Stargate Universe Episode 14: "Human" Review


Anton Chekov, a famous Russian playwright, once stated: "If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise don't put it there." In other words, you gotta use the stuff you set up in your stories in a timely manner. This episode is all about the SGU writers firing two guns they left hanging on the wall in part 1 of this season - the story of Rush's wife, and Destiny's neural interface chair. "Human" makes excellent use of old plot points, while finding room to inject some new ones as well.


The intro scene gets us started right away with Rush, back on Earth, at home with his wife. The first thought that hit me was, "This feels a lot like Battlestar Galactica". The direction, the shaky camera, the cinematography, even the choice of music - it all seems a lot like what we saw in BSG many times. Of course, SGU and BSG style comparisons have been made many times by critics (including myself, I admit), but this was the first time SGU struck me as incredibly similar to BSG. For a moment, Rush really did become Gaius Baltar in my head, and I don't think that's a good thing.


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