Stargate Universe Incursion Part 2 S01E20 (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.

The final episode of the season was good. There were some boring bits, but overall, I like the cliffhanger ending. What will happen next? The Lucian Alliance will naturally be defeated on board the Destiny.

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Young has a plan to storm the Lucian Alliance, but it doesn’t work when the power shorts out all over Destiny. In retaliation, the Lucian woman kills a hostage. This happened when they were going to exchange medical supplies.

The Lucian Alliance woman wants to speak with Wray. She wants to trade food, water, and 4 hostages for 4 of theirs. Power shorts out again.

Brody and his team have found a reason. It’s got to do with a binary pulsar. It’s giving off gamma radiation in 46 minute bursts. The FTL capability has been compromised. The shield is keeping them alive for now. This has to do because the Lucian Alliance chose this time to dial onto the Destiny.

Wray makes her exchange and tries to talk with the Lucian Alliance woman. She isn’t interested in negotiating. They make their exchange.

Eli is still carrying Chloe around. Scott realizes that Eli and Chloe aren’t prisoners. They’re somewhere else. Eli finds a console and starts operating it.

Rush has found a solution. They will have to send a team out into space. They will stop shielding parts of the ship. They need the Lucian woman’s cooperation. She wants them to transfer all of the ship system to her.

Telford tells Young to surrender and transfer the systems. Only Rush and Brody will be left out. At the first opportunity, he will sabotage the systems and transfer them back to Rush.

They receive a message from Eli. There’s no time. Rush replies that they better stay put. The transfer is completed. Scott and Greer step out of the ship.

Telford sabotages a power relay to distract the Lucian Alliance and transfers the systems back to Rush and Brody. The Lucian Alliance woman arrives and stops the transfer. They both shoot each other. Kiva is unconscious.

Greer and Scott try to get in, but the Lucian Alliance won’t let them in. Rush finds them another airlock. Eli will have to go there to open it. Eli leaves after telling Rush where Chloe is. She kind of told him that she loved him and he did so too. Whatever. She’s still being screwed by Scott.

Fighting erupts. TJ is down. She’s been shot in the belly. Brody doesn’t think that Scott and Greer will make it. The Lucian Alliance is about to kill the military staff.

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Author: range

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10 thoughts on “Stargate Universe Incursion Part 2 S01E20 (Syfy)”

  1. I myself didn’t like the show much. I have it a season because i was such a fan of the SG1 and SGA series.

    For me its just to much drama. I don’t know if the writers understand this but; most people watch scifi to escape reality to a better and more promising one. I can watch corruption, fighting, over the top drama and stupid people without having to even turn the T.V on.

    As for me, i’ve turned to Fan Fiction for my dose of Stargate.

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