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Television: Stargate Universe Series Finale (WTF??)

Posted by JungleBoot on May 9, 2011

I have been an avid fan of Stargate since the original movie came out starring Kurt Russell.  The franchise has had a nice run with two successful series (Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis) and a not so great Stargate Universe.  Stargate Universe was slow to start and never really amped up the imagination.  It tried to be too many things at once.  It tried to bring the soap opera of Battlestar Galactica into the Stargate universe.  It tried – and failed – to be true to Stargate canon.  It ignored the stories Stargate fans enjoy —  gate to planet X, meet new people, encounter a crisis, solve crisis, and return back to the point of origin having made new allies or enemies.   Because I’m a fan, I kept hoping each episode of Stargate Universe would return to the formula that works.  It never did.  There were moments of hope and reflections of past success.  It just never solidified.  This brings me to my distress over the finale.  It sucked.

The finale to Stargate Universe is so painful to watch.  It’s just one long drawn out goodbye.  The ship is in trouble.  They can’t figure out how to deal with the drones and Eli has a moment of clarity.  “We’ll just use the stasis pods and calculate one long-ass FTL (a Battlestar Galactica term) jump into the next galaxy. It’ll take three years and there is the chance we could fall short of our target and drift for — oh, I don’t know — forever.”   Now comes the long drawn out worthless goodbye.  The show recieves no resolution what so ever.  We’re just left with Eli sacrificing himself for Dr. Rush (Seriously!!!!) and Col. Young (the father Eli never had).  All I can say is this — It started shitty and ended shitty.

If I’m a betting man, I would allow myself to believe the following.  The creators of Stargate Universe left things as they were to have the capability of continuing the story in another format (books, comics, another movie, etc.).  Maybe they think someone will show them sympathy and the show will get another chance.  But as far as I know, this is it.  The Stargate franchise ends on a crappy note.  The movies that were in the works have been put on hold.  There are no television series in the works.



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