Stargate Universe - Air (1to3) - characters so far....

Well that was a nice entrance into the new Stargate show, wasn't it?


Even though I'm still in the probing mode and not yet fully committed to an opinion, I think the third episode really gave us viewers something to chew on.


Rush seems to be a believable riddle with some quite unlikeable qualities. Still, I find the agressiveness of Sgt. Greer towards him somewhat over the top.

Generally the good doctor seems to be extremly unpopular with everyone that knows him for some time. I look forward to being given clues as to the reason of this - his ruthless scientific demeanour can't be the only source for this antipathy, I think.


The revelations about Lt. Scott I found interestingly creative but overall not that exciting; but then, I'm always partial towards the geeks and a little dismissive towards the muscle - as long as he's not called O'Neill (well, muscle way back...).


Besides the constantly diverse Rush the most interesting character developement so far was shown by Eli in this third episode.

Charmingly uninformed and childish at points ("I have a gun!") I found it interesting to watch him showing a) some kind of loyalty towards Rush or at least believe in his abilities and b) some backbone.


Also a nice touch was the willingness of Cl. Telford to wear down Cl. Youngs body without apparent regard for the consequences.


That's my recapture of my highlights of the "new guys" of SGU - what do you think?



P.S. Is it just me or is the musical intro somewhat lame?

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Oct 11, 2009 5:39AM EDT

Liking it so far, and happy to see not everyone is judgemental yet. Last weeks reviews had alot of critics bashing the new series...It's different, and thats a good thing. People seemed to have a problem with some actors, but I think what they are forgetting is that this is a random group of people who didn't sign up for this mission, so it's not the same as stargate atlantis. Not every character has this big ego, and they don't look like they're gonna play a big role in the storyline, though they might.I like this personally, because i'm tired of the 'ol "strong leadership and genius scientists" routine (where these random 'adds' always end up dead, while the heroes survive once again). These are normal people put in an impossible situation.
I like doctor rush and since the last episode the ranking military staff got a little less 'testosterone' and a little more human.At first I was afraid Eli was just going to be Rodney Mcay copy, but they're giving him different qualities, which i like.
It'll take some time, but I think it's going to be interesting seeing this group of random people evolve into real characters with a variety of talents.

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Oct 11, 2009 9:53AM EDT

<These are normal people put in an impossible situation.>
Very much with you on this! Also, another version of the brilliant/highly trained hero(ine) saves the day would've been a little boring and underestimating the quality-standards of the (old) fans.
<At first I was afraid Eli was just going to be Rodney Mcay copy, but they're giving him different qualities, which i like.>
Indeed! And with him we're really on ordinary people grounds: he is a little overweight, quite clever but unemployed and seems to go for PC Games as a hobby. Also he's nice to people. ;o) ...McKay...
But what really got me on his side was his refreshing and tv-show-character unsusual way to just do stuff when told by someone with apparent authority!
He hesitates and enquires in a realistic fashion, but doesn't cry and moan and waste everyones time when there's an obvious emergency situation.
(Sorry for the intensity, but that so often bothers me with all kind of shows and films: something is about to go BOOM and everyone reacts totally irrational and hysteric. While in reality it is known by now that quite normal people are really able to grasp the seriousness of a situation an don't make a fuss!)

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Oct 11, 2009 1:32PM EDT

So far, Eli is by far the best character on the show. Immensely likeable and relatable, without being boring. Even better than McKay, at least as far as being believable as an actual person.
I'm also digging Scott and the medic, Johansen (?). Although Scott just became annoyingly, over-the-top heroic in Air 3. They need to give that boy some flaws, stat.
Rush is interesting. Might become a love-to-hate character.
Greer needs a combat boot to the face.
Young is entirely forgettable.
I'm kind of bothered by how freaking young most of the cast is. Half the time I feel like I'm watching Dawson's Creek in Space. That little Armstrong girl is one baby face too many. I'm kind of hoping they find a way to get Telford onboard the ship.

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Oct 11, 2009 4:30PM EDT

Sorry but the devices in this new series stink of "lost" which is something i despise.
Yes, the characters should be different.
Yes the "franchise" needs to evolve.
No it should not be cheapening itself like this.
So far, in terms of story telling it's showing to be a carbon copy of lost. Feeding just enough in each episode (nuggets if you will) to keep the viewer interested and to give them hope that there is something interesting and exciting to come when in actual fact there is not and never will be, at least not nearly as interesting as they have the viewer hoping.
Having said that I will be following this series having said pretty harsh things about Atlantis when it was first aired. I am left hoping that the device similarities are merely similarities and will not develope in to "Whats with the massive polar bear?" or "Whats in the bunker? find out in 36 episodes".

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Oct 14, 2009 12:18PM EDT

Dr. Rush = poor man's Gaius Baltar?

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Oct 14, 2009 12:44PM EDT

<Dr. Rush = poor man's Gaius Baltar?>
Well, Gaius Baltar was definetly fun and amusingly bonkers, but Rush seems somewhat less crazy and more sinister.What has been indicated so far I really doubt Rush's altruistic motives, while Baltar was merely neglectful of consequences on a universal scale...

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Oct 17, 2009 5:36AM EDT

I give show 1 and 2 a 7 out of 10, and show 3-- 0 stars cause it's way to personal way to early.
Is this a Stargate franchise or a flying Big Brother? We have to focus on the chicks boobs with the keno to get a little school boy laugh? I realy want to like this series but it's not close to anything of quality.
Big Brother confessionals on show 3? What is that?

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