Stargate Universe Air Part 3 S01E03 (Syfy)

SG°U title card, via Wikipedia
SG°U title card, via Wikipedia

I’ve never been a Stargate fan. I’ve tried watching SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, but never really found them compelling enough. I actually like the original movie with Kurt Russell, but the series never really interested me that much. One of my friends recently bought all of the seasons cheaply. I thought about watching them, but ran out of time. Scalzi is a creative consultant on this series and it looks pretty interesting, so I’ve decided to give it a go.

Now, before any bitching and hating starts― too late, it’s already started, I haven’t bothered to read, review, or watch any of the Stargate series, and I’m not going to. I’ve watched a couple of episodes and didn’t continue. I tried Stargate Atlantis, but didn’t like it. My friend told me that starting season 4, SG-1 was really good. I can’t really comment on that as I stopped watching the series after a few episodes.

Basically, I’m a new viewer of Stargate, but I’m not a science-fiction novice. It puts me in an interesting spot about reviewing this show. My point of view is from someone who hasn’t watched any of the SG shows, so this review and recap should be interesting to those of you who haven’t watched SG before. For the others, leave some comments and start a discussion.

Is the show good or bad? Read on to find out more.

Warning: spoilers ahead

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Compared to the two-episode premiere, Air Part 3 was definitely better. Eli is becoming a leader, a role that he seems to be taking quite seriously. There were some beautiful desert scenes and beautiful helicopter shots. I liked how the crew is starting to bond. Scott, Greer and Eli have developed a good partnership, as well as intrinsic trust.

Could have done without the “oh my daddy/husband is dead” part. I hope this isn’t a recurring theme in this show. Otherwise, it was good.

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The team is on the unknown planet, in a desert. It looks amazing. Rush looks happy. They found some gypsum. They need to find some granular limestone. The stargate shuts down. A tech tries to dial it back. It works. They have 12 hours to search the planet. It might have worked better with some kind of exploratory craft.

Chloe is still sad because her dad is dead. Oochie-poo! Colonel Young tries to make her feel better. Young says that he’s about to use the communication stones to report their situation to Earth.

Telford is on the post waiting to be taken over. Young uses the stones and takes Telford over. In exchange, Telford wakes up in Young’s body. Chloe has also taken a stone. She wants to inform her mother about what happened to her dad. O’Neil gets a briefing from Young.

There are some beautiful shots of the desert. Scott decides to split up their team. They aren’t covering enough ground. Rush agrees. Scott says that he needs someone he trusts to lead the second team, and that’s Eli. Scott tells him to stop whining and deal with it. Scott sent the civvies one way so that they could make faster time.

Chloe’s mom is freaking out and downing a lot of whiskey. She tells her that the senator is dead. This is a scene that I’m not watching. Boring!

Telford wants them to dial out the other addresses. The medic isn’t happy with the way that Telford is treating Young’s body. The medic gives Telford a sedative.

Scott sees some swirling sand. Rush sees it too. It’s not natural. On Eli’s sub-team, the troops are rebelling. They want to dial out one of the other planets. Eli tells Scott what is happening. Scott heads out alone and sends Greer and Rush back to the gate.

Scott finds out that the swirls are responsive to water. Greer and Rush start fighting. Rush is fighting a losing battle. The three mutineers have dialed another planet. They walk through. Greer starts shooting at them. They manage to stop one of them from going through the gate. They can’t reach Scott. Curtis and Palmer are on the other planet. Greer goes to get Scott. He gives Eli a gun. He tells Eli to send Rush and the wounded man back to the ship and wait for them.

Scott is hallucinating. He collapses and the whisp makes water for him. He finds the limestone. A rescue team has come through. The go after Greer and Scott. Greer finds Scott. He’s collapsed. The search team has come up empty and heads back to the Destiny. Eli sees them coming towards him. They’ve got 40 seconds. Rush tells Eli to stick his arm through the gate to keep it open. He guesses that there is some kind of safety protocol. They manage to get through. It’s very dramatic. I really liked it. They get the limestone. This means that they’ve got air. The CO2 scrubbers are working.

Chloe and Scott bond some more. In the closing moments of the show, we see a craft leave the Destiny and fly off. This small craft leaves while the Destiny is in FTL.

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