "Full Alert", the bounty hunter Odai Ventrell in ''SG-1'', and the Runner who captured Dr. Keller in ''Series/StargateAtlantis''.
** Anna Galvin (Patricia Armstrong) played a hot scientist who was horribly murdered after sleeping with Mitchell in ''SG-1'', then another hot scientist created by an AI to communicate with Woolsey in ''Atlantis''.
** Ona Grauer (Emily Young) played the HumanPopsicle Ancient in "Frozen" and again in "Rising".
** Julia Benson (Lt. Vanessa James), previously appeared as one of Lucius Lavin's wives in the ''Stargate Atlantis'' episode "Irresistible".
** Patrick Gilmore (Dale Volker) has the unfortunate distinction of playing characters who have a habit of dying. He played a Genii soldier who was shot by Sheppard in ''Atlantis'', and an SG medic who died of an aneurysm in ''SG-1''. [[TemptingFate At least he has better luck this time around.]]
*** [[spoiler: That said, Time!Volkner died of the alien parasite. ''[[TimeyWimeyBall Twice]]''. Novus!Volker later died of kidney failure.]]
** Peter Kelamis (Adam Brody) played an Area 51 scientist who stole holographic mimic devices in ''SG-1'', and the HalfHumanHybrid race commentator in "Space Race".
* ZergRush: The standard combat strategy of the Berzerker drones.
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