Stargate Universe Thumbs down and a middle finger.

What happens when you take the characters from Galactica and insert them into the SG franchise? You get Stargate Universe.


We have technology that doesn't make sense. Most of it wouldn't have been obsolete in Atlantis. If you've got the shield technology to fly through the sun and can recharge with solar power I'm not sure anyone would bother with the ZPM seeing as how a sun is more powerful. But just like with SG the writer's waive their magic pen, and expect fans to buy it. I would, honestly if the show was traditional SG. But it's not. It's a drama. People are even having sex.


Just as Stargate Atlantis was filled with cookie cutter characters from SG1, Dr. Rush is clearly Baltar from Galatica. HE MUST FIT THE MOLD. Episode 5 was slow but toward the end Rush's character develops. Two seconds later he regresses to an evil person who knew the ship would survive but let the leaders hold a lottery for shits and giggles. He's got one dimension and it's sour.


Same with Eli. For math wiz his only skills so far are recording video. Oh and making sad puppy eyes at the senator's daughter. I'd tell you her name but her character isn't memorable.


The first time I met this cast was in 9th grade. It was a play called Twelve Angry Men. The scene from Twelve Angry Men has been rehashed in movie classics like Dawn of the Dead (2004) and on some TV drama every week, sometimes more. Here we have these twelve personalities in triplicate- though the shows favorite mold seems to be "Crowd investigator," "Sheep," and "One Rational Man."


I never complained about the writing with the SG franchise because I knew it was a cheesy save the day at the last minute show. I watched it for the mindless entertainment. It was fun. Here we have a show that isn't entertaining and yet still manages to be mindless. Yes, lets "sling" around another planet because the first time was interesting enough. A twofer like bonus content on DVD's but not interesting.


After watching this I was so annoyed I wrote this review. After this episode I'll return for the next train wreck, excuse me, I mean episode, like the jaded lover who's been bitch slapped one to many times.


"Give me another chance," he says. "I've changed... Let me prove it to you." (Translation: You'll get used to me and like it because I know what viewers want.)


That has yet to be seen.


I'll come back because I miss my SG fix but if the writers don't get their heads out of their dairy-airs soon, I'm going to send them a Dear John letter:


Dear John,

You suck.



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Oct 25, 2009 10:54AM EDT

I was thinking the exact same thing as I watched that last episode of SGU... I though "Wow, Dr. Rush is just like Baltar, but without all the things that made Baltar a compelling character." The writing on this show is truly below average.

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Oct 25, 2009 10:56AM EDT

I agree, this show is a lot like battlestar galactica and less like a stargate shows, only diffrence is that in battlestar galactica they had unlimited supply of alcohol....lool.. its also a bit like that crappy show defying gravity, .. they tried to make it something more than sg atlantis and sg sg1 but it turned out really crap.

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Oct 25, 2009 12:03PM EDT

i think that the automatic response for the next decade or two ill be to compare every sci-fi show to battlestar galactica. although, to be fair, BSG was one of the greatest shows ever made and the pessimists of the world will be forever disappointed as new shows fail to achieve its complexity and, well, awesomeness. more than likely, many aspects of SGU are inspired by the success of BSG. but that doesn't make them horrible ripoffs, or even ripoffs at all. one cannot claim baltar was an evil character because he wasn't. baltar was complex, layered character who represented the human condition on its worst day. and to say dr. rush is like baltar is another fallacy. obviously rush has a lot of secrets he is hiding, but i doubt any of them include causing the genocide of humanity. and what is baltar without this vital addition to his character? and the ship going through a star bothers you? i thought it was a brilliant way to solve a problem that might otherwise have backed the writers into a corner. and the problem with flying atlantis through a star? atlantis is a city that happens to fly while destiny is an actually spaceship. and atlantis wouldn't have had the power to make it to a star in the first place.
and, to be honest, do you really want another show just like SG1 and SGA? both were incredible shows but there are seasons and seasons of those shows and i, personally, am glad that the SG franchise decided to do something different. SGU is dramatic and intense and seems to draw from a variety of sources without copying any of them. i understand your complaints, but i don't understand your devotion to the franchise as a whole. if it's really so terrible for you, please just got watch SGA and SG1 and leave the rest of us to enjoy it the way it is.

