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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 2, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Starring: Ming-Na, Jamil Walker Smith, Robert Carlyle
  • Summary: The latest series for the Stargate franchise has Dr. Nicholas Rush (Robert Carlyle) as part of a group that is transported to Destiny, a self-guided spaceship used to place stargates around the universe.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Science Fiction
  • Creator: Brad Wright, Robert C. Cooper
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Oct 2, 2009
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 09:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. With 19 episodes remaining in this season, there's plenty of time for all this drama to intensify and the characters to sort themselves out as good and not-so-good.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    So far, this seems a very promising ride. Maybe not one for the ages like BSG, but for the next few weeks, I’ll be curious to see how these space castaways cope.
  3. 70
    Stargate Universe isn’t quite so ambitious [as "Lost"], but it’s intriguing in its way, down to the ship, bathed in blue light, that emerges as a character in its own right. The ship is more interesting thus far, alas, than any of the female characters, but perhaps that will change over time.
  4. Given time, Stargate Universe may become worth watching if it develops its characters and continues to mine its premise for stories. Just hope they avoid more desert planets.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Robert Carlyle has a gravity that allows him to sell the most implausible science-fiction hokum, making you realize that performance as much as writing makes this kind of thing work.
  6. 50
    Stories aren't particularly dense or surprising, and some of the conflict feels quite contrived
  7. Reviewed by: Laura Fries
    It all makes for an intriguing setup that doesn't quite gel, even by the end of the third episode.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 176
  2. Negative: 95 out of 176
  1. Dec 1, 2010
    I was so surprised to read all the negative reviews about SGU. I agree that the first season was very slow to take off and somewhat depressing but it has definitely picked up in season 2. Of all the Stargate shows I think this is the best one yet. SG1 had some memorable episodes but near the 10th season I thought it got ridiculous and corny. SGA was garbage - reminiscent of Babylon5. I'm tired of StarTrek wannabe utopias. I agree that SGU is a lot like BSG but you can't really compare the two other than to say it's a similar dark dramatic style. Although I have my opinions about the whole SG franchise, I really have only ever watched the movie, and even though I missed out on a lot of the backstory of SGU, I still find it to be a gripping premise. I think if you hold out until Season 2 you won't be disappointed. It's really one of the best written, most stylishly creative sci-fi shows I've seen in years. It's my favorite show right now on TV. Expand
  2. JanetG.
    Oct 6, 2009
    This show is GREAT! Edge of my seat watching. Loved the old SG1 and SGA, but the show has to progress. Eli, Young and Rush are awesome, taking an established fanbase on another arc. Expand
  3. MikeD
    Jan 18, 2010
    Dr. Rush and Eli Wallace are great characters and the episodes are actually connected in some way, unlike the random jumping around of SG-1 and SG-A. It shows promise but needs to take a step back from being a soap. Expand
  4. kyleb
    Oct 11, 2009
    Not impressed so far. I knew the second they canceled Atlantis they had a bad case of BSG envy. SGU shows every sign of being BSG light--the worst of both worlds. What they're sacrificing is the fun, humor and charismatic characters that were Stargate hallmarks. And what they're overlooking is that BSG was only fantastic 20% of the time and the rest was pretentious crap. Expand
  5. MikeM
    Nov 21, 2009
    My son and I watched Stargate SG 1 and Atlantis and loved the shows and the characters. SGU seems totally different...so far, 6 or 7 shows in and we don't like any of the characters. It's all talk, no action. It's more sexual which I think makes it more an adult show than a younger audience. It seem to highlight how to have interpersonal conflict...without resolving it. If it doesn't pick up soon, we're bailing on this and that'll be sad because we were anxiously awaiting its premier earlier this year. It's more like BSG not Stargate!! Are there any new stargates in production? Expand
  6. greenm
    Dec 8, 2009
    SGU? Poor writing, thin plots and thinner characters. Instead of reaching out, it reaches in. Bad idea. Such a shame with so much potential. Very disappointing. Expand
  7. DeniseL
    Oct 18, 2009
    Are they kidding? I hope that they all freeze to death.

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