SGU 2.06 "Trial And Error" Episode Guide

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A series of realistic visions cause Col. Young to question his ability as commander of Destiny.

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The stress of living on a space ship compounded with an impending divorce and the loss of his child has Young stressed beyond belief, and it's creeping into his dreams. One night, he dreams that the aliens that abducted Chloe return to find Destiny and demand that the crew hand over their hybrid specimen. In his dream, Young fires the weapons, but the aliens are too powerful, and Destiny is obliterated.

TJ and Camile both try to get Young to talk, but he prefers to drink. That night, however, he has the same dream, but chooses to hold the defense shields instead of firing on the aliens. The result of this strategy is the same as before, troubling Young further, and forcing him to finally break down and talk to Camile.

Camile, meanwhile, has made a shrewd decision and puts one of the Lucian scientists, Ginn, on a team with Eli to decipher the ship's abilities. While they work together, Eli notices that the ship is using a ton of memory to run an unfamiliar program: A battle simulation that perfectly mirrors the dreams that Young has been having. But Greer notices a different kind of development in their partnership: Seeing the chemistry between Ginn and Eli, he pushes the two lovebirds together, and romance blooms.

Young has another dream, and this time, he surrenders Chloe to the aliens—again, destroying his own crew's chance for survival. Young has convinced himself that he's an unfit leader, and locks himself in his quarters. Camile, however, brings the information about the ship's simulation program to Scott, just as the ship drops out of FTL with no 'gates in range, and pleads with him to take command. He refuses, and instead seeks out Young and convinces him that he is the only one on board—the only one with a conscience, not ruled by his emotions—that can guide the crew with surety. Bolstered, and believing that the moment that's been haunting his dreams has arrived, Young returns to the control room and starts issuing commands. As if by magic, Destiny fires up her FTL drives and launches into hyperspace.

Those present in the control room come to believe that Destiny used Young's neural impulses both to gain information and to teach him a lesson, and that consequently Young is the right man to command the ship. But quietly on the ship's bridge, Rush has been working on how to override this very simulation program. Still secretly in control, Rush takes command of the ship's systems and moves Destiny, once again, out of harm's way—all the while keeping his wealth of knowledge secret from Young, Camile and the rest of the crew.

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Production Notes

  • "In other writerly news, Paul and Carl are brainstorming #6 and #7, while Rob and Remi look to tackle #8 and #9." — Joseph Mallozzi, February 11, 2010
  • "We discussed potential locations for Paul and Brad’s episodes and I got a sneak peek at some pretty fearsome-looking alien creatures – not to be confused with “those other aliens”." — Joseph Mallozzi, March 1, 2010
  • "Paul has finished a first draft of episode #6 which comes in at a whopping 57 pages. He’ll spend the weekend trimming." — March 5, 2010
  • "Paul, meanwhile, put out the first draft of episode 6 which, in my opinion, is one of the best scripts he’s ever written. Some wonderful exchanges and great, great character moments. And some pretty crazy action." — Joseph Mallozzi, March 8, 2010
  • "Back upstairs, the writers gathered to debate a script issue with episode #6, Trial and Error. After the rewrite, the script was a robust 56 pages. Considering Paul’s last script, Intervention (episode #1) was 48 pages and, at last count, the episode was timing five minutes long, it was obvious that Trial and Error needed a trim. Paul’s solution? Lose the first scene. Carl hated the idea and argued for keeping the scene. Brad, Remi, and Linda made the argument for losing it. It didn’t end happily for Carl." — Joseph Mallozzi, April 6, 2010
  • "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’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." — Joseph Mallozzi, April 7, 2010
  • "Big time congrats to Paul Mullie for the extraordinary season 2 episode that was released to us today. Great friggen' writing." — Brian J. Smith, Twitter, April 7, 2010
  • "Paul is prepping Trial and Error..." — Joseph Mallozzi, May 3, 2010
  • "Paul is on set overseeing production on Trial and Error. Busy, busy!" — Joseph Mallozzi, May 12, 2010
  • "Paul is on set – presumably on hand to provide first aid treatment if necessary – as they shoot episode #6, Trial and Error (which includes the confrontation scene that had the cast abuzz)." — Joseph Mallozzi, May 14, 2010
  • "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 – that, once second unit shoots that final missing scene next week, will come in at seven minutes over. Even with the expected tightening, Paul will be hard-pressed not to lose some scenes (the first two off the top, the discussion that may find a home in Carl’s episode) and Mr. Sparkle. Poor, Mr. Sparkles :(." — Joseph Mallozzi, May 27, 2010
  • "Ep 6 called Trial & Error @AlainaHuffman has strong scene with Louis that she lvoes. #SDCC #SGU 'I'm excited to see it'" — ShowPatrol Twitter, July 23, 2010
  • "Holy smokes! It’s taken us a day and a half to watch the Day 1 mix of Trial and Error – and we’re still not done!" — Joseph Mallozzi, August 11, 2010
  • "'Trial & Error' begins a series of GAME-CHANGING eps. Season-long arcs & crazy-cool new discoveries. Love it. #SGU" — David Blue, Twitter, October 28, 2010
  • The episode shows a "huge test of Col. Young's character. His descent that has been sort of triggered by Riley's death—well, what he had to do for Riley—has pushed him to the wall, and in 'Trial and Error' we see him hit the wall. [Louis Ferreira's work] is, I think, Emmy-worthy. He is brilliant in this episode, and honestly, the scene with him and Scott at the end is just ... Louis is an amazing actor." — Brad Wright, Blasr interview, November 2, 2010

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--DeeKayP 04:03, 14 March 2010 (UTC)