So I think by the 3rd episode you'd be able to have a clear sense of whether or not you'd like a show. I think it has potential, but it'd have to change a lot to keep my viewer ship. A few things I've noticed so far in order of irritation.
1. Nicolas Rush. The main purpose of this writing, is the fact that I really really dislike Dr. Rush. I was watching 'Darkness' and my FAVORITE part of the entire series so far was the 15-20 minutes he was knocked unconscious. I really feel he add nothing but unnecessary tension and strain on the show, I can't stand his voice, and he doesn't pose the 'sense of reason' most brilliant scientists offer. Rather nothing more that just yelling and whining. Neither of which I want to watch in a show about being trapped in a huge friggin space ship.
2. The huge frigging space ship. Destiny? I can't stand that their scope of the show is so small to be confined on a ship when in the title they have 'Universe' I already feel bitter about being let down and the whole 'survivors trying to find their way home' makes the BSG theme song get stuck in my head. If they don't get off that ship in the next 2 episodes I'm bailing ship on this show.
3. Drama. I'm not a hardcore Stargate fan but the episodes I've watched are very enjoyable. Mostly because it's not one long drama all linked together. I really wish they would have kept the same format in SG-U. Again with the 'Universe' part attached I'd love to see them 'jump' (again not a SG guru) to one planet to save a gaggle of silverbacks then jump to another for tea with green people. If they have any chance of creating a show with longjevity time to drop the 12 episode 'movie'.
4. Eli Wallace. What is it with 'utter geniuses' in television being slackers. I hate the fact he also still acts like he's 10. Not 20 something and having gone through at least some college. He acts like he never has even had a beer. If he dropped out of MIT there had to have been a reason. Make him a rebel that womanizes and gets drunk - would have been a much more interesting character flaw that a meek geek that wets himself at seeing breasts. I do like that he likes 'toys' like the eye thing, but I would (I'm a geek) take it apart and see how it works, especially if there are plenty of them aboard the ship!
Not all is lost, I do really like Colonel young. I think Louis Ferreira nails the part perfectly. I hope to see more of him if this show doesn't get their act together.
Also the title is cool, and ummm the one guy who was in jail for some reason but is now out....
In short change everything SG-U and you could be a really great show :/