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'Stargate Universe' Season 2, Episode 20 (Series Finale) Recap

by Mike Moody, posted May 10th 2011 10:40AM
stargate universe gauntlet['Stargate Universe' – 'Gauntlet']

The Gate stopped spinning and Destiny went dark in the captivating 'Stargate Universe' season finale.

'Gauntlet' was a strong, densely plotted, emotional hour. It failed to wrap up all of the show's many hanging threads, but I don't think anyone expected 'SGU' to answer every single mindboggling question it ever brought up here, especially since it's well-known that the actors and creators learned about the show's cancellation after filming had wrapped.

But its no accident that 'Gauntlet' had an appropriate sense of finality to it. 'SGU' co-creator Brad Wright told me in a recent interview that the episode was designed to work as a season finale as well as a series finale of sorts. As the show's ratings started to dip following the move to Tuesdays last October, Wright and crew figured that they should really make this season ender count.

Instead of devoting the episode to addressing the show's more complex puzzles, like the search for the "God signal" that was said to be Destiny's true purpose, the finale focused on the characters and how they've grown and learned to work together as a family unit.

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'Stargate Universe' Season 2, Episode 19 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted May 3rd 2011 2:15AM
stargate universe blockade['Stargate Universe' – 'Blockade']

Impressive episodes like 'Blockade' are making this cancellation business really hard to swallow.

From start to finish, this was easily one of the most exciting and compelling hours of 'Stargate Universe' to ever hit the air. I don't think there's another show on TV right now that's offering this kind of classic sci-fi shoot-em-up-fun mixed with genuine suspense, great character moments and an intriguing long-form story arc.

I'd be rejoicing about the show's recent creative comeback if we had another season, or at least a TV movie or two, ahead of us. But, sadly, 'SGU' is a done deal. Well, at least it's going out with style.

This week's episode combined two types of story lines we've seen in the past for maximum impact: The risky plan to save the ship, and the dangerous away mission.

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'Stargate Universe' Season 2, Episode 16 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 12th 2011 9:00AM
stargate universe, the hunt, syfy['Stargate Universe' - 'The Hunt']

Rodney McKay was out of sight, but this week's episode of 'Stargate Universe' still inspired memories of the sunnier 'Stargate Atlantis.' A big, scary monster attacked our heroes during a scout trip and took two people captive, leading the team to embark on a dangerous rescue mission on an alien planet.

I make the 'Atlantis' comparison here because the plot of 'The Hunt,' at first blush anyway, felt like the same kind of well-worn sci-fi story that 'Atlantis' rehashed several times during its five season run: Alien creature attacks, important person is taken, others risk their lives to rescue them. But the comparisons pretty much end there. Despite some monster attack scenes and some so-so creature feature CGI, 'The Hunt' was less about reveling in sci-fi/action-adventure tropes and more about exploring Ronald Greer's troubled soul.

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'Stargate Universe' Season 2, Episode 15 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 5th 2011 7:50AM
stargte universe seizure mckay['Stargate Universe' – 'Seizure']

This week's episode of 'Stargate Universe' saw the welcome return of two 'Stargate' franchise vets and the unfortunate "quarantine" of two lovely new characters. 'Seizure' was all over the map emotionally, offering fun winks and nods to die-hard fans, a tense espionage plot, and a tragic B story.

Let's get to the fun stuff first ... How 'bout a big hand for David Hewlett and the triumphant return of Dr. Rodney McKay! Considering the stark contrast in tone between 'Stargate Atlantis' and 'SGU,' McKay's presence here could have easily felt forced and awkward. Instead, it felt solid and satisfying.

Hewlett, episode scribe Remi Aubuchon, and director Helen Shaver managed to create a version of McKay who looked and acted like he belonged on 'SGU' without sacrificing the things we love about the character (like his endless arrogance, below par social skills and genuine brilliance). Even the few bars of the 'Atlantis' theme that accompanied his entrance felt just right.

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David Hewlett on 'Stargate Universe' and the Future of the Sci-Fi Franchise

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 4th 2011 4:00PM
david hewlett stargate universeSmart, geeky, passionate and verbose -- not only could that description suit 'Stargate Atlantis''s science wiz Rodney McKay, it also fits the actor who played him, nerd-for-hire David Hewlett.

