I just watched the first episode (well, a double episode) of Stargate Universe. So far so good! Watch out, there are spoilers ahead.
The story of how they got Eli, the genius teen, on board with the Stargate team seemed a bit gimmicky to me, but I like the character. Apparently Dr. Rush, the super duper scientist of the Stargate project and the man in charge of dialing the ninth chevron, couldn’t figure out the equation that would allow them to dial. So he put the problem into a video game which Eli Wallace then beats. The next morning he is forced to join the project because he solved the puzzle. He resists at first, but the promise that his ill mother will be taken care of and the taste of adventure get the best of him. Not that he ever had any choice.
Anyway, like I said, that part seems a bit gimmicky to me. But Eli’s character is the funniest and most entertaining to watch so far. Basically the ninth chevron is dialed just as the planet on which the Stargate base is located is attacked. All crew members are forced to go through the Stargate even though the location to which it leads is unknown. They end up on an Ancient ship with a malfunctioning life support system and if Rush and the rest of the crew can’t figure something out soon, they’re all going to die.
Brian J. Smith, who plays Matthew Scott, is a complete hottie and is forced into being in charge of the situation when his superior Colonel Young is injured upon being thrown through the Stargate. Scott has trouble adjusting to the pressures of command in such a life threatening situation on the ship, but handles the responsibility fairly well all things considered.
I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say I can’t wait until the next episode. That and I’m finding Dr. Rush a very suspicious character.