Archive for November, 2009

Life

November 24, 2009

Ok really confused now, so we left them all about to die last week, this week I’m expecting them to find some cool and inventive way to capture the venemous aliens, extract a cure and save the crew.. Instead it’s all back to normal, with everyone going about their day-to-day tasks, WTF?

I’m actually feeling a bit pissed off about it, so what could of happened, did they switch to some alternate time line, has Sky shown the episodes out of sequence, or did someone just assume the outcome was so obvious it wasn’t worth filming..?

Anyway, so what about this episode, well I think Marvin the robot said it best, “Life, don’t talk to me about Life”, writers should pay more attention to Marvin. I don’t know, maybe it’s the expectations left over from last weeks cliff hanger, but it was a bit on the boring side.

It started to look up with them exploring the ship and finding a chair room, until it turns out not to be a proper chair room, but some sort of knowledge repository room, which Young won’t let anyone try out (except Rush, and I doubt he’ll risk his life on it). So do they continue searching? Nope another tangent, Rush manages to get the sub-space link to the gate builder ships working and then (as it turns out) fabricates a planet rich with natural naquadria, and the promise of a way home, or not. (natural naquadria? Don’t get me started)

What else, well a few of the crew get a chance for some personal home visits, Camiel visits her girlfriend / partner, I’ve read some other posts about how pro-lesbian / poignant the scenes were, tricky for me to comment, I think I was a bit too grumpy by then to appreciate them, and considering the other scenes they’ve done in previous episodes (even this one), these seemed a bit tame (how long had they been apart?).

Mat got to visit his ex-girlfriend, finds he has a son and his ex is now a ‘dancer’, then, just when you (well I) think he’s trying to get clearance to tell her who he really is, he makes a fake call to himself to give her his pay cheque..?

Now, I know Mat’s had some bad ‘press’ in the past, and even Brian J. Smith, the actor playing him has taken some stick, and I don’t want to contribute to that in any way, but come on writers, you’ve shown Mat in a brave light, given us a glimpse of his honourable side this week, now show us how he can stand up for himself, following orders is one thing, but he’s clearly more than a military puppet, let’s see it!

Oh and then Mat has an odd dream with Telford & Young’s wife, so Young makes a visit to confront him, but gets switched back just before the fight. Then goes back pretending to be someone else, and ambushes Telford.

It is interesting to see the small holes appearing in the whole communication stones thing, I guess it leaves them with a way out, in case the writers decide to cut Destiny off from earth, or at least a new ways to mess with the characters.

Glad to see they gave TJ a bit of a rest this week, being ordered to gossip with the crew, she must have had some fun, though like Eli said, might be difficult in weeks to come.

Eli as usual had some good scenes, foot in mouth with Mat, then yoga with Chloe, not quite up to his usual humor level, but considering my grumpy mood, he did manage to prise a chuckle out if me towards the end.

It’s difficult to pick out any favourite moments or characters this week, it was all a bit ‘flat’. I guess if my arm was twisted, it would have to be Young beating up Telford, but even there I’m thinking Young should just forget his wife and get back with TJ. I wonder what repercussions there will be for that little outburst.

At this point I would normally say I’m looking forward to next weeks episode, but Sky’s announced a weeks break. WHY? surely the episodes finished, they stopped filming weeks back. No doubt some sort of US holiday, though why that would mean a break I don’t know, you’d think they’d make it a double, if everyone’s off work, more time to watch TV..?? And thanks but if I wanted to watch Continuum again, I’d put the DVD in.

Maybe I should have written this after I’ve gotten over the whole skipped episode thing.. 🙂

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Time

November 17, 2009

Time travel, alternate time lines, parallel universes, how many ways can the writers mess with the characters we know and love?

Don’t get me wrong I love this sort of thing, but boy can they be frustrating, case in point “Time” the latest Stargate Universe episode. Did I enjoy it? of course I did, but boy am I frustrated now.

I wasn’t sure about them in the early episodes, but after watching more on the website, and especially tonight’s episode, I’m really starting to like the Kino shots. Good job too really since most of this weeks episode is shot from a Kino. Starting off with a gripping scene where a few of the main characters get killed off (shame really since from that point you know somethings wrong and given the episode title it doesn’t take much to figure out what).

Still there were some really good Kino shots, Eli asking Rush his top 5 movies (Empire Eli, seriously?), Greer giving Eli a shooting lesson, loads of alien creatures burrowing in and out of our beloved cast, and of course, Mat waking up to find everyone dead (prising the Kino out of Eli’s cold dead hands – well almost).

Sadly I accidentally read about the cause of the sickness on someone elses blog, so knowing from the start it was the water from the previous episode, kinda took the edge off the mystery. However good twist that the alien creatures venom could be a cure..

