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Pics From 'Aftermath' -
Tonight's Episode Of SGU!!

Merrick here...
...with two shots from "Aftermath", tonight's second episode of STARGATE UNIVERSE's second season. As I've repeatedly indicated, I've really been loving this show - but found last week's season premiere a bit unnerving. It didn't feel right. As emotional as its story was, the installment felt heartless and clinical and hurried. It wasn't involving, the stylistic tricks the show had deployed so successfully to date didn't pass muster. It was tepid. Tonight's episode is quite a bit better - still not as out-of-the-park awesome as many of last season's entries, but much more in keeping with the vibe and solidity fans of the series have come to expect. Here are the pics...a few more (spoilery) thoughts follow below...

photo: Carole Segal

photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc


We learn that Rush is actually in far greater control of Destiny than we were previously led to believe. This includes his having already accessed the ship's main bridge. I say "we" lean this because...then rest of the folks on Destiny are not aware of it. The Bridge. You can get a decent sense of what it looks like HERE. However, I'm concerned that introducing a "bridge" into the series threatens one of the show's most agreeable and distinctive characteristics - having uncertain/decentralized/make-shift control of this mammoth vessel was a highly inventive, unique element of the show which differentiated SGU from other spaceship fare. Why blow that? Hopefully The Powers That Be over at SGU will have some twists and turns up their sleeves in this regard, because these characters being in greater control over what's happening to them...threatens to turn something compelling and unpredictable into the mundane. We'll see... HERE's SGU producer Robert Cooper talking about "Aftermath".
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  • Oct. 5, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST

    This Show Has Surpassed & Exceeded All Expectations...

    by blhotz

    Completely different from all other SGAs yet still retains some of the good comedy/mythology. The music is amazing... sucks me in.

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    No, it's the FARGATE

    by Aquatarkusman

    From the makers of FINDEPENDENCE DAY.

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    This Show Has Surpassed & Exceeded All Expectations...

    by lostboytexas

    on how much it can suck. started well, showed promise, fell apart, sucks.

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    come to think of it

    by lostboytexas

    isnt SGU a Voyager ripoff?

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    stargate voyager

    by matchesmalone2380

    I've seen a few episodes of SGU, and so far it's been a ripoff of Star Trek Voyager! So a crew of spaceship gets stranded in a galaxy far far away from home (check) Once and a while shows characters from the other Stargates shows to keep fans interested (check) now has some enemies on the ship that will most likely become crewmembers (maybe check). On it's own merrits I've found the show slow, and lacks what the SG1 and Stargate atlantis found so appealing. SG1 lasted 10 great seasons, Atlantis had 5. My guess is that SGU will last maybe past this season to a third unless it changes pace quickly. After that the producers most likely come up with a new series that will serve as a prequel to SG1! How original.

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    heres how to fix SGU

    by lostboytexas

    get rid of those alliance assholes, lose those stones that let them contact earth, kill the asian chick and the fat nerd, have them totally isolated and having to visit weird planets to scavenge for supplies.<p>kill off that goofy black guy too, hell kill them all except Begbie and add a new cast. that moping medic broad needs to go too.

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    What happened to the Stargate movies?

    by matchesmalone2380

    I thought the whole reason they cancelled SG1 and Atlantis was to make straight to DVD movies. The SG1 movies were okay since they wrapped up storylines, but Atlantis still needs one or two to bring a conclusion to the wraith.

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Couldn't disagree more!

    by Tigermyth36

    The show has been dreadful. Boring as hell. Might has well call it Voyage of the BattleStargate. The show takes the worst elements from BSG, Stargate and Voyager sucks all the humor out and gives us a show with almost no gate use. Wooooooot Woooooot. Big giant turd. I keep watching because I loved the previous incarnations and hope at some point it will change.

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Which "out-of-the-park awesome" episodes?

