Posted by: reformedmusings | November 8, 2009

Stargate Universe – Soft Porn for SyFy

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I believe that I’ve watched my last episode of Stargate Universe. I had high hopes for the series. I lived and breathed for the original Stargate SG-1. I have the DVDs for every season. The SG-1 DVD movies The Ark of Truth and Continuum were outstanding.

I followed up with watching every episode of Stargate Atlantis. I thought that Atlantis was more uneven than SG-1, but that it matured pretty well. I think that its ratings would have increased had it been extended for another season.  I don’t own any of the DVDs, though. It didn’t rise quite to that level.

No one can say that I’m not a Stargate fan or that I didn’t hope for Stargate Universe to succeed.

Universe has shown itself to be a very different and disturbing production. I summarized it for a friend as soft porn wrapped in a weak science fiction shell. Sex scenes and partially or unclothed bodies populate every episode, especially people actively involved in sex. What’s up with that?

One reason that I loved SG-1 and liked Atlantis is that they featured compelling characters in interesting adventures that engaged adult minds and yet kids could generally watch them without complication. They were family fare. Universe is R-rated in the upper zone of R. It’s absurd and unnecessary.

That Universe has a flat story and one-dimensional characters doesn’t improve its standing. Maybe they think that the gratuitous sex makes up for the unimaginative writing and transparent acting. It doesn’t, and I’m very disappointed in the SyFy team for even offering it up.

Stargate Universe is to the Stargate franchise what Deep Space 9 was to the Star Trek genre – the beginning of the end. It saddens me greatly to say this: If you’re looking for engaging adventure, characters about whom you care, and quality family TV time, forget about Stargate Universe.

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