Stargate Universe Lost S01E15 (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.

So now Scott, Chloe and Eli are stuck on some random planet while everyone else is aboard the Destiny. Will they make it back? It looks pretty bleak, as the Destiny is preparing itself to leave the galaxy.

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Power starts failing on the ship. James is talking to TJ about sleeping with someone. Destiny has activated some kind of power saving mode. The lights come back on. Rush discovers something that he won’t be telling Young. He gets Young. They are on the very edge of the galactic rim. They will be no more gates. If they don’t find the party the next time they are out of FTL, they won’t have another change.

Eli and his party are lost in the tombs. They plan on using the gates to get in range of the Destiny. The Kino finds an exit. Chloe discovers maps. Like an idiot, Greer goes away and is caught by a rock fall. They leave him, find the Kino and an exit. Greer has some flashbacks to his childhood and gets himself out. They decide to take the plunge through the gate. Greer is running toward it. They get to a planet with a predator and dial another planet. They get to the planet that Rush was stranded on. They have been heading the wrong way. They head to the planet to boot up the crashed ship to check out the map that Rush talked about. For some reason, Chloe knows about the maps on the alien ship. Eli says that Destiny is about to leave the galaxy. If they don’t get back to it, they will be stranded.

The ship is out of FTL. Rush heads out trying to find the party. They’ve got a short window. James thinks that they should split up in order to cover more ground. James finds Greer. They head back to Destiny. Rush comes to the Destiny.

TJ tells Young that she’s preggers.

Eli, Scott and Chloe missed their connection. They are stranded.

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