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THIS is what Sci-Fi should be like!
This was The best TV Series i have ever seen in my opinion!!!!!!!!!
I really enjoyed the 2 seasons that aired, i was so hooked on this show that even though it only had 2 seasons, I watched them numerous times. I really wish they didn't cancel it there, I would have loved to see where the destiny was destined to reach, they also left us (the fans) hanging in the worst possible way, with no conclusion.
It didn't have the same feel as the previous Stargates did, but to great effect in my opinion. I loved the first 2 (SG1 and SGA) but this was more Sci-Fi where those were more action/Sci-Fi.
I related to Eli Wallace as a smart but unsuccessful young adult (whom I thought was the true hero in the story) and saw the series from his perspective, the writers had a way of drawing me in in such a way that i wished that I was there instead.
I wish they would bring this series back with a heavy heart.moreless
I really wanted to like this show.
Im a new fan to the Stargate fandom. I thought the original series was decent but outdated. I loved Atlantis. I came into this series knowing it hate its fans and it had hatred. I tried to keep and open mind but this show never really clicked for me. The story was there maybe just not moving forward fast enough. My problem was I never fell in love with a single character. I don't know if it was the darkness to the show or that the casting just wasn't good enough. Something was a miss for me.moreless
Magnificient Science Fiction Series. Science Fiction at it's finest. Ignore negative reviews, it's just people who don't like realism and drama.
I've read a number of reviews here on TV dot com and it's clear that people either loved the show or hated it.
First up, if you enjoy movies like Blade Runner, 1984, Soylent Green, Logans Run and perhaps THX1138, then I'm certain you will enjoy Stargate Universe. Some reviewers have compared it to the new Battlestar Galactica(if there referring to the first 2 seasons then I don't have a problem, the final 3 seasons of the new Battlestar Galactica however were utter trash).
My main issues with SG-1 and SG-Atlantis where watching them in the first place. Why? Well I really enjoyed the first movie but McGyver(Richard Dean Anderson) replacing Kurt Russell had me waiting a long time till I finally watched the show(which by the way is not bad and I was glad I watched it for the great tech ideas etc). Also no James Spader further removed my interest from the show for a long time. It's also fair to say that the show did end up being the Amanda Tapping and Richard Dean Anderson show for a long time, this even continued into Stargate-Atlantis which was a negative for me.
Stargate-Atlantis was superb in bringing more realistic characters to the show as opposed to jolly jaunters as Daniel Jackson would put it.
Then along came Stargate - Universe and I'm ever so glad I watched all the previous incantations of Stargate(the animated is not counted as it's complete garbage and not worthy of the Stargate name), for had I not made the decision to watch all of those fun episodes I would never have tried out Stargate Universe and Stargate Universe is simply stunning.
Something that a lot of people here need to know right now is that there are about 30 or so KENO diary entries that were made seperate to the series. To view them, fans and interested viewers had to go to the website and check them out as they were released. These are now available on the Bluray set for season one(that I now own and will be there for season 2 when it's finally available on bluray as well) and are a must if your even sightly interested in the show. The main reason is that they fill in the gaps which allow you to relate to the characters and where there coming from. It will give those who (just couldn't get into the characters because they were not instantly cool) something to provoke a touch more thought.
This series has hit nerves mainly because in terms of characters, it presents us with people as they really would be. Reality always hits nerves because people often seek SciFi to escape into an imaginary world. Real SciFi however shows us both the good and the bad aspects of future concepts, technology and ways of thought. Stargate Universe presented characters which to me, felt real. A crowd of people forced onto a Starship they didn't intend upon being on, all being forced to work together. Did you honestly believe that would equal a happy situation? No way, in fact just the opposite for many episodes and this series is to be commended for capturing that fact extremely well.
The 'Destiny'(The Starship for those who havn't seen it yet because your friends only wanted another formulaic series like SG-1 and SG-Atlantis but ignore them, this is the one to see if your prefer REAL drama in your SciFi. It's also a touch of SciFi drama. Exploring peoples emotions and feelings if they found themselves in this situation), is superb. I'm at a loss as to why people found some things unbelievable and aspects of the ship that didn't fit. I found it was explained incredibly well. The episode where there all searching to find some substance to replenish the oxygen system for example was breathtaking(excuse the pun), I honestly felt for those people and I'll admit opened a window when they got the air system working again.
My only negative is the stones from the Azguard that allow the crew to switch bodies, placing there consciousness in someone back on Earth, while that person get's there body on the starship, was more of a distractor than an aid, however it does allow for some relief with the crew and the ability to contact there loved ones which gives them some hope. It was also a great way to explore another area of drama and the human condiiton.
Overall this is mind blowing SciFi. Gone is the half hearted romps, replaced with serious well thought out science fiction, telling a life like story as opposed to a tongue in cheek everyone goes home happy tale. This is a series for the grown up and mature Stargate fan, or even anyone who prefers honest truth in drama from characters as opposed to BS that's for show on the screen to give a 'cool factor'.
Finally as for the 'they just push buttons and it all works out pheww' that one reviewer mentioned. Ignore it. Everything is very well explained(in particular the bit about having control of some systems but others which are locked out and only a handful of people on the starship can actually read 'Ancient' as most of the people are not even supposed to be on a starship so everything is very slow going) and the truth is(I hope this isn't giving too much away), a lot of the moments are not 'oh pheww' moments at all. Alas many people die in this show, in fact very easily just like they would in real life if exposed to the vacuum of space or other harsh environments for any lengthy period of time.
