Category Archives: Stargate

Friday YouTube Bonus: Stargate SG-1/Farscape Mashup

Because you can never have too many mashups…
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So Long, Stargate Universe…We Hardly Knew Ye

This week, the Syfy Network aired the series finale of Stargate Universe with the episode “Gauntlet.” Since the show’s mid-season return and the news that only ten more episodes would be shot and aired, the writers and producers took the story in a new direction, an arc that might have been the planned all along.

Now that the show is over, let’s parse out what worked and what didn’t.

BEWARE…spoilers ensue if you haven’t yet watched the final episodes!

(Eli goes blip! and turns into a god at the end…#SGUFakeSpoilers)

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Final Episode of ‘Stargate Universe’ Airs Tonight!

Reminder: the final episode of Stargate Universe airs tonight on the SyFy channel.

While the ratings may not have been enough to keep the show on the air, I have to say that this was an enjoyable show that I made sure to catch each week.

Here’s the trailer for the series finale…

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Sunday Cinema: ‘Stargate: The Ark of Truth’ (2008)

An old enemy helps the crew of SG-1 search for an ancient device that can end the war.

Stargate Universe Canceled: What’s Your Take?

Via a tweet from SyFy’s Craig Engler, we learned on Thursday that Stargate Universe has been canceled. There are still ten more episodes to air, but there will be no more after those are broadcast. Show consultant John Scalzi confirmed the cancellation as well.

I have to admit that in the beginning I was not a fan of the show, but as I started covering the episodes for SF Signal I saw a definite improvement. I always enjoyed the other shows in the Stargate franchise and appreciated what Joseph Mallozzi and his team were trying to accomplish with Stargate Universe. I don’t have a problem with the dark and gritty approach and, despite the criticism surrounding this aspect of the show, I don’t think it was the source of its downfall. Instead, I think it really hurt the show that the long emotional arcs didn’t start paying off until the middle of season two.

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Stargate Universe Recap: ‘Visitation’ and ‘Resurgence’

This week’s action-packed Stargate Universe episode “Resurgence” takes the series in a whole new direction from last week’s ephemeral “Visitation.” Last week the ghosts of Caine’s group — who had previously been left off on the “Eden” planet — haunt the ship, but in contrast the mid-season finale reveals some double-crossing aliens, brings back Telford, and shows us a new and improved Chloe.

[Warning: Spoilers follow…]

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Stargate Universe Recap: ‘Malice’

Stargate Universe trots out the classic revenge scenario in “Malice” when Rush chases Simeon onto a desert plant after Ginn and Perry are killed in the middle of a stones connection. Lt. Scott gets to channel Admiral “It’s a trap!” Ackbar and, oh yeah, there be Dragon Tales in this episode…

[Warning: Spoilers follow…]

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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…]

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Stargate Universe Recap: ‘Trial and Error’

In this week’s Stargate Universe episode “Trial and Error” we watched Colonel Young meet his Kobayashi Maru and Rush take the final step into turning into a megalomaniac who shall heretofore be known as Megamind. And, oh yeah, Lieutenant Scott loves Chloe. Yes, indeedy he does.

[Warning: Spoilers follow…]

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Outtake From Stargate Universe’s ‘Awakening’

Who says flying through a different galaxy on an abandoned ship that’s millenia old can’t be fun? Not Lou Diamond Philips! Here he is cracking wise with the recently discovered second alien race, who, being alien, takes a bit to get the joke:

[H/T Joe Mallozzi]

Stargate Universe Recap: ‘Cloverdale’

Stargate Universe’s episode “Cloverdale” finally provides something so many viewers have been asking for from the Destiny crew: teamwork. While season one episodes depicted a crew fracturing rather than pulling together to obtain basic resources, this week’s episode showed us a crew pulling together to save Lt. Scott after he was infected by a sentient plant bite on an away mission.

Much of the episode took place in a hallucinatory world of Scott’s where he is preparing to marry Chloe in the town of Cloverdale. Evidently, this episode was actually shot in the town of Cloverdale, British Columbia where much of Stargate is taped. This tactic portrayed Scott in a much more dynamic way than we’re used to seeing him. Instead of the monolithic duty-driven soldier, viewers got to see that Scott is actually a little conflicted over his relationship with Chloe. At one point he wonders if they’re truly compatible because they come from very different worlds. If not for being stranded on Destiny, these two probably would not have become a couple. The hallucination also showed us that Scott considers Greer to be a close enough friend to be his best man — and that, LOL funny, Greer likes trance music. No surprise, the hallucination also confirmed that Scott looks at Young as a father figure and is well aware of his current alcohol problem.

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Stargate Universe Recap: ‘Pathogen’

This week’s Stargate Universe episode, “Pathogen,” portrayed the toll being stranded on Destiny is having not only on the crew, but on their loved ones as well. In this episode, we learned more about Eli’s mother’s illness and also about the stress Wray’s partner has been dealing with. It’s discovered that Chloe has been experiencing blackouts and seems to be channeling, or possibly turning into, a Blueberry Alien. We did not yet get to see the scene with Chloe’s alien skin in this episode, though, and I wonder how long we’ll have to wait.

[Warning: Spoilers follow…]

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Stargate Universe Recap: ‘Awakening’

[Warning: Spoilers ensue.]

Tell the truth now. Who wasn’t squicked out by the scorpion clicking sound the new Seed Ship aliens made as they closed ranks on Telford in Tuesday night’s SGU episode “Awakening?”

