Ryan Thomason

Stargate: Universe, The Greater Good, Best. Sci-fi. Ever.

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The reason for the delay of my reviewing Stargate: Universe is because I’ve been going back and forth on how I want to do so. How do you try to stay neutral on a show that you consider your current top show on TV? Do I gush about what happened on the last episode, assuming you’ve watched it to? Or do I tease and intrigue the living hell out of you in hopes that you will pick the show up and start watching with me? As I put these words out, I’m still now sure what I’m going to do. All I know is that the longer I delay, the longer I’m waiting to tell people to watch what I think is the best Sci-Fi since the Battlestar Galactica reboot. SyFy Channel has given Sci-fi TV credibility again with Stargate:Universe.

Greater Good has changed the whole course and flow of the show. Not a, oh hey lets take this side path type of change. This is a bunch of beavers building a impenetrable dam in the middle of a raging river, forcing the river into a new direction. I’m so happy about it too, which is surprising. Typically when a show does something that happened in the seventh episode (The Greater Good) of the second season people typically say it’s “Jumped the Shark”. In terms of the many paths that came to a head during this episode, the questions answered, the intrigue piqued, and your hearts torn out. I think this last episode of Stargate: Universe was just as good as anything that Geeks who loved the new Battlestar Galactica can find from their BSG episode libraries. If not better.

The reason we’re not seeing Geeks on board for this show like they were for Battlestar Galactica is because of one thing, its got Stargate in the name. I saw the movie, it was OK, but I never got into any of the shows afterward, SG-1, Atlantis, and the others, never interested me in the slightest. That followed through when Stargate: Universe started to air on SyFy. It was a continuation into a line of shows I didn’t care about, therefor I assumed you needed to watch all the other shows to understand anything. It wasn’t until one of our staff writers gave me the first half of Season 1 to watch while it was on mid season break. He gave them to me, and said, ‘Just give it a try, you won’t be sorry.’ I was STILL skeptical and when I got around to watching the first episode, my expectations were low.

I was blown away from the start.

Thankfully, the second half of the first season picked up sooner than later, and after being caught up, I was thoroughly hooked. The second season has been just as fun to watch and I find myself sitting on the edge of my seat more than I ever did watching Battlestar Galactica.

Greater Good, as an episode within the Stargate: Universe series is the best episode produced by the show bar none. It’d put it up against any episode of a sci-fi show you can conjure up. The relationship between Rush and Col. Young, Rush’s attempt at redemption for withholding the secrets he had discovered. Eli finally filling a void that you could tell had been gnawing at him. Lucians at ends with eachother, deceptions, drama, and everything that was encapsulated in this episode oozed with the highest of quality from every factor. If you consider yourself a sci-fi geek, you need to be watching this show, I promise, you won’t be let down.

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