Last night SyFy aired the second to last episode of Stargate Universe, Blockade, and it was quite an episode. There were great moments for many of the characters to shine and for one of them to show his old colors. The episode had a great balance of exploration, action, suspense, drama and even humor. Not to mention the stunning visual effects. The blue supergiant was simply beautiful. And who doesn’t love emotionless flying robots with giant guns?
I do not think they could have packed more intense scenes into one hour of TV, if they tried. Although I’m assuming they did. One element that really kept me on the edge of my couch was the sense of peril one of the secondary characters was in. Rarely does TV have the ability to give the audience a sense of real dread about whether or not a character might die.
We all assume a show’s main and reoccurring characters are safe. It is an understanding in TV that the body count will be low, unless you are wearing a red shirt. So, to be able to still keep an audience in suspense is a testament to good production.
It is truly a shame SyFy felt the need to cancel SGU and that the chips did not fall into place for the show to live on in some of other form. However, I’m certainly glad they got to make the great TV they did.