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Tomorrow Night's SGU!!

Merrick here...
...with a quick preview of tomorrow night's STARGATE UNIVERSE episode, "Divided." In short, this ep is about what happens when some of the Destiny's crew decides they know how to run things better than Col. Young. Tension and danger ensue as a war of wits tests parties on both sides of the fence. I've seen this episode - and really liked it a lot. I do understand criticisms that this series is essentially BATTLESTAR by way of STARGATE, but there's much more to SGU than that; SGU's headed in some unexpected, and interesting, directions since its opening installments. They're playing with narrative strategies, and willing to take a bit of a chance with the kinds of stories they tell (an episode called "Time" being a good example). Like BATTLESTAR, the series' characters are shaded in grey. But, personally, I find this show's "people" to be drawn a little less OTT...less audaciously...than GALACTICA's denizens. This feels more...accessible. It's hard to set-up the photos below without revealing too many spoilers, but suffice to say they're all from fairly critical moments to the episode's storyline...moments which may well resonate well beyond tomorrow night. These are EMBIGGENABLE!!!

photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc

photo: Carole Segal

Also, HERE's a brief look at the filming of a fight from last week's episode - "Space." Nothing terribly insightful, but it's cool to see a "before" and "after" of the alien effects in that piece. SGU returned to SyFy with new episodes last week after a mulit-month break, and has already been picked up for a second season. If you haven't checked it out, consider doing so.
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  • April 8, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST

    I wasnt sure about SGU

    by ltgalloway

    I was a fan of both the stargate series and BSG, but for different reasons. I thought blurring the two would be a disaster, but so far its been ok. The love triangle story lines are a little much though, so here's hoping they get back to the more interesting stuff like the aliens and Doctor Rush!

  • April 8, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST

    I don't buy it.

    by V'Shael

    That's the big problem for me. None of the people act remotely like, well, anyone you'd know. Their reactions to everything are just... not right.

  • April 8, 2010, 1:43 p.m. CST

    it's been ok, but needs to move forward

    by br1947

    start some major story arcs. The last episode kinda seemed to hint in that direction. I just hope they don't drop back into the tired cheesiness that crippled Atlantis SG-1 from about season 4 on. I watched some of the Showtime era SG-1s a few days ago, amazing how much different the tone was from how the show ended.

  • April 8, 2010, 1:43 p.m. CST

    I applied to SGU but got waitlisted...

    by YackBacker

    They have the best badminton scholarship program in the world. Frack.

  • April 8, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Liking it

    by c4andmore

    I wasn't a big SG anything fan, caught a few eps here and there, but I have watched this one from the beginning and keep coming back every week. Good stuff.

  • April 8, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    The blonde chick is smokin'.

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    As is the brunette lieutenant with the huge ass rack. And would it be so f'n hard for the new series to give them a ZAT as standard issue weapons? I LOVE THE ZAT'S SOUND EFFECT! Oh well. Boobs.

  • April 8, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST

    It isn't really Stargate, but it is something to watch

    by jgsugden

    There is a decided break between this show and prior Stargate shows that they could patch a little without damaging the independence of the show (personally, I'd love for them to take McKay from SG:A and put him on the ship for a couple episodes to see what his personality quirks would do in a cutthroat and disfunctional environment), but I like it as is. If you have not seen it, try it out.

  • April 8, 2010, 1:50 p.m. CST

    As a former SG-1 hater...

    by kayleefan

    I thought SG-1 looked ridiculous. A friend finally convinced me to give it a shot. I'm now halfway through season 9 and I admit I was completely wrong. The show is well written and you can't help but care for the characters. Richard Dean Anderson is perfect and Amanda Tapping is brilliant. SGU is certainly quite different but it's pretty interesting. I think it was great that they were able to get Robert Carlyle. He is putting in a hell of a performance.

  • April 8, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST

    I've seen... every... episode... of Stargate

    by turketron_2

    Shit, it's been quite a ride. Hated SGU at first but it has shown glimmers of awesome... like the episode "Time" mentioned above, and the episode before they went on break. I didn't even know the show was back until a friend let me know. Last week's episode was decent, I like the continued conflict between Young and Rush. As for last week, did they give any explanation for why Young and the alien switched bodies when he used the stones?<p> I would definitely love to see Rodney McKay show up for an episode, but that fucker would figure out how to fly the ship and give it hyperdrive and weapon upgrades before the first act was over.

  • April 8, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Julia Benson is a Goddess

    by SmokingRobot

    I'm going to build a shrine to her in my backyard.