Two years after viewers waved goodbye to McKay and Hewlett in the 'Atlantis' series finale, the fan-friendly genre actor is resurrecting his most famous role tonight with a guest spot on Syfy's 'Stargate Universe' (Mon., April 4, 10PM ET).

We got a chance to chat with Hewlett about bringing McKay back to 'Stargate,' a franchise that's in danger of disappearing from the TV landscape after the recent cancellation of 'SGU.'

Hewlett, who blogs about his work and life for Syfy's Blastr site, offered his thoughts about the future of 'Stargate' and what it was like playing McKay on 'SGU,' a show he said exists in "a different world when compared to the other 'Stargate's." The actor also briefed us on the status of his in-the-works pet TV project, 'Starcrossed,' which he described as 'Galaxy Quest' meets '30 Rock.'

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'Stargate Universe' Season 2, Episode 13 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 22nd 2011 11:55AM
stargate universe alliances episode recap['Stargate Universe' – 'Alliances']

Greer and Camille finally bonded, the Lucian Alliance threat got real, and Homeworld Command came calling this week on 'Stargate Universe.'

Before we jump into 'Alliances,' let's take a quick trip to Sunnydale...One of my favorite 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' episodes is 'Checkpoint,' from the show's fifth season. In 'Checkpoint,' members of the elite and oh-so-British Watchers Council pay Buffy and Giles a visit. This is no social call, of course; the Council members are in town to deliver valuable information about Buffy's latest foe, the awesomely evil Glorificus. But before handing over the intel, they feel they must evaluate Buffy, Giles and her friends by putting them through a series of ridiculous tests to assess their honesty and credibility.

That 'Buffy' episode ended with Buffy and crew standing up for themselves and telling the Council to frak off. It was an inspiring episode, with Buffy and her pals solidifying their commitment to the mission and -- er -- staking a bold new claim in the world that flew in the face of the old guard. A similar thing happened this week on 'SGU,' but, of course, the details were slightly different.

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'Stargate Universe' Season 2, Episode 12 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 15th 2011 6:20AM
stargate universe - twin destinies['Stargate Universe' – 'Twin Destinies']

Now that's what I call a comeback! This week's episode of 'Stargate Universe' was one of the most compelling hours of sci-fi TV I've seen all season. Unlike last week's episode, which wrapped up the events of the mid-season finale cliffhanger, 'Twin Destinies' worked as both a solid stand-alone mystery and as an important part of the larger story.

Of course, this episode was full of convenient coincidences, shock-value scenarios and time-wimey trickery, but it was still one hell of a ride.

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'Stargate Universe' Cast on Season Two, Being Trapped on Destiny and Those Creepy Communication Stones (VIDEO)

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Dec 1st 2010 1:30PM


All you 'Stargate Universe' fans out there: haven't you always wanted to know what the cast thinks about the communication stones? Or what they would bring with them if they were really trapped on the Destiny? What about their favorite sci-fi shows?

Most of the cast of 'SGU' assembled in Toronto to celebrate the mid-season finale, and TV Squad was fortunate enough to catch up with them. (Bonus points to any reader who can spot the error in the background of the videos.)

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'Stargate Universe' Season 2, Episode 8 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Nov 17th 2010 10:00AM
stargate universe malice recap['Stargate Universe' – 'Malice']

It was hard trying to stay away from spoilers and promos for this week's episode of 'Stargate Universe' after last week's cliffhanger ending. Really hard. Mostly because you, lovely readers, decided that it was okay to post spoilers for this ep in the comments of my last recap!

But, hey, it's cool. You're free to discuss 'SGU' however you want to on this site. I read your predictions and spoilers and hoped -- prayed! -- that all of you were wrong or misinformed, because what you were predicting was just so ... sad. Unfortunately, you were right, and the worst thing that could have happened actually did happen last night.

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'Stargate Universe' Season 2, Episode 7 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Nov 11th 2010 4:45AM
stargate universe sgu the greater good['Stargate Universe' – 'The Greater Good']

Rush's secret is out. And so, apparently, is Destiny's.

