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Stargate Universe: Common Descent

To evade a wave of attacking drones, Destiny enters FTL and comes upon a planet settled by the descendants of the Destiny crew from the alternate timeline.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x17
Airdate: Monday April 18th, 2011
Special Airtime: 09:00 pm

Alternate Airdates:

CA (SPACE) Apr 19, 2011
UK (sky 1) May 23, 2011

Guest Stars
Peter KelamisPeter Kelamis
As Adam Brody
Patrick GilmorePatrick Gilmore
As Dale Volker
Jennifer SpenceJennifer Spence
As Lisa Park
Julia AndersonJulia Anderson
As 2nd Lt. Vanessa James (as Julia Benson)
Reilly DolmanReilly Dolman
As Jason
Katie FindlayKatie Findlay
As Ellie
August SchellenbergAugust Schellenberg
As Yaozu
Main Cast
Robert CarlyleRobert Carlyle
As Doctor Nicholas Rush
Louis FerreiraLouis Ferreira
As Colonel Everett Young
Brian J. SmithBrian J. Smith
As Lt. Matthew Scott
Elyse LevesqueElyse Levesque
As Chloe Armstrong
David BlueDavid Blue
As Eli Wallace
Alaina HuffmanAlaina Huffman
As Lt. Tamara Johansen
Jamil Walker SmithJamil Walker Smith
As Sr. Sergeant Ronald Greer
As Camille Wray


Brody and the others check the filters and confirm their losing efficiency. Johansen approaches Young with reports of carbon monoxide Destiny emerges from FTL and they confirm there are two planets within range, and one of them has a working Stargate. As Eli tells Chloe and Camille the news, they spot six drone ships closing in on them. The drones open fire and Destiny returns fire and takes evasive maneuvers. They realize a command ship must be in the vicinity and confirm they can’t jump into FTL for another two hours. The command ship arrives and Young orders a retreat, but they can only maintain their lead by blowing out the engines...

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Episode Quotes
Eli: Fine. Don't you at least want to know what happened to them? How they survived and developed as a society?
Chloe: You played a lot of Sim City as a kid, didn't you?
Eli: Actually, this is more like Sim Earth.

Eli: There was also another group of evacuees who...blamed the other me for what happened. And, uh... they thought Rush was still aboard Destiny and would one day come and rescue them. Eventually he became some kind of savior figure. They broke off and formed a country of their own.
Adam Brody: Let me guess. "Rush-a."
Dale Volker: That's funny.
Eli: They called it Futura.
Dale Volker: Really?
Adam Brody: What's wrong with Futura?
Dale Volker: It's a dumb name.
Adam Brody: Yeah, how is it dumb?
Eli: Uh, apparently... (Brody) came up with it.

Lisa Park: I can't believe you helped found an entire country based on the hopes that (Rush) would come and rescue you.
Dale Volker: I can't believe you named it Futura.
Adam Brody: Shut up.
Dale Volker: Seriously, isn't that a font?

(as Rush leaves)
Camille: Umm, is everything all right?
Yaozu: There are those somewhat less enlightened among our people who believe he is a demon, who rips souls from human bodies and takes them to Hell, where they suffer for all eternity.
Lisa Park: Uhh, it's funny how things have a way of getting twisted and exaggerated over time.
Dale Volker: While others don't.
Camille: Uh, he's not that bad.
Ellie: Many Futurans worship him like a god.
Camille: We won't tell him that.

Adam Brody: "Mundus"?
Dale Volker: Yeah, it's Ancient for "world." "Novus Mundus," "New World."
Adam Brody: It sounds stupid.
Dale Volker: Yeah, and "Futura" sounds cool.
Adam Brody: Obviously, it's a matter of opinion.
Lisa Park: It's a font.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRobert C. Cooper  |  Brad Wright
Executive ProducerJoseph Mallozzi  |  Paul Mullie  |  Carl Binder  |  Robert C. Cooper  |  Brad Wright
Supervising ProducerLinda McGibney
ProducerJohn G. Lenic
Associate ProducerJennifer Johnson (2)
Production DesignerJames Robbins
CastingPaul Weber  |  Jennifer Page  |  Corinne Clark
MusicJoel Goldsmith
Music EditorRick Chadock
Music SupervisorAndrea von Foerster
Costume DesignerValerie Halverson
HairstylistForest Sala
Make-upRebecca Lee (3)
Key GripJohn Zulinski
Camera OperatorRyan Purcell  |  Grizz Salzl
Set DecoratorMark Davidson  |  Tedd Kuchera
Transportation CoordinatorDavid R. Anderson
Property MasterKenny L. Gibbs
Construction CoordinatorScott Wellenbrink
Script SupervisorAmanda Alexander-McLean
Production CoordinatorDavid Magee  |  Tanja Balic
Script CoordinatorLawren Bancroft-Wilson
Re-Recording MixerBill Mellow  |  Kelly Cole
Stunt CoordinatorJames Bamford
Art DirectorChris Beach
Post Production CoordinatorKerry McDowall
Creative ConsultantJohn Scalzi
Executive ConsultantRemi Aubuchon
Production ManagementJohn G. Lenic
Sound MixerPatrick Ramsay
Visual Effects CoordinatorStephen Bahr
Visual Effects SupervisorMark Savela
Production AccountantJulie Rieder
Extras CastingSandra-Ken Freeman
Casting AssociateJennifer Lurey
Special Effects CoordinatorC. Scott Stofer  |  Wray J. Douglas
Sound DesignSteve Smith (7)
Legal AffairsHeenan Blaikie  |  Nadia Wechselberger
Paint CoordinatorSteve Craine (1)
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