I just watched some episodes from the first season of Stargate Universe, and I am a bit disappointed.
Starting out with a mess, and at the same time flashes around between characters and their backgrounds plus between two planets and even time difference at the same time.
Then when things settle down, they apparently really settle down! And by that, I mean that there aren’t really any meat on the bones… They fight each other more than actually fighting anything else mixed with Rush being an ass to everyone and constantly doing things without telling anyone else about it, and at the same time makes it look suspicious, sometimes without even being it…
At the same time the ship just flies on auto pilot, where they only use very little time to actually gain control, and mostly talk about exploring the ship, instead of showing any of it.
But why am I that disappointed? I am because I first watched Stargate SG-1 and it was fun. The serious Samantha Carter and Daniel Jackson, mixed with the silly Jack O’Neill and serious but still funny Teal’c. That was fun and interesting to watch, and see how they handled the problems in each their way. It was at the same time mixed with them coming across superior technology and sometimes getting their asses kicked by other races.
Next up was Stargate Atlantis, where they arrived and the city started to automatically service them and at the same time allowed them in, but not just letting all the clothes drop right away. They now had some superior technology to their disposal, and was able to use it too. They still traveled to other places, meet others and found new friends and enemies.
What do we have in SG:U so far? We got a ship that won’t allow them in, they fight each other more than the problems they face, plus all they got is old and outdated stuff. At the same time the whole theme seems to be changed more into a girlfriend friendly series spiced up with sci-fi.
So is SG:U badly made? Not necessarily, but after two other series I totally liked, it changed to something without any of the things I liked from the other. Okay, we do see some of them have sex but that is not why I decide to see Sci-Fi, there are plenty of other material to please that desire.
The plot is:
During an attack on the Tau’ri outpost of Icarus Base, the base personnel manage to dial a ninth chevronStargateaddress, which had been the ultimate purpose that Icarus Base was constructed for. Forced to evacuate and, with no where else to go, the evacuees emerge through the Stargate on an unmanned spaceship called Destiny. The Destiny was launched by theAncients at the height of their civilization, several million years ago, as a grand experiment set in motion to explore the universe, which was never completed. This group of evacuees soon discover that the ship is unable to return them to Earth, and they must now fend for themselves aboard the Destiny.
The crew will travel to the far reaches of the universe, connecting with each of the previously launched Stargates, thus fulfilling the Destiny’s original mission. Challenges will arise though as the ship comes into range of Stargates placed centuries ahead of the Destiny and the crew is unable to control the ship’s navigational schedule. If someone is left behind, there is no way to go back for them, adding to the drama of encountering new races, enemies and adventures. According to an interview with Robert Carlyle, Universe will be darker than the other series. It will be about a crew being ill-equipped on board the Destiny in the far reaches of the universe. It will deal less with alien encounters and have more to do with human survival.
And indeed, that is what it is about. But if I wanted to see drama, I wouldn’t watch Sci-Fi.
Another quote is:
According to show-runner Robert C. Cooper, the “series maintains the spirit of Stargate, but opens up a whole new ‘universe’.” It is currently being developed as “a completely separate, third entity” – as opposed to Stargate Atlantis, which was created as a spin-off from the first series Stargate SG-1.
And I got a hard time finding the spirit of Stargate. Instead of them being more or less in control, it is all changed to the opposite with a ship controlling where they go, and them fighting to keep up with it and understand what it is doing.