So lemme get this straight: The Ancients built Destiny to search for God? As Rush explained it to Young, the ship was designed to explore space after the Ancients found evidence of a "structure," or a transmission, which was created by someone or something possibly before the dawn of existence. Life before life.

And discovering this structure and the being(s) responsible for creating it could lead to a new level of understanding and power that man has never experienced.

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David Blue on 'Stargate Universe' Season 2, Eli Turning Into a Hero and Exploring Destiny

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Sep 28th 2010 2:00PM
Of all the 'Stargate Universe' characters struggling aboard the Destiny, David Blue's Eli is arguably the person who's changed the most. Over the course of the first season, we watched him grow from introverted computer geek into one of the more vital members of the ship's crew. We left Eli at the end of last season's cliffhanger finale as he and injured shipmate Chloe were stranded in an undiscovered part of the Destiny.

TV Squad caught up with Blue – who's actually a lot taller (and slimmer) than he looks on TV – and chatted about season 2 of 'Stargate Universe,' what's in store for Eli, and what he thinks about the constant comparisons to 'Battlestar Galactica.'

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'Stargate Universe' - 'Faith' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 17th 2010 11:35AM
stargate universe faith
(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.

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Review: Stargate Universe - Justice

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 4th 2009 11:58PM
Stargate Universe: Justice
(S01E10) "You put ordinary people under enough stress, I think you'll find they're capable of anything. – Dr. Rush

While watching this episode of Stargate Universe, I kept thinking of the "Court Martial" episode of the original Star Trek series. Captain Kirk is tried for the wrongful death of a crewmate, but Spock discovers via a 3D chess game that the computer's system has been tampered with and presents the evidence at the trial. Yes, I'm that geeky.

Ok, so that's about all these episodes have in common, and there's only so much you can do with the "trial in space" story. It boils down to the characters, and in this instance, the battle lines were drawn even further in this compelling little murder mystery.

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What were the swirling sands on Stargate Universe?

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 1st 2009 9:02AM
Stargate Universe: WaterOn this week's episode of Stargate Universe, "Water," we saw a return of those swirling sands of ... something ... that appeared in the earlier episode on the desert planet. Only on the desert planet, they were helpful. This time, they were a bit more nefarious, attacking a crew member and, apparently, depleting the ship's water supply (which, quite frankly, must be ancient water; let's hope they've got some good purification systems in place).

It makes you wonder if the swirling sands are the reason that particular planet was a sandy abyss, and now that they've been stargated to a planet with lots of precipitation in the form of ice, they should be happy for a while.

So what do you think they are? Aliens, as the crew surmised? And why were they helpful on the planet, but deadly on the ship? Why didn't they attack Johansen? And if they're aliens, could they have the ability to read a person's mind and form visions based on that person's memories and thoughts?

Feel free to discuss the rest of the episode, too. Because of a power outage, I wasn't able to get a full review up in a timely fashion, so decided to focus on the most interesting part of the episode for me -- the swirling sands.

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Stargate Universe is starting to remind me of Firefly

by Jane Boursaw, posted Oct 18th 2009 9:03AM
Stargate Universe: Darkness, Julia Anderson as Sgt. Vanessa JamesOk, first of all, I think I already have a bit of a girl-crush on Sgt. Vanessa James. I mean, for cripes sakes, look at her. And I love that she told the guys she could whup their ass. You do not want to cross her.

Four episodes into Stargate Universe, and I'm starting to get hooked. I like that this week's episode, "Darkness," took place mainly on the ancient ship Destiny, which looks ultra-cool flying through space. The whole thing has a Firefly feel to it.

I'm also starting to get a better feel for the storyline and characters, thanks in part to their little bio recordings engineered by Eli. Most of the crew are in their 20s or 30s, and most would rather be anywhere but there.

I appreciated them trying to figure out the ship's systems -- waste, water, showers, etc. As some of the commenters have said, that probably would have been first on the list of things to do three episodes ago, even if Dr. Rush was having some power issues of his own.

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