I’ll start my Stargate Universe review with a little background to my experience with the Stargate franchise…
Quite honestly, I’ve liked the concept of Stargate ever since I first saw the original movie. Even if I didn’t think it was the greatest of movies itself, but certainly, the idea of it appealed to me. I remember watching the first episode of Stargate SG-1 and thinking back then, now this is the kind of extension to the original story that I wanted. Lucky for me and other Stargate fans, most of the time it really did deliver on that initial promise and we got 10 years of enjoyment from following SG-1’s adventures!
With the spin-off of Stargate Atlantis, we got another show filled with the same kind of themes as SG-1, more fun with ancient (but highly advanced technology), some great characters including Dr Rodney McKay himself! Although that said, it also had its faults, enemies that had a lot less character than the likes of the various very individual and colourful Goa’uld System Lords. There seemed to be lots of characters moving in and out of the show for various reasons, but that said I still feel that this show got cut short with it not being renewed after its 5th season.
Both SG-1 and Atlantis were great action-based fun shows that didn’t take themselves too seriously, I was always impressed and pleased with the humour the shows had, they were fairly easy going to watch, but usually good fun too. Now we’ve got another Stargate spin-off in the form of Stargate Universe, but this one’s a lot more grown-up in look and feel compared to its predecessors. In just the first few episodes you can see that this is a different show…very different from what has gone before!