Stargate Universe Sabotage S01E16 (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.

Scott, Eli and Chloe make it back. There is no real explanation why. My guess is that the Destiny did something. Maybe I should be clearer. There was no explanation why the Eli’s Kino remote all of the sudden went active and could dial the Destiny, when the Destiny was already on its way into the void. It makes no sense to me.

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Young tells everyone that they are traveling between galaxies. Strict rationing is back on. They have no hope of finding the lost crewmen that were left stranded. Rush tells Young that Destiny won’t make it across the void. She doesn’t have enough power to get out of the FTL transit. She will fall short.

The ship is programmed to follow a pre-determined path. The records show that she barely made the last few inter-galactic jumps. They decide to get Amanda Perry on board. She’s a specialist in hyperdrive technology. She will work with Rush in order to extend the efficiency of the FTL engines by 5%.

Lt James volunteers. There are complications. Perry is stuck on a respirator and quadriplegic. She jumps back immediately. Camille volunteers next. Wray goes to see her gay lover/wife.

James is ashamed that she couldn’t handle it.

There is an explosion in the back of the ship. Destiny is out of FTL. There was an explosion in the FTL drive.

Something is up with James. She says that she’s got memory loss.

The gate is activated. Eli, Scott, and Chloe step out of it. Eli gives Rush his glasses back. The Kino remote just lit up on the 2nd day.

Perry says that there was an overload. The one that blew up was the weakest link in 16 parts. Without the weakest link, they can bypass it and make it across the void.

TJ, Scott and Eli head a mission to the planet. The Kino sees a bunch of ships waiting for them. They close the gate.

Three weeks later, during which there is a terrible montage with terrible music, the job is done.

James goes to see Young. She says that she thinks that she is the one who damaged the ship. Young informs Rush and a few others that an alien must have hijacked the stone system to take control of James and sabotage the engines. They surmise that the aliens are coming. The ship readies itself for the attack.

The guy who was in the chair, Franklin, who has been catatonic, says something about the chair. The aliens are here. Franklin volunteers to go back into the chair. The chair room gets cooled quickly. Franklin tells them to leave.

The assault has begun. The FTL drive powers up and the Destiny leaves. The FTL drive has increased efficiency and they will make it across the void. Franklin’s body has been turned to dust.

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