'Stargate Universe' - 'Faith' Recap
by Mike Moody, posted Apr 17th 2010 11:35AM
(S01E13) 'Faith' didn't deliver the thrills of 'Space' or the suspense of last week's episode, 'Divided.' Instead, we got a calmer hour full of lush scenery and characters relating to each other with a "spirit of cooperation."
I was glad to see the civilian vs. military conflict start to die down. I'd much rather watch the characters try to relate to one another on a personal level than be divided by their job descriptions.
I'm really starting to enjoy the show's quiet storytelling style, and the characters are finally growing on me. Eli used to be my favorite of the bunch - and he's still up there thanks to his 'Wrath of Khan' reference last night - but I've become very invested in Johansen's story. She's the most human character on the show, which speaks to Alaina Huffman's excellent performance. Hopefully the major development regarding Johansen in this ep will only make the character stronger.
Johansen has a lot of potential. Not counting Rush or Eli, she's probably the smartest person on the ship. (Plus she's not crazy!) Like I mentioned last week, she's the one person not named Everett Young who is capable of commanding Destiny. But can she do it while preggers? Time will tell.
So let's get into the main plot of this ep. It reminded me of the last few hours of 'Battlestar Galactica's second season, when the Colonials discovered New Caprica and most of the fleet decided to remain on the planet. Of course, the Cylons didn't break into the atmosphere this time to occupy the planet and enslave the humans. Instead, the crew discovered an obelisk that also seemed to be a giant beacon in the middle of Eden. And the scientists concluded that the planet and the star, and maybe even the entire solar system, were designed and built by an advanced alien race.
The discovery of the planet had some people believing in a higher power or divine intervention. Dr. Cain was the most vocal about this idea. I thought his plan to settle on the planet and wait for its creators to return had some merit. If these mysterious space architects can build an Earth-like planet, maybe they could help the crew get back home. It's an intriguing idea, and I hope we go back to it later this season.
Much like Rush, I was bummed about not learning who built the planet and why. My first thought was that The Ancients must have created it. They seem to be one of the most advanced races in the Stargate franchise. But why would the planet not show up on Destiny's radar if the Ancients built it? And why would there be no Stargate on the planet? It's more likely that it was created by a different race or some kind of very powerful unknown being.
Last night's ep also finally brought back the funny -- first with Eli's Genesis Project reference and later with every single thing that came out of Greer's mouth. Jamil Walker Smith is both a defiant badass and a natural comedian. We need more of this guy cracking wise on the show to break up the atmosphere of doom and gloom so prevalent on Destiny.
- We got a great friendly scene between Eli and Wray. Seeing these two share a space kiwi and lounging together on the observation deck was a nice surprise. Maybe that Wray isn't so bad after all, huh?
- Rush was really hurting in this ep. Still, I don't trust the guy. But it was nice to see Young try to connect with him in the last act.
- Eli needs to man up. I'm starting to get tired of watching him cower at any sign of potential danger. I know he' supposed to be the "regular" guy, but I'd like to see the character grow and show us some of the spirit he had in the pilot.
- I guess Chloe and Scott are still split, even though they had a month on a beautiful planet to work it out.
- I can't wait to see our old pal, Dr. Daniel Jackson, on next week's ep.