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Seven Ways to Make 'Stargate Universe' the Best Show on TV

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 4th 2009 9:00AM
Stargate Universe: David Blue as Eli WallaceThe latest installment of the 'Stargate' franchise, 'Stargate Universe,' seems to be faring well with viewers who have no history with the franchise, whereas longtime fans who started with the original 'Stargate' series and stuck with it through 'Stargate SG-1,' 'Stargate Atlantis' (as well as the many other videos and incarnations) are hoping for more.

While the show certainly has plenty of admirable attributes, there's always room for improvement. So we decided to help out the cast and crew with a few ideas that will not only make 'Stargate Universe' better, but make it the best show on TV right now. We know it's a tall order, but we're up for it.

Check out our ideas after the jump.Stargate Universe: David Blue as Eli WallaceThe latest installment of the 'Stargate' franchise, 'Stargate Universe,' seems to be faring well with viewers who have no history with the franchise, whereas longtime fans who started with the original 'Stargate' series and stuck with it through 'Stargate SG-1' and 'Stargate Atlantis' (as well as the many other videos and incarnations) are hoping for more.

While the show certainly has plenty of admirable attributes, there's always room for improvement. So we decided to help out the cast and crew with a few ideas that will not only make 'Stargate Universe' better, but make it the best show on TV right now. We know it's a tall order, but we're up for it.

1. Pick a direction. Is 'Stargate Universe' supposed to be dark like 'Battlestar Galactica'? Playful like 'Firefly'? Inventive like 'Doctor Who'? All of the above? The show seems to be all over the place in terms of both overall feel and storyline. One week they're dealing with nefarious swirling sands and the next it's a 'Predator'-type plot on a jungle planet. We realize that shows have to move fast to secure good ratings early on, but it needs a little more focus.

2. Make something happen. And yet, even though the stories are all over the place, 'SGU' manages to be all talk and no action. Yak, yak, yak, let's talk everything into the ground and never do anything exciting. It's like Woody Allen in space. Even the jungle planet episode ('Life') was lots of talk and not enough tension. 'Stargate Universe' meanders way too much; it's downright boring at times. You could nod off for an episode or two and not miss anything important. At least throw in an interesting alien or two.


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3. Resolve something. We hate to keep picking on that jungle planet story, but that particular one left us, well ... unsatisfied. Unlike shows such as 'Fringe' or 'Lost,' we don't have any assurances that the long-term story will pick up these unresolved threads later on. What was the deadly virus? What the heck happened after the credits rolled and it seemed as if the entire crew would perish? And in case you're wondering, yes, we did watch the show. The time jumping was a little goofy.

Stargate Universe: Robert Carlyle as Dr. Rush4. Stop with the one-dimensional characters. The genius scientist with long hair and a sad past and no people skills (Robert Carlyle as Dr. Rush); the nerdy kid who cracks a code and ends up on the spaceship (David Blue as Eli Wallace); tough-guy military types with guns; strong silent guys in charge; gorgeous female crew members ... while there's nothing wrong with any of these characters, it's just all too pat. We realize that Nathan Fillion is busy with 'Castle,' but if you could create a character like Mal Reynolds -- or any of the crew onboard the Serenity, for that matter -- that would be super.

5. Up the realism factor. The ship is out of water, so they find a planet with plenty of water and everything will be alright. Really? They're going to transport enough water to keep the crew hydrated for who knows how long? You could drive a spaceship through some of the plot holes on 'SGU.' And let's not forget the implausibility of a massive ship that's been languishing in space for possibly thousands of years that has one day or so of air left when the crew gates in. And yes, we understand as Dr. Rush explained it, the Ancients were sent to meet the ship later, but achieved ascension and reached a higher plane of existence so were no longer around to meet the Destiny as planned. Yada, yada.

6. Do something new. So far, commenters on TV Squad's 'Stargate Universe' reviews have compared 'SGU' to 'Doctor Who,' 'Sliders,' 'Lost in Space,' 'Firefly,' 'Battlestar Galactica,' 'Star Trek' and just about every other sci-fi series known to humans. Let's face it, it's difficult to come up with anything new at this point, but we hope 'Stargate Universe' is up for the challenge. A lot of it boils down to the characters and how they interact with each other.

7. Cut the gratuitous sex scenes.
There must be a memo circulating among producers of just about every show on TV to throw in an unnecessary sex scene every episode or two. 'Stargate Universe' climbed on that bandwagon in the very first episode. We're not prude, but if you're going to have a sex scene, make it count.


Sound off: Post your own ideas on how to make 'Stargate Universe' the best show on TV.

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bigman2121

I feel they should bring back Ginn "Julie McNiven" but like time travel or alternate dimension to bring her back into the show if the show continues.

November 14 2010 at 3:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Inez

My fave character Eli wears the same t-shirt and hoodie 24/7. I hope the Destiny jumps into an alien space with a Fashion Planet, so that he can get a change of clothes!

And ha ha, cwward, you say "don't label me a homophobe," yet what you follow that with dead-on defines homophobia! If the label fits, don't be shy, just go ahead and wear it!

September 28 2010 at 9:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Overmind One

Well, we are 16 episodes in and I think that its pretty much a done deal. This show is headed for cancellation and there isnt anything they can do to fix the horrible characters, the lame plots and the convoluted "story arc".

The characters are unlikeable, and thus anything that happens to them doesnt move me at all. The ship is dull and boring, the camera shaking thing is pretentious and annoying, and the acting is sub-par. But most of all, the WRITING sucks. Stargate Universe will die, but hopefully the current writers will move on and leave writing Stargate to those who understand that storytelling vehicle. This group changed the original Stargate egnre from science fiction/adventure/action, to soap/drama/more drama. Its doomed, plain and simple. I predict cancellation in mid second season or at the end of second season at the outside.

I also understand that there are a few new viewers, but those are drama/soap fans, and the drama in SGU is inferior to daytime soaps. Thise seeking to speak their minds about SGU on an open and uncensored forum should visit www.sgusucks.com! Its got lots of cool information and the forums are very active.

May 06 2010 at 10:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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