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  1. psw
    psw
    (137 comments)
    September 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm |

    “Music with lyrics has up to this point been scarce in the sci-fi genre,…”

    And I am very glad that this is so! The music montages are one of the worst aspects of SGU.

  2. Indeed.
    Indeed.
    (1 comments)
    September 7, 2010 at 5:35 pm |

    And Rod Stewart’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” in the SG-1 series finale “Unending?”

    You’d think that that, being the very first time it was done in the franchise, would merit a mention…

  3. jjs
    jjs
    (33 comments)
    September 7, 2010 at 5:50 pm |

    @psw – I 100% completely agree. I find the music (at least the way they use it in SGU) distracting and unpleasant. While I understand what they are trying to do, I don’t feel it is implemented well in SGU at all.

    The music montages really need to go in my humble opinion.

  4. Sylvia
    Sylvia
    (594 comments)
    September 7, 2010 at 6:02 pm |

    I liked how they used popular music in the SGA episode Vegas, but that was because it was so novel. I don’t think I’d want to see it frequently, a bit too emo, IMO.

  5. Darren
    (276 comments)
    September 7, 2010 at 6:04 pm |

    IIRC the first was “Who Am I” at the end of “Fragile Balance” (SG-1 Season Seven).

    And … Rod Stewart? Really? ;) That’s CCR.

  6. ashizuri
    ashizuri
    (21 comments)
    September 7, 2010 at 6:05 pm |

    Thank you for this. I’ve loved all the music choices in SGU so far and a few times I’ve even googled the lyrics to find the artist. I’d love to see more articles here spotlighting the great music on SGU.

  7. ZeroNinja14
    ZeroNinja14
    (1 comments)
    September 7, 2010 at 6:17 pm |

    i couldn’t believe it when they used Brand New’s you wont know. i love that song. yes it was risky but it was a good song choice as that whole album is dark and about what the people on destiny are going through. and i love the stuff by Alexi.

  8. psw
    psw
    (137 comments)
    September 7, 2010 at 6:22 pm |

    Music montages are extremely overused in SGU. One or two in a whole season are still ok, but not one or more in every episode!

  9. JohnSN7
    JohnSN7
    (24 comments)
    September 7, 2010 at 6:58 pm |

    The use of songs with lyrics in science fiction doens’t bother me. What really bothered me in SGU was the blaring, grating MTV music video in the beginning of Divided when Chloe has her nightmare (after being abducted by aliens). I was pretty pleased after seeing Space, but that scene kind of killed Space’s momentum for me. I consider that scene a low-point in the series (directly following one of the high points).

  10. twaysive
    twaysive
    (12 comments)
    September 7, 2010 at 8:54 pm |

    The only use of music I didn’t like was in the episode, I believe, Earth, where they are in the club. Mainly because I didn’t see how that artist performing really fit into the show.

    @psw I know you’re entitled to your opinion, but I’ve seen you on several threads now, and would prefer to see a positive comment here and there, I personally don’t get where you are coming from, and it seems like you’re posting just to be negative.
    Generally speaking I don’t mind it, I’ve loved the use of Alexi Murdock and when they used Flogging Molly’s “Worst Day Since Yesterday”

    @psw I’ve seen you on several threads now.

  11. twaysive
    twaysive
    (12 comments)
    September 7, 2010 at 8:55 pm |

    Previous post of mine, if approved should be ignored… cursor mishape

    The only use of music I didn’t like was in the episode, I believe, Earth, where they are in the club. Mainly because I didn’t see how that artist performing really fit into the show.

    Generally speaking I don’t mind it, I’ve loved the use of Alexi Murdock and when they used Flogging Molly’s “Worst Day Since Yesterday”

    @psw I know you’re entitled to your opinion, but I’ve seen you on several threads now, and would prefer to see a positive comment here and there, I personally don’t get where you are coming from, and it seems like you’re posting just to be negative.

  12. Raine
    Raine
    (11 comments)
    September 7, 2010 at 10:49 pm |

    I guess I am in the minority here, but I really enjoy the montages and the music. Even more after I re-watched the episodes on DVD.

  13. gkarris
    gkarris
    (11 comments)
    September 7, 2010 at 11:22 pm |

    one more Chloe MTV music video and SGU is all over for me…

  14. nicknad
    nicknad
    (1 comments)
    September 8, 2010 at 2:04 am |

    I think that having this type of music is a good way to help people relate to the show. They don’t use random bits of songs, they use music that can connect anyone watching the show to what the characters are going through. My favorite was in “Life”, when “Worst Day Since Yesterday”, by Flogging Molly, was used. At first I laughed, then I realized it fit the situation completely. I say GOOD JOB!!!

