Am I the only one who loves SGU?

Discussion in 'Stargate' started by samalex, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. samalex

    samalex Ensign Newbie

    Jul 5, 2011
    I've watched a few Stargate episodes over the years, but I hadn't just fallen in love with any of them until SGU. I watched the first couple of episodes when they originally aired then as goes life I just didn't make it a priority and fell out of it. I'm now watching them on Netflix and am about 10 episodes from the end of season two, which I guess is all they made.

    But from reading the comments about SGU it seems that most die hard SG fans don't care for the show. Why? I'm totally digging the storylines and character development, and given I loved TNG, DS9, and Voy, I see elements of all three in SGU.
  2. Sandoval

    Sandoval Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jul 21, 2010
    It was okay. No worse than a lot of the rubbish that's on TV anyway.
  3. C.E. Evans

    C.E. Evans Admiral Admiral

    Nov 22, 2001
    Ferguson, MO, USA
    I liked SGU, but then it was the only Stargate series I was ever able to get into. But even I can see that maybe it was too much of a departure from previous Stargate shows--there wasn't much humor in the series and the action quotient was low except towards the end, IMO.
  4. Festering Esper

    Festering Esper Admiral Admiral

    May 16, 2001
    ¯\_(°·O)_/¯ Under your bed ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
    I didn't like it at first since I didn't like any of the characters but I kept watching it because it was Stargate and it really grew on me. It was really disappointing when it was cancelled.
  5. AJ86

    AJ86 Captain Captain

    Nov 9, 2010
    No, you're not the only one. :)

    As things stand SG-1 is my favourite, but I think that had SGU finished it's run it would have topped it for me. Much more depth, but they just took their time too much for a mainstream audience.
  6. TiberiusMaximus

    TiberiusMaximus Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    In general, people who liked the other Stargate series didn't seem to like SGU, and people who didn't like the other series seemed to like it. Of course, there are exceptions to both sides.

    I didn't really like it at first, but it grew on me and Season 2 was mostly excellent. SGU also had an amazing finale.
  7. Sindatur

    Sindatur The Grey Owl Wizard Premium Member

    Jan 2, 2011
    Sacramento, CA
    Yea, this is pretty much the story for me, couldn't get into S1, didn't enjoy more than a couple episodes, because everyone was just so unlikable and there was nothing to hold my interest, but, I suffered through it.

    First half of S2, I found I was starting to enjoy about half the episodes.

    Second half of S2, the show had finally found it's footing and had becoming mostly enjoyable, and by the time it ended, I was sad it took so long to get itself up to speed, and wasn't allowed to continue, since it had actually finally become good.
  8. RoJoHen

    RoJoHen Awesome Premium Member

    Apr 14, 2000
    QC, IL, USA
    I loved it and am annoyed that it got canceled when it did. I thought it was really heading in an interesting direction.
  9. Agent Richard07

    Agent Richard07 Admiral Admiral

    Jun 20, 2001
    I liked the show as well. I liked it's attempt to make Stargate more sophisticated, and I thought it had some pretty clever and nicely shot moments. From a stylistic and production standpoint, it was excellent. Looking back at the actual storytelling though, I think the "slow burn" may have been too slow. As for the characters, they took some getting to know, but once I did, I came to really enjoy the naturalism and camaraderie we got. I'm also one of the few people who liked the stones. I found them to be an excellent scifi idea and plot device.

    I'm one of those. Sort of. I liked SG-1 back in the day, but lost interest in Atlantis in part because it didn't have the ambitious quality that other shows like BSG and Lost had. SGU, with it's attempt to inject that same energy into Stargate, brought me back to the franchise. SGU even got me to go back and finish Atlantis.
  10. Harvey

    Harvey Admiral Admiral

    Oct 8, 2005
    Los Angeles, California
    Season 1 was absolute rubbish. It had great production values, a couple of decent actors, and...nothing else. I saw the first episode of season two, didn't notice any improvement, and finally gave up on the franchise. I doubt I'll return to it, especially since it was cancelled without much of a resolution.
  11. The Wormhole

    The Wormhole Admiral Admiral

    Jul 23, 2001
    SGU's main problem was that it took too long to go nowhere. Other problems included that lack of humour and light-heartedness which are trademark to Stargate and attempts to take themselves too seriously resulting at the best of times being boring, like their depiction of aliens. Or at the worst of times they look totally ridiculous doing things the other Stargates could get away with, like depicting the Lucian Alliance as a bunch of cliche cartoon supervillains.

