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== Précis ==
 
== Précis ==
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== MGM/Syfy.com Official Summary ==
 
== MGM/Syfy.com Official Summary ==
  
'''Official summary is not available as this episode has not yet aired in the United States. '''
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Evading an attack of the drones they thought they outran weeks ago, ''Destiny'' is driven to an alien planet that may have the raw material needed to fix the ship's aging life support system. But when Eli and Scott pass through the 'gate, they find a paradox: Humans who claim to be the descendants of ''Destiny'''s crew.
  
===Spoilers===
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Although the drones may find them if they stop for too long, Eli prevails on Young to take the risk and stay on the planet long enough to get to the bottom of the puzzle. The locals help them gather food and material for repairs, and tell them how their mythology and culture was built around the kino footage that they have of the ''Destiny'' crew. It seems that, when ''Destiny'' tried to dial Earth from the star, her passengers were sent back in time and landed on a different planet (SGU 2.12 "Twin Destinies"). The alternate crew had no option but to make it their home. They named it Novus, and eventually built an entire civilization that, in turn, split into two countries. These countries seem to have been the followers of Young on one side, and of Rush on the other. They say they came through the Stargate from Novus over 30 years ago, but the connection was damaged and they were stranded.
  
'''Casting Breakdowns:'''
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After the locals have helped load ''Destiny'' with supplies, they ask for something in return: To be delivered back on their home planet. ''Destiny'''s life support is unlikely to accommodate all of them, and since a black hole and natural disasters threatened Novus at the original time of the expedition, the civilization may not even still exist. Young must deny the request of his future progeny, offering instead to help fix the 'gate, should that be an option.
  
Shooting: 9/29 - 10/13
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But as Eli and Camile deliver their sad message, the drones find the planet and open fire. Everyone starts to evacuate through the 'gate onto ''Destiny'', but the drones damage the 'gate and Camille, Eli, Greer and Scott are stranded with some of the locals on the planet. Greer and Scott manage to shoot down the drones, but heavy damage is done, and the 'gate won't be dialing again.
  
[YAOZU] (55-65) Male or Female. This philosophical world wearied village elder has been cut off from his/her home planet for decades and holds out hope for the return of his/her people to their former home. (Please submit Asian, Eurasian, Indian, and Native American actors). Recurring.
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Eli won't be deterred: Encouraged by the fact that he - or at least, an alternate version of him - built a new civilization, he tools around with the 'gate's subspace communication abilities until he's able to turn the massive device into a Morse code transmitter. ''Destiny'' picks up the message that the drones are gone and it's safe for her to return to pick up the survivors, and the team is saved. In an awakening of brotherly love, Young decides that despite the cost to the ship and crew, he must deliver these people - his family - to Novus.
  
[JASON] (20-25) This somewhat naïve and idealistic villager has known no other planet than the one he lives on, and looks to the future with more optimism than their elders. (Please submit all ethnicities, with emphasis on exotic, culturally mixed actors). Recurring.
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But at journey's end, the flagship shuttle finds a civilization - developed, advanced - but silent and preserved by the winter following the ash of a super-volcano. These descendants of ''Destiny'' have a home, but nowhere to live.
  
[ELLIE] (20-25) This somewhat naïve and idealistic villager has known no other planet than the one she lives on, and looks to the future with more optimism than her elders. (Please submit all ethnicities, with emphasis on exotic, culturally mixed actors). Recurring.
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''Modified by Solutions.''
 
 
'''From Audition Sides:'''
 
 
 
NOTE: Names have been changed in the sides, so it is uncertain who the Destiny characters really are. It is also possible that ELLIE, JASON, and YAOZU are also temporary names for these new and recurring characters.
 
* A team from Destiny uses the Stargate to a planet and are greeted by ELLIE and JASON, two young people who surprisingly speak English! ELLIE and JASON recognize two of the team members, saying that they have been dead thousands of years. ELLIE and JASON refer to a "testament" that says that one day that Destiny might return.  
 
* One of Destiny's crewmembers refers to "the other me" in trying to figure out this situation. Someone must have traveled back in time.
 
* ELLIE and JASON are descendants of those who were stranded on this planet after they left their homeworld NOVAS exploring through the Stargate. The Stargate no longer connects to NOVAS. NOVAS was founded by the Destiny crew 2000 years ago.
 
* ELLIE and JASON and YAOZU are taken on a tour of Destiny that leads them into the 'gate room. They turn to their escorts and ask if it would be possible for them to go to NOVAS so that they and their people can return home. ELLIE and JASON don't know NOVAS because their people were stranded before they were born, but YAOZU does remember.
 
