That's the problem with shows like SG1 and atlantis. There were both similar and eventually it's get old really quick. Same old stories, recycling plots and what not. Same goes for startrek. I'm a huge fan of the series. The generations series did good and as they made spin offs, it was pretty much the same thing but different characters. Although i liked DS9 because i thought it had more actions, but anyways you get my point.
But I hear you they should use the startgate more since it is "stargate universe". Hopefully it will grow on you guys and gals.
It'll be lucky if it lasts just 5 seasons like Atlantis and SG-1 when Sci-Fi aquired the show.
I admit SG-1 and SGA both lost steam at the end of their seasons recycling plots and some episodes that were terrible fillers, but it was the way Sci-Fi just canned them midway thru the season without warning.
SGU got off on a dreadfully slow pace with storylines on earth no one cares about especially episodes like Life and Earth. The 2nd half has been ok, but Faith was soso, but nothing really happened other than them finding out about an alien race that can create new worlds. So far episodes like Time and Air (1) have been 'true' Stargate episodes.
Everything else in this show so far you can just use a shuttle or a teleporter instead of a gate [and almost half so far didn't even use it]. This show may as well have been its own show minus the Stargate prefix. I mean if it is supposed to be a 'stargate' show at least involve the gate more than using the shuttle most of the time. And I can speak for myself when I say if this show was called 'Destiny' and no Stargate prefix, most Stargate fans would probably be at peace because it doesn't relate much with the other two shows.