    Yes, SGU did show some improvement with the second half of the second season, primarily they were starting to figure out which characters worked and were given them more to do. But it was too little, too late. The damage was done. While SGU might not be the worse show on television, it's a far way's from the top indeed.
  12. Brikar99

    Brikar99 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Aug 13, 2002
    I liked it, though I definitely agree it was a little too slow-paced for its own good. I also wish the second season got a blu-ray release. The show looked great in HD.
  13. klingonmaquis

    klingonmaquis Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Apr 7, 2008
    Ok, hated the first half of season 1. Slow pacing, characters I had very little interest in and quite frankly the visits to earth were crap. Sure, the first thing I'm gonna do when I can visit family is go clubbing....frak that! For the longest time the ONLY character I liked was Dr. Rush. He, I understood. Everybody else for the most part were forgettable for me. When Lou Diamond Phillips made his transition from ass to human I was totally into that character. I can understand wanting to get the right people there and the civilians home. I hope that they continue the series in comic book, novel or something. Loved the first 6 years of SG1. LOVED Atlantis, but SGU once it got the momentum had lost the fans who could have carried it on. What can ya do though.
  14. Enterprise is Great

    Enterprise is Great Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Oct 24, 2004
    I liked it from the start but I can see how people got frustrated with how slow it moved early on. But the back half of season one was much improved but the show really didn't take off until season 2. A shame it got canceled when it was just getting really good. Anyway I liked it better than Atlantis and I liked SGA.
  15. Temis the Vorta

    Temis the Vorta Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Oct 30, 1999
    It was unwatchable garbage. If they wanted to jettison the silly-nonsense tone of Stargate, that's fine, but they do need to replace it with something good instead. They were trying to ape the gritty realism of nuBSG, and they failed. Utterly.

    Being no worse than the tsunami of crap on TV is not my idea of "okay." It's true that SGU wasn't noticeably more awful than the general awfulness of TV, bit this isn't a forum for Jersey Shore, so that's not the show being bashed to shreds here.
  16. Casting Couch

    Casting Couch Admiral Admiral

    Feb 12, 2011
    Gene's office
    I was unable to make it past five minutes of the pilot. I was literally starting to convulse. So, no SGU for me.
  17. Xerxus

    Xerxus Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Jan 26, 2007
    Are you kidding? The whole Destiny-waking-up wormhole activation was probably the best start of a Stargate series.
  18. Gary7

    Gary7 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Oct 28, 2007
    Near Manhattan ··· in an alternate reality
    +1 This. I definitely enjoyed SG-1. I really didn't get into SG-A. It was OK. I liked a few of the characters. But it kind of let me slip out of watching Stargate. Then SG-U changed everything.

    At first I found it depressing. They just kept struggling, a constant test of survival. Nobody really had any chance to relax and enjoy the thrill of exploring the alien ship and the journey it was on. But then... my perspective shifted. This series felt more REAL than any other sci-fi series I've seen in a long while. Yeah, there were some dud episodes, but most were very good. This show had SO MUCH POTENTIAL. At the end of Season Two, I was so geared up for several developments. I figured that eventually they'd find recordings of the ancients and finally get to see what these people looked like, what their concerns were, and perhaps glimpses of their developmental stage just prior to ascension (assuming that's what happened to them).

    In reality, the team returning to Earth would find many years gone by with loved ones gone. They would be aliens to their own home. So, in all likelihood, a good number of them would stay on the team, continuing the adventure of Destiny even after establishing a wormhole connection back to Earth, or an SG-1 outpost on another planet.

    I really wish there was something that could have been done to keep it alive. No way could you get the full original cast to return. My hope would be that SyFy would revive the franchise yet again, and find a way to pick-up where SG-U left off. Maybe at some point during the journey, several of the crew mysteriously vanish, kidnapped by aliens that managed to visit the vessel while everyone was in stasis, or perhaps some anomaly triggered some sort of teleportation.

    Anyway... yeah. Count this guy here as still really sad SG-U suffered an untimely end. :(
  19. Kelthaz

    Kelthaz Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Apr 28, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    That about sums it up for me.
  20. SG-17

    SG-17 Commodore Commodore

    Nov 28, 2008
    I enjoyed it, season 2 especially. The first half of season 1 however makes Emancipation look only mediocre.