SGU 1.15 "Lost" Episode Guide

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The Destiny takes off and leaves Lt. Scott, Eli, Chloe and Greer trapped in the ruins of an underground maze, prompting Dr. Rush and Col. Young to devise a recovery plan to save the stranded away team before the ship leaves the galaxy.

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MGM/ Official Summary

As the crew on Destiny are working around the clock to recover Scott, Chloe, Eli and Greer, several power systems on the ship cut out. Crew members clash over why this could be, but the rescue effort continues. TJ, continuing her psych evaluations of the crew, learns that James, insecure about her rating in Young's eyes, is also not yet over her breakup with Scott. TJ attempts to tell Young about her pregnancy, but her nerve fails her at the last minute.

In the underground tunnels of the alien planet, Eli has come up with a risky plan to get the team back to Destiny: Since they know Destiny's general trajectory, they can hopscotch from one planet to the next until they are in range of the ship—they just have to hope that they don't jump in the wrong direction. But unbeknownst to Eli, Rush has discovered an unnerving fact: Destiny is reaching the edge of a galaxy. This explains the power failures, but also means that the next time they drop out of FTL is their last and only chance to recover the recon team.

Chloe finally decodes a map underground, and just as the team discovers the exit, a tremor hits and Greer is caught behind a rockslide, apparently dead. With walls crumbling around them, the other three have no choice but to leave him to save themselves.

As Destiny drops out of FTL, Rush coordinates the same plan that Eli devised: Destiny crew members will check all gates in range in hopes of being close enough to hopscotch to the planet crew. Both the planet and ship crews begin the search, as Greer recovers consciousness and calls upon his childhood fears and traumas to motivate himself to dig out. He races to catch up with his team, but he is too late; they have taken the remote and left the planet. Alone, he is haunted by memories of abandonment, recalling his father's torment and his own heartbreaking decision to enlist in service.

Amid the chaos of the rescue mission, TJ finds a moment alone with Young to tell him she's carrying his child. He is visibly upset, but assures her that they'll make it work somehow.

Eli delivers good and bad news to Chloe and Scott: Although they've been jumping in the wrong direction, they are in range of the planet where Rush was left behind. Eli thinks he could find information there that will help them get back to Destiny, and although Chloe is against it, they investigate the alien shuttle on that planet. Eli can't make sense of it, but Chloe intuitively recognizes a star map. They head to the next planet, where Destiny's gate address comes into range. Meanwhile, the Destiny crew has found Greer. Both teams dial Destiny simultaneously and Rush, mere seconds ahead of Eli, steps through the gate and onto the ship. Eli is stumped as to why the dial didn't complete, tries again—and is again unsuccessful. As the ship crew take stock of their situation, Eli and the team realize that Destiny, so close to the edge of the galaxy, has jumped back into FTL, and out of range of the gate.


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Production Notes

  • [martingero...] "Is thinking about Greer's back story..." and "Reading about PTSD or SG:U 113." and "Isn't gonna get as much work done on SGU this weekend as he thought he might..." — Martin Gero on his Twitter (to March 8, 2009)
  • "Today is gonna be a Stargate day. Watch a cut of Air Part 3, and then work on episode 115. I hope my notes from a few weeks ago make sense." — Martin Gero on his Twitter (May 23, 2009)
  • PG15 also writes: "1. Marty G. just twittered that he’s “working on episode 115? of SGU. Is he writing it?" Answers: "1. Yep. Marty G. is working on the outline and having a lot of fun with this particular story. Can’t wait to read it." — Joseph Mallozzi (May 23, 2009)
  • "Marty G. hammers out an outline for his second script." — (May 31, 2009)
  • "Today, we set aside an hour to talk stories – specifically, the back half of SGU’s first season. Okay, okay. I think that, this time, I’ve got it right. ... Marty G. is still working on the outline for #15." — Joseph Mallozzi (June 3, 2009)
  • "So close to finishing this SG:U beat sheet...and yet, so far. Damn you ACT 4! Damn you to hell!" — Martin Gero, Twitter (June 14, 2009)
  • "Today, the writers’ room was abuzz with talk of the impending return of Golden Boy Martin Gero to the Stargate fold – for all of a week anyway. He heads back into town this weekend (We will, of course, be hitting Fuel big time in celebration) and will be back in the production offices all next week so that we can tear apart his latest script outline and, hopefully, pick his brain for the final few scripts." — Joseph Mallozzi (June 15, 2009)
  • "FINALLY all moved in. Time to turn my attention over to finishing this SG:U was I?" — Martin Gero, Twitter (July 17, 2009)
  • "Making some good progress on this SG:U script. ______'s Dad is a real dick." — Martin Gero, Twitter (July 20, 2009)
  • "Twitter reports have Marty G. almost finished his second script, Episode #15, Lost." — Joseph Mallozzi (July 29, 2009)
  • "Just handed in my first draft of my second SG:U episode "Lost"..." — Martin Gero, Twitter (August 4, 2009)
  • "So, now I have two rough drafts. Tonight, I shift gears to reading two first drafts Lawren sent my way – Marty’s G.‘s Lost, and Carl’s latest oeuvre, Pain." — Joseph Mallozzi (August 4, 2009)
  • "Just got off the phone with all the guys from Stargate. Gave me a bunch of great notes on my ep "Lost". 2-3 day rewrite, here I come..." — Martin Gero, Twitter (August 13, 2009)
  • "Finished up my SG:U rewrite." — Martin Gero, Twitter (August 15, 2009)
  • "The final half-dozen scripts are in play and we’ve been busy writing, revising, reading, and critiquing. ... Martin sent in his revised draft of Lost. Heh. Love the ending." — Joseph Mallozzi (August 17, 2009)
  • Major D. Davis writes: "So have you shot lost yet, or are you waiting to shoot it after you finish pain?" Answer: "We’re shooting out of sequence. We’re shooting Pain and prepping Lost." — Joseph Mallozzi (September 1, 2009)
  • ian R. Rogerson writes: "who is directing lost ..." Answer: "Ronn Schmidt." — Joseph Mallozzi (September 3, 2009)
  • "Back in the office today after the Labor Day long weekend. Another three full days of production on Pain and prep on Lost before we head off for yet another long weekend." — Joseph Mallozzi (September 8, 2009)
  • Madwelshboy writes: "What episode is currenly filming? What will be filming next?" Answer: "Shooting Lost. Next up, Subversion." — Joseph Mallozzi (September 16, 2009)
  • "This morning, Robert Cooper was on Stage 5, directing some scenes owing from Lost." — Joseph Mallozzi (October 29, 2009)
  • "And, in episode 15, Lost, we finally get a glimpse at Greer’s past, some of the events that shaped him as well, for better and for worse." — Joseph Mallozzi (January 27, 2010)
  • "As several of you pointed out, the show is called “Stargate: Universe” so you want to see us make use of the gate. Well, some interesting gate use upcoming in the back half of season one and into season two which goes hand in hand with another fan request: “More aliens!” and “More alien worlds!” Done and done, in the case of the former sooner, and the in the case of the latter just a tad later. Space, Faith, Lost, and Sabotage come to mind." — Joseph Mallozzi (January 28, 2010)

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--DeeKayP 15:34, 13 June 2009 (UTC)