Stargate Universe: Deliverance
Destiny tries to survive attacks from the drones.
The second half of season two has finally begun for “Stargate Universe” concluding the cliffhanger that left Destiny in a battle it didn’t look likely to win.
Chloe sends a signal to the aliens who captured her in an effort to use them as a distraction to the attacking drones. They’re arrival gives Destiny a chance to attack the command ship leaving the drones dead in space. The Ursini on board the seed ship try to contact the rest of their people only to find they are all that is left of their species but that signal attracts the attention of another wave of drones and time is short before they arrive. Eli suggests bringing one of the drones on board so that they can study it and possibly come up with a way of destroying the next wave but the other aliens are not so quick to let them take the ship. They agree to a deal in which they take Chloe back and cure her and everyone stays in the system to fight the oncoming wave of drones. The aliens cure Chloe and Eli finds a way to convince the old drones that the new ones arriving are their enemies creating a distraction for Destiny to repair its shields and jump into hyperspace.
“Deliverance” packs in quite a bit of action and some interesting revelations but it also wraps up some other stories a little too quickly for my tastes.
In the past “Stargate Universe” has often gone weeks or months without alien interactions but “Deliverance” is almost overwhelmed with them. In the mid-season finale the Ursini returned Telford and forced Destiny to help them fight their battle against an encroaching army of drones created by some other race. This week Chloe calls in the blue aliens as well and it’s almost overwhelming. I’d like to see something of the race that created the drones somewhere down the line but with only nine episodes left of the show; I’m not convinced we will.
The Ursini may have betrayed Destiny and her crew last week but they make up for it with their lives this week. After finding they are the last of their kind they don’t show any hesitation in sacrificing themselves so that Destiny can survive a little longer. Frankly, considering the number of distractions Destiny was afforded in this battle with the drone ships; it’s a miracle they survived at all. Of course it’s less of a surprise since Destiny houses all the show’s main characters.
Ever since her capture by the blue aliens Chloe has slowly been changing into something. What it was and why never made a lot of sense and now that she’s been cured it seems it may never. I had hoped there would be some kind of hint about what Chloe’s final state would have been had she been allowed to continue changing and not returned to the aliens. For now it seems she’s been cured but her interactions with the aliens allowed them access to any additional information about Destiny that she’s gained since they last saw her. It’s possible this was their plan all along and they only infected Chloe so that they would eventually be asked to cure her but for now that’s a mystery. It does seem that Chloe has retained some of her knowledge gained during her transformation so perhaps that will yield some answers down the line.
When these final ten episodes of “Stargate Universe” were written it wasn’t known yet that the show would be cancelled and these would be the last episodes the show would get. With that in mind I hope there is some measure of closure coming and that these last episodes do the show justice.