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Stargate Universe – Malice

It has been a while since I have blogged about my favorite topic – Stargate. Yesterday was the 8th episode of the second season of the 3rd spin off in the stargate TV franchise based on the 1994 movie  (and breath). While the rating have not been the best the second season so far, it has been one of the strongest of the entire franchise. Episode such as intervention, Awakening, Trial and Error and now Malice have being up there in my favorite episode of the show maybe even of the franchise (Over 350 episode and 3 films).

Now on to the episode. It struck me early on, even way before the episode even aired that this would be an interesting one. It was being written and directed by long time stargate writer Robert C Cooper; who has now left the show after 13 years. The episode was apparently inspired by the John Wayne so called classic “The searchers” a film i have seen a couple of times. An Indian drum beats acted as the musical theme for the fast passed start to the episode. This music from the start was clearly a statement that the episode would be a western, with that Sci-Fi twist. The story of the episode has been building up for a long time, much like the suicide of the lovely balled man “Spencer” from the first season. This time it was Robert Knepper (better know as T-bag from prison brake) who plays the Lucian Alliance prisoner Simeon. Since the start of the second season Simeon has there lurking in the background causing a little trouble here and there, he has those little looks at the other character, he was just plain creepy. He finally in the last episode snapped and killed not only Ginn (Eli Girlfriend) a fellow lucian Alliance member, because he was afraid that she would rat he out, as he knew crucial information about the an attack on earth. Ginn also contained Dr Rush long time friend and now lover Dr Perry who was then inhabiting Ginn body (very Sci-fi) so there was two people that Simmon had pissed off.

Crazy mofo Robert Knepper

Before they can get to Simeon, he managed to get through the Stargate to a desert planet. He was quickly followed by a very angry Dr Rush.

Rush on the Hunt

Rush was wanted to go fuck Simeon up, the problem however is that he knew  information that is crucial to earth. That’s all i’m saying about the plot because I want you to go watch it your self. It’s an amazing episode of an amazing show.
The Western style of this episode made it really fresh (much like what the episode Vegas did for SGA) and with the past few episode being set almost all on the ship it was nice to see another location, as well as the use of the stargate it self. The searchers inspiration was very clear throughout with Rush on a mad hunt for Simeon. Great Stargate and Great TV as a whole this episode. I have watch so much TV in my short life that’s it’s rare that I will feel my heart beating in a tense rush(no pun intended), but in that first 15 min’s it did not slow down and soon warmed my body up in the cold night’s we have being having.

I end with this link it’s a great website that’s aim it to keep SGU running as long as possible by getting those rating up before it’s too late- http://www.sguawareness.com/

Top 5 TV programs.

First up, I am really gutted that Leeds Rhinos season is over now, not much i can say about it just hope next season is better. UPDATE: It was.

Following last months post about my top 5 Sci-fi Books, I thought I would follow it up with another Top  5 this month. So this month is my favorite TV shows past and present.
But before the main list, another list of shows that just missed out on that most important of accolades, my personal top 5.

  • Fringe – A super cool Sci-fi mystery program, the reason it missed out was because there is so far only two seasons. If it keep up the standard in the next few season I could see it sneak in to the top 5.
  • Blackadder – Amazingly funny, well written and witty.
  • Firefly – Another one that came close, if there was just a few more season of it I’m sure it would have made it in. DAM YOU FOX.
  • X-files (seasons 1-5)- Yes another Sci-fi, the reason it’s season 1 to 5 is because I have yet to watch 6 to 9, but i have them on DVD so i will be watching them. A really good program, very solid and similar to Fringe.
  • Rome – Not normally in to the historical drama’s, the HBO style it makes very enjoyable, sexy and violent.
  • Family guy – Do i need to say anything?
  • Heroes – The first season was amazing, it failed to deliver after that.
  • Chuck – Comedy spy program, would recommend to anyone. Easy watching.
  • House – Love Hugh Laurie he really makes this show tick with his fantastic character. Every episode is very enjoyable.
  • True Blood – Not in to the whole twilight and vampire thing,  this show while very graphic is a great drama, another HBO hit.
  • Lie to me – Like House another show that has a British lead and a super character that makes the show.

