In ‘Stargate Universe’ Season 1 Episode 15 ‘Lost’ the Destiny is soaring to its next stop while the party of Scott, Greer, Eli, and Chloe remain trapped in the ancient labyrinth on the alien planet. Things could not get worse.
Of course they do. Spoilers to follow.
While Scott, Greer, Eli, and Chloe blundering through the dark, underground labyrinth trying to find a way out, Dr. Rush, back on board the Destiny, notes that the ship is starting to turn off some nonessential systems. Why would it do that?
It seems that the Destiny is getting ready to leave the galaxy she is currently in and is preparing to cross the gulfs to the next one. That would mean, of course, leaving the lost sheep behind. But Rush and his people develop a somewhat desperate plan to find Scott, Greer, Eli, and Chloe by back tracking through a chain of star gates to get back to the planet they are on and hopefully rescue them. They have three hours to do so before Destiny jumps back into FTL and leaves the current galaxy forever.
Meanwhile, Greer gets buried in another cave in and is presumed dead. Scott, Eli, and Chloe manage to find a means of egress. Eli hits on the same idea as Rush and so they begin going through star gates in a desperate attempt to catch up with the Destiny.
Complicating things, Greer is, in fact, still alive and manages to extricate himself from the rubble he is in. He arrives too late to catch up to his fellows before they gate out. So, forlornly, Greer camps out by the star gate and starts to have hallucinations about his dead father.
In every science fiction crew, there is usually at least one member who has father issues, and Greer in this case is elected. His old man was a piece of work, beating his mom, leaving young Greer out in the bad part of town to walk the many miles back home, only to find mom and dad drugged on the bed and the house on fire.
But dad does have something of an excuse for arresting behavior. He came back from the Gulf War with Gulf War Syndrome, that mysterious ailment that afflicted some of the vets of that conflict that was blamed on everything from sand flees to oil well fire smoke. The vets also had a devil of a time getting treatment from the VA bureaucrats, stingy as they were about spending money on sick, military heroes.
Having experienced Greer’s back story, we have proof of the maxim that when lost, one should stay put, for one of the rescue parties from Destiny find Greer and bring him back to the Destiny.
Scott, Eli, and Chloe are not so lucky. They find out that they are going the wrong way. With the helpful guide from a map found in the wrecked space ship on the planet where Young had marooned Rush, they backtrack. But too late, the Destiny departs seconds before they can gate in.
Time to start up a new civilization on the planet they are marooned on.
In the meantime, T.J. tells Young about the bun in the oven. Young actually reacts pretty well. Maybe birthing and raising a baby on the ship is just what the crew needs to get united.
Source: Stargate Universe, Lost, TV.Com