Stargate Universe Justice S01E10 (Syfy)

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

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. Spencer is found dead. They find the gun in Young’s quarters. Someone framed him. Wray takes control of the crew, but not for long. This episode ends pretty surprisingly. I didn’t expect someone to be marooned on a planet.

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 9 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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Sgt Spencer is found dead by Greer. He’s been shot. TJ says that he’s been dead an hour. He was sitting on the edge on the bed. Wray is pissed. She thinks that it was suicide. Greer points out an important fact. The gun is gone. The murderer took it with him. Rush isn’t surprised that this happened. Young informs the crew. He turns over the investigation to Scott, since he doesn’t have an alibi. Scott, Franklin, Eli, and a few others can alibi each other because they were they were playing poker. They start a room by room search. Eli finds the gun in Young’s room. Someone is trying to frame him. Scott wants to smoke out the killer. Young says that he needs to turn over the evidence to Wray. Rush suggests checking out the Kino footage of last night.

Young asks to meet Chloe. Wray contacted her superiors. There will be a hearing. He wants Chloe to be his lawyer.

The hearing is turning into a witch hunt. Wray and Young came to a compromise. She decided to close down the investigation; in turn Young is stepping down. Wray is in charge. Rush wants to be in control of his science team. He immediately wants to go back to the neural interface chair.

I think that Young is a total pussy. This is a military command. He should have just taken charge. To hell with the civilians!

Eli doesn’t know it, but Franklin is planning on using the chair on himself. He distracts him and proceeds. TJ, Rush, Young come running. Franklin is sitting in the chair. He gets something downloaded. The chair drilled holes into his skull.

Young is pissed. Wray takes the blame for allowing Rush do this. Scott wants Eli to look over the Kino footage again to see who framed Young. Something must have been caught on tape. My guess is that it’s Wray.

The ship comes out of FTL and the gate is active. Greer comes to see Wray. She removed him from the active Marine list. Wray sends a civilian team through, backed up by Lt James and another Marine.

Eli spots something. The Kino footage was deleted from the time of Spencer’s killing. The backup footage was saved by Eli onto his HD. He always does it. Scott calls Young. They have their proof.

The exploratory team on the planet is going to run into some problems. They find a spaceship. Young comes to see Rush. Young shows them the footage. Spencer was confessing to taking pills and running out. He shot himself.

Wray recants. Rush says that they need to pursue with the exploration of the planet. Both Rush and Young are going. Young is taking control back from Wray. Her reign was short lived.

When they arrive at the ship, Rush sends everyone back. Rush wants to check out the ship. Ok, so it was Rush who hid the gun. He was the only one who had something to gain: access to the chair. Young says that the Kino kept recording and that he saw Rush coming in to get the gun. Rush says that Young is the wrong man for the job. He doesn’t believe in the mission. He resigned form the SG leader position. That makes him a liability. Young starts hitting Rush a few times. Rush gets a rock and they tumble and fall down an incline. Young knocks him out.

Young gets back in time. He leaves Rush behind. The Destiny goes back into FTL. When everyone else is gone, Young says to backup the footage onto a flashdrive and delete it from his HD.

Rush wakes up on the desert planet all alone. He’s marooned.

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