As the third installment in the long-running Stargate franchise, “Stargate Universe” chose to abandon the plot-driven, action-adventure format of “Stargate SG-1″ and “Stargate Atlantis”. It instead presented itself as a darker, character-driven serial drama and despite a controversial debut, managed to get renewed. Unfortunately, it was unable to maintain its audience and Season 2 became both SGU’s final season and — as of this writing — the end of Stargate’s 14-year television legacy.
Season 2 opens where the Season 1 cliffhanger left off. The Lucian Alliance has seized control of Destiny and Colonel Young and the crew are about to be executed. Their only hope lies in a handful of surviving civilians and soldiers, led by Eli and Dr. Rush. In the aftermath of the incursion, the Icarus survivors are beset by new challenges from alien mutation to the ongoing schemes of Rush. But all of this proves secondary to an even greater revelation: The truth behind why the Ancients launched Destiny…
It’s unfortunate that SGU was abruptly canceled midway through its second year. Though it takes a little while to get going, Season 2 is much stronger than Season 1. The show finally finds its footing and presents needed character developments, good plot twists, and the beginnings of an intriguing myth arc. While there are fewer crossovers this season, Rodney McKay and Richard Woolsey from “Stargate Atlantis” do put in an appearance, as does recurring scientist Dr. Lee.
I will be upfront: The show ends on a bittersweet cliffhanger and there are presently no plans by MGM to continue the story as a DTV or mini-series. If you enjoyed Season 1, then you’ll at the least enjoy Season 2 and wonder where Destiny might have taken us.
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SGU is another amazing series, starting a bit rocky, but evolving wonderfully into another amazing SG show. Too bad the sad studios and Syfy can’t get it together to provide viewers what they are asking for and continue the series…
While I wasn’t a fan of SGU initially, the show did start to get very good in the second season. Sadly, SciFi Network decided to cancel this series at the end of season two to make way for more wrestling, ghost chases and cooking shows; is this HGTV or SciFi Network? I won’t be buying the dvd’s simply because I no longer buy anything on dvd. I’ll be waiting to see if they release the blu-ray in the US and, if not, I’ll be ordering the UK blu-ray release of season 2.