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Rewatching Stargate Universe

SGU castWhat do I do when I’m not feeling well? Usually curl up in a blanket and read a book, but there are times when a book is just not the right choice. It might be that my brain is too foggy or my eyes are too irritated. Those are the times I turn to television. When my annual holiday cold left me in just such a state, I was thrilled to find Stargate Universe available on Netflix. Despite its faults, I really miss that show. So, I curled up in my blanket and started from the beginning. I found it delightful and enlightening. Yes, I said enlightening.

Here are a few of the things I learned:

  • If you’re ever invited to go on a spaceship, pack a bag so you don’t end up wearing a ‘you are here’ tee-shirt for the rest of your life.
  • If you’re looking for something on an alien planet, it will always be located at the maximum distance you can cover and still get back in however much time you have available.
  • People with secrets should NOT swap consciousnesses with people they don’t want to learn those secrets.
  • If your water supply mysteriously starts disappearing, be on the lookout for a cloud of dust-spec aliens.
  • And on a similar theme: a gun is not a good weapon to use against a cloud of dust-spec aliens.
  • If you’re going to strand your arch rival on an uninhabited planet, make sure there is no alien space junk lying around that might help him find a way off the planet.

During my second viewing of Stargate Universe I was also able to pick up on all the little threads dropping into place long before I saw them the first time around. The show was better crafted than I gave it credit for, which only makes me miss it more.

What TV shows do you miss?

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17 thoughts on “Rewatching Stargate Universe

  1. I’m sorry you’re not feeling well. Been there myself. Thanks to Netflix I’m seeing all kinds of shows I missed the first time around. (I am now a Doctor Who and Torchwood addict.)

    But one show I miss is a gritty little drama that ran only one year, called Threat Matrix with James Denton. I’m not much for secret agent series, but this one had an oddly realistic feel to it. Sometimes they hit so close to home I often wonder if they were “asked” to cancel it.

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  2. I’m on a first watch of SG:U, having tried it twice before. I think this time is better because I’ve mentally disassociated it from SG-1 and Atlantis (though I still hate the shaky cam)

    I miss Sanctuary, rudely cancelled after it’s fourth season. More, I miss it’s snarky antagonist, Nikola Tesla. Every show needs a vampire genius with a taste for fine wine 😀

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  3. Alas…I miss Firefly. It was brilliant, had one of the best ensemble casts ever, funny and was a space western! To this day I can’t decide who is my favorite character. Thankfully its on Netflix and always just a few clicks away.

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  4. I loved SGU, because it was aimed at adults, which is part of why so many fans hated it. The original ‘Stargate’ movie was great, but I never got into SG-1 or Atlantis cos they seemed so adolescent. As a geek girl SF lover back before it was cool, I appreciated the growing interest in the genre generated by ‘Star Wars’ but really missed the more mature SF books and shows produced prior to the popular surge. SGU was more realistic, and portrayed adult relationships. ‘Firefly’ is another with more maturity, and I miss that one as well.

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  5. I felt like people didn’t give SGU a chance because it had to leave in the shadow of both SG-1 and Atlantis. I enjoyed it, it was different to both SG-1 and SGA, and it was just hitting its stride. And god damn it what happened to Eli at the end!!

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