I received the Stargate Universe Season 2 DVD set last week (Amazon Pre-Order), and have had the chance to watch all twenty episodes, and most of the bonus material. After watching season 1, I wasn't sure how this next installment would fare, but I'm pleased to see it surpassed my greatest expectations.
The first season was a little drab compared to the other Stargate series. Though it had some high points with episodes like "Space," and "Time," there were duds like "Life." It wasn't as exciting as SG-1 and Atlantis were from the start, and the characters took longer to develop. Other than that, there were times where I couldn't empathize with the lead characters. Colonel Young wasn't a very good leader in the beginning, and Lieutenant Scott was too much of a horn dog to respect. Chloe didn't have much of a purpose to begin with, and Rush was easy to hate until the revelations of "Human" gave him an understandable back story. Yet, by the end of Season 1, the characters were fleshed out enough, and they were enjoyable to watch for the most part.
Where the first season may have come up short, the second season sought to make up for it, and I think they did a great job. Though there were still a few slow episodes, most of them were stimulating, both from a cerebral viewpoint and a raw action/adventure stance. The last 10 episodes were exceptional, bringing the show up to the same entertainment standards of SG-1 & Atlantis (or perhaps even higher).
I hate that Universe has been cancelled, and I really wish it would come back someday. The way the second season ended, there is great potential for that to happen if anyone ever dares to try, though in these financially uncertain times I don't know if that will ever come to pass. Who knows, in 3 years, maybe someone will revive the series and pick up where they left off. I would do it if there was any possible way. Hey, MGM, I can make you money, try me! If given the chance, any number of creative people could save Stargate Universe, but will they ever be given that chance?
Overall, season 2 of SGU gets 4 out of 5 stars. The back ten get a full five stars, but there were still a few weak points in the first half; nothing horrible, though there were other seasons of Stargate that I liked a little more.