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Review: Stargate Universe - Earth

by Mike Moody, posted Nov 7th 2009 12:30PM
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(S01E07) With the IOA and Stargate Command planning a risky rescue mission aboard The Destiny, Eli, Chloe and Young used the communication stones to head back to Earth and... indulge in a little drinking and sex!

The crew faced death again, Col. Telford came aboard to annoy everyone again, and Rush hovered on the fringe, skulking and whining about the military's plan of action. Again.

Still, I really enjoyed how everything played out this week. Finally Eli, aka the Star Wars-referencing funny guy, was given more to do than make jokes and pine for Chloe. David Blue really sold the scenes with Eli talking to his mother. I sensed a real longing from Eli to want to take care of his mom and prove himself to her out of love and respect. It was a good idea to have him pose as a co-worker. That way, we got to see what he really thinks about himself, his mother, and his current situation.

So, it looks like Young might have screwed up his marriage by cheating on his wife with Johansen. If Young is so desperate to patch things up with his wife back home, why is he still having fantasies about Johansen? Is he only trying to do the right thing out of a sense of obligation instead of following his true feelings?

And poor Chloe. All she has back on Earth is a shallow life full of crappy frienemies now that her dad is gone. I guess that makes it easier for her to accept the fact that she'll probably be stuck on a million year old spaceship for the rest of her life. At least she's got Eli, who doesn't seem too thrilled about still being trapped in the friend zone.

Back on the ship, Telford and two scientists (including Ryan Kennedy, aka Smallville's Cosmic Boy!) headed up an experiment to get The Destiny home that we all knew would never work. Or maybe it could have worked if Rush hadn't undermined their efforts. Who knows? Either way, we were left, once again, asking the question: Can we trust Dr. Rush? Did he pull the plug on the experiment to save the ship from exploding? Or did he do it only because he doesn't want to go home? We know the IOA probably won't let him back on the ship if the crew ever makes it back to Earth. It's possible that he was only thinking of himself and screwed everyone out of their only shot at heading home.

I liked that Rush's plan made Telford look like a self-serving weasel. I had no doubt that he'd cut and run if things got too dangerous. It was good to see Richard Dean Anderson's Jack O'Neill stick up for Young at the final meeting. Unlike Telford, O'Neill is a soldier with integrity who doesn't let his ego get in the way of saving people's lives – kinda like Young.

And what about that final scene? Do you really think Telford is evil enough to impersonate Young and try to sleep with his wife? It's more likely he's working another angle in an effort to undermine Young and his command.

So, what did you think, folks? Are you finally starting to care about these characters? Should the show ditch the communication stones and leave the crew with no way to contact Earth? Did you enjoy the, er, special appearance by pop singer Janelle Monáe?

Next week: We go back to the future!

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billc

Stargate has degraded to a soap opera in this new series...Was good scifi till now.

November 21 2009 at 2:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Vikram

Oh we are running out of air, we are running out of water, we are running out of power..whats next we are running out of toilet paper?

November 14 2009 at 3:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Daniel

I'm not sure if you guys caught this. It reads like you didn't. But they did not swap bodies at all, they swapped consciousness. So, it wasn't Ms. Young that Colonel Young was sleeping with, it was Ms. Telford. Young actually fixed Telford's relationship. At least I hope. Why would Ms. Young sleep with Telford?

November 13 2009 at 8:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom

...a bunch of misfit are trapped in an ancient spaceship halfway across the universe trying to fend for themselves. The universe being so vast with billion of galaxies you will encounter unimaginable ominous and darker forces and good forces as well.

I know I'm not the first to point this out, but why do we always get the same recycled ideas? Voyager anyone? Crusade?

And another thing. This spaceship has been traveling for thousands of years across the universe, and now that there are people on board, we expect things to start happening to them? Doesn't sound like anything has happened on this ship for a long, long time...

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

I am an a big fan of SG-1 and SGA. I like to thank you for producing those wonderful series. I wish you didn't have to cut SGA so short.

I try like the SGU, but so far I do not like the show. I may not watch it anymore.

