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EPISODE REVIEWS: Stargate Universe: “Hope” (Season 2, Episode 14)

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Six episodes left, probably no resolution to the story. Much as I hate Syfy (And I do, believe me, I do) and much as I blame this debacle on them, I can’t help notice the ratings on this show continue to deteriorate rapidly. The Midseason cliffhanger dropped fifty-nine thousand viewers between part 1 and part 2. The next episode dropped another hundred thousand. Last week (Which really wasn’t a very good episode) dropped another hundred and fourteen thousand viewers.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “Alliances” (Season 2, Episode 13)

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The Destiny receives two visitors via the Communication Stones: A lady senator (Senatrix?) and Harry from 3rd Rock from the Sun. In the worst tradition of Star Trek, the Senatrix is one of those pain-in-the-ass Ambassador/commodore types who show up to question Kirk’s command, make an ass of themselves, endanger the ship, and so on. Harry (From 3rd Rock) is the new head of Stargate Research, and an old rival of Rush’s.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “Twin Destinies” (Season 2, Episode 12)

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The Destiny is falling apart. Granted, she’s always been falling apart, but following the pasting they took in the mid-season two-parter, they’re much more aggressively falling apart. This is hampered by a lack of spare parts and also a basic lack of understanding of what the parts do in and of themselves. The ship is barely functional, and will not keep together for much longer at all. Reluctantly, Young decides to use Eli’s plan to gate everyone back to earth while they’re inside a star refueling (Yeah, that works now, apparently).

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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “Deliverance, Part 2” (Season 2, Episode 11)

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The deathwatch begins, each ping of the heart monitor bringing us closer to the last moments of this series. It returns to be burned off with an utter lack of fanfare, Syfy (“The Science Fiction Channel That Doesn’t Really Like Science Fiction”) has given it no promotion. In fact, if it hadn’t been for Scorpius mentioning it yesterday, I wouldn’t have known it was coming up at all. Thanks, Scorpy!

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “The Man With Nine Lives” (Story 11)

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Man, I’ve got to write these things shorter. Granted, the last Galactica ep had a ton of important stuff in it to cover, but still it ran seven pages! I’ve got to find a way to do these things without killing myself or my fingers.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “War of the Gods” (Story 10)

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With this episode, Galactica suddenly figures out what it is, and what it wants to be. Up to this point, the show has been scrambling to make deadlines, and just throwing crap on the air without much thought. Suddenly they start planning ahead, settling in for a long haul, which never materialized. Suddenly they’re taking major chances, stepping away from things that have been over done, and exploring the unique potential of the series in ways that even the RDM Galactica series never did.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “The Greater Good” (Season 2, Episode 7)

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I’m a little concerned about the ratings on this show. The Season 1 (And series) high was 2.4 million (For “Air”) and the season 1 low was 1.17 million (“Incursion, Part 1”). In general, the ratings seemed to hover between 1.3 and 1.4 million viewers. Stargate Atlantis seems to have held around 1.6 million viewers on average per ep, just by comparison, so that’s respectable, if a bit disappointing.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Caprica: “False Labor” (Episode 13)

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I don’t think there’s any lingering doubt in anyones’ mind that this show is toast. Last week’s episode hit an all-time ratings low of 718,000 viewers. That means effectively the studio paid $4.17 for every viewer. That’s actually pretty sad, because this week, after a miserable three-week crapfest, the show suddenly found its footing again, and was pretty darn good.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “The Gun on Ice Planet Zero, Parts I and II” (Story 5)

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Last time out we discussed the wonky ways the episodes of this series can be numbered. This two-parter could be considered episodes 6 and 7, or 8 and 9, or (In the syndicated movie package) 3. This one is more confusing than most, actually, since there’s a rumor that this was actually intended to be the second episode of the whole series. We’ll discuss that more below.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “Lost Planet of the Gods” (Episodes 2 and 3)

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Last time out, I gave you the literary equivalent of the Vietnam War by way of a review. I apologize. Again. I had a lot of info to get through, but let’s see if I can do it in a less murderously insane fashion this time out, by which I mean: “Shorter”

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