Stargate Universe: 2.06 "Trial and Error"

Col. Young in TRIAL AND ERROR (MGM)
TRIAL AND ERROR focuses on Young's decline that causes him to question his ability to command (MGM)

Tonight (November 2) on Syfy at 9 PM ET: Stargate Universe episode 2.06 “Trial and Error”, written by Paul Mullie (and Joseph Mallozzi) and directed by Andy Mikita.

“‘Trial and Error’ begins a series of GAME-CHANGING eps,” actor David Blue tweeted recently. “Season-long arcs & crazy-cool new discoveries. Love it.”

And as it turns out, he’s not the only one thrilled with this episode. Paul Mullie’s writing partner Joseph Mallozzi wrote in his weblog, “Today, we sat down to watch Andy Mikita’s director’s cut of Trial and Error, one of my favorite episodes of SGU’s second season. And that’s saying someting given that I wasn’t initially onboard with the story when it was first pitched. Well, one terrific script and a solid week of production behind us, and we’ve got ourselves an amazing episode…”

The praise doesn’t stop there, either. Mallozzi wrote in another entry, “Three of the actors flagged me down to tell me how much they loved Trial and Error. Especially scene 61! I thanked them, but told them that episode 6 was all Paul. And I have to agree with their assessment. Trial and Error is, in my (and Carl [Binder]’s) opinion, the best script Paul has ever written. And, to date, he’s written some damn terrific ones for Stargate: Universe = a significant pass on Justice, then Divided (one of my personal favorites), Subversion, Intervention, and Trial and Error. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that Paul is at the top of his game.”

While writer Paul Mullie might be “at the top of his game,” Destiny commander Col. Everett Young is far below it as he struggles with his personal life, excessive reliance on alcohol, and realistic, but troubling, prophetic visions. It’s enough to make him question both his sanity and his ability to lead. Everyone aboard is affected by his actions, but whether that means in a good way or in a bad way—in life or in death—remains to be seen.

After getting in on the beginning of new season-long arcs, make sure to rejoin us here for our episode poll on the front page.

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