A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The stranded characters must learn to rely on themselves and one another to stay alive, which emphasizes the importance of cooperation and teamwork.
Positive Role Models
Most of the characters are focused on working together to survive in a strange new environment, but a few key people seem more interested in pursuing their own agenda. There's an inherent conflict between the military members of the team, who seem to be in control, and the civilians, who sometimes bristle at the way the people with guns have assumed leadership.
Violence & Scariness
Several combat sequences that include spaceships, lasers, automatic weapons, and big explosions. But there's not much in the way of graphic images, blood, or gore.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sex scenes. Though there's no explicit nudity, they're fairly racy and suggestive for a primetime series.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sci-fi series is yet another spin-off in the popular Stargate family. It's a little racier than earlier series like Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, but the levels of (mostly bloodless) action violence are about the same. Though some of the show's basic concepts will be familiar to fans of other series in the franchise, the overall theme is different, since the premise centers on a group of space castaways.
Is It Any Good?
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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