Posts Tagged ‘Stargate’

Late Post- SGU Cancelled

January 2, 2011

I’ve been too busy to post about it sooner, but I am so happy that SGU has been cancelled.

For those that don’t know it already, I hate Stargate Universe (SGU). I’m a huge fan of the prior two Stargate shows, but SGU just left me disgusted. I forced myself to watch it hoping it would get better and eventually gave up. Later I tried again, then gave up again. I made my opinion absolutely clear- SGU sucks. (more…)


SGU – Merely Bad

October 11, 2010

I watched SGU 1×19 and 1×20 Divided. I’m neutral to say that SGU is no longer unwatchably awful and now merely bad.

Of course, they’re still a bunch of idiots doing stupid shit, it’s still full of “drama” and plot holes. But at least there’s some bad guys and some action, and something resembling a plot. Since I was watching it on a computer, I skipped past most of the scenes with Eli and Chloe, because I don’t like them. I took a moment to remark how bad the characters are. O’Neill and Carter appeared briefly, and O’Neill actually acted somewhat like O’Neill this time. I still don’t understand why they sent 302s instead of beaming a team in just outside or bombarding the Lucian Alliance base from orbit. The whole gamma ray burst thing adds an additional element, but I don’t understand why a ship that can fly through a sun has any problem with it.

There’s one scene where Wray (I think it was Wray) gets handed a ballistic vest that as far as I can tell, has no plates in it. I briefly wondered why they’re still using that crap after two sets of Kull armor and all the knowledge of the Asgard. Not really a complaint about SGU, more of a random thought. Anyway, I actually found myself cheering for the Lucian Alliance. They’re actually competent and can function as a unit. That said, I was still happy when it seemed like everyone was going to die at the end of the episode.

Summarized? Still too much drama, too many unlikeable characters, and a lot of continuity fail and plot holes. But it’s not unwatchable anymore. It’s gone up from a horrible TV show to a bad TV show.

fanfiction is great, FanFiction sucks

July 29, 2010

I love fanfiction. There’s just something about it that I really like. Maybe something to do with reshaping established canon into something else. It’s impossible to explain. A lot of people think fanfiction is pointless and stupid. Though I do not agree with them, fanfiction is mostly a love-it or hate-it thing. You’re either for it or against it.

I don’t like FanFiction, though. Not only does it have several stupid guidelines and restrictions, horrible administration, and an awkward design, but it’s also filled with idiots.

I try my damndest to write good fanfiction. I know I’m not a good writer, but I try to keep characters in character, strive for canonical and (if applicable) factual accuracy, and make a decent plot. But I might as well write crap! Case in point. Halogate, my Halo/Stargate crossover (under the name Chris4221). My chapters are horribly short, averaging about 1500 words long, and the writing isn’t that great. It’s not like it’s full of spelling errors, but it’s just not very good. I thought the plot out a lot, and spent a lot of time doing research (read: I wasted hours on the Halo wiki), and blended the universes together as seamlessly as I could.

Then some random guy (or very possibly girl) churns out a fanfic that’s longer and better written than mine. However, it lacks things like a (semi) original plot, characters in character, or a nice blended universe. It’s a horrible fic, but despite (or because of) that, it has more, better reviews, and probably more views overall. This really pisses me off. I guess people just like things that are written better, even if they make no sense.

I really need to find another place to post my stories. Right now, I’m tempted to write crap, because people will probably think it’s better. Maybe I’ll write the millionth Jack/Sam fic, even though I don’t even like that pairing.

I should take the time to mention one thing I really hate, a pet peeve if you will. I hate it when someone has a really good idea, usually well written too. Then they ruin it with pointless romances (shipping?) that shouldn’t be there and make no sense. Usually this type of story is full of factual or canonical errors as well, but I digress.

Fanfiction- A Rant

March 18, 2010

Recently I’ve been getting back into fanfiction. The reading part, not the writing part, because I found out a while ago that I’m not good at the latter. Specifically I’ve been reading crossover fics. Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis, which I really like, with NCIS (odd combination but I like NCIS), BSG (which I never watched, and I liked old BSG better by the way) and Star Trek (because I said so). I’ve noticed a few things.

