Akemi and I finished watching the second half of Stargate: Universe’s first season today. It’s been interesting to see her develop a genuine passion for the series. “I love Stargate!”she declared this morning. “Please call me, geeku-chan!”
Like any fan, Geeku-chan had her favorite characters, her favorite episodes. Robert Cooper’s Time is still tops in her books. She can’t get enough of that kino!
What follows are her thoughts on episode #11 through #20…
Being a big fan of the show’s visual effects, Akemi greatly appreciated this episode, especially the sequence of the ships exchanging fire (“Poom poom poom”). She, did, however, have some reservations about the alien who proved disappointingly weak in her opinion. She also wasn’t a fan of Young in the alien suit – “He looked like an oompa loompa!”.
Overall though, a solid episode in her estimation. “I feel like I’m watching a movie.”
She found certain elements of this one confusing, particularly those related to the transfer of the ship’s control. Still, she did find it suspenseful (“Jamil almost killed Patrick!”she exclaimed at one point) and loved the space walk. On the other hand, she found the operation sequence “scary”, the part where Rush awakens in the middle of surgery especially distressful.
For some reason, she found this episode difficult to understand and expressed disappointment that we never got to see “the alien who built the Tokyo towerish thing”.
She did find the burgeoning/grudging friendship between Rush and Young interesting, noting: “I find science guy and old Young very friendly now but a few episodes before they were cranky cranky.”
As for T.J.’s predicament, she was surprisingly noncommittal: “Don’t feel sad for her because it’s personal situation going on. No comment.”
“I watched twice and still don’t understand!” Alas, yes. She fell asleep the first time and then started from the beginning in the hopes that she wold actually understand it the second time around. No such luck. What was the problem? Well, beside all the back and forth between reality and Rush’s world: “Very confusing because science guy very mumblesome.”
An emotionally strong episode for Akemi who was on the edge of her seat throughout. She confidently predicted our intrepid foursome would make it back to the ship at the end of last episode and, when they didn’t, she was downright shocked. So, when the remaining trio didn’t make it back in the nick of time a second time, she was incensed. “F**ing scientist! Why dial? Give last five minutes to them. It shouldn’t happen such bad timing!” Sadly, it did and Scott, Eli, and Chloe ended the episode off-world with seemingly no chance of rejoining Destiny.
Akemi: “I like this episode because twisted.”
Me: “You mean because there was a twist.”
Akemi: “Yeah. Twisted.”
Her appreciation for Ronald Greer/Jamil Walker Smith continues: “I like Jamil. I mean Jamil’s character.”, “I like Jamil’s character more because he had bad experience as a kid.”, and “I like young Jamil with yellow t-shirt and crazy hair.”
This episode may not have been a fan favorite, but Akemi liked it just fine, especially the visual effect shots of the robot fixing the ship. She did find it odd that T.J. (conveniently) didn’t knock when paying a call on Rush, simply opening the door to his room and catching him and Rush/Dr. Perry/Wray in an “awkward” moment.
This episode also begged the question: “When is geek guy going to get with her? When will other guy die?”. She’s apparently a Chloli shipper but likes Scott just the same. “Very handsome,”she told me. “But geek guy also very cute and unique. In Japan, both would be equally popular.”
Right off the bat: “Why Young stop shaving his beard? Depression comes from being father?” I don’t know. Maybe?
She thought this a good, scary episode with an ending that left her wanting more. Ultimately, a great episode “because written by Carl Binder-san.”
At some point, she started referring to a character as Chef. Well, I knew “scientist” referred to Rush and “geek” referred to Eli, but “Chef”? Turns out she was referring to Lou Diamond Philips because she remembers him from his varied Food Network forays. Some of her comments on this episode:
“I like the scene of Jamil punching his face, stupid chef.”
“Why chef flip it? How he get brainwashed? I guess it is what it is.”
“Nice to see Mike Dopud.”
“Mike Dopud is alien? Looks like human though.”
As for the episode as a whole: “I like but why stop there? I’m curious and can’t sleep.”
She was on the edge of her seat from start to finish and, when the episode ended, requested we roll right into the next. The highlight for her? Eli’s courageous bid to keep Chloe safe, at one point literally sweeping her off her feet. (“I love geek boy.”). The lowlight? She didn’t like the fact that Young didn’t vent the the gate room the second the Lucian Alliance came through. Chef be damned!
Not quite the consistent nail-biter that was Incursion I, Incursion II delivered big time for her in its last fifteen minutes. “Very movie-ish!”was her take on the season finale. BUT she didn’t like the fact that there was no ending. “Not finished? Not happy!” The problem? She feared for her favorite characters. Why? “I’m afraid because my boyfriend has no mercy. I like happy ending but my boyfriend not all the time.”
Hmmm. Makes me wonder what she’ll think of the series finale.