I was hoping to see science fiction. All I get from this series so far is sex scene and soap. There maybe science fiction in the series but the soap and sex distracted me from enjoying the show.

I was entertained at first by the fact that a bunch of misfit are trapped in an ancient spaceship halfway across the universe trying to fend for themselves. The universe being so vast with billion of galaxies you will encounter unimaginable ominous and darker forces and good forces as well.

I hope the show changes. I really don't like the continuation of Telford showing at the door. If it continue the way it has been you might just called it darker and grittier "Soap in Space".

Oh! Get rid of the stone or limit the stone capability.

November 12 2009 at 12:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Anne Hoffman

I am a big Stargate fan but I can't watch SGU any longer. The recent episode was so overly sexualized that I found it uncomfortable, which is something considering the fact that I am the mother of 10 sons so I know a bit or two about sex. I honestly had to turn off the tv because my youngest son and 12 year old nephew were in the room. They love SG-1 and I had no problems buying them season dvds. I could walk out of the room and know that I wouldn't have to have a conversation over dinner that night, with a 10 and 12 year old, about the glitch with the stones as Col Young and Col Telford kept switching places while having sex with Col Young's wife. If I wanted useless sex scenes, exploring someones sci fi meets sex fantasy, I would let them watch Battlestar Galactica, or just cut to chase and see if they make sci-fi soft-core porn films for the boys.

November 10 2009 at 9:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mack Swift

I think what the writers and producers are doing is not only setting us up for a zinger, but the characters as well. With the stones, yeah as a plot device they're rather easy. But what happens when they can't use they stones anymore? I think the stones are a setup for a future plot device. Get everyone used to heading back to earth for a little shore leave in someone else's body, or some half-baked return return home plan, or what have you. This ship is far out there, and I mean far (let's guess at around the 6 billion light year range). Eventually those stones are gonna lose their ability to communicate, or somehow they get the signals crossed and cross bodies with some other alien species. Who knows?

Having an episode where they actually deduce where they are in the universe and how far out would be interesting. Remember it took a whole planet's rare naquadria core to be able to connect a wormhole that far out. I'm guessing the ship isn't able to channel the power needed to connect to Earth that far out.

I think Rush suspects more then he knows what the ship can and can't do.

Oh, and with regards to last week's spacesuit. I think the original crew of the Destiny were the Vanar Asgard. They jumped ship at Pegasaus.

November 08 2009 at 6:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Gina

The Asgard does not make sense as the original crew. They had tiny little bodies. Remember the upgraded bodies? It only added three inches to their height. They top out at about 5 feet. Maybe the Tollan or Tokra. Or the original Ancients they were human at one point.

November 09 2009 at 10:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chrissthomas

Rush definitely knows more about the ship than he has let on to anyone. Seems pretty complicated to program a fancy threat scenario without anyone else being able to detect it. That being said if you haven't seen the other two series Stargates and Suns have a shady history. It doesn't seem like a smart thing to create a wormhole so close to such a massive and powerful object. Then again the Ori built supergates using black holes as power sources. I wouldn't want to try it though.

November 08 2009 at 4:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Trevor

I am starting to think this show is not for me. I have no idea who that pop singer was.

The larger problem is the questionable use of the stones. There should be a constant flow of experts visiting to catalog and analyze the ship. At the same time the "crew" should be back on earth learning all they can about ancient tech. It appears most of the "crew" is unqualified to be in this situation, so train them while getting more experts on board!

November 08 2009 at 1:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
logan

You know, when talking to my brother last night about this episode - we came to a conclusion - we feel like we are actually watching "the same episode" again and again. It's like there is something "motionless" about the story over all. Every episode "feels" the same.

BSG, was also about not knowing how to get to your destination and yet we felt some forward motion. Perhaps as Tim-1 points out above it's time for some alien conflict!

I'm not saying they are not clearly in peril. They are on a dying old ship that they can't really seem to run - but oddly the idea of a slow death for our crew on this ancient tin can isn't really "exciting" TV.

November 08 2009 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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