‘Stargate Universe’ Season 1 Episode 17 ‘Pain’ presents that great staple of space faring, science fiction television drama, the episode in which the crew has an alien infection and starts seeing things and acting strangely. Star Trek did it at least twice.
Spoilers surely follow.
Things start getting strange when Vanessa James comes under the impression that she had broken her lover’s head open in a fit of jealous rage and then sits on the bed catatonic not knowing what to do next. Meanwhile Dale Volker starts having increasingly alarming experiences of being in enclosed spaces.
Greer is starting to act more paranoid than usual and Scott thinks that he sees his long lost son. Someone else thinks there is a snake in his arm (snakes, it had to be snakes.)
At this point it is concluded that something strange is going on. T. J. examines the people who are afflicted and finds an alien tick embedded in the back of their necks. The first attempt to dig one out ends badly.
While the visions start getting worse for some, it is discovered that the ticks can jump from one host to another. This, Chloe starts having conversations with her long dead father, the Senator, and Rush thinks that the blue aliens are on the ship and are out to get him. Greer concludes that another mutiny is afoot and hears Young authorizing deadly force to suppress it.
Chloe is the one person who does not find the experience particularly alarming as she misses her dad and, while on one level knows, as Dr. House knew under similar circumstances, that she is just talking to herself, finds the experience too beautiful to want to stop it. This does alarm Eli, who is in love with Chloe, poor fellow.
Greer is getting more alarm, hunting down both Rush and Camille with his side arm. Rush is hunting down anyone in sight as the blue aliens are getting more numerous and more persistent.
T.J. finds that by anesthetize the ticks before extracting them seems to work. This helps all of the afflicted except for Greer and Rush who are behind a sealed door with Camille, who is wounded and bleeding out fast. A bit of precious C4 and some quick violence, followed by quicker surgery, and Greer, Rush, and Camille are now all better.
Later, while around a planet, Young authorizes another “away team” (why they picked that horrible phrase from Star Trek Next Gen over the more classic “landing party” one can only guess.) New danger or no, they will deal with it.
Source: Stargate Universe, Pain, TV.Rage