Stargate Universe Earth S01E07 (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.

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.

I don’t like Telford. He tries to undermine Young’s authority. Even though I agree that Young is a bit of a pussy when it comes to command, Telford just makes a bad situation worse. The scientists on Earth come up with a way to boost the power to the stargate. It’s very dangerous and Telford wants to make it happen. He wants Young and his people off the Destiny and his people on it.

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.

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.

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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Colonel Young and Wray go meet the staff on Earth using the stones. They tell him that they might have found a way for them to get home. It sounds dangerous. The O’Neil gives the Colonel a direct order, but he says that he needs to take it to the crew first.

Wray’s boss tells her that she needs to make this happen. They might be able to get their team to the Destiny.

Eli explains some of the theories behind what the people back on Earth want to do. They want to use the full power that is generated when the ship refuels at a star.

Young, Chloe, and Eli use the stones. Two scientists and Telford are back on the Destiny. Telford assumes command. O’Neil tells Young that he has been replaced. Telford places Greer back in the stockade. Telford plans on using the weapons systems to drain the power.

Eli visits his mom, as does Chloe. Chloe invites Eli out with some friends. Young goes to see his ex-wife again.

While they try to fire the weapons, there is a problem. There is an explosion and Riley suffers the blunt of it. He almost dies. Telford still wants to go ahead.

The ship drops out of FTL and the communication stones interrupt for a moment. Young tells Scott to shut down the stones, but before Scott understands, the stones are back on.

In the club, Chloe is drunk. Eli and Chloe kiss in their fake bodies.

They start firing the weapons on the Destiny to drain the power. Greer and Scott talk. There isn’t much they can do. Wray tells Rush that it would be safer if he was involved. He starts working with the intruders. The ship jumps to FTL and there is another glitch in the coms. The Destiny goes to refuel. The team gets ready to activate the stargate, using the full power of the sun. Naturally, something goes wrong. They have to abort, but they can’t. Telford and his buddies go back to the stones. They leave. Young, Eli and Chloe are back.

Rush informs them that they aren’t going home. It was part of his ploy to get rid of Telford. It was staged.

Young is back at another meeting. He informs them that Rush was able to stop a catastrophe. Young wants Eli to go over the data they collected from the experiment to see if Rush is hiding something from them.

Telford goes to see Young’s ex-wife.

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