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With the ship out of FTL for twelve hours, Lt. Scott, Sgt. Spencer, Ian, Dr. Rush and others travel down to the planet to find the minerals necessary for the scrubbers to provide them with breathable air. They find a desert planet that should have what they need but they will have to locate a dried lake bed as it will be the likely source. Scott recalls some of his troubled past. As time winds down, some of the team decide to use the gate to transport themselves to a habitable planet, despite Ian's advice to the contrary. Chloe Armstrong communicates with her mother to tell her about what's happened to her father. Written by garykmcd

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Still laying groundwork...
11 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While not moving the show forward in any real way, this episode serves to firm up the characters a bit more and give us a taste of the planet-hopping to come. The only issues with this are the lead roles are still very one-dimensional, and the planet was an empty desert and uninteresting as they come.

I'm still cautiously optimistic for this show; no, it's not the campy-adventure series that was SG1, and nor is it the deep melodrama like BSG, and as such many decry the lack of..."oomph" in this Stargate outing. But I can foresee some great things from this show (I just hope that SGU doesn't pull a Voyager and wait 4 seasons before really maturing).

On the bright side, the writer's are stealing a page from "Lost"s book and providing some flashbacks as well as a vehicle to keep the characters in touch with people back home, thereby opening doors for deeper story-arcs that transcend several galaxies (at least physically...sorta). And Ely is definitely making a good impression. I would just rather enjoy the entire ensemble than one character...again, giving it time.

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