FAREWELL STARGATE UNIVERSE- FINAL EPISODE REVIEW

KNOW THE SAYING, YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’VE GOT UNTIL IT’S GONE? WELL THAT’S HOW I FEEL RIGHT NOW HAVING WATCHED THE FINAL EPISODE OF STARGATE UNIVERSE AND I CAN TELL YOU I HAVE A LUMP IN MY THROAT AND TEARS IN MY EYES. IT’S NOT THAT UNIVERSE WAS ALWAYS BRILLIANT, IT WASN’T, THE FIRST SEASON WAS SLOWER THAN A TORTOISE SHAGGING BUT THEN BAM, IT TOOK OFF. THE FIRST SEASON ENDED ON A CLIFFHANGER SO BEAUTIFULLY ORCHESTRATED, IT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE BY MOZART HIMSELF.

THE SECOND SEASON HIT THE GROUND RUNNING AND INTRODUCED THE DRONES AND THEIR COMMAND SHIPS, ANCIENT MACHINE WEAPONS THAT GAVE NO MERCY. NONE OF YOUR BORG HUMANISATION HERE, THEY WERE RELENTLESS AND UNFEELING, THE DESTRUCTION OF THE DESTINY ITS PRIORITY.

AND THE ENSUING EPISODES WHERE THEY MEET THEIR ANCESTORS FROM A WORMHOLE ACCIDENT WERE INTRICATELY WRITTEN WITH REAL PASSION. DEEP SPACE 9 DID IT TOO AND I STILL BELIEVE CHILDREN OF TIME RANKS AS ONE OF THE BEST DS9 EPISODES EVER BUT UNIVERSE TOOK IT ONE STEP FURTHER, SHOWING US THE GROWTH OF THE CIVILSATION IN CRACKING DETAIL.

AND SO THE END. LEFT WEAKENED BY THE DRONE ATTACKS, THESE CLEVER MACHINES ARE GUARDING EVERY POSSIBLE STARGATE WAITING FOR THE DESTINY TO ARRIVE. WITH ONLY A MONTH’S FOOD LEFT, THE TEAM ARE FACED WITH ONE DECISION. THEY MUST GO INTO STASIS AND SLEEP FOR AT LEAST 3 YEARS IN ORDER TO REACH THE NEXT GALAXY AND AVOID CERTAIN DEATH AT THE HANDS OF THE DRONES.

THE DINNER SCENE ENCAPSULATES HOW FAR THIS CAST HAVE COME AND AS EACH SECTION GOES INTO DEEP FREEZE, WE KNOW THE CLOCK IS TICKING. ONE LAST MOMENT FOR A DRONE BATTLE AND THEN EVERYONE IS FROZEN EXCEPT ELI. HE HAS TWO WEEKS TO FIX THE LAST POD AND AS HE SAYS HE IS SMARTER THAN RUSH AND WILL PULL IT OFF. HE SWEARS TO YOUNG HE WILL SEE THEM IN THREE YEARS BUT NOTHING IS CERTAIN AS THIS SHOW HAS A HABIT OF TAKING THE HARD ROUTE.AS THE CREW SAY THEIR GOODBYES TO THEIR FAMILIES AND BEDFORD SEES YOUNG OFF, MY HEART WAS SINKING AS THE END APPROACHED.

RUSH HAS A FATHER SON MOMENT WITH ELI BEFORE YOUNG, HIS OTHER FATHER FIGURE, HUGS HIM FAREWELL, NONE OF THEM KNOWING IF ELI WILL MAKE IT.

AS THE CAMERA TRACKS THROUGH THE SHIP, CORRIDORS DARKENING AS WE GO AND THE CREW SLEEP, ELI IS LEFT STANDING ON THE VIEWING DECK, SMILING AT THE WONDER OF THE UNIVERSE BEFORE HIM OR DOES HE KNOW HE CAN NEVER REPAIR THE LAST POD?

GOODBYE FOR NOW UNIVERSE, WE MAY CRITICIZE AND MOAN WHEN A SHOW DOESN’T SUIT US BUT UNIVERSE IS A LESSON IN HOW A SHOW WILL ENDEAR ITSELF TO OUR HEARTS WHEN THE STORIES AND CHARACTERS GELL TO MAKE US WANT TO TRAVEL WITH THEM. I HOPE THIS ISN’T THE END OF UNIVERSE, THAT SOMEONE SOMEWHERE WILL SEE SENSE AND GIVE US AT LEAST A TELEMOVIE TO FINISH THE STORY. FAREWELL, SLEEP TIGHT.

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