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Stargate Universe 2 Seasons 2009

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(1,781) IMDb 7/10

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A high-risk operation could conceivably return everyone trapped on board the Destiny to Earth, but not without risking their lives.

Starring:
Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira
Runtime:
44 minutes
Original air date:
November 6, 2009

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159 of 180 people found the following review helpful By Annihilatrix1138 VINE VOICE on October 31, 2010
Format: DVD
Watching the first episode of this show, I was groaning constantly. It seemed that someone had sat down and decided to merge two of the most popular science fiction shows of the decade (LOST and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) into one expensive-looking series. I mean, it had all the cliches. You've got the pretty girl who pretty much has the words "love triangle" tattooed across her forehead, the awkward boy genius, the Adama-like commander, the Baltar-like scientist, and a goal of returning to Earth from someplace far away.

Oh, and there were flashbacks. Sure, the action was cool, but it mostly looked like the visual effects artists of BSG had found new jobs.

I worked my way past the two part pilot and into what the main concept of the series would be. You have an Ancient ship called "Destiny" flying somewhere in another galaxy, and a group of soldiers and civilians are effectively trapped aboard it. They have very little knowledge of what makes the ship tick or what its purpose even is; they can't even figure out how to turn it around or make it do simple things.

Once I had given this premise a chance to settle, I continued on just to see if the writers would drop the ball. They didn't. They took that ball and ran with it to places that I still find myself trying to make sense of. I'm bewildered, frustrated, and angry at everyone on Destiny. And I'm loving every single second of it.

What you have is a spacebound mystery that leaves you largely in the dark (LOST) on a ship where its crew just wants to go home (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA or STAR TREK: VOYAGER). The concept seems derivative, largely because it is, but once this series found its footing all bets were off. You stop caring about what Destiny really is, where its going, and why.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Huns on September 18, 2014
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Fantastic. I like it more than SG-1. It's a shame the network moved it around twice. This is a series that could have gone on for six or eight seasons and never run out of stuff to show us. I've been into sci-fi TV, movies and books since I was a kid, and this is easily the most epic story I've seen. The narrative surrounding Destiny and its true mission is grand.

The only flaw I see is that the series took too long to get good. The first season is exhausting: everything is screwed up almost all the time and the crew is always on the knife edge of survival, and everyone is a total sourpuss except the one funny guy on the whole entire ship. They seem to have moved past that in season 2. Now that I'm approaching the end, I see the show that should've been there all along.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John Nemesh on July 9, 2014
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This truly excellent series was sadly cancelled after 2 seasons...however, those 2 seasons provided some of the best written, most intelligent science fiction on TV seen in the past decade!

While I have some issues with the show (the music montages in the first season are PAINFUL!), the show as a whole tells a great story, somehow managing to take the (very) established Stargate franchise and inject a new element that takes the story in an entirely new direction.

In the previous Stargate series, we learn that a race of "Ancients" built the Stargate network. The Stargate is "dialed" by inputting 6 symbols representing 3 dimensional target coordinates in space, with the 7th symbol being the origin. In the Season 2 Episode of SG-1, it was discovered that they could dial an EIGHTH symbol, which acted like an "area code" and would enable travel outside of the galaxy. Now, at the start of SGU, they have discovered that it should be possible to dial a NINTH symbol...but where does the address lead? Without spoiling much...it leads to an Ancient space ship, thousands (or more) years old, it's crew gone, the ship is barely functional, and the new inhabitants from Earth find themselves trapped on board, MILLIONS of light years from home, with no power source powerful enough to use the Stargate on board to send them home. They now have to work together to simply survive...repair the ship, collect needed supplies, figure out how to get home...and explore the Ancient, alien ship and discover it's purpose.

The characters are well written, and the writers make all of them multi-dimensional, complete people (for a change!). There are increasingly complex dramas played out...over love, power, control...
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49 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Anja Rebekka Schultze on February 5, 2011
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Let me begin to say that if you are a fan of the other two Stargate series and expect action adventure science fiction pulp with witty dialog and alien villains aplenty then you will not find this in this series. Stargate Universe is a drama series who happens to be placed on a spaceship, there is little which is similar to other Stargate products in this. To me it seams like the makers of Stargate saw how well Battlestar Galactica did and decided to try to jump on that bandwagon and they have done so with varying degree of luck.

The first few episodes for Stargate Universe is horrible, they are long drawn and boring with most of the three episode pilot being about trying to get limestone so they could get the CO2 scrubbers to start working again, if it had not been for having paid good money for the DVD set I would have stopped watching here, however luckily I stuck with the show as it do pick up further into the season. Now for those of you who might not know what Stargate Universe is about, the series follows a group of people who have been working on how to use the ninth chevron of the Stargate, unfortunately they end up stuck on the other side, the ninth chevron leading to the run down, million years old space ship Destiny which travels through faraway galaxies on an unknown mission. Now the group of random survivors have to try to survive with limited resources on board the ship while trying to find a way home. Every now and then the ship stops allowing the survivors to gate to various planets in search of supplies and other things they might need. Now this sound exiting enough, however 90 percent of the storyline is drama, there are love affairs, attempted murders, pregnancies, infidelity, betrayals and power struggles. In fact this is a space soap opera.
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