    by Phloton

    ---possible spoilers--- I do watch the show, but it annoys the Hell out of me. They stole the serious style from Battlestar, but still write the same predictable scripts as the other SG shows. I see what they tried to do last week. They had to think of a way to get rid of CJ's baby so they didn't have to keep it on the show. But what they did was terrible. An episode of UFO from 40 years ago let one of the main character's kid die because they had to fight the aliens. That's 40 years ago. SGU wants to be edgy, but only in tone not in story. And did they not plan for Rhona Mitra to finish out her role? Why not just shoot the 2nd part of the cliffhanger at the same time as the 1st? Instead, we don't see her, just hear that she's dead, and then the 1 dimensional evil, bald henchmen takes over with no real plan except to kill everyone. If they had abandoned Rhona on a planet, at least they could have the annoying villain-that-outstays their-welcome that SG loves so much (Ba'al or Apophis from SG1. Kolya & Michael on Atlantis). Elyse Levesque's character is useless, but they're obviously going to do something alieny with her now. But please, kill off the dude she's sleeping with, Lt. Scott. He's the worst of the military guys (one-note, angry Greer is a close 2nd but at least he likes to shoot things). He should've been court martialed or spaced long ago. Almost every week he questions his orders. And please God, stop with the awful indie rock montages in the last act. I have to fast forward through those sections because they are so bad (actually, all shows need to stop the song montages. It just feels like you're trying to sell the soundtrack to your show, with songs that just aren't that good). Gee, this has turned into quite the little rant. But I still watch the show because I want to see some scifi (and it's not the worst thing out there) and Eureka & Warehouse 13 are done for the season.

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST


    by NudeandAroused

    This is getting better, it is a lot better than it was. I was getting tired of watching every character break into tears because their underwear wasn't folded the right way. It was kind of silly.

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Wheres Dioxholster?

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    An SGU Talkback and he's not here? Must be spamming other talkbacks with SGU stuff.

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Not even close to the SUCK that was Voyager!

    by Zardozap2005

    Yeah let's go Warp 13, devolve into lizard slugs, and mate. Then get fixed and turned back human. Right. And SG:U is so much worse than that. Right. Man some people forget the shit that was that show.

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    matchesmalone2380-the DVD movies...

    by TheSecondQuest

    They were delayed due to two factors: MGM's financial problems (as the DVD movies are funded by MGM, not Syfy) and the apparent collapse of the direct-to-DVD market (Ark of Truth and Continuum apparently squeezed in just before that happened). The producers are currently pursuing their "Plan B" on getting SG-1: Revolution & SGA: Extinction made (which, I'm guessing, is a combination of Syfy, DVD and internet rentals), though I imagine if the MGM situation gets resolved, you'll see things get fast tracked alongside the next Bond movie since they are MGM's cash cows.

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    "a prequel to SG1!"

    by Billyeveryteen

    Buncha Navy douches sitting around wishing for a stargate.<p>Lt. Nerd: "That would be sooo cool!"<p>Lt. Jock: "Shut up dork, I'ma get my fuck on."

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Here's how to fix SGU

    by pushthebuttonmax

    Stop trying to connect it to the other shitty SG shows and let it shine on its own. They're supposed to be isolated for Christ's sake.

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Thanks secondquest!

    by matchesmalone2380

    That sucks about the Bond movies too!

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    How to fix SGU

    by fanboy71

    Hire Nathan Fillion and the rest of the Firefly cast. Then rename the show Firefly and make season 2.

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    SGU is better than BSG

    by A_Die_Hard_Fan

    Yeah, I said it. Deal with it. If you disagree, then think back to that last episode of BSG..... F---ing ruined the entire series.

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    SGU is light years ahead of SG:A

    by FrodoFraggins

    God I couldn't stand Atlantis, it was almost as bad as ST:Voyager.<br><br> SGU is much better than I expected, but far far behind BSG in every way. It's kind of a guilty pleasure, but I watch it live every week so that says something.

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    This week on Battlestar Universe

    by Xiphos_2

    There will be many speeches about how bad things are delivered with serious tightly drawn faces. There will be some sort of lame attempt at humor by the fat nerd kid who is a stand in for the AICN sub set of viewers. Lastly there will be a pretentious song played over a montage at the end of the episode that could be generously called trite at the best of times. In between there will be some bad acting, writing and horrid CGI.<p> On the plus side maybe there will be a shot of Lieutenant Titsy McJuggs(the one the gay dude was "banging" before he stared "banging" the senators daughter)in a Tee shirt.

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    SG: Phew

    by NippleEffect

    am stinky<p> It's a Factoid

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 3:32 p.m. CST

    DioxholsterReturns was shot dead last night by cops


    From Yahoo News:<p>"..He was seen running from actor Robert Carlyle's house with a collection of tapes said to contain future episodes of the actor's television show Stargate: Universe.<p>Following a lengthy pursuit, the offender pulled out what was believed to be a weapon and aimed it at the pursuing officers, causing them to fire upon him. The item in his hand was later identified as a Teal'C action figure."<p>RIP DIOXHOLSTERRETURNS (1991-2010

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST


    by InActionMan

    Come out and PlaaaayyyyAyyyyyyyyy!

