Monday, May 9, 2011

Stargate Universe-Episode 220 “Gauntlet” (Quick Review)


This is a bittersweet review. May 9th, at 9 PM EDT, Stargate Universe officially ended its television run with the showing of the series finale, “Gauntlet”. It definitely will bring up some mixed emotions, and I will explain why in a minute.

As shown in the trailer, the main premise of this episode is the fact that the drones have learned about Destiny and how it operates. So, knowing that they need the Stargates to survive, the drones have posted command ships at every Stargate in Destiny’s path, at least until the edge of her sensor range. The crew has only one option, and it’s a long shot. The question is, are they willing to take it?

For ending on an incomplete note, I have to say, the writers did a great job. I will give one tidbit of information that is not a spoiler in any way, shape or form. If you were worrying that the ending would be a cliffhanger of the magnitude of last season, you can stop. While it is a cliffhanger of sorts, it actually is a decent stopping point for the series, easily allowing possible continuation later. Overall, it was a great episode to end a great series.

A lot of the character development we’ve seen throughout the season is coming to a head in this episode. I won’t reveal too much, but there are a lot of minor character storylines that I wish could be resolved. It leaves kind of a sour taste in my mouth, knowing that the show now has so much potential and will never have the ability to play that potential out to its fullest. But, it’s like they say, “The good die young.” So it seems it is with SGU, because this was a good show. No, this was a great show that grew into the show it was always meant to be, just as it was given the axe.

So if you missed it, buy it and watch it. If you’re in the UK or Australia, watch it when it airs, you’re in for a treat. And if you can’t afford to buy the episode, watch it online in a legal fashion. Lastly, if you’re on Twitter, make sure to tweet your thanks to the cast and crew for this amazing show. Till next time, readers.


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