Parents' Guide to

Stargate Universe

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Compelling Stargate spin-off has a bit more edge.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 13+

Dark, brooding, sexual, and sexist

Those who were avid followers of the first two Stargate series may be shocked when checking out Stargate: Universe. Where SG1 and Atlantis are marked by heavy, almost slapstick humor and light innuendo, Universe opens up with a racy sex scene 10 minutes into the pilot with all the sweating and grunting one can imagine. A few episodes within the first season open up with similar scenes, and the placement of the sex is (in my opinion) gratuitous -- it plays no part what-so-ever in most of the story arcs and does not contribute to character development. The characters are dark but cliched in that they tend to be remarkable for only one or two personality features. Well into the second season, there are no strong female roles -- merely drama-spewing side-characters who appear to have originally been added in for sex appeal only. The drama has a Battlestar Galactica feel to it.

This title has:

Too much sex
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age 16+

not so good

This show should be canceled not for kids

This title has:

Too much sex
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (2 ):

STARGATE UNIVERSE is the second spin-off of long-running sci-fi series Stargate SG-1, which itself built on a universe originally envisioned in the 1994 feature film Stargate. The previous entries in the franchise have mapped out a complex and entertaining storyline, with several alien races, plenty of interplanetary conflict, and a complicated backstory about the mysterious Ancients who created the network of Stargates. By shifting the action to the farthest reaches of space, Stargate Universe (aka SGU) gets to keep the backstory while creating an entirely different setting.

The result is a thrilling space drama that will appeal to both existing fans and new viewers. The excitement comes from three sources. First, of course, are the unknown mysteries of this previously unexplored galaxy. Then there's the challenge of learning to control the decrepit spaceship. And finally, there's plenty of intrigue on board as the military team members butt heads with the civilians butt heads, and Dr. Rush seems to be pursuing his own agenda. It's not the first series to use this lost-in-space theme (see Star Trek: Voyager), but it's certainly one of the better ones.

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