Coincidentally, the ship slows to sub-light speed, dropping out of "FTL" (faster than light). The ship, believes Dr. Rush, understands that its new passengers are having difficulty breathing. It knows what is needed, and has brought them to a planet, reachable through the stargate, that has the materials needed to fix the problem. We begin to understand as does Rush, Destiny is more than simply a spaceship.
For the transitional episode of a three-part story, "Air Part 2" packs in a lot of information. The series' core conflict between Col. Young and Dr. Rush begins to emerge when Young decides to try and dial the Stargate back to Earth. It is a futile action, according to Rush, and will needlessly waste the ship's slim power reserves. When Rush discovers the dial out, he is furious. How dare Col. Young do something so foolish without consulting him, he screams.
But would Rush have actually have actually been honest had he been consulted? Neither Young nor we have any idea at this point. Rush is where he wants to be. This is his "destiny," and he's not keen on going anywhere, even back home. For him, this is the "opportunity of a lifetime" for himself and all of them. Young argues the opposite: they are all the wrong people for the mission and have no business on the ship. They must get home, or at least try, if only for the sake of morale, something Rush derides as foolishness. Who is right? Do Young have an obligation to try? Or is the risk too great?
I hope you're enjoying this new series on Stargate Universe. Let me know your thoughts, whether you're watching for the first time or the 15th. Next up: "Air Part 3."