“Water” hopefully gave Stargate fans what they wanted this week: SGU‘s first stand-alone episode. While “Water” did have a tie-in to “Air, Part 3,” there was no cliffhanger after last week’s episode leading into the show’s sixth hour. This allowed for some more character depth to be built up, and for the guys over at Special Effects to show off what they’ve got in store for later episodes.
Excluding Lt. Scott’s encounter with the alien entity on the desert planet, this was also the first time the crew of the Destiny had to deal with an alien life form.
While it was interesting to see the sand alien again, the minute that it is introduced it is pretty clear that the alien is responsible for Destiny‘s current water issues. Sure, Spencer was also hoarding some food and water. But the alien was clearly drawn to it in “Air, Part 3,” making it pretty obvious that it was responsible. It was also frustrating that the Destiny crew was not given a way to interact with the creature instead of the “shoot first, ask questions” later mentality.
When the rest of the crew finally found out about the entity, it almost felt as if these people should have been more fearful of what was happening. A lot of the crew are just scientists and some had never even gone through the Stargate before, leaving the situation not very believable. There could have easily been some fear or chaos written into some of these characters, but instead it seemed like they care more about the supposed reign the military has over them than the threat of an alien life form on the ship.
Although some parts of this episode were lacking, it was made up for by character depth for T.J. and Greer. They are both people who are tough and not to be messed with in a tight situation. T.J. is put into a command situation and, while she doesn’t necessarily know what she’s doing, she learns to adapt. It was also nice to see that while Greer might be a loose cannon, he can follow orders … when he wants to.
The A-story of “Water” ended up being the best part of the episode, with Colonel Young and Lt. Scott on the ice planet together. You really get the feeling that while Scott has some flaws (which are evident when he turns his radio off to make out with Chloe), Young has a lot of faith and respect for the young officer under his command. When Scott gets stuck in the crevasse, it shows just how loyal Young really is, as he has yet to leave a man behind. Even when he is back aboard the ship and has to deal with Spencer, he could have easily left him locked up. But you get the sense that he wants to have faith that his men will learn from their mistakes.
During the water mission, Eli gets a true taste of how Rush and the military truly work sometimes — and that it’s not always honest. That was an interesting piece of writing, as this really seemed to get under Eli’s skin. It seemed he was the only character this week who got nervous about the entity, or got angry with the way Rush and the military were dealing with the situation by lying to Colonel Young.
It will be interesting to see how Eli reacts now that he’s seen Rush’s true colors. It really seems like he is getting the most character development as Eli gets better and better each week. It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t like him right now.
Overall, “Water” was one of those 50/50 episodes with a good A-story and a sub-par B-story. While not as predictable as “Light,” some parts of this episode were just painstakingly obvious, like Spencer stealing the water or the “sand alien” being responsible for the massive water shortage. In the end, “Water” ended up being more of a character driven episode more than anything else, as we got to know a lot more about the key members of Destiny‘s crew.
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