"Stargate Universe" used its first season to redefine the boundaries of a show in the Stargate franchise, focusing on a tighter plot continuity as well as a much darker array of complicated, flawed characters. The result was a success, especially among formerly jaded Stargate fans who initially refused to give SGU the time of day, only to be enthralled.
I was a fan from the get-go, having grown tired of the formulaic nature of "Stargate Atlantis" by the end of its run, so I was definitely looking forward to the series' return. And for the most part, it managed to live up to the expectations, with a few minor points.
Perhaps most annoying was the seemingly easy resolution to the first season finale cliffhangers. After setting up so many untenable situations, putting so many characters in immediate peril, it was a bit too easy to have everyone intact by the end of the first act. In particular, Young's survival felt like a cheat, as he really had no part in it.
However, this is SGU, and it's never that easy. One way or another, unless they toss the captives out an airlock, they now have more mouths to feed. I wouldn't necessarily mind having some of these Lucian Alliance survivors eventually involved in the story, though. For one thing, they would make great cannon fodder to keep the stakes nice and high. But I also thought the redhead in the leather top could have used some more screen time. (OK, so I'm shallow!)
SGU has done a great job of spooling out consequences. Rush made a tough call to ensure that his people regained control of the ship, and I doubt that will be forgotten in any respect. Young is going to have to come to terms with the fact that it was a combined military/civilian effort that saved the ship, but it took the civilian strategy to do it. Never mind his personal loss, and how that will affect TJ. (As tragic as it was, I'm thankful that it will keep the show from having to endure a "baby plot", as they almost always kill good shows.)
While I have no doubt that the fallout of this ordeal will be explored in detail over the course of the season (until the next crisis hits, at least), I do wonder if there was something specific that TJ's injury-induced vision was supposed to foreshadow. It's not like this series to leave mysteries lingering for too long, and that seemed just a bit too on the nose.