Stargate Universe Intervention S02E01 (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.

The Lucian Alliance is in disarray as Kiva lays dying. They are infighting, which gives the humans the chance to break out of their bonds. Meanwhile, TJ has a mystic experience. She loses the baby but is assured that she went back to the planet where they left the other humans. Whatever, sounds idiotic and far fetched. Let’s just say that the baby is dead.

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TJ has a vision of one of the people they left behind on the planet. He says that the aliens are allowing him to communicate. He says that one day, on a scout they found some cottage homes on the planet. They weren’t there before. He tells her that the aliens knew that she was bleeding out and this was the only way to save her.

On the Destiny, Eli arrives at the airlock. Scott hid out on the underside of the ship to hide from the radiation spike, which has passed. Scott gets in. Chloe is there. Her leg is fine.

There is some infighting among Kiva’s people. Kiva dies. The Lucian Alliance soldiers want to dump the humans aboard a planet. They can dial one from here. They want to keep the medical staff on board. Telford wakes up. He’s got some explaining to do.

Scott and Greer do some recon.

Chloe and Eli find Brody and Rush.

Young and his people are transported off the Destiny.

The Lucian Alliance finds Rush and Eli. In the control room, they lose FTL. Scott and Greer disarm them. They tell the Lucians that they have been draining away power from the shields all this time. This will stop them to get into FTL.

The group with Young receive a visit from some exiled Lucians. There was a sort of coup.

Scott and Greer go to save the medical staff. They discover Wray. She says that TJ has been shot. She will lose the baby or has lost it already.

The guy shows TJ something in the sky on their planet. She is told that she will have to go back. The baby will have to stay here.

Scott and Greer are pinned down. Scott tell Eli to seal the door.

Danek is killed by the rest of his crew. A girl takes over and shoots him. She tells Rush that they will comply with his demands.

The guy tells TJ that no one will believe her when she goes back.

Young is back on the ship. He’s told the news about TJ.

The Destiny goes into FTL and quickly comes back out.

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