In "Aftermath," Dr. Nicholas Rush has discovered the bridge of the Destiny, an abandoned ship built by the Ancients on which a group of military and civilian humans are stranded as it hurtles out of the galaxy. Rush has been trying to figure out how Destiny operates and her purpose ever since they got stranded, and discovering the bridge is a huge step. But as he sits down the voice and image of his dead wife, Gloria, appears and they begin to talk about his discovery.
Gloria: You thought this was going to be easier, didn’t you?
Rush: This ship, the systems were designed to be run by an entire crew.
Gloria: Well, you have a crew.
Rush: Yeah, a crew that knows what it’s doing.
Gloria (looking around the bridge): This is what you wanted.
Rush: You know, the Ancients never intended Destiny to operate on its own…
Stargate Universe, a SyFy science fiction series in its second season, is developing solid feet to stand on. In other words, it is becoming a good story. It is fleshing out its characters as well themes like sacrifice, who we follow and why, how we live together, the pull between orders and ethics, the good of the many versus the good of the few (or one), what makes us human and what we believe—all themes common to the military sci-fi genre (and good stories). And while last week's "Aftermath" made some solid steps in more than one of those, it was the episode's exploration of community that is resonating most with me.