Last week I devoted a little time to pondering over if it was just cruel to attack a show that’s already been cancelled. This week’s episode of Stargate Universe “The Hunt” probably makes it okay.
When you only have a few episodes to go may I suggest that filler episodes that do not go to resolving the series in any way are not a good idea. In fact if we’re going to give them the benefit of the doubt and suggest that the makers of SGU didn’t know they were cancelled I’d like to extend the suggestion to point out that in today’s television landscape it’s probably not a good idea to do that many filler episodes or face the possibility of cancellation.
The Hunt starts off with the promise of many a Stargate SG1 and Atlantis episode to come before it. The team are on a potentially hostile planet and will come across a problem to overcome that is enjoyable to watch and interesting to talk about. The promise is soon broken as the story devolves into a confused mix of facing one’s demons, learning to trust and that alien predators aren’t always unintelligent.
All interesting concepts but all lost in a display of throwing ideas at a wall and hoping that the audience may latch on to at least one of them.
I would have but there was very little to latch on to and I’m pretty certain the alien that continues to evade and attack their camp has been done before in this series and much more effectively.
In the episode the away team (Is that what they’re called in Stargate Universe? I know that’s the term in Star Trek? Let me know in the comments.) visits a lush planet, considers butchering some local animal wildlife and have two of the crew abducted by what eventually turns out to be a semi intelligent predator. That’s the A story in “The Hunt”; the B story involves once again exploring the ship (something that doesn’t go on enough), an out of the blue infatuation/romance story and Rush being a jerk again.
Maybe it is that I know the show’s not continuing that the tension is removed from pretty much all of this episode. I don’t think the Doctor is going to die. I’m never even vaguely concerned for her welfare, the same with Brody being stuck in the stasis pod. In fact the whole discovery of the stasis pods have little affect apart from introducing them for a probable finale storyline, I’d rather see the giant robot that they found again.
I’m a little confused over the Greer storyline and I’m not sure what journey it is that his character has taken.
In the end the people who matter are rescued, the red shirts are buried, Rush is a sneaky jerk, Varro is set free, and no one loves Volker. To top it off they’ve slaughtered an alien deer that they know nothing about and are roasting its carcass in the mess.
The irony is that technically those characters are going to feel pretty crook the next day as anyone who has ever abstained from meat for a decent amount of time will know, let alone alien meat and what effect it may have on the human digestive system. Hopefully they feel as bad as I did having watched this waste of an hour.