Stargate Universe Life S01E09 (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. Life goes on as usual on the ship. Telford hooks up with Young’s ex-wife in order to piss him off, or just be evil/cruel.

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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Life is going on as usual on the Destiny. Telford is hooking up with Young’s wife. Young tells TJ do so some psych evals. Eli doesn’t want to tell Rush what he’s up to. He’s acting under orders to check out the date from the failed gate experiment.

Two more sections of the Destiny have been unlocked. Greer and a squad are sent to investigate. They discover a strange room, some kind of neural interface. They might find the ship’s master code, to unlock the ship’s systems. Rush wants someone to sit in it, but Young is against it. O’Neil sat in one and it almost killed him.

Wray and Scott have their turn at the stones. Telford is back. He’s locked out of the data or the command structure, Young makes sure of this.

Wray’s boss intercepts her. He wants to convince her that Telford’s team has made progress. Scott receives some concerning mail. Wray goes to see her lesbian lover.

Scott learns that he’s got a son. An old girlfriend never aborted and she never told him about it. He learns that she is stripping now.

Rush was able to get some data from the other ships that were sent out to seed the galaxies with stargates. Rush finds an Icarus-type planet a year away. If they get there, they can dial back Earth. Young still doesn’t want Rush to use the chair. Rush tells what has happened to the military crew. Spencer has run out of dope. He can’t wait a year.

While lying in bed, Scott gets some flashes from Young’s wife. He tells Young. Young says that its because he was riding Telford.

Telford hooks up with Young’s wife again. This time, Young catches them having fun. Telford has the connection disconnected when Young discovers that Telford was telling her that Young was still sleeping with TJ.

Eli discovers that the Icarus planet is fake. Rush planted the data himself. Young confronts Rush. It’s all about the chair again. Rush won’t use the chair himself, but he wants it used.

Young poses as Volker and beats up Telford.

Eli and Chloe do some yoga together.

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