Stargate Universe Recap: ‘The Greater Good’

In the last episode of Stargate UniverseThe Greater Good,” we watched Rush and Young finally clear the air. With Dr. Perry’s help, Rush revealed the secret of Destiny‘s true mission. Eli and Ginn turned up the Barry White while Simeon continued to creepily skulk the corridors of the ship.

The emo roller-coaster that is Stargate Universe continues.

[Warning: Spoilers follow…]



Let’s start at the end because it and next week’s preview completely overshadowed the rest of the episode. Sinister Simeon — and the tempest of a teapot that is his temper — finally bubbles over when he sneaks into Ginn’s quarters with we can only assume nefarious purposes. Then the previews for next week confirmed my suspicions that Ginn has just been a plot device all along. Evidently, Simeon does something abhorrent — I assume killing Ginn — which next week sends both Eli and Rush into a tailspin.

Really?

I’ve thought all along that the romance between Eli and Ginn seemed rushed, but I assumed she would turn out to be a traitor of some sort — which is in of itself a cliche, but at least it’s not as far gone as the “women in the refrigerators” trope. The “women in refrigerators” term was coined by Gail Simone to call attention to the penchant for female characters in comic books to end up killed — and one in particular example to be stuffed in a refrigerator — as a device to spark revenge in the hero, usually a lover, brother, father or some other male connection. These female characters have no other purpose in the story than to have their deaths elicit a specific action on the part of the hero.

This describes both Ginn and Dr. Perry to a tee. In “The Greater Good” Dr. Perry uses the stones to visit Destiny on Rush’s request. She’s the only person he trusts with the knowledge of the true bridge and he needs her to pilot the Destiny toward the the alien vessel he and Young have boarded. Because boarding other ships, that’s gone well in the past.

This treatment of Ginn and Perry is most disappointing because I’d gotten my hopes up with the recent very good episodes, all of which made me rethink my earlier panning of the series. Now I’m not sure I wasn’t on the right track to begin with. My dislike of this plot turn is not just about Ginn because she’s not all alone in that refrigerator. Dr. Perry is sharing it with her because they were employing the stones at the time Ginn’s body was killed. I assume this means that either they’re both dead or Ginn is stuck in Perry’s body permanently. Next week’s episode is all about keeping Simeon alive long enough to get something important that he’s stolen while Rush tries to kill him.

Still, every series has it dud episodes and plot lines that just don’t work. Here’s to hoping next week at some point we get back to finding out what kind of creature Chloe is turning into. And, oh yeah, exploring the new bridge. While everyone else is off trying to kill/help Simeon, who’s minding the ship?

This episode did have a couple high points, namely Eli’s reaction to finding the real bridge and that Rush saved Young’s life. I couldn’t help giggling when Rush reached out to Young to prevent him from floating away into space. Since Rush saved Young’s life, does this mean that Young owes him a life debt now? Will Young turn into Rush’s Chewbacca?

When it seemed that Young might have killed Rush and then he sprang to life again I briefly thought we might see another scaly blue creature metamorphosis, but I guess it was just a flesh wound and Rush had passed out. I was annoyed that Young would beat him up — again — to begin with. I’d hoped Young’s experience in the previous episode would have tempered that impulse.

Mission From God

Rush explains that he’s discovered the true mission of Destiny and it’s to discover the maker of the universe and to harness that power. The Ancients evidently believed that this deep order* was a clue that the universe had indeed been made on purpose by, I don’t know. . . an intelligent designer?

Did I hear that right? Yes, to quote Rush: “We’re talking about a level of order present at the very beginning of space/time that goes beyond anything we ever conceived.”

If I’m going to keep watching this show, I guess I’m just going to have to pretend this episode never happened. Very soon I hope the show gets back to exploring the Blueberry Aliens, the Obelisk Aliens, what kind of creature Chloe is turning into, and what happened to Carmen. Instead, I think we might get Stargate Universe V: The Search for God. Next up, space whales.

