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Sgu Stargate Universe: Complete First Season [Blu-ray] [Import]
A group of soldiers, scientists and civilians, fleeing an attack, is stranded billions of miles from Earth on an Ancient ship known as the Destiny. Locked on an unknown course, they must fight to survive and find a way home. The danger, adventure and hope they find on board the Destiny will reveal the heroes and villains among them.
SG-U has a different approach as they are constantly on the move rather than working from a single location, the spaceship Destiny, which was launched by the Ancients millions of years ago was originally intended to be boarded when it was far enough out into the universe, to help achieve this they had sent Stargate seeder ships ahead to place Stargates on various planets. This however was later abandoned following the ancients progress into ascension (god like level of existence).
The Ancients had planned on boarding Destiny by using the Stargate on-board it, however to do this they would need to enter an address that consisted of nine chevrons, for those of you who SG & SG-A fans this was something that needed a serious amount of energy in order to ake it possible.
This series starts with a team of soldiers and scientists what we know as present-day Earth, the team arrive on Destiny following a devastating attack on their base which drove them blindly through the Stargate and onto Destiny. They quickly establish that many of its primary systems are either damaged, failing or are unknown to them. Due to this lack of knowledge and the fact that Destiny is following its original programming they are unable to return to Earth or even fly the ship for that matter.
But there is one thing that Destiny does on a regular bases, and that is stop periodically, These stops allow the crew to dial the Stargate and visit planets, giving them the opportunity to restock with supplies along with some repairs to the ship, repairs that essential to sustaining their lives.
I can remember reading somewhere that the original idea was for each season to be a journey through a different galaxy, the idea being that they wanted to appeal to both SG & SG-A fans while attracting a newer audience at the same time, to do attempt this they used established Stargate mythology, technologies and SG aspects sparingly so as to keep it in line but not soaked with everything we have seen already.
They have kept familiar Stargate themes of adventure, action and exploration, but altered the focus to be mainly on the crew. The show has often been referred to as "dark and edgy", a story of hope with elements of fear, terror, betrayal and tragedy, but not without its humorous moments.
Good and evil are less obvious but this is because the ship is crewed by a group of people who were never meant to be on such a mission, so this allows for more character flaws, being unprepared, depression, panic and quick to pass judgement on one another. There are a few aliens but this time they are more varied rather larger singular threats SG's Goa'uld and SG-A's Wraith.
SG-U only lasted for two seasons due to the viewer numbers dropping by over a third, this forced them into ending at series two, the series simply wasn't cost effective to keep it running, shame really as I loved the series, but then I am a big SG fan, that said I feel they could have done more with it. Season two got better with improved FX and the fact that they started to focus on its crew who are more fractured than team, almost factional in places with copious amounts of mistrust.
I love it, and think most sci-fi fans will love it, but as for newer fans well that's where my Marmite but comes in the most, you will love it or hate it...
This is a show that tried far too hard to emulate Battlestar Galactica's dark, brooding and gritty feel, something that feels especially forced considering the other two series in the franchise. Yes, SG-1 and SGA both had moments of darkness and some grim themes, but the general feeling was one of action, adventure and entertainment. Initially SGU doesn't feel like the kind of Stargate established by ten seasons of SG-1 and five of Atlantis, though eventually it finds a good niche, albeit too late, and this distance drove off a lot of the fanbase, particularly those who thought SGA was 'sacrificed' to make way for the very different SGU. I was one of them - when first broadcast, I stuck it out for four episodes before leaving, annoyed by the franchise's new turn. However, I'm glad I made a point of watching it through properly when it was later repeated. This is something of a slow burner that rewards repeat viewings.
Don't you just hate it when the production companies do that? They should, at least, make a commitment to an episode to wind up a story if they prematurely abandon a series. They did that with "Pushing Daisies" - it was very badly done but at least it gave the fans some sort of closure. The excellent "Firefly" series did much better by providing the feature film "Serenity" to wind it all up. And as Mister Punch would say, "That's the way to do it!"
This is a brilliant series, more "up to the minute" with the whole concept. Robert Carlisle is absolutely brilliant as Dr Rush and the rest of the cast really step up to the mark to keep up with him.
I've thoroughly enjoyed watching this series, and re-watching it until series 2 came out (I believe they're not making any more, how silly is that).
This could keep going as long as SG1 and be more interesting too .......... perhaps they should have retired off the old SG1 format and picked up the pace with this concept
Very much a 'darker' Stargate, both in plot and lighting, but utterly addictive - certainly a major shift from the previous ones, and the 15's rating would be appropriate. Possibly would have been a bit frustrating on Tv originally since some snippits of information took a long time to materialise, but on DVD you can just keep going so you don't really notice!
Other reviews mention a comparison to the new Battlestar Galactica in terms of the darkness, and this is certainly true - in fact, the differences between 1980's BG and the remade BG are almost identical to the differences between SG1 and SGU, also very similar is the cast - not the actual actors, but the pretty blond, the young soldier, etc. For Robert Carlyle it is certainly a long way from 'The Full Monty'.
The soundtrack is also pretty mesmerising - but that might just be me!
All in all, if you are looking for the original stargate with witty retorts alongside the action, then this is not for you.
Only series one seems to be available on Bluray, so went with both seasons on DVD.
This is without doubt one of my favourite Sci-Fi shows ever, and believe me I've seen almost all of them.
If you are a Stargate fan, or plain and simply just appreciate great acting with a very good script and storyline, then this is a MUST buy in order that it will be continued onto a third season & more in the not too distant future.
A little less comical than the previous two versions of Stargate but I enjoyed it all the same.
I bought the Blu-Ray versios as it was at bargain price, I'll probably wait and do the same for the second series.