Stargate Universe

Season 2 Episode 20

Gauntlet

2
Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 09, 2011 on Syfy
9.2
out of 10
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10

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When the command ships and their drones cut off all access to planets, the Destiny crew must find a way to escape their enemy once and for all.

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  • Anyone remeber the Pilot?

    8.0
    In reference to the review titled "Egos, Egos, Egos!" by Rickgh:



    Did you watch the pilot?



    Were you aware that no one had ANY idea what the destination of the wormhole would be once the Stargate was activated using the final chevron?



    The "crew" of the Destiny were refugees of the base which was about to be destroyed. They had to go through the gate, or die. Written as a classic case of 'Didn't expect to wind up HERE when I got up this



    The Colonel was in charge because he is the ranking officer that made it through the gate. The rest are who they are, and would not have passed the screening for this type of mission anyway, most likely.



    Let the dysfunctional chaos begin!

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  • Egos, Egos, Egos!

    4.5
    This show had a lot of potential but what the heck happened? The characters that were supposed to be good were just the most annoying in science fiction history!



    Colonel Young: An unhinged, psychopathic, paranoid drunkard. Turning to drink when he should have been taking sensible command. Ruling everyone as if he were Saddam Hussein's long lost son and not above attempted murder on several occasions as well as engaging in breaking the Geneva convention on torture and the treatment of prisoners (And fellow crew members!). One can only hope he faces a Court Marshall and 25 years in prison on his return to Earth. How he got to be a Colonel I don't know - perhaps it was the enemy that promoted him? After all his cycle of vicious jealously and violence continued throughout the show and was most unbecoming of any kind of leader.



    Eli - What can I say? It's a good job he didn't go in a stasis pod - his over-inflated ego wouldn't fit in! I've never seen such a needy, self-centred, praise drunk character ever. Sycophantic to anyone that gives him the slightest bit of praise and assuming that when anyone ever says the word genius, they must be talking about him! God - get over yourself kid. The only reason you're there is because you solved a puzzle in a computer game! His concentration was lacking - you reckon you can fly the ship through one of the most dangerous stars and you want to hop out half way through to open a door because saving someone who was daft enough not to get out of a dangerous situation in time, will make you seem more of a hero. There are other members of the crew who can do more than you! His character's lack of maturity in the face of the situation really got irksome. As for putting footage of how he was a founding father in his documentary - Ooooh me, me, me!



    The majority of the soldiers seemed to be blindly violent with everyone and incapable of taking responsibility. After all it was one of the soldiers on Destiny's crew that ended up killing TJ's baby by attacking a gun toting Lucian and spinning him around while his finger was on the trigger! As well as their extreme violence to unarmed members of their own crew when they tried a, relatively, peaceful coup. Another round of Court Marshalls back on Earth?



    The scientists, all in all, seemed just a jealous, argumentative lot. Probably all trying to get Nobel prizes before the others.



    Chloe - someone who was pretty superficial, going for the 'pretty' soldier. She did, however, finally grew a pair. Everyone on the reviews was saying 'How could she side with the civilian coup when she should be supporting her boyfriend' but obviously missed the fact that she rightly realised that the psychopathic Colonel had beaten one of the most intelligent members of the crew to a pulp and tried to murder him by leaving him to starve to death on a barren planet and lying to the crew about it. The same one that was willing to hand her over to aliens to save his own skin. She rapidly became one of the most likeable characters for me.



    Rush - the only character I actually really liked. The anti-hero. Sneaky, behind your back, attempts to discover Destiny's mission and thirst for knowledge aside (Hold on, wasn't that actually the whole point of the mission to the ship?) he was the only one who actually had the grasp of the big picture. He saw that Colonel Young was in no condition to be mission commander and actually did something about it (And ended up being a victim of that trademark violence). He realised that if someone has been infected with an alien disease you may have to cut that person's arm off to try and save their life. He realised that the life of one person daft enough to get themselves trapped while you try to fly the ship through a dangerous star may have to be sacrificed in order to save the entire ship and the rest of the crew fighting for their lives on a planet below. He also calmly took a chance which saved that person's life. Plus he saved Chloe from the aliens. Not just saving a fellow crew member but also ensuring that those aliens did not get information from her. Plus going undercover and withstanding torture at the hands of the Lucians to help prevent an attack on Earth. Well he had been beaten up several times by 'Mission control' so I guess he could take it. Really he seemed more of a cool, calm mission leader with the ability to actually make the hard decisions, without trying to second guess himself, better than any of the military (Shouldn't that have been the other way round?).



    All in all a show of egos. Perhaps it should have been called 'Stargate: Universal Sized Ego'. What could have been a good show really missed the mark and that's probably why it ended after just two seasons.

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  • Hmmmmm..............will it be contiune on some stage?

    9.0
    I wrote down one review already about this series and it wasn't good one. As one of the reviewer said before - it took 27 episodes to make it good series. Some series don't even last that long so I don't know where writers find idea that they have some much time to waste. Good, old style Stargate type series started somewhere in the middle of this season. Just when they cut soap opera style, all drama and flashbacks. And exactly when it start becaming interesting, when You was able to attach to some characters they cancelled the show. Luckly it was made that way that there's a chance to revive it. An I hope someone will do it soon and exactly in the manner like last 10 episodes.moreless
  • I guess i was looking for more being that this was to be the very last episode, but is it?.....

