Stargate Universe Aftermath S02E02 (Syfy)

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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.

The Lucian Alliance has been defeated. Earth orders Young to keep some of them aboard. The rest of them are dumped on a planet. Meanwhile, Rush has discovered the bridge and has full control of the Destiny. He’s going to have trouble keeping this hidden, as his long absences have already been noticed.

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Rush has found the bridge, but he’s keeping it quiet. He found the codes to unlock everything aboard the Destiny.

The Lucian Alliance girl is talking with Wray about the myths and legends about the Destiny.

Young plans on dumping them on the next habitable planet they come across.

Rush decides to make a pit stop. There is a planet nearby with an inactive gate. They will send a shuttle. They should repair the planet. Scott and a crew leave for the planet.

Rush is hallucinating. He warns Scott too late about atmospheric super-rotation. The shuttle crashes lands. Scott tells Young that he crashed. They will have to repair the gate.

The Lucian soldiers are revolting. Young has to step in, but he almost kills one of them. Telford tells Young that he’s been using the communication stones to report back. He’s got a list of people that he expects Young to keep aboard.

Destiny jumps away. On the planet, they find the gate. It’s buried under a ton of rubble. They start digging it out. Then, they use explosives. They manage to dial the planet. The gate is uncovered. Scott, Eli, and Greer report to Young. Young goes to see Riley, who won’t make it. Young kills him.

While Young is away, Telford and Wray hand the list to the Lucians. The rest of the Lucians are offloaded.

The Destiny is heading straight for some object.

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