* After being cut off from NOVAS, the stranded people are barely surviving, since they were depending on supplies and other support through the Stargate.
 
* YAOZU is the same name as one of the Destiny crew's father.
 
* One of the Destiny's crew with the title "Dr." has been demonized in the traditions of the NOVAS colony. Stories among the "less enlightened" state that he "rips souls" from people's bodies and takes them to hell to suffer forever.
 
* Also included in the NOVAS colonists are Betty, Landon, and Abigale.
 
  
 
== Cast ==
 
== Cast ==
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'''Opening Credits:'''
 
'''Opening Credits:'''
 
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* and [[Ming-Na]] as [[Camile Wray]]
  
 
'''Guest Starring:'''
 
'''Guest Starring:'''
* ??? as [[Ellie]]
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* [[Peter Kelamis]] as [[Adam Brody]]
* ??? as [[Jason]]
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* [[Patrick Gilmore]] as [[Dale Volker|Dr. Dale Volker]]
* ??? as [[Yaozu]]
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* [[Jennifer Spence]] as [[Lisa Park|Dr. Lisa Park]]
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* [[Julia Benson]] as [[Vanessa James|Lt. Vanessa James]]
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* [[Reilly Dolman]] as [[Jason]]
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* [[Katie Findlay]] as [[Ellie]]
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* and [[August Schellenberg]] as [[Yaozu]]
  
 
'''Closing Credits:'''
 
'''Closing Credits:'''
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* [[Christina Jastrzembska]] as [[Betty]]
  
 
== Production ==
 
== Production ==
  
 
* Written by [[Robert C. Cooper]]
 
* Written by [[Robert C. Cooper]]
* Directed by [[Peter DeLuise]
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* Directed by [[Peter DeLuise]]
  
 
== Related Articles ==
 
== Related Articles ==
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* [[Destiny]]
 
* [[Destiny]]
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* [[Kino]]
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* [[Novus]]
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* [[Stargate]]
  
 
=== Other ===
 
=== Other ===
  
 
{{SGU Season Two Ep Guide Links}}
 
{{SGU Season Two Ep Guide Links}}
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* [[SGU 2.12 "Twin Destinies" Episode Guide]]
 
* Previous: [[SGU 2.16 "The Hunt" Episode Guide]]
 
* Previous: [[SGU 2.16 "The Hunt" Episode Guide]]
 
* Next: [[SGU 2.18 "Epilogue" Episode Guide]]
 
* Next: [[SGU 2.18 "Epilogue" Episode Guide]]
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* "201: Intervention, 202: Aftermath, 203: Awakening, 204: Pathogen, 205: Cloverdale, 206: Trial and Error, 207: The Greater Good, 208: Malice, 209: Visitation, 210: Resurgence, 211: Deliverance, 212: Twin Destinies, 213: Alliances, 214: Hope, 215: Seizure, 216: The Hunt, 217: (Rob’s script), 218: (Carl’s script), 219: Blockade, 220: Gauntlet. Yep. All we need are a couple of titles." — Joseph Mallozzi, July 10, 2010
 
* "201: Intervention, 202: Aftermath, 203: Awakening, 204: Pathogen, 205: Cloverdale, 206: Trial and Error, 207: The Greater Good, 208: Malice, 209: Visitation, 210: Resurgence, 211: Deliverance, 212: Twin Destinies, 213: Alliances, 214: Hope, 215: Seizure, 216: The Hunt, 217: (Rob’s script), 218: (Carl’s script), 219: Blockade, 220: Gauntlet. Yep. All we need are a couple of titles." — Joseph Mallozzi, July 10, 2010
 
* "We called up Rob and gave him notes on his final script of the season, episode #217, Common Descent." — Joseph Mallozzi, August 20, 2010
 
* "We called up Rob and gave him notes on his final script of the season, episode #217, Common Descent." — Joseph Mallozzi, August 20, 2010
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* "Yeah, yeah, this episode we're shooting now, "Common Defense," [sic] Peter DeLuise is directing and there is a day, actually it'll shoot in the next episode, and I believe both of my kids [Elijah, 6; Hanna, 4] are just going to have a small background part, but it's basically...It's all mixed [race] kids. So my kids fit in perfectly to that." — Alaina Huffman, Show Patrol interview, October 12, 2010
  
 
==Further Reading==
 
==Further Reading==
  
 
* [http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/ Joseph Mallozzi's Blog]
 
* [http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/ Joseph Mallozzi's Blog]
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* [http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/show-patrol/2010/10/alaina-huffman-the-drama-queen-of-stargate-universe.html#ixzz15lfBcD4n Show Patrol at Chicago Now: Alaina Huffman: The drama queen of 'Stargate Universe', October 12, 2010]
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* [http://stargate-sg1-solutions.com/blog/2011/04/stargate-universe-2-17-common-descent/ Solutions: Stargate Universe: 2.17 "Common Descent", April 18, 2011]
  
 
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Précis

Attacking drones return when the Destiny tries to recharge in a star. Eli proposes a risky alternative, which requires the rest of the crew to gate to a nearby planet for safety, where they find an abandoned city.