  15. Kathar of the Hill People
    Kathar of the Hill People
    (6 comments)
    September 8, 2010 at 3:16 am |

    Yes, I totally did a facepalm to the Chloe MTV video, it was hard to watch.
    I’m not a fan of SGU using contemporary music.
    1. I can’t understand 75% of the words being sung in Rock music anyway, so to “strategically place” the music to compliment a scene, this usually goes over my head.
    2. I would rather they use the 2-3 minutes it takes to do a video montage, to instead explain the plot deeper, with words.
    3. Stargate is taken from a movie, thus it should have a cinematic feel to it with classic movie music, not a music video feel.
    But, if I have to sacrifice annoying music to keep a modern version of Stargate on the air, then so be it.

  16. Gaeth
    Gaeth
    (103 comments)
    September 8, 2010 at 5:07 am |

    I don’t mind the montages if it helps keep SGU on the air. I’d prefer they used *better* music, but whatever. That’s nothing new to me. Actually I’ve made a game of what music I’d replace them with.

  17. Michael64
    Michael64
    (1 comments)
    September 8, 2010 at 6:10 am |

    Stargate Universe – Music.

    I have read many comments about it some like it some don’t. I note careful consideration of the Music was NOT taken lightly or randomly, to all those who are against SG-Us music.

    I say this from what I have heard in the New Stargate Universe I like it not simply because I like any particular track or that the music fills the show out, but because for me the selection of music approproiately included, has for me REAL meaning that I can relate to – the Music in Faith, Human and Air III and Divided etc by Alexi Murdoch, The Jam and Julian Plenti.

    I can relate to Dr Rush’s Character because I too have and still am suffering loss – Natalie A Maranian – Gone Too Soon Website. Anyone who would criticise the music of SG-U who has NOT been through such Trauma cannot really understand, unless it has happened to them!

    Hence the Music has Great Personal Meaning. As does the Stargate Universe show. Which as of today 8th Sept 2010 I shall be purchasing the DVD boxset.

    Michael

  18. Thing
    Thing
    (1 comments)
    September 8, 2010 at 11:36 am |

    I like the musical additiona, and if chosen appropriately the music and lyrics can get across a lot of emotion reveal things about characters that could be clumsy in expository dialog. I loved the inclusion of Floggin Mollys – The Worst Day Sine Yesterday

  19. sgfan
    (74 comments)
    September 8, 2010 at 2:41 pm |

    meh -I don’t like the montages. They are going to date this show. I would be happier with less of them.

  20. brechtos
    brechtos
    (5 comments)
    September 8, 2010 at 3:59 pm |

    I’m not a big fan of those montage.
    There where parts where it somewhat works but that was not always the case and at moments took me out of the moment… .
    Think it could be better if it wasn’t so much in your face.
    I strongly remember that had this feeling with a scene that would have worked so much better with some joel goldsmith music.
    It was still great though.

    This is based on what I felt the first time I saw the episodes…waiting for the complete season blu-ray release so will see what it gives if I watch the episodes again.
    Perhaps it just takes some getting used to… .

  21. junebug
    junebug
    (56 comments)
    September 8, 2010 at 5:51 pm |

    I love the music they have included. It gives it a more human feel to the show. Helps to emphasize the drama and the struggle they are facing.

  22. Craig MacD.
    Craig MacD.
    (38 comments)
    September 8, 2010 at 7:04 pm |

    I think some of the montages work better than others, and sometimes it depends on how its used. I loved the montage with “Breathe” in Air pt. III. I didn’t like the Flogging Molly’s song (“Worst Day Since Yesterday”?) the first time it was used in Life, but when it was used again at the end of the episode it really had an emotional impact. While I don’t want to see it done too often, I really don’t have any problem with the use of contemporary music in the show. Sometimes it really works and helps set SGU apart from the previous Stargate shows.

  23. Emily
    Emily
    (70 comments)
    September 9, 2010 at 1:25 am |

    Fragile Balence was BG music, it wasn’t a music montage. But yes, it was the first time outside music was brought in. Music montages to me was rare and special. I liked ‘breathe’ but after that when they had one in every episode it lost its uniqueness to me. I did not like the music in the opening for Pain.

  24. Ganthet Jr.
    Ganthet Jr.
    (14 comments)
    September 11, 2010 at 3:45 am |

    I don’t think lyrics are what anyone is angry about. It’s the music itself. It’s bad.

    That being said, I’m still a fan of the show, fo sho.

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