What happens when a long-time Stargate fan finally watches SGU for the very first time? Join Sara Kehoe on the adventure and see Stargate Universe through fresh eyes!
With a coup averted the reluctant crew of the Destiny is back on the same team — and just in time. As Sara reaches Season One’s “Human” she’ll get a critical look into the past, as Dr. Nicholas Rush recalls his recruitment into the Ninth Chevron Project and grows increasingly obsessed with deciphering Destiny‘s master control code.
Let’s watch along …
I know the Earth-based bits are all part of Rush’s lucid dreaming and he is using the opportunity for his benefit and this is all something that he’s lived through before … but his callous attitude toward the memory of his dying wife just makes me hate the dude more than I already do. These sequences are just a window into his huge, ego-centric soul.
And why is it that every time someone has a soul-searching hallucination Daniel Jackson shows up? Is that a side-effect of him being a formerly ascended being? Sam, Teal’c … and now Rush. (Jack got actual ascended Daniel, so I don’t think that counts.)
The Destiny / planet-side part of this episode’s storyline really distracts from the Rush plot. I wish they had trusted the intrigue and mystery of the dream sequence to carry the full episode. The intensity of emotion in the dream is an awkward juxtaposition to the comedy / horror romp that Eli, Chloe, Scott, and Greer get up to in the tunnels.
So I had no interest in finding out if 2Lt. James and her crew were going to be able to rescue Scott and Co. We all know they’re going to survive.
Thor help me, I want more Rush. Eli and Chloe — my ship of choice for SGU — is an obnoxious distraction that, I have to confess, in this moment I want to go away.
In the end, I think either story would have made a good solo story for an episode. Cramming them together made them distractions from each other. I love to hate Rush, and I wanted to watch him struggle with admitting to himself that he misses his wife, that she made him a better person — and that being unable to save the crew of the Destiny reminds him of how he could not save his wife.
Nicholas feels helpless. He feels like a failure. He knows why he is the way he is, and chooses to wallow in it.
I want a full episode exploring that.
In the Land of the Lost, Scott and the others come up with a plan to try to rescue themselves using the art of probability and gate travel … when the giant spiders show up again. Running from Shelob, trying to find their way out to safety, and still find the kino — Scott and Co. roam around lost and time-filling.
On the Destiny Rush makes the same observations on probability and gate travel, with the added knowledge that they are currently at the edge of the universe (what, no diner?). Rush and his team know what direction to travel in to try and rescue their lost crew members, and set off to find the Land of the Lost.
The tunnels collapse on Greer, so we can get some convenient backstory on his douchebag of a father and his abusive upbringing. Greer is a character I’m looking forward to seeing develop over the rest of SGU. I think he has an intriguing backstory, and I want to see what drives him from that terrible home to become a military officer. Especially since his father was retired (ex?) military.
That, and I like the performance of Jamil Walker Smith. He’s the sort of actor who can do a lot with a little.
The question I have with this episode is that both Eli and Rush act as if there is some sort of sequential pattern when it comes to gate addresses. Nowhere else in the franchise hints at this. As far as we know the addresses have everything to do with physical location in relationship to specified constellations, not their proximity to other Stargates. Neighboring Stargates are not just one symbol off from each other.
That’s a little like assuming that since my phone number is “555-1234,” my neighbor’s must be “555-1235.” I don’t understand why this episode is acting like the team can only go from left to right, Super Mario style, when in fact they can travel to any gate for which they have an address.
So, you travel five gates in the “wrong direction?” Who cares? You don’t have to travel back through those five gates to get back to where you started. Just go back to square one.
Overall, I had a hard time buying into the premise of this episode. I wish “Human” had focused solely on Rush’s story and the “Lost” storyline didn’t happen.
At the end of the episode even the fact that Scott, Eli, and Chloe are still stuck in the Land of the Lost didn’t resonate much with me. The concept of what the writers are doing is nice. I like that complications are carrying over episode to episode. It’s one of the things I love about the Stargate franchise as a whole. But “Lost” in one that fell flat for me.
Read more about “Human” and “Lost” in GateWorld’s SGU episode guide.
Sara is watching through Stargate Universe for the first time! We’d love to read your comments below … but please don’t spoil future events for her.