Stargate Universe Episode 9: "Life" - Review

You can't help but sorry for all the poor, hapless souls on Destiny. They're in a crappy situation already, but the lives they left a million light years away still haunt them too. This episode is full of deep character drama, and it's all done well, but it seems like the writers forgot to put much else in the story.

In case any of you were thinking last week's episode was a cliffhanger to be resolved in this week's episode, check out the special webisode on the matter at the Stargate Universe webisode site. The webisodes in general provide some interesting and informative extensions to the main storyline, so if you just can't get enough Stargate Universe, these little clips should keep you entertained for a while.

So, we pick up as we normally do, as if the events of last week's story never even happened. The crew of the Destiny is working out, complete with exercise clothing (and where in the hell did they get matching tees, shorts, and tennis shoes?).

Life on Destiny seems to be approaching some level of normality, despite the very abnormal circumstances. Spencer is going crazy, as he has been for most of the series. Besides the workout sessions there are psych evaluations going on too. They're mostly not that interesting, but Greer's session is an intriguing look into this apparently very complex character, and Jamil Walker Smith continues to nail every aspect of his performance.

There's a lot going on in this episode. The team discovers a neural interface device that might help get more info on how to work the ship. While this chair doesn't get used here, it does give us an opportunity for three things: more power struggles between Young and Rush, Greer's apparent willingness to risk his life to test the thing out, and Rush's refusal to do the same. I would have much preferred the main story to be built around this plot element, but instead, those damned communication stones get used again, for yet more conjugal visits. While these little situations are great for creating conflict and keeping the team on Earth busy, they've yet to really delve into the moral and psychological circumstances of all this bumping and grinding in other people's bodies. I mean, if you think about it, it might even be technically considered rape in some cases (even though I assume the volunteers know what could happen)

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