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Stargate: Universe – Awakening

A new ship and its interaction with Destiny creates more questions than answers


This review may contain spoilers.

Since the first episode of Stargate: Universe, we may have forgotten that Destiny was created by the Ancients. In Awakenings, we are called to remember why the whole franchise exists; on the seed ship that docks with Destiny the crew finds more Ancient technology … and they also find more than they expected.

The fight for control continued with Col. Young (Louis Ferreira) still butting heads with Camile (Ming-Na) and Col. Telford (Lou Diamond Phillips). Since Telford beat the Alliance brain control, his demeanor and leadership qualities served as a serious contrast to Youngs rogue actions and secret depression issues. Young and Camile still didnt see eye to eye since Camile shares information with the Alliance prisoners. Perhaps there will never be a time when everyone just gets along.

Rush (Robert Carlyle) continued his disappearing act while hiding his knowledge. A new ship meant new information, yet he still kept as much control of both ships as possible while talking to a dead wife that presumably acts as his conscience. He showed a slight bit of humanity when he did make the decision to send the crew home.

On the new ship, they discovered a defunct stargate factory, but they also found aliens that may have been the workers that faintly resembled smaller versions of those from District 9. The crew had not interacted with aliens since the ones that captured Rush and Chloe (Elyse Levesque) pursued Destiny, so they didnt know what to do with the quiet ones on the seed ship.

Once they found out what the aliens were doing, it was almost too late. The seed ship was pulling power away from Destiny, threatening to make them a dead ship. On the seed ship, the aliens became more aggressive. In a last ditch effort to save Destiny, Telford insisted that Scott (Brian J. Smith), Greer (Jamil Walker-Smith), and everyone else return to the main ship.

Leaving Telford behind may have been the smartest thing to do, but lets remember that it was actually Telford who made that decision. The person who probably would be the best leader is now stranded on that ship with the aliens. Whether or not he makes it will be another weight on Youngs shoulders that he wants to drink away.

There was not enough time to find out anything else from the seed ship. Maybe it would have given them more answers or maybe they could have used it to help them truly get home. At the end, we are reminded of those that are left behind.

The main goal is still to survive. But will the whole crew survive while Rush keeps his knowledge and his control a secret to save his dream?

What Worked

Its about time for them to run into some more aliens. Although not as visually aggressive as the first ones they dealt with, the special effects team did a good job with the new aliens.

It has been a question about why the women on Destiny traditionally hold a position of weakness. Although Camile still cant find her footing on the ship and may never be satisfied with never fully being in charge, she hasnt posed a huge threat since her failed takeover. Chloe remains in the background, but hopefully well be finding out whats up with her healed leg. But TJ (Alaina Huffman) kicks a little butt in Awakening, allowing her to express some of her emotional angst at losing her baby. Its nice to see her step up and be more aggressive.

What Didnt Work

It has been two episodes now where those left of the Lucian Alliance are held captives. Theres a small hint at a possible connection between TJ and Varro (Mike Dopud). Ginn (Julie McNiven) may be a possible technology genius, and with Eli they could possibly out maneuver Rush. But its time for the Alliance members that were allowed to remain to become part of the story, or they may as well not exist.

As mentioned in a prior review, the writers have yet put one of the main characters on the proverbial chopping block by truly risking their lives. Having Telford left behind is a step in the right direction. Until they are willing to take that risk for which other sci-fi show runners are famous, we may not be that afraid that we wont see Telford again.

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

Awakening was directed by Andy Mikita and written by Joseph Mallozzi. Stargate: Universe stars Robert Carlyle, Brian J. Smith, David Blue, Jamil Walker Smith, Louis Ferreira, Elyse Levesque, Ming-Na, and Alaina Huffman with special guest appearance by Lou Diamond Phillips.

Stargate: Universe airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Syfy.

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