Monday, October 26, 2009

Stargate: Universe

I am a huge Stargate fan, now when I say Stargate I mean the 1994 film by Roland Emmerich starring Kurt Russell and James Spader. I know that film so well, and it is one of my all time favourites. When they announced a TV series, I was excited, I wanted that story to continue. When it premiered I did watch it through most of Season 1, but Channel 7 is not a channel I watch much on TV and I had zoned out. Over time I watched bits and pieces of SG1, and I do plan to sit and watch all 10 seasons eventually.

They did a spin off Stargate: Atlantis and it didn't last as long and from what I saw it was an alright show. Not sure if I will go ahead and watch it yet, I guess I will wait and see.

I saw promos for the new Stargate show Universe and it automatically caught my attention. It seemed a lot darker, and a little more stand alone. I guess as people have said it almost had a Battlestar Galactica feel to it (Another show I need to watch from start to finish, thanks to stupid Channel 10 not showing the show right), and it seemed like it was up my alley.

Having watched the 90min pilot and the next episode, I got to say I am hooked! You don't need to be a full Stargate follower to understand whats going on. Basic knowledge is fine, this show does suit noobs and it works quite well. I am actually really digging the cast of characters as they are slowly getting introduced to us. Personal favourite is definitely Eli played by David Blue, he is a fish out of water and it works. Robert Carlyle who seems like the strangest choice for the show is also fantastic, his role is not an easy one but he makes it work. They are the definite stand outs so far, and I am sure we'll see more of them.

Storyline wise, I guess its almost like the Stargate equivalent of Star Trek Voyager, lost in the universe. Going for something totally different, whilst still being in the Stargate 'world'. Easiest way to give you a run down is to grab the synopsis from the official website: SGU follows a band of soldiers, scientists and civilians, who must fend for themselves as they are forced through a Stargate when their hidden base comes under attack. The desperate survivors emerge aboard an ancient ship, which is locked on an unknown course and unable to return to Earth. Faced with meeting the most basic needs of food, water and air, the group must unlock the secrets of the ship's Stargate to survive. The danger, adventure and hope they find on board the Destiny will reveal the heroes and villains among them.

I can't wait to watch the next few episodes and see where the show is going, so far it is hard to tell but I am really liking it. Sci-fi fans should check this out, I mean its gotta be impressive that I've decided to blog about it eh?


Disposable Camera said...

Atlantis was good,they just kept to a few storylines even although it was a completely new galaxy. Could have done so much more.

Universe could be good, I~m watching it, but its feeling like the story is dragging along a bit.

Marceyness said...

I need to catch up on it, I am dying to see what happens.