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20) The race back to the gate (Air III).
With time ticking down, Greer rallies Scott and, as both men scramble to get back before Destiny can jump to FTL, Eli buys them time by holding the gate open for them, quite literally risking life AND limb.
19) The Senator’s sacrifice (Air II).
With Destiny’s oxygen supply dwindling, Senator Armstrong locks himself within the damaged shuttle, sealing the venting breach and buying the rest of the crew time to save themselves.
18) The sacrifices made by our team (Time).
Cut off from Destiny, with a horde of menacing aliens lurking in the shadows, the team make a heroic last stand. And then do it all over again.
17) The evacuation of Icarus Base (Air I).
As Earth’s top secret off-world base comes under attack, desperate guests and personnel scramble through the gate to safety – and one big WTF?!
16) Discovery of the alien ship (Justice).
The Destiny crew makes an awesome off-world discovery: a downed alien vessel. It’s Rush’s lucky day!
15) Eli realizes Chloe has fallen for Scott (Light).
As the gathering of crew members within the gate room disperses, Eli scans the crowd for Chloe and finds her – in Scott’s arms. The look on Eli’s face says it all. Bummer.
14) Young beats the crap out of Telford (Life).
Young doesn’t like the fact that Telford has been spending time with his wife, and he lets him know. With his fists.
13) Now that is one sweet po-ta-to! (Justice).
Greer taste tests an alien tuber, much to the delight of his fellow crew members who happily follow suit. What were they thinking?
12) O’Neill takes on Young (Earth).
Jack O’Neill was always the easy-going comedian on SG-1 but here he demonstrates his tough military side with a dressing down of the Destiny commander.
11) Eli opens up to a dying Chloe while an emotional T.J. looks on (Time).
A distraught T.J. can barely keep it together as Eli opens himself up to Chloe, only to realize she has died. Gut-wrenching.
10) The crew prepares for their seemingly inevitable deaths (Light).
Taking part in a prayer service, playing cards, reading a truly mediocre book – the crew of the Destiny live out what they assume will be their final moments.
9) The crew watches their own deaths (Time).
All are stunned. Chloe is sick. Eli turns to the others and says what we’re all thinking: “What the – ” And we cut to commercial.
8) Rush pulls off his secret plan to rid Destiny of Telford and co. (Earth).
Alarms sound. Destiny is doomed. As Telford and his people flee, Rush gives Brody a nod. The alarm’s cease. Destiny’s been saved. But was it ever really in danger? According to Rush, it could have been.
7) The suggestion that Rush knew all along Destiny wasn’t doomed (Light).
As everyone celebrates their close call, Young posits the possibility that Rush may have known they were in no danger all along. Everyone else dismisses the notion. Everyone, that is, except Dr. Rush.
6) Eli visits his mom (Earth).
Eli pays his mother a visit under an assumed name – and body. He opens up to her and, all the while they talk, she remains oblivious to the fact that he is, in fact, her missing son.
5) The lottery (Light).
With Destiny headed toward certain doom, a lottery is held for the precious few available seats on the ship’s shuttle – and a shot at survival.
4) That WTF? ending (Time).
No narrative spoon-feeding here as viewers are dealt an ending that had some thrilled, others livid.
3) The Young/Rush throwdown (Justice).
No cartwheeling acrobatics or spinning roundhouse kicks here. It’s down and dirty when Young and Rush finally go at it.
2) Destiny’s solar encounter (Light).
Incredibly, Destiny does not go out in a blaze of glory. Instead, it skims the surface of the star, gathering the energy it will need to continue its journey.
1) Rush gets left behind (Justice).
After his tussle with Young, Rush awakens to discover he’s missed the last bus.
Yes, great moments all, but I have a feeling that as the back half episodes start airing, this Top 25 list will change…
Finally, I conclude today’s entry on a sad note. As many of you may have heard, author Kage Baker passed away today after a long battle with cancer. I didn’t really know Kage, my association with her was limited to some emails we exchanged leading up to the reader Q&A she did with us back in July of 2008, but even those brief interactions conveyed a personality that was compassionate, clever, and delightfully humorous – traits reflected in the many works she leaves behind, from her short stories to her popular Company series. Tonight, my thoughts are with Kage’s loved ones and her many, many fans.