Stargate Universe

Season 1 Episode 10

Justice

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 04, 2009 on Syfy
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When one of the crew becomes the prime suspect in a crime, the others must determine the individual's guilt.

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  • The Essence of Stargate

    3.5
    Since SGU started i've watched with anticipation waiting for something, anything remotely interesting to happen. When will something happen?



    Justice, like every other episode, (except Time) is too slow, too disorganised and visually depressing most of the time. I get the feeling they're trying to depress the viewer.



    They've forgotten the essence of stargate - to Explore. SciFi is about the unknown, the fantastic, the impossible, and stargate made it fun... but now, now you almost want to make it that show you put on in the background when you want to go to sleep because you know nothing special is going to happen.



    Justice sees Rush marooned for being a bad boy. Obviously, he finds a way back to the Destiny but does anyone really care? Not that all the actors aren't brilliant, they all are, they just are in a situation that is not all that interesting to watch. I know it's all about money - we all want flashing lights and SFX to keep us interested - and these guys dont want to spend it on CG anymore - they've raised us on sugar and now it's cold turkey, steamed carrots.



    Its not too late - the show can be fixed but in its current state, for the first time in my life, i recommend viewers dont waste your time, grab a good book or get out those Atlantis dvd's as this show is truely uninspired.moreless
  • Spencer is found dead by Greer and even though the evidence points toward suicide the gun used is missing. Lt. Scott had an alibi so he runs the investigation until the gun is found in Young's cabin. Camille takes over on Earth's orders.moreless

    9.0
    Actually a pretty entertaining episode with a number of huge surprises most of which I won't mention so you'll have to watch it.



    Young's whole guilt seems to be trumped up, but he steps aside and allows Camille to take over. Of course the military are reticent to take orders from Camille. Rush immediately takes the opportunity to go after the tech using the chair. Which personally I found rather predictable. He didn't tell anyone to use the chair, but he did point out to everyone involved it was the best and probably the only way to get the technology to get them home or to at least be able to control the ship.



    I'm sure you can gather what happens. Interestingly enough things become even more complicated when the Destiny drops out of light speed and a suitable planet shows itself and has a stargate. Camille sends a team minus Greer and Lt. Scott to the planet and puts a researcher in charge. While on the planet they find something that causes Rush and Young to need to check it out.



    We have a huge surprise to the end of this episode and with it being the first half of season one cliffhanger. I guess we won't find out what's what until at the least a few months from now.



    There was an ad for the first season 1.0 DVD during the show so they will be selling this show in half seasons like quite a few shows these days. Ten episodes plus an extended version of the Pilot episode. Interesting episode with quite a few special occurrences. You'll have to see it to believe it. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Good episode; hope to see more like it. :)

    10
    It was extremely refreshing to see that this episode was more about Sci-Fi than about Drama. Up to this point it the show has been more about Drama & it's been a real disappointment. If there are more episodes like this one the show might not be short-lived. I think the majority of Sci-Fi viewers watch the TV show for action-packed episodes that pertain to the storyline in a meaningful way. While this episode was a little less on the action-packed side of things, it was a lot better than what we've been given thus far & character development was definitely portrayed.moreless
  • As much as I hate to say it: after watching this episode I can't conclude anything but that this series doesn't deserve the name "Stargate".

    3.0
    It's a small portion of it's former self. It's lost all identify and characteristics. All the fun is gone, all the inspiration is gone, all optimism is gone. Humanity reduced to back stabbing unworthy human sacks of flesh who depict a future which I, personally, do not want to know.



    This episode deals with a suspected murder which in the end turn out to be (or looks like) a suicide. After finding the body the crew is confined to the mess hall and all their rooms are searched for the murder weapon, eventually found in commander Young's quarters. Eventually Young is deemed innocent because somehow a recording shows up with on it the victim killing himself (????). This recording is found because Eli downloads the data of the sphere to his laptop of the past two hours so he can do his documentary and edit the footage (That's so weak!). Young finds out that Rush planted the weapon in his quarters (we don't know how) and confronts Rush on a planet with a spaceship (finally!) and then he leaves him behind after a confrontation, WTF. Leave a men behind?? When he's still alive? That doesn't sound like "Stargate" to me!! How about never leave a man behind ?(e.g. SG1 S02e16: "A Matter of Time"). Un-Stargate like to me, or am I missing something? The last 10 minutes of the episode where as engaging as the prior 35 minutes. It's a big shame. I wrote a review after the first two episodes of this series and my worst fears, described in my initial review, have come true. And I quote myself 10/03/2009 "In previous SciFi series the characters seems to have reached a higher, or better, level of understanding and seem to be better people than inhabit the Earth today. That has always seem to be a defying character aspect of all SciFi series (BSG excluded) and it's characters. There first two episodes seems to depict more "Survivor"-like characters then the I'm-always-righteous "James T. Kirk"-like character. I'm not yet sure what I think of this. Science Fiction has always been a glass-is-half-full kind of genre and I wouldn't like it to turn into a glass-is-half-empty kind of show." And this is a "the-glass-is-half-empty" show. Maybe there are viewers out there who can appreciate this level of scepticism but I personally am more of an optimist. Especially when I want to flee in a realm of Science Fiction. Although our current reality is a depressing one, I for one, would like to be shown an optimistic view of our future (how ever unrealistic it may be). Isn't that Science Fiction? One of my favourite qoutes about SciFi is: (SG1: I think the 200th) "Science fiction is an existential metaphor that allows us to tell stories about a human condition. Isaac Asimov once said: "Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinded critics and philosophers of today; but the core of science fiction, its essence, has become crucial to our salvation, if we are to be saved at all." And although I love the Stargate series, where is our salvation when we are nothing more then back tabbing human sacks of flesh? It's a big shame. I hope the second half of this first season is better then the first half.moreless
  • This isn't really a review as much as a summary of SGU so far.