Guide | Transcript

MGM/Syfy.com Official Summary

Evading an attack of the drones they thought they outran weeks ago, Destiny is driven to an alien planet that may have the raw material needed to fix the ship's aging life support system. But when Eli and Scott pass through the 'gate, they find a paradox: Humans who claim to be the descendants of Destiny's crew.

Although the drones may find them if they stop for too long, Eli prevails on Young to take the risk and stay on the planet long enough to get to the bottom of the puzzle. The locals help them gather food and material for repairs, and tell them how their mythology and culture was built around the kino footage that they have of the Destiny crew. It seems that, when Destiny tried to dial Earth from the star, her passengers were sent back in time and landed on a different planet (SGU 2.12 "Twin Destinies"). The alternate crew had no option but to make it their home. They named it Novus, and eventually built an entire civilization that, in turn, split into two countries. These countries seem to have been the followers of Young on one side, and of Rush on the other. They say they came through the Stargate from Novus over 30 years ago, but the connection was damaged and they were stranded.

After the locals have helped load Destiny with supplies, they ask for something in return: To be delivered back on their home planet. Destiny's life support is unlikely to accommodate all of them, and since a black hole and natural disasters threatened Novus at the original time of the expedition, the civilization may not even still exist. Young must deny the request of his future progeny, offering instead to help fix the 'gate, should that be an option.

But as Eli and Camile deliver their sad message, the drones find the planet and open fire. Everyone starts to evacuate through the 'gate onto Destiny, but the drones damage the 'gate and Camille, Eli, Greer and Scott are stranded with some of the locals on the planet. Greer and Scott manage to shoot down the drones, but heavy damage is done, and the 'gate won't be dialing again.

Eli won't be deterred: Encouraged by the fact that he - or at least, an alternate version of him - built a new civilization, he tools around with the 'gate's subspace communication abilities until he's able to turn the massive device into a Morse code transmitter. Destiny picks up the message that the drones are gone and it's safe for her to return to pick up the survivors, and the team is saved. In an awakening of brotherly love, Young decides that despite the cost to the ship and crew, he must deliver these people - his family - to Novus.

But at journey's end, the flagship shuttle finds a civilization - developed, advanced - but silent and preserved by the winter following the ash of a super-volcano. These descendants of Destiny have a home, but nowhere to live.

Modified by Solutions.

Cast

Opening Credits:

Guest Starring:

Closing Credits:

Production

Related Articles

Keywords

Other

Related Links

Official

Fan

Production Notes

  • "Today, we had a discussion of Rob’s new story that eventually devolved into a heated debate about gate travel, subspace sensors, and Swiss Family Robinson. Don’t ask." — Joseph Mallozzi, June 1, 2010
  • "The rest of the day was spent yakking about Carl’s first draft of Hope, episode #14, my outline for The Hunt, episode #16, and whether or not Radio, episode #18, still worked given the preceding episode." — Joseph Mallozzi, June 25, 2010
  • "201: Intervention, 202: Aftermath, 203: Awakening, 204: Pathogen, 205: Cloverdale, 206: Trial and Error, 207: The Greater Good, 208: Malice, 209: Visitation, 210: Resurgence, 211: Deliverance, 212: Twin Destinies, 213: Alliances, 214: Hope, 215: Seizure, 216: The Hunt, 217: (Rob’s script), 218: (Carl’s script), 219: Blockade, 220: Gauntlet. Yep. All we need are a couple of titles." — Joseph Mallozzi, July 10, 2010
  • "We called up Rob and gave him notes on his final script of the season, episode #217, Common Descent." — Joseph Mallozzi, August 20, 2010
  • "Yeah, yeah, this episode we're shooting now, "Common Defense," [sic] Peter DeLuise is directing and there is a day, actually it'll shoot in the next episode, and I believe both of my kids [Elijah, 6; Hanna, 4] are just going to have a small background part, but it's basically...It's all mixed [race] kids. So my kids fit in perfectly to that." — Alaina Huffman, Show Patrol interview, October 12, 2010

Further Reading


--DeeKayP 02:14, 11 July 2010 (UTC)