Stargate Universe: Season 1 (2009 - 2010)

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Stargate Universe

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In its first season, Stargate Universe traces the outline of a series that would go on to become a standout from other sci-fi staples.

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Critic Ratings: 23

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User Ratings: 82

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Air date: Oct 2, 2009

A soldier leads evacuees through a stargate onto an unknown, but somewhat familiar spacecraft in the debut of the third series in the "Stargate" franchise.

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Air date: Oct 2, 2009

A search team combs a desert planet for a vital mineral to scrub away the carbon dioxide that's accumulating on the Destiny. Meanwhile, Chloe (Elyse Levesque) reaches out to her mother via the communication stones.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2009

A search team combs a desert planet for a vital mineral to scrub away the carbon dioxide that's accumulating on the Destiny. Meanwhile, Chloe (Elyse Levesque) reaches out to her mother via the communication stones.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2009

When the Destiny's power reserves drop to a critical level, the crew is ordered to use power for essential services only, but the rationing isn't enough to keep Rush from announcing that all on board will die within days.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2009

With the Destiny on a collision course with a star, the crew considers abandoning the ship. A grim lottery is held to choose 17 passengers to escape in the Destiny's only working shuttle.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2009

The ship's water supply dwindles, prompting Col. Young and Lt. Scott to visit a frozen planet in search of drinkable samples. Meanwhile, the crew attempts to snare an intruder.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2009

General O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) wants Col. Young to implement a high-risk plan hatched by IOA scientists that could possibly return the Destiny crew to Earth. Elsewhere, Eli and Chloe use the communication stones to visit their loved ones, culminating in a trip to a club.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2009

An away team finds a kino beside a Stargate on a jungle world, which contains video footage of the team that was shot prior to their arrival. Then, an illness cripples the team, forcing them to quarantine themselves on the planet.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2009

Lt. Scott and Camile return to Earth via the communication stones to spend time with those they left behind. On the Destiny, the crew explores new sections of the ship and discover a promising Ancient device.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2009

Col. Young cedes command to Camile Wray after a crew member is found dead from a gunshot wound and the gun is recovered from Young's quarters. Meanwhile, a planet harbors a secret that threatens the Destiny in the first-season finale.

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The first season follows a group of soldiers, civilians and scientists who retreat through the stargate when their base is attacked to a ship built millennia ago by an ancient race of beings. On an unalterable course billions of light years from home, our unlikely band of space travelers find themselves locked in a fierce battle for survival as the Destiny lacks resources to support a large group of people. Colonel Young (Louis Ferreira) must keep everyone focused on repairing the ship's system and obtaining food and water while Dr. Rush (Robert Carlyle) tries to figure out how to control the ship. Tensions arise on board Destiny between the military and civilian personnel and everyone must learn to adjust to their situation and each other while working together to survive. The crew of Destiny must deal with the aftermath of the return of two abducted crew members and prepare for and battle repeated attempts to take over the ship by different factions.

Critic Reviews for Stargate Universe Season 1

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (10)

Stargate Universe isn't quite so ambitious, but it's intriguing in its way, down to the ship, bathed in blue light, that emerges as a character in its own right.

May 2, 2018 | Full Review…

An eye-catching new series

Oct 2, 2009 | Full Review…

Stargate Universe aims, bluntly, to make the Stargate franchise hip and flashy to a new generation.

Oct 2, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

After a shaky start, the show developed into something much better than expected, with the unwilling and unprepared crew regularly at risk from internal power struggles, alien attacks and mysterious forces.

May 18, 2018 | Full Review…

True, "Stargate" fans likely will climb aboard this spaceship. But if this series is ever to really take off and become stellar, it will need more surprising stories and more intellectually challenging drama.

May 18, 2018 | Full Review…

It all makes for an intriguing setup that doesn't quite gel, even by the end of the third episode.

May 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Now here's Stargate Universe, which - judging by this double length opener - creators Brad Wright and Robert S. Cooper might equally well have called Stargate Galactica, Stargate Trek, or even Stargate Lost.

Jul 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Cap it off with one of the most intense cliffhanger endings any sci-fi show has ever given us, and you have a fantastic first season.

May 21, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I am not compelled to disembark with them. Not yet.

May 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Destiny is on for a pretty spectacular ride in Season 1 and if you go along for the ride it can be a pretty fulfilling adventure.

May 18, 2018 | Full Review…

SGU just might be the sound of a well finally running dry.

May 9, 2018 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Given time, Stargate Universe may become worth watching if it develops its characters and continues to mine its premise for stories.

Oct 2, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stargate Universe: Season 1

  • Dec 27, 2020
    Not the best but still good Stargate show
  • Nov 30, 2020
    It is different from the other series, but that is fine. It goes off and doing its own thing, while still tying into the greater Stargate mythos. It was shut down too soon.
  • Aug 13, 2020
    Series one of this is basically everything sg-1 wasn't, and i feel bad i was recommended it. It doesn't have a good feel to it & it essentially dumbs everything down to "smart man bad, cause smart, jarhead in charge cause military." It's annoying & serves to add nothing to the universe beyond "ooo big ship that we apparently havn't even started exploring or barely at all!"
  • Mar 11, 2020
    I am a huge Stargate fan, and I wanted so hard to like this show but it was sooooo badly written. The performances by Robert Carlisle and Lou Diamond Phillips and the occasional cameo by RDA were enjoyable but the rest of the show was just squandered potential.
  • Jan 12, 2020
    This is the worst show in the history of television.
  • Dec 23, 2019
    Not the Stargate we wanted. A sad way for the franchise to end.
  • Dec 06, 2019
    They set up the show really nicely to continue for many seasons, a shame it only lasted 2.
  • Apr 03, 2019
    Watching the show with the flu, season one was really much better than I imagined. I'm sorry I missed it. The characters and conflict were more complex than is typical of Stargate and the subtle sense of menace and obsession in Robert Carlyle's performance was fantastic. There was a sense in which it was kind of wish fulfillment for nerds and gamers...the nerd who plays video games, Ely, turns out to the problem solving hero of the series, trapped on an advanced spaceship. The cast overall had chemistry in Season 1 and the problems of depression, borderline personalities, and the need to work together to survive are all very Lord of the Flies, but there's a sense of psychological realism to it all. I wish I had seen it before it was cancelled.
  • Jan 29, 2019
    The adult stargate I wanted.
  • Apr 24, 2017
    Never watched a show where every single character is completely unlikeable. Like watching Jerry Springer in Space

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