Stargate Universe

Season 1 Episode 12

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Apr 09, 2010 on Syfy
8.3
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Several of the civilians on Destiny execute a coup and take over control of the ship from the military personnel.

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  • Stargate Universe seems to be borrowing from Battlestar Galactica's play book with its civilian verses military storyline.

    6.0
    The civilian verses military storyline doesn't work for me. This week's episode was a chore to watch. The civvies trapping the military on another part of the ship and asking them to disarm seemed clunky.



    Maybe because SGU hasn't got its legs yet or maybe because I want it to be Stargate and it clearly doesn't' want to be. Whatever, it's not BSG and it should drop the civvies verses military storyline quickly.



    The civvies are boring apart from Rush and Eli, so to focus on the others is to waste my time. We had the IOA (International Oversite Advisory committee) trying to take over Stargate operations in SG1 and SGA and it worked there but I'm over them. Let's move on and establish some solid mythology. I don't mind if SGU doesn't want to be all Stargatey but stop trying to be BSG.moreless
  • Stargate Universe continues to show it is simply a collection of ideas stolen from other Sci-Fi shows without any of the craft that made them great - this week's theft...mutiny

    2.0
    I had high hopes after the episode from last week that we would start to see larger story lines from this show. However this episode was a giant leap backwards.



    For anyone watching this show who also watched the excellent Battlestar Galactica it is very clear that the writers have no fresh ideas of their own and are simply going to steal all of their plots. Added to this is that fact that they have no idea how to provide any real tension and that characters seem to change their motivations without any reason and you have one enormous mess.



    Chloe continues to annoy as she is quite happy to side with the civilian team rather than her military boyfriend. This is the same guy who has always supported her and comforted her when she was crying about her earth boyfriend moving on (at the same time she had...why is she so morally superior?).



    The part about the tracking device in Rush was good but why did this plot element only last 15 minutes and not span over several episodes. Plus suddenly a field medic is perfectly capable of removing said tracking device even after the doctor they brought on board didn't think it would be easy to remove...



    The mutiny itself was almost laughable and again unlike Battlestar this show seems desperate to end everything after 45 minutes (and fail to provide hard hitting endings to the characters involved). This lack of depth is one of the worst things as nothing is ever developed properly. What if the mutiny had lasted several episodes - or even been allowed to brew for longer?



    Again Battlestar along with many other and older sci-fi shows has done this much better and it feels like this show has already run out of steam only 2 episodes into the second half of its debut season.



    Flat characters along with dynamics and plots stolen from other shows will not last for long. Without a new showrunner and writer with something fresh to offer it would be the humane thing to simply allow this show to die. I hope that I am wrong and next week something will happen. But I doubt it...moreless
  • Much better! Finally..a plot. I get it, Chloe is Summer Glau.

    8.0
    I was wondering why the hell she was here in the first place. Not really a point in her character, except she looks just like Summer Glau.



    The Aliens did something to her, and she's going to be a bad ass, right? Well guess I'll just keep watching this box set until I find out, or get enough of Col Young and just cut the thing off.



    Other than the Serge, once again, the rest of the military are useless, and dumb. The scientist need to be more apart of this program, and less focus should be on the military persohnnel. Not sure if I like the whole Cloe-Summer Glau thing, but, it is what made Firefly awesome, and this is begining to look a lot like a Firefly ripoff/want to be.moreless
  • Tracked by the marauding Aliens Destiny faces destruction while the rumours of the Colonels actions lead to drastic measures by the civilians.

    8.5
    Now this is what i'm talking about. Another fantastic epsidoe of SGU. I loved the opening dream sequence and the increased use of colour and windows is breathing life into the show. The pace has remained fast and this episode is tense and dramatic.



    We are seeing the emergence of political factions and alliances, which are blurred by emotional attachments and ideaology. At this juncture it seems to me that the first 7 episodes should have been used as backstory and the show should have launched into this present arc of power struggles and alien attack. The added confusion and instant drama would have been a great way to wowser audiences.



