Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Review - Stargate Universe Season 2 Episode 1 Intervention (Part 3)

I never know quite what to think about Stargate Universe. At the end each episode, I always have a "meh" attitude, never a real decisive thought. My first instinct is to wonder whether it's because I'm a huge SG-1 fan (and by huge, it's probably the show I'm the most well-versed in). They're two different shows and seem to be connected through the physical presence of a Stargate and a smattering of old faces.

The final scene of "Intervention (Part 3)" is a good representation of the show. Stargate Universe is high on sentimentality, low on character development. The writers would much rather have a montage showing the various characters in the aftermath rather than a discussion between characters to broaden the relationships or give us a new angle.

The biggest problem resulting from this is that the show loses momentum quickly, with everything slowing to a crawl several times in each episode. The dramatic tension comes in waves, coming fast, receding equally fast, and never staying long enough to get my heart beating faster.

"Intervention (Part 3)" resolves the Lucian Alliance problem and to my delight, doesn't end on a cliffhanger. The remaining LA people are prisoners, TJ's baby is on the planet, there's some omniscient god-aliens helping the crew, and as Caine tells TJ, "Out here, on the edge of the universe, who you are and what you believe is everything. So it's up to you to determine whether this is a blessing or a curse."

Score: 8.4/10
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