The first season broke for a mid-season finale after the tenth episode, "Justice", and returned in April, 2010 with the episode, "Space". During the hiatus, the first season of Caprica - a spin-off of Battlestar Galactica - aired in the SGU timeslot Friday nights on both Syfy and SPACE, airing opposite the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
While they are stranded on board the Destiny, the new reluctant crew discover that their life support system is worn out, and they have to repair it fast or they will all suffocate in a matter of hours.
On a seemingly unalterable collision course with a nearby star, and despite finding three suitable planets, ColonelEverett Young tells everyone that only seventeen people can go in the shuttle and that a lottery will determine their fate.
Much of Destiny'swater reserves mysteriously disappears. The ship then reaches an ice planet, where the crew attempt a harvest in order to replenish the supply. However, the atmosphere and the ice around the area of the Stargate is poisonous, and they'd have to expand their search with limited air in the environmental suits. Meanwhile, Lt.Tamara Johansen works to catch an intruder believed responsible for the lost water.
An away team finds a Kino beside a Stargate on a Jungle planet, 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.
When an Uncharted star interrupts Destiny'sFaster-Than-Light engine, it is forced to make a slingshot around the star, the process of which takes a month. The only planet orbiting the star is surprisingly like Earth, with food, water, and breathable air, which makes some of the crew consider staying.
When the crew suffers from vivid hallucinations that tap into their personal fears, Lt.Tamara Johansen isolates the affected from the rest and then tries to seek out the cause of the affliction as it spreads and becomes life-threatening.
This is a very strong and exciting debut and if the following seventeen hours build upon the high quality presented here then we are all in for one hell of a season. Stargate Universe would be the series I see as the spiritual successor to Battlestar Galactica except that I see it surpassing the previous Syfy magnum opus in that it is not cruel or unnecessarily grim. On all levels I would say that this is the finest three hours that Syfy has produced to date and considering that includes the likes of Farscape, Eureka, the aforementioned Battlestar Galactica, Sanctuary and the previous two Stargate series, take that as you will. (Read more)
"SGU" marries many familiar sci-fi conventions with relatable emotional stories to create a non-genre spectacular. If you root for the underdog, you'll love this completely enthralling, heartbreaking and inspiring epic. (Read more)