Yes, an unexplained attack. Three enemy ships just pop up, start shooting, blow up the planet and the only info we have about the attack comes from some conjecture between Col Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping) and Lt. General O’Neill.

Back in October of ’08, Vic felt like we might have another Lost In Space and didn’t find himself too excited about the description of the show. I think the man might be a dang fortune teller!

After all the hype dispensed by Syfy, we were told that viewers didn’t need to be franchise fans to understand to show. Sure, we got a quick outline on the Stargates, but I found scenes and moments that required some experience with the franchise that didn’t seem very well explained for a newbie. One example of this was Dr. Rush’s use of the ancient communication tech stones.  Did any first-time Stargate watchers catch what happened?  What they were and how they worked?

How I Came Away From The Premiere

This was supposed to be an incredible event, at least if I were to believe all the hype.  But to me, something was missing.

After the excitement of the one epic space scene and everyone flying through the event horizon on the Destiny, there was a slow, distanced in feel to the episode. I wasn’t pulled in by much and parts of the presentation were very jarring.

The transitions to their numerous commercials were incredibly abrupt with no fade outs.  In one scene you might be watching a man with a gun making a serious statement and BAM, I’m looking at dish washing detergent and a housewife!

It felt like Wright and Cooper employed several ideas and techniques from different shows and it felt obvious; Including the most noticeable to me, the very Battlestar Galactica like music underlying a lot of the scenes.

On the bright side, I was surprised to see scenes within sets that actually looked like the concept art released last year that we showed you.

The roles that did stand out to me were Dr Rush, played by Carlyle and Eli Wallace, played by David Blue. Like I said, I really do not like Dr. Rush. He reminds me of Locke from Lost. I found Wallace someone whom I may actually care about as he learns and discovers things through this eye opening journey through space.

In the last few minutes, the biggest question was answered:  How do they explore different planets?  Apparently the Destiny senses its proximity to another Stargate, drops out of its FTL travel and opens a 12-hour wormhole to the new gate.

It’s up to the crew to use that 12 hour window to hit up the new planet, look around and get back.  I’m wondering who is going to be left behind somewhere down the road?

The episode of Stargate Universe ended with the ship doing just that, and an away team disembarking through the gate.  I am not compelled to disembark with them. Not yet.

Your Turn:

How did everyone else feel about this new take on the Stargate franchise?  Do you think the spirit of Stargate has been changed forever or is this a new, refreshing take on an old mythos?

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