As of this articles writing Stargate Universe episode 5 "Justice" just aired. This post about Stargate Universe can be summarized in this thought; instead of being something to someone Stargate Universe is on the path of being nothing to everyone.
Exploring the unknown, meeting new species, discovering new technology, and portraying how it all impacts our society is what science fiction is all about. Those of you are trekkies, wasn't this the same reason why Star Trek is so fascinating? The original Stargate movie and Stargate SG-1 story line provided the same sense of science fiction as Star Trek. Instead of considering the future Stargate dealt with the present and provided exciting story lines that had an interesting tie in to human history. The episodes were (except for some of the very early season 1 episodes) were modest and didn't contain gratuitous nudity, sex, or profanity. The SG-1 team was civil with each other and the unique personalities of Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks, and Christopher Judge were a source of positive character development and wry comic humor. Unrestrained equines could not remove me from posting about the enjoyment the original SG-1 team provided. Not even if you used a swiss army knife *grin*.
It pains me to give Stargate Universe bad press because I liked Stargate SG-1 so much. If I only "liked" Stargate Universe just a little I might focus on it's virtues. Sadly my feelings towards Stargate Universe can't be stretched enough to say it is likable.
Stargate Universe isn't science fiction - it's a drama... dare I say, a soap opera? It is a struggle to find the virtues in Stargate Universe (SGU) that I found in SG-1. The characters are bitter and aggressive with each other, there is only a minimal sense of exploration, and there is too much gratuitous sexuality. I don't want to see overtly sensual over tones in my science fiction unless it directly applies to a specific situation. Don't characters have private lives anymore? Other genres exist for these types of interpersonal "explorations". I admit, given the storyline these types of issues arise but there is way too much focus on it and instead of focusing on the science fiction of what could be there is more emphasis on the drama with a science fiction storyline.