As tired TV show concepts go, "Stargate" has a whopper
of one that has both delivered well (witty, entertaining
TV) and poorly (aliens that mostly look and sound like humans...that
was so 1960's "Star Trek"). By the time of "Stargate Universe"
it was clear that the franchise needed a transfusion but
of what? It turned out that the producers decided it was
dose of "Battlestar: Galatica". I'm not sure that was the
smartest move as it suffered in comparison and the tone
just wasn't the same as the other "Stargate" TV shows. ***
Regardless of the flaws it seemed like the illiterate
network Syfy had no clue what to do with the show and so
decided to cancel it. That's not the first time that Syfy
has given up on a promising show; "Farscape" was terminated
and was one among many shows that the network threw up their
hands and walked away from only to alienate their fan base.
I'm not going to bother summarizing "Stargate Universe"
because if you're reading this you've probably already seen
it, know of it and/or watched a couple of episodes (or read
about it elsewhere). Instead, I'll be focusing on the quality
of the set itself. ---
Image & Sound: "Stargate" looks quite good with a detailed
transfer. The dark nature of the show makes it a challenge
to transfer and while this is far from a demo quality transfer,
it looks good. ***
Audio sounds terrific with a very nice transfer that
makes nice use of teh 5.1 mix.