I have been a Stargate fan since the original movie starring Kurt Russell and James Spader. When the series, Stargate SG-1 (yes, the name is redundant) came out on Showtime in 1997, I was there to view it. I have now seen the entire 10 seasons many times. I then went on to watch Stargate: Atlantis. This was not a bad spin-off. Rather, it had its moments but seemed to fizzle as the series went on; too many cast changes. I still loyally watched everything I could get my hands on.
I was surprised when I discovered that a new series, Stargate: Universe, was coming out so soon after the end of SG-1 and Atlantis. There was no break for people to build up anticipation. We have seen the same problem with Star Trek: Enterprise. There was really no chance for fans to have a “break”. Enterprise went on for a while, as there are always loyal fans that will not give up.
I, too, have tried to remain loyal to the brand name. I have seen the entire first season and up to date with this season. I have written an article touting the show and the actors on it. I love all the people involved, as many are the same writers, directors and producers. My verdict is that SGU is a very slow-moving, dark show. Literally and figuratively, there is not enough going on with the Planets and Aliens. The show is deliberately keeps the setting dark and quiet. There are very slow parts. I suppose the word “Boring” comes to mind. I am writing this article with mixed feelings. The actors are superb. The plot, however, does not leave enough room for use of the Stargate (isn’t that the name of the show?). Everyone is depressed at all times. Having the entire crew of the Destiny consist of stranded people from various walks of life, mostly military. There are constant struggles for possession of command. There are the civilians, the military and scientists. Dr. Rush ( ) is brilliant. He has discovered how to activate the entire ship (Destiny). He wants power. He had the presence of mind to recruit a young genius who has been able to solve problems that have saved the ship countless times.
Truthfully, Eli (David Blue) is the best part of the show. He provides the only levity the show has to offer. With his social commentary and occasional “inside jokes” with the audience, he provides a little laughter to an otherwise gloomy show. Each episode moves the plot forward. The trouble is, the relationships between various crew members aren’t even uplifting.
Let’s see what happens this season. There is a chance that they have received such feedback and will turn the show towards more missions off-ship and more….more LIFE.
Stargate is one of the most interesting and exciting creations, as years of franchise shows, memorabilia, action figures and great writers, directors and actors. It is worth keeping alive. Don’t let it die a slow death of darkness, quiet and deep conversations and despair. Let’s bring the action back!!
Please note that I have nothing against anyone involved in Stargate. I am a huge fan and I am a writer. I have to write the truth, which is only my perspective. I am quite aware of the love and fandom of SGU. I don’t want it to wane. I just want to be entertained more. I don’t want a cliff-hanger that resolves in the next episode without much to-do. I want story, characters and yes, the Stargate!!