STARGATE UNIVERSE SGU 1.0
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Lou Diamond Phillips
What's it about
The Previously unknown purpose of the "Ninth Cheveron" is revealed, and ends up taking a team to an Ancient ship "Destiny", a ship built millions of years ago by the Ancients, used to seed Distant galaxies with Stargates. This team, led by Dr. David Rush and Colonel Everet Young, are trapped on the ship, unable to change its programmed mission, and encounter new races, new technology and new enemies, as the runaway ship takes them to the far ends of the Universe.
Is it good movie?
I haven't seen anything related to Stargate since the Kurt Russell flick so many years ago. I don't really remember it. In fact, to me it's shocking that Stargate has continued to exist for so long, spawning a TV series that has gone on for so many seasons. I'm not trying to rip on it or anything but I'm definitely not a fan. With that said, I was not exactly looking forward to having to watch this season of the show but luckily for me, you don't have to know a damn thing about Stargate to watch this show. Shockingly enough though, this show was not what I expected. There isn't a lot of action, and there are no aliens!
Anyhoo, rather than going over every episode I'll give you a bit of a breakdown of what to expect during this show. This group of people activates the ninth chevron, which opens the Stargate to a date that is unknown. The crew is forced to choose- do they stay in the middle of a war for their planet, or do they abandon the planet and disappear to parts unknown?
When those who choose to jump through the gate make that crucial step, they end up on an old ship called the Destiny. The ship is in hard shape and completely desolate, leaving the crew to have to repair it before they perish. They don't really know what to do or how to do it. That is basically the whole point of the show- can the crew survive? I will admit, I enjoyed this series for the most part, but you need to wonder where it's going to go next. The basics of survival are a key element for drama but once the crew figures out how to sustain themselves, what'll happen then?
This is a very character driven show and things can be hit or miss in that aspect. Some characters seem to come off sort of foolish in order to elevate the drama and that took me out of the game a bit. You mean to tell me that these genius space engineers are making such rookie mistakes? Come on. The cast is trying though, and hell, you might dig the fact that Lou Diamond Phillips is part of the cast too! I really liked David Blue's character Eli Wallace, our first-time Stargate rookie who comes off as a manic and goofy young scientist who turns in a great performance. Of course, Robert Carlyle is the man and his performance as Dr. Rush is another top notch showing. He's right at home as a scientist with a tortured past.
As a final note, the DVD features a seriously extended version of the pilot episode which lasts almost three hours and gives all kinds of extra background information and sets things up beautifully.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen i and looks fantastic, with awesome colors and great detail.
Audio i comes in 5.1 Dolby surround i and sounds pretty good, especially in the surround department.
As I mentioned before, this set does feature the extended pilot i, which is a great addition.
Stargate 101 iis simply 6 minutes of videos which explains the whole Stargate thing in case your new to the set. It's a good little beginner's guide to the essentials but doesn't provide a ton of insight.
The Kino video diaries i are really cool, these come from the end of each episode and feature thoughts and commentary on various things going on on on the ship. They're all entertaining and you want more while you're watching the show so it's a good addition.
There are also several minutes of cast interviews i, and cast commentary i tracks for every single episode. Good effort!
This is worth your money if you're a sci-fi fan. I have no idea if it's good in terms of the Stargate universe or if the show has any staying power but I can certainly say that I liked what I saw. This is a ten episode glimpse at what could be an exciting new venture in the SG universe. This is a relatively well acted and well paced show that's worth your time.