First, why the fuck do people find it necessary to do insanely stupid crossovers. Some of the worst I’ve seen: Harry Potter/SG-1, NCIS/Buffy, and Trek/6teen. Things like BSG/SG1 or Trek/Atlantis are perfectly logical. Things like NCIS/Atlantis are less obvious but still a good idea. But some crossover ideas you’d have to be on meth to think up of. Why is this done? Who knows, but this brings us to point number two.

What the fuck is with all this slash, het, fluff and other romantic shit? Most of this shit seems to be written by teenaged girls with twisted sexual fantasies, or something like that. Look, just because you have a weird fantasy where Spock fucks Kirk doesn’t mean you have to write about it and post it on the internet, inspiring others to write their own garbage. Seeing a shrink might be a much better idea.

A few observations about fanfiction in general. The population seems to predominantly be teenaged girls. The same ones tend to write slash, fluff, whump, hurt/comfort, and use The male fanfiction writers tend to write more adventure, suspense, and action, and avoid A lot of crossovers, sci-fi anyway, use alternate universe plot devices to blend things together, and technology is almost always stacked. There is a tendancy to add unnecessary, stupid and illogical connections in crossover fics. Reviewers are either complete assholes or praise garbage, depending on what category your story is in.

Okay, enough ranting for now. I may be working on some projects of my own, but probably not since I’ve only ever finished three stories, and two were oneshots.


November 10, 2009

I watched a few more episodes of SGU. I know, I just keep watching it even though it sucks. Here are my thoughts.

Water was actually a pretty good episode. Okay, it would be a stretch to call it good, but it was watchable. A bit of that classic Stargate made it into this episode. Young and some other guy have to go to an ice planet to get some ice to melt into water. Unfortunately the other guy falls into a crevasse and his space suit is leaking. And Young refuses to go back without him. Meanwhile, on Destiny, there’s something drinking the water. It turns out to be that sand-creature thing from Air Part III (which I “unfortunately” missed). There’s a lot, and they’re pissed. They kill one guy (actually injure him, he dies at the end from the wounds) and another goes after him with a flamethrower. Eventually they imprison it, it breaks out, and Lieutenant whatserface (the medic) lures it into a container and throws it through the gate. In this episode, there was some action and an actual enemy. I don’t think it had as much drama either. I thought there might be hope for the series after all.

Then it was dashed. Earth was probably the worst episode of SGU so far. Young, Eli, and one of the immature girls (Chloe I think) go to Earth. Well, they use those stones to switch bodies. Young is the only one who reveals it to his wife and makes up with her. Eli acts as a friend of Eli’s and visits his mom. Chloe pretends to be “cousin Liz”. Eli and Chloe go out to some dance or something. Chloe acts unbelivable immature and gets drunked up. The whole on-Earth part just sucked. It was lame, I don’t care, I want some action. The Destiny part was a bit better. Some genius has an idea to dial Earth while Destiny is in a sun. A guy almost dies and the ship is almost blown apart. Telford and his two scientist buddies shut down the body-switching device and Rush shuts down the gate, revealing that it would never work. Blech. This episode is terrible, you have to see it to see how terrible it is.

So that’s two episodes of SGU in a nutshell. An episode that gave me hope and one that was absolutely terrible.

SGU Part 2

October 23, 2009

Well, I’ve watched a few more episodes, and I’m still not impressed. In fact, I think the series is getting worst.

Again, the series is going all of nowhere. What should have been one episode was stretched into two. First, Destiny runs out of power and heads towards a sun. That was stretched into an entire episode, with lots of drama that I don’t care about. In the next episode, they fly through the sun and don’t die. It should have been one episode. It was stretched thin across two. In fact, the entire series so far could be compressed into a single episode.

Oh, and nothing significant has happened. They’re still alive. Lack of direction is still there. This isn’t Stargate. Stargate is about going through a portal to other worlds shooting aliens and blowing things up. Not surviving in a spaceship in the middle of nowhere. Stargate is an action packed series with a few funny bits and a few dramatic bits. Not a dark drama where pretty much nothing happens. If I wanted drama I’d watch BSG. At least there’s shooting in that. And at least that series has a direction. Atlantis was a worthy successor to SG-1. Universe is a disgrace that will forever sully the Stargate name.

There are probably some people who would like SGU, but I hate it. You get a lot of contrast watching an episode from the first season of SG-1 on the same day.

On another note, I’ve ordered a Freeduino SB and I should be getting it sometime next week.

Stargate Universe

October 2, 2009

Just watched the first episode of SGU and I’m not impressed.

