TV Series Review: STARGATE: UNIVERSE – Season 2 (2010)
The recent spin off of the awesome STARGATE franchise, came to us in the form of STARGATE UNIVERSE. After a hugely successful Season 1, its second and last season brought us, not only a close to the series, but apparently the franchise as well.
running from a threat… for the last time…
Continuing the massive cliffhanger of Season 1, STARGATE UNIVERSE Season 2 starts off with a complicated first few episodes. Having to now deal with The Lucian Alliance on the ship, the crew have to put their differences aside and work together. That’s easier said than done, especially considering all the issues this crew has.
Season 2 works extremely well to up the ante with a lot of new problems and issues for the crew to face, as well as some jaw dropping revelations. Along with having to deal with their existing problems, there’s a lot of loss this season. However, unlike Season 1, this season seems to lose a lot of steam at they go along.
Having to deal with enemies on the ship is a big plot point of Season 2. It was also a great way to introduce new characters into the ship, since the premise doesn’t really allow for new characters to get onto the ship. With no way to get off the ship or hold prisoners, the crew of Destiny needs to decide how they’ll deal with the Lucian Alliance members. There is also a heavy alien presence on the show this season. We’re introduced to a lot more alien races, some with deep ties to Destiny and its mission from day one.
By this time in the show, the crew is more or less resigned to the fact that they’ll be on the ship for a while, and hopes of going home are abandoned, more or less. The Rush and Young fallout continue, even despite their make up mid Season 1. Rush’s obsession to unlock the master code of the ship and reveal Destiny’s mission drives the character. This season develops a lot more of the changes to characters, status quo and over all evolution of the characters. The story lines themselves take a turn for the grandiose.
Essentially a lot of connection to the aliens end up affecting the crew directly, one of them even slowly transforming into one. Destiny’s mission is revealed to be one of utmost importance, whose objective will question everything from our existence, religions and the beginning of the universe. Along with a revelation that is relevant to the entire history of the universe, not just Destiny’s mission.
As great as it is, Season 2 of STARGATE UNIVERSE ends up very muddy. Some episodes are weak and seem like filler. While others are amazingly complex and charged. One of the best episodes are ‘Hunt’ and the 2 parter right before the finale. However, as I said earlier, Season 2 was the final season of the series. As of right now: STARGATE UNIVERSE has been canceled, along with it, the existence of the continuing STARGATE franchise.
Regardless of the hows and why of it all, STARGATE was an awesome concept, that’s been built on and bettered 3 times starting with the original film. It’s been innovative, revolutionary and always amazing.
STARGATE UNIVERSE was brilliant for the way that it felt like a gritty Michael Mann film, with its camera flares, erratic zooms and sideways framing shots. The space shots of Destiny were always handled with such subtlety that one had to squint to determine what angle of what was on screen.
The story lines seemed too intense for network television. The characters were too horrible for PG rating. And the performances were way too good for a television series. STARGATE UNIVERSE blew out of the water everything that was previously established about the franchise. And Season 2 planted seeds that were gonna do the same with the entire mythos of the universe itself. Truly a show that died too young, as is the case with the best of shows.
At least we can take solace that the finale episode of STARGATE UNIVERSE reflects the sentiments and situation of the STARGATE franchise. Not dead, but merely in stasis… maybe to come out on the other side someday.