Stargate Universe Incursion Part 1 S01E19 (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. It was only a matter of time before someone could find a way onto the Destiny. I’m not surprised that it happened. Once again, Young is stuck in another galaxy but now he’s got some company in the form of the Lucian Alliance.

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Telford codes and Young gets inside to reanimate him. He found out that the only way to get rid of the brainwashing is to code and be reanimated. Telford immediately says that the Lucian Alliance is coming after them.

While the Destiny gets ready for some hostiles, Earth is launching a pre-emptive strike against the Lucian Alliance. It will work or it won’t. Young still doesn’t trust Telford but he’s on the mends.

Rush also collapsed. He’s still on the Icarus-type planet.

O’Neil has sent a ship to check up the pyramid at the Icarus-type planet. Kernel Carter is there. She reports back and sends in some fighters. As soon as the bombardment starts, the Lucian Alliance wants to dial in the 9th chevron. They do so successfully. Young wants to vent the atmosphere around the gate, but stops when he sees that Rush is among those that came through the gate.

Rush is back in his body. They’ve got about a minute before the new Icarus-type planet goes critical. The Earth ship leaves and the planet explodes. Most of them came through the gate. Young won’t vent the corridors anymore since he saw Telford. The Lucian Alliance has got devices to unlock the doors. They do so and start storming the Destiny. Eli and Chloe just manage to get away from the Lucian Alliance soldiers. Chloe is shot. TJ gets captured.

Scott reports to Young that 12 people were captures. Eli and Chloe are stuck in random part of the ship.

The woman of the Lucian Alliance says that she wants them to surrender. They will take over the Destiny. She is about to start killing hostages. Telford stops her. Wray talks with the Lucian woman. She says that she wants to trade their prisoners for the hostages.

Young goes to talk with O’Neil. O’Neil isn’t happy with his decision not to vent the atmosphere.

Telford is leading a team of 6 Lucians through some corridors. This was what Young was waiting for. One of the Lucians is incinerated by some light from the outside of the hull. Lights flash on and off all over the ship. Young opens the door and gets Telford. Destiny is acting by itself.

TJ wants medical supplies to help the Lucians.

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I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

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