First, the whole thing has a different tone, and the style is overall different. It just seems out of place. It’s too dark and too quiet, and the music sucks. Also, like most of the newer sci-fi series’, it eschews a considerable amount of logic and realism in favour of drama. And drama there is. It’s not Defying Gravity horrible, but they are trying to be too dramatic.

The biggest thing though, is that I fail to see where this show could go. Everyone is stuck on a ship which is falling apart and on autopilot. Sure, they can survive and try to go home, but that’s not what Stargate is about. It’s about going through gates and gunning down bad guys. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I don’t want to see a whole series about it. There are a few episodes of SG-1 and Atlantis like that. I think maybe Atlantis was originally supposed to be more like this, but cooler heads did not prevail this time.

Let’s go through the whole episode, and I’ll point out all the various problems. This is in chronological order, not the order presented in the episode. It’s jumbled as hell on the show.

It starts with this nerd guy who dropped out of college, Eli Wallace, being appoached by O’Neill after winning a video game or something. Apparently he has been tracked and they know everything about him. Initially he refuses but he gets beamed up. Okay, nothing wrong with this part at all.

Then they take him by ship to a base, somewhere, so he can work on the project to dial the ninth chevron… to go somewhere. Then he asks why they didn’t just gate to the planet. First problem here. They respond by saying the gate has been modified to only dial out, because it’s too risky to be able to dial in. Why didn’t they just put in an iris? Obviously someone had a serious brain fart here.

Of course, the base is attacked by Goa’uld, and things go to hell yet again. The ship, Hammond I think, sits in orbit taking damage and not doing anything at all. The base gets defended, except they seem to have two 302s, one railgun, and no SAM sites. Come on, you’ve got to be kidding! Then a ship crashes in an exceedingly slow way.

There is an evacuation, which makes sense. Of course the idiot Dr. Rush inturrupts dialling and dials the 9 chevron address, and it works this time. The idiot soldier on the DHD does nothing of course, even though it should have been pretty obvious. And of course, the gate will not shut down and the planet is about to blow up, for some reason. Meanwhile, in a hallway they clear away wreckage with explosives and get some people out.

So everyone gates to Destiny and despite walking through they inexplicably fly through, bumping into things and hitting each other. I laughed a bit when a guy got whached with a flying case of something. Now they are on a ship that’s running out of air and they have very little supplies. There’s some drama and tension here, and some discoveries, including a really small flying MALP-like drone called a Kino. Eli turns out to be a good character but Dr. Rush turns out to be a crazy bastard. Despite all the drama, however, nobody bothers to do so much as blame him for getting everyone into the mess.

Because the ship is leaking air, they have to seal it off. They seem to jump to a certain leaking shuttle, and Dr. Rush does a laugable job of seeming to do nothing. He says he contacted Earth with a long-range communication device and O’Neill designated him leader, but we don’t know if he contacted Earth and lied about becoming leader, contacted Earth and told the truth, or just didn’t contact Earth at all.

There was a kind of funny bit where they open up an Ancient CO2 scrubber and it dumps out all this nasty goo. It steams for some reason and they whine about it making people sick. Rush also takes the time to bitch about how they didn’t get their sodium hydroxide and there is none on the ship. The real leader, colonel something, recovers enough from flying through the gateroom to stand. Kind of unrelated but kind of important.

Back to the shuttle. Apparently it has a slow leak, the ship half of the airlock is jammed, and the shuttle half of the airlock can only be closed from the shuttle. Of course it didn’t occur to anybody to simply close off the compartment. So after a lot of commotion, including (finally) the suggestion that Rush close it from inside the shuttle. The colonel volunteers but some politician guy with a really bitchy daughter does it first. Of course the daughter cries and Rush talks to her about loss, or something.

The colonel guy gets pissed off with the inaction and tries to dial Earth, also revealing a problem with the gate itself. The entire gate spins, all the chevrons light up, and the symbols are impossible to see, so you don’t get that anticipation while it dials. A minor oversight, but still an oversight. In the middle of dialling, the ship drops out of not-hyperspace and dials another planet. Apparently the planet has what they need, they have twelve hours to get it, and they put together a team.

It’s not that SGU is horrible, it’s just that it’s not great. It doesn’t really fit into the Stargate universe (ironic pun there) very well. I don’t see where it can go either. It might improve, or it might be all downhill. We’ll see, but I wish they kept going with Atlantis or SG-1.