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Review: Stargate Universe - Light

by Mike Moody, posted Oct 24th 2009 1:57AM
stargate universe: light, episode 5 review
(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 Hoth a random ice planet.

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Some of you guys are waaay over-rating Atlantis. Don't get me wrong I liked it just fine, although being a sci-fi nut I love any sci-fi, but it really wasn't as good a show as SG1. At times it was quite weak.

Anywho as far as this episode goes it was pretty good. It may be obvious to us the ship was going to the sun to refuel but that doesn't mean it is to the characters. Don't forget to them the ship is a derelict that wasn't even capable of supporting life a day or two ago. No surprise they might think the slingshot round the gas giant had messed up.

Have to agree with the Scott / Cloe love scene that came right out of left field. I guess you can justify it as a last roll before dying but when you add in the closet sex in the 1st episode, shower scene and the "butt in the moonlight" death meditation we have a worrying pattern of titillation.

In fact that links to my main criticism of the show so far - it's just trying too hard to be Battlestar Galactica.

January 05 2010 at 8:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the show is boring crap,nothing sci-fi about it,hope the ship explodes

November 24 2009 at 11:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So far I have watched all episodes and while I will continue to watch I have to say that I am a little dissapointed but not enough to quit watching.
I miss the tight knitness (if thats a word) and caring the teams had for each other in the previous SG shows.
To much disagreement and arguing and no trust of each other. I know it is the way the show was meant to be and I am hoping they will all start to pull together as a team.
I also hope they will soon be meeting other species and get into some battles for some much needed action.
All and all I do like the Rush and Eli characters and I see a lot of potential for the show.
SG1 and SGA had me hooked from the very first episodes and I just don't have that warm feeling yet in me but I will give it every chance to prove me wrong I am fairly positive it will. I just hope it comes soon.
One to ten scale I would give it a six maybe seven while its predecessors got all tens.
But this is just my opinion and probably why I am not a professional television critic.

November 07 2009 at 12:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Obviously with a name like ' A GOULD ' you must have watched sg1, do you think thid compares anywhere near ?

November 06 2009 at 9:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I can not believe this rubbish is part of the SG1 family,there is no humour like Jacks there is no brains like Doctor McKay and there are no Aliens, and where on earth is the theme tune ,Atlantis come back , both SG1 & ATLANTIS had humour great actors ie Jason Mamoa who has SGU got Carlyle ! I can't thin k what MGM must have been thinking putting this out as a follow up to 2 fantastic series one that ran for over 10 years , keep this up guys and you wont last 10 months, please stop the romantic drivel , get some decnt actors , bring back Sam , Daniel and get some decent Aliens to fight , THAT IS WHAT SCI FI IS ABOUT.

November 06 2009 at 8:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

To say I am struggling with SGU is an understatement. Okay it is supposed to be a departure from SG-1 and SGA, styles, however the irritating nature of most of the cast and the lack of chemistry thereof is surely going to kill this. Okay its has been compared to Battlestar G, but this is no real recommendation if the screenplay is just irritating.

November 04 2009 at 6:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I think 99.99% of Gaters are thinking the same . Brad Wright has lost the plot!

November 06 2009 at 9:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think that the first episode was horrible!
it was just like a soap opera! and that other stupid show
called battlestar galactica, and it had a sex scene a few
minutes into the episode! thats sick!


November 02 2009 at 6:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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November 06 2009 at 8:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was so disappointed in the sex scene. I guess I am rooting for Eli. He didn't seem annoyed to me but more disappointed and hurt. I imagine Eli is quite familar with the friend zone. I'd like to see the sci nerd get the girl for a change. But enough on relationships. Bring on the science. Hard core. The potential is amazing if they can bring it on. And the ship itself will prove to have some secrets of it's own hidden away. Again potential. Lets see where they take us. And who or what will be the protagonist?

October 31 2009 at 3:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The show is very predictable. The whole powering up of theship was obvious. If Rush thought that the ship would survive why would he let the only available doctor leave risking her life on an unpredictale planet? Now that the shio is powered up, don't they have enough power to stargate back to earth. If not the writers need to explain why not.

October 29 2009 at 8:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I didn't see what happened to Atlantis when it was floating in space with no power. Can anyone tell me?
"Light" is better than any Stargate episode I've ever seen. Don't insult it. ... But I agree that the sex scene was un-called for... (hint, hint)

October 28 2009 at 2:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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