This review may contain spoilers.
For those viewers who have been worried about the future status of Stargate: Universe, The Greater Good was definitely an edge-of-the-seat kind of episode that satisfies fans and shows networks like Syfy that quality science fiction shows have support.
We havent seen a showdown between Rush (Robert Carlyle) and Col. Young (Louis Ferreira) since the first season episode Justice. Its a conflict that has been building, but perhaps the outcome is a turning point for this season.
Running into another alien spaceship forced several points to come to a climax. They were more cautious with this one after finding the seed ship and having to leave behind Col. Telford (Lou Diamond Phillips). So only Rush and Young went over to explore the ship. For viewers who were waiting for someone to figure out what Rush was up to, they didnt have to wait long.
Using the stones, Ginn (Julie McNiven) allowed Dr. Amanda Perry (Kathleen Munroe) to come to Destiny to help Rush with his formulas. Since Destiny left the ship behind, Dr. Perry had to go to the bridge to fly Destiny back. It didnt take long until Eli (David Blue), Brody (Peter Kelamis), and Volker (Patrick Gilmore) all figured out that Destiny was not flying herself.
On the alien ship, Young showed his absolute distrust of Rush while spying on him. The ebbing conflict between the two finally came to a head when Young overheard that Rush had broken Destinys codes and could control the ship. What happened next was an emotional and physical confrontation that should have been cathartic for the viewers as it turned out to be for them.
Rush admitted that he no longer wanted to be the leader on Destiny, but that he kept his secret because he couldnt trust Young when Young didnt even trust himself. While it was a great line, the viewers should still be wary of Rush. What was revealed was that Rush knew the purpose of Destiny, which was to explore space to find out who started creation with the assumption that there was intelligent life out there.
Eli and the rest found Dr. Perry, but flying Destiny turned out to be harder than she thought as she hit the ship. Eli used his intelligence to time their space jumps back to Destiny. Proving that Rush might actually mean what he said, he saved Young from overshooting and missing Destiny in his jump.
Have we forgotten about the Lucian Alliance members? Simeon (Robert Knepper) confronted Ginn about becoming too friendly with the crew a couple of times. When Ginn was actually Dr. Perry, he seemed not to understand or care. His menacing silhouette was the last image of The Greater Good, so we already know that something wicked this way comes for next week.
The question has finally been vocalized about whether or not the crews purpose is to continue on Destiny and make it their home or whether or not they are just trying to survive to get back to Earth. Presumably, this episode is a pivotal one that will help define the future of the show.
The effects and visuals teams both continue to raise the bar in the beautiful renderings of the ships. Destinys bridge is both a homage to the bridges from our favorite shows as well as seemingly appropriate to Destiny herself, although it was slightly fun to see Eli in the captains chair. The effects given to us by the team always add to the show, which is a testimony to excellent work.
Both Robert Carlyle and Louis Ferreira carried a lot on their shoulders with the climax of their relationship. They are both outstanding actors who never disappoint in their work.
What Didnt Work
Simeon is not a deep character. He is our moustache-twirling villain. His role has already been set up properly, and he will be used in all his villainy in the near future. But it was such a let down in an episode that offered more depth to have such a one-dimensional character.
Perhaps the climax with Simeon has to come soon since Robert Knepper will be reprising his role as T-Bag for the Prison Break adaptation Breakout Kings. But for an actor who can play a much more subtly sinister character, he really is being limited. Perhaps next weeks episode will allow him a little more room to play.
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
“Stargate: Universe” stars Robert Carlyle, Brian J. Smith, David Blue, Jamil Walker Smith, Louis Ferreira, Elyse Levesque, Ming-Na, and Alaina Huffman. “The Greater Good” was directed by Will Waring and written by Carl Binder.
“Stargate: Universe” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Syfy.