Stargate Universe “Air, Pt 1″and “Air, Pt 2”

Warning: Spoilers under the cut! Stargate Universe Ep 1.01 and Ep 1.02 Air Plot Summary: A group of scientists, dignitaries, and military personnel are forced to evacuate from planet on which resides a Stargate capable of employing the eighth chevron when the SGC facility there is attacked. Viewing Commentary:
  • Nice space scene to open the story with.
  • That ship looks familiar somehow. I swear I’ve seen it before. Eh, maybe just the commercials or something.
  • Ouch! Hard landing. Watch that first step.
  • Wow. Being tossed through a Stargate like a rag doll somehow sounds more fun than it probably is.
  • Eli Wallace, unemployed game geek. Oddly, I do not buy this.
  • Colonel Lt. General O’Neill. Yay. Nice to see RDA.
  • Dr. Nicholas Rush, resident genius. Probable crazy, too.
  • “We’ll beam you up to our spaceship”. Heh.
  • New product: “Stargate for Dummies”, courtesy of Dr. Daniel Jackson.
  • Chloe Armstrong, daughter to Senator Armstrong.
  • Lt. Scott.
  • Note: Hmm. Flashbacks done in a soft glow?
  • Colonel Everett (sp?) Young.
  • Colonel Telford. (Nice to see Lou Diamond Phillips)
  • Sgt Riley. The Chevron guy?
  • Nice ship, too bad life support is failing.
  • Who uses a whiteboard? O.o Just about the entire human race. (j/k) I guess we know why Eli flunked out of MIT. Btw, writers should know better that tossing around well known university names doesn’t give the character street cred in the profession per se.
  • Ah, attack of the Lutian Alliance (or whatever their name is). As baddies they’re more a nuisance than anything IMO.
  • Epic battle for the base ensues. Nice to see Colonel Carter. Planet goes boom.
  • Ah, so Rush picked up the ancient communication devices.
  • Flashing red is apparently a universal danger signal to all humanoid species. LOL. Sorry I just thought it amusing the Ancients and modern humans would have similar warnings.
  • So is Rush trying to make himself “leader” in order to avoid getting his ass kicked for screwing up on the planet and sending everyone to the ship?
  • Bored.
  • Nice ship f/x.
  • Sigh.
  • Can the aliens come and kill the whiners now? SRSLY!
  • Sheesh, this is a bit lame for a pilot. And it started reasonably well.
  • Waiting for something to write about.
  • Ah, a floating visual communications device…naturally Eli randomly names it kino after the Russian word for…movies. *sigh*
  • Rush can actually be impressed. Heh.
  • Yeah black sludge is usually not a good sign neither for CO2 scrubbers nor automobiles. Just sayin’.
  • “What makes you think I won’t try?” Hmm. Maybe because you’re a bit of bastard? Or maybe the mad scientist vibe you are casting off.
  • I betting someone needs to be sacrificed to save the rest from the leaking atmosphere. My bet: the mangled Colonel of the officious Senator.
  • Eli and his kino. Hrmph.
  • Forced plot point:  Someone must die for the rest to live.
  • Hmm. I called it. Senator ends up doing it thought the Colonel intended to do it. And that phrase just came out all sorts of wrong, didn’t it?
  • Nice tackle, Chloe.
  • Rush. Most insincere person ever? Seems like it. I liked the mad scientist vibe better.
  • Yawn.
  • Starting to dial earth, which will fail of course.
  • Rush worried about power. Well someone has to be.
  • Greer known for violent behavior. Good to know.
  • Ship’s name: Destiny. Which begs the question why the Ancient would name an automated vessel, even if they were to use it later. But then I guess why are any ships named, so…ok, I’m going no where with this. Ignore.
  • Kino is SGU’s equivalen ot a MALP.
  • First away team (‘scuse the Trekkish phrase): Eli, Greer, Rush, Scott, Palmer, um some random other people.
  • All right I know supplies are limited but what freakin’ moron wears black on a hot, desert planet?
Comments In space, no one can hear you snore… Seriously though, premiere episodes of new shows are often the most difficult to catch a new audience with. Unfortunately, SGU’s “Air, Pt 1” and “Air, Pt 2” didn’t really grab me. It felt too much like a hodge-podge of story ideas (and even show concepts) trying to be forced into the already established canon of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. I do give credit to the writers and producers trying to create a more realistic, gritty version of Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis. The problem arises that their attempts to bring more human drama to the show is in some ways actually interfering with the pacing of the story so far. The clunky use of flashbacks made for a somewhat tedious premiere especially when some of them were quite frankly uninteresting and boring given that the viewers didn’t know enough to really relate to the characters as yet. Rating: 6.5/10 (7.5 Acting)