SGU This Week: "Faith" (Spoilers)

Lt. Tamara Johansen is featured in FAITH (MGM)
Lt. Tamara Johansen is featured in FAITH (MGM)
Stargate Universe episode “Faith”, written by freelancer Denis McGrath and directed by William Waring, premieres tonight (April 16) on Syfy at 9 PM ET and on Space at 10 PM ET!

“We recently wrapped an episode called Faith and I thought it played very well, and the location we worked at was breathtaking,” actor Brian J. Smith offered in Joseph Mallozzi’s weblog back in October 2009. That location was Widgen Park, and Mallozzi took a trip down memory lane when he talked about producer Carl Binder’s and director Will Waring’s location scouting trip there: “This will mark our first return to Widgen since Atlantis’s fourth season when we shot Harmony there. I was on hand for most of the festivities on that one – also, coincidentally, with Will. It’s about an hour’s drive there and another hour’s drive back, through winding back country roads surrounded by dense forest. ‘Yep,’ I remember telling Larry, my driver, ‘this is great corpse-dumping territory.’ I believe that was the same day a bear meandered across our path, oblivious to us, before disappearing into the trees. Come to think of it, years earlier, when SG-1 shot in the same location, a bear sighting kept actor Chris Judge holed-up in his trailer, much to the delight of his fellow castmates.”

Not only did the cast and crew appreciate the episode for its filming location, but Mallozzi also praised it for its story and acting. “A lot of wonderful Tamara moments throughout the back half, but Faith, episode 13, is the episode that fans of the character (and fans of actress Alaina Huffman in particular) should really look forward to.” He later added, “Faith, episode 13, in particular offers us a better understanding of [Lt. Matthew Scott’s] selflessness and willingness to self-sacrifice for the greater good.”

Will Scott have to make the decision to sacrifice himself for the greater good after Destiny has stopped at a planet that appears to be so breathtakingly beautiful and perfect? You’ll have to tune in to find out!

Once you’ve seen the episode, make sure to return to Solutions to vote in our front page poll and to read the chatter that’s sure to take place on our Stargate Twitter Superfeed.

NOTE: Viewers in Australia will be getting “Faith” on the Sci Fi Channel on Friday, April 23, at 8:30 PM, and the UK’s Sky One viewers will see it Tuesday, April 27, at 8:00 PM.

[spoiler intro=”Official Episode Summary”]Dwindling supplies, tedious routines, and low morale, continue to plague the crew of the Destiny, when suddenly, the ship drops out of FTL and enters the orbit of an uncharted star with only one planet in its solar system. But, for the first time, the countdown clock doesn’t activate.

Dr. Rush struggles to determine why Destiny has no record of this star system while Col. Young directs Lt. Scott and a small team to shuttle down to the planet’s surface on a fact finding mission. Upon landing, everyone is amazed to discover that the atmosphere and terrain are idyllic. Relishing the sunshine, fresh air, clean water and abundance of food, many are reluctant to return to the ship, believing that providence has intervened.

From IGN.[/spoiler]

ETA: If you’d like to read about Denis McGrath’s experience writing this episode, make sure to visit his blog.

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