Stargate Universe, that is.
For many Stargate fans, Universe was an interesting conundrum. It was like it was trying to be part Stargate, part BSG, and not quite sure how big each part was. (I likewise saw similarities with Star Trek Voyager, albeit without the power buns and magically self-repairing ship, but I’ve long since ceased being a Star Trek fan.)
I was hooked from the very first scene of Stargate Universe. Sure, not every episode of Season 1 was brilliant (the episode in particular about the hallucination inducing ticks really didn’t do much for me) – but the premise and casting was brilliant, the stories were overall very well written, and like much of Stargate and BSG, technobabble solutions rarely made an appearance. It was all about pathos, and the struggle to survive.
But it was also all about the music. Whereas previously Stargate has had its own scores and not really gone beyond this, there’s been a very strong use of recording artist music in the show, and since music affects me so much, this added a real depth. I always know that the music in a show is brilliant if I end up searching for it on iTunes, and Stargate Universe sent me hunting for four songs in particular.
At the end of the 3-parter initial episode, “Air”, I was left gobsmacked by Breathe, by Alexi Murdoch:
During the episode “Faith”, I was equally impressed with “All my Days”, also by Alexi Murdoch:
Now I know that song has religious overtones, and I don’t have a religious bone in my body; regardless though, it’s a damn fine song.
Moving beyond the “easy listening” music, there’s been a couple of other corkers in Stargate Universe. During the montage scene in “Sabotage”, we got “Only if you Run” by Julian Plenti:
The absolute best for me though was “You won’t know”, by Brand New, played during a dream sequence in “Divided”. What’s impressive about this is that it’s effectively what I’d call a thrash metal song (once it gets going), and that’s a style I traditionally loathe. So for a show to introduce me to a song from a genre I’d never, ever seek out, and have me enjoy it … that’s a great sign of excellent scoring:
Well there you have it; those four songs represent a real strong reason why I loved Stargate Universe Season 1 so much, and why I’m looking forward with great anticipation to it restarting again.