Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Stargate Universe - "Epilogue"

Alternate versions Greer (Jamil Walker Smith) and Park (Jennifer Spence) grow old together 2000 years in the past.
Photo Credit: Syfy
Review by Paul Steven Brown

'Stargate Universe'
Season 2 - Episode 18

What really makes "Epilogue" work, unlike Lt. Scott's small town fantasy in "Cloverdale", is that the events are a "What if?" that actually happened within the context of the 'Stargate Universe'. Also, the historical data highlights the potential of a few people, the hint of possible romance, and the spectre of disease for at least one crew member. Once again, no communication stones or call backs to the previous two Stargate series. Not bad gang.

Poor TJ. It's bad enough that she lost her baby at the beginning of the season, now she's doomed to have   Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) commonly refered to as Lou Gehrig's Disease. To make matters worse, she'll potentially start feeling the symptoms in about five years, if she is to go the way of her time lost alternate self. Still, come on 'SGU'; spread the pain around. I don't understand why they keep dumping this stuff on her. The writers must hate blonds.

While Eli has been saddled with the slacker/gamer label, it's always been pretty obvious that he's a genius. His timelost self exposes a nurturing, scholarly side that is lying under the surface. He eventually becomes the Novus historian and starts the first school. Not bad. Also, his eventual marriage to a redshirt background solider character was pretty funny.

There was a lot of hooking up; except for Brody who appropriately aged into a bitter old man. Most were predictable such as Greer and Park, Young and TJ, and Chloe and Matthew. Varro and Lt. James was unexpected, yet not unfathomable. Both are strong, physical, and attractive people, so it made sense.

I thought that Greer and Park's pairing was the most charming. The soldier and the scientist. However, we know that they have slept together before and they have had quiet moments on screen such as the one at the end of "The Hunt". I loved old man Greer's warm, smiling response to Park's stating that they had about six children and fifteen grandchildren: "I'm tired." Very sweet.

I'm over the TJ/Varro/Young love triangle of unspoken desires. It's old and everyone keeps dancing around each other. Maybe with Varro being in a coma, Young will finally make a move and they can put this thread to bed.

Like season one, this second year seems to be finally hitting the good notes as it nears the end. There's only two episodes left until we say good-bye to 'Stargate Universe'. I hope they can make them count.

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