Stargate Universe

Posted: 10/04/2009 in pop culture, television
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Stargate Universe is SyFy’s latest offering in the Stargate franchise,  it is a blend of Star Trek: Voyager, Battlestar Galactica & Lost in Space. The drama is centered around a group of refuges from the ill named Icarus project who find themselves stranded on a spaceship built by the Ancients. The group ended up on the spaceship ‘Destiny’ because they were fleeing an attack which may or may not have been triggered by them trying to switch on the Icarus project stargate in the first place, and when they did manage to boot up the stargate they ended up there. One of their many problems is that the Ancient’s ship is so ancient that it is not functioning properly, they can’t figure out how to get life support working and they are many light years away from Earth. But, if they only have a day of air left then that last point is moot.

It’s fraught and tense, plus there is a devious scientist (Hamish Macbeth himself Robert Carlyle) who is harboring many secrets and may have done this all on purpose. The opening sequences of the refuges being flung through the Stargate reminded me of the brutality of Battlestar Galactica episode ’33’ though it didn’t quite keep up the intensity through out. Overall I quite liked it, though I do realize that I am easy to please, and we’ll see how it develops over the next few weeks.

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Comments
  1. Tom says:

    I wasn’t too thrilled with the pilot, but usually I’m not. Eureka was probably the only show’s pilot I liked. I am looking forward to tonight’s episode.

  2. BookishlyFab says:

    I’ll have to check this out on Hulu (we only have basic cable). Dan seems to like it.

  3. It’s fun, and hopefully it will develop in a good series. Not BSG but BSG-lite.

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