Character wise, has to go to Eli this week (ok yes, again), high point being his validation over the whole Kino documentary thing, funny points throughout and low point was declaring his unending love / friendship to Chloe only to find out she’s dead (the lengths these women will go to avoid him). Rush was quite likable this week, almost sensitive giving Young the news of the dead crew, almost heroic going through a potentially broken wormhole for help? TJ another one where she’s run off her feet, poor girl, hate to think where she had to go to mentally to get that crying scene done. Greer, what was that music he was listening to, some sort of punk rap? Young was a bit laid back this week, then he died, along with most of the others, lot of death, kinda get the feeling the writers were going a bit psychopathic by this point in the series.

So how many will make it through next week? How many time resets will they have to endure..? Guess we’ll have to wait and see, God I hate cliff hangers, especially when you know none (well almost) of them really die. Maybe next time they’ll try trapping the venomous alien creatures instead of the more direct approach.

Lastly, I read on the spoiler blog that Mat & Chloe were acting like love-sick puppies on the planet, well maybe Sky cut something or maybe I blinked, but I didn’t notice much, friendly sure, but nothing too bad, certainly not worth chastising over.

I’ve also read a lot of people (well OK the actors) say this was their favorite episode,  well I think it could have been, but the frustration and cliff hanger kinda let it down for me, maybe as a double episode, but as it stands last weeks Earth stood out best for me.

Boy these posts are getting longer by the week, my iPhone typing must be getting better…

Earth

November 10, 2009

Well I have to say, they just keep getting better and better. I was getting a bit worried a few weeks back that things were slowing down but since then things have really started or pick up.

Never like it when they start off with the recaps, yea like we can’t remember what happened a few weeks back, come on guys pure waste of time, you could fit a whole extra scene in.

So Young and TJ? Can’t say I didn’t think there wasn’t something odd going on, but I didn’t think it was romance, plus I’m sure I read somewhere that TJ was a lesbian..

Bit disappointed the didn’t give more details about the ‘plan’ in the briefing (SG-1 would have had Carter doing a nice graphical presentation), but at least Eli gave us the low down just after, though a bit quick, I missed it the first time round, so it want until the end that I figured out what they were doing (probably shouldn’t eat tea during the live show)

I guess it’s intentional, but really not liking Telford, started off bad and got worse throughout the show, of course the last scene, was that Young or Telford, if Telford ouch what a b*****d..?

Eli visiting his Mum, aw poor Eli, nicely played David. I think that and the bar / car scene with Chloe was my favourite, gutted about the whole good friend talk of course, especially if she can tell him that while drunk (very cute drunk though), not that I’ve ever been there you understand..

The random body swapping was very funny, especially Young & Telford.

The whole power wasting thing, yea, so these suits can save you from being crushed by ice, but not from being thrown across a room..? Red shirt anyone? Liked the fireworks, blimey has Destiny got enough guns? Mind you if that’s all it takes to drain her power, they’re not going to do that well in a firefight…

So what did Greer do to Telford? Punched him out hopefully, but you never know..?

Loved the whole sun recharge / dialing scene, finally Rush ended an episode not the most hated person, in fact could be said he saved them all. Bit fuzzy about who knew and who didn’t a lot of knowing / surprised glances being passed around there..

Overall really enjoyed it, certainly looking forward to next weeks “Time – the team visit a lush jungle-like planet, where they fall prey to a mysterious infection. However, they soon discover that the illness is the least of their problems” sounds like fun, bet they’ve been handing out the red shirts again..

Water

November 3, 2009

Well apart from the odd pauses in the breaks (thanks Sky1), that was a good one..

So Vanessa knows about Mat & Chloe, wonder what she’s going to do about it.. threesome? Na they wouldn’t..

Cool space suits, looked a bit similar to the Asgard ones off SGA, mind you 100k years old, not sure I’d have trusted them in a poison atmosphere, still, desperate for water..

Rush is getting worse, started off sympathising with him, but he needs to mellow out a bit and stop with the child comments to Eli.

Not sure about the whole Eli spying thing, I mean sure he’d probably be doing it anyway, but making it official, I can see that causing unrest..

So, swarming, water drinking aliens, novel, after the encounter with Mat, I thought they’d be a bit more friendly, plus didn’t they give him water? Still no doubt they missed some, or some came back on board.. I must admit I thought it was going to be an ancient guardian angel, so a grumpy swarm of aliens was a pleasant surprise..

Mat getting stuck down a hole was quite good, Young should have used the sledge to inch him up, the tremor thing was a bit too much of a fluke.

Nice role for TJ this week, good to see her in charge, even managed to ‘handle’ Rush & Greer, capture the aliens, as well as her medical duties, she must be shattered..

Looks like Young is heading for a breakdown, must be tough at the Top, glad he’s got people to stop him killing himself. Maybe he needs a holiday back on earth – without visiting the wife?

