The first season of Stargate Universe was a little shaky for me. It started off on a great adventure that quickly lulled out to a mediocre crawl to the finale. Chloe became the whining harlot that couldn’t make her mind up between bad boy 1st Lt. Scott and boy wonder, Eli. Doctor Rush was the modern day conceited mad scientist that made you want to throw him off the ship. Col. Young was full of secrets and approaching a mental meltdown. And Camille made you just want to slap her. All of this combined the scarce use of a stargate, very few aliens, and a slow unfolding plot made the first season of Stargate Universe almost unbearable.
It was season one’s finale cliffhanger that finally caught my attention. The Lucian alliance was teetering for the control of Destiny. 1st Lt. Johansen and a Lucian leader Kiva both were shot while Destiny’s Earth bound crew rallied against the Lucians. The episode ended leaving the viewer wondering if either would survive and which side would take control of the ship.
I decided to give Stargate Universe one more chance to entice my curiosity with season two’s first episode: Intervention. I was pleasantly surprised to watch an action packed episode leaving me wanting more. This new turn around, date, and time slot for the show should have a positive impact on its viewer ratings.
The plot thickens with Intervention as Johansen has a vision that her baby has been “taken” to live with the others that stayed behind on the alien Earth-like plant so that it will survive. The miraculous healing of Chloe’s bullet wounded leg also leaves speculation for “alien” intervention. Destiny, now host to Lucian prisoners of war, has began to its new season’s journey which I am happy to say, just might hold my attention this go round.
Last night’s episode, Aftermath, adds support to the underlying assumption that “Ancients” are at work in mysterious ways. Johansen is coming to terms that her baby is alive and well on an alien planet. Doctor Rush’s dreams lead him to discover Destiny’s control room where begins the task of unlocking the ship’s secrets. In a way, Rush is almost redeeming himself from his arrogant persona that was portrayed in season one of Stargate Universe.
Next week’s episode, Awakening, looks like it will finally bring some of the original core Stargate plot back to the show. After all, pilot show, Stargate SG-1, is the basis for Universe. Alien encounters and the discovery of new worlds and galaxies is the heart of the plot. As a long lasting Stargate fan I am pleased to see that season two of Stargate Universe may just redeem itself with its cliffhanging storyline and new adventures. If season one was a disappointment for you as it was for me, don’t give up on SG-U just yet, season two looks like a good one.