Original Release: October 19, 2010 (US)
Directed by: Robert Carlyle
Written by: Brad Wright, Robert C. Cooper, Carl Binder
Running Time: 44 minutes
Eli rushes back to Earth using the communication stones when he receives word that his mother is hospitalized and in declining health. She's stopped taking her medication and is clearly depressed over the fact that Eli has never been in touch with her. Eli has to decide whether or not to tell her the truth.
Camile Wray also visits Earth to spend time with her partner, Sharon Walker, but something is clearly wrong. Chloe has been out of sorts lately and begins sleepwalking. A concerned Lt. Scott finds something startling in her diary. Col. Young decides the release the Alliance members from the brig but one of them is having difficulty fitting in.
Robert Carlyle (Dr. Nicholas Rush), Louis Ferreira (Colonel Everett Young), Brian J. Smith (Lt. Matthew Scott), Elyse Levesque (Chloe Armstrong), David Blue (Eli Wallace), Alaina Huffman (Lt. Tamara Johansen), Jamil Walker Smith (Master Sgt. Ronald Greer), Ming-Na Wen (Camile Wray), Reiko Aylesworth (Sharon Walker), Louise Lombard (Gloria Rush), Peter Kelamis (Adam Brody), Julia Benson (2nd Lt. Vanessa James), Patrick Gilmore (Dr. Dale Volker), Jennifer Spence (Lisa Park), Mark Burgess (Dr. Jeremy Franklin), Alisen Down (Dr. Brightman), Robert Knepper (Simeon), Mike Dopud (Varro), Glynis Davies (Maryann Wallace), Leanne Adachi (Cpl. Barnes), Colin Bremner (Airman Tracy), Haley Beauchamp (Female Airman), Primo Allon (Koz
- British Columbia, Canada
- Factual errors When the nurse is telling Eli about his mother she says that she has stopped taking her AVR treatment. That is incorrect it should be ARV treatment. It stands for Anti Retro Viral treatment.
"Rob and Carl have spent the past couple of days on the set, watching Director Robert Carlyle work his magic."
— Joseph Mallozzi, March 12, 2010
"WOW! Long but great day of shooting "Pathogen" scenes! LUV 2 Bobby Carlyle & @cpbinder !! My acting muscles are SORE! haha NITE!! xoxo"
— Ming-Na, Twitter, March 12, 2010
"Yep, Robert Carlyle is directing the first episode on the production schedule – which actually happens to be episode 4 in the airing schedule, Pathogen. No need to be gentle with Bobby. He’s incredibly well-prepared, knows the shots he wants and, more importantly, knows how to get them. He’s also got a fantastic cast and crew backing him up. And the dailies look great!"
— Joseph Mallozzi, March 13, 2010
"My gosh you guys, what a week. Carlyle did a fantastic job on this episode. And we've got a guest star who is going to blow u away."
— Brian J. Smith, Twitter, March 20, 2010
"Today, we watched the very first director’s cut of the new season. Congratulations go out to writer Carl Binder, the cast and crew, and, especially, Robert Carlyle who delivered big time in his SGU directorial debut."
— Joseph Mallozzi, March 29, 2010
"We capped off the day by watching a Producer’s Cut of episode #4, Pathogen. A great script by Carl Binder, wonderfully directed by Robert Carlyle."
— Joseph Mallozzi, April 6, 2010
On working with Robert Carlyle as the director: "Oh! He was a fantastic director. He's an actor, so he gets it. He understands what you're going through as an actor and the fears you may have about the scene or yourself. He creates an atmosphere where you feel safe and you feel loved, and that you can't really do anything wrong, which is the best kind of way to work because you're not censoring yourself. He was great, he would come up to us and give us notes that were so smart and so human and so actable. The episode he had to work on, was a beautiful episode and a very intimate episode but also one that's setting up a lot of stuff that's going to be a major problem down the road. So, it was a big responsibility for him, but it was kind of funny to watch him having to wear two hats. He'll be standing there in costume trying to hit his mark and act the scene out and then have to yell cut [laughs] and go talk to the DP and figure out what shot to do next and stuff like that. It was a trip, but he was fantastic. He really hit it out of the park and did a great job."
— Brian J. Smith, interview with Den of Geek, April 13, 2010
"Robert Carlyle is scheduled to assume directing duties on Pathogen’s outstanding scenes later today"
— Joseph Mallozzi, April 16, 2010
"Between the goings-on on Stage 6 and my office, I also found the time to join my fellow producers in taking in a matinee double-feature: Carl Binder’s producer’s cut of Pathogen (actually, I only caught the last 15 minutes, but I liked what I saw and loved those pick-up scenes, particularly that wandering look…yeah, I’m pushing this particular arc)..."
— Joseph Mallozzi, April 21, 2010
"Robert Carlyle also took over the director's chair for one episode (which will air 4th) that mostly takes place on Earth; with Camile and Eli going home to visit their loved ones. 'It was probably the most emotional thing I've ever done,' Blue confessed. 'I'd never done it before,' Carlyle said. 'I mean I've directed in the theater. It was fantastic working with David on that episode.'"
— IGN SDCC report, July 23, 2010