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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “Malice” (Season 2, Episode 8)

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A slight uptick on the ratings, about 100.000 more viewers last week than the week before, but only up 62,000 from Cloverdale, and down 148,000 from the season high (“Awakening,” episode 3). Let’s face it, kids, ratings are in the crapper for this show. The producers were hoping for “At least three seasons,” they’ll be lucky to get past two.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “Trial and Error” (Season 2, Episode 6)

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I do love this show, I really do. Slow and mopey and meandering and occasionally frustrating as it is, it’s kind of become the focus of my week. Caprica got cancelled, which was a shame because it was an intermittently good show, but I couldn’t have cared less. Stargate Atlantis got cancelled, and I was mildly annoyed that nothing got the resolution it deserved, but that’s as far as it went: Mild annoyance. If Stargate Universe got axed right now, however, I’d be screamingly angry. And I’m not sure why.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “Cloverdale” (Season 2, Episode 5)

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God bless Stargate. Seriously: after about 335 episodes and 3 movies, they’re still coming up with new things that touch me. Conversely, most other SF series basically bang the same two or three gongs over and over and over again. The underlying plot of the episode wasn’t spectacularly new, but the meaning and feel and cleverness and the final sequence pretty much declare everything I love about this franchise.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “Awakening” (Season 2, Episode 3)

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“Gee, Skipper, do you think we’ll get off the island this week?”
“Probably not, little buddy. If we did, the show would end.”
“Ah, bugger, Skipper.”
“Mary Ann likes you, you know.”
“Shut up.”

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The Destiny docks with the alien ship they spotted last week, though it’s not so alien as we thought. It’s one of the Ancient “Seed Ships,” which were sent out long in advance of Destiny itself, to set up the stargate network. These vessels were always unmanned, and they appear to have stumbled across one that broke down for whatever reason.

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

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Wow.

Just wow. It’s not that anything particularly adventurous or unprecedented happens here. Granted, things go from bad to worse, and the ship loses yet another major asset, but the point of this show is basically to glory in the slow sinking of this boat, and torture the rats, so there’s nothing new there. What stunned me - what will no doubt have stunned everyone - is the tragic-yet-harrowing death scene.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “Sabotage” (Season 1, Episode 16)

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You know, I find it funny how my predictions for this show are consistently wrong. I mean, seriously, not to toot my own horn, I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I have watched *A LOT* of TV, and it’s hard to come up with something I haven’t seen a million times, yet they still manage to surprise me. I think it’s not so much that I’m seeing things I haven’t seen, but they’re spinning and combining them in new and original ways.

Which, of course, is what makes this show so increasingly good.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “Lost” (Season 1, Episode 15)

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I was literally on the edge of my seat through this whole episode, and not just because of my chronic back pain. I’m a pretty jaded guy. I’ve seen everything TV can throw at me at least half a dozen times by now, so it’s really hard to engage me in something, but this was genuinely tense, and I was really expecting an ending that I didn’t get, which makes the differences between this show and the previous SG series all the more striking and interesting.

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BREAKING NEWS: "V" and "Flash Forward" ain't dead yet, and neither is Stargate Universe

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The Futon Critic is reporting that the two most prominent on-the-bubble genre shows at the moment have gotten orders for more episodes. Specifically:

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[REVISED] EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “Life” (Season 1, Episode 9) [REVISED]

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The version of this review I initially posted last night was rather terse and threadbare because I was tired and wasn’t feeling well, so I figured I’d expand it a bit today as I’m feeling better (But even more tired. I just ended up staring at the ceiling last night until 5AM, insomnia.) The changes will all be in the “Observations” section.

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We start out with a montage of various crew people going through their daily routines - Chloe is doing yoga, Eli is spying on Rush, one of the female doctors is having sex, the masses are doing calisthenics, Camille is sketching a Polynesian landscape, and Baldo, the recurring minor antagonist with the attitude problem, takes his last anti-psychotic pill.

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