    At any rate i feel that they managed to trim the fat two weeks in a row and deliver on a broader visual spectrum. Is there hope for this beast after all...?moreless
  • Good episode but still.. too naive and Young is losing all his credibility.

    9.0
    I most say, I loved how this episode was going. We all know sooner or later this will happen but I did not expected it this way.. The one thing, I did not expected from this episode was Chloe. She has been quite pointless and her kidnapping last episode looked like they just want something for her to do. But this episode showed there is much to come from her. Ofcourse, they want to make things more complex, but I liked Chloe "switching" sides and the whole thing that "Scott cannot understand me, Rush does". It was unexpected but I quite liked it. And if does really she went there to distract Eli, that makes her even more tricky than I expected. That's good.



    But the main thing on this episode - the coup. First of all, I like the idea but I do not like how the writing and directing was done. BSG did similar storyline episode had hit the nail. SGU did not.. Rush and Camille did not think it through. It looks like everything in SGU world does seems not to have any consequences. Rush managed to get away with planting gun. Young managed to get away leaving Rush to die. They both seems to try get read of each other but none of them have the courage of doing it to the end. They try to build tension and show the hard choices the chars have to make. And sometimes it works, but majority of cases, it ends up being to naive and childish, building some tension and atmosphere, but always leaving the feeling like there could have been more.



    There were great scenes. Loved when Young walked into the lab and threatened to shot Rush. But we all knew it won't happen. I loved Chloe vs TJ. I loved Eli on all this.. like on the moment Young ordered him not to do anything Rush says.. Rush telling him to stop. It was interesting why Eli is making his choices. He is sticking with military and Chloe is not. So.. great char moments. But the way things went. It was sure military would take it back and I loved Scott reminding that we have to live with those people tomorrow.. but I really wonder how they will do that? And I wondered how they managed to do it without any shooting? I mean, if those civilians so believed in their cause and their right, then why did they let it go so easily? And how Rush or Camille never thought about the possibility they come with guns? And the way Young ended it.. "pretending" it did not happened. They all will carry it with them and that Young lets it go like that.. Rush and Camille will try again.. that's sure.. and he knows it too.. He should have shown he is in charge.. So.. not too much logic but..



    So.. if thinking overall, some illogical decisions, little bit too much nativity but when comparing with other SGU episodes.. on my top 3, for sure..moreless
Robert Carlyle

Robert Carlyle

Dr. Nicholas Rush

Louis Ferreira

Louis Ferreira

Colonel Everett Young

Ming-Na

Ming-Na

Camille Wray

David Blue

David Blue

Eli Wallace

Brian J. Smith

Brian J. Smith

1st Lt. Matthew Scott

Jamil Walker Smith

Jamil Walker Smith

MSgt. Ronald Greer

Alisen Down

Alisen Down

Dr. Brightman

Guest Star

Anna Galvin

Anna Galvin

Mrs. Armstrong

Guest Star

Julia Benson

Julia Benson

2nd Lt. Vanessa James

Recurring Role

Patrick Gilmore

Patrick Gilmore

Dr. Dale Volker

Recurring Role

Peter Kelamis

Peter Kelamis

Adam Brody

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: As stated, Young has "control" of life support. Rush notes that they have enough air for three days, and later says that Young is still pumping air in. However, "control" means that air can be pumped both in and out. Young makes no effort to break the deadlock by threatening to pump air out of the civilian section and give Rush and his people less than three days.

    • Goof: It seems impossible that Johansen wouldn't have given the two prisoners a thorough physical exam after their rescue. However, she failed to see Rush's surgical scar, even though it was visible enough that he could check and make sure that Chloe didn't have one.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (The ship shakes)
      Brightman: What is that?
      Scott: Uh, yeah. We're under attack.
      Brightman: What?!
      Scott: Shields are holding. We're good.
      Johansen: Welcome to Destiny.

    • Rush: Same dream?
      Chloe: Yeah.
      Rush: Me too.
      Chloe: What did they do to us?
      Rush: I don't remember everything.
      Chloe: Yeah, me neither. Maybe that's a good thing. Everyone thinks we're safe. They think that they'll never find us again. We're not safe, are we?
      Rush: No.

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