Review: Stargate Universe - Light
by Mike Moody, posted Oct 24th 2009 1:57AM
(S01E05) "Why am I watching this on TV?" – Eli Wallace
This week's episode of Stargate Universe picked up right where last week's left off, with The Destiny heading straight for a star and, presumably, oblivion. Thankfully, "Light" featured less of those tired Real World-esque confessionals from last week, but the first few acts really dragged, and it was hard to wrap my head around that out-of-nowhere love scene between Chloe and Scott (more on that in a bit).
With only 17 people able to fit aboard the shuttle, Col. Young came up with a lottery system to decide who would escape to a nearby planet and who would remain aboard the ship to burn. I was expecting a riot to explode during the lottery drawing, but Greer was able to quiet the storm with one swift blow to a Marine's face. The respectful relationship between Greer and the quiet and noble Young is a welcome addition to the series. I like how Greer has Young's back, and it seems like Young might inspire Greer to become something more than just an angry brute with a meditative side. And watching Rush do something other than stress and shout was a nice change of pace.
There were a few more decent character moments scattered throughout the ep, but all of the really cool stuff happened at the end. Finally, we discovered The Destiny's true power source – it's solar powered! I'm sure some of you might not like the idea of a solar-powered ship (it does seem a bit too convenient), but I think it's awesome. At the very least, it means SGU probably won't be recycling any of Stargate Atlantis' ZPM hunting episodes. We're in entirely new territory here.
Did anyone else think the sex scene felt rushed and out of place? I get that these two are attracted to each other, and this might have been their only shot to get it on, but it rang so false to me. I really liked the quiet moment Chloe and Scott shared at the end of "Air (Part 3)," but I didn't foresee them hopping into bed a day or so later. Part of me was actually hoping to see Chloe torn between Scott and Eli, who now seems to be frozen in the friend zone. Hopefully, Chloe and Scott's relationship will go to some unexpected places this season because of their premature bootie call. I'd be cool with that.
The writers are finally starting to flesh out Ming-Na's Camille Ray. I liked how she was angling to get on the shuttle and almost broke down when Young was going to take her off the list. Watching her lose it after her name was drawn made me want to learn more about her. I'm looking forward to seeing her use the communication stones to show us a bit of her life back home.
And we still don't know if we can trust Dr. Rush. Still, I like the guy. I was glad to see him start acting like a relatively normal person for once. I also liked watching him thank Eli for rigging the outside shot of the ship, and later apologize for drafting him into the Stargate program. I think the heart of the show could easily rest in the Rush-Eli relationship.
What did you think of "Light?" Is the solar powered ship a cool idea or a cop out? Are you looking forward to spending more time with these characters and learning more about the ship?
Next week: The crew attempts to harvest water from
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