Character: Dr. Nicholas Rush
Original Release: October 2, 2009 (US)
Running Time: 43 minutes
The first season premiered on October 2, 2009 and the last episode of the season aired on June 11, 2010.
The first season follows a group of soldiers, civilians and scientists who retreat through the stargate when their base is attacked to a ship built millennia ago by an ancient race of beings. On an unalterable course billions of light years from home, our unlikely band of space travelers find themselves locked in a fierce battle for survival as the Destiny lacks resources to support a large group of people.
Colonel Young (Louis Ferreira) must keep everyone focused on repairing the ship's system and obtaining food and water while Dr. Rush (Robert Carlyle) tries to figure out how to control the ship. Tensions arise on board Destiny between the military and civilian personnel and everyone must learn to adjust to their situation and each other while working together to survive.
The crew of Destiny must deal with the aftermath of the return of two abducted crew members and prepare for and battle repeated attempts to take over the ship by different factions.
1x01-1x03 - "Air - Part 1-3" (original airdate: October 2, 2009 & October 9, 2009)
During an official visit to the top secret base Icarus, an attack from space forces the team to evacuate. Rather than dialing Earth, Dr. Nicholas Rush dials a ninth chevron address, sending them to Destiny, an Ancient starship located billions of lightyears from Earth. After arriving on the Destiny, the team discovers that the ship's life support system is failing, and they must find a way to fix it.
The Destiny dials the Stargate to a desert planet which has a mineral needed to repair the life support system. Meanwhile, Chloe Armstrong has a last chance to see her mother.
1x04 - "Darkness" (original airdate: October 16, 2009)
Power fails on the Destiny, but the ship has maneuvered toward three probably-habitable planets to save the crew. Meanwhile, Eli Wallace records individual messages from the crew in case they do not survive.
1x05 - "Light" (original airdate: October 23, 2009)
Following from the end of "Darkness", the Destiny is on a collision course with a star. A plan is devised to use the last working shuttle to evacuate to one of the three planets. However, there is only room for seventeen people and no time for additional trips, so a lottery is held to determine who will leave. Ultimately it's discovered Destiny was flying into the sun to replenish its power and afterwards the shuttle docks with Destiny which jumps back into FTL.
1x06 - "Water" (original airdate: October 30, 2009)
The ship drops out of FTL in range of an ice planet so the crew can replenish their water supply. While Scott and Young look for suitable ice, the rest of the crew learns that the living dust cloud from "Air (Part 3)" has stowed away on the ship and is rapidly absorbing their remaining water.
1x07 - "Earth" (original airdate: November 6, 2009)
Young, Eli, and Chloe use the Ancient communication device to contact Earth. Telford takes over command of the Destiny during the switch, while Williams and Jack O'Neill inform the trio about a potentially dangerous plan that could bring them all back to Earth.
1x08 - "Time" (original airdate: November 13, 2009)
During a mission to a jungle planet, the crew finds a Kino from the future that predicts their death from a virulent disease. However, even armed with the knowledge of their deaths, finding a way to stop the disease proves problematic.
1x09 - "Life" (original airdate: November 20, 2009)
The scientific crew finds an ancient chair interface similar to one in Antarctica used by O'Neill. Lt. Scott and Camille visit their loved ones using the Ancient communication stones.
1x10 - "Justice" (original airdate: December 4, 2009)
Sgt. Spencer is found dead, and Col. Young is implicated in his possible murder. Meanwhile, a crew member tries to use the chair interface and Rush is marooned on an alien planet, when Col. Young discovers that Rush is the one who framed him.
1x11 - "Space" (original airdate: April 2, 2010)
A malfunction with the Ancient communication stones leads Young to discover an alien presence near the Destiny. When they show up off the bow of the Destiny, everyone but Young is surprised. They immediately send boarding ships toward destiny, and begin attacking. In the skirmish, Chloe is abducted. Young uses the stones again, gaining control of one of the aliens, finding Rush on board.
Using alien tech, they briefly communicate, before Young is ripped back to his body. Rush is then left with the alien, suddenly back in its own body. He gets a flash of thoughts from the alien, learning the layout of the ship and the location of Chloe. He frees her, and they fly back to Destiny in one of the alien attack vessels. After arriving back at Destiny, Rush corroborates Young's story about the rock slide.
1x12 - "Divided" (original airdate: April 9, 2010)
Following the alien attack, Rush suspects there is a tracking device aboard Destiny. Meanwhile, dissatisfied with the military leadership, the civilian population stages a coup to take control of the ship.
1x13 - "Faith" (original airdate: April 16, 2010)
The Destiny arrives at a star system that should not exist. The crew discovers a planet there that could meet all of their needs.
1x14 - "Human" (original airdate: April 23, 2010)
Rush risks his life in an experiment involving the ship's chair interface and flashes back to when he was recruited into the Stargate Program. Gloria Rush, his deceased wife, and Michael Shanks as Daniel Jackson appear in the flashbacks.
1x15 - "Lost" (original airdate: April 30, 2010)
The off world team is trapped in some ruins on a planet, and the ordeal brings back memories of Greer's abusive father and inept mother. Meanwhile, the crew on the Destiny continues their attempt at gaining access to the ship's flight controls, so they can rescue Eli, Chloe, Scott and Greer.
1x16 - "Sabotage" (original airdate: May 7, 2010)
One of the FTL drives of Destiny explodes, and the crew suspects the aliens that kidnapped Rush and Chloe have taken control of one of the crew members.
1x17 - "Pain" (original airdate: May 14, 2010)
When the crew suffers from vivid hallucinations that tap into their personal fears, Tamara Johansen isolates the affected from the rest and then tries to seek out the cause of the affliction as it spreads and becomes life-threatening.
1x18 - "Subversion" (original airdate: May 21, 2010)
A blended memory from an Ancient communication stones side effect causes Rush to suspect Colonel Telford of collaborating with the Lucian Alliance. Colonel Young and General Jack O'Neill formulate a plan to expose the mole, which requires a little help from Daniel Jackson.
1x19 & 1x20 - "Incursion - Part 1 & 2" (original airdate: June 4, 2010 & June 11, 2010)
The Lucian Alliance finds a way to board the Destiny and takes several crew members hostage. Samantha Carter tries to locate the captured Rush and the planet from which they are gating to Destiny. Later the ship has a power failure which causes failure of an attempt by Young to overpower the Lucian Alliance leader, Kiva, who shoots a hostage in retaliation. They later realize these power failures are caused by the radiation of a binary neutron star and Destiny is diverting all power to the shields to compensate.
Young decides to surrender control of the ship while sending Rush to hide and regain control from one of the other panels aided by Telford. When Kiva and Telford shoot each other, the new leader of the Lucian Alliance decides this must be a plot and separates the civilians from the military personnel to "put an end to this". All military personnel are about to be executed when the next burst hits the ship.