Stargate Universe:

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1 Tangent1284th Oct 2009 07:55:28 PM from Virginia , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
Anybody else bother seeing the premiere?

I'm withholding judgement on the show for now; it has some potential, depending on where they take it- but I found the Somebody Has To Die moment to be quite the Wall Banger. Nobody tries pushing the button with a Kino?
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Honestly, the Stargate franchise really ought not try to be Darker and Edgier. Stargate Atlantis already explored the "we can't get home" plot device and went about as dark/edgy as the universe allows.

This felt like they were shoehorning third-string characters from Battlestar Galactica into Star Trek: Voyager, with all the excessively stupid plot that suggests. The Baltar Expy played by Carlyle is clearly the worst of the ripoffs.

Also... why was Lou Diamond Phillips in there again? He did almost nothing and died before they even got to the ship, right? Is some Sufficiently Advanced Alien going to take his shape in the series proper?
"The secret we should never let the gamemasters know is that they don't need any rules." - E. Gary Gygax
An earth ship with Asgard shield and Asgard beam weapons has trouble against some puny Ha'taks.

Sure.

Brilliant.

Because Asgard beam weapons are so weak, right?
Oh jeez, now that I think about it, the Hammond should've been able to knock that entire fleet out of the sky, unless the ex-Goa'ld ships had upgraded their weapons and shields along the way somehow.

The one thing that Stargate is usually really good at is remembering their Tech Tree with Continuity Porn.
"The secret we should never let the gamemasters know is that they don't need any rules." - E. Gary Gygax
5 Tangent1285th Oct 2009 03:42:36 PM from Virginia , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
More Fridge Logic... even a small leak should have left the entire ship airless after millenia, yet air pressure's only a problem now?

They're starting out in the doghouse.
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Yeah, the leak was so stupid. Were there no bulkheads at all that could be closed to seal off that area? Shuttle bays are in extremities of sanely designed ships, not critical areas, so it should've been trivial to lock it off.

I forget, was there any mention of the Ancient gene required to operate Ancient tech?
"The secret we should never let the gamemasters know is that they don't need any rules." - E. Gary Gygax
(weaving)
An earth ship with Asgard shield and Asgard beam weapons has trouble against some puny Ha'taks.

You're kidding me, right?

I mean, the Daedalus-class could kick Ha'tak ass before getting the Asgard level-up.

edited 5th Oct '09 8:07:21 PM by WilliamWideWeb

SHIKI is dead.
Maybe, if the popular wild mass guess about Rush leaking the location of Icarus Base to the Lucian Alliance to get an excuse to dial the ninth chevron is true, then perhaps he somehow managed to leak Asgard shield technology to them as well. Of course, I may just be getting into Epileptic Trees here
9 Tangent12810th Oct 2009 11:06:42 PM from Virginia , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
Nothing too egregious in that episode, I guess.

Though the Ancients are really, really bad UI designers. Is your automated, millenia-long mission really in such a rush that you have to put a timer on stops?
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No, this episode was pretty bad, too. They brought desert hats with them from the Milky Way? The soldier, who has been displayed not five minutes earlier in the episode to hate Rush's guts, obeyed his command to shoot someone in the back?

Freaking ridiculous.
"The secret we should never let the gamemasters know is that they don't need any rules." - E. Gary Gygax
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They brought desert hats with them from the Milky Way? The soldier, who has been displayed not five minutes earlier in the episode to hate Rush's guts, obeyed his command to shoot someone in the back?
Desert hats were probably just luck. I read the latter part (the soldier shooting the other guy in the arm) as following an order he would have loved to 'give' himself and letting him take no responsibility for it. Unless I'm remembering poorly, he was one of the ones who decidedly did not want to try digging around other planets, as much as he didn't like Rush much.

On Lou Diamond Phillips... Apparently his character survived. Somehow. Yeah, I'm still confused on that sequence of events.

On the series as a whole, I'm still waiting to see how it goes. I think it has potential, but they need to adopt a little more traditional a Stargate feeling namely the self-aware humour. There are some characters with quite a bit of potential too, as well as some who are just feeling like dead weight so far.
Don't turn your back, don't look away, and don't blink. Good luck.
I thought the third episode was pretty decent, unlike the pilot.

the self-aware humour.

I doubt it. SGU may be a decent show after all, but I can't imagine it being anything like Stargate again.. Unfortunately.
Lou Diamond Phillips showing up healthy on Earth confused the hell out of me. Was I simply not paying attention and it was someone else who got wasted in the battle? I was slightly distracted during the pilot episode. Furthermore, the medic drugging him further depleted his usefulness. He spent the remainder of the transfered consciousness unconscious? I see where they were going with the medic's character, but they're wasting their high-profile actor, an opportunity for unique plot development, and my time.
"The secret we should never let the gamemasters know is that they don't need any rules." - E. Gary Gygax
So, uh... What's with the big hard-on for this Philips guy?
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001617/

He's the biggest-name actor associated with the series, not counting Richard Dean Anderson (even so, Phillips was doing movies when Anderson was doing MacGyver).

It's just kinda odd that they would slate a movie star into the series, then relegate him to a minor role on Earth, when the action is galaxies away. Maybe they didn't have the money to put him in every episode, and wanted an excuse not to have him around. In that case: why bother?
"The secret we should never let the gamemasters know is that they don't need any rules." - E. Gary Gygax
Stunt Casting ? Later plans? Budget got cut at last minute? The opportunity to get Robert Carlyle was later than that to get Lou Diamond Phillips and Carlyle wasn't cheap?
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Well the fifth episode was awesome
I must agree. The shot of the Destiny flying out of the sun was truly epic.
Just one thing.

How the hell can the Destiny withstand flying into the sun? I mean what the hell?

A daedalus-class ship with Asgard-shields could withstand a solar flare for 4 seconds. Powered by a ZPM. And it still took heavy damage.

So how the frikkin hell can a 50000 trillion years old ship fly into the sun?

And if they're gonna tell me that the shield somehow 'absorbs' all the impossibly destructive heat, energy and radiation, I'm gonna rage equally hard. Because that would mean a truly undefeatable shield, if it can just absorb everything and convert it into energy for the ship.

I mean the episode was incredibly awesome, even with the techno babble it was cool, but this little bit... Come on!
20 Tangent12825th Oct 2009 08:24:23 AM from Virginia , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
The Destiny is just that impressive, even by Ancient standards.
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But it's extremely old. If it's so old, how can it be more advanced than other ships?
22 Tangent12825th Oct 2009 01:21:21 PM from Virginia , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
Maybe they spent more money on it?
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"Newer is better" is a fallacy.
For some reason I don't think that Ancient tech is subject to the Newer Is Better fallacy, though. They built everything to last; if they could make ships that great at all, they would've built them all that way. Only explanation, if you ask me, is that the ship isn't actually ancient tech, but that of a race that came before, or perhaps ancients before some sort of cataclysm that threw them back a few million years. We already know it doesn't use the ancient gene requirement tech.
"The secret we should never let the gamemasters know is that they don't need any rules." - E. Gary Gygax
25 Tangent12826th Oct 2009 12:15:19 PM from Virginia , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
Again, they had the resources to build one, but for all we know the Destiny is equivalent to a hundred Atlantis-class city-ships in required tech. Or the line of research that went into it was eclipsed due to economic/political/cultural forces.
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