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Echoes and Mirrors» Blog Archive » Star Gate Universe on MY television? It’s more possible than you think.

Star Gate Universe on MY television? It’s more possible than you think.

I know, it’s bizarre for me to mention any television outside of LOST*. I’m most of the way through the first season and I am flat-out impressed. Where the first show went wrong (in my opinion; obviously I don’t represent most sci-fi fans) was that it kept creating new, ever more powerful enemies. Shows like Star Trek: Deep Space Nine created a big war, concluded it and then the show with a very big ending. Star Gate SG-1 just kept pushing the limits, abusing their plot devices. I can’t imagine how badly screwed up and complicated and bizarre the Star Gate canon is, but it couldn’t be worse than the ‘official’ Star Wars canon. Or the bizarre crap the whole Star Trek: Voyager saga imposed upon the Star Trek canon (Omega Particles, anyone?). I couldn’t stomach the ridiculousness of Star Gate Atlantis past an episode or two.

Granted, this show used a similar technique to get a jump-start, but that is about as far as it went. SGU has taken the route of Battlestar Galactica – in-fighting, politics, tangled love affairs, etc.. The story is much more focused on the human aspect of the story rather than randomly dazzling the viewer with garbage science (they allude to fictional science plenty, but that is necessary in science fiction). It’s not pretty, it’s not happy. There are no shiny ray-guns or inexplicable discoveries. Nothing seems to be outright abuse of deus ex machina, but rather the clever pre-planning of actually writing a story. They’ve actually managed to blown off most of the old plot devices by placing the core of the story into a ship that pre-dates the entirety of the rest of the series. They get to recreate new ones, but hopefully they restrain themselves and let the characters stories takeover and really blossom. The characters are all well developed, chaotic and volatile.

The characters are the strength of the show – not the star gate oohs and ahhs. Not the zany ‘different worlds’ shtick. Not even the tried and true struggle of overcoming an alien force that the previous shows have relied on. But the characters and their overcoming of each other.

It’s certainly not LOST, but it’s good. (The only show I would consider on par with LOST would have to be Twin Peaks, but I’m not sure because it was canceled so quickly.) There you go, my admittance of actually enjoying another television show.

* Even more bizarre is that this is post #1000 on Echoes and Mirrors. Hurray us.

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