Stargate Universe Darkness S01E04 (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.

Once again, there is an annoying part in the 4th episode. The part where Young goes to see his ex-wife is shitty. I could have done without this. The show is trying to please to too many people. Let’s keep the idiotic bits out please.

Meanwhile, Telford is an ass. Everyone hates him, including the viewers. Eli has some ideas on how to get more power, but I think that the Destiny can find its own power. Towards the end of the episode, it’s seen heading straight for a red dwarf star.

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There is a staff meeting in the mess hall. Rush is absent. Young isn’t happy with him. Young has people activating a bunch of systems to find out what they are. Rush has been working through the night to find out why the power reserves are so low.

Scott is checking out the other shuttle. Eli is tagging after Chloe. Rush is shut out of the main systems. Young gets Volker to help Rush. He wants Eli here. Rush is being difficult and berates him for an imagined slight.

Wallace is brought to an impromptu meeting. It’s the crew and they want to know if they are ever going to make it back. Wallace was dragged away from a naked Chloe, trying out the steam showers by another hot 2nd LT. The crew seems to trust Eli, though he doesn’t know what to do with it.

The light goes out all over the ship. It comes out of FTL. It looks like Rush was right about the power issues, though working alone on it wasn’t the best idea.

Young calls TJ to the gate room when Rush is totally freaking out. He’s having a mental breakdown. He collapses.

Young has a meeting with Eli, Volker, and another scientist. They are all out of ideas, except for Eli. He’s sent a Kino into the depressurized areas of the ship to find out if there is an active console there. Also, they could try and integrate the shuttle’s power. Young activates the stone and Telford the idiot is back on Destiny. Young reports to the General and goes on a personal errand. He goes to see his ex-wife.

A Sergeant brings Telford to Scott. Telford thinks that Young is letting this mission go to shit. Telford wanted Scott to report back and get a replacement.

There are three habitable planets nearby as well as a gas giant. The chances of this happening are astronomical. The ship came out on the edge of this system.

Rush wakes up. He’s been out for 10 hours. He’s in caffeine withdrawal. Throughout the episode, Eli is using Kinos to record what the crew is feeling for posterity’s sake.

The Destiny is coming closer to the gas giant to use it as a slingshot to get closer to the habitable planets. The crew gathers to see the maneuver. It’s beautiful. The planet has altered the course. They are heading for the sun.

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