SGU Stargate Universe: Earth   Rewatch 
August 10, 2017 8:34 AM - Season 1, Episode 7 - Subscribe

Homeworld Command has a risky plan to get the ship's crew home. General O'Neill orders Colonel Young to go through with it but he refuses, citing the crew's safety and saying he'll 'take it under advisement.' While Young, Eli and Chloe visit their families on Earth through the Ancient Communication Stones, Colonel Telford seizes command of the Destiny.
posted by zarq (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Picking up this series again after a long absence. (Apologies.)

Will be posting new episode re-watch threads on Mondays and Thursdays.
posted by zarq at 8:39 AM on August 10


Hey, it's Mr. Gold and May!

I'd never heard of this series but I'm familiar with SG1. This was my first ep but I'm not sure it's worth continuing. Will everyone continue whining? It's super annoying. What's with having sex using someone else's body? There are rules against that right? For a shipful of people who were hijacked and prevented from going home, they certainly took it very calmly. I certainly didn't buy the argument that the plan to go home would have failed.
posted by jojo and the benjamins at 6:09 PM on August 12


I'd never heard of this series but I'm familiar with SG1. This was my first ep but I'm not sure it's worth continuing.

It's way more linear than SG1. You might want to, you know, start from the beginning. IMO, it's better.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 6:32 AM on August 15 [1 favorite]


Will everyone continue whining? It's super annoying. What's with having sex using someone else's body? There are rules against that right? For a shipful of people who were hijacked and prevented from going home, they certainly took it very calmly. I certainly didn't buy the argument that the plan to go home would have failed.

This is a much darker series than previous Stargate shows. It has a much different tone. You have people that have been put into a hopeless situation, and the show explores how the different ways they each cope. Some will grasp for what they've left behind. Some will get profoundly depressed. Some will decide to make the best of it. And some will have an agenda and scheme for power.

A bit of context that isn't obvious in this episode: Rush is the person who stranded them all on Destiny. He's spent the previous 6 episodes pushing the crew to be focused on survival and a mission on Destiny, rather than getting home. He and Young clash on the issue, time and time again. So when Rush opposes Telford's plan, the crew isn't necessarily going to leap to trust him. Neither is the audience. You're not supposed to buy the argument that the plan would have failed. The intention is to make you question whether Rush sabotaged the attempt.

Rush is a biased, unreliable narrator, so to speak. He's also a pretty deeply layered character for a Stargate show.

I agree with "His thoughts were red thoughts" that SGU needs to be watched linearly. Start from the beginning and work your way forward. You'll get a much fuller understanding of each character's motivations.

Will everyone continue whining?

Chloe and Eli are particularly susceptible to this. They're not military. More than anyone else on the show other than Camille Wray (Ming Na) they were hijacked.

Eli's living a dream. Chloe's living a nightmare.

What's with having sex using someone else's body? There are rules against that right?

Everyone who allows their body to be used signs a form which says that they agree to let their body be used for anything that won't damage it in the long term. Most people who swap in are pretty ethical about it.

What does that scene teach you about Colonel Young? Draw your own conclusion about his character.

SGU won't always paint people or situations in black and white. Characters won't always act according to type and they certainly won't fall into neat little columns of Good and Bad. They're flawed and living messy lives.
posted by zarq at 8:02 AM on August 15 [1 favorite]


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