Stargate Universe 2 Seasons 2009

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Season 1
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Asa team of explorers prepares tounlock one of the final mysteries of the Stargate, theiroff-world base isviciously attacked.

Starring:
Ming-Na,Lou Diamond Phillips
Runtime:
43 minutes

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Science Fiction
Director Andy Mikita
Starring Ming-Na, Lou Diamond Phillips
Supporting actors Christopher McDonald, Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks, Gary Jones
Season year 2009
Network MGM
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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113 of 127 people found the following review helpful By C. Wise on 27 Feb 2010
Format: DVD
Yes this isn't your usual getting saved at the last second, making jokes while being tortured kind of Stargate we are used to, and that's a good thing. The previous Stargate TV franchises consisting of SG1 and SGA which used the same formula and had the same tone, and don't get me wrong, I love these shows, but ratings had dropped and a change was required for SG to survive. Some compare SGU to Battlestar Galactica, it has more drama like BSG, it's set in space like BSG, they are far away from home like BSG, but other than that the show even with its darker feel, has a completely different tone and is far less political. The show also has beautiful special effects with the gate opening procedure looking much better than previously. The special effects aren't too abundant, but when they are there, they're fantastic.
This is a show about survival, with real emotions and fear coming to the surface throughout, people behaving irrationally with different agendas. It's the potential of the show that stands out, with a huge ancient ship to be explored, no doubt riddled with cool technologies, not to mention the galaxy they are stuck in, billions of light years from home with new aliens to encounter.

The show has had 3 slow episodes especially the episode: Life which was pretty slow but essential in the long run, other than that however the show has been strong with great episodes like: Light, Time and the fantastic Justice episode which for a sci-fi show was exceptional. Episodes 11-12 (Space & Divided) are also top notch with aliens, action, the works.
The haters of the show who call it a soap in space exaggerate greatly and need to give it a chance. This show doesn't want to be an SGA clone, it's a serious scifi drama.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bingobongo on 24 Mar 2011
Format: DVD
I bought this on a whim just because Robert Carlisle's in it. I think he's a fabulous actor and have enjoyed everything I've seen him in, plus I'm a bit of a sci-fi fan. I wasn't expecting much really as I've watched a couple of the other Stargates and thought they were a bit rubbish, but I thought what the hell I'll give it a try.

What can I say, after the box set sat there gathering dust for a few weeks I was bored so I watched the first episode, then the next, then the next... This is an amazing programme, I am completely hooked and I've pre-ordered the next series as I'm desperate to watch more. I knew Robert Carlisle wouldn't let me down!...
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By ukvillafan on 9 May 2010
Format: DVD
SGU is not simple sci-fi 45-minute-storytelling; it is not humour-laden froth (which, excellent though it is, SG1 qualifies as); it is not full of fantastic aliens bent on invading the Earth again, and again (and again); it doesn't star Amanda Tapping, which is a real shame; it is not "put your brain on hold" "let's blind them with SFX" sci-fi.

What it is is drama; dark, brooding drama with characters who have flaws and backgrounds full of trauma and difficulties - like real people. Well- written, sparse, well acted and with, no doubt, a long-term arc with some depth.

So, don't listen to the "we hate it because it isn't proper Stargate" brigade; open your eyes, ears, brains and put a bit of effort into it and you'll be rewarded.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Morton on 11 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
It's such a shame this only ran for a couple of seasons - I've come to it late (on Amazon Instant Video) and it's finally satisfied the fix for good serious sci-fi I've been missing since Battlestar Galactica finished.I have to confess I'm not much of a Stargate buff, I've dipped in and out of it over the years but that didn't stop me from understanding or enjoying this first season of Universe.

The set up is basic but brilliant. For reasons that to be honest, don't overly matter - a rag tag band of people find themselves on a strange, deserted spaceship (named Destiny) hurtling through space many light years from Earth. This band includes civilians, military, medics, scientists, politicians etc and somehow they need to get to grips with their bizarre situation - why they're here, how they got there, where the ship is headed, how they might get home again.

What follows is a blend of a bit of soap opera - personal issues, love triangles, fractured relationships and politics - but also plenty of good sci-fi staples. As the ship continues to race across space, certain diversions supply a ton of good story opportunities - alien races, time travel, space battles, group hallucinations and much more.

The sci-fi generally outweighs the soap opera which suits me well and various characters are fleshed out nicely as things move along, so even the quieter moments remain interesting. The stand out for me being Robert Carlyles portrayal of Dr Nicholas Rush, a fine performance of the most interesting and complex character on show. His complicated relationship with Colonel Young (played by Louis Ferreira) driving much of the plot of this season.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gscot1992 on 9 May 2011
Format: DVD
All in all a fantastic series . The acting is great and the storyline brilliant. This first series is very character driven but always spattered with good drama and scifi elements. I would highly recommend this to viewers new to stargate all the way to the most die hard fans as it is fantastic but especially on blu-ray.
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