This review may contain spoilers.
Gone are the days where the audience clearly knows who is in charge or who the captain of the team was. Unlike shows that were helmed by strong captains or leaders, Stargate: Universe has been challenging the notion of who leads everyone on Destiny. In Trial and Error, Destiny herself tests Col. Young (Louis Ferreira) to see if he can keep up with the job.
Although using dream sequences seems like a cop out and a way to fool the audience, this time it was used with a purpose. Young kept having dreams about the ship being threatened by the aliens coming to get Chloe (Elyse Levesque). Each time, he learned something new, but he never could avoid destruction.
Because of his recent failures, Young dropped deeper into depression. Thank goodness he had Brodys (Peter Kelamis) concocted alcohol to fall back on so he could truly medicate his self pity. Without his leadership, Destiny was vulnerable on many levels.
Even though TJ (Alaina Huffman) tried to talk to him about the loss of their baby, she could not reach his compassion. It was the first time where she admitted her out of body experience. Could this be a clue to us that Destiny could tap into the crews minds in order to help?
Meanwhile, Chloe spent her time locked away from the rest of the crew due to her threat. We finally got to see a small glimpse of her changing body, but nothing was really revealed more than alien-like skin. Rush (Robert Carlyle got her to spend her time working on mathematical equations. Scott (Brian J. Smith) assured her that everything would be okay. But Young fretted over what decision he might have to make about her.
Trial and Error ended up being more of a lesson about Destinys possibilities as well as the possibilities for others on the ship. Eli (David Blue) has a possible relationship blossoming with Lucian Alliance member Ginn (Julie McNiven). Scott has the potential to be a good leader if he needs to be. Young has the possibility of climbing out of the hole hes in. But more importantly, Rush continues to bank on his own control of all of Destinys possibilities as a ship.
It was nice to see Young step up and become the leader he started out the series as. But any warm fuzzies that getting a strong leader came with were quickly dashed with Rushs continued madness over controlling everything around him and most importantly Destiny herself. Hopefully, someone soon is going to figure out Rushs secrets or hes going to figure out that talking to people that arent really there is really not a good signs.
Usually using the its just a dream trick is irritating. But because the dream was directly linked to Destiny as a battle simulation made it intriguing. We got the hint with TJ before, but now its very clear that Destiny can psychically interact. In some ways, Trial and Error is the first time that she feels like a character with a personality.
The gem of the episode goes to Greer (Jamil Walker Smith) and his encouragement to Eli to step up and be a man. Although it may have seemed obvious that Ginn would make a good match for Eli, did anybody else think that she may still have nefarious ideas or may still be working for the Alliance? Are you torn between wanting to see them be a successful couple and wanting to see her stir up more trouble?
What Didnt Work
There are rumors abounding that Stargate: Universe may be up for cancellation. When the ship got destroyed the first time, I thought that maybe it was an omen of things to come. Hopefully, Syfy is smart enough to know that the fans are out there, and that they should keep giving the show the chance to grow and expand.
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
Trial and Error was directed by Andy Mikita and written by Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie. “Stargate: Universe” stars Robert Carlyle, Brian J. Smith, David Blue, Jamil Walker Smith, Louis Ferreira, Elyse Levesque, Ming-Na, and Alaina Huffman.
“Stargate: Universe” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Syfy.