Written by Dixie Flatline
So, SGU debuted last night on Syfy with the two hour long premiere, “Air”. I’ve watched it twice now. It’s even less watchable the second time around.
The show is too much BSG (Battlestar Galactica) for my liking. The overlit flashback/dream sequences, the too dark action sequences. Bear McCreary-ish music. Gratuitous and irrelevant sex.
It’s a shame when a show with so much production capital, squanders that capital on being a copycat of a series that crashed and burned on its own narcissism (BSG).
Of course, the biggest wall banger of them all is the plot. Oh gee, I thought I already saw Battlestar Galactica? And yet here we are with the costumes, the camera work, and the plot (being stranded on a ship that’s dying). I get the whole thing about the show being centered around the characters, and that would be totally okay if it wasn’t so terrible and if the characters were so unlikable and so unbelievable, but as it stands this is a terrible continuation of the Stargate franchise. Apparently NBC confused “ratings” with “let’s sex this up and dumb it down.” That’s not what Stargate is about. But I suppose that won’t stop the closet sex scenes that add zero to the plot and platform of the show or the trigger-happy tension of betrayal and back-stabbing for what is predictably in store for us. Thankfully I don’t think it’ll make it past the first season.
The funniest part however, is the selfless Senator. As a voluntarist/ancap/libertarian, there is nothing funnier than a career tax eater sacrificing himself for the team. It’s about as likely as a midget getting voted to start in the NBA All-Star game.
Unless the game plan is changed, I doubt this show goes more than 3 seasons.