Stargate Universe Divided S01E12 (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 Justice. 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.

The shit hits the fan when the civvies decide to take over the Destiny. They really don’t know what they are doing because the military guys have large guns. On top of that, the aliens come back and take potshots at the Destiny.

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Chloe has some nightmares. I don’t really give a rat’s ass. The Lt tries to comfort her, but he isn’t making much progress. Annoying music is playing. She goes to talk with Rush. Rush doesn’t remember everything that happened on the alien ship.

Rush goes to talk with Young. Young suspects that Rush took one of the communication stones, that’s the only explanation. Rush was in direct neural contact with them. The aliens have been tracking Destiny for quite some time. It’s some kind of obsession with them.

Greer talks with Young. He suspects everything that happened on the planet with Rush. He also thinks that Rush planted the weapon.

Eli launches a Kino to examine the Destiny. There is an alien ship attached to the Destiny’s hull. It has been there for a long time, before they arrived on the ship. They found something. The Lt and Young head out. Meanhile, Rush and Camille are planning a coup. The Colonel isn’t here, so it’s the perfect opportunity.

Chloe distracts Eli long enough for the others to take over control of the ship’s systems. She wants to see the alien ship behind destroyed. The shuttle comes back. The docking clamps aren’t attaching to the shuttle. Eli notices something is up. Eli says that he’s locked out. Someone is transferring controls to another station. The shuttle won’t go into FTL with the rest of the ship if it isn’t locked down because the shields won’t envelop it.

Chloe comes to see Rush and tells him to stop. The docking clamps won’t engage. They have to stop now, or they will die. Rush tries to convince Eli of something. I think that it was all part of Rush’s plan. Camille wants Rush to stop. If they don’t and Young dies, they will lose all support. Rush stops but they managed to wrest control away from Young’s people. They start sealing them off. They’ve taken over most of the ship. Life support is still on Young’s side. Rush wants all military personnel to hand over their weapons. If they shut down the air, the other side will have about 3 days, which is the same if Rush shuts down their water.

Rush wants to trade Eli for some water and supplies. Young agrees. He’s got a plan. He is welcomed with a gun in his face. Eli didn’t expect that Chloe was part of this. He realized that she was distracting him earlier. She denies it but she knew that it was coming. She brings him to Rush. Rush wants to power up the shields to full capacity. He’s worried about the aliens. The Colonel is trying to get into the other side. Rush says that there is another tracking device surgically implanted in his chest. Greer and the Col see a bunch of ships arrive. Chloe wasn’t implanted. Rush is about to put up the shields. Eli tries to convince him to stop. He knows that Young is outside.

TJ warns Chloe that the Col is coming to take back the ship when she comes to be nice to their prisoners. The aliens start bombarding the ship. Greer opens the hatch and Scott goes through the door with an armed squad.

Scott arrives and rescues TJ and some marines. Rush comes clean to Wray. Young arrives. Marines have got guns on them. The civvies obey. Rush won’t activate the guns. He thinks that the shields will hold. Eli says Rush has got an implanted tracker. Young tells Rush that TJ will extract them. Chloe volunteers to use the stones to get someone from Earth to guide her hands. Eli finds a workaround against Rush’s lockout. However, he thinks that Rush is right. They are about to jump. They might make it. If they weaken the shields in any fashion, they will buckle and lose control.

During the surgery, the connection is lost. TJ has to take over. She gets it out. Scott breaks the transmitter. The Destiny jumps away in the nick of time.

Rush releases the prisoners.

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