As much as I am loving SGU, and as much as a respect and admire the writers for having the guts to change the formula, I'm starting to notice the writers falling into some of the bad habits they had gotten into in the later years of SG-1 and SGA. For instance the scene in last weeks episode the scene with Rush trying to jam the drone's signal by hitting a few buttons on his console while Young yelled at him to do it faster was painfully reminiscent of almost every episode of SGA when that happened. That in it self is fine it just got old when it happened in every episode.
Anyway, the reason I have made this thread is because as much as I enjoyed "Twin Destinies" I can't help but feel that the entire episode was written merely as a way of returning Telford to Earth, and thus returning the show to the "status quo" which we all know SG-1 and SGA were notorious for. One of the great things about SGU is that thus far they haven't been afraid of making lasting changes as the story unfolds, but between killing almost every major LA character and now returning Telford to Earth, they have returned to the "status quo". It may have taken half a season longer than it would have on SG-1 or SGA, but it still happened which I find disappointing.
Maybe one of the reasons I have these feelings is that I have recently started watching Deadwood (I'm currently midway through the 3rd season). I can't help but think that Deadwood is one of the shows that SGU strived to emulate (I especially note a similarity in Bullock and Swearengen's relationship to that of Young and Rush). Deadwood thus far has constantly brought in new characters and killed off existing ones as the story has unfolded (and it has never felt like new characters were replacing old ones which is hard to do), and I wish SGU would have been that bold. It almost feels like they went half way in that regard.
Another bad habit I have seen emerge in "Twin Destinies" is the SG writers' hobby of introducing wildly conflicting theories of time travel. Not only is the time travel in this episode inconsistent with the time travel in "Time" but also inconsistent with any other time travel episode in the SG franchise (which is an impressive feet considering how many other theories have been introduced). Also The idea of both Rush and Telford still existing in the alternate timeline is a hard pill to swallow since it makes no sense whatsoever, even allowing for the normal amount of confusion that arrises from time travel stories.
Anyway, sorry for the rant. I haven't been on these boards in a while, but I just needed to get that off my chest cause it's been bothering me since Monday.