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    DioxholsterReturns was banned

    by lostboytexas

    search for his name then see if u can find any of his comments. nope u cant. he got BANHAMMERED!!!!! <p>HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Cancel SGU and bring back Firefly.

    by matchesmalone2380

    Ok. So most of the cast has moved on to other things (Castle, V, and Chuck) but we can hope! Since Family guy was canceled and brought back a few years later, it might happen one day that Firefly will do the same one day!

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Holy shit

    by cleaningwindows

    For what it is universe is good. Cheap fucking syfy show is pretty great to watch. Rush and the Captain are great. Every other character sucks. But Rush and the Captain make it worth watching.

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    "heartless and clinical and hurried..."

    by Gislef_crow

    I've found a lot of the episodes are like that, and that they don't quite "feel right." I blame it primarily on Justin Louis and Walker Smith. The problem is that the writers want to keep the characters deliberately obscure. Is Rush a good guy or a bad guy? Is Young willing to fuck someone over, or stand by his principles? Is Greer a psycho or tortured as a child, or a loyal grunt to Young? Give us the audience a clear idea of the characters and then make them ambiguous to the other characters. There's complex, and then there's just complicated.<p> And as much as I like Justin Louis (watch him in Highlander literally sniffing a bitch), he seems to be sleepwalking in SGU. I think it's a deliberate choice on his part or the writers, but it's a very boring choice.

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST




  • Oct. 5, 2010, 7:14 p.m. CST

    wondering if SGU survives the mgm money problems

    by palewook

    probably the best american sci-fi show produced in 2010. not saying much since sci-fi is all but dead on american tv. <p> just would be a damned shame if there were no season 2 of sgu b/c of mgm's cash woes

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST

    i disagree MERRICK

    by ihatefanboys

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST


    by ihatefanboys

    sorry i hit enter too continue, i disagree with the notion that a bridge would be a detriment. after all on several episodes of stargate atlantis it showed every ancient ship as having a bridge, so why would destiny be any different.

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Good Show

    by jazzylg

    It's a good show. Some people are just impossible to please and love to complain. When they came out of warp at the end, it seemed that that writers were going 'dimension hopping' next. I like the show, but where else can they travel?

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Bringing back Firefly

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    That would be cool, its to bad they killed off the pilot though in the movie. I guess that theyw ould just have to get a new one.

  • Oct. 5, 2010, 11:25 p.m. CST

    I looked up Diox and his posts are still there

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    I don't think that he was banned.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 3:15 a.m. CST

    I haven't found them...

    by wtriker1701

    In The Thing TB someone referred to him... though there was no post to refer to from Diox... <p> ...didn't step back fast enough from the incoming wormhole

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 3:20 a.m. CST

    No, it was the Zack Snyder TB... sorry...

    by wtriker1701

    But Diox WILL return! <p> Imagine, now that he's gone, a SGU TB is born? Noooooo f***** way, he'll let this slip through his fingers... <p> Diox has a way of showing up, when you least expect him!

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Sorry, Pa! I think you have found his name only

    by wtriker1701

    in the replies. The author went to the Pegasus Galaxy - or beyond...

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 7:59 a.m. CST


    by blackflowerX

    .........Have they killed off the fat role playing gimp yet?.... I watched the first few episodes and hated it partly because of him , partly because it was "BSG light".... I'm a massive Robert Carlyle fan so I would have another look if its gotten any better....

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:04 a.m. CST


    by blackflowerX

    Just read Xiphos_2 comment (funny as fuck) so I guess thats a no then. Zzzzzzzzz.......

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:46 a.m. CST


    by room23storeblogspotcom

    By replies do you mean talkback posts like these? Thats where I found his posts on another talkback in AICN.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Yes, Pa! You will find his name only mentioned...

    by wtriker1701

    The "author" Dioxholsterreturns is gone like the "author" paburrows. We all can find him on AICN also, but his own posts have been removed, as you probably have already found out...

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Carlyle is the only good actor on the show

    by jtp8000

    Justion Louis/Luis Ferreria (whichever he is calling himself these days) is a bore and a lousy actor. I feel like when he talks I am going to doze off. <p>The only good thing other than Carlyle is the not Ming-Wa asian chick because I have a thing for asian chicks</p>

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 9:14 a.m. CST

    paburrows got banned too?

    by lostboytexas

    fan-fuckin-tastic. all those lame pro-lost posting are gone forever! boner time!!!!!

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Remember, lostboy... he was one of the good guys!

    by wtriker1701

    He had actually an ear for complaints! He was NOT one of the "YOU'RE JUST HATERZ!!!" fraction. <p> But I still feel his ghost watching over... <p> Here's to 4we8, also!