Stargate Universe SG-U: 1.5 [Blu-ray]

Actors: Robert Carlyle, Justin Louis, Brian J. Smith, David Blue
AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
English, French, Spanish
Number of discs:
NR (Not Rated)
MGM (Video & DVD)
DVD Release Date:
July 27, 2010
Run Time:
438 minutes


This selection of episodes pick up from the mid-season cliff-hanger in which Colonel Young (Justin Louis) marooned Dr. Rush (Trainspotting’s Robert Carlyle) on a desert planet for framing him for murder.

The decision wracks Young with guilt, but he doesn’t have too much time to spend on feeling crap though. It seems that the Destiny “crew” (or is that stowaways?) are not the only intelligent life in their sector of the galaxy, and that the schism between the civilians and military aboard the ship is growing larger by the day. Then there is the issue of who exactly was behind the attack which left them stranded upon the alien craft in the first place . . .

Early on in this series it was clear that Stargate Universe SGU was more of a “drama” than an action show. For starters there weren’t any English-speaking, dread-locked aliens in sight. Nor any aliens that looked like Johnny Winter band members. Not one.

Yup, this new Stargate is all “dark and edgy.” It takes more than a page from the Battlestar Galactica revival. Think of it as Stargate for people who like Battlestar Galactica. It may be set in the same fictional universe as the previous Stargate TV shows, but SGU however has more in common with the new Battlestar Galactica than its immediate forebears.

The question is however whether this sort of darker, edgier tone is suited to the Stargate, er, universe. That is a question open for debate and by its first season’s end fans still aren’t in agreement it seems . . .

THE DISCS: The Blu-Ray transfer is beautiful, with excellent sound and picture quality.

Fox also adopted sexy user-friendly menus that allow users to quickly access whatever bells and whistles they desire. The extra features are spread across all three disks, and divided into three sections on each disk: the typical bevy of brief featurettes, excerpts of the Kino video diaries from the show, and commentary from the cast and/or crew for each video.

The third disk contains an interactive game - unique to Blu-Ray - in which the player has to aid a landing party by making quick decisions on their behalf. Finally, the review copy came with a fold-out cardboard box capable of holding both of SGU’s first season Blu-Rays.

WORTH IT? Whereas SG:1 and Atlantis were light entertainment – think the Star Wars movies on a 1960s series Star Trek series budget – this new Stargate is solemn. However we like to think of SGU as simply being different to previous Stargate incarnations and not necessarily better or worse. Fans should ask themselves whether the long-running Stargate franchise hasn’t exhausted itself by now and that what it needed was a new approach to the concept. Besides, there aren’t that many sci-fi shows doing the rounds right now – particularly ones set on alien planets and spaceships . . .

RECOMMENDATION: If there is any thing more hateful than the so-called mid-season break, it is the practice of splitting complete seasons of TV shows into different box sets. Rather wait for the complete season box set one day instead.



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