Stargate Universe Time S01E08 (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. They land on a jungle planet and the stargate glitches and sends a Kino back in time to save everyone.

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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A stargate opens up on a jungle planet. Eli is documenting it on the Kinos. It’s Chloe’s first time off the ship. One of the crew collapses, in a quick succession, Chloe also collapses. TJ advises Scott that they could be contagious and should stay on the planet. They find some sulfur vents. During the night, something goes wrong. They are attacked. The men start firing into the jungle. They can’t dial the gate anymore. Some alien bursts through Chloe’s chest.

Apparently they sent a Kino through and found a Kino there already. They started watching the recording. They also found human remains. TJ says that everyone should be quarantined.

They continue watching the recording. Elia gives an update on who died. He says that the creatures are nocturnal. They make their way to a cave to seek shelter.

Chloe collapses. She’s caught something. There are 4 other cases. Volker died within 12 hours.

On the recording, Greer and Eli go hunting for the aliens. They kill a few. They start attacking the camp. Eli can see them well on the Kino using night vision. Rush runs off. He goes to the gate. He jumps through. The gate flicks out after he goes through. Greer gets attacked by one of the things.

On the Destiny, more and more people are infected. TJ finds some microorganisms in the water they are drinking. They are all at risk.

On the recording, Scott regains consciousness. He’s all alone. Everyone is dead. He decides to jump through the gate. He throws the Kino through and it lands next to Rush. Rush immediately says that it went back in time. If the wormhole came near a solar flare, this could happen. TJ surmises that they creatures’ venom someone cured Scott of the disease. They have to go back to the planet to collect some of the creatures. While they are away, a bunch of people on the Destiny die. The creatures start attacking the team on the planet. Scott dials the Destiny and launches another Kino through the gate when it starts to flicker, meaning that he waited until the solar flare was active. He gives them the right information about when and where to get the creatures.

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