What Rush suggests is not unreasonable—even Scott agrees. Yes, it’s pragmatic and rational—a decision made without emotion, yet with the best interests of the entire crew in mind. Young’s “I’ll get you your damn ice; that’s all you really care about anyway,” is needlessly nasty. The ice isn’t for Rush—it’s for all on board.
When I first saw “Water,” I though it was the weakest of the first six episodes. There is a lot of time spent on the planet observing Young and Scott bond, and those scenes do slow the episode down a bit. But upon reflection, it really stands out as an opportunity to see the conflict between Rush and Young develop, as well as observe the way in which Rush interacts with a military leader who is not Young. It is also a good discourse on why Young may not be best suited to lead the survivors, and that only intensifies in the episodes to come.
I hope you are enjoying these little essays on what has become one of my favorite science fiction series. What did you think of the episode "Water?" Let me know in the comments thread below!
NOTE: Stargate Executive Producer (and Stargate Universe consulting producer/writer) Joseph Mallozzi will be joining me for two Let's Talk TV Live Specials focusing on Stargate Universe. The dates for the live broadcasts are Wednesday, December 26 and Wednesday, January 2. December 26 we'll be discussing the series with a focus on its first season, and then on January 2, we'll hone in on season two and what's coming up next for Mr. Mallozzi. There will be time for questions and comments from the audience as well.