STARGATE UNIVERSE is the latest series
in the STARGATE saga (the second spin-off show from STARGATE SG-1). This
show takes a more character based format and the first ten episodes are closer to what is possible in great sci-fi instead
of the usual sci-fi action that dominates the spectrum of sci-fi shows and movies out today.
STARGATE UNIVERSE starts with a group of
survivors from the destroyed Icarus base. They end up on an Ancient spaceship
billions of light years from home. This group of soldiers, scientists,
and civilians try to adjust to a ship they have little control of with a set of communication stones their only contact with
earth (the stones allow them to take over the body of whoever is on the other end).
Colonel Young (Louis Ferreira) doesn’t want the job of leading this group of the wrong people, but he has the
job of making them survive while Dr. Rush (Robert Caryle) is trying to get them home (or is he holding out because he sees
the Destiny as the find of a lifetime). Young has a rival in the form of
Colonel Telford (Lou Diamond Phillips) who switches bodies with Young more than once through the communication stones. Telford starts a friendship with Young’s wife and Young doesn’t like that. Also you have
Eli, the MIT dropout who is on Destiny. He is about as smart as Rush and he is
in love with someone on the ship who is involved with Colonel Young’s second-in-command.
The show does have some soap opera elements, but it is bound to happen since this small group of people are brought
together in such an unexpected way and being far from home.
What is different from other STARGATE shows,
STARGATE UNIVERSE has no central alien bad guy (they don’t even meet a big alien menace in the first ten episodes). The show is about their survival and their struggle to cope with little chance
of getting back to Earth. The show has a uniquely different style than
the other two shows (STARGATE SG-1 and STARGATE ATLANTIS) from the writing and music to the way it is shot. STARGATE UNIVERSE has taken the STARGATE saga into a different direction and I love the show more
than I ever did the first two shows.
Audio commentaries for all episodes-
AIR (extended version) by Brian J. Smith,
David Blue, and Elyse Levesque
DARKNESS by Brian J. Smith, David Blue,
and Elyse Levesque
LIGHT by Brian J. Smith, David Blue, and
WATER by Director William Waring and Actors
Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith, and Elyse Levesque
EARTH by Brian J. Smith, David Blue, and
TIME by Executive Producer Robert C. Cooper
& Actor David Blue
LIFE by Actors Ming Na, Brian J. Smith,
& Louis Ferreira
JUSTICE by Director William Waring and
Actors Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith, Elyse Levesque, & Jamil Walker Smith
DESTINY SML feature interviews with all
of the cast members while the KINO DIARIES feature small moments from the lives of the people on the Destiny (including 5
Kino Diaries exclusive to DVD). STARGATE 101: PRESENTED BY DR. DANIEL JACKSON
has Dr. Jackson talk about the various things in the STARGATE Universe in a lecture format.
FINAL ANALYSIS: STARGATE UNIVERSE is a different show from the other STARGATE shows opening it up to more than just
STARGATE fans. Check it out. The
only minus from this set is that they didn’t include a preview for the second half of the season.
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