Stargate Universe Water S01E06 (Syfy)

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 6th episode. I’m getting a bit annoyed at the overall theme of these episodes, which is going nowhere quickly. Instead of discovering things about the Destiny or learning stuff about other galaxies, as the Destiny is currently flying through one of countless other galaxies it has visited, the crew seem like beggars. They don’t have any power, they don’t have any food, they don’t have any air.

The Destiny been flying around for hundreds of thousands of years. You’d expect that a ship that still had propulsion would have a lot more systems operational, but no. The crew is having a rough time. I understand that these themes should have been addressed in a few episodes, but we’re already in episode 6 and nothing has really happened.

Once again, I could have done without the “Scott falling in a crevasse” part of the show. It was extremely annoying. We knew that he wouldn’t die. Also Scott kept asking the Colonel how many times he had done the things that he was doing. It wasn’t funny. Eli was getting on my nerves in this episode. As much as he was appearing to be a leader in the other episodes, he was just being an annoying git.

Anyway, I hope that the next episodes are better than this one. Now that they have almost 40% power, they still haven’t explained why they can’t dial Earth. I mean, they should be able to, right? Rush and Young have an argument about this. Rush says that they don’t have enough power. It’s a bit of a lame argument. A Stargate fanboy (deleted your comment!) says that 40% power isn’t enough to dial Earth, but we all know that Rush just doesn’t want to dial Earth. Seriously, 40% not enough? That doesn’t make much sense. How much is enough?

The argument is moot and that is unexplained. Maybe they should just mention that the last chevron can’t be dialed for some reason or the other instead of just leaving it like this.

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The Colonel wants to dial Earth, but Rush tells him that it isn’t possible. There are apparently 40,000 liters missing. The Colonel wants Eli to spy for him on the crew. There is a dust creature on board, kind of like the ones that helped them out on that desert planet. The Destiny comes out of FTL and they are in range of a planet. It’s an ice planet, but that doesn’t matter. Ice is water.

The Colonel tries gets Scott, but he’s got his radio off. He’s making out with Chloe again. The Colonel and Scott will go to the planet. That’s stupid. They’ve got 8 hours of air. They also only have two spacesuits. Eli has got an idea. The ice near the gate is poisoned by ammonia and other toxins.

There is a strange tremor on the planet. Eli has used a bunch of Kinos to make a flying plank to transport ice.

The water levels are still dropping. No one has been in there. They still haven’t found any salvageable ice. TJ sees swirling dust behind her. The swirling dust makes a face. Greer calls her. Greer found that Spencer has been smuggling food. They lock him up.

Young has found a frozen waterfall. It contains pure water. TJ tells Rush and Eli about what she saw. Eli makes fun of her. TJ thinks that it might be the same ones that Scott saw on the desert planet. It seems like they were trying to communicate with them. Gorman comes across the swirling dust and starts shooting at it. It retaliates by slicing him open.

Eli decides to inform the Colonel about the aliens, against Rush’s wishes. Rush manages to calm him down. Rush is pissed at him and wants him to stop acting like a child.

The aliens are consuming the water and multiplying exponentially. Greer is sent out to find them. He’s got a home made flamethrower. Scott falls down a crevasse. There are more tremors. Scott’s suit is losing pressure. He’s got about an hour. Another tremor shakes Scott loose. The Colonel is able to get him out.

Greer captures some of the swarm. They stop the vents and the swarm is getting pissed off. A few of them got out. TJ goes down to deal with the situation herself. She has Greer withdraw. She’s going to give them some water to calm them down. She wants a clear path to the gate. They capture the aliens. They throw them through the gate. The aliens see that Scott is unconscious and make another face at him. They get through in time. He’s alive and breathing.

The Destiny winks back into FTL. Gorman is dead.

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