Saturday, October 31, 2009

Review - Stargate Universe Season 1 Episode 6 Water

First, I have to say that the suits used in this episode looked very similar to the suits worn by the Pegasus Asgard in the Stargate Atlantis episode 'The Lost Tribe.' I know props are reused a lot in Stargate, but I'm sure they could have come up with something different at least.

Once again, the story was generic and hackneyed. The water levels are going down, so Scott and Everett go to an ice planet to get water. Scott falls down a crevasse, everyone panics, Scott wants Everett to leave, but Everett stays and saves him. I find that Stargate Universe stories are aptly summarizes by a long sentence divided by commas. There's never any twists; what drives the stories is the imminent threat of death which as we know isn't a threat at all.

The sidestory involving the water drinking bugs was made slightly more interesting by the fact that they were the swirling thing Scott saw on the desert planet. The way they dealt with them was straightforward as well. They trap the bugs, put them in a container, and throw them into the ice planet. I was thinking, and is this was SG-1 or Atlantis, almost assuredly they would have tossed the container into the kawoosh of the Stargate.

Score: 8.5/10


Eldritch said...

I had tried to follow the original Stargate when the series first premiered years ago. I found the stories just as straight forward and bland as S.Universe. It's nice that the series has a SF background, but that alone isn't enough to make the series entertaining.

As a separate complaint, I can't understand why the ship's star gate operates on a timer. Why would its designers abandon crew on a planet just because they're a couple minutes late?

That added drama to the desert planet episode, but it just seems to be a blatantly artificial device to crank up drama. Is this best the series can do?

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