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If this all sounds very serious, well, these folks have a lot to be serious about. Very early on, the "Icarus Base" is under alien attack, forcing military and civilian personnel alike to escape through the stargate. They end up aboard Destiny, a massive ship that's millions of years old and was once the property of the omniscient master race known as the Ancients. Not only do our characters barely know how to operate the ship, they also have no idea where they are, except that it's billions of light-years from Earth. It's the responsibility of the two main men, Col. Everett Young (Justin Louis) and scientist Dr. Nicholas Rush (Robert Carlyle), to figure out how to get everyone home safely, a task that dominates the series' overall arc. That dicey proposition is complicated considerably by ceaseless internecine conflict on the ship, much of it between soldiers and civilians (typified by Young and Rush, both of whom are self-righteous, utterly humorless, and not especially likable). Much of the action takes place on Destiny, but there are occasional excursions to various planets in search of water and other supplies; there are also trips to Earth made possible by magical "communication stones" that allow users to exchange bodies with folks on the other end. As is the case with many new programs, SGU takes a while to hit its stride, but when that happens about a third of the way into the season, the results are often quite exciting; SGU may not be as much fun as the earlier shows, but it's still well written and entertaining, with excellent production values, good special effects, and some two hours' worth of bonus material. --Sam Graham
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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.Read more ›
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.
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...Read more ›
Season one was a bit slow to get going due to the necessary character development, but as it gathered speed it gets more interesting. There are hidden agendas and truths behind every episode with Dr. Rush being a primary antagonist. Love him or hate him, his passion for "the mission" are unfaltering. The other characters will appeal to fans of other Stargates, those being multiple nerds (Eli being a key), military types and hierarchy, civilians caught up in the situation of being lost in space. Near the end of the season things become a mix of fact seeking and spirituality (Destiny's, as from the Ancients, "mission" is starting to be clarified). The series clearly debates this same science vs. spirituality in a familiar fashion and really leaves no one behind in that you can ultimately believe what you want.
First time viewers may find the "transporter stones" confusing -- just stick with it and realize the great trick the writers have played with in this story.
It had been years since I had watched the original showings of these, and so many things got clear on this viewing. You may find yourself watching these back to back so get ready for a weekend of fun viewing after you get through the first five or so beginning episodes.
Very much recommended for sci-fi and Stargate fans in particular.
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I watched this series when it aired on the Syfi channel. It's great rewatching many of the episodes. Read morePublished 1 hour ago by Leslie
Best series of the Stargate Franchise. It's a shame there were only 40 episodes.Published 12 hours ago by EPNathan
Great human interest coupled with great science and creativity.Published 13 hours ago by Amazon Customer
First off I am not a SG1 or Atlantis fan. I loved Stargate the movie but only watched the first episode of SG1 and was not into it. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by Luther Mahoney
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