Last night during the midseason premiere of Stargate Universe, the entire cast and crew upped their game. Was it the best SGU episode ever? No. But it certainly had the best pacing, chemistry, and look to date.
"Deliverance" accomplished two things: it managed to get Prince Of Egypt's song "Deliver Us" song stuck in my head, and (more importantly) restored my faith in this series. At the end of season 2.0 I praised SGU's potential, and its improvements over its first season. But this was the first time I've ever seen this series gel. And didn't it look so much better? We're not sure what happened on set, but "Deliverance" was gorgeous — we even enjoyed the large collection of lens flares. It actually felt like you were watching a science fiction series set in space on a strange yet appealing spaceship.
And finally, the chemistry — the band of misfits came together on this episode, even when the dramatic sappiness was jacked up to 11, no one missed a beat.
This episode picked up where the previous one left off. After a brutal drone attack, Destiny is left in shambles, with yet another drone attack on the way. But from the ruins comes a simple yet brilliant plan: Let's go get one of the drones and figure out how it works, so we can beat the drones at their own game. YES. LOGIC. THANK YOU. Not a single plot point depended on a magical chair, equation or number. Granted we're all just assuming that the genius crew members will be able to decipher the alien tech, but that is a pill that goes down much smoother than saying, "The alien girl and her crazy equations did it."
Plus this meant we got to see Brody and Volker do what they do best: make light of a dark situation without belittling the action. We asked for more Brody and Volker, and we got it. Now can we have a V&B spin off? Or at least a few guest spots on Eureka?
Meanwhile, Telford is reaching out to his alien friends the Ursini, and while they kind of condemned the Destiny to death in the last episode, you can't really blame them. The poor cute aliens send out a message to their homeworld, only to find out that everyone is dead except for them. Which makes their eventual suicide mission to save the Destiny particularly meaningful. At least we know now that some aliens are trustworthy. So long, Ursini, and thanks for laughing at Telford's alien nut jokes.
Later on, Chloe comes face-to-blue-face with the REAL alien dicks: The blue meanies who shoved her and Rush into a tank, and turned her into a super genius are back. Mainly because Chloe summoned them to save Destiny's ass — but you know it was a "damn or be damned" decision. Thank goodness, the crew makes a deal with the aliens, to give them Chloe. But then they give Chloe back. Bad deal. Oh we're just kidding, Chloe has actually grown on me, like her blue space virus. In fact, her long-as-hell goodbye to her marine boyfriend was actually kind of sweet. Yes the dialogue was pretty cheeseball, but it looked so damn good. The shuttle has never looked that beautiful before.
All in all, if this is what we have to expect from the final episodes of SGU, it's going to be a bittersweet goodbye.