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What were the swirling sands on Stargate Universe?

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 1st 2009 9:02AM
Stargate Universe: WaterOn this week's episode of Stargate Universe, "Water," we saw a return of those swirling sands of ... something ... that appeared in the earlier episode on the desert planet. Only on the desert planet, they were helpful. This time, they were a bit more nefarious, attacking a crew member and, apparently, depleting the ship's water supply (which, quite frankly, must be ancient water; let's hope they've got some good purification systems in place).

It makes you wonder if the swirling sands are the reason that particular planet was a sandy abyss, and now that they've been stargated to a planet with lots of precipitation in the form of ice, they should be happy for a while.

So what do you think they are? Aliens, as the crew surmised? And why were they helpful on the planet, but deadly on the ship? Why didn't they attack Johansen? And if they're aliens, could they have the ability to read a person's mind and form visions based on that person's memories and thoughts?

Feel free to discuss the rest of the episode, too. Because of a power outage, I wasn't able to get a full review up in a timely fashion, so decided to focus on the most interesting part of the episode for me -- the swirling sands.

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edward brooks

From day one the show (SUCKS) What else needs to be said. Oh, yeah, go team.

November 07 2009 at 12:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
edward brooks

stargate universe is the first show that make me wont more commercials, and i hate commercials. please take this mistake off the air. the actors my be good people, the writers have no idea what we as stargate fans wont. I hope i was nice, it took every thing in me not to say the show sucks big one, glad i stopped my self, aren't you. i wont watch this show any longer, i have better things to do, like stabbing my self in the neck with a catfish. good luck, you need it. Edward w brooks.

November 07 2009 at 12:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
minkey

The shuttle probably wouldn't have worked. remember that the ship seems to be jumping from galaxy to galaxy, so when it stops in a galaxy it shows the planets in range of the stargate. the range is a long damn way, so if there is only one or two planets in range there is nothing to say the planets are any closer then halfway through the galaxy they are in at the time. so even if the shuttle could go to hyperspace, there is no way they could make it to most of these places in the few hours they have.

November 02 2009 at 2:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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edward brooks

They need to let me write the next episode. The show starts off with the ship in super dopper drive, and the crew are all in super dopper discussions about what they can use for toilet paper, there down to the last roll, when the ship runs in to a super dopper big comet and explodes, the end. that's one episode i would love to watch. P.S. I'm glad the sand critters got of first.

November 07 2009 at 12:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GerryofNorVA

I too figured them for nanites, or nanomachines but I was just waiting for them to go Replicator. Remember how the "sand" was starting to take the shape of Johansen's face ? That's something the more evolved Replicators were doing. Anyway, just keep that in your back pocket.

November 02 2009 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Griese

I think they were nasty on the ship because they've seen a few Eps of this series and realize it sucks.

November 02 2009 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gina

The swirly things reminded me of the tiny light creatures SG1 came across once before. They did not attack if you didn't.

These things did not attack TJ because she made no threatening moves. The guy they did attack shot them! They helped Scott in exchange for a ride. Obviously they had probably used all the water on the sand planet and hoped they would have the opportunity to get to a planet with more water.

As far as using the shuttle to get ice, that would be tricky. Just because you are in Stargate range does not mean you can fly the shuttle to the planet load up on the supplies you need and get back before the ship leaves without you. The Stargate can take you from planet to planet in a blink of an eye. Like going from Earth to Mars in a half a second. Try flying a shuttle from here to Mars I am pretty sure it takes a few days. The Destiny only stops for a few hours. The shuttle is not always an option.

November 02 2009 at 12:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
NightOwl

Ian
I agree with you. In the first place, the commander and his second in command shouldnt both go on a mission like that, and second, there was no way that they were going to get enough ice out of the deal to make it worth the risk involved! And to top it all off, how in the hell did they plan to get a sufficient quantity of ice back to the Stargate before Eli sent the sled dohickey through? That made it even more stupid. Were they just planning on standing back and throwing snowballs through the Stargate? Were they to far away to send the shuttle, which at least could have held a decent amount of of ice, and would have been safer than hiking cross country in a million year old space suit. Was there any mention of using the shuttle and I just missed it? So, yea, this was lazy, unimaginative writing.
As for the "sand creatures", Johansen obviously wasnt scared of them and thought they were trying to communicate with her, so why didnt she seek them out and try and see if they could communicate, instead of sending Insubordinat Sgt. to look for them with a flame thrower? That was only slightly less provacative than angry villagers with torches. We all know how effective a means of communication that usually is. Anyway, I"m wondering if the sand creatures werent already aboard Destiny before our band of heroes even arrived. Maybe they were dormant of something.
And even though I am starting to like him, Young has been a very weak and ineffective leader so far. His second in command is always off on a booty call whenever Young wants him, and never gets called on it, Greer pretty much does as he damn well pleases, though he does seem to respect Young, and the thieving, riot inciting marine that was in the brig suffers little consequences from being a constant pain in the ass. Do you think Gen. Hammond, Gen. O'Neil or Col. Shepard would put up with all this nonsense? Any one of them would snap these guys back in line with just a look, because they have gravitas, they have command authority. Young doesnt. Johansen does, though. Thats an intriguing development.


On a positive note, it was nice to see Rush tell Eli to stop sniveling and acting like a child. I like Eli, but he can be a bit whiney at times.

November 02 2009 at 11:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ian

Some things are hard to take....
The effective mission commander cannot be risked on every out mission. He needs to delegate. Of course this doesn't make so exciting TV.
A life risking kisssion for minor chunks of ice (which won't provide even a days water for the crew of the vessel) is plain STUPIDITY.
Pleasw writers and producers at least try to make the story threads acceptable.

November 01 2009 at 6:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Michael Kasei

Wasn't this the first away-mission for Young?

November 01 2009 at 8:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bla bla

The aliens weren't being helpful on the sand planet, only self-interested. They pointed Scott the way to the calcite in exchange for water, which they got.

November 01 2009 at 2:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kim

Just a way to kill off a person. They did say no one is safe on this show.

November 01 2009 at 2:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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