Stargate Universe Subversion S01E18 (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.

Once again, this was a good episode. I’m surprised. They are going to end on a positive note. The whole Telford affair is really interesting.

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Rush goes to see Young after a disturbing dream. He sees himself giving information to some people about Icarus. They had a Gould cargo ship. He saw his reflection. It was Telford. He was the spy. It’s a sort of bleed-thru memory from using the stones. Young tells Scott and he also says that Telford spent 8 months infiltrating the Alliance. There was an incident with a lot of people dying. He thinks that the Lucian Alliance has memory modifying technology.

Rush wants to use the stones and go find out about what’s happening. Telford will use the stones in a few days. This pisses off Wray. However, there’s nothing she can do about it. Young can’t tell anyone about this.

When Telford arrives, they keep him under close watch. Young switches with someone on Earth and goes to see General O’Neil. He wants Rush as Telford to be followed. He will try and contact the Lucian Alliance.

Eli is told that Young is on Earth. He isn’t aware of anything. They see Telford talking with Wray.

The soldier with Rush is reading Old Man’s War, one of John Scalzi’s books. He is the creative consultant for SG°U.

Rush breaks into Telford’s place. He finds a hidden key and an address. It’s for a safety deposit box. He finds a phone in it. Only one number has been dialled. Rush calls it and says that he’s got new info. Daniel is following Rush. He takes photos. A woman is here to meet with Telford. She immediately knows that he isn’t Telford. They stun Rush and Daniel calls in the cavalry. The enemies had a cloaked ship. The tac team is too late. The ship is gone.

Young is back on the Destiny. He meets with Telford, who’s already very suspicious. It doesn’t serve much purpose. The woman is Kiva, the daughter of Masson, a Lucian Alliance Warlord. Young is back for the update and gets permission to question Telford.

Rush tells Kiva that he didn’t give the code on purpose to fool the tac team. Rush knows her name. He doesn’t fool her. They use their device to torture him. He finally admits that he’s Rush. She shows him his work to dialling Destiny with the 9th Chevron. They found another Icarus planet.

They arrive at another Icarus planet. They duplicated their research. They have been trying to dial the Destiny for some while. They want him to help. Olan, their scientist, has been misleading them. It will take quite a while. Olan gets killed.

Telford doesn’t talk. He is being detained. Young comes at him again and he gets violent. Greer jumps in and pounds him rapidly a few times. Young sends him and Scott out again. Young tells him that the Lucians messed with his head. The memory leakage is only happening with him, not with anyone else.

Wray arrives and wants to know what’s happening. Scott tries to reason with her. Young just ignores her and goes back to talk with SG command. Young brings O’Neil back to the Destiny. They bring him to see Telford. They want him to come clean. Telford admits that he is the spy. It no longer matters, they can’t stop it. He wasn’t brainwashed. He spouts some nonsense. The General says that he’s heard enough. The General gives his approval for more forceful methods. Young asks his science team to vent the atmosphere in Telford’s quarters. Young tells Telford says that he’s got 5 minutes to tell them where Rush is.

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