Everyone remember where we parked.

* Excellent band name

9 thoughts on “Stargate Universe Recap: ‘The Greater Good’”

  1. As I don’t watch the ‘next week on’ stuff I am a bit narked that I haven’t been able to read the review of this weeks episode because I don’t want spoilers for next week.

    With regards to Simeon he has to be my least favourite character in this show… because he shouldn’t be in this show… apparently they screened the LA members and kept those they thought were useful… and I can’t for the life figure out why they kept him… from the get go he has been nothing but trouble with no redeeming features. Why wasn’t he dropped off with the rest (or since)? Once again I am left baffled by the writers inability to take a step back and justify why certain things happen, why didn’t young just vent the gate room during the LA attack? A simple couples of lines of dialogue would have explained that away and the same would apply to Simeon… he has vital info that Earth needs…

  2. Let’s start with: I KNEW THEY WERE GOING TO DO SOMETHING BAD TO GINN!

    Ok – first rule of (anything – tv, movies, you name it) – if you have sex, bad things happen.

    Examples:

    • Buffy & Angel have sex, Angel loses his soul & tries to destroy the world by letting a giant gargoyle looking statue that is actually a demon, suck the world into it’s gigantic, gaping mouth.
    • Teenagers go camping, have sex (& do drugs), so a (fairly) immortal serial killer murders them with various implements for their crimes.

    Eli has a happy moment with a cute redhead, so therefore, they must be MADE TO SUFFER!

    Dammit.

    The relationship was rushed, absolutely. 

    I am writing this as the new episode is being tivo’d, so I don’t know for sure what happened to Ginn, but if Simeon did kill her, my guess is that Ginn is now trapped in Dr. Perry’s body.  Talk about a freak out moment…

    Rush & Young.  What can I say other than ‘sigh’.  Beating the crap out of Rush – why?  Why do that again?  You’re pissed, you’re on a(noter) alien ship, you’ve just found out how this guy has betrayed you THIS time – SHOOT HIM!

    That’s the one thing I never understand (except that I do – it’s all about drama) – why doesn’t anyone ever pull the trigger?  You have your enemy in your sights – PULL THE TRIGGER!

    I think my favorite moment in this episode was actually Eli interrupting Rush and Perry because he doesn’t want the doing something ‘in Ginn’s body’, as it were.

    As for the mission from God – I don’t know.  Would a hard scientist like Rush truly believe in intelligent design?  I know there are scientists who do, but I don’t know that it makes sense for Rush.

    ~P
    @atfmb

  3. @Tyler: Well, I think that’s one of the ST movies fans either loved or hated. Of the fans I know, there isn’t much middle ground.

    @Andy W: About episode previews, you just proved my point because the preview for tonight’s episode totally overshadowed “The Greater Good.” Sorry you can’t read the recap yet. Completely agree with you on Simeon, who has been a one dimensional villain.

    @Patrick: Kudos, you said that well. I wish I’d remembered to mention that moment between Eli and Perry. I’ll elaborate more on the recap for tonight’s ep, but I really do think the writers spent so much time in other episodes on what right now seem like dead ends. Instead, they could have given us some backstory on Rush and Perry to deepen the audience’s reaction to her fate. Likewise with Ginn and Eli, they could have started hinting at a romance the very first time they saw each other. Romance novels execute this sort of thing very well by subtly and not-so-subtly building up relationship tension from the first moment.

  4. @Pithy: I’ll have more on this in the recap of “Malice” since Rush brings up the topic of God directly.

    @TW: I was so trying to get a shark reference in there somewhere, but the closest I could get was whales.

    @Andy W: LOL on the minnow, but I sort of enjoyed the Ori. They were the flip side to the Ancients. One sought out power and the other eschewed it. This was a continuation of the same theme introduced with the Goa’uld and the Tok’ra.

  5. I sorta get that Lisa, up ntil I remember how badly they handled the Ori story lines…. they were utter garbage.

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