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Stargate Universe, Season 2

Stargate Universe, Season 2

By Patrick Samuel • August 29th, 2011
Static Mass Rating: 2/5
20th Century Fox Home Ent.

Release date: August 29th, 2011
Certificate (UK): 15
Running time: 14 hours (approx)

Creator: Brad Wright, Robert C. Cooper

Cast: Robert Carlyle, Brian J. Smith, David Blue, Alaina Huffman, Jamil Walker Smith, Louis Ferreira

What first began as a visually and thematically impressive 1994 film directed by Roland Emmerich has spawned a legacy of it’s own in the past 15 years.

We’ve had the spin-off shows ranging from Stargate SG-1 which ran from 1997 to 2007, Stargate Atlantis, from 2004 to 2009 and finally Stargate Universe, from 2009 to 2011, which drastically departed from the look and feel which had been established and fans had grown accustomed to.

Stargate Universe, Season 2

Set on board the Destiny ship, moving through space and time with a crew of soldiers, scientists and civilians, Stargate Universe, Season 1 introduced us to Dr. David Rush (Carlyle) and Colonel Everet Young (Justin Louis), two opposing forces who constantly clashed over how best to lead the crew. The show took a grittier approach, it was much darker and in some ways I felt it tried to capture elements from the re-imagined series Battlestar Galactica (2004 – 2009).

With the Season 2 opener, Intervention, we resume with Col. Young and Dr.Rush trying to regain control of Destiny from the Lucian Alliance. Meanwhile, TJ (Alaina Huffman) has an encounter on another planet with an alien race but later on wakes up as if she was never gone. With the ship running low on resources, Dr. Rush makes a decision that could put them all in more danger by landing on a planet with a Stargate that doesn’t work.


  • Intervention
  • Aftermath
  • Awakening
  • Pathogen
  • Cloverdale
  • Trial and Error
  • The Greater Good
  • Malice
  • Visitation
  • Resurgence
  • Twin Destinies
  • Alliances
  • Hope
  • Seizure
  • The Hunt
  • Common Descent
  • Epilogue
  • Blockade
  • Gauntlet


  • Commentaries
  • Making-of featurettes
  • Character featurettes
  • Deconstructing Destiny
  • Behind the Season 2 Finale – Gauntlet

As we progressed through the episodes I have to say I struggled. Stargate Universe, Season 2 just didn’t have the pull factor for me and there were a lot of episodes that failed to draw me in on a number of levels. While the storylines themselves showed promise, it’s the overall atmosphere and lack in excitement, wonder and awe, as well as likeable characters that played a huge part in my disdain for the show.

There were moments when Eli (David Blue) lifted the mood, but they were too few and far in between. Colonel Young, TJ, Telford (Lou Diamond Phillips) and Greer (Jamil Walker Smith) could have done with some character improvements; anything to inject some life and spirit in them. Most of all, it’s Dr. Rush I found extremely frustrating and the fact that he’s a central character on the show didn’t help.

I was glad Matthew Scott (Brian J. Smith) was still there as he proved to be one of the shows most interesting characters from Season 1. In Cloverdale, he is infected with a deadly virus and as it spreads, he drifts into a hallucination where everyone’s roles are reversed. This allows for a break from the usual scenario but as he fights for his life, we know eventually it will end, either way.

Stargate Universe, Season 2

As Destiny takes them to an alternate timeline in the episode titled Epilogue, we see how the crew’s lives could have panned out and it’s definitely an interesting look as what could have been. The show ends on an unresolved cliffhanger which will remain that way, due to its cancellation, which didn’t come as a surprise.

Although it showed potential with its first season, it seemed to be struggling to find it way with this one. Themes of unity did come through but the thread which should have held it all together just didn’t seem strong enough. Whether it was budget concerns or just lack of ideas on where the show should go, Stargate seems to be officially closed, for now.

Patrick Samuel

Patrick Samuel

The founder of Static Mass Emporium and one of its Editors in Chief is an emerging artist with a philosophy degree, working primarily with pastels and graphite pencils, but he also enjoys experimenting with water colours, acrylics, glass and oil paints.

Being on the autistic spectrum with Asperger’s Syndrome, he is stimulated by bold, contrasting colours, intricate details, multiple textures, and varying shades of light and dark. Patrick's work extends to sound and video, and when not drawing or painting, he can be found working on projects he shares online with his followers.

Patrick returned to drawing and painting after a prolonged break in December 2016 as part of his daily art therapy, and is now making the transition to being a full-time artist. As a spokesperson for autism awareness, he also gives talks and presentations on the benefits of creative therapy.

Static Mass is where he lives his passion for film and writing about it. A fan of film classics, documentaries and science fiction, Patrick prefers films with an impeccable way of storytelling that reflect on the human condition.

Patrick Samuel ¦ Asperger Artist

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