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TV: Stargate: Universe (S01E03)

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Wikipedia Fact: "Parts of the third part were filmed on location in White Sands, New Mexico."

Year of Broadcast: 2009

Starring: Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira, David Blue, Brian J. Smith, Jamil Walker Smith, Elyse Levesque, Alaina Huffman, Ming-Na

*Spoilers Follow*

Summary: The expedition searches for a something they can use to restore the life support systems; Chloe and Young use the communication stones to speak with people on Earth.

Thoughts: This episode brings the opening “Air” sequence to a close, and was a decent episode by itself.  Rush was proven right with his faith in Destiny’s choice of planet, as it provided them with exactly what they needed (with the two who decided to visit a different planet not being heard from again).  I also liked that Rush knew when he had to quit and turn back, rather than stubbornly pushing on through the desert heat, being all heroic and somehow managing to survive against the odds simply by sheer force of will, because it makes him more human and reinforces the need for different people with different abilities.  It’s a good way of making the soldier characters important beyond simply knowing how to fight when the team eventually encounters hostile beings, because out of everybody they’re the people who would have the best chance of surviving in a harsh environment.

It was also a big episode for Scott, who in the end was the only person able to push on and find what they needed, with some hallucinations and flashbacks helping flesh out the character.  I’m not sure what to make of the “wind creature” that assisted him though.  It did seem to be more than a hallucination as it both led him to his goal and revived him when he collapsed, but there was no explanation given for what it was and why it helped.  Is it indigenous to the planet, or did the Ancients put something similar on every world they placed a Stargate on out there, to assist those who followed later?

As far as the rest of the cast go, I think there are a quite a few who still need to be further defined.  At the moment I’d put Rush, Eli and Scott as characters I have a pretty good feel for, and maybe Young (though he’s mostly in stoic leader mode at the moment).  Chloe is getting there, I think, but I don’t think we’ve seen enough of any of the other characters yet.  Greer, the angry soldier who was imprisoned when the story began, hasn’t shown us much more than that he’s an angry soldier who only seems to respect the other soldiers, notably Young and Scott.  It’s early days though, and there’s plenty of time to give the rest of the cast their big moments and further establish them.

In addition to the developments on the new world, this episode also popped back to Earth as Young used the communication stones to speak with his superiors back home, along with Chloe speaking with her mother.  I found the initial use of the stone a little confusing, as they chose to visually represent the stone’s effect by having Young and Chloe actually appear to be on Earth rather than simply controlling the people they’re communicating with.  It took me a moment to realise that it was purely a visual aid for the viewer and not what the other characters were seeing.  There didn’t seem to be any suggestion that Rush had lied about being put in charge, contrary to my guess last week when the relevant conversation took place off screen.

The stones do raise some possibilities.  Rush may be the only scientist on board qualified to study the ship but it seems like there’s nothing preventing scientists on Earth using the stones to temporarily switch bodies with survivors, and as was mentioned in this episode the stones can be used so that people can say their goodbyes in case the worst happens.  It means the people aboard Destiny are slightly less isolated than they appear (much less so than Voyager, for example), and even at the worst of times they have expert help on hand immediately to assist them if needed.

There was another mystery raised at the end of the episode, when something caused a shuttle to separate from the Destiny and fly off, and it will be interesting to see what that turns out to be.  An Ancient/stowaway on board?  One of the survivors?  Or could the shuttle have been summoned from nearby, picking somebody up?  These opening three episodes have been good enough that I’m looking forward to finding out.

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  1. November 24, 2009 at 16:45

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