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Recap / Stargate Universe S 1 E 3 Air Part 3

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Having figured out some of Destiny's systems, the crew uses the stargate for the first time to look for supplies — in this case, lime for the carbon dioxide scrubbers so that they can have breathable air.


  • Ascended Fanboy: Eli's constant reference to various media gets on everyone's nerves
  • Aliens are Bastards: Averted. Scott's alien dust cloud leads him to water and the lime they need
  • Boisterous Weakling: Rush picks a fight with Greer, emerging with his ass kicked but having won the moral high ground.
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  • Curiosity Killed the Cast: Half the exploring party decide to dial a locked out planet in the hopes that it will provide a long term home. It's implied they're all dead by the end of the episode.
  • Enigmatic Empowering Entity: Kind of. Scott's alien cloud comes with religious visions, and Scott probably thinks it's providential.
  • Exact Time to Failure: Played with. Destiny's countdown clock tells the crew how long they have to find the lime needed to clean the CO2 scrubbers before Destiny jumps to FTL again, but this doesn't take into account a safety feature that prevents Destiny from disengaging the Stargate when someone is part-way through.
  • Guns in Church: Greer pulls his pistol on Rush.
  • Hand in the Hole: Eli sticks his hand in the event horizon of the gate to keep Destiny from leaving without them, risking getting his arm chopped off.
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  • History Repeats: Eli holding the wormhole open by sticking his arm into the event horizon of the Stargate is the same trick that Jack O'Neill used in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Shades of Grey" to prevent NID agents from disengaging the Stargate and dialing another planet. This time, it's done on the sending gate rather than the receiving gate.
  • Ignored Expert: When Palmer, Curtis, and Franklin try to escape to the locked-out planet via Stargate, Rush warns them that a few Kino scans aren't enough to determine if an alien planet is safe for long-term survival. Considering that the two people who go there are never heard from again, he was probably right.
  • My Greatest Failure: Scott was a priest in training, until he impregnated an underage girl he barely knew.
  • Portal Cut: Rush predicts correctly that Destiny's safety protocols prevent it from disengaging an active Stargate with living beings moving through to avoid this trope.
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  • Real Dreams Are Weirder: Scott gets backstory during his near death experience dreams which actually succeeds in making him less interesting.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: 3 of the away team members abandon the search and try to flee to a more habitable planet. Two of them make it through the gate, but they are never seen or heard from again.
  • Shout-Out: Eli quotes Planet of the Apes while they wander the desert planet, and encourages Scott to do the same if he sees the Statue of Liberty.
    Eli: "Damn, you! Damn you all to hell!"
  • The Stinger: A small alien ship detaches from Destiny's hull.

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