    8.5
    I kind of have a feeling that they left it this way so that there is always a possibility of reviving the show or blending it into something else.



    After all the crew are off to sleep for 3 years and left us with will they drop back out of FTL on time before the ship runs out of power?



    Will Eli get another Pod working? That part is the worst part to leave a fan thinking about....what about Eli!



    Who knows... Even though Atlantis finished abruptly after flying all the way back to earth and into San Francisco Bay we still seen the likes of Mr Woolsey and Dr McKay in SGU....... Though it would have been nice to know what happened to Ronan, Taylor and others. Most fans were happiest when both SG1 and Atlantis were running sisde by side in Seasons 9&10 in SG1 and 1&2 in Atlantis....i'd vote that we have something like that back again, where you can get crossovers...happens in shows like CSI as well.moreless
  • Did you Notice?

    9.5
    Season 2 got it right, where season one failed.



    The bickering , backstabbing, bed hopping soap opera style drama, was ripped up and they started again.



    Just a pity they lost all the viewers from 15 seasons of previous stargates due to the drivel that was season one.



    Season two is spot on and to be honest for a cancelled show it was a better ending than i had expected.
Louis Ferreira

Louis Ferreira

Colonel Everett Young

Brian J. Smith

Brian J. Smith

Lt. Matthew Scott

Elyse Levesque

Elyse Levesque

Chloe Armstrong

David Blue

David Blue

Eli Wallace

Alaina Huffman

Alaina Huffman

1st Lt. Tamara Johansen

Jamil Walker Smith

Jamil Walker Smith

MSgt. Ronald Greer

Trevor Carroll

Trevor Carroll

Sgt. Graham

Guest Star

Sarah Smyth

Sarah Smyth

Annie Balic

Guest Star

Gordon Grice

Gordon Grice

Matt Balic

Guest Star

Jennifer Spence

Jennifer Spence

Lisa Park

Recurring Role

Patrick Gilmore

Patrick Gilmore

Dale Volker

Recurring Role

Peter Kelamis

Peter Kelamis

Adam Brody

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Eli: We did it.
      Young: Fantastic.
      Camille: What'd they do?
      Young: I have no idea.

    • Johansen: Well, I know it seems unfair, but sometimes you have to play the hand that you're dealt.
      Chloe: Why do I get the feeling you're not just talking about Lisa. There's still hope, for her and for you.
      Johansen: ALS is a death sentence, Chloe. You know that. And it's not going to be pretty. It'll start with muscle weakness and cramping. Then I'll have trouble walking, talking, feeding myself. and eventually full paralysis will set in. But my mind will be unaffected. I'll be a prisoner trapped inside my own body. Like I said, you play the hand you're dealt.

    • Eli: Colonel, you have a minute?
      Young: I know it sounds like a crazy idea, Eli, but I was actually thinking of getting some sleep. So, unless you have some genius idea to solve all our problems...
      Eli: As a matter of fact, I do. But you're not going to like it.
      Young: Well, that goes without saying. I am notoriously hard to please.

    • Eli: I feel like I've abandoned you.
      Maryann Wallace: You haven't abandoned me. You're living your life. I mean, it was hard when i didn't.. when I didn't know where you were or what you were doing. But now I understand. You don't have to be here, Eli. I just, I just need to know... are you happy?
      Eli: In spite of everything, yeah, I am.
      Maryann Wallace: That's good enough for me.

    • Park: Don't even think about it.
      Greer: What?
      Park: Volunteering to be one of the eight. I know you are.
      Greer: Maybe I would if it came to it, but I wouldn't ask seven others to do it with me, and I don't think Colonel Young would either. I mean, the way I see it, we all came here together and if need be, we'll all go out together.

    • Scott: All right, Colonel, how about a toast?
      Young: Really?
      Scott: Yes.
      Young: All right. Right now. Well, uh, we've been through a hell of a lot together, that's for sure. I guess it'd be easy to dwell on everything that we have lost, but I think today I would rather think about what we still have, and maybe what we've gained. We're, uh, a family now, whether we like it or not. Sons, daughters, sisters. Even the slightly crazy uncle who, despite everything, manages to come through for you in the end. (everyone but Rush chuckles) You are the smartest, bravest, most compassionate people that I have ever had the honor to serve with. To family.
      Everyone: To family.

    • Rush: We're going to need you on the other side.
      Eli: Oh. I'll be there.
      Rush: You know, maybe I haven't said this often enough, Eli, but you do have... you do have tremendous potential. I'd hate to see you throw it all away.
      Eli: I'm not. anyway, what's the point of having potential if you're not going to step up when you're really needed.
      Rush: You've come a long way from that video game slacker I discovered a year ago.
      Eli: Thanks. You've been pretty consistent.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: May 10, 2011 on SPACE
      Australia: May 13, 2011 on SCI FI
      Germany: June 8, 2011 on RTL II
      UK: June 13, 2011 on Sky1
      Sweden: November 5, 2011 on TV6
      Czech Republic: February 20, 2013 on FANDA

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