Stargate Universe Space S01E11 (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.

So the Colonel has to deal with the fallback of leaving Rush on the planet. The civvies aren’t happy and they are fermenting a rebellion, which will happen in the next episode, Divided.

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Rush is no more, at least for now. The Colonel left him on the planet. If anyone deserved this, it’s Rush.

TJ wants the Colonel to talk with her about the loss he feels about leaving the people on the planet. The Colonel runs into Camille. She says that she will cast doubt on his version of events. The crew is talking about the Colonel’s decision.

Tits McGee makes a faux-pas with Dr. Cane. It’s funny. She’s the pilot. I can’t remember her name.

The Colonel sees a strange alien walking about. They just used the stones. The Colonel attacks his men and has to be restrained. They disable the stones.

The Colonel wants to find out what happened. Camille is suspicious. It’s convenient because now she cannot file her report. Camille is fermenting a rebellion with the non-military staff.

When they arrive at another planet for resupply, they come across a ship. It just appeared. Young has Eli broadcast something to the aliens. Young thinks that they are the same aliens. They answer back. They send ‘Surrender’. The aliens launch smaller ships. The Lieutenant and Greer get onboard the shuttle. Eli is still trying to activate the forward batteries. There are power surges all over the ship.

The aliens breach the ship. For some stupid reason, Chloe goes to see them. She gets taken. Wow, she is ultra-stupid. The ultra-stupid Chloe wakes up in a sort of ‘bacta-tank’. An alien comes to see her and screams at her.

The Colonel says that he will use the communication stones to talk with them. On their ship, he finds Rush. Rush gives him a device that allows him to read his mind. Rush finds out that this is Young. Young goes back to the ship.

The stones are no longer working. Rush kills an alien. He knows about Chloe. The aliens are firing upon them again. Young has Eli use the main weapon on the alien ship. Rush frees Chloe. The Lieutenant and Greer want to save Chloe. Before they leave, they see a shuttle arriving. The capital alien ship leaves.

Rush and Chloe are back. Rush says that he activated the systems of the ship. A short while later, the aliens arrived and captured him. Rush corroborates what happened on the planet. The aliens were probing his mind. The aliens wanted the ship, the Destiny.

Rush comes to see Young. They decide to pretend like nothing happened for the sake of the crew. Eli shows Young the footage he captured of Camille plotting against him. Rush talks with Camille. They decide to plot together against Young.

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