After more than a year of waiting, the third Stargate television series arrives today! Stargate Universe premieres tonight at 9 p.m. (8 Central) on Syfy in the U.S. and on SPACE in Canada. (It’s coming Tuesday on Sky1 in the U.K., and next Friday on SCI FI Australia.)
Members of the press have been watching and reviewing the 3-hour premiere (two hours air tonight, and Part 3 next week) for a few weeks now, and we’ve been keeping track of what they have to say. And there is a significant explosion of new reviews today.
The media attention is significant, with even major, mainstream publications like TV Guide listing Stargate Universe as one of the Top 10 new shows to watch.
Below you’ll find all the SGU reviews we have found so far. Beware that many of them do contain SPOILERS for “Air” — some minor, but some that give away most of the episode.
Also check out GateWorld’s own review of “Air!”
TV Guide: “[There is] an unusually grim urgency and tension to what had always seemed to me (on the occasions I sampled it) a relatively escapist romp through the galaxies.”
About.com: “It’s possible at times to feel, aboard the Destiny, that this is a constructed thing, lost in the infinite and horrifying vacuum of space, and offering its unexpected passengers far from perfect protection from it.”
TV Overmind: “Stargate Universe is a Stargate for the rest of us. … Stargate Universe retains that brand of high-octane fun, but pads it with subtle mysteries, challenging character conflict, and tried and true cliffhanger styled story telling.”
TwinCities.com: “The look and feel of Stargate Universe is firstrate, and relentless action during the first part of series kickoff had me fantastically stressed.”
A.V. Club: “I would not be surprised if Stargate Universe randomly turned into a pretty fun show somewhere along the way, but in its first three episodes, it’s not there yet.”
Chicago Tribune: “So far the gloomy, underwhelming Universe seems to have ditched many of the elements that the previous Stargate shows had, notably camaraderie and a sense of adventure, without adding much in the way of narrative suspense or complexity.”
TV Squad: “Stargate Universe might signal a bold leap in a new direction for the Stargate franchise, but it’s nothing most TV addicts – especially sci-fi fans — haven’t seen before.”
Airlock Alpha: “Universe will find it difficult to be grouped with its Stargate siblings, but that’s OK. It’s a show that stands all on is own. And while it may never be Battlestar Galactica, there’s a good possibility Stargate Universe could be this generation’s Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”
Lunch.com: “There is no doubt in my mind that SGU will be a hit. With a more serialized season forthcoming, viewers will truly get a chance to get to know these characters while also going through the pains and hardships of life aboard the Destiny.”
Chicago Now: “SGU marries many familiar sci-fi conventions with relatable emotional stories to create a non-genre spectacular. If you root for the underdog, you’ll love this completely enthralling, heartbreaking and inspiring epic.”
Media Pundit: “Stargate Universe brings a fresh look to a relatively young television genre: dark sci-fi. Battlestar Galactica went there but overreached, being a little too dark for a lot of people … but SGU seems to have found the sweet spot somewhere in the middle.”
WIRED (GeekDad): “Stargate Universe has a rich destiny all its own, and is on a course to achieve it.”
SFX Magazine: “Stargate fans should be proud of it, and it may even pick up a good few converts. It’s a solid, entering start to a series that certainly has promise.”
The Futon Critic: “Both installments provided for review (the two-hour premiere and the subsequent episode) contain a major morality play that pushes our heroes to make huge ethical decisions. … And like all great morality plays, these developments expose raw — and sometimes surprising — emotions from the characters.”
io9: “Past Gates were as familiar as a warm blanket, and we loved them for that. SGU attempts to rip that old blanket off and light it it on fire right in front of your face. So Stargate purists beware: the new SGU may be a bitter pill for you to swallow.”
(Thanks to everyone who has sent in one of these links!)