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SGU Stargate Universe (2009–2011)

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Trapped on an Ancient spaceship billions of light years from home, a group of soldiers and civilians struggle to survive and find their way back to Earth.

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Series cast summary:
 Dr. Nicholas Rush (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
 Colonel Everett Young / ... (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
 Lt. Matthew Scott / ... (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
 Chloe Armstrong (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
 Eli Wallace (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
 Lt. Tamara Johansen / ... (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
 Master Sgt. Ronald Greer / ... (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
 Adam Brody (39 episodes, 2009-2011)
 Dr. Dale Volker (39 episodes, 2009-2011)
 Dr. Lisa Park / ... (36 episodes, 2009-2011)
 2nd Lt. Vanessa James / ... (36 episodes, 2009-2011)
 Camile Wray / ... (31 episodes, 2009-2011)
 Colonel David Telford (20 episodes, 2009-2011)
 Pvt. Darren Becker / ... (19 episodes, 2009-2011)


The Previously unknown purpose of the "Ninth Chevron" is revealed, and ends up taking a team to an Ancient ship "Destiny", a ship built millions of years ago by the Ancients, used to seed Distant galaxies with Stargates. This team, led by Dr. Nicolas Rush and Colonel Everett Young, is trapped on the ship, unable to change its programmed mission. The team encounters new races, new technology and new enemies as the runaway ship travels to the far ends of the Universe. Written by Jwhitleymail

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Icarus attempted to escape from Crete by flying using wings made of feathers and wax but flew too close to the sun, the wax melted and he fell into the sea. This tale is allegorical and warns against hubris. The project to unlock the Stargate's ninth and final chevron was called Project Icarus which is appropriate given the fate of those who subsequently entered the Stargate. Icarus is also the son of Daedalus, which is the name of one of Earth's starships. See more »


Hunter Riley cannot have the rank of Sergeant. The Air Force eliminated the rank of Sergeant in 1994. By the number of stripes on his collar insignia, his correct rank should be Senior Airman. See more »


[repeated season 2.5 introduction to episode recap]
Dr. Nicholas Rush: I may be on the verge of discovering the true nature of Destiny's mission.
Eli Wallace: [outraged] You've had control of this ship the whole time! Why wouldn't you tell anyone?
Camile Wray: The Lucian Alliance is planning an attack on Earth.
Everett Young: I killed Riley. I suffocated him with my own hands.
Matthew Scott: You are a good commander.
Everett Young: There is no mission other than getting these people home.
Dr. Nicholas Rush: It was never about going home. It's about getting us to where we're going. That... is... the ...
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Perhaps It's Not What You Like.
22 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I read a really negative review of this program on this site and I wanted to put my two cents in on the internet for a change. And for the record, I'm not one of these "paid" individuals at the url posted in the review before me (I didn't click it, but urls in posts make me weary anyways). Stargate Universe is a drama about a group of individuals who are trapped on a ship half way across the known universe. The idea behind this show is that the people on the ship are attempting, to the best of their own personal abilities, to find a way for day-to-day survival and how to gain control of this massive intergalactic spaceship. Many on the ship are either scientists or military personal, with a few civilians littered in.

Now where most would say this show is garbage, I disagree. This show is a welcome break from the standard Stargate TV plot line. So far, this season and last, the only goal has been trying to gain control of the ship. They've dealt with some alien life forms and other assorted baddies, but the main arc has always been trying to control the ship so they can get home. Yes, it is incredibly slower paced than the other Stargate programs, but it wasn't intended on being like them. It was suppose to be different, dealing with the intrapersonal and interpersonal issues these people face while staring potential death at any wrong move in the face.

This show gives me a sense of realism (well, as well of one can hope for when watching a science fiction program) when they are faced with problems. There's no room for error. There's no intergalactic space police that can come swooping in to their rescue at the convenient time right after they come back from commercials, they have literally no help what so ever beyond consultation from people on Earth via the Communication Stones. This isn't the hour long show where Daniel Jackson and Jack O'Neill run through the Stargate, pick a fight with someone, someone gets caught or incapacitated or whatever cliché tension builder they decided to use this week, they get rescued by their friends and run back through the gate to Earth. It's almost like their playing a universal game of "Ding Dong Ditch".

Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed Stargate SG-1, I watched all 10 seasons, but after awhile the story structure got stale and it was just the same thing with different people every week. The episodes I enjoyed the most were the ones where someone had to make a personal sacrifice for the betterment of their friends. That's what it's like in real life. It humanized them for me. And that's what SGU does for me.

Now granted, I will admit that the creation of SGU after the success of the new Battlestar was pretty evident, but fact of the matter is that it works for some and doesn't for others. Think of all the shows that got canceled in the late 90s, early 2000s that everyone and their dog has breathed life back into? Family Guy, Futurama, even American Dad. These programs failed on their first run, but had such a successful run in later years that they're now part of the main stream and people are enjoying them once more.

This show isn't for everyone, it's not. If you're looking for fights with aliens or saving the world after the 10 p.m. news is over, you're going to be disappointed. But, if you're looking for something a little different with something familiar to relate with, you might enjoy it. I know I do. My name is Matt, I'm from Montana, and no one paid me a f-ing thing to write this review. Cheers.

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