In “Stargate Universe” Season 2 Episode 9 “Visitation,” the Destiny pops out of faster-than-light drive to find the shuttle that had been left behind with a party of the crew who had chosen to remain on a planet to make new lives.
Then a signal comes from their leader, Crane. What should they do? Spoilers follow.
The shuttle should not have left the atmosphere of the planet that Crane and his party had chosen to stay on, not to mention gone all those light years to meet the Destiny. They are, nevertheless, brought on board, examined, and then allowed to rejoin the crew.
Oddly, Crane and the others have little or no memories of their time on the planet, and certainly none of how they got back to the Destiny. It is assumed that the ancient aliens have something to do with the reunion. With the discovery of the Destiny’s true mission, to find evidence of the intelligence that might have created the universe, some people are starting to use the name “God.”
Meanwhile, Chloe’s transformation into-what?-is starting to accelerate. She begins to think that the metamorphosis is going to be irreversible and that soon she, that which is Chloe Armstrong, will shortly be gone. She begins to say goodbye to people — to Eli, her friend, and Scott, her lover.
But it is the last conversation with Greer that is most poignant. If what Chloe becomes is considered a threat-which is very likely-then Colonel Young will order it eliminated. Greer will be the one to do it. Chloe seems to be reconciled with the prospect, and even offers Greer, a religious man who prays for Chloe, absolution in advance for what he will likely have to do.
In a disturbing development, Crane’s party begins to die. First, a woman named Val keels over from apparent head trauma. Then Peter, and then the rest die one by one from hypothermia and malnutrition.
Camille regresses first Peter, then Crane through hypnosis to find out what really happened. What follows is a sad tale of the settlers unprepared for the onset of winter. Val dies from trauma when a tree falls on her. The rest slowly freeze to death, all except for Crane, who is the last alive.
Crane comes to believe that he and the others were simply reanimated bodies and that their souls, or whatever it is that was them, have already passed on. He expects to die himself soon, a shadow of what he was.
But then Eli discovers a kino in the shuttle. It is a recording of Crane, huddled in the shuttle as a winter storm rages outside, begging for someone, something to help.
Then the shuttle is filled with a white light.
Source: Stargate Universe, Visitation, TV.Rage