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STARGATE UNIVERSE 1.5

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  438 minutes (10 episodes on 3 discs), audio commentaries, Kino Diaries, featurettes

VIDEO:  1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  English 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish Dolby Surround

Subtitles:  English SDH, French, Spanish

 

STUDIO:  MGM/ 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

RELEASE DATE:  7-27-2010

 

DISC 1- SPACE/ DIVIDED/ FAITH

DISC 2- HUMAN/ LOST/ SABOTAGE/ PAIN

DISC 3- SUBVERSION/ INCURSION Part 1 & 2

STARGATE UNIVERSE introduced new things and following up on earlier ideas in the second half of the first season.  The show lets storyline arcs ride for a few episodes and even come back to threads from just a few episodes back.  The crew of the Ancient ship, the destiny, aren't the right people for the job.   They make plenty of mistakes.   Colonel Young has to deal with leaving Rush behind on a planet and it opens up the crew to a new threat in the form of an alien race who want the ship.   Then the crew faces the truth about who betrayed the Icarus stargate base location (from the pilot episode).   The three episode season ender sets the stage for a cliffhanger to be resolved in October on SyFy.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Audio commentaries for every episode.  Some with the crew and others with the cast.  The crew commentaries provide more insight than the cast ones.   I wish they would mix up the cast and crew on the commentary tracks together.  Kino Diaries provide little extra moments not seen in the episodes.

 

DESTINY SML fetaurettes:

The various featurettes look at the making of the show through behind-the-scenes looks at various episodes and interviews of the creators by the cast members.    It is a series of excellent featurettes.

 

Disc 1-

DAVID BLUE: AN INTERVIEW WITH THE CREATORS OF SG-U (Robert C Cooper, Brad Wright)

FINDING DESTINY: A TOUR OF THE DESTINY SET WITH CHRIS BEACH-  the tour shows how the set can be reconfigured to make new sets in the same small set space.

BRIAN J. SMITH: AN INTERVIEW WITH THE CREATORS OF SG-U (Robert C Cooper, Brad Wright)

CHATTING WITH THE CAST: PETER KELAMIS

DESIGNING A NEW RACE: SPACE ALIENS

TANKED! ELYSE LEVESQUE GOES FOR A SWIM

 

Disc 2-

THE DESTINY OF GENERAL O’NEILL

CHATTING WITH THE CAST: JULIA BENSON

OUT FOR A SPACEWALK WITH JAMIL WALKER SMITH

 

Disc 3-

CHATTING WITH THE CAST: JENNIFER SPENCE

CHATTING WITH THE CAST: PATRICK GILMORE

ALAINA HUFFMAN: AN INTERVIEW WITH THE CREATORS OF SG-U (Robert C Cooper, Brad Wright)

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF LOUIS FERREIRA

A BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK AT INCURSION

TWO-FOR-ONE: BEHIND “INCURSION” DOUBLE RATCHET STUNT

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:   STARGATE UNIVERSE continues to be my favorite Stargate series as it continues to mark out a path different from the previous shows and make us feel what it would be like to be trapped on the other side of the universe.  I wish STAR TRAK: VOYAGER went in the direction STARGATE UNIVERSE is going.    An excellent series for all sci-fi fans to check out.

 

This DVD review is 8-4-2010 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com