Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Stargate Universe, a really short review

So I finally caught up on SGU.

I could, and maybe sometime will, give a long, disappointed review of the show so far, but the short, disappointed review of Earth pretty much sums it up.

The ship Destiny is in another galaxy, unimaginably far from earth. There are limitless possibilities of danger and excitement. So, in Earth, three members of the crew body-swap back to earth where . . .

. . . we learn that Chloe's ex-boyfriend was cheating on her with her best friend.

In the course of the rest of the episode, we also learn that Eli is the Nice Guy who never gets the girl, and that Colonel Young once had an affair with T. J. (There went any hope of her secret being something interesting).

Oh, and Stargate Command seems to have become Starfleet Command--out of touch and slightly stupid. The presence of Jack O'Neill does nothing to dilute this.

To be fair, we also got to see Rush pull some highly sneaky stuff around Telford (whom the SG folk keep sending back to the Destiny; see "Starfleet Command" above), and it was good to see them finally taking advantage of the body-swap stones to bring on some scientifically trained folk who might help matters, so the A plot wasn't a total waste of time, but really!

Longer aside here: Gotta love those body-swap stones. They mean that everyone is spending far more time on earth in really interesting places like nightclubs than they are on the boring old Destiny, the Ancient starship currently exploring the depths of an unknown galaxy. I mean, who watches science fiction to see strange new worlds, anyway?

I don't know. I'm giving the show more chances because it is Stargate and I loved SG-1 & Atlantis, but then again, as the producers keep reminding us, this isn't Atlantis or SG-1, and I'm not any too fond of whatever it is.

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