I’ve been a pretty vocal hater of SGU since its pilot; I’ve found the plot to be boring, the characters exceptionally underdeveloped and the tone to be farcical.
But the latest episode, Time, has changed my mind (to a certain extent).
First of all, I love time travel and I think it was great to see it in the show. However, I feel like time travel is the trop that shows go for when they’re tried everything else – obviously this isn’t the case for SGU. If it is, then they’re in big trouble.
The episode had some really nice cuts (though god I hate that awful keyno filter screen bullshit), but it felt too hand hold-y. I love when a show doesn’t necessarily explain something. But most of Eli’s dialogue was directed towards the audience – a Syfy constructed audience which is apparently too stupid to hang on and wait for the explanation. i could have done without all the explaining.
That being said, I think this actually develops the characters and having them put in such an incredibly emotional situation (dying, seeing themselves die, fearing death) lead to some really interesting scenes.
Rush continues to be my favorite character. I loved the fact that he didn’t want to explain the reference (For a minute there I thought we were in trouble) and tries to brush it off. I love the fact that he abandoned the group fighting the flying-squid things – but for the greater good.
This sort of stunt can only be pulled off once and I hope they don’t try it again in the future.
Time has rekindled my interest. And I have to admit to that.