What Syfy Says:
SGU follows a band of soldiers, scientists and civilians, who must fend for themselves as they are forced through a Stargate when their hidden base comes under attack. The desperate survivors emerge aboard an ancient ship, which is locked on an unknown course and unable to return to Earth. Faced with meeting the most basic needs of food, water and air, the group must unlock the secrets of the ship’s Stargate to survive. The danger, adventure and hope they find on board the Destiny will reveal the heroes and villains among them.
What Works: What SGU did in the fall to place itself on the map was present a old formula, in a character driven light. The highlight of the first two episodes in which I saw was the way the interaction and emotion of the characters affect the very survival of the survivors. When we left in the winter, Dr. Rush (Robert Carlyle) was left stranded on a planet by Colonel Young (Louis Ferreira) after a heated battle, and Camille (Ming Na) was question the ship’s leadership. The show picks up with Rush still missing, and the survivors companionship in question. Fans will be very happy to see where Rush has been and the journey to find him is rather great including the use of the communication stones.
My favorite part of the series however is the supporting cast including Ming Na (left) and David Blue as Eli. The latter gives much-needed humor and the former is fierce and compelling in a take-charge kind of way.
What Doesn’t: The look of the show is still not what I would like to see. The cabins remain dark, gloomy, and uninviting to the audience and I hoping to at least see some more light in the episodes and seasons to come.
Stargate Universe comes back solid and rejoins the Syfy lineup Friday at 9/8c.