Stargate Universe Faith S01E13 (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 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.

This wasn’t a good episode. With Scott being a pussy on the planet, and pining after Chloe, and with TJ being preggers, who really gives a crap? Anyway, things aren’t going well on the Destiny and the Colonel has to take matters into his own hands when part of his crew wants to stay on a perfect planet they discovered.

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Rush is starting to repair the shuttle.

The Destiny drops out of FTL. There are no planets, but only a star which isn’t supposed to be there. The star disrupted the FTL engines. They have to circle the star. This will take a few weeks. There is a planet there. The star isn’t in the database. There are things about this that don’t make sense. The planet is perfect, yet the star is too young to have such a planet in orbit. TJ is looking tired. They find water and fruits, as well as a bunch of supplies. It’s an Earth-analog planet. On their way back to the Destiny, they find a 2,000 feet tall spire. There is an EM field around it.

Rush thinks that the star and the planet were created by an alien species after the gate seed ships went by this systems. Rush wants to send another supply run and pick them up on the way out of the system.

Chloe is going down to the planet. TJ is going too, but Scott doesn’t like Chloe going. The shuttle lands again. They are there for a month. As soon as they arrive, tensions flare between the military and the civvies. TJ is looking haggard. There is a montage and crappy music playing. After a while, TJ looks better. Chloe and Scott get back together. Actually, Chloe finds TJ puking her guts out. She’s not sick, she’s preggers. 15-weeks. The father is obviously Young.

A few days before leaving, Chloe spots a light from the spire going up into the sky. On the Destiny, they find a sort of robot. They tell the Destiny. Young wants to get the team off planet ASAP.

TJ wants to stay on the planet with a few other civvies. She tells Scott that she is preggers and wants to stay here. Scott and Chloe also want to stay.

Young is coming down to the planet with the other shuttle. He gives them an ultimatum. Either the military personnel come back to the ship and Young leaves them the broken shuttle, or they are all rounded up by the military people.

Pussy-faced Scott almost cries when Young orders him to get back. I think that he was about to cry. All of the main characters make it back to the ship, including Chloe.

The Destiny jumps back to FTL. On the ship, the crew feasts while others like TJ go into their cabin and cry.

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