  • April 8, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Best characters on SGU: Grier and the huge rack brunette

    by turketron_2

    nd Rush (Robert Carlyle). Chloe is annoying.

  • April 8, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST

    But having said that....

    by SmokingRobot

    they REALLY need to work on the character writing for this show. I watch it, sure, but I don't buy one single character as being 'real'.

  • April 8, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST

    wheres the pictures of Lt Tits Mcgee

    by palewook

  • April 8, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    by palewook

    forgot the link to her pic

  • April 8, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    episode called "Time" being a good example

    by spacechampion

    because nobody's ever done that before.

  • April 8, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Haven't seen it.

    by fiester

    But you know what's better: Breaking Bad.

  • April 8, 2010, 2:37 p.m. CST

    it's nothing special, but watchable

    by The Pelti

    I've never been a fan of the stargate tv shows. The showtime seasons of SG1 were decent, but once SCI-FI picked it up it devolved into a jokey, campy, borderline slapstick cartoon. SGU on the other hand at least has some character development and edge to it. The stories have been kind of dull so far, but not nearly as groan inducing as the other shows.

  • April 8, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Don't Buy It?!

    by blhotz

    Wow, guess ppl can have polar opposite reviews/opinions. This show is great mostly in part to how realistic everyone behaves. Are there some "semi-stereotypes"? Sure, but there's also a few that live next door and I went to school with many - real life. Hope there is a bit more fun than the dry serious stuff in the first handful of episodes. Seems like Space is leading the way and many, many nice actors jumping on board next season!

  • April 8, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST


    by Himbo

    was fun since: a) it played by SG consistency rules (solar flares) and b) it was neat to see that 'our' reality was alternate timeline 3. <p> AND TJ the blonde medic is the best character on the show. <p> What does seem to be missing is the military SF vein, which was very present in SG1 and slightly lessened in SGA. I guess this is to be expected with so many civilians on board, but there does not seem to be the mindset that 'the mission must succeed' and 'people are going to get killed, but let's try to ensure they didn't die in vain.' <p> Still hoping for an Honor Harrington TV show. The SG series and Battlestar have given hope it is possible.

  • April 8, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST

    SGU Rocks My Universe

    by TinkerTIW

    I was skeptical watching the pilot, but really like the direction this series is going. (With one exception: The Lou Diamond Phillips stuff. It seems like he accidentally stumbled in from an adjoining soundstage sometimes.) The look of the series is terrific, Carlyle and the cast have been great and I look forward to each episode. There, I said it!

  • April 8, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    it's funny

    by The Pelti

    The odd thing is, I think the reason that I like this one more than SG1/SGA is that they've excised most of the campy elements that others loved. It actually reminds me of Legend of the Seeker compared to Hercules/Xena. By treating the characters/stories/audience with more respect and consistency, it makes for a much better and more entertaining show.

  • April 8, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    c'mere Diox! where you at?

    by Six Demon Bag

  • April 8, 2010, 3:23 p.m. CST

    loving this show

    by chronicallydepressedlemming

    Anyone who describes it as 'battlestargate' may as well be a mindless hollywood marketting exec tbh. While it has take BSG to heart in its cinematography and character development (oh no, what a shame! Right?), it's way more fantastical in its sci-fi elements. Not only does it have the immense Stargate lore to date on its shoulders, its doing stuff with time-travel and aliens. I love BSG, but come on..this isn't nearly as poe-faced and grounded.

  • April 8, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Is it okay to admit that i kinda like this show?

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    I only started watching it because Robert Carlyle is in it (and I think he's a great actor) but it's grown on me and i find myself oddly entertained by it.

  • April 8, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST


    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    I liked the blue aliens! I kinda wish they'd get rid of the communication stones though. Apart from last episode, they've been responsible for all the not-so-good bits in the show (I have no desire to see the episode "Earth" again, for example).

  • April 8, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Gets better every week

    by Jimmy2Times

    The pace and quality has got better, this is about to start again in the UK, glad to hear it has second season pick up, def worth checking out, in HD it looks fabulous.

  • April 8, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Dioxholster just came in his pants.

    by dailysportspages

    Stargate got its own thread on AICN.

  • April 8, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Looks very "Alien"-ish

    by Mike_D


  • April 8, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Communications Stones

    by The Pelti

    ugh, the communications stones are a worse sci-fi writers crutch than transporters, holodecks, and the sonic screwdriver combined. Seriously, it was a terrible idea to begin with, but on this it severely detracts from the story.