Slight lack of classic one liners this week, or maybe I just need to watch it a few more times…

Ah, one little gripe, pistols, makeshift flame throwers and a handful of bullets, isn’t it about time they ‘discovered’ the Destiny’s armory?

Light

November 2, 2009

Tricky one Light, at the end of the last episode they were heading towards the sun, they were thinking “we’re all going to die”, I’m thinking cool, smart ship, solar recharge. So apart from them actually going into the sun to scoop up plasma, it was a fairly predictable episode story wise.

Not that I didn’t enjoy it (most anyway), some nice scenes showing a more human of some of them, ok mostly fear, but some good acting none the less.

The big disappointment was the whole Chloe/Mat thing, firstly if it was ‘real’ he wouldn’t have left her behind, orders or not he would have found a way to take her (this was a life/death thing after all, so not like he was going to be court marshalled)..

Secondly, poor old Eli, she breaks his heart, then cuddles up when she thinks she’s about to die, does she like him or not? (no one say like a brother) Hopefully she’s learnt her lesson, though dashing away from Eli to hug Mat at the end kinda makes me doubt it..

The shuttle landing scene, where to start, well, good visuals, Eli’s “why am I watching this on TV”, classic, but physics wise, kinda dubious, the shuttle would have buckled like a tin can, or at very least sprung a leak. They should have had some sort of auto docking manoeuver, where Destiny and the shuttle cooperate to match speeds.

Th big question, did Rush know what was going to happen, ok it was kinda obvious, but would I have bet my life on it, nope. So did he “know”, no, did he suspect, very probably. Should he have told anyone, well in his position, without anyone to really trust, I doubt I would have, plus it might have been false hope..

However Rush was a bit off in the last scene, he was almost being liked up to that point, there was no real reason for his reaction, apart from just being nasty to isolate himself, maybe that’s what he wants, but in a ship with so few people, probably not the best course of action..

Darkness

November 1, 2009

You know how some episodes stick in your mind, and some don’t, well this one didn’t, I had to watch it again before posting this, and I’m glad I did.

I did like the whole caffeine / nicotine withdrawal thing, clever and explained a lot about Rush. In fact most of the episode was character related stuff. Now don’t get me wrong, I like getting to know the characters, but it’s a bit too intensive, we have (hopefully) got several seasons to get to know them, so spread it out a bit.. I’m a bit torn on the Kino interview thing, some are quite good, some not so good, some just plain embarrassing (possibly deliberately so, because that’s how the characters are, but not that good to watch)

Oh and classic line of the series so far “Recipes Becker, for the love of god, Recipes” well maybe just Young’s lines, but it was classic.. Then he ruins it with the gold star comment to Eli.

Now I know it’s the whole point of the new format, but this episode really makes me miss the old format. Plus there needs to be a fairer tech / character balance, I mean what did we get this episode, a battery charging plate, power cut, then the air breaking maybe 10 min vs 30 plus min character stuff.. Maybe it’s just me, but I’d like to watch the reverse of that.. 😉

Not sure what all the fuss was about the tank top scene, maybe they cut some of it over here..?

Air

November 1, 2009

Well it was certainly a good start to the new Stargate series, not sure if SG-1 or Stargate Atlantis were ever filmed in HD, but watching SGU in HD shows some seriously amazing visuals.

Story wise it shows promise, I guess we’ve been a bit spoilt by the previous series ships with beaming technology and hyperdrive, so the “Destiny”, although beautiful is a bit on the clapped out side.

One thing I’m not sure of at this point is how many people made it onto the ship, seemed like quite a few, but not as many as there was on the base..?

Overall it held up pretty well with the previous series, though, a gate you can’t dial into? Where did this come from, who modified it? Another naquardria enriched planet? I thought naquadria was artificially formed, so who did this? Who tipped off the Lucian Alliance? (my money’s on Rush), but why would they attack in the first place? The General Hamond has Asgard weapons, why didn’t it just blow away the alliance ships, they shouldn’t have had a chance?

Air certainly leaves a lot of unanswered questions, I guess this is the main thing I don’t like about the new format..

Character wise, love Eli, like Rush can sort of relate to both of them, kinda like Chloe, not sure on the rest yet.

Stargate Universe, in my opinion

November 1, 2009

Well it’s been a few weeks now since the latest evolution of the Stargate series began and after David Blue pointed out Joseph Mallozi’s latest blog post, although a good read, I was a little saddened by it and felt the need to start my own blog and give my own “opinion”.

Now I consider myself a fan, a serious fan, seen the film, series, TV movies many times each, but not an ‘Uber’ fan, I don’t do dress up, conventions or house redecorating to match SG sets, and I can certainly distinguish characters from actors, plus I respect the production and FX teams for the fabulous work the do.

Also I’m not just an SG fan, there’s a lot of other SciFi shows I like, however SG is top of the list in the current seasons lineup.

Now sure, I kinda doubt anyone’s really going to read this, but at least it makes me feel better.. 😉