Stargate Universe premiered last week and we’ve got a little guest review courtesy of AZM Ally Samurai Art Guy:
… Of course, this does a LOT to break the necessary “suspension of disbelief” that is so critical to the enjoyment of Science Fiction, where the reader or viewer has to swallow a hatfull of typically fairly preposterous bullshit as basic premises or critical elements to the story. To make matters worse, a lot of the backstory of Universe was told in flashback segments, so with the constant interruptions, it was very difficult to follow the now-fractured trail of the narrative. So SyFy seems to be trying, a la Fox, to kill a program they have been heavily marketing throw their increasingly clueless handling. And speaking of Fox, it’s also up against Joss Wheedon’s edgy and intriguing and better written Dollhouse in the same time slot. So annoy the viewers too much, and you’ll LOSE them.
OK, the show itself. While it was flashy and pretty, and all “Stargatey” with the usual cues, it’s not strong. And if you’ve ever seen Star Trek: Voyager, [Babylon 5] “Excalibur” (sad), Space 1999 (VERY sad), or… LOST IN SPACE (Hurl!) You already know everything you need to know about Stargate:Universe. It feels like the show is yet another recycle of the “quest in space” genre of space shows. Mind you, when you layer in character based drama, the trope CAN work. Strictly speaking Battlestar Galactica [ both incarnations ] is a “quest in space” howler in both versions, but we get into the sweep of the story as experienced by the characters, from the FIRST FIVE MINUTES. Bill and Lee Adama, Kara Thrace, Colonel Tigh, Laura Roslin, Six, Boomer, The Chief, Helo… grabbed me by some deep place in the back of My brain and down in My gutz. But the characters we’ve seen so far on SG:Universe don’t impress Me. …
Sounds like a hot sci fi mess. I’d give it a few more episodes before I completely write it off, but it doesn’t sound like SGU brought its “A” game. By contrast, the first two episodes of Dollhouse have really kicked things off strong. You can tell Joss isn’t pulling any more punches and the show is better for it. SyFy’s invested way too much in SGU to let it fail. But it sounds like they need to kick things up fairly soon before we completely write the channel off as a mere shadow of its former self.
You can read the rest of the review at Samurai Art Guy’s site.