  • April 8, 2010, 4:48 p.m. CST


    by btc909

    Daniel Jackson character is being brought on for a few episodes. Probably a ratings test. "Space" is probably the best SGU episode to date but I don't see the show having the budget to carry on the trend.

  • April 8, 2010, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Dioxholster died?

    by dailysportspages

    It seems as if he was here just yesterday. <br> Sucks when people die, but at least all of his lobbying for SGU is paying off.

  • April 8, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    SGU on AICN is like...

    by DioxholsterReturns

    Royalty among peasants. FUCK you guys for saying i died! in fact soon very soon i will live! if you catch my drift.

  • April 8, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST

    from what i know the sets are getting bigger

    by DioxholsterReturns

    for next season and it will have more vfx than space, a problem coz its eating up the budget.

  • April 8, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    i like Communications Stones

    by DioxholsterReturns

    i seem to be the only one on earth who does, i just like the possibilities it opens up, story-wise, although they exhausted them all i think.

  • April 8, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    i like Communications Stones

    by DioxholsterReturns

    i seem to be the only one on earth who does, i just like the possibilities it opens up, story-wise, although they exhausted them all i think.

  • April 8, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    My only question is......................................

    by axcel1

    When do they find the weapons locker on the ship? I mean, they are still using Metal Projectile weapons with no way to get more ammo. And another thing, The Communications Stones STAY!!!!!!!!!! There are some people who would like to see the SG1 & SGA characters again, the stones give those people hope. We are not getting anymore movies.

  • April 8, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Well, DioxholsterReturns.............................

    by axcel1

    only two on earth who does and they havenot exhausted them all.

  • April 8, 2010, 6:08 p.m. CST

    axcel1----- wanna swap bodies?

    by DioxholsterReturns

    i promise i wont do anything "bad" with yours lol

  • April 8, 2010, 6:27 p.m. CST

    I don't think so, DioxholsterReturns..................

    by axcel1

    Those stones are for offical use only. Last time I looked, I was not part of the SGC.

  • April 8, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST


    by Tigermyth36

    I still don't even know the characters names because I don't like any of them. This show is trying to be something it isn't. They have ditched the humor that made SG1 so good. The only characters I care about are big boob marine and hot younger chick. The rest could be flushed into the vacuum of space and nobody would care. Indeed.

  • April 8, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST

    The stones are gonna be used less

    by TheSecondQuest

    The pwoers that be realized they were using the stones too much and have said they adjusted things eventually. It looks like the blue aliens would be one reason/way to limit the stones' use since they can't guarantee the minds won't get intercepted by one of those again.

  • April 8, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Thankyou Merrick

    by ahdvd

    The Stargate series have never gotten a fair deal on AICN as they always appeared to have either been overlooked or intentionally ignored. I'm glad SGU is getting some attention and now a mention on the site to perhaps built more interest.

  • April 8, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST

    SG: Phew

    by NippleEffect

    is a bucket of butt stink via the trailer park<p> Not one likeable or even interesting character<br> Which is a bad thing in a character driven drama

  • April 8, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Cheap BSG rip-off

    by Xaximus

    I was generous and tuned in for the second episode after the pilot, only to be let down by a blatantly BSG-inspired, boring, poorly-written, poorly-acted shitfest. That's all I'm willing to give it. Kill it.

  • April 8, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Merrick finally realised his mistake

    by DioxholsterReturns

    while he was secretly watching SGU pretending he didnt like it. i think a SGU talkback is in order, especially after lost ends.

  • April 8, 2010, 7:17 p.m. CST

    SGU is about as worthy of a talkback as a Syfy original movie

    by slayme

    both are so lame only someone equally lame like Dioxholster could really like it. Sad to see Merrick fall under the spell of the worst Stargate spin-off so far. Hopefully SyFy will realize their mistake and cancel this show after nobody watches it in season 2.

  • April 8, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    oh, please. season 2 will have T-Bag

    by DioxholsterReturns

    and thats the least important aspect of season 2 if you can believe it.

  • April 8, 2010, 7:37 p.m. CST

    this show is for daytime soap fans

    by HaterofCrap

    fuckin trash...just like what atlantis turned into during the final season. if we're lucky there will be two good eps per season.

  • April 8, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

    by bullet3

    t <br><br> a

  • April 8, 2010, 8:04 p.m. CST

    like it or not, SGU is intriguing

    by DioxholsterReturns

    the way the story has been layed out so far could potentially give way to lots of exciting story arcs.

