'Stargate Universe' - 'Space' Recap
by Mike Moody, posted Apr 3rd 2010 12:47PM
(S01E11) 'Stargate Universe' finally brought me to the edge of my seat. 'Space' was a minor triumph for the show. The mid-season premiere delivered a tight, suspenseful, and engaging hour of sci-fi TV. This was easily the best episode of the series so far.
Did it make up for all those slow-paced, meandering eps we had to sit through during the first half of the season? Probably not, but who cares? 'Space' rocked. Head after the jump for the spoilers.
We picked up with Col. Young feeling the sting of his decision to abandon Rush on the planet. The crew was rightly questioning his story ("Yeah, uh, there was a rock slide and, you know, that Rush guy sorta fell in and died, yeah, that's the ticket!"), and Wray was ready to start a mutiny.
It seemed like almost everyone was missing Rush, especially Eli. The poor guy almost buckled under the pressure of leading the ship through its first space battle.
Let's talk about that battle for a minute. It didn't exactly rival the intense Viper brawls from 'Battlestar Galactica,' and it definitely wasn't as fun as watching a puddle jumper outrun a Wraith hive on 'Stargate Atlantis,' but I still loved every second. The nervousness, confusion and fear among The Destiny crew was palatable as they faced their first alien encounter. The 'Stargate' franchise has always been about ordinary people dealing with extraordinary things, and the battle did a great job of illustrating that idea. Everyone was frightened, overwhelmed, and mesmerized at the same time. Plus, the design of the enemy ship was pretty cool and creepy, and the effects looked great. I hope we see more space battles on the show this season.
And what about those blue CGI aliens? I thought they looked pretty cool. Their sounds and movements were creepy enough. I really didn't have a problem with the design. Maybe I was just desperate to finally see an alien on the show. There's definitely a lack of strange-looking spacemen on TV nowadays, even on Syfy.
I loved that Young discovered the aliens because of a problem with the communication stones. Finally, those things came in handy for something other than goofing around with someone else's body on Earth. Thinking back, it does seem a little too convenient that Young was able to use the stones to board the ship after Chloe was captured, and find Rush on the very same ship! I mean, what are the chances? But all the fun stuff that happened after that - Young breaking Rush out of the tank, the mind-reading gizmos, Rush rescuing Chloe - made up for the convenient plotting.
So Rush went along with Young's story about the rockslide, huh? I figured that would happen. Rush has some pretty heavy ammunition against Young now, and he wasn't about to blow it all at once right after getting back to The Destiny. I really enjoyed their scene together in Young's quarters. Not a lot was said, but there was a lot going on beneath the surface. These two are gonna clash again in a big way, and bad things are gonna happen to the people standing in between them.
With Rush back on the ship and Wray plotting against him, you'd think Young would seem a little more nervous about the prospect of losing his command, or even his life. But he seemed more exhausted than worried during the sappy "oh, we're all so lost and lonely" musical montage that ended the episode. I really like Young (and Justin Louis is great in the role), but something tells me the guy is heading for a fall. It was strange when he ordered Eli to destroy the enemy ship with Rush and Chloe still aboard. Granted, he didn't have many options at that point, but it seemed like a very shrewd decision that might come back to haunt him. Was he really trying to save everyone, or was his only motivation to execute Rush at the expense of Chloe's life?
So the show's getting better, right? It's not great, but last night's ep was a lot of fun and it showed a lot of promise. I feel like the show simply allowed us to live with these characters during the first half of the season. Now we care about them (or some of them anyway) and we care about what happens to them. All of that lends weight to stuff like space battles and alien abductions, which is great.
My main complaint about 'SGU'? It needs more humor. Sure, we got a few light moments here and there ("Ooh, tomatoes!"), but the tone is still a little too weepy. Things don't have to be so doomy and gloomy all the time.
So I'm not really looking forward to next week's Camille Wray-led uprising. It just seems so ... inevitable, you know. Let's hope the blue boys show up again to stir up some trouble.
- Is Chloe developing a crush on Rush? I don't know how I feel about that.
- We didn't get a lot of Eli time in this ep. I kinda missed the guy's sense of humor.
- Was the ship that detached from The Destiny many episodes ago part of the blue boys' fleet? If so, does that mean there might be aliens already aboard the ship?
- Who was in the picture Greer was staring at during the montage?
- I still don't really care for Wray. It's nothing against Ming-Na, she does a great job with what she's given, but the character is a bit of a bore.