    9.5
    Another watcher has stated that this show doesn't deserve the name Stargate. He's right; to insult this original, well acted, we'll plotted and intriguingly unpredictable piece of Sci-Fi by lumping it in with the, mostly formulaic, nonsensical, fun at all costs TV shows that came before it would be grossly unfair. There are times when you watch this and remember what ST: Voyager could and should have been. The Shakespearian elements of Robert Carlyle's Dr. Rush are excellent and the sprinkling of other very talented actors serves to bring the standard s of the show up several levels. I'm sure it may seem more fun if we had some caricatured aliens to shoot at every week but too many of us having a decent plot thread and good "genuine" stories is much more desirable. As Different as this show is it does feel like a much more natural successor to Stargate the movie than either of the previous shows; especially in the interaction between civilian(s) and soldiers.



    In fact the only downside has been the hideous ease with which people stuck on Earth are supposed to be jumping into bed with the host bodies of their far away lovers. The next episode cannot come quickly enough for us here.moreless
Robert Carlyle

Robert Carlyle

Dr. Nicholas Rush

Louis Ferreira

Louis Ferreira

Colonel Everett Young

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

Elyse Levesque

Elyse Levesque

Chloe Armstrong

Josette Jorge

Josette Jorge

Dr. Fisher

Guest Star

Ronald Thompson

Ronald Thompson

Airman Rennie

Guest Star

Ming-Na

Ming-Na

Camille Wray

Recurring Role

Julia Benson

Julia Benson

2nd Lt. Vanessa James

Recurring Role

Patrick Gilmore

Patrick Gilmore

Dr. Dale Volker

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Chloe asks Lt. Johansen during the 'trial' - isn't there a simple forensic test which could determine if Young fired that weapon, and she answers that there is. This is not actually correct - firearms discharge residue (FDR) that cannot be typed to an individual weapon, and so would not provide any conclusive evidence, especially as Col Young is a soldier and all crew members have been in contact with people who use firearms. The high concentrations of FDR required on Col Young's hands to show he had personally fired a weapon recently would have deteriorated in a matter of hours, even quicker if he washed his hands, and could not have produced results by the time of the trial.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Franklin: Guess I should be thankful there's no cavity search.
      Scott: That can be arranged, Franklin.

    • Camille: Sergeant Greer has to be your number one suspect.
      Scott: So he killed Spencer, ran away to hide the gun, then went back and called it in? Besides, if he did do it, you'd have no evidence at all.
      Eli: Not helping your argument...

    • Young: I can't investigate myself, Lieutenant. You can't be asked to investigate your immediate superior officer. That leaves Wray. We're gonna have to play this by the book.
      Scott: Well, with all due respect, sir, if the book covers this, I missed it.

    • Caine: I tell ya, if I could change one thing about the day we escaped from Icarus, I would have worn better shoes.
      Volker: Really? Those are nice shoes.

    • Rush: Well, you're the wrong man for the job, Colonel. I'm sorry to have to be the one to say it but I think you know it's true.
      Young: Do I?
      Rush: You don't believe in the mission. You resigned your position as SG leader because you didn't wanna make the hard decisions, the life and death decisions. Well, that makes you a liability. I'm not proud of what I did, but I did it for the benefit of everyone on board.
      Young: The end justifies the means.
      Rush: Yeah, something like that.

    • Young: Are we done?
      Rush: We will never be done.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: December 4, 2009 on Space
      UK: December 8, 2009 on Sky1
      Australia: December 11, 2009 on Sci Fi
      Germany: April 14, 2010 on RTL II
      Sweden: April 30, 2010 on TV6
      Czech Republic: December 26, 2012 on FANDA

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