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SGU: Stargate Universe--Season 1 [Blu-ray]

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If it isn't already apparent that Stargate Universe (a.k.a. SGU) is not your big brother's Stargate, all doubt disappears when a Nick Drake sound-alike song called "Don't Forget to Breathe" makes its way onto the soundtrack near the end of "Air," the three-episode pilot that unveils this new series. The stargate itself--an artificially created "wormhole" through which one can instantly travel to different worlds light-years away--is still around, but much else has changed. Gone, for the most part, are the rough-and-tumble adventures that were the specialty of SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, SGU's popular predecessors. Gone, too, are insouciant but charismatic and intrepid leaders like SG-1's Col. Jack O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson does make several cameo appearances in that role in the course of these 20 episodes, offered here on six discs) and Atlantis's Col. John Sheppard, along with such memorable and monstrous alien nemeses as the Goa'uld, the Wraith, and the Replicators. In their places, in addition to a new ongoing story line, is a rather less conventional approach, featuring a more minimalist vibe and an entirely fresh cast of earnest, intense, mostly youthful characters battling personal demons and complex interpersonal relationships (including some involving, gasp, gay couples), along with a myriad of technical issues more typical of sci-fi shows. Sprinkle in a few more sensitive tunes of the kind you'd encounter on a nighttime soap opera, and you've got what might be called the emo Stargate.

If this all sounds very serious, well, these folks have a lot to be serious about. Very early on, the "Icarus Base" is under alien attack, forcing military and civilian personnel alike to escape through the stargate. They end up aboard Destiny, a massive ship that's millions of years old and was once the property of the omniscient master race known as the Ancients. Not only do our characters barely know how to operate the ship, they also have no idea where they are, except that it's billions of light-years from Earth. It's the responsibility of the two main men, Col. Everett Young (Justin Louis) and scientist Dr. Nicholas Rush (Robert Carlyle), to figure out how to get everyone home safely, a task that dominates the series' overall arc. That dicey proposition is complicated considerably by ceaseless internecine conflict on the ship, much of it between soldiers and civilians (typified by Young and Rush, both of whom are self-righteous, utterly humorless, and not especially likable). Much of the action takes place on Destiny, but there are occasional excursions to various planets in search of water and other supplies; there are also trips to Earth made possible by magical "communication stones" that allow users to exchange bodies with folks on the other end. As is the case with many new programs, SGU takes a while to hit its stride, but when that happens about a third of the way into the season, the results are often quite exciting; SGU may not be as much fun as the earlier shows, but it's still well written and entertaining, with excellent production values, good special effects, and some two hours' worth of bonus material. --Sam Graham

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A Group Of Soldiers, Scientists And Civilians, Fleeing An Attack, Is Stranded Billions Of Miles From Earth On An Ancient Ship Known As The Destiny. Locked On An Unknown Course, They Must Fight To Survive And Find A Way Home. The Danger, Adventure And Hope They Find On Board The Destiny Will Reveal The Heroes And Villains Among Them.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine series Jan. 4 2011
I've seen every episode of SG-1 and SGA, which may be why it took me a while to appreciate Stargate Universe. SGU sneaks up on you; suddenly you're hooked. Great sets, excellent acting, and so much more depth to the characters than in the older series. The lighting is a bit dark, and there's little original science fiction in the plot, but that's how the show is. Extras include commentaries, mostly by the actors, and some good supporting video. Recommended, particularly the HD version.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Successful Merger of Concepts March 9 2011
I'm going to try to address the many issues swirling about this series without spoiling the plot:

1) Similarities to other shows: There has been a great deal of speculation that the show is a 'ripoff' of Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, or even Lost. While I certainly don't disagree that it bears a striking similarity to Battlestar Galactica, I don't count that as a strike against it.

Prior shows are always going to have an impact on future shows. Film-making (whether it be TV or Feature) is an art that builds upon itself, and stands on the shoulders of those who came before it. The fact is the Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, and Lost are all GOOD shows, regardless of your impression of it or whether or not it struck you the right way, they were the best of their genres at the time, and even bent their genres into something new.

That being said, to call this show a 'rip-off' or 'carbon copy' of any of those shows is grossly over simplifying things and intentionally misleading. Perhaps we should just create a new genre name, like 'Adult Sci-Fi', so we can get over all these intellectual property theft allegations.

2) Dissimilarities to other Stargate franchises: This review will probably take a lot of heat for this, but - past Stargate shows actually weren't very good. Don't get me wrong, I've watched every episode of SG1, and most of Atlantis (still working on that), and enjoy just about all of it, but even while enjoying it, I was fully recognizant of the fact that it wasn't actually good. It's campy. The acting is sub-par, even when there are good actors in the shows. The sets are generic and bland, reminiscent of the original series of Star Trek, the scripting is packed with fromage, and the plots, no matter how original, were all clearly predictable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great set, packaged well July 5 2014
By Jeff MacArthur TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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great set of a fantastic series, I wish they would resume production of this one of a kind series
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is my favorite SCI-FI series Feb. 21 2014
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Of all SCI-FI TV series I've watched, this one is my favorite. So sad that it ended up with season 2 I would have loved a third, forth,... season
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5.0 out of 5 stars SGU is great Nov. 17 2013
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Such a different premise for a series, I don't understand why they took it off so soon, the other Star Gate shows lasted for years. I loved almost everything about it.

The only problem I had with the series was that way they had of transferring people between bodies, in the case of the Dr brought in to do work on accident victems it was a good thing and no problem, but they did it for personal reasons too and told lies and used the other persons body in unfair ways. But that aside I was very p[leased with the show.
I think most sci fi fans would appreciate this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Huge Stargate Fan Nov. 6 2013
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I have been a huge fan of everything Stargate. Upset that SGU got cancelled becuase of some lame duck fans not accepting it. I just wish that they would have finished SGU with a proper ending. It would be nice if a "release to DVD movie" could be made to tie up all the loose ends of SG Universe. Maybe connect it all back to Earth, SG1, and the City of Atlantis which is now on Earth in the ocean.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cut short when it was ........ Aug. 13 2013
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......... developing into a fab show, we can only hope it will get resurrected but don't hold your breath, I don't expect it will, the actors have all moved on.
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