Has Stargate: Universe Turned The Corner?

Last night I watched the mid-season première of Star­gate: Universe. Fan reac­tion to this show has been largely nega­tive up to now. I don’t like to put too much weight on fan reac­tion because the nega­tives always shout much louder than the posi­tives. However, crit­i­cal reac­tion has been mixed at best too. After last night though I’m wonder­ing. Has Star­gate: Universe turned the corner?

Well let’s be honest a single episode isn’t enough data to say if a show has turned the corner or not. But it’s a start.

I’ve been watch­ing Star­gate: Universe since it started and I haven’t hated it. But if it hadn’t been auto­mat­i­cally recorded on my DVR I might not have both­ered. The show hasn’t been bad, but it has been forget­table. Many of the char­ac­ters felt under-devel­oped and the plots have been rather generic. Perhaps most frus­trat­ing of all was that it really didn’t feel like part of the Star­gate fran­chise.

With “Space” though, Universe burst into life. The tension amongst the crew finally had a reason to exist beyond simply copy­ing Battlestar Galac­tica. There was action. There were aliens. There was even the sense that elements of a larger plot were play­ing out in front of us. Granted we didn’t actu­ally see a Star­gate used but this felt like a succes­sor to SG-1 and Atlantis.

This is what I want to see more of in Star­gate: Universe. Inter-crew conflict is fine so long as it flows from the ongo­ing story­line. Don’t try too hard to be BSG, be Star­gate. Be fun; have aliens; give me space battles.

Oh and keep build­ing up the char­ac­ters. You don’t have to include all of them in every single episode. Focus on a hand­ful each time so they can develop some deeper person­al­i­ties.

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