At the start of “Stargate Universe” Season 2 Episode 3 “Awakenings,” the Destiny finds itself on a collision course with another ancients’ ship. But, mysteriously, the two ships slow and dock, then begin to share stored data.
Mysterious to all except for Rush, who is manipulating things from his secret control room, where the ghost of his dead wife admonishes him. Spoilers surely follow.
The one thing the episode really illustrates is how isolated some of the people of the Destiny are. They are not just isolated from the rest of humanity by the gulf of much of the universe, but also some from the others. Rush, obviously, with his pride, his paranoia, and his secret agenda, has hidden the discovery of the secret control room from the others, disappearing at odd times and in a suspicious manner to go there.
But the most isolated man on the ship, and hence in the universe, is one Colonel Everett Young. Young is in a bad place for a leader, utterly alone and without anyone to share the burden with. This is not because there is no one available. Both Colonel David Telford and Camille Wray are quite capable and willing to be of help. But Young, for whatever reason, believes that only his will and his judgment will carry the people of the Destiny home and safe.
Even advice from Homeworld Command, most of a universe away, is being ignored. Young is not the first commander to resent being managed from afar. But Homeworld Command is actually General Jack O’Neill, who has a wealth of experience in dealing with dire situations among the stars. His advice would be something to listen to.
The other ship, by the way, has the promise of a way home. If the power available on the other ship can be used to power up the Destiny’s gate, then people trapped on that ship can finally return home. But the other ship has a peril as well, in the form of aliens from that species that had kidnapped both Rush and Chloe and tried to take the Destiny by force.
As it turns out, the attempt to power the gate fails, partly because of the aliens using the ship’s systems to channel power away from the Destiny, partly because Rush himself used the secret control room to decouple the two ships when there had perhaps been time to reverse the process. In so doing, he left Telford behind, surrounded by aliens that have proved their unfriendly persuasion more than once.
But somehow one thinks we shall see him again.
Source: Stargate Universe, Awakenings, TV.Rage