I think that is everything but I am sure I have missed something out I have watched so many TV shows.

Right on to the list.

5) – Lost

Lost

Bad ending

Was really not sure whether to put lost in my top 5. After the ending which I don’t want to spoil for anybody, I really wanted to forget I ever watched lost. Was it that bad, yes, it was not awful by any means. Just poorly done, it was so predictable. Everybody said it would be something to do with the afterlife (sorry for the spoiler). I bet that after the first season when everybody said it was to do with the afterlife the producers shat themselves, so they say it’s not to do with that and it’s all hunky dory. They should have just kept there mouth shuts. But in fairness to Lost you can’t just judge the whole series on the ending and it was a great program, sure they made the series a little slow paced in season 2 and 3. The show had great mystery, writing, pace (after 2 and 3) and acting. That first season still rates with me as perhaps the greatest first season of any show, i suppose it could only go down from there.

4) – 24

24

He is so cool

Not a super smart spy but fucking cool. Jack Bauer maybe the toughest, bad ass TV character of all time.  The show builds tension like no other. Some shows might never let the hero lose, but 24 never lets the hero win sure he saves the day… some times (Lot of people will die on the way good and bad) but his life is never better for it. He normally has to go in to hiding at the end of every day because he beat the crap out of some witness or politician OR maybe he has to do some bad things to save his family.

One of the unique things about 24 is that it’s in real time 24 episodes, an hour each, all set in the same day. It’s a very clever idea.  My life got a lot less tense when they stopped making 24.

3) – Life on Mars

Life on mars

"You great... soft... sissy... girlie... nancy... french... bender... Man-United supporting POOF!"

The only English entry in to the top 5. Unlike 24 this is a very smart show. The story like Lost introduced a mystery and the ending was very similar but it was done right (Not just given 5 min at the end of 6 seasons :@).  While I was not alive in the 1970’s everybody I have spoken to that was alive during that period, does compliment how accurate it is, while sometime exaggerated. Lots of people credit the show success to Gene Hunt but i think the character of Sam Tyler is more interesting . A very enjoyable show that has given us some amazing quotes, some that I use more than I should.

2) – Farscape

Farscape

Sexy in space

The most obscure show on my list. Anyone that has watched Farscape, will know that there is no other show like it. The show takes a present day human and puts him through a wormhole that takes him across to the other side of the universe where strange looking aliens live and human like aliens but they are cold blooded. You really have to watch the show to get it. It also has a great use of puppets which you expect with it being made the Jim Henson company (Muppet’s fame). A must watch for all Sci-fi fans, and even if your not a Sci-Fi I would still recommend it.

and at number 1 is ………………

1) – The Stargates

Stargate

Universe Just one of the three stargate shows

I have a feeling that to my friends this is not going to be a huge surprise.
I really had to put all three stargate show in to one spot, it would not be fair on the other shows to have the top 3 spots taken up before they even started. It is a show i have watched since i was 7. The first show stargate SG1 took place after that blockbuster movie of the same name staring Kurt Russel. I am not going to go and on (Do i here cheers?) because being honest i’m a heavily biased stargate fan boy, that thinks the show can do no wrong, well it can’t. It really does have a mix of everything comedy (less so in new Stargate universe), action and hard science (more so in stargate Universe). While i am sure not everybody will like it as much as me, I am confident that if you try it you will enjoy it….. honestly.

Be sure to watch the second season of Stargate universe on SKY 1 on Tuesday Oct 5th at 8pm. You can watch the trailer for the second season in my last post.

Now a little quick life update

Looks like I am getting a cold again, most likely from being out in the cold for the Leeds match yesterday. Not been up to loads lately, anybody got any ideas for something to do? I am up for anything. Job Hunt is on going but no luck so far and again I am up for anything.