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STARGATE UNIVERSE Premiere Sets Foundation For Promising Second Season

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STARGATE UNIVERSE Premiere Sets Foundation For Promising Second Season

SGU Intervention

Photo :STARGATE UNIVERSE — “Intervention” — Pictured: (l-r) Julia Benson as 2nd Lt. Vanessa James, Haig Sutherland as Sgt. Hunter Riley — Photo by: Carole Segal/Syfy

When we last saw the unintentional crew of the Destiny, they were being held hostage by the Lucian Alliance while radiation racked the ship. STARGATE UNIVERSE’s Season 2 premiere wraps up this storyline while planting some seeds for the future.

  By : TAMARA BROOKS

When we last saw the unintentional crew of the Destiny, they were being held hostage by the Lucian Alliance while radiation racked the ship. STARGATE UNIVERSE’s Season 2 premiere wraps up this storyline while planting some seeds for the future.

As the final chapter in a particularly tense three-parter, the emotions run high through essentially the whole episode. Regardless of what your feelings are for the dark nature of the spinoff, it’s undeniable that the cast handles everything thrown at them with skill. Robert Carlyle does a great job at keeping Dr. Nicholas Rush downright cold-blooded when the welfare of the ship is involved while letting the tiniest moments of “humanity” sneak through. Meanwhile, David Blue’s Eli Wallace maintains his title as “SGU’s Most Lovable” while occasionally being the sole voice of reason or morality; Justin Louis continues to deftly expose the hidden nooks and crannies of Col. Everett Young; Ming-Na balances the hard and soft aspects of Camile Wray artfully; and Brian J. Smith evolves burgeoning leader Lt. Matthew Scott (while subconsciously making me think this is what’d happen if GLEE’s Finn enlisted and joined the Stargate program). My other favorite character, Master Sgt. Ronald Greer (Jamil Walker Smith), didn’t get a lot of work this episode but I’m sure that’ll change as the season continues.

SGU Intervention

Photo :STARGATE UNIVERSE — “Intervention” — Pictured: (l-r) Julia Benson as 2nd Lt. Vanessa James, Haig Sutherland as Sgt. Hunter Riley — Photo by: Carole Segal/Syfy

The two biggest personal events will thrust Alaina Huffman’s Lt. Tamara Johansen and Elyse Levesque’s Chloe Armstrong into the forefront. Though Johansen’s experience may come to affect the whole crew, Chloe’s issues will most likely pose an immediate threat. The Lucian Alliance will be a major presence at least for the first few episodes which is cool since that means we’ll be seeing more of Julie McNiven (Anna on SUPERNATURAL, Hildy on MAD MEN).

Admittedly I didn’t love the first season but, now that there’s so much foundation built, I think Season 2 has a lot of potential to appeal to SG1 and ATLANTIS fans like me who weren’t exactly feeling it from the beginning. I don’t expect it to be any less bleak or dark per se but there’ll be more interaction with entities outside the Destiny which will create a much needed sense of unity between the military and civilian ranks.

For those who’ve strayed I say give STARGATE UNIVERSE a second chance and loyal fans should get excited because they’ve got good things cooking.

Stargate Universe Premiere : Tuesday, September 28th : 9/8c on SyFy

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