  • April 8, 2010, 8:26 p.m. CST

    and those Aliens were cooler than Smoke Monster

    by DioxholsterReturns

    best CGI on TV. LOST could only wish

  • April 8, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST

    There is a topless shot of Lt. Chesty McBoobs

    by InActionMan

    out on the net. I would link to it but, I have no desire to feel the sting of the ban hammer. Let's just say that "they are real and they are magnificent."

  • April 8, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST

    SGU = Waste of time & resources

    by MajorFrontbum

    Terrible concept, with a boring bunch of characters. Cancel the fucker!

  • April 8, 2010, 10 p.m. CST

    SN 100th ep next week

    by NippleEffect

    Paw Kent returns for a *Very Special Episode*

  • April 8, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Concept Rocks

    by DioxholsterReturns

    anyone who wants this show canceled is harboring ill feelings towards their mother.

  • April 8, 2010, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Battlestar Atlantis YAWN

    by Xiphos_2

    Next.<p>It had some good ideas buried under some very bad execution and an overload of characters

  • April 8, 2010, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Lt. Chesty "Permanips" McBoobs is awesome!

    by Billyeveryteen

    So is Dr. Blondie Poutface.

  • April 8, 2010, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Much better than SG:A

    by FrodoFraggins

    I really have a difficult time being friends with people that buy DVDs for ST:Voyager or SG:A

  • April 8, 2010, 10:33 p.m. CST

    honestly i dont like the women in this show so much

    by DioxholsterReturns

    SG-1 and SGA had more compelling female characters.

  • April 8, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST

    SG: Phew misfired out of the gate

    by NippleEffect

    Elroy was supposed to be the audiences connection and most watchers can't stand him

  • April 8, 2010, 10:45 p.m. CST

    this is a solid show

    by DioxholsterReturns

    deserves more attention, last episode proved that

  • April 8, 2010, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Well, that last episode with the Blue Aliens ..

    by ganda1f

    ... was great. <br> If they had one more episode on earth where they 'character build' for the most annoying characters I would have stopped watching. Not to mention the pacing has been all over the place, leading to me yawning in boredom at the climax of many episodes. <br> However, those Blue Aliens are freaking awesome, the action played out well, and for the first time ever I felt the pacing was perfect. I didn't yawn once.<br> Those saying that this show is 'SG Battlestar' have, until this point, been wrong. For all it's character building, Battlestar had a strong action beat. SG:U seems to have finally realised that this is the missing ingredient.<br> Hopefully, though, this episode isn't a once-off and they can keep the momentum up.

  • April 8, 2010, 10:54 p.m. CST


    by UMAGA

    How can you not like Atlantis? I don't get it. I missed the original runs of SG-1 and Atlantis so I watch them daily on Space and they're both fucking awesome. Meanwhile, this shit. I haven't seen an episode of BSG in my life and even I knew what they were trying to be. And then Channing Tatum Jr. bangs that dumb click against a locker and I'm all WHAT THE FUCK? This isn't Stargate. Why would Richard Dean Anderson do this shit when he considers SG-1 a family show? Then fucking La Bamba is trading places with a dude banging a chick? Thanks but I'd rather see Ronon in a bloody fight with the Iron Chef chairman or Rodney McKay verbally fuck someone.

  • April 8, 2010, 11:07 p.m. CST

    They should bring in TEYLA!

    by UMAGA

    And she should kill all these fuckers while pregnant like she did Danny Trejo's cannibals.

  • April 8, 2010, 11:10 p.m. CST

    A little tired of their feelings and no plot though

    by mistergreen

    Give me a plot! Make something happen!

  • April 9, 2010, 12:25 a.m. CST

    I've bitched and moaned about Atlantis

    by gotilk

    1000 times, I'm pretty bored with it now. It's like Palin jokes, way too easy. Hey! Look, it's the woods in Canada again. What is it those aliens are living in? The same huts as those other aliens.. and lots of badly cut burlap clothing. Wow, there is synergy in the universe!!<br><br> But this show.. Universe? Loving it more every episode. I'm hooked now and yes, those aliens were a great payoff to a slow build of "will they run into aliens or not" tension. <br><br> I give Atlantis a lot of shit, but I gotta admit there were some pretty damned fine actors in that show <br>(other than the lead, who always reminded me of those DJs in the 90s with the tussled hair and a wit they thought was much sharper than it really was)<br> and it maybe doesn't deserve ALL the shit I give it. This show, however, is far superior in every way.

  • April 9, 2010, 12:28 a.m. CST

    SG-1 had a lot of trees too.

    by UMAGA

    Better then a dark ship.

