Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Review - Stargate Universe Season 2 Episode 20 Gauntlet

I was going to write a long Stargate retrospective, but had no extra time the past few weeks, so I'll try to write one the next episode. And since I have no time this week, this review won't be long either.

While "Gauntlet" wasn't intended to be a complete series finale, it certain worked as one. The crucial plot elements are resolved rather easily (drone plot device, broken pods plot device), and as the crewmembers are placed in stasis there are a number of sendoffs. Everyone says goodbye and Eli volunteers to be to one who stays behind. Destiny gracefully slips into subspace and that's that.

It's a touching episode to be sure, and certainly had its moments. But the thing that struck me was that we're reminded how little these characters have been developed in the sphere of their former lives. Do we care about Scott and his son? Greer's problems? Young's wife? The best developed backstory, Eli and his mother's, had the most emotional weight and was by far the best.

Score: 8.5/10
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