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'Stargate Universe' - 'Lost' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted May 1st 2010 11:55AM
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(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?

Other thoughts:

- 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?

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Homvncvlvs

"On the other hand, either the gates or the remotes have the ability to detect and list all gates within range (Eli mentions it'll take a minute for the list to refresh, but it's not clear whether the handheld is detecting gates on it's own or if it's talking to the gate they're at). In either event, that's an ability the Ancients seem to have lost, since none of the other series showed an ability to just "lookup" adjacent gates."

It would follow that the Ancients explored their universe first (original stargates), and would know all of their addresses already, making it pointless, and possibly more useful for their adversaries (who needs a minesweeper if you laid the mines and have a map of it?), while a "gate-sensing" feature would fit a system where the habitable, gated planets are still unknown.

As for Chloe reading "meaniese", it could be a result of some knowledge transfer through those telepathy devices - Rush seemed to understand a ton with a directed effort, but maybe some thoughts "leaked" across the system earlier, too. Also, was the symbolic system of "meaniese" like that in the labyrinth?

As for our three stranded main characters, perhaps they will somehow re-encounter our friends left behind on the artificial planet. There's no gate, but a giant beam of light shooting out from an alien obelisk seems awfully portentous.

May 11 2010 at 4:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
A Gould

One issue I noticed with tonight's episode is that they're a bit inconsistent when it comes to the Stargate's capabilities.

On the one hand, they make a point of saying these are older models that have shorter ranges than the gates they're used to (never mind that they look much closer to the new-model Atlantis gates than the older SG1 versions).

On the other hand, either the gates or the remotes have the ability to detect and list all gates within range (Eli mentions it'll take a minute for the list to refresh, but it's not clear whether the handheld is detecting gates on it's own or if it's talking to the gate they're at). In either event, that's an ability the Ancients seem to have lost, since none of the other series showed an ability to just "lookup" adjacent gates.

May 06 2010 at 1:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Enectrixx

"For a reviewer supposedly to watch a show you'd think they would get the general background of a show. They can't use the gate unless they are out of FTL transite."

Oh, I thought Stargate Universe was a fictional series and that the writers could stop/turn around/not stop the Destiny whenever they wanted. But if it's real (as I interpret your comment) it makes perfect sense - the writers don't have the access code to Destiny so they can't take it out of FTL.

May 02 2010 at 6:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Alex99

Quoting...
"For a reviewer supposedly to watch a show you'd think they would get the general background of a show."

I have the same beef with quite a lot of these recaps.

Quoting Enectrixx
"Oh, I thought Stargate Universe was a fictional series and that the writers could stop/turn around/not stop the Destiny whenever they wanted."

The writers created some ground rules and limitations early on, and now they have to operate under them. If suddenly they threw all that out and could do what they wanted with Destiny, then people would be complaining about THAT.

May 02 2010 at 9:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Picviewer

"For a show called 'Stargate Universe,' the characters don't really seem to use the actual Stargate very much."

For a reviewer supposedly to watch a show you'd think they would get the general background of a show. They can't use the gate unless they are out of FTL transite. Think of it this way as the system is pretty much like a crappy cellphone like a iphone you won't be able to triangulate between towers(other gates) for a signal lock to your destination gate. The relative speed of the ship takes you out of range of possible existing local gates.

May 02 2010 at 2:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim McCleese

Greer sort of reminds me of the "Mission Impossible" character Barney, played by Greg Morris (in the 1960's).

The best thing that could have happened is that Young and Rush were the ones stranded and left behind. Then, they could have shared flashbacks with each other and perhaps learned from their dearth of disiplinary and/or moral attributes. Seriously though, I don't believe anyone who watches this show thinks Eli and company are not going to find a way back to the Destiny. I mean....you have a genius on one side and the other to figure things out.

In spite of the carelessness and lack of responsible actions on Young and TJ's part, they must accept it and be adults from here on. On the reflect, if a man is to screw up like that, he can sure do a lot worse than with TJ. On TJ's part I'm not so sure. But now they owe that child the best they can give.

May 01 2010 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Xolus

I knew he reminded me of someone! Thanks.

May 02 2010 at 11:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
zippy_zip74467

Yes, I agree with Ellen. It was a good episode, and I felt sorry for Greer. He thought he would have to go it alone, and here he was the only one rescued.

May 01 2010 at 2:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eileen

I adore "Lost" and have watched every single episode since the beginning, but I think there's room for flashbacks that do different things other than the ones "Lost" employs. SGU is its own show and I am very happy with it, especially this week's episode. Learning more about Greer was a good thing. He's stops being a potential crazy man we don't understand and takes on more humanity. Loved this episode!

May 01 2010 at 1:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alex99

Mike, this isn't "Lost". It doesn't have to be "Lost". This is "Stargate Universe". Enough about how "Lost" does everything right and other shows don't.

May 01 2010 at 12:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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