Terrific series, highly underrated and it really is a shame that previous fans of the other 2 series, simply failed to understand or get SG-Universe(they probably didn't even know about the KENO diaries which explain a lot of the sub plots and actions of the characters in the main series, well worth watching for those who havn't seen them yet but have seen the series and want some more SG-U, it's essentially over 30mins of new footage).
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for adults. Not a family/childrens show.
PS. The soundtrack to this series is SUPERB. Again fans of Blade Runner are going to love the theme. That reminds me, the series title section was brilliantly non-pretentious and not over the top like the other 2 series(why waste valuable viewing time on a fanfare with every episode), no Stargate Universe gives you about 3-5 seconds and that's that. Actors names etc just placed lightly while the epiosde actually begins as opposed to the fanfare style that wasted 30 - 40 seconds of viewing time on each and every episode in SG-1 and SG-Atlantis.moreless
Very good viewing.
I find the characters in this show much more realistic than in the other SG's, although I love the entire franchise. A motley crew of flawed individuals thrown together and forced to work to overcome their differences, this isn't a candyfloss series, it's hard-hitting and sometimes even unpredictable. Why they left it where they did is unfathomable. Even a one-off, feature-length episode to finish off the story would have been better than the cliffhanger we've been left with. Bring it back, we need to know what happens! :(moreless
Almost on par with Battlestar?
Possibly the only other Sci-Fi series that could have been as good as Battlestar Galactica! rich characters! a smart story line and mysteries that i just want to be solved!
To continue this into a third season? i think it is a must! this is just too good to leave it where it is! it needs to be continued!
Destiny..... The design is clearly ancient..... Launched hundreds of thousands of years ago.
This isn't your usual getting saved at the last second, making jokes while being tortured kind of Stargate we are used to, and that's a good thing. The previous Stargate TV franchises consisting of SG1 and SGA which used the same formula and had the same tone, and don't get me wrong, I love these shows, but ratings had dropped and a change was required for SG to survive.
Some compare SGU to Battlestar Galactica, it has more drama like BSG, it's set in space like BSG, they are far away from home like BSG, but other than that the show even with its darker feel has a completely different tone and is far less political. The show also has beautiful special effects with the gate opening procedure looking much better than previously. The special effects aren't in abundance, but when they are there, they're fantastic.
This is a show about survival, with real emotions and fear coming to the surface throughout, people behaving irrationally with different agendas. But, it's the potential of the show that stands out, with a huge ancient ship to be explored, no doubt riddled with cool technologies, not to mention the galaxy they are stuck in, billions of light years from home with new aliens to encounter.
The show has had its fair share of slower episodes. So What? What show doesn't? The haters of the showwould have you believe it's a soap, they exaggerate greatly and need to give it a chance. This show doesn't want to be an SGA clone, it's a serious scifi drama. The creators of the original movie weren't happy with SG1's light hearted tone, so folks saying SGU is an insult to SG need to remember that fans hated Star Trek: TNG until the Borg came along, they hated Voyager until 7 of 9 came along. With all this in mind and being a long time scifi fan, this show will only get better and with season 2 already commissioned it will be here for a while yet.
This isn't a show to casually watch but one to savour, if you want burger and fries stick with the originals, if on the other hand you want something with more depth, give this a try, you won't be disappointed.moreless
Following the mood, pace writing and general filming style of the wildly successful Battlestar Galactica reboot, Syfy tries again with Stargate Universe. I have to admit that I did not like the show when it first aired but on a rainy day started to watch it again from Netflix. I'm saddened now that I didn't give it more of a chance and that it eventually was cancelled.
There are some opretty neat ideas, sets, and writing for the show its just most people couldnt get past the more dramatic character development instead of Jack O'Neil style pacing and sarcasm.moreless
This show is so boring and uninteresting, I find it hard to believe it is from the same producers as the previous SG-series.
This is the kind of show that makes me wonder why it is made in the first place and even worse why really good shows get cancelled.
I have to admit. I'm a bit of a geek when it comes to tv shows and I love science fiction. As a huge fan of all the previous series in the Stargate universe, I can't figure out how they could get it so wrong on so many levels in SGU.
Here is what is wrong with SGU in my opinion...
First off, I don't like any of the characters. Even better, there is not a single character on this show I would hate to see get blown out of an airlock or drop dead of a massive coronary. Maybe the show would actually improve if it was just about the ship. Or better yet. Drop these lame dime in a dozen characters off at the nearest planet that can sustain life and pick up a cool crew. You know the SGA team.
Second. The ship, that looks awesome by the way, is so damaged they can not explore it properly or get it to work. However flying through a star is no biggie if it needs to power up. I really hate it when they totally go fiction and leave out the science part. So there is enough power to provide this bucket of bolts through a star and dialing earth is out of the question?!? I just don't believe it.
Third. There is something seriously wrong with the storyline and the problems they faced so far are just not that interesting. I want to refer to my previous statement of not caring who lives or dies. Even so if the ship simply knows the needs of the people on board, how come it hasn't stopped on a planet with food and supplies? How come the ship knows they ran out of water or that the airco needed fixing? It is weak at best. Fourth. I never liked the communication stones. Well let's say I can stand them for an episode or two in a twenty-four episodes series. But seriously every episode? Cut back on the meatsuit stories they are uninteresting to say the least.
And finally. Did I mention I don't like any of the characters?moreless