  • April 9, 2010, 12:29 a.m. CST

    but please... please... please...

    by gotilk

    Never have them end up on a forest planet with a "peaceful, harmonic people, living at one with nature threatened with some big evil bad guy who wants to drain their *lifeforce* or something to power their ultimate weapon" living in huts and wearing burlap clothing. And NO FOREHEAD RIDGES! It looks like someone shoved a sex toy up through the bridges of their noses. As long as this show doesn't jump those particular sharks, I think it has a great future.

  • April 9, 2010, 12:31 a.m. CST


    by gotilk

    You got a point with the "dark ship" thing. But let's take that a step further and say thank goodness it doesn't look like the inside of an Apple store.

  • April 9, 2010, 1:32 a.m. CST

    the music is very Mass Effect like

    by DioxholsterReturns

    or is it just me?

  • April 9, 2010, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Ronald Greer is the most orginal character

    by DioxholsterReturns

    i never seen one quite like this dude, not in sci fi anyway.

  • April 9, 2010, 2 a.m. CST

    Hardly get the chance

    by argos_and_the_laminated_book_of_dreams

    to post on here anymore, but whatever happened to that Lockesbrokenleg guy?

  • April 9, 2010, 4:19 a.m. CST


    by medicinaluser

    He died like last year dude.

  • April 9, 2010, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Atlantis turned cheesy in S4?

    by vvrinne

    Please, it turned cheesy in episode 1 and stayed that way. Say what you will about SGU but at least the "darker" feel they've ripped from BSG has helped in making it feel less cheesy.

  • April 9, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST

    That First Ep Back Wasn't So Bad

    by _Maltheus_

    In fact, it was the first episode of the show that I cared for so far. It seems like the producers are listening. And agreed on the smokingness of blonde doctor. I'm not even normally into blondes, maybe it's the neckline thing. Usually, you only get that on chick with boyish haircuts. Mmmm, I've be coming up with all sorts of bullshit illnesses to be getting down with her.

  • April 9, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST

    The Blonde Doctor? You'd Be Doing...

    by Leto III

    ...a pregnancy-fuck. Seriously, she was, like, six or seven months knocked up when they wrapped the first season, though they seem to be hiding it pretty well at the moment.<p> Still, yeah -- give us some more of Sgt. Sugartits, please, show producers. Me likey.<p> (Also, that one widower guy last episode is clearly gayer than a leather pinata for turning that action down.)

  • April 9, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Didn't Realize That

    by _Maltheus_

    But makes sense. I don't pursue pregnant women, but they do usually catch my eye, even before I realize they got one in the oven.

  • April 9, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Weak spot of the show is the fat douche.

    by HoboCode

    Could he be anymore fucking annoying? His character is fucking lame, stupid, pandering, unoriginal, and annoying. Kill him off and you have a fairly compelling show.

  • April 9, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    The Asian Scientist Chick

    by InActionMan

    who sleeps around to relieve stress can stay too. Her Indian name is "Fucks With Bra On"

  • April 9, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    I Can't remember any of the character names

    by InActionMan

    Except for Rush because Robert Carlye is awesome.So I have named them as follows:<P> Adama Light<P> "Apollo Light" or "Catholic Guilt Boy" or "Gets Gets More Ass than a Toilet Seat But Feels Guilty About It Boy"<P> Blonde I'm A Med Tech But I Play a Doctor on TV<P> Senator's Daughter<P> Sgt. Chesty McBoobs (I think your right she is a Sargent)<P> Angry Black Guy or Sargent Hatred (Stole Sargent Hatred from someone over at Television Without Pity)<P>

  • April 9, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    I forgot

    by InActionMan

    Johna Hill Clone

  • April 9, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Oh, come on, guys...................................

    by axcel1

    Think about it, if SG1 and SGA took their secondary and recurring characters and put them in the opening credits with the others, would anyone be able to remember all of their names? That's pretty much what SGU is doing.

  • April 9, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST


    by MrMysteryGuest

  • April 9, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Senator's Daughter =

    by NippleEffect

    The Princess<p> Eli = Elroy<p> Rush = 5'2" guy weighs 87 lbs, his head weighs 75 of those lbs<p> Angry Black Guy(tm) = Angry Black Guy(tm)

  • April 9, 2010, 11:13 p.m. CST


    by blhotz

    And another great episode... so realistic compared to 90% of TV today.

  • April 10, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    My question is...

    by Stunt Vocalist 709

    Why didn't Ely or the Colonel reveal their proof of Rush hiding the gun after the suicide? Might change some minds about Rush and the Colonel.