SGU 1.09 "Life" Episode Guide

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Lt. Scott and Camile Wray return to Earth via the communication stones to spend time with those they left behind. On the Destiny, the crew explores new sections of the ship, which yields the discovery of a promising Ancient device.

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MGM/ Official Summary

Using the communications stones, Lt. Scott and Camile Wray use their time back on Earth to visit those they've left behind. Camile returns home to spend time with her partner, trying her best to make the strange circumstance normal. Meanwhile, Lt. Scott learns a past relationship might not have ended as he thought.

Aboard Destiny, Dr. Rush supervises the exploration of new areas of the ship. Looking for resources to make their everyday lives easier, the crew stumbles upon a piece of Ancient technology that carries the promise of a way home. While somewhat familiar with the find, Dr. Rush can't guarantee the safety of using it, bringing him and Col. Young to a standoff on what to do.


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Production Notes

  • "Went into the office today and ... the writers gathered to discuss one of Rob’s story ideas. It’s a great premise that, when I read it, left me wondering “How the hell is this going to work?” and, after much back and forth, we eventually came up with the logic construct to make it work (see Brad‘s whiteboard diagram for the explanation)." — Joseph Mallozzi (November 18, 2008).
  • "Of the first ten episodes broken, we have a grand total of 0 forested planets. I’m not saying we won’t, eventually, come across one but, for the time being, the emphasis is on the ship and some locations atypical of Stargate. As a matter of fact, Executive Producer Robert Cooper and Director Andy Mikita are in New Mexico as we speak, scouting a cool-looking alien setting." — Joseph Mallozzi (December 19, 2008)
  • "Well, back in the office today where we spun what will be episode #7. It made sense for it to follow the events of Earth, so we moved it up and shifted the other episodes. For those of you worried, fear not. The mid-season two-parter will still fall in the mid-season two-parter slot." — Joseph Mallozzi (January 30, 2009)
  • "Carl also submitted an outline for episode #8, received notes, and is poised to do a rewrite - just as soon as he finishes work on a certain movie script." — Joseph Mallozzi (February 12, 2009)
  • "Carl, meanwhile, is deep into Life - writing, thinking, rolling his eyes, pacing in frustration, and, occasionally crying. Given my experience, this indicates the script is coming along swimmingly." — Joseph Mallozzi (March 13, 2009)
  • "I headed back to my office to read Carl’s first draft of Life. Another Binder original. How does he do it?!" — Joseph Mallozzi (March 24, 2009)
  • "New director Alex Chapple is deep into prep on Life. Brian (aka our Lieutenant Scott) worked with him on Law & Order and had nothing but great things to say about him in the lead up to his arrival. Alex, meanwhile, had some equally great things to say about Brian. Looking forward to their collaboration on this episode which will offer some significant insight into our various players including a little surprise or two. Or three." — Joseph Mallozzi (April 15, 2009)
  • "Platschu writes: "Can you tell us the name of the 9th episode, if “Justice” became the 10th episode?" Answer: "Sure. Life." — Joseph Mallozzi (May 2, 2009)
  • "Yesterday, we watched the latest cut of Life. A brilliant episode (written by Carl Binder, directed by Alex Chapple) with some great performances – and here I must make mention of two guest stars in particular: Sarah Smyth, who delivers a wonderfully nuanced performance as the struggling Annie Balic, and Reiko Aylesworth (Hey, eagle-eyed Lost fans!) whose touching turn as Sharon proves alternately uplifting and heart-rending. Great casting." *— Joseph Mallozzi (June 12, 2009)
  • "Reiko Aylesworth – Sharon (Life, Universe season 1) Alas, I never had the opportunity to meet her but going from Carl’s on-set reports, Reiko is a delight to work with. On the other hand, I did see her dailies and watched her performance in the subsequent cuts of Life and can report, this time firsthand, that she was unbelievably good." — Joseph Mallozzi (June 17, 2009)
  • "Then today, we watched the Day 1 Mix of Life (Episode #8). Director Alex Chapple, another Stargate newbie, delivers big time with an episode that explores the hidden lives of our characters. Some incredibly warm and touching performances in this one. Of all the romances, potential and otherwise, the Camille-Sharon relationship is the one that resonates the strongest with me. Every time I watch this episode, I always get a little, uh, dust in my eye watching their scenes. Kudos to Carl Binder who wrote the brilliant script and kudos to Joel Goldsmith who continues his winning composedly ways with a truly beautiful score." — Joseph Mallozzi (July 28, 2009)
  • "One of the season’s highlights so far has been the episode Life in which Wray gets to return to Earth (via the body swap conceit of the communication stones) and be reunited with her wife, Sharon. The scenes are beautifully written and beautifully directed, but it’s the performances of both Ming Na and Reiko Aylesworth that really strike a cord. Their stable, grounded relationship is as much in contrast to the show’s other dysfunctional relationships as it is to Wray’s austere, lonely existence on the ship – making her eventual return that much more poignant." — Joseph Mallozzi (August 15, 2009)
  • "When the show first went into prep, Dale Volker was, like most others, simply a name on a page. But over the course of the season, Patrick [Gilmore] has helped fashion him into an interesting, likable, and, above all else, wholly believable character. He’s taken what we’ve written and brought it to life, giving Volker his own spin – and we have responded by taking that spin and adding a little more depth to the character in subsequent scripts – and he has responded in kind. It’s a little like tag-team painting in which, quite often, it’s not the big picture additions that make one take notice (the river, the tree, the bear in the lederhosen) but the small touches (the subtle shading, the gentle cresting of waves, a parakeet trying to remember where he put his keys) that make everyone take notice and, more importantly, say 'We’ve got to write him in more.' I bring Patrick up because we were watching the Day 2 Mix of Life today and there’s a performance he gives that, despite repeated viewings, has never failed to delight. Check it out. When it airs." — Joseph Mallozzi (August 25, 2009)
  • Lisa writes: "What has been your favourite episode to work on and if you can answer, why?" Answer: "Oooo that’s tough one. They’ve all been a blast, especially Air and all the stuff we did in New Mexico. But Life really meant a lot to me – I love what Matt went through in that episode and the stuff I got to do as an actor. It’s a real heartbreaker." — Brian J. Smith, Q&A in Mallozzi's Weblog (September 28, 2009)
  • "We're building to a certain storyline which happens around mid-season where the two main characters, Dr. Rush and Colonel Young, come to a collision of sorts. They don't get along, and it just mounts and mounts, so we had to get to a point where drastic measures are taken. We needed a story to ramp that up, and one that reminds you what life is like on board the Destiny and just how tough it is. We decided to throw that all into 'Life,' and I was immediately attracted to this story because it's abll about Ming-Na's character, who is the IOA member on board the ship who, prior to this, has projected this tough exterior and been very by-the-book. We thought it would be interesting to put her into a situation where she could completely fall apart and you get to see a vulnerable side to her. We also discover some things about Lt. Scott's past in 'Life,' as well." — Carl Binder, Official Stargate Magazine Sampler, available October 2009.
  • "We brought in a director who was new to Stargate for this episode, based on the suggestion of Brian Smith. He had worked with Alex Chapple before, on an episode of Law & Order, and now the cast absolutely loves Alex. He really set out to get the feel and mood of the show, and he has delivered an incredible piece. I'm extremely please with how the episode has turned out." — Carl Binder, Official Stargate Magazine Sampler, available October 2009.

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--DeeKayP 14:57, 14 March 2009 (UTC)