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Oct 25, 2009 2:21PM EDT

<<<do you really want another show just like SG1 and SGA?>>>
Yes!
Beautiful, funny, delicious, aromatic cheeeeese.

Heh, sorry, I know the question wasn't directed at me, but dammit, yes. Another SG1 or Atlantis would have been much better than what they're trying (and failing) to do with Universe.

Original Poster, you make some damn fine points, especially on the shield that can withstand a star's corona. I disagree with you on Rush, though. He did strike me as a Baltar clone at first, but as of ep 5, I think I understand him better. As I wrote in a different post: "self-loathing over something in his past makes him intensely uncomfortable with people liking and/or trusting him, so he does his damndest to avoid that - notice the freaked out reaction to Young's friendly "well done" clap on the back, and all the indications that while Rush might have had a vague suspicion, no way did he *know* the Destiny would pull through, so he's faking it there in the end, I'm sure of it."
I'll add that I do believe Rush would much rather have gone down with the Destiny, than lived on some rock with no new technology to explore. This is about as far from Baltar the Ultimate Survivor as you can get.

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Oct 25, 2009 6:03PM EDT

Oh for goodness sake it,s nothing like sex starved, religious manic they made the Cylons into on BSG. Let each show develop on it's own. Rush is nothing like Baltar. Get a GRIP and give it some time.

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Oct 27, 2009 12:54AM EDT

It's enticing, has great cinematography, dialogue and actors... and no aliens (which is a nice break for the moment. Not that I don't love aliens). Yes, it has the feel of BSG, but who cares. BSG itself, as smartly done as it is, has been inspired by many predecessors. It's just a TV show and is far better than most of the rubbish out there anyway. Two thumbs up here.

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Oct 29, 2009 6:05AM EDT

Well overall i have to say that i was really thrilled to see a new stargate show. it seemed to be a truly great and logical idea to switch to a spaceship-environment with a forced timeframe to explore different planets. this would enhance the possibillities even more.
well, as thrilled as i was when i was tuning in for the pilot.... so deeply disappointet i am after trying to FORCE me through all 5 episodes so far.
i am really sorry, i should represent the segment of people the show was initially aimed at. i loved BSG and i like dramatical character driven shows like ..let's say, house and so on. But all these shows are pretty much unike in their feels. Including Stargate with all its Movies and tv shows until now.
I feel a bit embarrased that this is named stargate. and i think the producers and directors, which i..just for the record, really like (they are great guys!), should be embarrased too. because what they came up with, is not working as it should. actually it is a lot worse than that. it is setting fire in all the stargate communitys.. you can read it all over the internet. I estimate that at least 70% of regular stargate viewers wich liked any sg show before are really dissappointed with the overall style of this show.
It is wayyyyy too cheesy... too much lovestory (90210 in space.. literally!), absolutely unrealistic use of recources.. for e.g. the comunication through the ancient devices. They could just swap the stupid crowd with the best and brightest airforce can offer!! And its Over the top ridiculously dramatic. But what hurts most is that its plain boring over long distances. In the face of death, instead of pulling together and work the problems they fight against each other and they are banging each other. No body trusts the guy next to him. It is absolutely PAINFULL to watch most of the characters interact. It is so fucking embarrassing!
Damn it's really a shame that they haven't tried something more subtile before they pushed full throttle ahead for the "ReallityTV/MTVdatingshow/i sold my wife for a new flatscreen and married a whore"-audienceWhat a load of blended crap.
The only guy you can really enjoy is ELI. Colonel Young the doc and carlyls character, rush, they have great potential. Robert Carlyl is GREAT! I hope they try a 180 degree turn. and fast please. because if i have to watch ONE more single random lovescene with random guys and random blabla instead of problemsolving in a show called stargate.. then i'm afraid i have to puke in a envelope and send it to MGM. If they are not bankrupt by then which i would really appreciate by now...... cheers

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