Stargate Universe Pain S01E17 (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 bad episode, but I wish the show was getting somewhere faster instead of just dwelling on these little side stories. It’s one of the rare shows that features travel through different galaxies, yet the crew doesn’t really get to explore. All they do is land on Terra-compatible planets to get food.

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Scott and James are screwing like animals. She says that he can’t push her aside like he did before. It’s either her or Chloe. He can’t have both. He wants to leave. She doesn’t let him. He hits her and throws her to the ground. She takes a lamp and smashes it against the back of his head. He falls to the ground bleeding.

Greer finds Wray working on in the gate room all alone.

Young is calling off the search for Franklin. He’s just gone missing. Volker is having some trouble in the ship. It’s like he’s hallucinating stuff. He talks to Matt, who’s supposed to be on James’ floor, either dead or knocked out. Scott sees a kid running around the ship.

Young comes to find Wray and Rush. He wants to know about what has been going on in the gate room. She denies every being there. Matt is called to the gym. Someone thinks that a snake was crawling underneath his skin.

It looks like Greer is seeing a conspiracy between Rush and Wray. Matt sees a boy named Matthew. James is MIA. Young finds her freaking out in her quarters. She confesses killing Scott, but she’s all alone.

Volker hallucinates that he’s in a confined space. He must be claustrophobic. Volker, James, Scott, and Barnes were on the last away team. They are all hallucinating. TJ discovers a sort of tick in the back of the necks of the away team, except for Barnes. When they try and remove it from Scott, he crashes but they manage to get him back. The tick burrows deeper.

Chloe and Greer are also hallucinating. The tick on Scott is gone. He thinks that it jumped over to someone else. It’s on Chloe. Eli finds her talking with her hallucinatory dad.

Rush is also hallucinating the aliens. TJ prepares to use some anaesthetic to remove the tick on James. It worked. Rush stabs Wray thinking it’s an alien. Greer arrives and takes them prisoner. Scott and his detail finds them and they take them in. The ticks have been removed.

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