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TV: Stargate Universe: Darkness (S01E04)

Wikipedia Fact: "Stargate Universe is intended to appeal to both veteran fans and newcomers. It is planned to be firmly entrenched in established Stargate mythology without relying on it too often.[3][6] Although it is planned to still have the familiar Stargate themes of adventure and exploration,[3] the show will focus mostly on the people aboard the ship."

Wikipedia Fact: "Stargate Universe is intended to appeal to both veteran fans and newcomers. It is planned to be firmly entrenched in established Stargate mythology without relying on it too often. Although it is planned to still have the familiar Stargate themes of adventure and exploration, the show will focus mostly on the people aboard the ship."

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 Destiny runs out of power for everything but life support; Rush becomes increasingly hostile as the pressure begins to get to him; Eli has each crew member film a message, as something to leave behind when they’re gone.

Thoughts: As is mentioned in the episode, it does seem unlikely that the Destiny could trundle merrily along for all these years only to repeatedly fail once the humans come aboard.  They have been mucking about with a lot of the ship’s systems though, including trying to dial the Stargate back to Earth (against Rush’s advice), a connection that required the power of an entire planet that was apparently designed just for doing that when they came in the other direction.  There’s something… comforting… about that idea, that no matter how strange the situation or how alien the technology, we can easily break it and then start squabbling over whose fault it is.

I liked Rush’s story in this episode.  It’s already been established that he’s obsessive, brilliant and not very social, so it makes sense that he would deprive himself of sleep while searching for a solution to their problems, without telling anybody else the problem exists or enlisting their help, because if he can’t fix it then what use would all these lesser humans be?  I also liked that it was at least partially attributable to withdrawal symptoms, with everybody deprived of their coffee and cigarettes.  It was a nice little touch, and something that would obviously be a factor.  To again give poor Star Trek: Voyager a little kick, the Destiny has no replicator (yet, anyway) to give them all the comforts of home.  I think there’s a lot of mileage in simply having the Destiny and the supply issues as an ‘antagonist’ to kick off the series, rather than introducing an alien race or other major menace too soon.

Eli’s little vignettes of the crew are a good way to quickly introduce a lot of the minor characters (or supporting cast who have yet to be given much screen time).  Everybody is feeling a little low right now, and I can’t help thinking that I’d maybe be a little more in awe of the situation, being on a spaceship outside the galaxy, likely further than any human has ever been and travelling faster than the speed of light, but I suppose expecting imminent death is something of a downer.  I particularly liked the astrophysicist ranting about Rush’s arrogance and the somewhat neurotic woman who seemed like an astronomer, fretting about the condition of the tide-locked planets and her fear of earthquakes.

It will be interesting to see where the next episode is headed.  As was pointed out by the crew, “habitable” doesn’t necessarily mean they’re heading for new Earths, just that it has water and a liveable temperature or atmosphere, but it is possible that they could be grounded for a while, exploring a potential new base while they repair the Destiny (though the Destiny’s automatic navigation would see to rule out a permanent settlement).  If there’s a Stargate on the planet then they’ll even have a certain amount of freedom to explore several planets in the area without the ship, finding necessary supplies.  Of course, first they need to do something about that star they’re drifting straight towards…

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  1. April 29, 2010 at 02:28

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