11/14/09

Stargate Universe: Time


This is the SGU episode that die-hard fans of the original series have been waiting for. "Time" has all the elements of action and adventure and pure sci-fi goodness that Stargate fans have become accustomed to and still retains the deepness and relatablity of new elements introduced to the franchise by the Icarus project. At the same time, it deepens the mystery of the intelligence of the ship and gives every viewer a better understanding of certain characters, even if it turns out the events that help us understand them... never really happened.

To start off, this could definitely be considered an Eli episode. Everyone has their fair share of screen time, but the screen time is mostly through the eyes of the Kino which Eli is controlling. Much of the episode is Kino-documentary style and punctuates how important it is to keep a record of what's happening to the crew of the Destiny. That being said, there is a lot of candid moments with Eli and several other characters who divulge information and motivations that they otherwise would want to keep secret. We start to understand Eli's feelings for Chloe, we find out what's wrong with his mother and find out exactly how well he holds up under pressure.

There's not a whole lot more I can get into without venturing into spoiler territory. So, here are my final spoiler-free thoughts: "Time" is the best episode of SGU so far. I know I said that about "Light"... but "Time" kicks it up to a whole new level. Which is also something I said about "Light"... The action/adventure/sci-fi elements of "Time" are exactly the sort of things that have kept us watching and hoping for more. If you haven't been impressed with the series so far, you will be convinced of its greatness in "Time."