"Welcome aboard the Hammond, Eli. Yes, that is planet Earth and yes, you are on a spaceship. We need your help, Eli. To be honest, I don't know how long it's gonna take."
Doctor Nicholas Rush
Series Stargate Universe
Season 1, Episode 1
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Air date October 2nd, 2009
Writers Brad Wright; Robert C. Cooper
Director Andy Mikita
Producers Brad Wright; Robert C. Cooper; Carl Binder; N. John Smith; John G. Lenic; Andy Mikita
Starring Robert Carlyle; Louis Ferreira; Brian J. Smith; Elyse Levesque; David Blue; Alaina Huffman; Jamil Walker Smith; Ming-Na
Episode guide
"Air" (Part 2)

"Air (Part 1)" is the pilot episode of the American science fiction television series Stargate SGU and the 31st episode of the series overall. It was directed by Andy Mikita and written by series creators Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper. It first aired on Monday, October 2nd, 2009 on Syfy. In this episode, Lieutenant General Jack O'Neill and scientist Doctor Nicholas Rush recruit a teenage whiz kid named Eli Wallace to help them unlock the mystery of the ninth chevron code on the Stargate portal at Icarus Base on P4X-351. An attack by the Lucian Alliance forces Wallace, Rush and the staff of Icarus Base to make an emergency jump through the Stargate where they find themselves transported aboard an ancient space ship that has been traveling across the cosmos for thousands of years.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Principal Cast[edit | edit source]

Actor Role
Robert Carlyle Doctor Nicholas Rush
Louis Ferreira Colonel Everett Young
Brian J. Smith Matthew Scott
Elyse Levesque Chloe Armstrong
David Blue Eli Wallace
Alaina Huffman Tamara Johansen
Jamil Walker Smith Ronald Greer
Ming-Na Camile Wray

Guest Stars[edit | edit source]

Actor Role
Richard Dean Anderson Lt. General Jack O'Neill
Amanda Tapping Colonel Samantha Carter
Michael Shanks Doctor Daniel Jackson
Ona Grauer Emily Young
Peter Kelamis Adam Brody
Mark Burgess Doctor Jeremy Franklin
Jennifer Spence Doctor Lisa Park
Martin Christopher Major Kevin Marks
Gary Jones Walter Harriman
Bradley Stryker Curtis
Christopher McDonald Alan Armstrong
Lou Diamond Phillips Colonel David Telford
Julia Benson Vanessa James
Haig Sutherland Sergeant Hunter Riley
Patrick Gilmore Doctor Dale Volker
Josh Blacker Marine Sergeant Spencer
Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman Private Darren Becker
Glynis Davies Marion Wallace
Christina Schild Andrea Palmer
Michael Lenic Eli's friend
Andrew Dunbar Marine Corporal Gorman
Agam Darshi Doctor Sonja Damji
Jim K. Chan Doctor Simms

Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Combining all of the episodes from the four Stargate television programs, including the animated series, Stargate Universe: Air (Part 1) is the 338th episode in the franchise overall.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • Eli Wallace: "So if the Stargate can instantly transport you to another planet, why did we fly here on a spaceship?"


  • Eli Wallace: "I should call my mom ... uh, tell her where I am."

Home Video[edit | edit source]

This episode has been made available on the following home video collections:

See also[edit | edit source]

Stargate SG-1

Stargate Atlantis

Stargate Universe

External Links[edit | edit source]

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