'Stargate Universe' - 'Divided' Recap
by Mike Moody, posted Apr 10th 2010 3:40PM
(S01E12) The tide is turning. 'Stargate Universe' is quickly becoming a must-watch sci-fi drama. So far, season one's second half has delivered two of the best episodes of the series. The writers, cast and crew are really starting to get the hang of that dark, tense and atmospheric thing they've been trying to do since the show premiered last October.
"Divided" grabbed me from the opening moments with Chloe walking through the empty ship and that brooding Brand New song creeping up in the background. The nightmare sequence ended on a chilling note with Chloe trapped in the water tank trying to make contact with her mother. Things got extra spooky when that Blue Meanie showed up; those guys are really starting to give me the creeps.
This episode centered on Wray and Rush's attempt to seize command of the ship from the military personnel. Like I wrote last week, I really wasn't looking forward to watching Wray stroke her ego by leading a mutiny, but this ep had a lot more to offer than that.
The mutiny was a direct consequence of Young's decision to abandon Rush on the planet. (I guess he's gonna be paying for that one for a while.) Young's choice to dump Rush gave Wray the ammunition she needed to start her coup. Rush, not surprisingly, joined the mutiny only to save his own arse. He was certain that Young would toss him out the airlock if he ever learned about the alien tracking device.
This ep also explored Chloe's connection to Rush. They are both suffering from strange nightmares and emotional issues after being abducted. I like that these two are bonded by their shared trauma. I'm not sure where it's gonna go, but it's interesting to see Rush forced to connect with someone like Chloe, especially when I think about that ugly confrontation they had early in the series after Chloe's father died.
We got a peek inside of Chloe's nightmare, but I wonder what Rush's dreams look like. He was on that alien ship a lot longer than she was. It seems like they did a lot more to him than plant a tracking device in his chest. It's almost like he has mental or spiritual connection to the aliens now. That wouldn't be a surprise though, considering that they're in possession of that mind-reading technology we saw in the last ep.
So where do you stand on Colonel Young, folks? Me? I've always liked the guy, but he's turned into a cold, grunting and decidedly glum chap ever since the show returned. I'm not sure if he's still fit to lead the crew.
Johansen had a nice moment when she said the crew needed a leader. She was probably talking about Young, but I didn't instantly think of him when she said that. I started scanning the faces of the crew for someone who could succeed Young. Scott is definitely a candidate, even though he's a little young and immature. Wray would be awful. She seems like a power-hungry bureaucrat who is in way over her head. Rush is too crazy and self-serving, and Eli would never even think of taking the job. Johansen might be a good fit. She can act calm and decisive, and she seems to be maturing with every episode.
I'm not sure who will end up leading the ship, but one thing is for sure, these people need leadership. The crew is more, er, divided than ever before, and someone needs to step up. Still, I'm not sure if that's gonna happen after the stalemate that ended this ep. It's more likely that everyone will bond and unite when forced to fight a common threat or work toward a common goal.
The ship is called Destiny. I'm sure it was built for a greater purpose than traveling the stars and collecting data. Maybe Destiny's greater mission will be what unites the crew. But what is Destiny's greater mission? Any theories?
- Young is convinced that Rush stole one of the communication stones. Is he paranoid? It seems like something Rush would do, and it might explain how Young ended up on the alien ship last time.
- Loved, loved, loved the steampunk space suits.
- So the Blue Meanies are obsessed with Destiny? That guarantees they'll be back. Hopefully they'll come up with a better plan than shooting at the hull until the ship goes into FTL.
- Chloe joined the rebellion and pretty much betrayed Scott in the process. I guess their relationship is over. Time for Eli to make his move!
- Looking forward to next week's off-world adventure. And I'm really diggin' on this funny clip:
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