Originally Posted by keenan
IDidn't quite follow how the ship was finding stargates that were put out there before the ship got there though, I thought it was mentioned that the ship was sent out unmanned from the very beginning, bit of a chicken and the egg thing going on, probably have to watch that sequence again...
Yeah they skipped over and fudged that for plot purposes. It seems that The Ancients sent out a series of unmanned ships before the Destiny that were programmed to find habitable worlds and build stargates for future vehicles to find.
Since other ships have been where the Destiny is heading in order to build thoe stargates and the Destiny has just reached one of them after all this time - that means the ships had been sent out thousands and thousands of years before the Destiny.
It also means that if The Ancients were waiting for the Destiny to get far enough out before using the gate, they could have just put a gate on one of the many ships they sent out first and used that.
Sure seemed like a hell of a lot of commercial breaks though, I timed a couple and it was 6-7mins of showtime before it went to another commercial pod, it was annoying even with a DVR. And of course all the animated popups/bugs.
Wow the ads on the show were terrible. They appeared far too often and cut to them very badly. At some points it actually felt like they were cutting to the ads in the middle of a scene. I kept expecting the scene to continue when the show came back from the break. And on TWC, thanks to their fantastically reliable SDV system the picture quality was atrocious during the opening battle. When the rail guns started firing the only effect they had was to blow compression noise all over the screen.
Overall I thought BSG-1A was okay. It has potential. The production design was far better than previous installments (the flying cameras were pretty cool), much less plastic-looking and like an office building.
They really need to dial down the BSG style. All the way through I just kept thinking "this looks just like BSG." There are plenty of ways to create an adult-aimed show and it doesn't mean they all have to be filmed with first-person-wobble-vision and all the characters have to be miserable and disfunctional. Especially on an SG series. By the time we got to the daughter crying about her father on the observation deck I was already tired of the melodrama and manufactured conflict.
And as for the "most important find since the Stargate" ... didn't they find an entire flying city containing all the knowledge of The Ancients last time? I thought that was how the last of them left Earth before ascending? I hope they don't do what they did on that show. On Atlantis they had an entire city to explore and over the entire course of the series they were only interested in exploring about a third of it, and mentioned about 10 rooms that were vaguely interesting.
Another thing which is constantly annoying me now - more so in this serious attempt at the show - is that production keep burying the bottom of the gates in the ground so they don't have to build a frame to hold it. Every time a wormhole opens it should be vaporizing the floor covering the bottom of the portal. In this episode they also had a walkway going through the opening which also should have been cut in half.