I liked it quite a bit. It's like Stargate has grown up and graduated - the characters aren't cut-and-dry good-guys or bad-guys, they're much more real. Some of the story ideas may be recycled, but I thought the stories in the pilot were told well and it was compelling, so I'll be back.
I'm always puzzled by complaints about story ideas. When you get to the basic core of a story and compare it, there haven't been any basic new story ideas since the Ancient Greeks. Once you read The Iliad
, The Odyssey
, The Twelve Labours of Hercules
, and throw in a little Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War
you might as well forget space adventure stories if you are going to reject them as being unoriginal.
The objective here is to create interesting new characters to put into a continuing story arc
with ongoing relationships who face new challenges each week.
Much to my surprise, this new "Stargate" has managed to create new characters in a younger ensemble cast that have the promise of being interesting. They have smoothly introduced them using the Stargate series old farts like Richard Dean Anderson and company, but have headed them off into a new direction well beyond both the Pillars of Hercules and the Pegasus Galaxy.
Yes, if it was set much further into the future they might run into Jean-Luc Picard or Kathryn Janeway. But it's time frame is more or less today using ancient technology that's a bit rusty and falling apart.
Is it going to be among TV's greatest shows ever? Probably not. But it looks like it will be entertaining as the characters develop working through typical human challenges facing all intergalactic travelers.