The universe is about to get a little smaller with the final season of Stargate Universe, and you’ll likely enjoy the ride, even if you may not like where it ends up. The folks out at Fox sent over a copy of the five-disc set of Stargate: Universe, and this is going to be a big one.
Stargate: Universe takes us out to the Destiny, a massive ship that’s built with on-board Stargates. Several ships were sent out ahead of it, to seed several worlds with Stargates ahead of its arrival, thus allowing the ship to freely move from point to point via Stargate travel. And now, it’s just been seized by the show’s main baddies, the Lucian Alliance. Now, with the ship being evacuated in rapid fashion, and its human crew now looking for a way to get home, they’ll have to pull together and find a way to survive.
The interesting thing about Stargate: Universe The Complete Final Season is that it’s geared for both longtime Stargate fans as well as those who may not have any more background than the movie. And it does do a pretty passable job of putting up a science fiction epic, though it’s not hard to see why people were comparing this–and often unfavorably, to boot–to the newest installments of Battlestar Galactica. After all, on the surface, it’s pretty similar. Big ship flying around, humans who just want to get home, and so on.
They’ll do a little hopping around here, timestream-wise, with a few flashbacks tossed into the mix, and plenty of action, too. The plot is a little on the garbled side, but it’s still got a lot of exciting elements to it, and that’s better than a lot of shows will provide, especially lately.
The down side here, though, is the ending. Frankly, the ending is catastrophic. It’s a cliffhanger, and worse yet, a guaranteed (at this point) unresolved cliffhanger, so watching this will be an exercise in futility as it will not end.
Still though, it’s entertaining by itself, better in some spots than in others, but that’s how it will always be with any television series box set. And if you don’t mind a whole lot ambiguity in your endings, then you’ll be just fine.
The Screenhead Ten Scale gives Stargate Universe a seven out of ten for doing the best it could with what it had to work with. It’s not the best end to a long running franchise like Stargate, but, well, it tried. So it won’t be the best, but it will be worth the watch.