Stargate Universe: “Deliverance,” “Twin Destinies” & “Alliances”
Airdates: Monday, March 7, 14 & 21 at 10 p.m. EST on SyFy.
Slice of SciFi Rating: 5.0 out 5.0
SGU continues to impress as one of TV’s best genre shows
Fans upset that SyFy has given the boot to one of television’s most promising and entertaining series will find multiple reasons to get upset all over again when Stargate: Universe returns Monday, March 7th at 10 p.m. Based on the three episodes provided by SyFy for review, SGU returns in full stride, effectively resolving the immediate tensions of the mid-season season cliffhanger and continuing to explore the larger storylines that have been running through the second season.
When we last saw Destiny and her crew, the ship was in between a rock and a hard place, between two potentially overwhelming alien fleets. As the second half of season two opens, some interesting decisions are made to try and buy Destiny some time and to allow the crew to get out of their predicament. As has been the case for a season and a half now, there are no easy answers and all the decisions have consequences not only for the episode at hand but the on-going story arc.
Once the heavy lifting of tying up a few loose ends and spinning things off in new directions is done in “Deliverance,” the series then delivers one of its strongest episodes to date in “Twin Destinies.” When Eli comes up with a way to potentially get everyone home using the power of a star and the Stargate itself, strange things begin to happen with time. If you’ve seen the Next Generation episode “Time Squared,” you’ll have an idea of what happens next, though SGU is once again up to the task of taking a standard genre storyline and putting its own spin on things thanks to its emphasis on the characters.
And it’s not just the regular cast getting solid screen time. While Young, Rush and Eli get a lot of screentime in these episodes, fans will be happy to see the secondary characters Brody and Volker continue to get their moments to shine in each episode. And there’s a bit of humor in the storylines (one scene in particular has Eli wondering if Stargate command will offer in a position should they get home and the reaction by various crew members is one of the highlights of the first three episodes).
That’s not to say that SGU has lost its touch in delving into the darker corners of the Stargate universe. And the show also continues to bring in death to characters at unexpected moments.
And yes, all of this will just make you angry the show’s been canceled just as its really hitting a stride. But don’t let that anger distract you too much from enjoying this final run of ten. Based on the first three episodes screened, it’s going to be quite a ride as we head down the stretch toward the ending.