'Stargate Universe' - 'Lost' Recap
by Mike Moody, posted May 1st 2010 11:55AM
(S01E13) We caught up with Eli, Chloe, Greer and Scott still stuck underground and looking for a way out. All hope seemed lost until the usually skeptical Eli dreamed up a plan to use the Stargates to "catch up" with Destiny. Meanwhile, the crew aboard the ship, determined to find the missing team, enacted a search mission once the ship dropped out of FTL. But they had their own problems to deal with; the ship's power seemed to be fluctuating, and Rush discovered that their next jump would be to another galaxy far, far away.
One of the great things about 'Lost' was how it allowed us to explore a number of different planets, if only briefly. For a show called 'Stargate Universe,' the characters don't really seem to use the actual Stargate very much. We're used to them interacting on the ship or using the communication stones to make trips back to Earth. It was a welcome change of pace to see the Gates spinning every few minutes in this ep.
The missing group's Gate-hopping plan actually felt like something out of 'SG-1' or 'Atlantis.' Except, of course, everything wasn't perfectly wrapped up with a big red bow at the end. The plan didn't work and our heroes were left stranded in the middle of nowhere with Destiny out of range. Eli might be a genius, but all of this Stargate stuff is very new to him. So, yeah, sometimes he's gonna screw up and send his team traveling in the wrong direction, especially when he's stressed out and being chased by the Rancor monster.
Greer was isolated for most of this episode. We got a peek at his bleak past and learned what inspired him to enter the service. Seeing his childhood and his relationship with his father helped explain the duality of the character. He's a heroic and loyal officer, but he also has a dangerous and volatile temper and a scary tough guy exterior.
The flashbacks were pretty dark and dramatic, but they weren't as compelling as, say, the flashbacks on 'Lost.' Maybe it's just the nature of the show. On 'Lost,' the flashbacks told riveting stories, taught us more about the characters, and even added to the overall mystery of the show. Here, they just flesh out the characters a little more. Did we really need to know exactly what happened to Greer as a kid to figure out why he acts the way he does? Probably not. Was the flashback compelling and interesting? Sort of, but it didn't feel necessary. Maybe it'll pay off more down the line.
Thankfully, the show decided not to keep Johansen's pregnancy a secret from Young for another ten episodes. I'm intrigued to learn how the pregnancy will play out. Anything could happen on a show like this.
I really enjoyed the exchange between Young and Johansen when she finally revealed the truth. But where does their relationship stand now? He's married with a wife who he cares about back on Earth, plus he's her commanding officer. It looks like Young is gonna have to face a tough choice: does he give up his family on Earth for his new family on the Destiny?
- I think Eli pushed enough buttons on the Blue Meanie's little ship to get their attention. It looks like they still have their sights on Destiny, judging from the preview for next week's ep.
- Chloe was able to interpret the symbols in the alien ship. Makes you wonder exactly what they did to her when she was kidnapped.
- I love that weird caves on other planets have "You Are Here" maps.
- When are they gonna learn how to steer that damn ship?