Telford is now stranded with the aliens! Awesome. This development has opened up a new exciting avenue for the show. Since we’ve been privy to Telford’s point of view before, I hope we get to see some development of this storyline. I’d rather not have him disappear for half a season only to show up later to wreck havoc on Destiny. Sure, I hope he wrecks a lot of havoc, but I also hope we get to see some sort of transformation leading up to that. They’ve established that Telford has been brainwashed once, so it stands that he’s ripe for that kind of manipulation again. Or not. Maybe these are geeky scientist aliens who come in peace. (Mmm, ok, sure.)

One question though: Can the seed ship gate back to Earth? Is the seed ship the ticket home for Telford and the road to Destiny for other characters?

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Stargate Universe: Likes, Dislikes, Dos and Don’ts

I’ve been struggling to watch Stargate: Universe. I keep tuning in because, well, I’ve watched and loved all the other Stargate TV shows and to not watch Universe makes me feel like I’d be missing out on an important chapter of a story — even if that chapter makes me repeatedly want to throw the book at the wall. I’ve always appreciated that the Stargate shows were light fare and looked forward to them for that reason.That doesn’t mean that I have an aversion to dark and gritty science fiction. I was a huge Battlestar Galactica fan girl and the evidence of that is in my blog archives. So, it’s not the dark and sometimes violent aspects of Universe that bother me. In fact, Universe could be a great counterpoint to the rest of the Stargate world.

However, when I switched Universe off during the “Aftermath” episode, and then turned it back on as Young started bashing a Lucian Alliance soldier’s head on the floor, I decided to finally figure out why this program was frustrating me so much.

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How Did You Like the Series Premiere of Stargate Universe?

What did you think of the Series Premiere of Stargate Universe?

My short answer is: I liked it wand will tune in for at least the next few episodes.

Here are my brief-but-semi-spoilery thoughts after the 2 hour series premiere:

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Stargate SG-1 Watchathon – ‘Exodus’ (S04E22)

Description: SG-1 pays a visit to the Tok’ra homeworld. They arrive at Vorash on Cronos’ mothership – one of the spoils they claimed following their recent battle with him.

At long last we’ve reached the end of our SG-1 Watchathon. My thoughts about SG-1 can be summed up like this: the first couple of seasons were poor, with a few really terrible episodes, but season 4 is where SG-1 begins to pick up, with a couple of really standout episodes. I may just keep going as time permits and watch on my own. Hulu has through season 7 and Netflix has the rest so I should be go.

As for “Exodus”, what better way (and one SG-1 has always used) to end than with a cliffhanger? But first a little setup as Earth loans the Tok’ra the Goa’uld transport vessel SG-1 absconded with in the previous episode with the idea of moving the Tok’ra en masse to a new planet. They also must deal with Tanith, Apophis’ mole. One thing leads to another and Apophis heads towards the current Tok’ra planet with a huge fleet to destroy the Tok’ra.

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Stargate SG-1 Watchathon – ‘Double Jeopardy’ (S04E21)

Description: SG-1 returns to Juna, formerly known as PX3-989, a planet they – or rather, robot duplicates of them – helped free from Goa’uld enslavement.

“Double Jeopardy” starts out with a really nice bit of misdirection. We’re lead to believe, after a bit of thought, that the robot duplicates of SG-1 had come to Juna, led them in a rebellion and then left them. Which confused me as I don’t remember that happening in previous episodes, but okay. Then we realize, when Daniel is de-craniumed, that what we though was SG-1 was, in fact, the robots. Well played Mr. Cooper, well played.

Harlan then comes through the stargate into the SGC and pleads with the real SG-1 to help out his robot buddies. After a bit of discussion, it’s decided SG-1 will return to Juna to help free the people from Cronus.

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Set Your DVRs: Stargate Universe Begins This Friday

Get ready…the series premiere if Stargate Universe is this coming Friday, October 2 at 9/8c.

Here’s an extended sneak peak to whet your appetite.

Stargate SG-1 Watchathon – ‘Entity’ (S04E20)

Description: Stargate Command is infected by an alien probe that uploads its program into the base computers, where it accesses sensitive data on Stargate program and its personnel.

For the first half, this episode does a decent job with the ‘alien program in the computer system’ thing fairly decently, aside from the obvious how in the heck an alien program would be able to run at all on Earth based computers. Things progressed nicely with the program doing what you would expect up to, and including, building itself a ‘safe house’ to reside while the SGC tried to clean out their systems. That’s all well and good. Plus the question of whether to try and communicate with an unknown, possibly hostile, alien or wipe it out is a good one.

However, the episode jumps the shark when Carter is infected by the alien via electrical pulses to the fingers. Right. That’s even worse than a virus, created on a Mac can infect and blow up an alien spaceship. Then toss in the ‘speaking in Hawking’ idea and they lost me. Yes, the idea the alien would try to preserve itself in any way possible feels right, but the execution is just rather lame. Sigh.

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Stargate SG-1 Watchathon – ‘Prodigy’ (S04E19)

Description: During a visit to the Air Force Academy, Maj. Samantha Carter makes the acquaintance of Jennifer Hailey, a promising young cadet with a rebellious streak.

I think is some respects this season of SG-1 is a victim of itself. With such stand out episodes as “Window of Opportunity” and “Scorched Earth” the rest of the episodes have a very high bar to live up to. And by definition, the non-stand out ones seem somehow even less in comparison, even if they aren’t that bad.

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